Thursday, May 26, 2005

Animazement 2K5



Though the real Hell action is no doubt north of the border this weekend, Phil Lee sends me to send word of Hell at Animazement 2005 in Raleigh, North Carolina on Friday. He has a very musical Hell in the works, it sounds like, with lots of weird music videos, some East Indian stuff involving tractors in some fashion, mannequin family sitcoms, Bob Sapp guest-starring on the live-action You're Under Arrest, Survival Tobita versus Ken the Box on the high-school gym mats of the Saitama Pro-Wrestling Corporation, and other good stuff. Friday at 11PM in the main auditorium, assuming they manage to kick out the karaoke contest on time this year.

Because I happened to have the art lying around from this month's OPM anime column, Captain Tylor subs in for the original centerpiece to the flyer, which was deemed too fascist for prime time.

10 comments:

Tohoscope said...

I noticed that my HELL has become more musical. What with Heino and Shammi Kapoor and Lolita No. 18 and Domu and that clip of the Sailor Scouts shaking booty to "My Name is Prince and I am Funky..."

One of my projects is putting karaoke style subtitles on one of the Heino clips, so everybody could sing along. And everybody loves to sing along with "My Merry Oldsmobile."

And we like to sing with Mister T on "Be Somebody or Be Somebody's Fool" and Rosey Greer on "It's Ok to Cry" from Free To Be You and Me...

And then there's Eddie Eagle's song, which I can't remember right now...

And I'm sure I'm forgetting other musical bits that always show up in HELL.

gavv said...

"Stop, don't touch! Leave the area, tell an adult!"

Actually, follow the bouncing ball with a heino head instead of a ball would be more appropriate for heino than straight karaoke

David F Smith said...

Or a bouncing pair of shades or something.

Music videos always seem to make good Hell material. Short, punchy, gets the crowd moving. This reminds me that Phil and I need to get a showable copy of that "Total Eclipse of the Heart" video, because boy, is that one a keeper.

Tohoscope said...

I played SKY STAR JET, Guitar Wolf's music video from WILD ZERO at KameKazeCon in Houston and it's really hard to sing along with, because it's mostly krunchy guitars and feedback. It stunned the audience into silence...

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

gavv said...

I'd say I'm probably slightly less 'musical' with hell than most. Though one of the things i had in the Hell playlist (but i axed it for time and 'flow' before i got to it) was a back n forth 'battle of the bands' between Shammy Kajool & Daler Mendhi

and for some reason, the acen hell crowd really really dislikes Starman :)

Tohoscope said...

No love for STARMAN at ACEN? Ouch.

Then again not everything I have on my playlist is knee slapping funny. I like to mix in some just plain weird stuff to keep things interesting...

Daryl Surat said...

I'm probably the least musical of all, though it's mostly because I just don't have many music videos. I like to run the videos for "Stork Patrol" by The Lonely Island as well as "Dragostea Din Tea" by O-Zone right before I actually kick things off, but overall there's not too much song-and-dance in my Hell sets.

I did however meet Phil Lee in person over the weekend, having attended Animazement for the very first time this year, and I am indeed impressed at how he could run stuff like Pink Lady and Jeff's "You Needed Me" without losing the interest of his audience of well over 600 people. Ya hear that, Florida con organizers? Hell packs Main Events to capacity on Friday nights once again!

Phil Lee said...

I've found that you can kick off Hell with damn near anything and, as long as there's some sort of payoff, folks will keep their seats. After all, they're not likely to bail on the event in the first five minutes. So, while the Pink Lady bit starts off at a crawl, once BJ shows up and breaks out the dance moves (as well as a song the attendees have heard of) it's all good. Besides, if you think that was rough, you should have seen the year I opened with the eight minute finale to the Takarazuka's cross-dressing musical extravaganza "Sniper". Full half of that involves a drawn out torch song, but when the silver lame SWAT uniforms and massive peacock feathers show up, the crowd goes wild.

Tohoscope said...

You opened a show with "Sniper?" My hat's off to you, Phil.

I have a copy of "Sniper" through Dave and I always enjoy it, but I've only shown it once. Late into a 5 hour set at AnimeFEST, when I had an audience that I was pretty sure wouldn't bail out on me.

Phil Lee said...

If you guys dig Sniper, I definately need to get you a copy of the other Takarazuka video I have, the full production of "Blue Moon Blue", a revue of pop songs by The Alfee with a few Western tunes thrown in to keep things lively. The highlight is their disco montage number, where Japanese bunny girls come out singing "I Only Want To Be With You", a clone of Smooth Criminal-era Michael Jackson...and suddenly the curtain rises on Takarazuka disco apocolypse. Giant afro wigs, "T.S.O.P.", and incomprehensible Japanese lyrics lead into Smooth Michael's return during "A Fifth of Beethoven", where, as far as I can tell, he faces off against his four brothers who are bitter that their carrers have died and they're still stuck in their outdated disco suits while he gets the fedora. It's grand.

 
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