Thursday, February 03, 2005

“Serving Time in the Middle of Nowhere”

Eyehategod are from New Orleans. It sounds to me like it’s a different guy singing on Confederacy of Ruined Lives than on their other records, but whenever I look it up it says it’s the same person. Maybe he has two voices. “Serving Time” is in two movies. One of them is Gummo. The funniest scene in that is when they get “lost” looking for the cat. The other best scene was the guy punching the furniture. I bought the soundtrack before I saw the movie. The CD also has Bathory “Equimanthorn”, Brujeria “Matandos Gueros”, Sleep “Dragonaut”, Burzum “Rundgang Um Die Transzendentale Saule der Singularitat” (an ambient instrumental, probably something he did in prison), and Bethlehem “Schuld Uns'res Knoch'rigen Faltpferd” - actually, everything on it is good. The other movie “Serving Time” is in is Without a Paddle. In that film, it’s playing on a poor-quality stereo in an outdoor marijuana growing operation run by two survivalist/biker ex-cons (whose attack dogs are named ‘Lynyrd’ and ‘Skynyrd’) for a corrupt rural sheriff. The heroes of the film are three young urban professionals who destroy the pot plantation (while getting high off the fumes from the burning plants themselves) and hand over the backwoods trio to the state authorities. Humor is made of the yokel sheriff’s dentures, and the city dude smashing a bottle into a creek where a Native American observes, “My children play there.” The Culture Club song in the “buddies united” scene also plays over the end credits.

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