Music has always been important to me. It inspires me, challenges me, and sometimes annoys me. Looking back, I’m glad that I challenged myself at an early age to avoid top 40 and have a relatively diverse list of influential songs. Putting together a list like this took much longer than I expected. I could have easily added 5-10 songs by a few bands and called it quits, but this list limits it to one song per band and forced me to think about what songs continue to be my favorite, pushed me in a new direction, or represent my strongest memory of each band.
Movies don’t have to be amazing to have an impact. These are films that I still think about or led me to explore new ideas. Some are great, some are trashy, and some just hit me at the right time.
- Belle du Jour
- White (Three Colors Trilogy)
- Dancer in the Dark
- The Taste Of Others
- The Decalogue
- The Red Balloon
- Anatomy of Hell
- Fat Girl (The Criterion Collection)
- Dreams by Kurosawa
- Dancer in the Dark
- The Passion of Joan of Arc
- Woman in the Dunes
- The Saddest Music in the World
- La Chatte à Deux Têtes (Porn Theater)
- C’etait un Rendezvous
- Sordid Lives
- Repo Man
- Police Academy
- Pink Flamingos
- Female Trouble
- Rubin and Ed
- The General
- Reform School Girls
- Hedwig and the Angry Inch
- Fast times at ridgemont high
- Shakes the Clown
- Midgets vs. Mascots (Unrated)
- Death Race 2000
- Smokey and the Bandit
- Blair Witch Project
- Giant Spider Invasion – This was the first movie to give me nightmares. I discovered I could avoid nightmares by imagining monsters playing baseball and never worried about scary movies again.
- Return of the Living Dead
- Evil Dead 2
- Little Otik
- Human Centipede
- The Blob
- Friday the 13th pt. 2 – I thought the series really took off when Jason returned as an adult.
- Blood Diner – This is the best vegan, zombie Shetar film ever made. If John Waters made a horror film, it might look like Blood Diner. This scene is just the tip of the iceberg.
- Requiem for a Dream
- The Gay Bed & Breakfast of Terror
- The Shining
- The Hitcher While the remake wasn’t bad, you’ve got to go with the original.
- The Birds This was another film that I watched at too young of an age.
- The Exorcist I watched this at least a dozen times on TV before reading the book and watching the un-edited version. Hoo boy, skip the TV version and go for the real one. I was more than a bit surprised with what a crucifix can do.
- Bless the Beasts and Children – This film had a huge impact on me as a child and is probably a major reason I have no respect for people that hunt.
- Watership Down – Mom didn’t know what this movie was about when we saw it at the Navy base theater. We thought it would be yet another war film. This blew me away and became my favorite book to read in school. Forget Harry Potter, give me a socio-political novel based on rabbits.
- River’s Edge – Crispin Glover’s masterpiece
- The Outsiders – Stay golden pony boy
- What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, not to be mistaken for Baby Jane?
- Do the Right Thing
- Fight Club
- The Diving Bell and The Butterfly
- The Warriors – Come out and play!
- Thelma and Louise
- Harold and Maude
- Beneath the Valley of the Ultra Vixens
- Cherry, Harry, and Raquel
- The Pillow Book
- Can’t Stop the Music – My obsession with the Village People should’ve been an early sign…
- But I’m a Cheerleader
- Dazed and Confused
- Henry, Portrait of a Serial Killer
- The Gleaners and I
- Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead – Great introduction to to juicing, although it led to an unfortunate meeting with beet green juice.
- A Band Called Death
- The Devil and Daniel Johnston
- The Botany of Desire – Did man cultivate these plants? Or did they manipulate man?
- Rivers and Tides – the art of Andy Goldsworthy
- Trouble the Water – Experience Katrina from the eye of the storm and surviving the flood by a New Orleans resident with a video camera. This is probably the best document of the disaster.
- It’s Gonna Blow – I spent many nights at the Casbah photographing and growing up with these bands, yet I still learned a lot from this documentary about San Diego’s music scene.
- Born into Brothels – Explore the difficult life of prostitutes in Calcutta
- Urgh! A Music War– Early punk and new wave documentary that introduced me to Klaos Naomi and others.
- Blue – Derek Jarman’s film discusses his struggle with AIDS and loss of vision. The film is entirely blue with the sound of monlogues and conversations.
- Pink Narcissus
- Powell-Peralta Animal Chin DVD (1987)
- The Muppet Movie – I have no idea why this struck a chord with me, but I watched it repeatedly.
- Lovedolls Superstar: Fully Realized
Nostalgia sucks. It sucks you into a steaming pot of “oh my god I remember that site…”. Here are some of the web pages that opened my eyes to the potential of this internet thingy.
I am better than your kids
I hate clowns
One of my first emails addresses was Bubba@iHateClowns.com. I had the tshirt and sticker to match. I still hate clowns.
The Steakhouse Incident
Apparently, early internet pages were filled with potty humor. The steakhouse incident is the finest example of splattering the walls.
Paris Street View
Google made street view maps famous, but Pages Jaune provided street view photos of all Paris addresses way back in the early 2000s. You can still catch a glimpse of the images in the Immersive view.
My first web site
I built my first web site in 1997 and it was a real beauty. Enjoy the awkwardness of By Business Page Maker-built web design: Ted Drake.
Ah foodies and their search for the next big taste. The pursuit leads one to new locations, tastes, and aftertastes. The following stories are so tasty!
In 1979, Les Blank took a detour to film German filmmaker Werner Herzog honoring a vow he made to Errol Morris that he (Herzog) would eat his shoe if Morris ever actually made one of his films he was forever talking about. Stung to action, Morris directed Gates of Heaven and Herzog, true to his word, returned to Berkeley to consume one of his desert boots at the UC Theater. Blank’s film documents Herzog’s strongly expressed belief that people must have the gutts to attempt what they dream of.
- Horrifying Stories Of Animals Eating Their Owners
- Drinking Poop Tea with the Chinese Villagers Who Swear by It
- Professional Dog Food Taster Is Actually a Real Job
- Corn Smut — The Pathogen That Came to Dinner
- Chinese Woman Addicted to Dog Hair Has Eaten 1,000 Hairballs in the Last Two Years
- Baby Poop Being Used To Create Healthier Sausages