Friday, February 03, 2006

Independent Worm Cantina



Star Wars (1995 "Faces" VHS).


Independent Worm Saloon by the Butthole Surfers. 'Twas their major label debut, produced by none other than John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin fame. Spawned the college radio hit "Who Was in My Room Last Night?" Per usual, I started the album immediately following the second drumroll in the 20th Century Fox fanfare.


- The loud guitar squeal and subsequent smoldering sounds at the end of "Who Was in My Room Last Night?" coincide with the door exploding on the Tantive IV and the stormtroopers busting through.

- The solo in "The Wooden Song" coincides with Darth Vader choking that guy aboard the Tantive IV; as the guitar goes up a scale, Vader lifts his choking victim up off the ground.

- The phrase "take me" in "The Wooden Song" is heard as Princess Leia is shot by the stormtrooper.

- A female voice is heard saying, "You're gonna die up there" as C-3PO walks away from R2-D2 on the surface of Tatooine (one can presume Threepio is thinking this about Artoo, as Artoo has chosen to go a different way).

- Gibby Haynes lets out a scream in "Goofy's Concern" right after Artoo is shot by the Jawas.

- The lyric "why don't you tell me something I don't know?" in "Strawberry" is heard as Luke is asking his Uncle about Ben Kenobi and his alleged relative, Obi-Wan Kenobi.

- A weird scanner-type noise is heard in "Dancing Fool" as Luke uses his binoculars to search the horizen for Artoo.

- "You Don't Know Me" starts as Obi-Wan revives Luke.

- The palm muting in the beginning of "Dust Devil" coincides with the beat Obi-Wan takes after viewing Princess Leia's hologram before saying that junk to Luke about going to Alderaan.


Of course, nothing happened during "Chewin' George Lucas' Chocolate," the hilarious skit in which the Buttholes are pulled over by the cops. The one Star Wars reference on the album, and nothing happens! Thanks, Buttholes.

Interesting side note: for some reason, the Surfers went out of their way to note on the back cover that "Chewin' George Lucas' Chocolate" was produced by the Butthole Surfers AND John Paul Jones. I guess that's just another Butthole joke I don't get.


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