Thursday, September 1, 2011
Manure For The Mind (1995)
Manure For The Mind was a public access show I created with my friend Jim Burns. The 12 episodes aired on Manhattan Neighborhood Network from July to September of 1995. It was basically a hodgepodge of things we liked – music, film, TV – with some live-action scenes we shot ourselves (and with my sister) peppered throughout each episode. The video above is a collection of just the live-action stuff we shot – which equaled to about 8% of the show.
Each week we pieced together an episode – using the poor man's two VCR editing system – based around a loose theme (ie: evil, blaxploitation, custom cars, kids shows, etc.). One thing we liked to do was play a "Six Degrees of Separation" or tag type of game with video. For example... start with the Scatman Crothers and LaWanda Page scene from Zapped! ...cut to... LaWanda Page and Antonio Fargas (Huggy Bear) in Starsky & Hutch ...cut to... Antonio Fargas and Pam Grier in Foxy Brown ...cut to... Pam Grier and Yahphet Kotto in Friday Foster ...cut to... Yahphet Kotto and Isaac Hayes in Truck Turner ...and so on and so on.
To the right is one of three posters I hung guerilla style around the city promoting the show. During our three month run we aired 12 episodes of Manure For The Mind. We were supposed to make 13 but we opted to rerun Episode 6 by request from a fan letter...so at least one person was watching.
Here's the titles of the episodes that aired:
Episode 1: All Things Evil
Episode 2: Nod Scene
Episode 3: Zebra Soul
Episode 4: Drag
Episode 5: My Own Urine
Episode 6: Connect Four
Episode 7: One Giant Leap For Mankind
Episode 8: Blaxploitation and Beyond
Episode 9: The Letter "P"
Episode 10: A Little Root
Episode 11: Wake The Kids
Episode 12: It Was The Best Of Times, It Was The Worst Of Times
Here's the song Jim and I performed by the railroad tracks in Episode 10: A Little Root (also in the video above)…
"LIRR" – Jim & Frank
I always liked the tune so 10 years later – as I was about to move out of the city – I wrote some lyrics, changed the name, and recorded it with my friend Dave Deluca…
"Leaving The City" – Franklin Mint (featuring Dave Deluca on bass)
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