German musician Klaus Dinger, who played drums in the early days of Kraftwerk and went on to co-found Neu!, died recently of heart failure at age 61. As reported today by Billboard Magazine online, Dinger passed two weeks ago on March 21st, but the news was not widely publicized until Gronland, Neu!'s label, made the announcement today.
Drummer Dinger, along with guitarist Michael Rother, both played with Kraftwerk in the early seventies before splitting to form Neu! who were considered to be a major influence on such later acts as Sonic Youth and Tortoise. The above video is of Neu! performing "Hero" live in 1974.
For me, April is the best time of year in L.A. The weather is great, usually overcast with some rain, the last really mild month before we Spring forward into the instant summer blaze. It's also the month that the Egyptian Theatre presents the Film Noir Festival. Possibly the best history lesson I've had as far as L.A. is concerned, every year I get a new take on the "Noir City" via the programming at the Egyptian. Check out these scenes from opening nights Lizbeth Scott double feature. Click on the poster to the left to check out the film schedule...
Joe Dante’s thoughts on the movies he chose!!
April 9 + 10 MONDO CANE and ZULU
It’s hard to imagine today the impact this tawdry but fascinating Italian "shockumentary" had on the world in 1962, when the bizarre customs of people in other lands seemed both exotic and horrifying to Western eyes. Its smash success spawned a whole genre of mostly phony Mondo movies, each outdoing the other for pure sleaze, which lasted into the 80s and paved the way for something much more upsetting: Reality TV.
ZULU is simply one of the great historical epics ever--100 stuff-upper-lip British soldiers battle 4000 Zulu warriors in a beautifully staged reenactment of the 1879 Battle of Roarke’s Drift. John Barry should have won (but didn’t) an Oscar for his brilliant score. The cast, led by producer Stanley Baker, is terrific, but the great Nigel Green steals the show as the consummate side-whiskered, mustached Victorian Sergeant-Major. With Jack Hawkins, James Booth, Patrick Magee and a very young Michael Caine, whose work here got him THE IPCRESS FILE.
April 11 + 12 HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD and TRUCK TURNER
We called it "Day For Nothing" when we made it (shot in ten days around footage from 12 other movies on a bet with Roger Corman). One of the last of New World Pictures’ popular "three girl" drive-in movies where pretty girls doff their duds and chase around non-permitted LA locations. The late great Candice Rialson plays a version of herself as a naive Indiana girl trying to make it in scuzzy 70s Hollywood. Pulled from 42nd Street after two days, it seems to have survived as a cult movie. It’s certainly an accurate record of what it was like to make a New World Picture. Producer Jon Davison, co-director Allan Arkush and stars Mary Woronov and Dick Miller are scheduled to appear.