A recent biopic of the equally loved and loathed head slapping threesome, which, as the film will no doubt explain, was actually a six some all told, due to multiple illnesses and replacements regarding the two that weren’t Moe. Our mum confesses to really hating and fearing the Stooges in her youth, and we can see why – whereas, say, L&H or Harold Lloyd were essentially likeable buffoons amidst their chaos, the Stooges are frequently quite sinister, really maliciously beating each other and crying out in intense pain. Curly in particular often goes completely psychotic, kicking the crap out of anyone and anything in the vicinity, which just isn’t funny. So hopefully we’ll get an examination of that sinister side here, along with the various staple Stooge routines – the “whoop whoop whoop” spinning on the floor, the “telling the time with three watches that all run slow/fast” gag, the collapsing three-way bunk bed bit, and the oddest one of all, the bit in the (many) films where they play dictators of a made-up country, and look at a map of hilarious made-up other countries (Great Mitten, Jerkola, Atisket, Atasket, that sort of thing) which involves a long, slow pan of the camera around the map, so the audience has time to read the side-splitting names, thus killing the slapstick pacing stone dead, and looking very weird indeed. But we bet they won’t explain why one of the latter Shemp replacements, Joe Besser, inspired the name of Fred Asparagus’s fat, absconding drummer off of This is Spinal Tap. And we do like to know these things.Read More
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I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor tonight, which allows us to mention that when it got to number one, Calendar showed a clip from its Whistle Test-inspired video and captioned it “amateur video”. In fact that video was the first we’d heard of them or it, when it was shown on Popworld in fact, and we never thought the record version was quite as good because it was a bit overproduced. Anyway, it’s included here because it started bands being broken via the internet and that rather than the major labels and Top of the Pops.
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