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kisakuvaI got an email from Mr. Methane who I interviewed the last year. He informed me about “the very first world fart championships” that are going to be held at Utajärvi, Finland, on 13th of July this year.

Mr. Methane is not going to be competing but he will be giving his own show there. You can find Mr. Methane’s and Esko “Peräsmies” Väyrynen’s videomessage about the event from here.

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This time we have an interview with a real living legend, Mr. Methane, from the United Kingdom!

Mr. Methane is a superhero, a professional flatulist. There has been only one of his kind in the known history before so we are talking about a really rare kind of an artist here. Mr. Methane puts art into fart.

If you are not already familiar with Mr. Methane, here is some info from his website Mr Methane – The King of Farts!:

“Mr Methane Is No. 1 for farts, farting video and fart related comedy!

Mr. Methane is a Performing Flatulist or Petomane, he performs the Art of Controlled Anal Voicing employing the same technique as 19th Century French man Joseph Pujol aka Le Petomane. He has performed his Fart Artistry at the worlds top comedy festivals in Montreal, Melbourne and Edinburgh as well as many public and private shows for exclusive clients.

Mr. Methane has also showcased his Performance Farting on many TV and Radio Shows during his long and illustrious career. Howard Stern called him, “A true Genius. A huge star!”

He further tells us that “basically I possess the rare ability of “singing” from both ends, putting the “art into fart” rock, pop, and classical selections are included in my musical repertoire which, combined with a stunning visual display of… Candle snuffing; talc blowing, and the incredible… Dart farting, guarantees a reaction from any audience.

Apart from the many TV & Radio Shows and there have been a lot over the last 20 years – about a hundred TV shows and many, many more radio shows both here and abroad – I’m usually as a rule booked for private parties, corporate events, festivals, student unions and nightclubs looking to book something unique, different and unusual. The type of people who book me come from across the whole social spectrum, children to royalty, barristers to builders, students, mums and dads. My humour crosses all of society.

I’ve literally “worked my passage” around the World with Live appearances in Europe, North America, Canada, Asia & Australia, including performances at the worlds top comedy festivals in Montreal, Edinburgh & Melbourne.

In Stockholm I am the act that blew open the doors of censorship, launching Swedish TV into a new open era with a rendition of God Save the Queen in front of the Swedish Foreign minister. In Austria I am the “face” of an Austrian anti racism advert and Down Under I hold the record for the most complaints received by an Australian TV station after “singing” Happy Birthday to former World No1 Tennis Player, John Newcombe on Channel 9s Footy Show.”

I guess you got the picture, right? Without further holding, Ladies and Gentleman: Mr. Methane speaks!

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For the starters

Greetings, Mr. Methane! It is an enormous honor to interview you, a living legend! How are you doing?

I’m ok thank you, I’m just recovering from a busy week of farting for Japanese and Spanish Television. Talk about working your passage.

How has your life changed since you decided to become a professional flatulist? Was it a difficult decision to make? Were you worried what your relatives would think of your choise of career? Did you guess how famous you would become?

My life has changed enormously, I don’t have the vast wealth of an A List Movie or Rock Star but my way of life over the last 20 years has absolutely no resemblance to the life I had when I was in an non show business occupation.

It wasn’t a difficult decision to make in the end as my career as a train driver for British Railways was coming to an end, the moral of the work force was low, the relationship between the staff and management was very poor, the Government and Margaret Thatcher in particular didn’t like the rail industry or its workers. It was a dying industry constantly contracting more and more with each subsequent year. All in all it wasn’t a satisfying organisation to be working for, definitely not enriching to the soul, certainly not a creative job, just awful clocking on and off hours and a bad overall feeling of no future due to all of the foregoing.

My mother Died in 1988, after that I wasn’t worried about what anyone else thought. You could say “I threw caution to the wind!”

I had no idea about how well recognised I would become, although I wouldn’t say I’m at a Hollywood movie stars level of fame, I’m quite blown away at the amount of profile my bottom and I have achieved in so many different parts of the world.

What is so funny about farts? Why do we laugh at them?

