2004 Top 10 ListGary Lucas (Solo Artist / Gods & Monsters)
1. SCTV Vols. One and Two on DVD--the best palliative for existential pain I know
2. "Vampyres" on DVD--superb little known 1974 bisexual vampira sex and gore romp starring the fabulous Marianne Morris and pet of the month Anulka, not much in the plausible narrative department but delivers the goods nonetheless
3. "Blood on Satan's Claw" on DVD--this slipped under my radar when it was released by Tigon in the 70's-- one of the greatest of English withcraft films, right up there with Witchfinder General-- an exercise in controlled erotic horror featuring superstar Linda Hayden as demoness Angel Blake, only available through Amazon.co.uk unfortunately, but if you invest in a...
4. Phillips DVP 642 DVD player, you can render this cheapo machine (70 bucks) into an all-region DVD player with a couple pushes of the remote control buttons and knowledge of the secret code (surf the web, you'll find it) --and voila! you can then play
5. "Culloden" on DVD--Peter Watkins (The War Game, Privilege) directed this incredible 1964 black and white faux documentary re-enactment of the brutal 1746 battle which tore the Scottish highland clan system apart, the last major battle to be fought on English soil
6. "Popular Electronics--Early Dutch Electronic Music" by Kid Baltan and Tom Dissevelt--a beautiful boxed edition on Basta of the trippiest most haunting and creative electronica I know, from the early 60's ...I was weaned on this music and to hear it again and have it available in all its glory (plus out takes, film and commercial music, work tapes etc.) has made this a banner year for music lovers
7. "Smile"--Brian Wilson...as good as the legend would have it, this album would have kicked Sgt. Pepper's ass if it had been released on schedule in 1967--I've seen the live show thrice (at Royal Festival Hall and Carnegie Hall), go and see it if it comes within a thousand mile radius, it is that transcendental, and can make grown men and women weep for joy
8. Super 700--amazing Berlin-based band fronted by the incredible vocalist Ibadet Ramadani and her 2 lovely sisters, check out their website at super700.com and go to projektdemo.com to hear their hypnotic songs
9. "My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama" (Lenox 1012)--this has been out for awhile but what the hey... a compilation devoted to obscure electric blues that features little known 50's r&b dude Sly Williams doing Guitar Slim one better with a yowliing psychotic vocal and a manic, twisted guitar solo that sends me every time on his magisterial "Boot Hill" (a re-write of "Look Over Yonder's Wall")--you should buy it just for this track, you also get a couple choice Earl Hooker sides on it as well
10. "Seven Steps: The Complete Miles Davis Columbia Recordings 1963-1964"--what can I say, beautifully recorded ensemble playing featuring Victor Feldman, Herbie Hancock, George Coleman, Tony Williams et al....gorgeous package, lush sounds, slip it on and make the world go away...