Saturday, December 22, 2007

Santa & The Ice Cream Bunny

Happy Holidays, and boy is this one gonna hurt. The clip is long, and I think that's important. The year: 1972. Kiddie Matinees were still pretty common at the movies. It's a Saturday afternoon. It's Christmas time. You are in a theater full of children (of which you are one) and you are completely wired on candy and soda. You have seen three cartoons and a Three Stooges short. Now it is time for the Feature Presentation: "Santa & The Ice Cream Bunny"!

Keep in mind, that this is only a ten-minute excerpt from the film; the actual movie runs a mind-boggling 96 minutes! Can you even believe that parents dropped their kids off to see THIS??? I can understand how Mom & Dad were fooled into thinking that this was a real movie. I mean, the poster looks sorta like a real flick, maybe even an animated one:

Based on this clip, I would have thought this was one of Matthew Barney's films. Maybe something he did while goofing around with a wind-up 16mm camera. Fortunately, I did not have to see this entire film. By 1972, I was too old to see a film called "Santa & The Ice Cream Bunny". Instead, my mind was warped by K. Gordon Murray's amazing "Santa Claus". It was on Mystery Science Theater 3000, but I saw it first for real when I was 6. It was pretty freaky.

Cambodian Rocks!

Thanks to those fine folks at WFMU, you can now download the entire CAMBODIAN ROCKS compilation! For free! Free for nothing! Do it now!


Thursday, December 13, 2007

40 Years Ago: George W. Bush and Torture

From: New York Times
Date: November 8, 1967

Branding Rite Laid to Yale Fraternity

Special to the New York Times

New Haven, Nov. 7 - A Yale fraternity accused by the student newspaper of burning its initiates with a brand will have its fate decided Friday by student fraternity leaders.

The fraternity, Delta Kappa Epsilon, could face the temporary closure of its house and a $1,000 fine resulting from alleged violations of rules previously passed by the Interfraternity Council, which consists of Yale's five fraternity presidents.

The charges against Delta Kappa Epsilon were made last Friday in a Yale Daily News article that accused campus fraternities of carrying on "sadistic and obscene" initiation procedures.

The charge that has caused the most controversy on the Yale campus is that Delta Kappa Epsilon applied on "hot branding iron" to the small of the back of its 40 new members in the shape of the Greek letter Delta, approximately a half inch wide, appeared with the article.

A former president of Delta that [sic] the branding is done with a hot coathanger. But the former president, George Bush, a Yale senior, said that the resulting wound is "only a cigarette burn."


From: The Yale News
Date: December 1, 2005

Cartoon on Bush recalls Yale frat hazing

Contributing Reporters

Cartoonist Garry Trudeau '70 said he thinks a little-known fact about President George W. Bush '68's past -- that his first mention in The New York Times occurred in 1967 when, as former president of the Delta Kappa Epsilon chapter at Yale, Bush defended the fraternity's practice of branding its pledges with a red-hot coat hanger -- deserves more national attention.

On Sunday, Trudeau's cartoon "Doonesbury" featured fictional character Mark Slackmeyer explaining the President's position against current anti-torture legislation by revisiting a series of 1967 Yale Daily News articles that exposed DKE's rush activities, which at the time included brandings and alleged beatings. Soon after these stories were published, the University's Inter-Fraternity Council fined the fraternity for performing "physically and mentally degrading acts," and the Times published an article in which Bush defended the brandings, comparing them to cigarette burns.

"At the time, it caused quite a stir on campus, even generating some national attention," Trudeau said.

The News article, published Nov. 3, 1967, featured a photograph of a half-inch high "D" burned into a pledge's naked backside. Trudeau drew his first cartoon for the News for the story -- a picture of smiling pledges, naked and bent over at the waist, with a figure holding a DKE branding iron standing over them.

In a News story the next day, Bush is quoted calling the branding "insignificant." He said he did not understand how the News "can assume Yale has to be so haughty not to allow this type of pledging to go on."

Trudeau's recent cartoon comes on the heels of the controversy over Sen. John McCain's Anti-Torture Amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill. The amendment, which would outlaw torture and "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of detainees in U.S. custody," passed in the Senate 90-9 on Oct. 5, but Bush has threatened to use his first-ever veto on the bill if McCain's provision is included in the final passage.

Trudeau said he drew parallels between Bush's connection to fraternity hazing and his national policy today because he feels that it reveals a lot about the President's philosophy.

"While you can't draw a direct line between a 19-year-old's fraternity activities and national policy … this is part of a larger picture of this administration's belief that the ends justify the means," Trudeau said. "I don't think [Bush] gives much thought to what it means to torture people or how it makes us look in the eyes of the world."

The 1967 Yale Daily News article provided a look into the covert hazing practices of fraternities in general, but focused on the DKE branding. Some pledges at the time told the News their branding was preceded by a physical beating.

