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WFMU-TV; That's Irritainment (Heino, Shatner): Baby Octopus: Love Onion: Hisao Shinagawa: Organisation- Ruckzuck (Kraftwerk): You Must Choose!: FAUST.
posted by vronsky (31 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

 
You're my hero
posted by wheelieman at 11:17 AM on November 29, 2008


Kraftwerk used to have a bongo player. My mind has officially been blown.
posted by speicus at 11:36 AM on November 29, 2008


Although this is very entertaining, I don't get the link to WFMU; I was hoping for a WFMU channel on Youtube. Are these all things that they'd linked to in the past on their "Beware of the Blog" Video Clips site? If so, why not link directly to the WFMU site instead of YouTube?
posted by not_on_display at 11:45 AM on November 29, 2008


Not on Display, I think, but not sure, that they did public access TV way way back in the early 90s in NYC. They haven't posted this on the blog yet, but I hope someone there yet. On a side note, I met Dave the Spazz here in St. Paul last weekend and hes quieter then he is on mic.
posted by wheelieman at 12:07 PM on November 29, 2008


Oops should have linked to his Spazztacular radio show in the last comment.
posted by wheelieman at 12:13 PM on November 29, 2008


n_o_d, I am aware of Beware of the Blog, but rarely go there because fmu is very hit or miss with me. I usually only see it when other blogs link to something interesting on there. The "irritainment" clip came up in the related videos on YT when I was looking at something else last night, which got me curious as to what wfmu-tv was all about. So basically these clips are what you get when you search wfmu-tv in youtube :)
posted by vronsky at 12:13 PM on November 29, 2008


Thanks, vronsky -- I found it! "Mark Rudolph's work has been broadcast on the Independent Film Channel and Bravo. He acted in, directed, wrote, edited and produced his award winning Manhattan TV series WFMU-TV. Hosted by wfmu radio hosts such as Irwin Chusid and Fabio Roberti, WFMU-TV was a free form variety show of satire, music and irritainment. He has portrayed a frustrated Orson Welles doing a commercial in War of the Words on John Pierson's "Split Screen." Mr. Rudolph currently lives and works in a bunker near Ground Zero as an investment behaviorist. "
posted by not_on_display at 12:28 PM on November 29, 2008


That Baby Octopus clip was dangerously misleading.

When the monsters stole the baby octopus and beat up on its little head, the parent octopus would *NOT* have run around like a goofy Benny Hill character.

It would have changed colour to look like a rock, lain in wait, then when the monsters came close enough it would be all *bam* black ink! *biff* venomous suckers! *pow* strangulation by eight arms *blammo* HEAD EATEN BY CREEPY OCTOPUS BEAK MUNCH MUNCH MUNCHING INTO THE EYES FIRST AND THEN THE BRAIN WHILST STICKING OCTOPUS ARMS UP THE MONSTERS' ASSES AND DEPOSITING EGG SACS THERE FULL OF MORE BABY OCTOPUSES WHICH THEN EMERGE AND EAT THE MONSTER CORPSES FROM THE INSIDE OUT!!!
posted by UbuRoivas at 12:42 PM on November 29, 2008 [4 favorites]


Still on that manic upswing I see, eh Ubu? ;)

But yeah, wasn't that awesome? And I thought American kid's shows were trippy.
posted by vronsky at 2:28 PM on November 29, 2008


here is a translated version, which strangely makes even less sense :)

I am red and I love you!
posted by vronsky at 2:50 PM on November 29, 2008 [1 favorite]


Organisation didn't really "become" Kraftwerk. It was a band that Ralf and Florian played in, with 3 other guys, before Kraftwerk. They released one album in 1969, and were disbanded in 1970 at which point Ralf and Florian formed Kraftwerk with two different guys (not Bartos and Flür, they both joined later), and recorded several more albums of the same sort of Krautrock-ish stuff you hear in the video. They weren't really the Kraftwerk everyone knows, and didn't even really use synths that heavily, until Autobahn. They've even steadfastly refused to reissue their first three albums (Kraftwerk, Kraftwerk 2, Ralf und Florian), claiming they're "not representative".

