"You eat like a bird."
Inspired by “Psycho,” for Gallery 1988’s Hitchcock tribute show, “Suspense & Gallows Humor.”
More info on my blog: http://juliancallos.blogspot.com/2012/04/suspense-gallows-humor-other-stuff.html
Happy October! Here have the gorgeous theme for Psycho II.
As a personal project, I decided I wanted to try and re-imagine Talking Heads album covers, just to see what I could come up with.
The first one on the list is Talking Heads: 77.
The cover for 77 was designed by David Byrne. It was just a florescent red block that said TALKING HEADS: 77 in bright green type that made your eyes bleed. I have always been curious as to why that colour for the type was picked. Was it for the visually jarring effect? It always made me uncomfortable, and I’m wondering if that was the point. I could rationalize it for days, but I’d really know what he was actually thinking when he picked it. Yellow type was used for the back, perhaps as a complement to the blue background in the photo.
For my version, I did not go with the green and yellow type, and just stuck with a red, black, and white monochrome. For the cover, I wanted to stick with the simplicity of the original.
Psycho Killer is the most significant track on the record, and it would have been very easy to bloody up the album art, turning it into a gruesome slasher poster (and I admit I did play around with that for fun). But the direction I went was a direct homage to a couple classic 1960 Psycho posters, using the crack for the cover as a nice graphic element to break up the space a bit, and pretty much an exact mock up of another for the back.
I think it all turned out pretty well.
If I ever had a chance to have an extended conversation with David Byrne, I’d ask him why the green type, and why the plaid shirt? Both baffle me.
I want to make a comic book version of Psycho starring Talking Heads. David Byrne as Norman Bates, Tina Weymouth as Lila Crane, Chris Frantz as Sam Loomis, Jerry Harrison as Arbogast, with a special guest appearance by Debby Harry as Marion Crane.
But that would take a long time to do.
The Big Bates Motel Spiel - SPOILERS
I’ll preface this by saying I am a huge Psycho/Anthony Perkins fan, and my standards are pretty high. They’re high but broad, I think, because I loved the Psycho sequels. The remake was shit though. Probably because there was no Anthony Perkins. But there’s a little context to where my opinions are coming from.
I hadn’t heard about the Bates Motel series until I was at the cinema and they were playing a promo for it before the movie previews. All of my friends looked at me, probably expecting that I’d explode in indignation. A few years ago, that’s probably what would have happened. I had that reaction when I heard about the new Sherlock series. "WHAT? SHERLOCK? NEW? YOUNG? MODERN? TEXTING? FUCK THAT!" But it turns out Sherlock was fucking awesome. So in spite of Norman being new, young, and using a fucking iPhone (I don’t think I’ll ever get used to that), I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt, and be optimistic.
After watching what we’ve been given so far, it’s taken me a little bit to digest and think about it.
Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga are excellent as Norman and Norma. Freddie is a perfect amount of the innocent, weird, boy next door type, and Vera does a great job with the sweet/crazy combo. I really like both of them, and that’s important. They’re obviously why anyone would watch Bates Motel, so their dynamic is important. I think they work well together.
Norman Bate’s half brother. At first I was like, “NO SUCH PERSON EXISTS WHO IS THIS OC?” I hated him at first because he was a dick to Norman. But I’ve gotten used to him, and I actually like him now. I guess Alternate Universe Norman can have a half brother.
All the other high school characters are pretty typical cookie cutter archetypes. The kooky weird girl with a CF twist who’s Norman’s bestie. The totes hot popular girl who is like flirty and nice with the weird new boy, and her overly aggressive, jerkoff boyfriend (who has dropped off the face of the planet after episode 2 or something).
Apparently the whole town (which is in White Pine, Oregon, not Fairvale, California) is fucking insane. Everyone in town is some kind of crazy murderer, rapist, drug dealer, and the entire police force is made up of not cops who respect the law or do anything remotely legal, but self serving vigilantes who cover up crimes because it’s convenient and there’s less paperwork. That’s really annoying because if everyone is some shady freak, what makes the Bates family so special?
The plot for the first two thirds of the season was really fucking stupid, honestly. The dude who used to own the motel was part of some Asian sex slave ring which the “good cop” deputy sheriff turned out to be a part of. Also Norman’s brother joins some kind of gang of drug dealers. Also the hot girl’s dad got murdered. Also some people sometimes get burned and strung up in the street. Oh yeah, and Norma’s being investigated for the murder of the first guy who raped her in episode one.
They were just setting up WAY too many plot devices at once, and trying to force them through all at the same time. At the same time, it looks like they got bored with the Asian sex slave thing and kind of dropped that six episodes in.
At this point, Freddie and Vera are the only reason I’m watching the show. The overall story is like watching televised fanfiction, complete with overly dramatic villains, annoying Mary Sue OCs. When the writer gets bored with something, or writes themselves into a corner, they just drop it with no or little explanation.
The plots (all the plots, so many plots) are things that could have happened to any characters the writers could have thought up. There’s nothing that’s specifically about Norman. Nothing about what’s going on feels like Psycho. Nothing about the show says Psycho.
After I watched the first episode, I thought to myself, this has the potential to be good, but not great. And so far that’s what’s been delivered.
Can we just talk about how crazy the resemblance is??
Yes, let’s talk about this. They don’t look anything alike. Don’t get me wrong, I’m liking Freddie as Norman, but come on.
So, this is a little weird, but I was looking at this great photo and all I could think was "this would be an amazing alternate universe Psycho."
David obviously being Norman Bates, Tina as Lila Crane, Chris as Sam Loomis, aaaaand… I guess Jerry could be Arbogast. Though I’d hate to see Jerry come to such a gruesome demise. :(
I’m obsessed and I need help, I think.