By Jim Schutze
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Good Burger with Rage Against The Machine's Battle of Los Angeles
Most folks wouldn't ever dream that Rage Against the Machine's politically charged opus was actually inspired by Good Burger, the 1998 kid's feature starring Nickelodeon icons Keenan and Kel. But a closer comparison of the two reveals several eerie similarities and connections.
In the film, Keenan and Kel play employees of a neighborhood hamburger stand engaged in a war against faceless corporate tyranny. On the record, the songs focus on a working-class war against faceless corporate tyranny.
In Good Burger, the fast food battle is waged in the city of Los Angeles. Rage Against the Machine's album is called The Battle of Los Angeles.
An interesting side note: Actor Abe Vigoda, who co-stars in Good Burger as a geriatric french-fry jockey, also played bass on Rage's 1996 record Evil Empire.
Key Sync Moment:
The scene where Keenan's character, Dexter, dozes off while manning the grill. As flames engulf the kitchen, we hear the strains of Rage's "Sleep Now In the Fire."
It's a Wonderful Life with the Lords of Acid's Lust
Director Frank Capra's 1946 motion picture It's a Wonderful Life has long been celebrated as the perennial holiday fave. But few know that the film was also the inspiration for the Lords of Acid's 1991 dancefloor sex classic Lust.
Though often viewed as a bittersweet fable of small-town life, it's the seething erotic tension between stars Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed that carries the film. So real and intense are the onscreen sparks that it inclines one to believe the old Hollywood rumor that the stammering, geeky Stewart was actually quite the poon hound (and hung like a horse, according to legend).
Regardless of old movieland innuendo, syncing Lust and Life makes it abundantly clear there was a lot more in George Bailey's pants than just ZuZu's petals.
Key Sync Moments:
Late in the film a "born-again" Stewart returns home to his wife and family. As the actor embraces Reed, he gazes hungrily into her eyes and plants one on her lips, at which point the Lords break into a "Kiss that body/Suck that body/Feel that body/Touch that body" refrain.
In the movie's final scene, Reed gets a tad nas-tay herself. While everyone else is in the midst of their holiday mirth, singing "Auld Lang Syne," she turns and whispers into Stewart's ear. At that very moment the album-closing "I Sit On Acid" remix reaches its chorus, making it appear that Reed is actually mouthing the words "Sit on your face, I wanna sit on your face."
Years later director Paul Verhoven was said to have used this scene as the inspiration for his 1991 kink-a-thon Basic Instinct.
The first-season finale of HBO's Oz and the Backstreet Boys' Millennium
Turns out too-Swede über-producer Max Martin is an Oz freak. Can't get enough of the stuff, really. As in: The names of his three cats? Augustus Hill, Tobias Beecher, and Vernon Schillinger, all inmates on the show. His dog's name? Warden Leo Glynn. He even has his posh studio in Stockholm set up to look like naïve Tim McManus' Plexiglas prison, "Emerald City" (Cell Block 5, if you're nasty).
That said, it's debatable whether the close ties between Oz's first-season finale and Millennium are intentional or not. Of course, according to sources, the series seemed to be on a permanent loop inside the control booth, Martin mixing the disc as he mouthed practically every line.
We're pretty sure, then, that it would work with any of the episodes. When synced together, Oz's grim view of prison life is set aside to allow the virtual cauldron of sex to spill all over the screen. Rrrrr!
Key Sync Moment:
Tobias Beecher (Lee Teregeson) learns the rule about not dropping the soap as "I Want It That Way" builds to a climax. Truly Must See--and hear!--TV.
The fact that these two testaments to unchecked excess could match up like PB&J should not come as a surprise to anyone...who isn't completely stoned. The real shock here is that Vermont's finest managed to pull off the trick so effortlessly in a live setting, even allowing time for those listeners with single-tray CD players to switch discs without missing any of the fun...especially while stoned.
Or maybe it wasn't quite so effortless. According to a recent interview given by Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio, the band had a handful of television monitors set up at strategic points around the stage, so the timing would be spot-on...even while they were righteously stoned. And word is, the group put themselves through a Dune boot camp of sorts. They read passages from Frank Herbert's novel to one another and refused to answer to anything other than the character names they had selected (Anastasio, for example, was Paul Atreides, played by a young Kyle MacLachlan in the film), even dressing in full costume and makeup...mostly while stoned.
Whatever, it worked--that is, if you can reasonably call a six-disc set, devoted to one concert, that matches up (in the most minute of ways) with a ponderous version of a film that was overly long in the first place a "success." Oh, you can? Cool.