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MILES FISHER, A GENIUS OR JUST ANOTHER FREAK?

Never heard of Miles Fisher before, until a friend showed me this video, and made me feel curious about him.

Graduated in Harvard, actor, and musician. Not sure what he’s more up to, nor which career he wants to focus on, but seems quite a character, and definitely I’ll follow his future steps. As far as I know, he took a role in Mad Men, but I really can recall. Must review the series.

In the meantime, I’d like to share this tribute to American Psycho, and also encourage you to check his website full of other weird stuff.

This Must Be the Place is actually Talking Heads’, from their album Speaking in Tongues. Never been much interested in New Wave, but considering I like this cover, I’ll try to check this band to see what they can offer me. Never too late, is said, right?

And by the way, don’t you think resemblance with Patrick Bateman is amazing?

ROOTING FOR THE BAD GUY, THE VILLAIN IN SUIT

Have I ever told you I’m a diehard fan of Patrick Bateman and American Psycho?  

Well, guess you had noticed something when I told you one of my favorite t-shirts is precisely one of that film. Not only I love the film, I adore the book, and nowadays I feel the urge of reading it once more, but unfortunately cannot track my old English copy, so if any of you has it, can I borrow it for a while? Otherwise I’ll buy another one, but I’m positive the old copy will show up right after I get it…it’s not the first time, this happens too more often than I’d wish with CDs and films.

No question Christian Bale did it, he was capable of incarnating Patrick Bateman masterly, no one could have done it better, and since the film was released, Patrick was Chris, and no matter what Bale is doing afterwards, he’ll always be Bateman.

Both the book and the script contain powerful  sentences you will never forget, Bateman’s reflections are a mixture between metaphysics and the most superficial stuff regarding social etiquette, the most fashionable venues and restaurants in town, or how many pushups he’s capable of doing during his daily routine. His speeches on artists’ discographies, increasing tension of the scenes is simply marvelous.

Mary Harron adapted the book from the non gore point of view of a woman, and for that, she deserves total respect, thus Bateman has become a worldwide legend somehow, easy access to everyone. However, those who are diehard fans of the book find the adaptation too light, with very few killings, very subtle and with lack of blood splashes. I’m sort of divided, but still I watch this film every 6 months, so I don’t feel so disappointed.

Since I read the book back in 1995, I felt in love with Patrick Bateman.  

Many people hate so many accurate descriptions involving branding, which, due to copy rights and all this stuff, are unnoticeable in the film. I love them. I’m not the kind of girl living for clothes, as you already know, not a fashion victim at all, still, I’m interested in brands for almost anything, I used to be very good at that, but once I read American Psycho I turned into a branding data base. Remember the first time I went to London and saw Evian water was sold. No discussion, Evian became my favorite water just because Bateman drank it. Same with San Pellegrino. These are easy examples, but furthermore, what does a girl in her teens care about Ermenegildo Zegna or Nino Cerrutti? I did! And started to observe men in suits more carefully trying to find whether they were in or not. I’m proud to say my father was IN, and shared similar taste with Patrick (by the way, he read the book and also became a fan, hahaha!).

Few weeks ago I was telling you Han Solo was my man, and I’m still positive about that, he’s the perfect anti-hero, but Patrick…grrrrr! He’s definitely the perfect villain.

Why do I like him so much? I don’t know, there are many things I fancy. To start with, he’s opposite to the type of man I like, he wears suits and is elegant, and I’ve found myself babbling for guys in such appearance. Have you ever seen the TV series Mad Men? Men in suit are the older version of Bateman’s style in late 50’s – early 60’s, I could talk about how gorgeous Don Draper is, but find it unnecessary, it’s obvious!  The word that fits  best is spotless. Both Bateman and Draper they simply look perfect, shaved, their haircut…I love it.

On the other hand, Bateman is a misfit, and at the end of the day as low self-esteemed as anyone on the street. Besides, his inside world is so rich…gotta tell you, I have a kind of taste for people like that, it’s like I need to know what’s happening in their minds, I’m so outgoing and expressive, shyness both amazes and attracts me a lot.

What else? Ah! His little problem with killing people…I’m not telling I’d love doing the same, but you know when sometimes someone gets on your nerves and you’d love to end them, and he does it, at least inside his mind. Definitely he shows some attitude, right?  

