The maestro of Ethiopian saxophone: Gétatchèw Mèkurya. His music boasts a truly distinctive “nightmare carnival” quality that felled me upon first listen. The purveyors of a Colorado restaurant were kind enough to make a cassette copy for me, and it was off to the races.
The great mastermind Mark Hollis and colleagues. The band were renowned for their intricate, hypnotic soundscapes. Starting life as synth-poppers, the group evolved quickly and began delving into uncharted, experimental new worlds. The group disbanded in 1991, after recording their final album, Laughing Stock. Hollis retired from the music industry in 1998.
The wondrously talented vocalist Rufus Wainwright.
This film by the Coen Brothers follows the travails of a bespectacled, embattled writer in Los Angeles, who encounters some quite interesting individuals during his journey. These scenes feature Steve Buscemi, Tony Shalhoub, Michael Lerner, John Goodman, and John Turturro.
The great Bon Scott, one of the most charismatic, difficult-to-remove-eyes-from lead vocalists ever. Though the band prospered after his extremely untimely death, never were they the same.
Some fine work here by some of our best. First, Ian Holm does Jack The Ripper. Mr. Holm, not usually known for this type of thing, “kills” it. Amazing creativity. Then my guy Tom Noonan plays John Lee Roche, a towering psychopath who is soft-spoken but quite hilarious: nothing could beat “You’re just resisting me.” for a bit of dialogue with such a type. Next, career “Hey! It’s THAT guy!” actor…..which means you’re doing something RIGHT….Mark Holton allows John Gacy to inhabit him utterly in Crawl Space (2003). Very cool, very deadpan….then, in a (for me) surprise of sorts, Brian Dennehy pulls a devastating gem from his arsenal in his *own* portrayal of The Killer Clown in 1992’s To Catch a Killer. This is the only scene in the TV-movie with any violence, really, of any kind….and here it’s 100% psychological (which, if you’ve been there….)….but/and Dennehy’s undeniably intense psychopathic trance is unforgettable, poignant, tragic. And plenty frightening. Whoa.