Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Eight Movies, Eight Bands

Black Sabbath
The movie (1963). Mario Bava's Italian horror anthology starring Boris Karloff.
The band (1969-present). Ozzy & co. named their song "Black Sabbath" after the movie, then named the band after the song, and then named their debut album after, um, I guess all three.

Destroy All Monsters
The movie (1968). Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra and eight other Japanese monsters attack cities around the globe.
The band (1973-1985). A Detroit "anti-rock" combo featuring songstress Niagara, Stooge Ron Asheton, and the MC5's Michael Davis, among others.

Honeymoon Killers
The movie (1970). A swarthy Romeo and his hefty Juliet scam various lonely hearted ladies.
The band (1984-1993(?)). Frontman Jerry Teel and a rotating cast of damaged-blues New Yorkers (including Jon Spencer, Russell Simins and Cristina Martinez) specialized in noisy, sloppy originals and covers of the Stones, Zeppelin, and Blue Öyster Cult's "Godzilla."

King Kong
The movie (1933). Giant ape climbs the Empire State Building.
The band (1989-present). A trio of Drag City recording artists, best-known for the 1995 album Me Hungry.

Mudhoney
The movie (1965). Russ Meyer's rural, Depression-era boobtacular.
The band (1988-present). The best Northwest band of all time.

They Might Be Giants
The movie (1971). George C. Scott plays a guy who thinks he's Sherlock Holmes in early-'70s New York.
The band (1982-present). Cult favorites who never really did much for me, except for "Ana Ng," "Don't Let's Start" and "Hey, We're the Replacements."

Untamed Youth
The movie (1957). A Mamie Van Doren rock 'n' roll prison camp flick, later given the Mystery Science Theater 3000 treatment.
The band (1988-1995(?)). Highly regarded but rarely heard garage rockers from Missouri.

White Zombie
The movie (1932). Bela Lugosi stars in what is believed to be the first-ever zombie horror film.
The band (1985-1998). A horror-image-heavy metal band, whose leader was named, by astonishing coincidence, Rob Zombie. They suck.
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