Another strange trip back to the early 90’s when I was a subscriber to a monthly VHS alternative rock series (yes, those hoary old days of magnetic tape in a video cassette and desktop publishing). Hard to believe this song will be 28 years old this autumn.
In late 1993, this song stuck out from the crowd so to speak, hypnotic, incessant, and wholly seductive (and in some ways reminiscent of Dr. John’s early Night Tripper period). The original video was very weird, a bit macabre and occult-like, but I haven’t watched it in a long time and didn’t refresh my memory by viewing it while making this video as I wanted to be as original as possible. Like “Blue Buddha” does musically through spoken word-samples, I also engage in “sampling” bits of retro, although visually, to complement them. Thus, it is a virtual potpourri of retro from almost every genre that would fit the wild unpredictability and inherent darkness of this track. But who is the young dancer whose moves lead us on earlier in the video? LOL. Yeah, even she is reto now, and this song came out less than five years before her first big hit.
From Wikipedia: “My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult (often shortened to Thrill Kill Kult or TKK) is an American electronic industrial rock band originally based in Chicago, Illinois and founded by Groovie Mann (born Frankie Nardiello) and Buzz McCoy (born Marston Daley). They became known in the 1980s as pioneers of the industrial music genre – although by the early 1990s they had changed to a more disco-oriented sound – and as a frequent target of censorship groups, including the PMRC, which objected to the band’s humorous and satirical references to Satan, Jesus and sex in their song lyrics and stage shows. During the early 1990s, Thrill Kill Kult had several hits on the U.S. dance club and alternative charts. They also contributed songs to several movie soundtracks and appeared in the 1994 film The Crow.”
Like Screaming Trees’ song “Butterfly” (which I made a video of at YouTube in 2019, and it is here as well), I first came into contact with My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, not by radio airplay or MTV oddly enough, but through a monthly VHS series I subscribed to during the early 1990’s called Rock Video Monthly. Each tape profiled music videos by largely alternative rock bands and artists like Concrete Blonde, Dinosaur Jr., Counting Crows, Screaming Trees, Spin Doctors, and Eve’s Plum. On average there were ten artists on each VHS tape. I still own a small library of the tapes and they are in excellent condition.
“Blue Buddha” was released on the 1993 album 13 Above the Night.
Ivory Soap TV Commercial No. 4 “Long Hot Shower” (1970)
Britney Spears, Instagram Dance, January 2021 (visual effects, zoomed to a bit larger than 4:3 ratio)
The Babysitter (1969)
The Inauguration Of The Pleasure Dome (1966)
The Clairvoyant, aka The Killing Hour (1982)
These Girls Are Fools (1950)
Jefferson Airplane concert footage, 1968
From Beyond (1986)
The Masque of the Red Death (1964)