Oh, yes, yes, Gerry, that is exactly what I meant... I mean, the
musical style, compared to what we are often used to hearing in Meat
Loaf, is so similar. To me, Meat Loaf sounds like he belongs in
musical theatre (though I don't know enough about him to know if he
was involved with this genre outside of Rocky Horror)
More to the point, I think the people from our group here will
pretty quickly pick out the Platonist connections. I keep thinking I
will take a second look at it myself.
--- In email@example.com, "Gerry" <gerryhsp@y...> wrote:
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Mike Leavitt <ac998@l...>
> > The meat loaf site locked up my first browser, and just gave me
> > picture and large black areas on the other two, so while you were
> > right about meathead, I still don't know who meatloaf was. I
> > the link to work to look at it in IE, and I guess that will make
> > site work so I will then know who he was. He looks like Jeb
> > Clampet's son in The Beverly Hillbillies, but....
> > Regards
> > --
> > Mike Leavitt
> Geeez, Mike, you must have been pretty busy since the 70's . . . ,
> but if "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" and the _Rocky Horror Picture
> Show_ don't ring any bells for you, then Cari's link may not help
> Going back to the beginning, here's a very brief plot outline for
> movie I mentioned earlier:
> "A transexual punk rock girl from East Berlin tours the US with
> rock band as she tells her life story and follows [i.e. "stalks"]
> ex-boyfriend/bandmate who stole her songs."
> The "ex-boyfriend" there is a reference to the character of Tommy
> Gnosis, whom I described previously as stealing and bastardizing
> Hedwig's music. There is a point in the film where the
> realizes not only that Tommy has abandoned her in pursuit of his
> stardom, but that he isn't fully aware of the meaning of the
> for example, changing the name of the god "Osiris" to "Cyrus" in
> song "Origin of Love." This is what I was alluding to with
> to popular understanding of "Gnosticism." Tommy managed to make
> stage name (Gnosis) a pop icon, even though he was still somewhat
> ignorant of the actual meaning of the lyrics which Hedwig had
> provided him. As a proponent of the importance of meaning, I
> that part of the film really stuck in my craw.
> Anyway, it was interesting to see PMCV's mention of Meat Loaf.
> sure he'll clarify if I read him incorrectly, but the reference
> have come from the fact that this film, like the Rocky Horror
> Show (in which Meat Loaf appeared), was also a campy production.
> might have also found a similarity in musical styles. In fact,
> Loaf had considered performing a couple songs from the "Hedwig"
> soundtrack on an album he was working on at the time, but ended up
> not having enough room, if I recall correctly.
> For the record, "campy" is not to be taken as a disparaging
> above. On the contrary, I think it lends to the endearing humor
> the film, which also conveys the profound story of an individual's
> quest for "wholeness." As I said earlier, the movie was both
> and movingoras PMCV described the music, it was
> simultaneously "cheesy" and "skilled." Absolutely, and the genius
> that was responsible for that lay in the talent of John Cameron
> Mitchell and Stephen Trask, the latter supplying not only the
> score for the production, but the vocals for Tommy Gnosis as well.
> Honestly, even if I hadn't appreciated the movie for its
> philosophical merit, I'd probably still recommend it to friends
> for the dialogue and visuals . . . especially in the Gummi-Bärchen
> scene . . . or perhaps for any of the references to young Hedwig
> (Hansel) having to play in the oven! ;-)