"By that time, my body was so numb [from the beatings] that the iron felt good, like a match was being held close to my body," an anonymous DKE pledge told the News in 1967.

While the article provoked outrage in the Greek community, most of those who complained expressed anger that fraternities' reputations were being called into question, though few charged that the story was fabricated.

"Once the article came out, nobody denied its truth," Trudeau said. "It became simply a question of characterization."

But in a 1967 letter to the News, Collister Johnson '68 -- who recently served as Bush's Ohio campaign manager and national field director during the 2004 presidential election -- wrote that the article contained "embellished facts" and "smacks of sensationalism." Johnson could not be reached for comment yesterday at his home office in Virginia.

Albert Evans '68, a college acquaintance of Bush's and the president of the Inter-Fraternity Council in 1967, said the majority of DKE's rush activities at the time were performed in the spirit of good fun and camaraderie.

"What DKE was doing was clearly outside the rules, and they were sanctioned for that," Evans said. "At the same time, it wasn't of the order that somebody was killed."

Although he was quoted by the News at the time as saying that the branding was "not as bad as it sounds," Evans said he disapproved of the practice when it was revealed.
"My personal reaction was, 'I can't believe they'd do that,' but not, 'Why aren't these people being expelled?'" Evans said. "We all did something in our four years we're just as glad wasn't reported in the Yale Daily News."

The White House did not respond to requests for comment before press time.

Madonna Before Iggy?

So, Madonna is inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame before Iggy and/or The Stooges. Lemme tell you, I do like Madonna, but the only bit of Rock & Roll she ever did was "Ray of Light". And that's pushing it. So, I must say this: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame don't mean shit. People of Cleveland, I do not hold you responsible, and one day I do hope to visit your fair city. But I will not visit the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The only really good thing about the R&RHOF is that Dee Dee Ramone is in there. I'm Reverend Dan and I say so.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Karlheinz Stockhausen R.I.P.

Now whenever I hear radio static, I'm going to wonder if it isn't Karl composing something new.

Friday, December 7, 2007

The Great Metrano!

Art Metrano: The World's Greatest Magician!

I told you so!

Aircheck - Reverend Dan on KXLU, December 6, 2007

Ever wonder what Music For Nimrods would sound like if it was on during the daytime? Well wonder no more! Here is a Four-Hour block of Rockaroll from December 6th, 2007 when I did a 10:00am - 2:00pm shift at KXLU! The file is hosted at Megaupload, so lemme know if all goes well when you try to download this 194mb file! Click on my heavily backlit face, then on the new page type in the 3-digit code and hit enter! On the next page that appears, find the column headed "free". At the bottom of that column, you should see a countdown, usually starting around 45 or so. When that gets to zero, a new download button should appear. Hit that button and it should start the download. Enjoy The Show!

Here is the lineup for this show:

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
The Runaways - "Rock And Roll"
Les Terribles - "Chante"
The Morlocks - "Dirty Red"
The Detroit Cobras - "Just Can't Please You"
The Shakes - "Mugged"
Sparks - "Talent Is An Asset"
Magazine - "Because You're Frightened"
Meat Puppets - "Lost"
X - "The Unheard Music"
The Guilty Hearts - "Turn It Off"
Santa Claus - "The Story Of Santa Claus"
Redd Kross - "Super Sunny Christmas"
The Mo-Dettes - "Paint It Black"
T. Rex - "Mambo Sun"
Sonny Vincent with Clem Burke and Arthur Kane - "Carol"

11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Gefilte Joe & The Fish - "Hanukkah Rocks"
The Hangmen - "I Wanna Be Loved"
David Bowie - "V2 Schneider"
The Lords Of Altamont - "Come On Up"
Davie Allan & The Arrows - "Blues Theme"
Wreckless Eric - "Take The K.A.S.H."
Ministry - "Death And Destruction"
Bob Dylan - "Masters Of War"
Schoolhouse Rock - "The Preamble"
Patti Smith - "Declaration"
The Bellrays - "Revolution Get Down"
Messerschmitt - "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
Mohammed Rafi - "Jann Pechehan Ho"
Boink! - "Walk Of Fame"
The Dictators - "Stay With Me"

12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM
Dead Boys - "Sonic Reducer"
Jack Nietzsche - "The Last Race"
Holly & The Italians - "I Wanna Go Home"
Nick Lowe - "They Called It Rock"
The Hexxers - "Strangled"
Piero Umilani - "Mah Na Mah Na"
Ace Frehley - "Speeding Back To My Baby"
Allan Sherman - "12 Days Of Christmas"
El Vez - "Feliz Navi-Nada"
The Headcoats - "Round Every Corner"
The Clash - "Police On My Back"
Huell Howser - "Interviewing The Clash"
The Clash - "Janie Jones"
The Love Me Nots - "Mine"
The Launderettes - "My Replica"
The English Beat - "Two Swords"
The Peanuts - "Mothra Song"

