Centraal Beheer “Tattoo” 1993

At the end of ’92 the lease on Michael Cook’s Dudley Avenue digs was up and we took to the streets to find a new studio. Luckily we didn’t have to look far…one of the coolest lofts in Venice was available. The street-front unit of the Frank Gehry designed “Arnoldi Triplex” on Indiana Avenue later became part of the Dennis Hopper compound, but at that time was up for lease, so we quickly plunked down the deposit and installed our Atari and samplers.

One of the first projects to come along after the move was this darkly funny Tarsem spot, warning of the dangers of uninsuredness. Whether this Dutch company actually offered “tattoo regret” insurance I have no idea. It was certainly a hot topic back then, with the GenX predilection for body ink giving rise to a new tattoo parlor on every block.

Torch Song “Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2” 1986

One more cinematic entry, and then we will leave this glitzy Hollywood environs, like drunken clubgoers stumbling out the back door into an alleyway at 5AM.

By the summer of 1986 Torch Song had completed their second album Ecstacy, and very good it was too. The first single was a cover of White Night, a song I had written back in 1976, and which had been the debut release by The Lines in 1978.

Coincidentally The Fall spinoff Adult Net did a version of this song at the same time, leading to a byline in the London Evening Standard newspaper about a “battle of the bands”.

Personally I thought both were great, but the Torch Song version was the one that featured in Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.

Marking the triumphant return of my man Dennis Hopper from rehab, I can’t think of anything else to say about the film, except that around 3 minutes in the DJ throws Torch Song onto the turntable.