John Waters is one cultural icon worthy of any obsession or praise that surrounds his work or his words. John Waters is a genius. He is the sense of humor and irony and true eyes of America, creating films, writing books, and making mixtapes for the past 40 years. He is a man who uses music to make statements. Waters created one of the best compilation albums of maybe all time, A Date With John Waters, featuring tunes that make you fear, giggle, cringe, and sing. He also has a totally Santa-heavy mix, A John Waters Christmas, which makes the holiday snow just a little browner around the edges.
This cult movie king is bringing his act This Filthy World to Parker Playhouse. Last time he was in these parts was for the Miami Book Fair International almost two years ago. So, to prep for this rare occasion, we put together some of John Waters' most memorable musical moments -- this means anything related to his films, book, or personal life. That's right. Get ready for a messy ride.
Sunny Side Up
Edith Massey is well known as the lady in Pink Flamingos who, seated in a playpen, eats the shit out of eggs. She can't help it; she just loves those suckers. Massey later formed a group called Edie and the Eggs which included future Go-Go's drummer Gina Schock. This is their hit.
Cry, Johnny, Cry
At least two John Waters movies are proper musicals. Hairspray is about singing and dancing as much as it's about civil rights and Ricki Lake's hair and Leslie Ann Powers' lollipop. Cry Baby is about, well, how hot Johnny Depp is.
No one will ever forget, no matter how hard they try, the Singing Asshole scene in Pink Flamingos. This is because it is so amazing and so incredibly gruesome. Makes you want to clench your ass cheeks forever. Instead of those mesmerizing few moments in movie history (this is the internet, but come on, it's a whistling asshole), we're sharing Divine singing "That Old Black Magic."
Armed and Horny
Remember Mink Stole from just about every Waters movie? Well, this song, "Sometimes I Wish I Had a Gun," exemplifies what it feels like to have PMS or to be infatuated with a shitty man in the modern age of dating.
Mondo Trasho is basically all music, little dialogue. It's all good songs, too, from Link Wray to Judy Garland. It's divine.
Dawn Davenport was the star of Female Trouble. Divine sang the funky theme song.
"Polyester" is the theme song to Polyester. Duh, we suppose. Though it was sung by Tab Hunter, the words and music are by Chris Stein and the fabulous Debbie Harry, who played an incredible bitch in Hairspray. An incredibly beautiful, well-coifed bitch.
Strong Reaction Booking presents an Evening With John Waters and This Filthy World on July 28, sponsored by Radio-Active Records and the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. There will be a Q&A session after the performance and a screening of Polyester beforehand at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $36.50, $46.50, $61.50, and VIP $125. Call 954- 462-0222 or visit parkerplayhouse.com.
Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.