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When they’re not making hilarious and controversial episodes of Southpark, Trey Parker and Matt Stone were making films at one point. In 1998, the guys for the first time ever starred in a film that they didn’t write or direct in BASEketball. BASEketball is the story of a couple of losers who invent a sport that they know they could beat jocks in and the struggles they faced when that sport became popular. They also released a soundtrack for the film which featured a mix of Ska, Pop Punk, and various other forms of rock music i n bands like Nerf Herder, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Goldfinger, Smash Mouth, and our featured band today in Reel Big Fish. The Reel Big Fish contributed two tracks to the soundtrack, but I chose their cover of my favorite New Wave track in A-ha’s Take On Me. It’s basically a Ska cover of the song which is actually pretty cool to hear done. So, check it out below and check out BASEketball.

Originally when I wanted to cover something from the awesome and funny film South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut I wanted to select the track Hell Isn’t Good because it featured James Hetfield of Metallica on the track. Unfortunately, if you look at the soundtrack that was released for the film, the song by D.V.D.A (stands for Double Vaginal Double Anal in case you were wondering) and James Hetfield was never released. Instead, they have D.V.D.A. doing the track What Would Brian Boitano Do? Pt. II. If you don’t know who Brian Boitano is, he is a world famous Ice figure skater who competed in the Olympic games and they sing about what would he do as they prepare t break Terrence and Phillip out before they are executed. D.V.D.A. is made up of Trey Parker (Lead Vocals and Keyboards), Matt Stone (Vocals, Drums, and Bass Guitar), Bruce Howell (Guitars), D.A. Young (Keyboards, Vocals), and Nels Dielman (Drums). Check out the track below, obviously check out the movie, and check out the soundtrack while you’re at it you Uncle F***kers!!!

primusFor the album that I chose for this week’s album of the week, I wanted to go outside my tastes a little so that I could expand my horizons musically. Plus, I have a lot of respect for Primus bassist/lead singer Les Claypool who may be the best bassist out there in the metal world. The man has done great things for the bass guitar as many have done for the electric guitar. I chose the album Antipop because it was the very album the band was supporting when I saw them on Ozzfest 1999 with Buckethead (Note: Buckethead is not credited on the album). The album features lots of musical guests from Tom Morello to James Hetfield of Metallica as well as some guests also producing tracks on the record. It was the band’s sixth studio album, it was the last to feature drummer Bryan Mantia, and it would be their last until 2011’s Green Naugahyde. When talking about the record Les has stated, “Antipop was the most difficult record we ever made, because there was a lot of tension between the three of us, and there was some doubt at the label as to whether we knew what the hell we were doing anymore. But there was some great things to come out of it, like the tune we did with Tom Waits, ‘Coattails of a Dead Man’. I love that song.” The album peaked at number 44 on the billboard top 200 charts and unfortunately songs from this record are rarely ever played live.

1. Intro- The intro is only 17 seconds long and it features Tom Waits.

2. Electric Uncle Sam– The track has an intro to it, but once the music kicks in it’s like a funk metal party that rocks. The track is about The Man and you shouldn’t be surprised as it was co-written and features Tom Morello on it. 5/5

antipop back3. Natural Joe– This is a track that is co-produced by Matt Stone of South Park fame and it’s another bass driven funktastic track that is about how people aren’t always what they appear to be. 4/5

4. Lacquer Head– This is a track that was produced by Fred Durst which the three verses in it are all about three different kids who puff on inhalants and the harm that comes to them from doing it. Fred has said that he wanted Primus to go back to their heavier sound and it worked. The track is amazing with a thumping bass line. 5/5

5. The Antipop– The track starts off real slow and with an eerie bass line in the beginning and then Mantia’s amazing drumming comes in before the song kicks into overdrive about being Anti-pop because pop music is just bland and not compromising just to get on the radio 4/5

6. Eclectic Electric– This is the track that features Jim Martin (ex-Faith No More) and James Hetfield (Metallica) playing guitar on the song and it’s another track that starts off slow as it is an 8 minute track. The track seems to be different stages of someone not being able to grow up. 4/5

7.  Greet the Sacred Cow– At first there is something playing in the beginning that sounds like praying in the Middle East before the music kicks in with a middle eastern flavor to the guitars, but in the chorus they get heavy. 4/5

antipop cd8. Mama Didn’t Raise No Fool-This is definitely a bad ass rock song with a little more guitars thanks to the fact that it is the second track to feature Tom Morello playing guitar and producing os it has that rock/rap flavor to it. 4/5

9.  Dirty Drowning Man– The track starts off with some crazy bass beats from Les before it settles down during the verses in a track that is about calling out to see who your real friends are. The track features Martina Topley-Bird on it and it was produced by Stewart Copeland 4/5

10. Ballad of Bodacious– a bluesy guitar track with funky bass riffs in a track that is about a bull (I think). 4/5

11. Power Mad– This is the third and last track that features Tom Morello’s guitar work and production in a track that talks about various presidents of the US that were power mad. 4/5

12. The Final Voyage of the Liquid Sky– When the track first starts you feel like you are in space and then Les’s creativity comes in with his opening bass riff and then the funk starts in a track that is about going against the grain. 4/5

13. Coattails of a Dead Man– Surprisingly that someone had the balls to do it, but the song is essentially about Courtney Love ridding the coattails of Kurt Cobain. The song features vocals from Tom Waits and Martina Topley-Bird. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– I have to say that back in the day, I didn’t understand the craze behind Primus, but after listening to this album and loving the guitar, I have a whole new found respect for Primus and what they were doing and still are doing. I really liked the album and enjoyed listening to the creativity that is displayed on it. I am going to give the album four stars out of five for a final grade.

