Crispin Glover does "Ben"
March 13, 2003 9:29 AM   Subscribe

"Ben" - The Michael Jackson song revisited by Crispin Glover.
posted by boost ventilator (24 comments total)
Jesus Christ. Wow.
posted by sklero at 10:19 AM on March 13, 2003

That was the most beautiful three minutes of my life.
posted by jpoulos at 10:22 AM on March 13, 2003

Crispin Glover. Rodents. Gratuitous cleavage. R. Lee Ermey, wearing a monocle, engaging in fisticuffs, as a Hitler doppleganger watches.

It's as if they put a fever dream on video. I like it.
posted by woj at 10:29 AM on March 13, 2003

Puzzlement, awe, and finally I'm laughing like hell....

It got me to thinking of my time working in a pet superstore -- the horrified looks I'd get from soccer moms when I'd try to tell them that, dollar for dollar, the rats were the best pets they could buy for their kids. (The kids always gravitated to hamsters, anyway.)
posted by alumshubby at 10:30 AM on March 13, 2003

That was so cool. Now I can't wait to see Willard. Great link, boost ventilator.
posted by brand-gnu at 10:33 AM on March 13, 2003

I think the big brown rat could be one of the fabled R.O.U.S.'s?
posted by woj at 10:35 AM on March 13, 2003

How wonderful! I was going to see it, even tho I suspected it would be bad. Now I am thinking it could be brilliant!
posted by thirteen at 10:48 AM on March 13, 2003

I went to an advance screening of Willard on Monday. It's quite good. Crispin Glover is, as always, endearingly creepy.
posted by sigma7 at 11:02 AM on March 13, 2003

Hey, you. Get your damn hands off her.
posted by askheaves at 11:02 AM on March 13, 2003

I once came across a book of poetry/stories by Crispin Glover at Tower Records that was autographed and discounted to sell for something like $6. I wish I had bought it, but I was poor at the time. April Winchell has an mp3 of Crispin doing a cover of 'These Boots Were Made for Walking' that is just beyond words (at the bottom of the page - worth the scroll down). And the best song about Crispin Glover has to be the Warlock Pincher's 'Where the hell is Crispin Glover?' I hope Willard does well so Crispin can continue to be 'endearingly creepy.' (well put sigma7) Thanks, boost ventilator, for the post.
posted by snez at 11:11 AM on March 13, 2003

Crispin Glover will be on Late Show tonight, for the first time since 1987. I just wrote about this on my site, including a transcript and photos from his infamous 1987 appearance.
posted by waxpancake at 11:20 AM on March 13, 2003

I love it. Hurrah for Mr. Glover!
posted by hulette at 11:28 AM on March 13, 2003

I have heard Crispin Glover's album. I hate it. Despite that, when I saw a copy at the store, I purchased it for my boyfriend, who loves that album. The only song I'll even consent to listen to is "Automanipulator".
posted by eilatan at 11:38 AM on March 13, 2003

What woj said. Awesome! I wasn't planning on seeing it, but now I am.
posted by reidfleming at 11:39 AM on March 13, 2003

The guy that R. Lee Ermey trades blows with looks suspiciously familiar...
posted by woj at 11:56 AM on March 13, 2003

Memepool had a great post about Crispin Glover a while ago (second-to-last-post on the page).

Not sure how to do the trackback thing on this....
posted by charlesv at 11:58 AM on March 13, 2003

Excellent. This may rehabilitate "Ben" in the UK. Here, a whole generation remembers only the 1980s Marti Webb version, which hijacked the song in aid of a pukily maudlin TV show campaign to raise funds for the cheerful, popular and brave Little Ben Hardwick, a child with liver disease. It became conveniently forgotten that the song was originally about a rat.
posted by raygirvan at 12:04 PM on March 13, 2003

Beautiful. But did that remind anyone else of the floor show/pool scene in Rocky Horror?
posted by dchase at 5:30 PM on March 13, 2003

Two rat paws up. Way up.
posted by Dirjy at 6:36 PM on March 13, 2003

Crispin Glover is, as always, endearingly creepy.

He comes by it honestly. His dad was one of the all-time creepiest James Bond villains.
posted by kirkaracha at 7:01 PM on March 13, 2003

I wish Crispin Hellion Glover would release his long-shelved second album. His first album is a manic masterpiece.
posted by Down10 at 12:10 AM on March 16, 2003

Reinforces my decision to skip the movie. Rodents completely skeeve me out. But it is brilliant in its madness and creepiness -- and it raises the question:

Creepier Character: Michael Jackson as Michael Jackson or Crispin Glover as Willard?
posted by Dreama at 8:20 AM on March 16, 2003

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