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Friday, 25 July 2014
'Bare Behind Bars' is a horrible-but-great film about a sadistic warden (Maria Stella Splendore) who tortures her lesbian prison inmates until her fantasies of ruling the jail come crashing down around her. Brazilian director Oswaldo De Oliveira reinvents the women-in-prison genre by introducing not only scantily clad prisoners who relish in taking soapy showers together, but also hot blonde prison officers and an ether-sniffing nurse (Marta Anderson) who has transformed the infirmary into a massage parlor.
The plot, in which four inmates break out during Brazilian Carnival, dulls in comparison to the sexy scenes between prison employees and prisoners. Between female-on-female scenes, everyone, especially the warden, drinks alcohol and pops pills to facilitate this lascivious take on women’s prison. Depressing scenes, for example the one in which a prisoner in solitary confinement talks to a rat for company, are counterbalanced with humor, like when that same prisoner hooks up with a guard through her small cell window.
Aesthetically, Bare Behind Bars has the camp quality of early John Waters.
- Trinie Dalton
Thursday, 24 July 2014
You might not see him in person but he'll see you just the same.
This comes from the marvellous "Double Down Live" collection.
"Jesus Just Left Chicago" is a seminal song from the classic Tres Hombres LP, the boy's third album, released back in 1973.
Often referred to as "Jesus Done Left Chicago", this track normally segues right on from "Waitin' for the Bus". In an interview with Jeb Wright of Classic Rock Revisited, lead guitarist Billy Gibbons explained:
"The two songs ["Waitin' For The Bus" and “Jesus Just Left Chicago"] were written separately during sessions that were not too far apart. We were in the process of compiling the tracks for the album Tres Hombres, and that segue was a fortunate miscalculation by the engineer. He had been attempting to splice out some blank tape, and the result is that the two come off as a single work. It just seemed to work."The Deep South is noted for its Christian roots, and in spite of the hostile reception rock 'n' roll received from the Bible Belt when it first reared its head, many contemporary musicians began their musical careers in or around the church. The most famous white rock 'n' roller from the Deep South to combine the two was of course Elvis Presley, who recorded the odd religious song.
Although "Jesus Just Left Chicago" isn't exactly a hymn, it does have a spiritual dimension, and is written more in the style of Black Christian music, adhering to a standard blues format.
Furthermore, Gibbons is, of course, widely known as Reverend Billy Gibbons!
Double Down Live is a 2 DVD set from ZZ Top combining shows from 1980 and 2008.
Disc one was filmed at the Grugahalle in Essen, Germany for the Rockpalast TV series. Hot on the heels of their classic Deguello album (it features 9 of the 10 songs from it) the show finds ZZ Top before sequencers and synthesizers epitomising their lil ol blues band from Texas nickname.
Complimented by tracks drawn predominantly from their Tres Hombres and Fandango! albums, this is a true best of ZZ Top in the seventies.
Disc Two was shot during their European tour in 2008 and combines great live performances, interview clips and back stage footage to create the ultimate ZZ Top on the road movie.
With nearly 30 years between the performances the two disc set gives a fascinating then and now insight into what has maintained the ZZ Top live phenomenon.