Its all down to our social etiquette, what your society believes you should and shouldn’t do in company and peoples feelings and reactions when someone does something totally natural that their social rules say they possibly shouldn’t. I remember Kelsey Grammer when speaking in defence of me at the Montreal Festival said, “Its the first thing in life that we laugh at and possibly the only thing that we can always laugh at”. Despite those fine words farting is still a social taboo for many and the ridiculous nature of all this fuss over something natural makes it funny.

Its all down to our social etiquette, what your society believes you should and shouldn’t do in company and peoples feelings and reactions when someone does something totally natural that their social rules say they possibly shouldn’t.

Besides of fart jokes, what kind of comedy, humor, you like? Any special shows, actresses or actors, etc. to name?

I used to like Monty Python a lot as a youngster. I also liked some of the alternative stuff that came in the 1980’s like Kenny Everett and “The Young Ones”. Moving into the 90’s Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse were great and Pete Watermans appearances on “The Hit Man & Her” were always good for a laugh but looking back its Jims Bowens Bullseye, Minder with George Cole, Lovejoy, Bargain Hunt with David Dickinson, The Two Ronnies, Dads Army, George Formby, Fred Dibnah, Bruce Forsythe, Morecambe & Wise and the early Carry On film cast of Sid James, Kenneth William etc. that really stand out and last the test of time. Not all were comedians, some were comedy actors, others like Dibnah were steeplejacks whose way of life was documented on TV.

If I have to choose a No1 though its Morecambe & Wise, a British double act who really only appealed to a British audience and weren’t that famous anywhere else, their ability as musical hall variety entertainers & TV stars is unsurpassed but if their fan base is anything to go by you have to be British to appreciate it. Then again ask me tomorrow and it might be Dads Army.

Is fart humor universal? Are there places on Earth where farting is generally not considered funny?

I once lost a talent contest in Japan to a Korean Uni-cyclist. The Japanese audience saw his craft as bodily discipline and mine as bodily indiscipline. With the Japanese audience being into the discipline side of the coin, I lost the vote as they didn’t conceive the fact that to fart on command was infact in my case a discipline or craft, they just thought I had a dietry disorder and was blowing off all the time. At the end of the show members of the audience were shouting “Booooo!” I thought they must be the ones who voted me off but what I didn’t know at the time was that “Boooo” in Japanese means “Very Strong Wind” so I did in fact have some friends in the audience who saw me as a disciplined Ninja of Flatulence rather than a man who had ate too much cabbage.

Life as a flatulist

You are apparently the only person in the world today who is a professional farter. There has apparently been only one professional farter before you, Mr. Joseph Pujol (1857-1945). Why is it that there has been no more professional farters in the world? Certainly there must be people out there who know the technique involved, right?

There are other people like me and Pujol who have the skill or the powers of Controlled Anal Voicing but not everyone wants to go public or is a showman. Couple that to the fact that it is a niche market where the openings for public performances are not in the same volume as for say, a Tina Turner tribute act, then you are well on your way to getting to the bottom of the show business farting conundrum.

If there are some persons out there who know the technique and have been considering to try a career as a flatulist, what kind of supportive words you’d have for them?

Strain hard to make sure your career doesn’t go down the pan. I’m 46 this year so the World needs some Fresh young farting talent that can come along in a few years and fill my shorts when I eventually hang them up.

Do you train your farting skills regularly, practise new songs, etc? Are there some health related benefits, disadvantages or dangers involved in your profession?

I find it gets harder as I get older and I have to keep Farting Fit with specific yoga stretches and exercises in order to preserve my powers.

I’m a bugger for sticking to what I know works best and not trying new stuff. Last week I farted the Macerena on Spanish TV, it was they who requested it and me who had reservations. Even in rehearsals I was not sure it was fart friendly but then when VT rolled just like Tom Jones I rose to the occasion and delivered a very sincere and authentic interpretation of a Spanish classic. Not that I’m saying Tom Jones sounds like my arse, I use his name as he is a pro, the top of his game, a singer who always rises to the occasion and delivers a top quality performance when the chips are down. – just thought I’d clarify that to avoid any misunderstandings.

You have been on Finnish TV at least twice, in Älä katso in early 2000 and in Jim Salabimin Taikashow in 2010. How your visits here went? Did you enjoy your stay here? Any special memories of Finland?