However, Organisation's sole album is often included in Kraftwerk discographies, and most obsessive Kraftwerk fans have it. They were a different band, though.
posted by DecemberBoy at 3:12 PM on November 29, 2008


America faces the same doom as Sodom, Godless Sodomites.
posted by not_on_display at 3:21 PM on November 29, 2008


vronsky: on a japanese tip, you might appreciate some Der Plan.
posted by UbuRoivas at 4:38 PM on November 29, 2008


Colons: The Next Hot New Delimiter?
posted by Eideteker at 5:47 PM on November 29, 2008


Eideteker % get with the times, man.
posted by UbuRoivas at 6:09 PM on November 29, 2008


MetaFilter: Where "Have you ever had your partner's penis up your rectum?" not only isn't NSFW, nobody even remarks on it.
posted by DU at 6:58 PM on November 29, 2008


A lot of colons and rectums in this thread.
posted by vronsky at 7:20 PM on November 29, 2008


DU: I think that breaks the subtitle rule; that is, you are commenting directly, rather than quoting. I mean, that's fine by me, but it is the season, and the Great Bauble, on the way to winter tree dangling, may come a-colon, looking for rectumification.
posted by cytherea at 9:18 PM on November 29, 2008


The image of Heino dancing is chasing me to the ends of the earth like a dark hideous phantom riding the night, as my screams fill the air and I frantically search for the sweet oblivion of death to rescue me from this horror.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 9:41 PM on November 29, 2008


Oh c'mon, Faust wasn't that bad.
posted by bardic at 9:46 PM on November 29, 2008


my screams fill the air and I frantically search for the sweet oblivion of death to rescue me from this horror.

Calm down, Marisa etc, take a few deep breaths, and have a sip of ein Whisky.
posted by UbuRoivas at 9:51 PM on November 29, 2008


have a sip of ein Whisky

Ah, that is better. My reaction to this was more like Camilla's suicide in Mulholland Drive than Lovecraftian terror.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 9:58 PM on November 29, 2008


Heino?
posted by vronsky at 10:07 PM on November 29, 2008


heinous!
posted by UbuRoivas at 10:10 PM on November 29, 2008


Steingo.
posted by UbuRoivas at 10:11 PM on November 29, 2008


Steingo.

Not just for sci-fi; that codpiece also enhances Sting's tantric sexual powers.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 10:16 PM on November 29, 2008


gee, thanks for that. no sleep, but feverish tossing & turning & nightmares for me tonight.
posted by UbuRoivas at 11:04 PM on November 29, 2008


If it helps you sleep better, Sting did later ammend his "I can make love for six hours" boast by saying, "What I didn't say was that this included four hours of begging, dinner and a movie."
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 11:21 PM on November 29, 2008 [2 favorites]


Heino? Heino! HEINO

I had never heard of this guy and now I am transfixed. The dancing double was pretty funny, but it couldn't be funnier than Heino singing in German about Rio, while dancing absolutely not at all, in a bar full of chunky, pasty Germans. (Although, to be fair, there were probably bars just like that in Rio at the time.)

According to Wikipedia, the sunglasses are not for funkiness, but to hide his exophthalmos. He's got Marty Feldman eyes! But he is still with us and he still has hair like a hairstyle from the Play-Doh Barbershop.
posted by Countess Elena at 5:42 AM on November 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


This was my first Heino song, and still my favourite. *sing!*
posted by UbuRoivas at 6:52 AM on November 30, 2008


Love Onion is no joke.
Reminds me of Sweetbaby/Brent's TV (cover) mixed with Great Plains mixed with Beat Happening on a spaceship. Something like that.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 4:08 PM on November 30, 2008


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