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Casale and Mothersbaugh on 'Island of Lost Souls' (2011) HD online

Casale and Mothersbaugh on 'Island of Lost Souls' (2011) HD online
Language: English
Category: Creative Work / Short
Original Title: Casale and Mothersbaugh on u0027Island of Lost Soulsu0027
Released: 2011
Duration: 19min
Video type: Creative Work
Gerald V. Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh talk about how the film Island of Lost Souls (1932) influenced their band Devo.
Credited cast:
Gerald V. Casale Gerald V. Casale - Himself
Mark Mothersbaugh Mark Mothersbaugh - Himself

Reviews: [3]

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    . . . Devo co-founder Mark Mothersbaugh begins in explaining the origin of his 1970s rock band in Akron, OH. Few pop musical legends owe their genesis to a single "B" movie. However, Devo is one of the exceptions. Gerald Casale and Mothersbaugh recount how a local TV show hosted by Ernie "Ghoulardie" Anderson as they were growing up anticipated Mystery Science Theater 3000, as P.T.'s dad used "kinescope" to insert himself into the mostly hack flicks his horror fests featured. However, Anderson senior did not mess with ISLAND OF LOST SOULS, because he respected it too much. The future Devo boys picked up on this, and ISLAND OF LOST SOULS played a major role in forming their characters. Years later, when the Ohio National Guard went a-hunting for Kent State University students, Casale and Mothersbaugh were forced to hunker down for a long period in various cellars, creating Devo so that they could take on gigs during happy hour for the rubber workers at the local bars, showing these Nixon "Silent Majority" Democrats that they were no different from Dr. Moreau's Ape Men on ISLAND OF LOST SOULS. This provided the lyric for the band's most famous song: "Are we not men? We are Devo!" (meaning one-time human beings who have devolved through mindless drudgery molding tires into the kind of Deplorables who turn their own kids--the Next Generation--over to Fascist Snipers).
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    It's so easy

    Casale and Mothersbaugh on 'Island of Lost Souls' (2011)

    *** (out of 4)

    Gerald Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh of DEVO fame get the biggest featurette on Criterion's ISLAND OF LOST SOULS disc. The two men were major fans of the 1932 classic and they explain why, how they discovered it and why it had such a major impact on the band. I think this featurette is going to appeal to fans of DEVO much more than fans of the actual film, although those fans will still be mildly interested in the stories being told. Both Casale and Mothersbaugh gives an interesting impression on the movie and I'm not going to lie, I found their theories to be rather thought-provoking to say the least. We see clips from not only the 1932 film but also their short film IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE END: THE TRUTH ABOUT DE-EVOLUTION.
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    Gerald V. Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh discuss how the classic horror film "Island of Lost Souls" was a big influence on their band Devo. The pair talk about how they first saw the movie on the horror TV show "Shock Theater" hosted by Ghoulardi, how the makeup for the manbeasts in "Souls" gave them the idea to wear masks, their involvement in the infamous Kent State University riot that happened on May 4, 1970 in Kent, Ohio; and how their signature song "Jocko Homo" was inspired by both "Souls" and a religious pamphlet on the wages of sin. Moreover, Casale and Mothersbaugh reveal that their short film "In the Beginning Was the End: The Truth About De-Evolution" was inspired by both McDonald's TV commercials and German expressionism. Worth a watch for both Devo fans and "Island of Lost Souls" aficionados alike.