Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Horse Head Five...with Romie Lee

"...comics are just about
the only real performance
artists left on this planet.

--> Romie Lee <--

  • Chef Extraordinaire
  • Cabbie To The Stars
  • Stand-Up Comedian
  • ("Twitter is my metaphorical stage. Facebook is for the gays and low cholesterol is for pussies." - Romie Lee)

HORSE HEAD: Tell me about an older album/CD you think has been forgotten or underrated. A song.
ROMIE LEE: Before I answer your question, I'd like to get something off my chest.

I have a real disdain for the people who go ape shit supporting local cover bands...but won't give the time of day supporting
the local comedians working some original stuff. It's frustrating. Comedians can't hit the stage performing the best of Kinison or covering Carlin's greatest hits. You either bring your own stuff on stage...or you don't get a stage. I don't mean to soapbox...but comics are just about the only real performance artists left on this planet...with a shit-ton more integrity and originality than most musicians.

Anyway, back to your older band that I don’t think ever received nearly enough critical acclaim was Thin Lizzy. They were just a good no-bullshit rock and roll band.

"Bad Reputation" - Thin Lizzy (1977)

"Opium Trail" - Thin Lizzy

HORSE HEAD: Recommend me a really good book.

ROMIE LEE: I'm not much of a reader...literally the only books I've read off the top of my head were...“The Dirt: Confessions Of The World's Most Notorious Rock Band(2001) by Motley Crue and “I Only Roast The Ones I Love" (2010) by Jeffery Ross.

And I recommend them because they were both able to keep my attention beyond the Forward.

HORSE HEAD: What's an older movie you enjoyed that others might like revisiting?ROMIE LEE: "Full Metal Jacket". It was like watching two movies in one. I saw it when I was only eleven and it's still one of my favorites.

Stanley Kubrick's 1987 violent
boot camp and Vietnam blitzkrieg.

Who's an artist (any genre/medium) that deserves more attention?

ROMIE LEE: Comic genius...Doug Stanhope. All of his CDs and DVDs are gold. Even though he downplays it, Stanhope is one of the most socially relevant stand-ups working today.

"Burning The Bridge To Nowhere" (2011)

Doug Stanhope

As for of my favorite...straight gimmick rock bands out there today is Shinedown and they are just absolutely amazing to experience live.

"Amaryllis" - Shinedown (2012)

"Adrenaline" - Shinedown

If you stream, what's the last thing you watched? A DVD?
ROMIE LEE: The late great Patrice O’Neal's DVD...“Elephant In The Room” (2011) an absolute masterpiece. Simply the best comedic timing and pacing I've ever seen and with sharp biting material most mortal comics couldn’t dream of pulling off.
"...An absolute masterpiece."

Good stuff!

Casey Chambers
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