Friday, February 27, 2009

Scott Walker - 30th Century Man


Perhaps the recent Scottumentary 30th Century Man, will answer some of these burning questions-

Why are people so obsessed with someone most people have never heard of?

Why, in the 90s, did English tabloid giant The Sun offer a cash prize for anyone to take a recent photograph of Scott?

Why would anyone care?

Why did Scott's group The Walker Brothers have more members in its fan club than that of the Beatles?

Why did Scott quit this group and join a monastery?

Why did Scott sing songs by Flemish art songsmith Jacques Brel on prime time TV?

Why and how did Scott sell records to teenagers and housewives, with lyrics based on Bergman films and Camus novels?

Why have Scott's albums in the last 25 years been utterly and impenetrably weird?

Why do David Bowie, Brian Eno, Radiohead and Jarvis Cocker love Scott so much?

Why did Julian Cope release a compilation of Scott tracks subtitled “the godlike genius of...”?

How is it possible for Scott to look so good at 65?

Why are Scott's solo albums from the 60s considered by many intelligent people to be among the great works of art of the 20th century?

What does “stump of a drowner” really mean?

Go and see 30th Century Man (Playing at the Starz FilmCenter March 6 – 12) and find out.
Note - Twist & Shout's Twisted Spork Club Card members can get 2-for-1 tickets by presenting their Club Card at Starz Film Center.

SCOTT WALKER: 30 CENTURY MAN Directed by Stephen Kijak (USA/UK, 2007, 35mm, 95min)


1 comment:

DenverBeat said...

The only reason I went to see 30 Century Man, was the 2 for 1 admission secured by Twist and Shout. Watching this film I thought this documentary might be an elaborate put on.

After all, Bowie is the executive producer and we see David smirking on screen.The film feels like Spinal Tap or The Rutles , more a Mockumentary than a Documentary. Another reason for my disbelief, I never heard of Scott Walker.

I’ve heard The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore, but The Walkers Brothers as big as the Beatles in England? And yet, Lulu and Bowie testified that it’s true. I doubted Scott Walker early solo careers when I was told that albums: Scott 1, Scott 2 Scott 3 all charted on the Top of the Pop’s, but the mythical Scott 4 bombed. Interviews with surreal people like Scott’s former pianist, who in the intervening years has had a sex change, felt like Marty DiBergi interviewing Nigel Tufnel

Just when it can’t get any more far out the recluse himself Scott Walker speaks. He reflects about his life and the music he does now. Scott’s current music sounds like Rod McKuen lyric sung with a bass voice over someone punching meat as strings hold a note for 64 bars and a donkey brays. Think that strange? Eno is driven to tears when he listens to Scot’s 30 century sound.

I’ve told you too much already. If you have interests in the portrait of an artist scene then go see it.

You can decide if Scott is real. As for me Virginia, I believe there is a Scott Walker. The reason I believe?

I was able to check Scott’s 2006 album “The Drift” out of the library, Just like the French guy interviewed in the movie said “I’ve wasted a lot of time listening to Scott Walker. “