I remember my first visit in 2000 I was struggling with a hemroid, looking back at the show now on youtube you wouldn’t know it but every time I farted it was like tooth ache in my anus. I love watching this show on youtube but for some reason I think they left out my performance of “It’s Flatulation” in the final edit which is a shame as I was busting my ring on that gig.

On my second visit in 2010 it was very very cold it being February. I enjoyed landing at Helsinki and also Tampere on the snow & ice covered runways, I also enjoyed the very laid back feel of the show and as time was allowed for overruns in filming I ended up with a spare day to go sight seeing in Tampere which is always good as so many times you are just in and out with no time to get a feel for the country you visit.

In general I like Finland, Norway & Sweden. The air is clean and fresh, the towns are clean and tidy, the design and architecture styles are clean and tidy (IKEA), the country’s are not overcrowded and life is on the whole seems more civilised and socially inclusive than the UK. OK I know the tax is a killer but you can’t have it both ways.

In addition to Finland you have been performing in many other countries worldwide. Where you’ve been, what have been the most memorable performances thus far and why? Are there some places where you’d really like to go perform?

I’ve done all the EU countries except maybe Luxembourg. Japan, Australia, America and a few Middle Eastern countries.

I think Sweden stands out. Apparently I changed the face of Swedish TV when I appeared on The Robert Aschberg Show and farted God Save The Queen in front of their foreign minister. Never before had such a thing been seen and never again would Swedish TV be the same ever again.

Australia really goes for the live shows, they love a display of Controlled anal Voicing, its the country where I can really get bums on seats.

The USA is another country where I’ve been well received thanks to USA commercial radio and people like Howard Stern, Drew & Mike, Dom & Mike and Beth & Bill. People would to come to my shows in their hundreds. Unfortunately during the time of George Bush junior as president a new regulator was appointed at the FCC who interpreted the regulations about what you could and couldn’t do on radio more stringently. Stations were suddenly afraid to have a man on their show who could break wind at will, so my USA radio appearances dried up and consequently the bottom fell out of my live show market in the USA.

I once performed at the opening of an art exhibition in Switzerland called “AlpenDuft” = Smells of the Alps. It was an official champagne style reception with the local dignitaries and the mayor presiding over the ceremony. For my part I Performed a selection of traditional Swiss folk songs accompanied by the horn section of the Bern Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the ceremony.

Apparently I changed the face of Swedish TV when I appeared on The Robert Aschberg Show and farted God Save The Queen in front of their foreign minister. Never before had such a thing been seen and never again would Swedish TV be the same ever again.

Is fart humor more popular among men than women? What kind of women are into farts – are they of more intellectual type?

Definitely more popular among men. In terms of women its usually intelligent or aristocratic ladies that like a good guff.

Do you have lots of female fans? Groupies? Does Mr. Methane get laid a lot?

Its not Rock & Roll by any means, you certainly don’t have to nail the hotel door closed at night but I would be very uncomfortable if it was, on the odd occasions I have experienced that sort of thing I’ve felt very uncomfortable, the whole groupie thing really isn’t my scene.

Have you had any ”accidents” during your performances?

Yes once at the Sportsman’s Inn, Hyde, Cheshire many moons ago I went all the way and caught a bear in the net. Last week on Spanish TV during the Macerena was a close call as well but I managed to avert disaster or at least downgrade it to a Shart.

You took part in Britain’s Got Talent in 2009 and performed Blue Danube in the show. That must have make your star even brighter – have you got more gigs and other offers after being in the show?

My appearance was more of a Statement about the show than a genuine audition, I think that’s possibly why Simon Cowell looked so pissed off. Looking back although I knew the panel would look down their noses at me it hasn’t done me any harm, in fact its done me a lot of good and a lot of people actually envy me for having had the opportunity to fart in the direction of Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden & Piers Morgan.

I’m always surprised how seriously some people take the show and its characters, as if it isn’t loosely scripted, slightly fictional, manipulated or presented in a certain way. Its all about making good TV so any good production company or TV station will always try to manipulate or influence events to get the best and most controversial outcomes.

What do you think Simon Cowell, Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden really thought about your performance? Surely they just pretended to not like your amazing act, right?

I think I’ve just covered this in above paragraph.

As for Piers and Amanda, they laughed uncontrollably and then were unable to comment leaving Simon to deliver his line. I can’t prove it was scripted but I can say I was invited to apply for the show and they knew I was coming.