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Sweet - "Action"
Sly & The Family Stone - "Dance To The Music"
The Undertones - "More Songs About Chocolate And Girls"
Reverend Beat-Man - "Jesus Christ Twist"
Brian Eno - "Needles In The Camel's Eye"
Spanky Wilson - "Sunshine Of Your Love"
Blondie - "Sunday Girl" (French Version)
Chris Spedding - "Motorbikin'"
The Zombies - "It's Alright With Me"
Nina Hagen - "Smack Jack"
Los Creepers - "Drive Me Wild"
Youth Gone Mad - "Oki Dog"
The Normal - "Warm Leatherette"
The Teddybears with Iggy Pop - "Punkrocker"
Ramones - "Durango 95/Wart Hog"
The Sonics - "Don't Believe In Christmas"
Rhino 39 - "Xerox/No Compromise"
Wau y Los Arrrghs! - "Momia Twist"

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Again!!! Reverend Dan on KXLU this Thursday!

Hey Hoodlum!
Reverend Dan here with an important KXLU Program Note: I'll be making another daytime appearance on KXLU, playing the finest rockaroll in the city this Thursday, December 6, from 10am til 2pm! Yup, four solid hours of the kind of music that makes the day go by a whole lot faster. You can tune in to KXLU at 88.9fm in the City of the Angeles, or you can tune in on your computer at KXLU.COM! BE THERE!

Also, why not visit the official Reverend Dan's Music For Nimrods website at:

Monday, December 3, 2007

Aircheck - The December 1, 2007 Edition of Reverend Dan's Music For Nimrods

December is here, and this time on KXLU, I pay tribute to a great American Wacko: Evel Knievel! Crazy idiots jumping motorcycles over things is common today, but it used to be that there was only ONE crackpot flying over stuff, and that's why I honor Evel, one of the patron saints of the Nimrods. Also in this show, you'll hear John Waters talking about the making of the movie Pink Flamingos! The file is hosted at Megaupload, so lemme know if all goes well when you try to download this 140mb file! Click on that Evel this week, then on the new page type in the 3-digit code and hit enter! On the next page that appears, find the column headed "free". At the bottom of that column, you should see a countdown, usually starting around 45 or so. When that gets to zero, a new download button should appear. Hit that button and it should start the download. That's how it's supposed to work!

Here is the lineup for this show:

3:00 AM - 3:40 AM
Rank And File - "Rank And File"
Grand Canyon - "Evil Boll Weevil"
45 Grave - "Evil"
Motochrist - "Evel"
Chris Spedding - "Motorbikin'"
Evil Canevil - "Snake River Canyon"
Davie Allan - "Blues Theme"
Jim McKay - "Theme To ABC Wide World Of Sports"
Resident Clinton - "Nine Minute Audio Version of 'Viva Knievel'"

3:40 AM - 4:00 AM
Nick Lowe - "Heart Of The City"
Wreckless Eric - "Whole Wide World"
The Love Me Nots - "Mine"
Ramones - "I Don't Want You"
Hound Dog Taylor - "Gonna Send You Back To Georgia"
The Lords Of Altamont - "Born To Lose"

4:00 AM - 4:30 AM
John Waters - "The Filthiest People Alive"
Edith Massey - "Punks Get Off The Grass"
Link Wray - "The Swag"
Iggy & The Stooges - "Search And Destroy"
The Queers - "Girl About Town"

4:30 AM - 5:00 AM
The Headcoats - "Round Every Corner"
Dead Boys - "Caught With The Meat In Your Mouth"
Fleetwood Mac - "Oh Well"
Iggy & The Stooges - "I Got A Right"
Pylon - "Driving School"
Kasenatz-Katz Super Circus - "Quick Joey Small"
Ray Charles - "What'd I Say"

5:00 AM - 5: 40 AM
NIMROD NEWS with Reverend Dan
Flamin' Groovies - "In The USA"
James Brown - "America Is My Home"
N.R.B.Q. - "Here Comes Terry"
Buzzcocks - "Somethings Gone Wrong Again"
Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Ramble Tamble"

5:40 AM - 6:00 AM
The Cramps "I Was A Teenage Werewolf/Sunglasses After Dark"
Black Sabbath - "Never Say Die"
Modern Lovers - "She Cracked"
Southern Culture On The Skids - "Love-A-Rama"
The Jaguars - "Jaguar"
John Hartford - "Turn Your Radio On"

Sunday, December 2, 2007

December Edition of Reverend Dan's Videos For Nimrods

Learn a New Dance
Fun at Jiffy Lube
The Love Me Nots: Move In Tight
Crusader Rabbit: Episode 5
Fox News Porn
Naomi Wolf on Democracy Now!
Cartoon: Miss Glory
George McKelvey: My Teenage Fallout Queen
Lou Reed: Sweet Jane
Ian Hunter: Once Bitten Twice Shy
Cartoon: Peace On Earth