Sunday, January 28, 2007
Peter Svensson and Magnus Sveningsson, both heavy metal musicians, formed the group in October of 1992 in Jönköping, Sweden, with drummer Bengt Lagerberg, keyboardist Lars-Olof Johansson and lead singer Nina Persson. Living together in a small apartment, The Cardigans recorded a demo tape which record producer Tore Johansson heard, leading to an invitation to record at a studio in Malmö. In 1994 they released their debut album Emmerdale in Sweden and Japan (it was re-released internationally in 1997). The album includes the Swedish radio hit "Rise & Shine" and was later voted the best of 1994 in a poll in Slitz magazine.
Enigma is an electronic musical project started by Michael Cretu, his wife Sandra Cretu, David Fairstein and Frank Peterson in 1990. Michael is both the composer and the producer; Sandra often provides vocals on Enigma tracks. The pair have also worked together under the name Sandra. Six studio albums have been produced under the name of the project.
EVIL DEAD TRIVIA
* The movie was filmed in Morristown, Tennesseee off Kidwells Ridge Road, and was screened at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival.
* Shooting began on November 14, 1979. The original cast left on schedule after six weeks, and the remainder of the filming used family and friends dressed like the actors for rear or side shots. This became known as "shemping"; the person participating is known as a "Fake shemp", paying homage to the Three Stooges.
* In order to finance the film, Raimi made a short film entitled Within the Woods, which starred the Bruce Campbell and Ellen Sandweiss and had scenes that would later be redone for this film, as well as a shot that would be used in Evil Dead II.
* The two fishermen on the side of the road at the beginning are writer / director Sam Raimi and producer Robert Tapert. In the film, Professor Knoby's recorded recitation of the Book of the Dead is actually a distortion of the words, "Sam and Rob are the hikers down the road." Tapert can also be seen when the car enters the wooden bridge, hiding in the shrubbery to the right.
* Terminology used in reference to the demonic book shows that Raimi's version of the notorious faux-occult book is influenced by H.P. Lovecraft's work.
* The cabin used for filming in Tennessee had no basement, so a trap door was cut in the floor, and a five foot hole was dug beneath it. The actors pretended to descend into the basement by squatting down lower and lower. The scenes in the basement were filmed in Marshall, Michigan, months later.
* At one point in early January, 1980, filming was interrupted by a shortage of Karo syrup, red food coloring and marshmallows, the components of the film's guts. All of the stores in a 20 mile radius had been bought out of these ingredients.
* Footage from the film's climax was used in the opening sequence of Adam Curtis's The Power of Nightmares.
* In the scene when Ash first finds the Necronomicon, a torn poster of Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes can be seen in the background. In response, a scene from Evil Dead is visible on a television screen in Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street. An Evil Dead poster can also be seen in a closet containing a chainsaw in the horror film Dead & Breakfast.
* To make Campbell's terrified screams sound more realistic, he was poked off-camera with a sharp stick to make him scream.
* In the original shooting script, Ash survives and walks off into the dawning day. The film crew objected strenuously to the notion of a survivor, not believing Sam could even consider a "happy" ending. The ending of the film was conceived in a breakfast brainstorming session.
* The song "Dead By Dawn" by American death metal group Deicide is an homage to the film series.
* Numerous shots in the film, in which the action is seen from the point of view of an unseen demonic force, are filmed with a two-cameraman method which Campbell refers to as a "shakey-cam." A camera is attached by a bolt to a two-by-four with bicycle handles on either side, with one cameraman hodling onto either handle and maneuvering the camera over obstacles in its path. Raimi has continued to use this method in other movies, including the remainder of the Evil Dead trilogy.
Yatta is a 2001 song by a Japanese comedy band called はっぱ隊 (Happa-tai; literally "Leaf Squad" in Japanese, though they called themselves "Green Leaves" in English). Yatta is also a Japanese word meaning "it's done!", "ready!" or "all right!" The song was first performed as a sketch on the Japanese sketch comedy show "笑う犬の冒険" (Warau Inu no Bōken; Adventures of a Laughing Dog), known as "Silly Go Lucky" in the United States, where Happa-tai, a sendup of a stereotypical boy band, is portrayed by some of Japan's most well-known comedians. It became extremely popular on the Internet through the distribution of its music video and also a Flash animation called Irrational Exuberance which used the song
Devo (pronounced DEE-vo or dee-VO, often spelled "DEVO" or "DEV-O") is an American Rock group formed in Akron, Ohio in 1972.
Their style has been variously classified as punk, art rock and post-punk, but they are most often remembered for their late 1970s and early 1980s New Wave music which, along with others (such as Gary Numan, Oingo Boingo, and The B-52's) ushered in the synth pop sound of the 1980s.
Devo's music and stage show mingle kitsch science fiction themes, deadpan surrealist humor, and mordantly satirical social commentary via sometimes-discordant pop songs that often feature unusual synthetic instrumentation and time signatures.
Their work has proved hugely influential on subsequent popular music, particularly New Wave and alternative rock artists, and they created many memorable music videos popular in the early days of MTV.
Stan Bush is an American singer whose most notable work include the songs "Dare" and "The Touch" from the soundtrack to the 1986 animated film Transformers: The Movie, and "She's Got the Power", featured in the American voice dub of the animated series Sailor Moon.
Other notable works include the songs "Never Surrender," "Streets of Siam," and "Fight for Love" (from the movie Kickboxer) and "Fight to Survive" and "On My Own - Alone" (theme from Bloodsport). Both movies starred Jean-Claude Van Damme.
"The Touch" gained more recent notoriety when Mark Wahlberg performed the song in the 1997 film Boogie Nights.
Presently Stan Bush is submitting a song to the producers of the live action Transformers movie in hopes that it will be included in the movie soundtrack.