Dash down to your local record store (or visit CD Now or Amazon) and procure a copy of the Pecker Soundtrack. It's got all the hits, including the opening track - "Happy Go Lucky Me"; that strange little song playing when we first see Little Chrissy on the sidewalk - "Uh! Oh!" by the Nutty Squirrels; "Woo Hoo" by the Rock-A-Teens (heard during the end credits) and Stewart Copeland's original score. One of my personal faves is Stewart's disco number, "Straight Boys," featured during the Fudge Palace strip scenes. The CD booklet contains a great essay by John about the songs he picked for his latest cinematic delight.
above photo of JW was used in the Village Voice to promote a recent retrospective
of his work at the American Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New
York City. They showed many of his films and even had a visit from the
master himself for a bit of Q & A.
As I've mentioned, there are tons of publications featuring new Waters stories and interviews. Here for your pleasure are interview highlights from Next Magazine in New York City, Time Magazine, Cups magazine and NYC's HX. Also, my dad sent me an article out of the Bal'mor Sun about Chuck Shacochis, the photographer who shot the stills used as Pecker's photos. The lastest issue of Premiere has a cover story about the 100 most daring films of all time, which of course includes Pink Flamingos. JW also wrote a sidebar article for the same issue about Andy Warhol's Chelsea Girls. If anyone out there has a copy and would be kind enough to type it up, I'll put it up on the site for all to enjoy.
My local Baltimore source, Liam Hughes (a/k/a The Wildman of 22nd Street) has recently visited the gravesite of our dear departed Divine. I've incorporated his photos and essay into The Divine Pages this month, so please pay your respects. After all, this is the 10th anniversary of the death of Harris Glenn Milstead.
The always generous Mr. David has put a few articles up on his site including a piece by Paul Swift from Entertainment Weekly and an article on shrimping. Lick 'em up!
My eternal source of Waters info, Joe Blevins, has graciously made some audio files of Edith Massey's long lost studio recordings. You can download two of her tracks, "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "Punks, Get Off The Grass". Check 'em out and give props to Joe! And as an FYI, lots of folks have been saying - "hey, that link to buy Love Letter To Edie don't work!" And to all hunters and collectors out there, please visit www.nextgen-video.com/indexa.html. They got it, baby!
Also, check out the new Divine
Screen Saver. Thanks to Joe, we can stare at her all day instead of
flying toasters. [For PC's only]
As you must know by now, Pecker is in theaters! And John is working the publicity circuit, doing interviews all over the place. As you can see from the photo above, he graced the cover of New York's gay party paper, HX, for a special issue on queer cinema. He's also been featured in The Village Voice, New York Press, Baltimore Gay Paper, the Baltimore Sun - plus TV interviews on Jay Leno, Conan O'Brian, The Daily Show and many other spots. Over the next couple months, I hope to upload a bunch of articles, interviews, etc - so stay tuned to Dreamland.
Pecker opened in New York on September 25th, and rather than go to see it on opening nite, I opted to go to the Pecker Party at Squeezebox. For those who don't know, Squeezebox is a rock-n-roll fag bar at Don Hills here in downtown Manhattan - Friday nights only. And John is a notorious patron. And he was there on the 25th, hanging out at the bar with friends. The host of Squeezebox, the incomparable Sherry Vine, gave out Pecker t-shirts between acts to guys willing to jump on stage and show their pecker to the audience. Later in the evening, before Sherry did her PJ Harvey cover, she asked if anyone knew what teabagging is - and I shot my arm in the air. She called me up on stage and I demonstrated teabagging on Sherry - but she stuck her tongue out which I think is technically not part of teabagging, but I was honored to be selected and let it slide. As you can see - my prize wasn't a t-shirt, but a tea bag - inscribed with John Waters' Pecker.
Some of my readers went to the premiere at Baltimore's Senator Theater. I'd like to present two of those folks, Alana Miller who recounts her evening in text - and Liam Hughes (a/k/a The Wild Man of 22nd Street) who gives us his account via photos. Endless thanks to them both - Enjoy!
Waters will be in Philadelphia for the closing cerimonies of the 1998 Reject Film Fest - a film fest where you have to prove you had been rejected by another, presumably more reputable film festival. For those of you in the Philly area, the festival runs from October 15-17. Thanks to Bill in Philly for the news, whose short film, "Ring, Ring, You're Dead" is showing.
Thanks to Matt Chojnacki, Joe Blevins and Mr. David for their help with
the news this month.
It's here! Pecker debuts Friday, September 25th around the US, so check your local listings.
Liam Hughes, who has a cameo in Pecker, has informed me that the world premiere screening will be on September 16 at 8 PM, at the Senator Theater in Baltimore. Sponsored by AIDS Action Baltimore (AAB), a non-profit organization that provides services to people in the Baltimore area with HIV, tickets will be available to the general public after September 4th by calling Lynda Dee, in Baltimore, at 410-837-0944. Tickets cost $75 each and are "a charitable donation, tax deductibe to the extent allowed by law", according to the AIDS Action press release. Ticket holders will also be invited to a Gala Party at The Paradox, beginning at 10:30 P.M.
Premiere gay magazine, OUT has a great interview with John which you can check out here. Also, check September's Vanity Fair - there's a cute question and answer with Waters on the last page. And the Boston Phoenix recently featured John in their paper and on their website. Check it out...
And finally for this month sees the start of a new section of Dreamland.
Check out Dreamland Fans and our first featured fan, Eve Severe!
Hello to all Dreamlanders. Sorry I've been busy this summer and unable to update you hungry, hungry hippos on your favorite director. But I'm back and just in time for some good stuff. Read on...
I recently had the pleasure of corresponding with Actor/Filmmaker/Miscreant, Emmy Collins who worked on John Waters' Pecker as 'The Hippie Vegetarian' in the opening supermarket scene. Click here for Emmy's personal reccolection of his day on the set, complete with snapshots! Emmy has directed, produced, written & acted in 4 films, they are: 'Cept Jim (1992), From Dogs Two Lepers (1994), Jack the Dipper (1997) and Headshot (scheduled for Fall 1998). He was also the Assistant Director and Associate Producer on John Michael McCarthy's 16mm feature film: The Sore Losers (1997). Look for him yelling at the cashier in Pecker this fall.
As many of you know, June is Gay Pride month, and as a special treat for us, the local New York City party paper Next featured an interview with Mr. Waters regarding his thoughts on Gay Pride. Enjoy!
For those of us who love audio clips, a new must-visit site is Cult Plug by O. Robertson. This is a page devoted to soundclips from favourite cult movies using realaudio and also has sound from some great trailers and complete movie intros. Of course, no cult film site would be complete without some Waters material. Check it out.
Another cool site which mondo-fan Joe Blevins hep'd me to is this John Waters Daily Trivia Question. Put your thinking caps on, because there's some tough ones.
And now for some sad news. Both Joe and Scott (Lawrence, that is) wrote to tell me they'd heard our favorite former fat-girl, Ricki Lake, would no longer be starring in Pecker! Rumour has it that the producers of her talk show would not allow her to star in another film. Which makes no sense to me, but then when would a TV producer make sense? Anyway, to make up for it, there is talk that infamous Lower East Side Drag-King, Mo B. Dick will have a walk-on part. Let's hope he keeps his pants on! Check out January's news for an intimate chat between John and Mo.
DreamlandNews © 1998 Jeff Jackson.