Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Memories of the Starlight Drive In

Thad Michaels was the owner of the Starlight Drive In or at least he was the entire time I worked there. I think he still owns the place even though it’s been closed for years now and yeah don’t buy any of that crap that it’s still open. The last time I drove by it there are weeds growing everywhere, the whole place is falling apart, it’s pretty sad but drive in movie theaters are dead sure there are still a few around but they're the ones that just don’t know they’re dead yet.
            There were a lot of funny things about Thad, don’t get me wrong, he was really a great guy to work for, I mean he paid great for a movie theater, I still can’t believe how much he paid me and no I ain’t going to tell you plus he helped me get some great pieces of tail more than once. Still he was a bit weird. The oddest thing about him was that, he always looked the same. He was one of those guys that never looked older. I worked for him for twenty years and he looked just the same as the first day I met him, his weight always seemed to be the same too, he looked like a slim jock. Sometimes he talked strange stuff about reality not being real for much longer or some crazy talk like that but hey he was still a pretty cool guy and if you own a haunted drive in you’re bound to be a little weird and that place was haunted for sure, I saw some of the ghosts myself.
            Thad sure could pick the flicks. He hand picked most of the movies we ran and he got us all sorts of exclusive deals which kept the place packed every night we were open. Our lot was only empty at closing time even when it was pouring out. He got us some great flicks like Vampire Hookers from Outer Space, it had some pretty hot vampire babes in it and Thad hired some gorgeous chicks to walk around the lot dressed like vampires, he even hooked me up with one and it was awesome, he was the best boss I ever had.
We showed that movie, Satan’s Sister it wasn’t really good but there were so many topless broads in it that people loved it, I hated that stupid love song that was in it, think it was called, Into the Sky it was a hit I guess.

He hooked us up with some weird flicks too like that one Attack of the Prehistoric Beast, I couldn’t figure out if it was a comedy or just two movies spliced into one.
Undead Kiss was pretty out there too, there was almost no dialogue, just all sorts of psychedelic music and messed up sounds.
            I don’t know how or where he found the Burning Witch but I’m pretty sure we were one of the only places in the world that showed that flick. I heard the rumors about a women getting burned alive at the stake in it but it didn’t look like a snuff movie to me.

Vincent “Vin” Breen
Former projectionist for the Starlight Drive In Movie Theater

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Brighter Side of Darkness

There is a dearth of negative energy on the interwebbies these days.

I’m really negative on all the doom and gloom and I hate all the hatred on display on blogs, faceboot, and all the other anti-social media outlets.

Count Robot isn’t on the net to be a downer, a negative force, gloomy glum.
I am here to be a light in the funhouse of the universe.
So you will not see me wasting my time bad mouthing creative types and things that I don’t enjoy.
Rather you will hear me rant and rave and enthuse about the greats and the maybe not so great artistic folk that I do dig (writers like A. Lee Martinez, H.P. Lovecraft, painters like Van Gogh, directors like Ed Wood and David Lynch, and music like Robyn Hitchcock, Rush, the Beatles, and so so many more).
See I can’t just understand why its worth my precious time on this sphere bashing something I don’t like when I could be praising what is groovy to me. Why should I negatively promote what I dislike? It should be all about the good.

So get grooving folks!

Yours in happy land,
Count Robot

Friday, June 14, 2013

More videos with Dan Margarita

We like acting in our friend Dan Margarita’s videos as I’ve mentioned before

Dan writes some pretty funny and cool songs.
DNA Girl acted in one of my favorites of his. The tune is called Boston Love Song. It’s witty and wistful at once. That’s a pretty hard thing to do and Dan does it quite well. 

Here’s another one we had fun with called, Now That We’ve Seen Each Other Naked. Again this is one of those tunes that’s rare in that its funny yet warm and honest. DNA Girl puts in a cameo like appearance in a pivotal role. She got her own trailer for her appearance. I grew a moustache for this part. I swear it’s not the truth....

Your music junky
Count Robot

Thursday, June 6, 2013

You’re Dead, So Shut Up

The track You’re Dead, So Shut Up is of course about a husband nagged from beyond the grave by a zombie wife. It’s from our cd, Naughty Kitty. The words were written as an ode to horror punk. I’m a big fan of horror punk master monsters, the Misfits.

We’ve done two versions of this video.
The initial stab at it (pun is indeed intended) was too short. It didn’t capture the full visual story we wanted to tell.
Included here in the blog is the extended version, which is the better of the two. I added some swirling synths to the beginning of the video so there was an audio bed for the full video.
In the story a mad scientist kills his interfering wife and she returns to blab, blab, nag, and nag. He can’t escape from her so he tries to kill her… again and again and again.

This video was partially shot at one of our favorite locations, the Ballardvale Café. Drop on by for some fine coffee and vittles.
I would very much like to thank David Breen and Michael Dubson who both acted in this video. They did a great job. Thanks guys!

From beyond,
Count Robot