- Nov 21, 2004Hello Gerry
On 11/22/04, you wrote:
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Mike Leavitt <ac998@l...> wrote:
>> The meat loaf site locked up my first browser, and just gave me his
>> 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 sent
>> the link to work to look at it in IE, and I guess that will make
>> the site work so I will then know who he was. He looks like Jeb
>> Clampet's son in The Beverly Hillbillies, but....
>> 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
> you anyway.
> Going back to the beginning, here's a very brief plot outline for
> the movie I mentioned earlier:
> "A transexual punk rock girl from East Berlin tours the US with her
> rock band as she tells her life story and follows [i.e. "stalks"]
> the 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 protagonist
> realizes not only that Tommy has abandoned her in pursuit of his own
> stardom, but that he isn't fully aware of the meaning of the lyrics,
> for example, changing the name of the god "Osiris" to "Cyrus" in the
> song "Origin of Love." This is what I was alluding to with regards
> to popular understanding of "Gnosticism." Tommy managed to make his
> 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 suppose
> that part of the film really stuck in my craw.
> Anyway, it was interesting to see PMCV's mention of Meat Loaf. I'm
> sure he'll clarify if I read him incorrectly, but the reference
> might have come from the fact that this film, like the Rocky Horror
> Picture Show (in which Meat Loaf appeared), was also a campy
> production. He might have also found a similarity in musical styles.
> In fact, Meat 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 comment
> above. On the contrary, I think it lends to the endearing humor of
> the film, which also conveys the profound story of an individual's
> quest for "wholeness." As I said earlier, the movie was both funny
> and moving
> Honestly, even if I hadn't appreciated the movie for its
> philosophical merit, I'd probably still recommend it to friends just
> 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! ;-)
My only memeory of the Rocky Horror thing was watching people line up
outside this theater that played it for five years straight. I was
never into the underground movie thing and never saw it, and never
cared to. Oh well, different strokes....
Mike Leavitt ac998@...
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