Talking about Britain’s Got Talent 2009 – I was thinking it would have been awesome if you would have done a duet with Susan Boyle! What would be the song of your choise for a duet with her?

Someone not associated with me was going to mash an edit together and put it on youtube but they got cold feet when Susan was taken ill and went into care after the finals. Suddenly it wouldn’t have been funny at that time as I think she was suffering from mental illness and exhaustion. Had things been a little lighter then maybe Sonny & Chers, I’ve Got You Babe would have been a crowd pleaser.

If you could perform with any artist you’d like to, who she/he/they would be? Any special songs in mind?

Sinéad O’connor is in her own words, “A Massive Fan” – She once bought all her friends a Mr. Methane DVD & CD for Christmas – So I think a duet of “Nothing Compares To You” would be good, maybe re worked and called, “Nothing Compares To Pooh!” Only trouble is Prince or at least the artiste formally known as Prince owns the song and he might have a bit of a problem signing off on the idea.

Sinéad O’connor is in her own words, “A Massive Fan” – She once bought all her friends a Mr. Methane DVD & CD for Christmas.

Have you considered participating in America’s Got Talent? Based on what Howard Stern, a judge in the show has said, you might end up in the finals there! What do you think of this?

They did invite me to try out a few months before BGT made the call but unfortunately I’m not a US citizen so by their own rules it couldn’t happen and it wouldn’t make sense. Tonight on Americas Got Talent here’s a guy all the way from the United Kingdom called Mr. Methane. Mind you on seconds thoughts they do say the UK is the 51st State so maybe there isn’t a problem.

Ah, yes, silly me. Are there some types of events where you would categorically refuse to perform? What if someone would want to hire you to perfom in some political event, wedding ceremony, funeral, or other such ”serious” event? Would you go?

I’ve done all sorts of events over the years but if my bottom is going to be used to endorse a political viewpoint or point criticism at someone on behalf of someone else I’m not up for that. I have my own personal opinions but as Mr. Methane I entertain all and don’t take sides.

See here for an example: “Britain’s Got Talent” – farting around causes national outrage in Romania.

I’ve done all sorts of events over the years but if my bottom is going to be used to endorse a political viewpoint or point criticism at someone on behalf of someone else I’m not up for that.

What have been your peak moments in your career thus far?

Probably the launching of my website and the release of my home movie Mr. Methane Lets Rip and my CD Mr Methane.com have to be the high points for me as I think the website and my merchandise have been my most valuable promotional tools.

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Future

What kind of plans you have for the future? New records, gigs, TV-appearances, or such? New appearances in Finland?

I’d like to get a budget to develop the Mr. Methane animation idea into a full blown series of fully animated adventure cartoons. I’m also planning to release an album of National Anthems very soon on itunes, this will be a digital release as the bottom has fallen out of physical CD sales.

You have made the record for the longest recorded fart in history – 59 seconds! Are you planning to break the record some time soon?

I believe that many people dispute my record and a problem is that many years ago when I wrote to the Guinness Book of Records the Editor blew my request out saying such an endeavor wasn’t suitable for inclusion in his book. Consequently all records are unofficial and open to interpretation and counter claim so unless some proper rules are established its probably not worth having another blow at it just yet.

What would you like to say to all of your fans reading this interview?

I’m not sure really as everyone gets something different out of Mr. Methane and his Colon Coughs but maybe just to say if I’ve helped raise your spirits, restored your faith in humanity, entertained you and helped get you through a difficult day then that’s what Mr. Methane is all about and its been a Gas doing so.

What makes you happy?

Peace, tranquility, nature and the natural environment. I’m not a materialistic person.

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Thank you very much for the interview, Mr. Methane!

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Boyd Rice: An Embodiment of the Wolf’s Hook

As many of you know, I wrote an article “Church of Satan is dead” some time ago. That article got me in touch with a documentary movie maker Larry Wessel, who’s interview “Larry Wessel speaks!” I then made. Wessel’s latest movie, Iconoclast, was six years in making. The result is a four hour long ride that goes through Boyd Rice’s life in three parts. This includes a good deal of history of pop culture and art too. After watching the movie I knew I wanted to write a review of it. However, after reading Carl Abrahamsson’s excellent review I thought I would have nothing to add to what he had said, because he put it all so well. You can find Abrahamsson’s review from here. Well, I thougth I could still write something about the documentary. If nothing else, I could write down my notes of the contents of the film and some of my rambling notes in between. What follows might be boring reading as it pretty much just lists the contents of the film. For those who are interested in Boyd’s art, life, and persona and have not seen the film yet, my notes and ramblings might still be interesting. So, with this note, or warning, let me begin.

