Since approximately 8:30AM this morning, I have had not one, but two songs from the film Velvet Goldmine in my head. I watched the movie last weekend for what was easily the 20th time so it’s no surprise I was thinking of these songs. I love the movie and the soundtrack. And, any film that allows Ewan McGregor and Jonathan Rhys Meyers to sing their own vocals is tops on my list.
Velvet Goldmine is also the only Todd Haynes film I have been able to watch in it’s eternity once, not to mention multiple times. I just cannot get through his other movies! But this one caught me in it’s spell immediately. Great cast, awesome music, Oscar Wilde quotes throughout the dialogue:
“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”
And Ewan McGregor’s penis; who could ask for anything more.
Did you really think I would mention Velvet Goldmine without mentioning Ewan McGregor’s penis. Or mention Ewan McGregor’s penis without mentioning The Pillow Book. Or Young Adam. Or Trainspotting.
Give me a break, it’s more famous than he is. Just Google “Ewan McGregor’s Penis” and you’ll find all the articles and lists about it.
To be fair, I should add, that if you would like to see Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ penis, look no further than the 1998 movie, The Governess with Minnie Driver. You’re welcome!
Getting back to the songs in my head before I was so easily distracted, the first song for today is “The Ballad of Maxwell Demon”. In the film it’s sung by Jonathan Rhys Meyers but the soundtrack includes the Shudder to Think version. I love this scene in the film and I love this song, regardless of who sings it.
Got tired of wasting gas living above the planet
Mister, show me the way to earth
The boys of Quadrant 44 with their vicious metal hounds
Never come around here no more
Sometimes I wonder if I’m still alive
Six feet down at age 25
Maxwell Leather Demon rock hand jive
“Hot One” is the other song I couldn’t stop singing; also performed by Shudder to Think. (I kinda have a thing for Craig Wedren apparently.)
Well you’re the grand wild
But darling, I’m a mess
I’ve got to humanize my wrinkled form
But the boys are not impressed
When my spaceship comes to orbit
Just hold me like a girl
I’ll be the captain of the gravity, Maxwell
I see your faces in the strangest places
So, if you haven’t seen this movie yet, please rectify that immediately.
And, this was supposed to be a short, easy post.