Star Wars Land"" fdn-content-multi-item-permalink="/music/pinbacks-rob-crow-is-thinking-about-a-job-being-a-custodian-at-star-wars-land-6419782" fdn-content-multi-item-canonical="" fdn-content-multi-item-title="Pinback's Rob Crow Is Thinking About a "Job Being a Custodian at Star Wars Land"" fdn-content-multi-item-thumb="" fdn-content-multi-item-thumb-width="" fdn-content-multi-item-thumb-height="" ga-dimension2="Music" ga-dimension3="6419782" ga-dimension4="2013-03-12 07:34:40" ga-dimension5="Interviews" ga-dimension6="Hans Morgenstern" ga-dimension7="Articles" >


Pinback's Rob Crow Is Thinking About a "Job Being a Custodian at Star Wars Land"

When Rob Crow and Armistead Burwell Smith IV's named their project Pinback, a reference to an obscure science fiction movie of the 1970s, only the nerdiest of film nerds got the joke.

The San Diego indie rock stalwarts were paying tribute to a key character in John Carpenter's low budget debut Dark Star. In 1974, the future director of Halloween and Escape From New York put together a direct descendant of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey but with a wacky sense of humor. Informed by the Cold War hysteria of the time, the film followed a small group of interstellar adventurers from Earth on a mission to destroy unstable planets... Until one of their spaceship's talking bombs gains self-awareness. Co-writer Dan O'Bannon played Sgt. Pinback.

New Timesspoke with Crow last month about the band, a mutual appreciation for sci-fi, particularly an appreciation for the genre's game changer Star Wars, could not be avoided.

See also
-Pinback's Rob Crow on the Band's Sound: "It's Never Polished Enough for Us"

KEEP NEW TIMES BROWARD-PALM BEACH FREE... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Hans Morgenstern has contributed to Miami New Times for too many decades, but he's grown to love Miami's arts and culture scene because of it. He is the chair of the Florida Film Critics Circle, and most of his film criticism can be found on Independent Ethos ( if not in New Times.