Part One: Lemon Grove

Part one of the movie starts with Boyd reading his poem Secrets:

That is most powerful which remains unknown

Except unto you, and to you alone

There are secrets that slumber behind these eyes

And I stand by my secrets, my truths and my lies

There are secrets that soar where the eagle flies

Above man’s truths and beyond his lies

There are secrets that slither like snakes in the night

Coiled in shadows, far distant from light

There are secrets that confront you in the midday sun

Yet remain unknown to everyone

A secret burns bright when its law is obeyed

But is doomed to fade when that law is betrayed

For that is most powerful which remains unknown

Except unto you, and to you alone.

It seems to me that in some poetical way the ethos of this poem carries through the whole documentary. I don’t know Boyd but it seems to me that the poem carries the spirit that is present in all that Boyd has done and what he is like. He is difficult to label, he is multidimensional. He is often labeled this and that, often as something sinister and suspicious. But the truth probably lies somewhere between the lines, one could say between the opposites. I was reminded already at this point of the film of the wolf’s hook rune and how it really well seems to symbolize the essence of Boyd and his work.

After that Bob Larson does exorcism, Boyd goes to a tobacco store and buys a whole box of Samuel Gawith snuff. Wait! Is that that nasal tobacco? Yes it is, you can see Boyd taking it later in the film, in part three of the documentary, at the Absinthe studios. I have never tried nasal snuff, but I enjoy a lot the kind of snuss (especially portioned General) that you can buy in Sweden (I am having one portion under my lip right now while writing this).

A family history follows. A whole bunch of old pics. A story of a neighbohour average man’s everyday routine and how Boyd decided he will never be like that. We hear of a tv prank and a good deal of a tiki-culture. Already at this point my idea of Boyd starts to get new dimensions. I did not know that much of his interest in tiki and of things related. My idea of Boyd had previously been formed pretty much through some of his NON-recordings and his association with the Church of Satan. I think I am not the only one  like that. Much more interesting new dimensions to Boyd and his works is about to follow. This is getting really interesting.

We hear what happened in 1969. We hear of a Dark Shadows character who said: “Two natures have always existed in man, one good the other evil, perhaps with this we can bridge the gap in man’s divided nature”. Boyd comments on this: “And like a portal opened in my soul”. I am again reminded of the wolf’s hook rune and its essence. It is becoming apparent that the symbol has found a resonance within Boyd very early and that he has ever since worked to unfold the symbol’s mystery.

“Two natures have always existed in man, one good the other evil, perhaps with this we can bridge the gap in man’s divided nature”.

We hear of Strange paradise. We hear of Anton LaVey, Charles Manson, and Tiny Tim – how they were totally different and still much alike. We hear a story about Martin Denny. We hear a story about a man who lost his keys in Italy and found them from Florida. We hear about decadent Hollywood and its coolness. Rodney Bingenheimer. Glamrock. Principal in a nazi uniform poster prank. We hear a story about Boyd making a life size cross in high school and his work at Taco Bell – and of eating a moth there every now and then. Bean-qhr-qwr-qhr. We hear about how to make photos of things that does not exist, St. Jean Cocteau and Captain Beefheart’s nightly calls. Then Boyd tells about dada, surrealism, alchemy. I like it all, I can totally relate to what I hear. An image of Boyd as an artist starts to surface, an image that is new to me. The guy starts to get more and more interesting, minute by minute.

Boyd tells us how “women like it weird”. He tells us of his open-ended paintings, and again the wolf’s hook rune comes to my mind. The principle is there again. Skinned sheep’s head gift to the first lady is pure gold. A priceless prank, instant art performance. Next we hear how Boyd was living dada real. Steve Hitchcock illuminates us about how magic and alchemy is part of what Boyd does: “Boyd was someone who introduced me to the idea of alchemy of thought, where by you take negative or valueless proposition and turn it to your own advantage, by sort of inverted perception of it, which can be done, it takes a disciplined mind, a disciplined mentality if you want to make use of that, but it certainly is a valid principle”. Do you see the wolf’s hook and its principle at work again here? I do.

