Friday, 13 November 2009



Just wanted to let y'all know I'll be doing the video thing at Dan's Silver Leaf this Sunday. 10:30PM. FREE.

Showing three Texas-based videos: a JFK assassination recreation, a great black variety program filmed in Dallas in the mid-1960s, and the Butthole Surfers live in 1985.

Next screenings will be on the third Sunday of December (the 20th) with a Xmas theme.



Ant Farm and T.R. Uthco, 1975 (24 min.)

Using Abraham Zapruder’s famous film of the Kennedy assassination as their starting point, T.R. Uthco and Ant Farm construct a multi-leveled event that is simultaneously a live performance spectacle, a taped re-enactment of the assassination, a mock documentary, and, perhaps most insidiously, a simulation of the Zapruder film itself. Performed in Dealey Plaza in Dallas — the actual site of the assassination — the re-enactment elicits bizarre responses from the spectators, who react to the simulation as though it were the original event.


WFAA Television, 1966 (30min.)

Legendary Nashville deejay Hoss Allen’s short-lived variety program “The!!!! Beat” featuring an influential line-up of some of the best black performers of the 1960s. As the only independent color television station in the south, the WFAA studio in Dallas hosted the recording of the program. This episode features host Hoss Allen, The Mighty Hannibal, Little Gary Ferguson, Gatemouth Brown. Johnny Taylor, Wanda Rouzan, and The Beat Boys.


Butthole Surfers, 1985 (80 min.)

This mid-80s VHS release documents the Butthole Surfers performing live at the club Traxx in Detroit, Michigan in 1985. Includes Trevor Malcolm on sousaphone and bedroom interviews.

Songs: The Shah Sleeps in Lee Harvey's Grave, One Hundred Million People Dead, Bar-be-que Pope, Cowboy Bob, Hey, Tornados, Dum Dum, Mexican Caravan, Cherub, Lady Sniff, Something, Mark Says Alright, and PSY.

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