Both American Psycho and the movie adaptation, American Psycho, notoriously mocked the blander parts of US society in a series of coruscating monologues from its lead character, Patrick Bateman. One of those skewered by the movie was Huey Lewis and the News.
Now, the bland are getting their revenge. Here's Huey Lewis assuming the Christian Bale part to monologue his revenge on both the movie and Weird Al Yankovic in this entirely bizarre video.
It was, of course, composed by Ron Grainer, but the person who 'realised' it – not using a synthesiser, since they hadn't been invented yet, but by creating each note manually – was Delia Derbyshire of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Derbyshire went on to be extremely influential in the world of electronic music and on January 12th 2013, Band on the Wall in Manchester is going to have a Delia Derbyshire Day to celebrate her work and to screen a documentary about her.
Here's the itinerary:
Daytime "mini-symposium" event 3pm-6pm includes:
Screening of award-winning documentary "The Delian Mode"
Q&A with The Delian Mode director Kara Blake exciting panel of 'Delian' experts from around the UK
Deep listening session and sharing of some of Delia Derbyshire archive material
Evening event 8pm-10.30pm includes:
Premiere performances of new commissions by:
Ailís Ní Ríain (contemporary classical)
caro c (was caro snatch - experimental electronic)
Naomi Kashiwagi (gramophonica)
With live visual accompaniment by Kara Blake
Plus DJ Tukatz playing Delia inspired experimental music
Evening event will present new commissions by Manchester based caro c (experimental electronic), Ailís Ní Ríain (contemporary classical) and Naomi Kashiwagi (gramophonica) inspired by spending time with Delia Derbyshire archives held at University of Manchester. Plus DJ Tukatz playing Delian sounds and live visual accompaniment by Kara Blake.
Tickets are dirt cheap – Full Day: £10 Early Bird (before Dec 12), £12 after. Afternoon event only: £6. Evening event only: £7.50 – so if you're in the area, go along!
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I'm Rob Buckley, a freelance journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of, although you might have heard me on Radio 5 Live's Saturday Edition. I've edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for trade magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider and the equally short-lived Death Ray and Filmstar magazines; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it "web site for urban hedonists" The Tribe. I'm freelance now and have contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network and TV Scoop.