An amazing birthday portrait of myself as Bloodmeadow by Monsieur Pete Ellison, the very talented wunderkind at www.heyitspete.com! And when’s the last time you watched an episode of GOTHIXXX? Probably too long!
Postscript: Here it is printed and framed in a lovely frame I stole from an Oscars party- You can get your own print of Bloodmeadow enjoying a Slurpee and haunted by ghosts here!
I have known a creepily lifelike doll named Eliza Rickman for several years, and today she released a video for her song, Start With Goodbye. It’s composed of forced perspective vignettes with taxidermied animals. Please enjoy it.
Jonathan Saunders took this picture of me this week, largely because neither of us had anything better to do. He’s shot George Carlin, Bernie Madoff, Don Imus, and me. He’s an expert marksman, an artist, and a real weirdo. Check out his photo blog at www.iliketotellstories.com.
This year I decided to find a new “sexy” costume, so I went with the dowager Queen Victoria. She wore mourning black for forty years after the death of her beloved consort Prince Albert. She was the first Royal to be photographed, and believed that cosmetics were for prostitutes and actresses. Is there really a difference?
The high point of my Halloweek was visiting Emo Philips, and he seemed very pleased to meet Sexy Queen Victoria.
When I was young, full of hormones and Anne Rice novels, I wanted to be a vampire, because living forever would be GREAT. I would get multiple opportunities to make out with David Bowie, for one. I had watched the Hunger so many times that I wore out the rental tape from the Blockbuster in Plano, Texas. (As you know, all the most sinister people rent from Blockbuster).
If I were a wampyr, I would feel powerful and important and I would save a lot of money on food, and I would outlive all of my enemies- except for the very small percentage of them that also became vampires. When life feels like it’s full of infinite possibilities and people and combinations, this is an attractive concept. There will never be enough time to read all you want to read and see all you want to see.
Twenty years later, you couldn’t pay me to be a dirty stinking vampire! If I’m this sick of humanity and media right now, how bad would it be at 500? There’s only fifteen different kinds of people in the world, and I’m sick to death of fourteen of them- Also, if I lived forever, how many Spiderman remakes would I have to endure? Who am I going to talk to? Already, my interests and music references are met with blank looks of incomprehension by young people in bars. What about the little girl vampire in Let The Right One In? Two hundred years old, and all she gives a shit about is sucking blood and working a Rubik’s cube! Who’s gonna talk to me about Robyn Hitchcock and Twin Peaks and Heathers in a hundred years? Huh? Answer me, goddammit!
I hope you know that the finest karaoke in LA is to be found in the Ground Control book curated by the awesome Andrew Paul Holguin, appearing Tuesdays at Offbeat in Highland Park- are you aware that this is a tight, super-weird, nerd-friendly book? That there’s a Smiths list as long as your arm? That the crowd is patient and endlessly supportive? It starts around nine and ends when the fun stops, which is never! Here’s a short list of a few of my favorite songs. Ground Control, thanks for letting me sing G.G. Allin’s I Kill Everything I Fuck, which was my prom theme. Weird songs! Weird people! Good Times!
Arctic Monkeys-R U Mine
Black Keys-Gold On The Ceiling
Cramps- Goo Goo Muck
Daft Punk-Get Lucky
David Bowie- Moonage Daydream
Deniece Williams-Let’s Hear It for the Boy
GG Allin-I Kill Everything I Fuck
INXS-Listen Like Thieves
La’s-There She Goes
Mark Ronson Feat Amy Winehouse-Valerie
Nick Cave-Jubilee Street
Nick Cave-Mercy Seat
Patti Smith-Because The Night
Pixies- Hey (Baby Ketten Version)
Psychic TV- Godstar
Pulp- This is Hardcore
Radiohead-Exit Song (From A Film)
Robert Palmer- I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On
Sam And Dave-Soul Man
Sly Foxx-Let’s Go All The Way
Soft Cell- Bedsitter
Smiths- What Difference Does It Make?
Space-Female of the Species
Sparks-This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us
Tom Waits-I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You