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Drinking, Fighting, F*&King, and Crying

Gummo RabbitThis will be a quick one. And really, my usual go-to for a quick ‘crying’ song reference would be The Cure, pretty much anything they did in the Disintegration-era. I’m not taking that route today though (but I’m betting I will somewhere not too far off down the line – there’s at least one good ‘crying’ installment of this column that will center around juxtaposing Disintegration with James O’Barr’s The Crow). Instead, I’m taking this one at face value and going Orbison.

There are several amazing, tear-jerking versions of this song out there; Rebekah Del Rio’s Spanish version in David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive springs immediately to mind. But the original is the best and the most efficient, and part of that reason for me, besides just being a damn amazing song, is the penultimate scene in Harmony Korine’s 1997 masterpiece film Gummo. I’ve long held that despite its inherent and somewhat incessant ugliness, Gummo is one of the most beautiful films I’ve ever seen, and this marriage of sound to picture is the perfect example why:


Next week: Drinking!

Shawn C Baker

Shawn C Baker

Shawn lives in Los Angeles where he co-hosts Drinking w/ Comics, writes screenplays and fiction and has been known to drink quite a bit of beer. Good beer.

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