Tuesday’s Overlooked: Special Edition (Infected: The Movie)

Today is July 31st. It would have been my dad’s 67th birthday. Heck it is his 67th birthday. Not a day goes by that I do not think about him. This post is written in his memory …

As a child, this film was a constant source of annoyance for me because when my father played it (he taped it off TV), he played it loudly and often at the most inopportune times (like when I was trying to sleep). Having been primarily raised on a steady diet of easy listening (courtesy of my mother), R&B, Hip-Hop (when it was RAP) and a few bits of the old Rock ‘n Roll, the sounds of this post-punk alt-rock band (The The is their name) was more than a slight departure for me.

However, as with so many things in our lives, the years have made this music less of an ear sore and something that is now recalled as being a fond youthful remembrance – not only because of its association with my father, but because, if I am completely honest with myself, some of the music is actually alright.

With the release of 1986 album, Infected, Matt Johnson (the sole constant member of The The), with the aid of a host of guest musicians, put together a feature length piece that was comprised of music videos shot in various locations around the world.

Here is just one sample (featuring ‘Buffalo Stance’ Neneh Cherry – yes I AM dating myself):

It would not be a stretch for me to say that this music is not suited to everyone’s taste; nonetheless, when I thought about what movie to choose this week, I could not think of a better title to reflect my father’s varied and often offbeat tastes.

Comments

  1. So, it was the videos for the album together he taped? Or a concert? Or a concept film incorporating the songs?
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  2. I am still tired from being awaken by these tunes. 🙂
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  3. I still do not like to get into the “was it better than The Dark Knight” debates, I understand how and why folks would do that. It’s only natural. But I will save that debate for another day. I will just say this: the movie delivered, period! It was dark (borderline morbid-which I have no problem with) and emotionally riveting at times (the interactions between Caine (Alfred) and Bale (Wayne) are classical stuff (although a friend of mine named “Coach” proclaims that they are eerily similar to the on-screen interactions between Matt Damon and Ben Affleck in Good Will Hunting (at construction site). But I digress…I loved the film and will likely see it again.
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  4. A late comment after trolling through Todd Mason’s past blog posts.

    I became a The The fan after buying the MIND BOMB album. There were one or two movies put out that (I think) were a mix of live performance, touring footage, and videos. I never got around to renting one of them, though I recall one playing on television.

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