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Dance Crasher

Posted in Inspiration, Music, New projects on October 18, 2011 by eddie

Our passion with subcultures and style is ongoing, and so is our commitment to ‘Dance Crasher’, a story about what happens when characters with different aesthetics, outlooks and musical tastes collide.  It’s a big story, and we want it to be a big movie…with a soundtrack that kills!  Below are our character designs, development art and movie synopsis.

Also see:

http://fwakbag.wordpress.com/2005/10/27/subcultures-part-1/

http://fwakbag.wordpress.com/2005/11/03/subcultures-part-2/

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Eddie’s Gonna Make It Happen

Posted in Music with tags , , on January 13, 2010 by lili

If you are in Los Angeles, come and see Eddie perform at Club Ding A Ling on Feb 2nd!!!

As some of you may know, Eddie has been making music since the 80’s... Here he was in SHANGHAI AU GO GO, circa 1986,  in Melbourne, Australia. (www.myspace.com/shanghaiaugogo)

The early 2000’s saw the birth of EDDIEMUERTE and two albums: Lo-Fi In Los Feliz and Ruido Blanco. …Bleepy ditties and beats created using a combination of new school grooveboxes and old school sequencers”, which you can listen to at www.fwakanimation.com.au/eddiemuerte or  www.myspace.com/eddiemuerte


In 2010, Eddie is busy again with a brand new sound.

Check out EDDIE MORT‘s new Fuzz Guitar + Sequencer tunes at www.myspace.com/eddiebeat

Better yet, come see him PLAY LIVE!

Where: Club Ding A Ling Hyperion Tavern, Silverlake
When:
Tuesday night, Feb 2nd , 2010
Time:
Club opens at 10pm

See ya there!

Los Campeones – the soundtrack!

Posted in Los Campeones, Music on July 16, 2009 by lili

It is unfortunate that WordPress.com doesn’t allow the embedding of  music playlists so…

We direct you to the Los Campeones MySpace page to listen to the soundtrack. (0r click HERE for the mixpod playlist)

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While you are there, check out the Los Campeones myspace blog, which hasn’t been updated in ages but still has lots of production photos.  Check out THIS ENTRY specifically,  to see and hear a very cool Mariachi Los Toros recording session.

The FWAK! GRAB BAG!

Posted in blogging, Inspiration, Music with tags on July 5, 2009 by eddie

 

cool cats

Not only has this blog moved and undergone rejuvenation, but so has the little-known Fwak! Grab Bag : our pop-culture scrapbook that started as a reference  resource for our DANCE CRASHER cartoon.

WAY too cool for this century, cats and kittens ;)

RIP Mr. Black Tight Killers

Posted in Inspiration, Music on June 22, 2009 by lili

Japanese director Yasuharu Hasebe has died at the age of 77.
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Firstly, this awesome graphic  via diedangerdiediekill.blogspot.com.

Next, here are ‘Black Tight Killers’ Opening Titles which we recorded from TV (VHS):

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Myspace Video link

Last but not least, Eddie’s tribute to this film. Listen to Eddiemuerte‘s:  Killers In Black Tights

More Music-Subculture Books

Posted in Books, Inspiration, Music, New projects on June 11, 2009 by lili

Following on from the previous blog entry, a list of favorite books on music and fashion subcultures. WE LOVE THIS STUFF.

1. Ready, Steady, Go!: Swinging London and Invention Of Cool by Shawn Levy
Shawn Levy documents the rise of swinging London through the rise of 7 people: Mick Jagger, Mary Quant, Robert Fraser, David Bailey, Videl Sassoon, Brian Epstein and Terence Stamp. – eddie

Rancid & Friends (Dance Crasher project)

2. The Way We Wore: A Life In Threads by Robert Elms
Besides being an amusing autobiography which focuses on Elms’ obsession with changing fashion trends and getting the right clothes; this book also serves as an engrossing history and etymology of London’s Youth Subcultures from the 50’s to the 90’s.  Teddy Boys, Rude Boys, Mods, Skinheads, Northern/Southern Soul Boys, Bowie/Glam types, Punk and its offshoots (Goth, Two-Tone, Rockabilly etc), New Romantics & Blitz Kids… there’s even an amusing mention of what he calls “Bedsit-Depression chic”… (that 80’s trend of looking as ordinary and glum as possible eg, Joy Division, The Smiths) – lili

3. The Legendary Joe Meek: The Telstar Man by John Repsch
Biography of England’s most innovative and tragic music producer.  RIP Joe, you crazy, gifted bastard!  John Repsch’s book has become THE source for everything that has since been produced about Joe Meek. – eddie

4. A Decade Of The Who by Pete Townshend/Fabulous Music
The Who in paintings, words and Pete Townshend’s hand-drawn fretboards that tell you how to play The Who’s best songs.  Altogether now…”Substitute me for him, Substutute my Coke for Gin…”- eddie

5. The Sharper Word: A Mod Anthology edited by Paolo Hewitt
A great and diverse selection of articles, short stories and excerpts  from different sources detailing Mod culture in the UK. – eddie

6. Soul City: A Novel by Toure
This is a city run by DJs, where souped-up cars are dedicated to musical legends (eg, The JamesBrownmobile, The Billiemobile, The Wu-Tangmobile etc), groovers drop bliss (a drug that enhances your hearing), are able to fly, and buy mind-altering shampoo from the Devil. – lili

7. Subculture: The Meaning of Style and Hiding In the Light: On Images & Things by Dick Hebdige
Although somewhat dry and academic in style, Subculture is the first,  most important POSITIVE book ever written on British youth subcultures that brings with it an inspiring knowledge of teddy boys’, mod’s and punk’s West Indian/Jamaican musical roots.  Hiding In The Light focuses more on consumer aesthetics and there is a cool chapter on the history of Mod aesthetics.

8. Back In The Days by Jamael Shabazz – lili
Awesome, fun and stylish photographs from the early days of hip hop. – lili

9. Made In the UK: The Music of Attitude 1977-1983 by Janette Beckman
A photographic showcase of Punk, Mod, 2Tone, Rockabilly in the late seventies and eighties – eddie

10. Cool Cats – 25 years of Rock n Roll Style by Tony Stewart
Great book – and awesome photographs – of the different decades of Rock n Roll, with an early eighties bias.  First time I ever heard of Northern Soul was when I read this.  Ian Drury (RIP) writes a great essay on the fifties. – eddie

11. Haircults: Fifty Years of Styles and Cuts by Dylan Jones
Hairstyle reference! – lili

12. Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom – Pop From The Beginning by Nik Cohn
Rather than writing about Pop, this book is Pop.  Opinionated, witty, sometimes misinformed, and outdated as fuck, but still brilliant. – eddie
Next on MY reading list! – lili

Nik Cohn on Phil Spector

Posted in Music on June 11, 2009 by eddie

I first read  Nik Cohn’s ‘Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom – Pop From The Beginning’ (now subtitled “The Golden Age Of Rock”) when I was 16 and it was the first passionately opinionated and  rebellious chronicle of Pop Music I ever read. 

Written in 1968 (and updated 3 years later) it still bites, and this summary of Phil Spector is eerily prophetic:

“when you’ve made your millions,when you’ve cut your monsters, when your peak has just been passed, what happens next?  What about the fifty years before you die?”

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