We hear of Boyd meeting Genesis P-Orridge. We hear of 1977 and the famous The Black Album, Boyd’s deal with Mute records, the birth of NON, and why punk was just glam rock with harder edge. Next we hear of something in which Boyd was again ahead of the time: Pagan muzak record that can be played with different speeds. This happened years, years ago. The first time I heard of such a record was when Butthole Surfers’ Hairway to Steven came out in 1988. Before of that I had for my own amusement listened to lots of records with different speeds – pretty much with the perspective of “open-ended paintings” of which Boyd spoke about earlier in the documentary. You can find the same thing interesting with different angles, perspectives. Things are most of the time not black and white, but composed of many colors and shades.

Who invented tape-loops? It was Boyd. He tells us how nothing in the world is fixed. We hear of “the world’s weirdest record”. We hear of the first NON show, which was “louder than Led Zeppelin”. There is a note of music as sounds, not so much as songs. Iitywimwybmad. Roto-guitar. Stuff ahead of the time. Live sounds from that part of the documentary remind me of some amazing underground noise gigs that I attended at Some Place Else in Turku, South-West of Finland around 2004 and 2005. Boyd did that kind of stuff about 30 years earlier. I find that rather impressive.

Part two: San Francisco

Part two of the movie deals with Boyd’s years in San Francisco area. We hear of Incredible strange films and research involved. Director Ray Dennis Steckler is revealed to be also actor Cash Flagg. The amazing scopitone machines are introduced. Boyd tells us of “close-ups of tits shaking a few seconds too long” and girls doing dances in bright colors. Sounds and looks good to me.

Then comes something I knew there was going to be covered, Boyd’s association with Anton LaVey. “Living in San Francisco it was inevitable that our paths would cross”. Blanche Barton tells about getting to know Boyd and why Boyd and Anton got so well along. “Role of the Devil has to be… one that challenges”. Barton also tells that Boyd also understood the trickster, prankster side of satanism… which is something that not everyone understands. Coop, the artist, tells about “making it hot for them”… and that “of course that applies to Boyd, perfectly”. We hear of Blinky the friendly hen’s funeral and resurrection. Vampire aesthetics. There is a note about romance and cultured gentleman in a vampire – and how below that side is a beast. A perfect wolf’s hook principle at work again.

Stanton LaVey, Anton LaVey’s more known daughter’s son, appears briefly in the film too. His first sentence in the film is “Boyd did fuck my mother!” which is followed with a warm laugh. He clearly has positive thoughts of Boyd. It seems that Boyd has had much warmer relationship with Zeena than I had. Back in the late 90’s and early 2000 I met Zeena few times, corresponded with her and it was an ongoing argument. Zeena and her husband Nikolas thought that I was trying to put too much love into the left hand path. They even called me “Jesus of darkness”. But that is another story.

Beth Moore-Love is an artist who I was not familiar with earlier. We see some of her amazing paintings. She says of Boyd: “He’s very intelligent. I like people who not only think outside of the box, but outside of the entire packeting industry… Boyd is one of them”. Boyd tells a chilling story of San Francisco’s Chinatown and its rats. It is very easy to believe. I lived in the city for some time in 2004 and Chinatown was one of my favorite places there. I visited it quite often and wondered about the smell of the place. Rats fit in the picture well.

“He’s very intelligent. I like people who not only think outside of the box, but outside of the entire packeting industry… Boyd is one of them”.

Next Boyd tells us how all the women who he brought to LaVey’s house had the next night a dream of having sex with LaVey. Boyd tells of LaVey’s different alter egos, the crime boss, the china man, and how LaVey could keep with a role for hours. The stories are hilarious and Boyd cracks up telling them. To readers of LaVey’s works it comes as no surprise that LaVey was living in a sort of alternative reality or realities he chose to live in. We hear very interesting angles on the subject. The famous Johnson & Smith’s catalogue is covered, and how “consternation” is the word related to it. Whoopee cushion. Remote controlled fart machine. How Anton programmed his keyboard with different fart sounds. The movie has been very fun already from the beginning, not just at this point. Barton tells how she and Boyd got Anton to record his music. It is very much likely that without them there would be no recorded music of LaVey.

