In a play to be his nation’s saving grace, hall-of-fame curmudgeon Mark E. Smith gets all soft and sentimental over…World Cup soccer—er, football. A case of a project too absurd not to be true, the Fall frontman has recorded an unofficial English team anthem called “England’s Heartbeat” with a duo called Shuttleworth. What’s even more unexpected is that Smith seems to play it pretty straight, getting patriotic in a way that could only be inspired by a tradition of sports futility. So England hasn’t won the World Cup since 1966, but considering the winning streak that Smith’s on this year with the latest, greatest Fall album Your Future Our Clutter, don’t bet against ‘em this time.
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A news report captures a local outbreak of the Rocky Horror Picture Show phenomenon in Universal City sometime in the late 1970s. Watch closely, because about 1:25 into the segment, a certain soon-to-be-college-rock icon appears dressed as Dr. Frank-N-Furter to reassure the reporter, “This is an excellent movie, it really is, and we’re all quite normal, really.” [via A.V. Club]
Do you love Christina Hendricks as an gorgeous-but-somewhat-tragic office-runner named Joan Holloway in 1960s-set Mad Men, but also love Christina Hendricks as a gorgeous-but-somewhat-psychopathic con-woman in the distant-future-set Firefly? Well, you’re in luck! Danger Mouse-James Mercer project Broken Bells has released a video for “Ghost Inside”, which features Hendricks as a jump-suited android from the distant-future trying to make it to a very retro-looking resort planet.
After years and years of hearing what a lost treasure MTV’s The State was, I was finally granted access through it’s recent addition to Netflix’s Instant Stream feature. It more than lived up to its reputation, especially when compared to it’s lazy older brother, Saturday Night Live. Sketches on The State rarely outstay their welcome, you’re in and out before you know it. Even a weak concept is a low risk venture, because you know the shows rapid fire pace will soon move onto a new topic (often with a clever segue).
The one sketch that stood out for me the most was Ken Marino’s “Louie: The Guy Who Comes Out and Says His Catchphrase Over and Over Again”. Just as SNL was knee deep in characters like “It’s Pat” and “The Richmeister”, this sketch brings to light the lame and lazy formulas those SNL sketches often employ. A situation is set, be it a party, the beach, or what have you. An opportunity for entry presents itself, as in an unseen guest who is late to said party. Enter: familiar character. Cue applause. Character says line. Audience knows line, so audience laughs. If the character was withholding a treat, the audience would probably sit or roll over on command. As you can see, “Louie’s” catchphrase, “I’m going to dip my balls in it,” makes no attempt to be even remotely clever. That anti comedy aspect of it is what works for me, while the audience lapping up the seventh incantation of “Schwetty Balls” makes me want to put my face in my hands for a long time.
The video for Kylie Minogue’s latest single, “All the Lovers”, has just been released and it is just as pristine visually as the track is aurally. Not surprisingly, the video boasts a staggering amount of scantily clad PDA enthusiasts. “All the Lovers” will be made available for download on June 13. Minogue’s 11th studio album, Aphrodite drops on July 5.