Ozzfest 1999 2 back

cannibalThere is a reason why the title says Filmfest Fridays/Cheeseball Cinema in the same line and that is because this is a joint adventure considering anything made by Troma is usually cheesy and they are an independent film company. So, I figured I would consolidate them into one big post after hearing about the film in an interview with Lloyd Kaufman. The film titled Cannibal The Musical was written, directed, and it stars Cheeseball Cinema alum and South Park creator Trey Parker (Orgazmo) as Alfred Packer. Alfred Packer is being accused of being a cannibal and thy are accusing him of eating all of the men that went on a expedition from Utah for gold in Colorado, but he tells his side of the story to a reporter Polly Pry (Toddy Walters) who just wants to get the juicy story for her newspaper. The film also stars Matt Stone (BASEketball) as James Humphrey, Dian Bachar (Orgazmo) as George Noon, Stephen Blackpool as Black Cat, Brad Gordon as Mills, Jason McHugh (Electric Apricot) as Frank Miller, Masao Maki (Orgazmo) as Indian Chief, Robert Muratore (The People Vs George Lucas) as Frenchie, and Andrew Kemler (South Park: Bigger, Longer, And Uncut) as Preston Nutter.

cannibal the musicalI know what you’re thinking that this must be one of the cheesiest films, but I have to admit something right now about this Troma release. This is actually a really good well written film by Trey Parker and the film displays all of the humor and satire the guys were known for. You can see early remnants of South Park especially with some of the voices you hear in the film. Trey Parker and co. do an amazing job at turning a wild west story and mixing it with elements of comedy and some thriller besides the obvious element of the musical. Some parts can be cheesy, but there are a lot of laughs in the film. This film definitely laid the ground work for their later films like Orgazmo and BASEketball. As far as some Cheeseball Cinema stats, there is no T&A unless you like looking at a couple of naked dudes. This is definitely one of the top 5 Troma releases ever and if you’re a fan of anything Matt Stone and Trey Parker do, then you definitely need to check this out if you haven’t already. For Cheeseball Cinema fans, on a scale of one being close to an A-list Hollywood film and 5 being the cheesiest film of all time I am giving it a 3 or a B for my other grading scale that I use for everything else. The film is available on Netflix as we speak.

orgazmoI’ve seen Team America: World Police, BASEketball, but I have never seen Orgazmo. So, when I saw that it was airing on television I jumped at the chance to watch it. The film is about a devout Mormon named Joe Young (Trey Parker) that has been relocated to Los Angeles to do God’s work when by accidently knocks on the wrong door. Inside this particular house they are filming a superhero porno film called Orgazmo and when Joe knocks on the door, a security guard is sent to attack him. When Joe successfully defends himself, the director Maxxx Orbison (Michael Dean Jacobs) is so impressed that he convinces Joe to star as Orgazmo.  The only problem is that Joe doesn’t want to tell his fiancee that he’s doing it so he tries his hardest to keep it a secret. The film also stars Dian Bachar (Cannibal! The Musical), Robyn Lynne Raab (Hey Dude), pornstar Ron Jeremy, Matt Stone (South Park), Toddy Walters (South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut), Juli Ashton, Chasey Lain (He Got Game), and an appearance from Lloyd Kaufman.

orgazmo 2I love the opening theme to the movie because it just informs you as to what kind of a film you’ll be watching for an hour and the half. This is one of the cheesiest movies, but it’s also one of those awesome cheesefest films that just keeps giving. The acting is Ok, but the thing that I love is that the parts that take place at the porn studio actually have the feel of a porn where everything is just completely cheesy. The acting for the most part is atrocious especially from one of the actors I can’t seem to find that plays Orbison’s nephew and the arch nemesis of Orgazmo for the reason that his part in the film to me was just dumb and awkward. The costumes are hilarious especially Dian Bachar who is forced to wear dozens of sex toys all over his body including the one you see to the left of this paragraph. A little fun fact is that the MPAA gave this film a NC-17 rating before it’s release which caused the film to have a limited theatrical release. They did release a R rated version which is only different than the NC-17 version because of two minutes they cut out. One thing that may annoy the audience is that every time it looks like you’ll get to see something good from the pornstars, a butt naked man steps into the screen. On a scale of 1 being close to an A-list Hollywood film and 5 being the cheesiest film of all time, I am giving the film a 3.5 for a final grade.