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Monday, January 14, 2008

“Dad. Now Look Cool. It’s Hammerjack.”

posted by on January 14 at 10:40 AM

I watched Serial Mom this weekend, the John Waters flick starring Kathleen Turner as a mom who goes around beating people to death with meat, setting dudes on fire at rock shows, and making obscene phone calls to old ladies.

I love this movie. I haven’t seen this movie since the early ’90s, and I never knew until this weekend that the band that is playing during one of my favorite scenes is L7 playing the song “Gas Chamber.” During the rock club scene she kills a dude during a band’s set (he didn’t buckle his seatbelt, you see, he had to be punished). She drops a light rig on him and then sets him on fire with a lighter and hairspray. Donita Sparks spits more alcohol on him while he flails around, burning to death. It’s hilarious.

In the movie L7 is called the Camel Lips (appropriate, with their tight stretchpants and all). The club is called Hammerjack. And yeah, that’s Ricki Lake and Matthew Lillard as her kids.

(Excuse the subtitles.)

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Small detail, but the club was called Hammerjacks (with an 's'). It was a real place. I saw the Violent Femmes there years ago, and the guy I was with got in a fight. It was torn down to make room for the new stadiums though (Camden Yards and the Ravens Stadium).

I love that movie, too, by the way. Turner's crank calls are priceless.

Posted by duncan | January 14, 2008 4:25 PM

GOD!! thank you megan seling! CAMEL LIPS!

Posted by josh bomb | January 15, 2008 11:03 AM

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