Then comes the part dealing with Charles Manson. “Two minutes after meeting him he is giving me this you-are-me-and-I-am-you -routine”. Boyd tells us how Manson has one feet in the world of a fantasy, another in reality. We hear a story of Charlie telling to Boyd about taking a helicopter and visiting Ajatollah Khomeini. We hear that there are secrets Manson has told to Boyd – and which Boyd has promised to not tell to anyone while Manson is still alive (this reminds me of Boyd’s poem Secrets, with which the movie begins). Why Boyd got in touch with Manson in the first place? Why he seems to have interest in individuals who have been labeled very “sinister”? Some of Boyd’s associates gives a perspective on this: “Boyd has always been sort of attracted to those people who disrupt society in some way, that cause, that show the limitations of what we pretend to be civilized, I don’t want to put words into Boyd’s mouth but I know that’s part of what attracts him to this stuff”. I think this is a good angle to the question. The documentary gives a broad context where one can reflect on that. I think the documentary also gives an idea of the wolf’s hook rune, its essence and principle in artistic action – pursued by a questioning mind that does not see things in black and white but as “an open ended paintings”. Things are not fixed. In his pursuit Boyd is not afraid of putting himself in positions where he can easily get misunderstood. He is not so much afraid of social pressure as most of the people are.  Such a courage in looking at the human equation is hardly a bad thing. I would rather argue that seeing things in black and white is a bad thing. Finally, we hear of how Manson got into a solitary confinement for two weeks because of a bullet that happened to be in Boyd’s pocket – and how that ruined their relationship.

“Boyd has always been sort of attracted to those people who disrupt society in some way, that cause, that show the limitations of what we pretend to be civilized, I don’t want to put words into Boyd’s mouth but I know that’s part of what attracts him to this stuff”.

Then the documentary comes to the symbol that I’ve already mentioned few times, the wolf’s hook rune. We hear of the balance point between creation and destruction, “exactly the meaning that has been the guiding force in my life”. Adam Parfrey enters the picture – the guy is “on the same wavelenght “with Boyd. We are informed about the Apocalypse culture, 8-8-88 at Strand Theatre, San Francisco. We hear of the nazi accusations Boyd has been thrown with. “Boyd was not, is not, and will never be a nazi… you could take it as seriously as the Producers movie”. Anyone who has watched the documentary thus far must agree with that.  To say that Boyd is a nazi is absurd. We hear about the victim culture that likes to whine about everything. We learn of a mexican poster and ABBA-book that was stolen from Boyd (whoa – I did not know that Boyd likes ABBA. I have always liked them too. In my article “Church of Satan is dead” I pondered how much common ground I might have with Boyd. It seems there is much more than I thought). The San Francisco part of the movie ends with a story of Boyd moving to Denver. We hear why the place is cool. We hear that the building Boyd lives in was built in 1890. We hear how Boyd had a Carnival of souls welcome to Denver.

“Boyd was not, is not, and will never be a nazi… You could take it as seriously as the Producers movie”.

Part three: Denver

Part three deals with Boyd’s time in Denver and the stuff he has done since moving there. There is a recording session at Absinthe studios. Fredrik Nilsen gives another perspective on Boyd that tells of his wolf’s hook nature and approach to things: “He is a scholar of evil. He’s not evil. In fact, he’s a very sweet, loving, guy. But he seems to have an incredible knowledge of the nature of evil and he seems to be willing to chronicle and look at it in a sort of… empirical way, I’m not sure it is empirical… aesthetic way. And I think he is pretty great”. We see a footage of Boyd’s guest lecture “Regarding evil” at Massachusetts institute of technology. We hear of Oswald Mosley and his ralleys – and how his symbolism influenced Throbbing Gristle and David Bowie. We hear how Marilyn Manson (who has called Boyd his mentor) also used the Mosley symbolism after Boyd noted to him about it and about “a cross between glam rock and Nürenberg rally”. We hear about how to manipulate archetypes – how to step into a role you want to be in and how it then flows into you. There is a funny anti-fascism demonstrators talk with Boyd. After that there starts a really interesting part where Bob Larson talks with Boyd. He says with a big smile: “Bob has been working with me for the past 14 years… he doesn’t give up”. Boyd’s sense of humor is great and a watcher of the documentary is blessed with tons of it.

