Like its Southern California influences in the Paisley Underground (Rain Parade, Three O’Clock), named as an homage to the psychedelic heyday of Jefferson Airplane and Strawberry Alarm Clock, the Green Pajamas must hold the world’s record for most albums (somewhere around 30) recorded by a band with the fewest number of live appearances (somewhere more than 30) over a career that has spanned almost 30 years. Jeff Kelly and Co. recently released longplayer Death By Misadventure via longtime Pajamas label Green Monkey. Kelly and bandmates Laura Weller and Eric Lichter will be guest editing magnet magazine.com all week. Read our recent feature on them.
Kelly: I love Krzysztof Kieślowski. He was an extraordinary filmmaker. His famous trilogy Three Colors: Blue, White, Red and the stunning The Double Life Of Véronique are some of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.His 10-episode television drama The Decalogue gives us a fascinating, voyeuristic view of the inhabitants of a rundown apartment complex in Warsaw, Poland. You care about these people and their anonymous lives and, for a little while, you live there with them. Steeped in a melancholy realism, The Decalogue was Kieślowski’s first masterpiece. Music is always important in Kieślowski’s films and his artistic partner, composer Zbigniew Preisner, wrote the haunting scores for each of these wonderful films. Preisner is a master in his own right and a very important element in all of Kieślowski’s work. Here are some more of Kieslowski’s work that I personally enjoy:
The Decalogue (1989)
The Double Life Of Véronique (1991)
Three Colors (1993-1994)
Video after the jump.