Dammit, I know I’ve been distracted with the grieving and all, but why o why didn’t anybody tell me about this, the Frightenstein Con here last weekend? Anybody who did attend, reports here would be appreciated. I think 6:30 a.m. Saturday sightings of Hilarious House of Frightenstein formed my introduction to the proto-punk monster-movie trash-cultcha consciousness that David Thomas addressed in his Pop Conference presentation. (Billy Van as Southern Ontario’s Ghoulardi? Perhaps not quite, but in that vicinity. Pere Ubu, incidentally, has been touring occasionally with live “underscores” for B-flicks such as X, The Man With the X-Ray Eyes and It Came From Outer Space: “The genre had an incalculable effect on the third generation of Young Rock Giants who emerged in the 70s. Now it’s time to honor our debt.”) HHoF also featured a Wolfman Jack imitation (with a literal wolfman) and cameos by Vincent Price.
If you have no idea what I am talking about, proceed here to view a typical Frightenstein episode. Other clips are on the comprehensive Frightenstein fan site. (Question: Is this the geekiest post I’ve ever made? Quite possibly.)
It also seems an opportune time to note that various other Pop Conference presentations are now available as PDFs from the EMP warehouse. The chatter on whether there will be another conference next year is sounding grim, so enjoy while you can.
PS: RIP Jimmy Martin: The ornery ol’ bluegrass king bastard will be missed.