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The interconnectedness of all things - Which is not unduly obvious, as I am about to explain
The interconnectedness of all things
When Rowan Atkinson created his "Mr. Bean" character, he was inspired by watching the character of "Monsieur Hulot" played by French film director Jacques Tati in his 1953 film Les Vacances de M. Hulot (Mr. Hulot's Holiday), a film I love dearly.

A caricature of Mr. Hulot appears extremely briefly during a beach scene at the start of a Powerpuff Girls cartoon episode.

Craig McCracken, the animator behind the Powerpuff girls, put together a CD called Heroes and Villains of inspirational music for the cartoon, with the help of Mark Mothersbaugh, formerly of the band Devo. Together they got music from some of Craig's favourite bands, like Shonen Knife, the Japanese all-girl group that plays both 50s-style bubbly pop and metal.

One of the other bands on the CD is Optiganally Yours, who compose their music around the Optigan, a crappy electric home keyboard which, in 1971, was toy company Mattel's attempt to break into the musical instrument business. It failed, but was remarkable at the time because it stored some of its sounds on a 12" optical audio disk.

During OY's song on the CD (entitled Walk and Chew Gum) the lyrics momentarily break into a sequence where they say "PoppyPoppyPoppyPoppyPoppyPoppyPoppyPoppy!" This is a reference a cover of the song Stout-hearted men (mp3), as performed by Shooby Taylor, a New York post office employee who invented his own form of scat singing. It's a difficult song, but absolutely genuine in its enthusiasm. That and its inane zaniness never fail to lift my spirits whenever I hear it. (A lot more about him can be read here.)

And none of this has anything to do with a letter to the editor in The Sunday Independent, a Dublin newspaper, which was supposedly reprinted in The New Republic, Oct. 24, 1994:

Sir -- I was shocked by the language of Molly McAnailly Burke's piece on lesbian rockers, and your allowing it in a family newspaper. The offending phrase "five writhing beauties hot for each other" should be "five writhing beauties hot for one another," since *each other* applies only to two.

Current Mood: silly silly
Current Music: Shrah, soo, shah, nah, rah, sah, pah, dah, hah

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porsupah From: porsupah Date: August 28th, 2005 11:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
*whine!* I had a copy of Heroes and Villains, but it seems to've fallen victim to one of the moves. Quite a pity, as I really enjoyed that particular strain of music, which clearly owed a lot to Mr Mothersbaugh. (Whom you can almost see in the opening seconds of Mystery Men, playing the keyboard at the rest home)

And I had an Optigan. ^_^ We had to haul it on a winch and then in through the window. ^_^ (As good a means of casual theft deterrence as any) The disc system definitely was rather cool - the rhythms offered were surprisingly good. Sadly, it wasn't long after that a different kind of keyboard came calling, and drew me away from further musical experimentation. (Something I'm eager to return to, needless to say, once money's in evidence again)

I definitely need to see M. Hulot's Holiday again.. it's been much too long. (About all I recall from it is the sequence of different windscreen wipers :) By that token, you might like to rent Divine Intervention sometime - the style of humor and direction does seem quite similar, despite the very different settings and themes.
dronon From: dronon Date: August 29th, 2005 03:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Windshield wipers? That's in Tati's later film, Trafic.
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