Like The Wildhearts say, I’m Rooting For The Bad Guy, they’re definitely more charismatic and interesting, don’t you think?

 

We’re talking about fiction character and this is a joke, don’t panic! I’m not looking for a psycho, not anymore, hahaha! Well, I think so…  🙂 

A VERY FILM WEEKEND

This weekend has been another great one. I cannot complain at all lately, I’m having lots of fun, fortunately enjoying good companion all the time, seems that people are up to share activities with me, maybe because I’m available for anything. I love it!

On Friday I wanted to chill out a bit, I had already gone out for beers on Thursday, and wanted to take it easy this time, so I went to my friend Mireia’s house for watching a movie. Choice was my duty, she was buying beer…not a bad deal, huh? She hates horror movies, like most of girls do, so zombies were not an option. I picked up 4 movies: AMERICAN PSYCHO, JACKIE BROWN, RUMBLE FISH and ANIMAL HOUSE. In the end, Patrick Bateman was our definite motivation…guess why J  I love American Psycho, well, the fact that Mary Harron was the director smoothed the extreme of the story Bret Easton Ellis shocked the world with, helped this film to become more popular and everyone was aware who Bateman is, turning Bale into the perfect Wall street Psycho, and probably reaching his best role as an actor, for many of us.

Saturday was the busiest and most complete day: went to the movies to see Black Swan, then headed to an acoustic show my friend Evil Mr. Sod was headlining, and ended up at the Outsiders enjoying Dj Nando’s greatest hits while drinking mojito with my friend Jaume.

I will dig into Aronofsky’s last work deeper in Popcorn and Movies, but I can advance I did like it a lot.

On the other hand, the show offered my old pal Evil Mr. Sod, just armed with an acoustic guitar was excellent. I might not sound objective, but he’s got one of the most powerful and solid voices I’ve heard, and considering he’s Spanish, worse, Canarian, his English pronunciation is outstanding.

He came to introduce El Cuervo EP, a pack of acoustic songs smelling a bit like Johnny Cash but with that special personal  touch the Canarian always tips us with. Songs such as I Love the Way You Hate Me, Elvis Made Me What I Am Today, or Boy, You gonna Be Alright help me  to believe in good artists in this cursed country, unable to encourage a decent rock movement beyond the underground circuits. This guy lives in Berlin, and probably he’s more successful there than in his own country. This sucks, but I’m glad he can make his living by playing, no matter it’s not a wealthy one, at least when we are old, he will be able to admit he did what he wanted to…not everybody can say that.

The gig was great, I enjoyed lyrics the most, and he’s the kind of guy who loves interacting with the audience, something I love, especially in such intimate venues.

By the way, the venue was called Shake it! And found it very appropriate for this kind of gigs. Seems that due to so much closing of live music venues, some places are encouraging the acoustic, an initiative to be applauded.

And yesterday was the definite evening: Movies @ My Hellhouse. That was awesome, full of beer, popcorn, chips and laughs, 6 friends joined me to spend some hours watching three films: Walter Hill’s Trespass, He Was a Quiet Man and Los Bingueros, the definite Spanish Cañí movie. Such was the success of the movie, we’re arranging a date for going to play Bingo to the worst Bingo joint we can find. I know it’s gonna be so much fun!

Moreover, we’ve all agreed to have one monthly regular session at my place, so if you’re interested in watching movies in a very noisy environment, cramped on my couch (if you are lucky to get some space), drinking beer and having a good laugh, you’re more than welcome. 

YOUR COOLEST T-SHIRTS EVER

My wardrobe is basically stuffed with jeans, sneakers and t-shirts. I think my appearance hasn’t changed much in 12 years because to be honest I love my style, and fortunately I don’t have to wear uniform neither dress code is applied in the company I’m currently working for, thus I’m lucky to dress as I please all the time.
 
I reckon t-shirts are also a project of your personality (here I come again, in Dr. Melfi’s style). Some don’t pay much attention but I really do, and I’m capable of stopping a stranger on the street  just to know where he bought it or just to say I love the band in the tee.
 
Bands and films make up my collection and I’m very proud of many of them, for sentimental value or just because I’m huge fan of something.

