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PCR #231  (Vol. 5, No. 35)  This edition is for the week of August 23--29, 2004.

Book Review: "Skinny Dip" by Carl Hiaasen....Update on Hurricane Charley and Florida's Landmarks
 by William Moriaty
"Exorcist: The Beginning"
 by Mike Smith
"Filthy" DVD Release Party...."Exorcist 4" vs. "Open Water" vs. "Benji"...."Genghis" or "Jen-jis"....Will Smiff really did do the "I, Robot" rap!....Psyched by the Furs: Concert Review
 by Andy Lalino
Couch Potato Fall TV Preview....Heinz Ketchup, Made in Mexico?
  by Vinnie Blesi
Great Story....The Olympics....Maybe, Maybe Not....No, Really, He's Gone....Meet The Beatles, Part 31
 by Mike Smith
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FILTHY DVD Release Party
I know Nolan made the announcement in last week's issue, but I wanted to remind everyone about the "Filthy" DVD event at The Castle Goth Club this Saturday. Be there and be scared!:

Saturday, August 28th, 2004
9:00pm to ???
The Castle Gothic Night Club
2004 North 16th St.
Ybor City, Florida 33605 (Tampa)
Club Phone: (813) 247-7547

Make a date for Saturday, August 28th to meet the cast and crew of "Filthy" during this special occasion. The party will be held at THE CASTLE, a famous Goth Club in Tampa's Ybor City. If you haven't picked one up yet, "Filthy" DVD's can be purchased at the Release Party - special discount coupons will be given out during the night.

RSVP's are not necessary - bring as many friends as you can - and spread the word! Cover charge from 9pm to 10pm is only $1 (cover charge increases after 10pm). If possible, arrive a little early so you'll be able to catch the showing of "Filthy" at 9:15pm (where it will be shown on the club's BIG SCREEN). The party will continue at The Castle way into the night!

If you've never been to The Castle, it's one of the best clubs in Florida - it was even parodied on TV's "Saturday Night Live". It's unique haunted castle decor creates a horrific backdrop that's the perfect place to host the "Filthy" DVD Release Party. Don't forget to wear black!

If you can't make it to the Release Party, "Filthy" DVD's are always available for sale on the Official Filthy Website: http://www.filthythemovie.com. The Official "Filthy" Website also features the latest news about the movie, tons of photos, the "Filthy" trailer, and lots more. Nolan's Online Store, The Last Outpost, has also just started carrying "Filthy".

Times/dates may change, but if they do, an announcement will be made. Thanks for your continued support of "Filthy". There are a lot of great things happening on the horizon - so stay tuned!

"Exorcist 4: The Beginning" vs. "Open Water" vs. "Benji"
*Cling!* - In this corner weighing in at 600 bloated pounds the troubled "Exorcist 4: The Beginning"! And it's opponent, the lightweight, much-ballyhooed "Open Water", which some are calling "the next Jaws". Now here in round 13, the results are in: "Exorcist 4" has taken home the title with 18.5 million gross box office receipts. Here's Brucie 2, star of "Open Water". Tell us, Bruce, what happened out there?

"A lot of people were expecting us to be the next 'Blair Witch Project'. Obviously, that didn't happen. E4's bad press was too much for us, Drew. It knocked us for a loop in round 4."

Well, there you have it, Fanboys, right from the Shark's mouth. And where was the new "Benji" movie in all this? Even I wouldn't see a "Benji" movie in 1975. Oh! Just been handed a note: "Benji" finished at #12.

"Genghis" or "Jen-jis"?
I saw a recent ad featuring one of Kerry's early '70s anti-war diatribes, in this instance comparing American atrocities to primitive barbarism. The thing that stood out most was his pronunciation of the name "Genghis", as in "Genghis Khan". Now, I've been brought up to pronounce it as "Genghis" (Gen-giss), whereas Kerry in the sound byte said "Jen-jis". Do you really want to vote for a guy who says "Jen-jis" instead of "Gen-giss"?

Maybe we should all send him a new Todd McFarlane "Genghis Khan" action figure to remind him how he said "Jen-jis".

Will Smiff really did do the "I, Robot"!
Just saw a clip of Will Smiff being interviewed by E! or one of those channels - and he was doing the "I, Robot" rap! He was doing the early '80s "robot" dance and got the interviewer to swing his arm around while dancing to the synthpop "robot" riff. Now coming off the notorious "I, Robot" rap (PCR # 226), maybe I should demand royalties.

Psyched by the Furs - Concert Review
The Psychedelic Furs at Jannus Landing - August 24th @ 8pm
I've come "full circle" as they say. You see, exactly 20 years ago my very first New Wave concert was the Psychedelic Furs at Jannus Landing in 1984. Since then, this is my fourth outing to see the Furs live. Obviously quite younger back then, the Furs still maintained an astounding air of youthfulness and rebellion, churning out familiar, punk-y classics one after another.

The night was sweaty and sticky, but the large crowd was eager to see the Furs, and impatiently shouted for them to take the stage. Most were made up of stylish 30-somethings and some younger Gothies. It was like taking a welcome trip back through time seeing an ocean of New York Dolls, Ramones, and Blondie T-shirts. It's good to see at least a small faction of young people nowadays who appreciate the Punk/New Wave sound in lieu of Ashlee Simpson and Britney Spears. So when does the revolution take place?

After a somewhat clumsy stage entrance, featuring a pre-recording of dated-sounding music, the Furs appeared to the delight of the massive crowd. First on the line-up was the classic "Love My Way" from the great "Forever Now" album, which got the fans rockin'. I was surprised how well the keyboards poked through the guitars, drums, and bass during the song - a true rarity at live concerts.

I noted that the keyboardist was, interestingly, a female. I've been to a lot of concerts in my day, and you rarely if ever see a backup musician (she's not part of the original band) who's a chick.

"Love My Way" was followed by a cavalcade of other Furs faves, including: "The Ghost in You", "Heartbreak Beat", "Only You and I", "Pretty in Pink", "Heaven", "Highwire Days", and plenty of others, all performed expertly by the New Wave vets.

Singer Richard Butler looked great for his age and was full of smiles. The man's a master of stage antics and crowd interaction. He paraded through the set mostly in dark sunglasses, except for the encore when he donned stylish reading glasses. His brother, Tim Butler, looked forever youthful as well, looking sharp in his black sportcoat but underestimating the Florida humidity. Tim, like Richard, wore shades the entire time. Guitarist John Ashton at first seemed unrecognizable in a t-shirt, jeans, and a backwards baseball hat, preferring to dress down for the occasion. All three musicians were original members, backed up by two touring musicians: a drummer and keyboardist.

The set was as straightforward as you could get, with nary a word from Butler between songs, maybe except for one "thank you". You'd think after 27 years they'd have stories to tell about each song. Ultimately however, fans have to appreciate the fact that the Furs have been good to Floridians, frequently gracing us with their appearance since their star started to rise in the very early '80s (hear that, ABC, Simple Minds, China Crisis, and The Human League?).

Nolan might be disappointed to know that he missed Ronnie James Dio, the Furs' opening act. Sorry, Nole; I heard Dio's next dig was opening for Boy George in Notting Hill.

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