You can watch it now! I’m going to spread the production notes over the next several days, so get ready to hear all about the deep dark dirty secrets of how we made the show.
Today I’m going to tell you about Go Van Gogh. GVG was one of the top bands that I played back on the old radio version of RFC. Go Van Gogh was Stephen Beckner (who has been on episodes two and nine of the new RFC), his brother Mark, and Johnny and Tim Rock. They brought a wild sound to Charleston, with a combination of pure Beatlesque pop married to L.A. punk roots.
“Shut Up, I Love You” was Go Van Gogh’s “hit single.” I got so many requests for it that I even played it a few times outside of our late-night timeslot. A few months ago I ran into Johnny Rock, and he told me about finding a treasure trove of vintage Go Van Gogh material. I got the tapes from him and transferred them to DVD. The first gem from this batch of coolness is a lip-synced video for “Shut Up” which was apparently shot in Stephen and Amee’s (now Mrs. Beckner) apartment around 1990. I think it was directed by Stephen, but I’m willing to be corrected on that.
Also among the great material on those tapes was the Go Van Gogh performance of “Slowdown” which was posted as the Song and Video of the Week here at PopCult over the weekend. Be sure to scroll down and check it out. In addition to the cool music, there are also two animated films by Stephen which will show up on future episodes of RFC.
I had to do a little tweaking and video restoration on the video for “Shut Up, I Love You.” I also dropped in a very subtle in-joke. The first person to spot it and tell us what it is here in the comments gets the wonderful prize of self-satisfaction at a job well done.
Tuesday I’ll give you the lowdown on the Fanatomy Video, “I Hate Your God.”