More Off Topic: Halloween is for The Cramps

Picking up on my last post, I have to highlight The Cramps, whose amazing singer and founder, Lux Interior, left this mortal coil this very year, 2009. RIP LUX. Here we have The Cramps performing "Call of the Wighat," one of the best rock'n'roll numbers of all time. My momma had twin babies on one…

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Way Off Topic: Halloween Punkin’

It's that spectral time of year, so I thought I'd highlight my two favorite Halloween numbers from the punk era. Though they both share the same title, "Halloween," the two diverge wildly in their treatment of the subject. The first "Halloween," by The Dead Kennedys, sneeringly asks that musical question, "What's so special about Halloween…

Père Ubu in Housebreaking the Muse (excerpt)

In my novel (in progress), Housebreaking the Muse, a reformed, erudite, and chatty Père Ubu plays a central role and handles the lion's share of the narrative. The following excerpt is from the second chapter, in which Ubu introduces himself and explains his role. The entire chapter appears in the 2009 issue of Stolen Island…