“He is a scholar of evil. He’s not evil. In fact, he’s a very sweet, loving, guy. But he seems to have an incredible knowledge of the nature of evil and he seems to be willing to chronicle and look at it in a sort of… empirical way, I’m not sure it is empirical… aesthetic way. And I think he is pretty great”.

We hear of the Partridge family & Partridge family temple: “Our religion is based on fun”. We hear of archetypes on TV. Giddle Partridge speaks. A story of Boyd as a catholic priest “blessing” kids rosery beads is pure prankster Boyd. Gidget Gein speaks how his idea of Boyd went up and down. The subject of social darwinism is touched upon. Another angle to wolf’s hook is given: Abraxas – an entity that is good and evil at the same time. We learn that Boyd has Charles Manson’s copy of the Bible. Bob Larson tells Boyd that “maybe you need an exorcism”. Boyd and Bob talk about paradigms of reality, good and evil. All in a very good spirit, pretty different from what it was like in Bob Larson’s radio show in the early 90’s. Boyd tells about Might is Right by Ragnar Redbeard and about Lions Lair and women who got spontaneously naked for him there. We hear of Tiny Tim and his phonecalls, talk about women. Nutcase letters LaVey got. LaVey’s guns. We hear a hilarious prank that Boyd did with “Got milk?”-campaign’s billboard that featured David Copperfield. The billboard had  a picture of Copperfield’s face with some milk on his upper lip and a text saying “What’s the magic word? Calsium”. Boyd changed “Calsium” with some paint into ”Cum”. I once made a similar prank with Canal plus billboard… maybe you guess what I painted it to be? Margaret Radnick tells about Boyd’s love letters to her. Boyd’s friendship with Rozz Williams is covered. Douglas P. tells an amazing story about nazi-monkeys attacking old German men with bananas. Boyd’s bar Tiki-Boyd as an alternative reality is covered.

The talk between Boyd and Bob Larson continues. If there has been lots of interesting, even surprising turns in the film thus far, it gets even more such at this point. Boyd and Bob talk about some kind of possibility to survive death, and Boyd even tells that he nowadays thinks that some kind of reincarnation of consciousness might be possilbe. Bob comments: “You may have to turn back your Church of Satan card!” Boyd: “I tried and they wouldn’t take it!” Bob: “What happened to your old misanthropic idea of things? Obviously you must have mellowed in your hatred for humanity”. Boyd: “I’m still fairly misanthropic, I just don’t think I’m not actively misanthropic. Because I’m a very happy individual and I just find it if I treat everybody with a certain degree of civility they usually treat me with civility so generally they’ve used to people treating rotly and when somebody comes along who is nice to them it is big change for them and I gotta see the best sides of everybody if I treat everybody decently and they in turn are nice to me”. Bob says back in amazement: “Do you realize what you just said? You have just recited a part of Sermon of the Mount. You have just articulated one of the most important ethics that Jesus taught! Do unto others as you would have them to do unto you”. Bob continues: “At least you’re not at this point trying to bring back Thor and declare total war!” Boyd says smilingly: “Yea, I need to change the lyrics…” We hear “People” with improvised lyrics. The movie ends with Boyd’s poem, just like it started. The ending poem is Boyd’s Gift:

On my own

Hour after hour

Sipping cocktails

And reading Schopenhauer

Living in a world

Without imagination

I see that hope

Is a lack of information

I turn my back

I shut the door

I lock the key

A prisoner in my home

But it’s lovely to be free.

After that we hear Boyd singing Terry Jacks’ Seasons in the Sun. The film ends.

As I said, the movie is multidimensional. It covers a lot. It is funny as hell. It is thought provoking. It is surprising. It gives a picture of Boyd that one might not expect. Anton LaVey said once that “Boyd is a true iconoclast” and one cannot but agree. As it has most likely become clear, I would like to add that Boyd is an embodiment of the wolf’s hook rune, the symbol he has carried with him since his childhood.

Larry Wessel has made one hell of a film and I highly recommend it to everyone who is even cursorily interested in Boyd and his art. This documentary is a classic.

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