This season’s Fantastic Fest kicked off two new music documentaries focused on heavily mystical bands: It’s GWAR, realized by Scott Barber, and Who killed the KLF? realized by Chris Atkins. In this episode of Chateau chat, Jason chats with Deserts of Mars singer and comic creator Tony Salvaggio (Clockwerx, Psy-Comm) on new documents.
Salvaggio reports that the challenge for any musical doc is to avoid following the same path of every musical documentary, a groove so well known that Bill hader & Fred armisen perfectly parodied all the genre in their Documentary now! in two parts Sweet and Sweet: The Story of the Blue Jean Committee.
The secret weapon of It’s GWAR and Who killed the KLF is that the bands themselves are deeply bizarre – both are as much performance art as they are musical acts, though they represent opposite sides of the musical spectrum. GWAR is a costumed and fluid metal band, while KLF was a house music group best known for their new success. Doctorin ‘the Tardis under the name of The Timelords. GWAR continues today, while the KLF didn’t just quit, but pulled the tracks behind them, removing all of their music from the market in a defiant snub to the establishment.
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It’s GWAR: GWAR is the biggest rock ‘n roll band in the galaxy, an intergalactic troop of marauders that crashed into Antarctica and are committed to rocking you. But they’re also an amazing group of artists from Virginia determined to put on the craziest, bloodiest show you’ve ever seen. This is how.
Who killed the KLF? They came to wreak havoc and make you dance. When the dancing stopped, chaos was all that was left. One way or another, WHO KILLED THE KLF? go rock you
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Jason Henderson is the host of the Horror castle and Podcasts on the castle, the publisher of the “Castle of Horror Anthology” series. The most recent volume is Finely veiled: the 70s, a collection of horror stories based on television and movies from the 70s. He is the author of The Serpent’s Nest: Young Captain Nemo Macmillan children’s books. His next book is 18 miles from town: a midlife crisis thriller.