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When I first heard “What‘s Yr Take on Cassavetes?” from the first CD, I almost died. What an original approach for a wider commentary. By the way, what’s your favorite Cassavetes film? Mine is A Woman Under the Influence.
SAMSON: Me too!
HANNA: Mine is Opening Night. That Gena Rowlands is incredible.
FATEMAN: I think my favorite is Love Streams.
Have you heard of that Fugazi song that talks about Cassavetes and mentions Gena Rowlands? I‘m not interested in Fugazi, though at one time I did find some of the boys rather attractive, but I’m not into that kind of boy anymore.
HANNA: That‘s not what I heard. I heard you had a three-way with Ian and Joe Lally.
What are some of your favorite filmmakers and movies?
FATEMAN: Actually, we have a song in her new videotape, Gone, and I did some other sound stuff for it, too.
With the advent of the homocore scene, which was basically created by the great G.B. Jones of Fifth Column as well as the zine JD’s out of Toronto, she had the genius of being critical of both the punk scene for its homophobia and misogyny and the gay scene for its misogyny and lack of appreciation for individuality. How did G.B. Jones influence you kids?
FATEMAN: It was a huge honor for us to play her film retrospective that Homocore Chicago put on. Fifth Column stayed at my house in Portland when they were on tour years ago. After they left, I tried to get my eyeliner like G.B.‘s. I couldn’t achieve it.
HANNA: I personally would not exist as I do now in my present form if not for Homocore and Double Bill. When G.B. makes funny cartoons about killing William Burroughs in retaliation for the fact that he murdered his wife and got away with it, that is the humor that keeps me out of the nuthouse.
Any other projects going down? A Le Tigre movie, perhaps?
HANNA: Well, we did pitch this TV-show idea to ABC. In it, we‘re undercover detectives disguised as a band; I’m the psychic who uses my visions to find clues, Jo is the heavy who roughs people up, and J.D. is the forensics specialist. We go to different towns pretending to tour, but really we‘re solving crimes. Every episode, one of us accidentally takes hallucinogenic drugs and winds up interacting with the characters from The Golden Girls.
I hope it has lots of dancing in it.
HANNA: We’re also planning to have a Vag-a-thon, which is a two-week-long cable-television telethon that involves us dressing up as various American male archetypes (a plumber, a carpenter, a farmer, a football hero, a chef, et cetera) and then fake-masturbating to videos by Dave Matthews. The basic premise for the Vag-a-thon is: People have to send money to us to get us to stop fake-masturbating. For every hundred dollars, we‘ll stop for, like, 10 minutes, and then either Mummenschanz or Susan Anton will perform.
SAMSON: Yeah, that’s the basic concept. We‘ll work the rest out after we build the set.