Wednesday, January 11, 2017
RAP DAMAGE . Short Films by David Markey & Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) uploaded by GTVR to YouTube
(Short Films by David Markey & Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore)
By: Ecstatic Peace!
(C) Copyright 1994 WGP (We Got Power) Films/Ecstatic Peace Records.
Director David Markey’s Notes:
“Lou Believers” a.k.a. “In Search Of James Woods” (1989) Kim & Thurston Moore came over and we decided to see a movie and make one. Off to World Famous Graumens Chinese Theater in the heart of Hollywood in the oh-so-harsh late 80’s. James Woods latest heavy drama on the big screen. Davo Classmen was the driver, as anointed by Did. We pick up Lou Reed (Joe Cole) and visit The Hollyåwood Celebrity Hotel, hang out at a newsstand, and make a feeble effort at a drug score. Ends in a big jam w/ a crazed Hollywood street hobo. Cameo by Warhol. Co-directed by David Market & Thurston Moore.
“Rap Damage” a.k.a. “In Search Of The Hip Hop Rabbit” (1991) Thurston on a bender. Shot one day during a break on the Ragged Glory Tour. Hip Hopped-up NYC roadie Maurice Menares plays psychotic sidekick/bunny. Offensively endearing, in the face of P.E., N.W.A., REM, and Desert Storm. Chance occurrence of fire, predating the LA riots. Stopping at yard sales, ended up on Venice Beach. By the end of the day, I went nuts. Keep in mind, this was at a time when “Rico Suave” by Gerrardo was in heavy rotation.
“Grunge Pedal” (1993) Starring vehicle for Free Kitten. Kim Gordon, Julie Cafritz, & Mark Ibold lounge on suburban lawns, jamming a guitar effect box & Japanese beat boxes. Thurston reads lyrics off Public Service (early 80’s LA hardcore compilation), and Saccharine Trust’s “Pagan Icons”. Mark, in English accent, reads bio penned by Byron Coley.
“Skeeno H.C. Rules” (1991) Sonic Youth plays hockey arena w/ Neil Young in Reno, Nevada. Ten years earlier 7 Seconds recorded this earnest hardcore classic “Skins, Brains, & Guts” EP. The town was known as Skeeno. Audio recorded especially for the film by Society’s Ill’s, a band consisting of Mike Watt (bass), Thurston (vocals), Dez Cadena (guitar), & David Markey (drums), who cover said EP.
“I don’t own the copyright for this film, just wanted to share it with the public as it is very funny, entertaining and a great peace of history for Sonic Youth fans, and fans of short films involving Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, David Markey & Friends. Enjoy! Ripped from VHS in 2016”
- Zak Mering. (GunkTVRecords)