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Things We Like: “Glitter Freeze,” Cooking with Betty and “World’s Greatest Sinner”

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Scarecrow Video’s Pick of the Week: “The World’s Greatest Sinner” (1962), directed by Timothy Carey

You don’t have to be a Timothy Carey fan to enjoy the bizarre, one-of-a-kind “The World’s Greatest Sinner,” but it probably helps. This dream project for the unusual actor (who worked with everybody from John Cassavetes to William Asher) is a wild social satire made on a shoestring budget. Most scenes are poorly-lit, and the sound quality varies wildly, but if you can get over these shortcomings you’ll be treated to the crazy story of a man who changes his name to God (but keeps his last name, so his new moniker is God Hilliard), then becomes a rock star/public speaker, makes a deal with the devil, and runs for political office. Carey spends much of the movie making out with women of various ages, ranging from teenagers to sixty-somethings. The best parts are his musical performances, where he strums one guitar string, shakes his body and shouts, “Please! Please! Please! Take My Heart!” and then crowd-surfs.- Spenser Hoyt

Monkey Goggles Klassics: “Cooking with Betty Crocker is Child’s Play!” by Lorien Gruchalla

From November 19, 2009: “It started out simply enough. On a trip to Vashon Island, I picked up a copy of Betty Crocker’s Cookbook for Boys and Girls, circa 1957. Upon first reading, its recipes seem pretty simple; I figured I could make any of them blindfolded. When it came to actually making the recipes, though, everything fell apart.” Read the rest here!

“Glitter Freeze” by Gorillaz

I love the Damon Albarn/Jamie Hewlett Gorillaz project for a number of reasons. Gorillaz meld rock and hip-hop so seamlessly that there hardly seems a point distinguishing between the two. And the duo routinely throw work to musical legends who have slipped below the radar: Bobby Womack, Tina Wemouth, Mick Jones, Neneh Cherry, Ike Turner, Dennis Hopper, Lou Reed and a host of others have donned the ape suit at one time or another. Mostly, though, I love the Gorillaz because, every five years or so, they make a rash of insanely funky music, and some thoroughly psychedelic videos to go with them.

“Glitter Freeze,” a track from the band’s “Plastic Beach” LP, features The Fall’s Mark E. Smith ranting over an electro-stomp that could have been recorded in 1981. (My friend Geof nailed it when he said that it reminded him of very early Human League). It’s not often that I hear a dance track good enough to send back through time to the days I actually went dancing in clubs, but I wish I could send “Glitter Freeze” back to the mid-1980s, where my friends and I could stomp about to it in clubs — and spend hours puzzling over the true meaning of that flying pirate ship in the video. Today, I know exactly what it means: crank this monster up and prepare to be boarded. – Geoff Carter


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