 
I’ve never counted how many I have, some of them are forgotten in boxes at my parents’ basement, some of them do not fit any longer, and others are so old they have holes, but I’m not in the mood of throwing them to the bin or tearing them for cleaning purposes as our mums love doing.
Would you be able to name your favorite t-shirt ever? I’m not, but feel really curious about yours…
 
Due to my musical nature and reminding of High Fidelity, I’m gonna create another list of my Top 5 t-shirts in chronological order. It doesn’t mean these are the best designed ones, they might not be my favorite ones,  but I’ve chosen them for being attached to certain moments in my life. Let’s see the outcome:
 
·         SUPERMAN: I really loved this one when I was a kid but actually wasn’t mine, it was my father’s, although eventually I inherited it. In Summertime I used to wear it as a dress and somewhere there are pictures I’m like 3-4 with my super dress. Note this was late 70’s, early 80’s and Superman was the first hot superhero on screen.

·         ANGRY CHAIR: I bought this t-shirt through one of this music catalogues, and receive the t-shirt like one month later than you sent your order. Back in the 90’s purchasing like that used to take ages you to be able to wear your piece. It’s not that  the tee was beautiful or super cool, but it was Alice in Chains! And wasn’t the classic Dirt cover hugely printed either. It was an ugly bloke sat on a chair and on the back there was a handprint with something written on it. White, with not very big images, I think it’s the t-shirt I wore most in my entire life. I didn’t throw it away, don’t think I lost it either, probably it’s at my parents’. Someday I will take a deep breath and will spend few hours at the basement opening boxes accompanied by some music and beer. It’s going to be a hell of experience, because I’ve got stuff there for many years.

·         SEND ME MORE TOURISTS…THE LAST ONES WERE DELICIOUS: I know you can’t believe it but yes, I’ve had one funny t-shirts no matter I hate them. Those tees with “funny” message, they can make you laugh sometimes but just for few seconds, and seems there’s been a wave of them…but I felt in love with this one. Gotta say it in my favor it was genuine and super kitsch, and I customized it. We’re talking about a 3D rubber shark coming out from my chest with the jaws open. Customization consisted on inserting half G.I Joe figure as if the guy was being devoured trying to escape hopeless. People loved it. In order not to ruin the rubber I used to wash it seldom, and poor t-shirt was full of wine stains, for those were my calimocho years.

·         UNIDA, COPING WITH THE URBAN COYOTE: For a long time, the band named KYUSS were sort of Gods to me, everything related was under my scope, and once they split ways, projects with their former members were to be adored too. Unida was John Garcia’s project after amazing Slo Burn. I could see Unida in 1999 and their stage performance was unbelievable. I thought that was the closest I was going to be from Kyuss, however once I ended up with Garcia having beers, Alfredo Hernandez and I shared weed joints at a basement and was able to see him rehearsing and I was introduced to Josh Homme by Dave Wyndorf one year later. And in June, Kyuss Lives plays in Azkena Rock Festival. Still, I love the t-shirt just the same, just saw a guy once wearing the same but I can assure you he wasn’t Spanish at all. Sometimes, having a unique t-shirt pleases a lot!

·         AMERICAN PSYCHO: I read Brett Easton Ellis’ major work in 1995 and was completely demolished by Patrick Bateman, in fact developed certain obsession for serial killers and used to write lyrics inspired in him for my shitty band Brain Farmers. We had a song called Psycho Killer, quite dark (shit! This has just come to my mind after 16 years!), and as far as I can recall, it was a hunting and a killing. Anyway, Mary Harron’s American Psycho put flesh and appearance to Patrick Bateman, by means of Christian Bale, even though portrait depicted wasn’t as extreme as in the book, there’s no doubt book was fine adapted, and Bateman became one of my personal favorite (anti) heroes and an icon. As I have plenty of time to squeeze my brains and translate my stuff into this blog, one day I will talk about my friend Patrick. Three years ago, , I found my t-shirt at Generation Records in the Village, in Manhattan, when I saw Mr. Bateman from Pierce & Pierce, standing right in from of me, ready to be put on, and realizing that it was my size, got crazy of happiness.

 
While writing the list, I’ve realized my t-shirt acquisition rose the most defined my likes were evolving, remembering when I was an early teenager my tees were plain ones. Once I started becoming fan of bands, they changed immediately. Film t-shirts came not so long ago, but cannot complain about my collection, covering from Scarface to The Thing.
 
Anyway, I’d love to know about your stuff, thus I encourage you to write your comments and share part of your personality here.