The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button’s Score

Sure, the trailer makes The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button seem kinda like a cross between Forrest Gump and the Mork & Mindy episodes with Jonathan Winters, but there’s still hope for it, given it was directed by David Fincher and based on an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story. It comes out Christmas, but until then, you can enjoy the movie’s score, composed by Oscar nominee Alexandre Desplat, by clicking here.

Ladies And Gentlemen, Punk-Rock Diane Lane

Originally released to scant attention in 1982, Ladies And Gentlemen The Fabulous Stains has finally been issued on DVD via Rhino. Apparently, the Paramount executives overseeing the project at the time didn’t care for the final product’s sour, punkish outlook and dumped the movie after a poor test screening. Regardless, Stains, a satirical send-up of punk rock and music-industry trendmongering, has become a pre-riot-grrl cult favorite.

The film concerns the angst-ridden Corinne (played by a 15-year-old Diane Lane), who hastily forms all-girl trio the Stains as a way out of her depressed Pennsylvania mill town. Never mind that none of the girls has ever picked up an instrument or written any songs. Soon enough, the Stains find themselves on a national tour with over-the-hill arena-rockers the Metal Corpses and out-of-place U.K. punk band the Looters. Thanks to coverage by a local TV news program, the Stains become sensations, in part because of their provocative clothing (Lane wears a see-through top!), skunk-striped hair and empowering lyrics.

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The Flaming Lips (Finally) Complete Christmas On Mars

My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over. The Flaming Lips have completed Christmas On Mars, the sci-fi film that, since 2001, has spawned endless music-blog updates and disturbing photos of Wayne Coyne in alien-green face paint. More endearing as a concept than a DVD—don’t rule out the possibility of a Lips live event to enhance the film’s surround-sound appeal—Christmas On Mars aspires to be 2001: A Space Odyssey with a Plan 9 From Outer Space budget. The biggest problem with Christmas On Mars isn’t the production (Coyne’s home-built sets are impressive in grainy black-and-white), the plot (which concerns a failing space station, a Christmas baby and a Martian Santa Claus) or the torturously slow pacing. It’s that the film is neither silly enough to be a cult classic nor weird enough to warrant a bong-hit rating. When it comes to the Flaming Lips, creative detours, distractions and folly are all part of the band’s creative process. But in terms of artistic merit, Christmas On Mars weighs a spoonful, not a ton.

Please Explain: Dean Ween

Aside from being half of Ween, you’re an avid angler and host of Brownie Troop Fishing Show (watch episodes here), where you cast lines with fans and friends like the Butthole Surfers’ Gibby Haynes. What’s the weirdest fish (or non-fish) you ever reeled in?

I have caught a lot of seagulls in my line. Anyone who fishes in saltwater has had this happen to them. I’ve also caught everything from children’s toys to the grille from a ’72 Cadillac Coupe de Ville. This summer at the New Jersey shore, I caught a burrfish, a type of pufferfish that rarely comes north of the Carolinas. It took four people and finally a Peterson Field Guide To Atlan-tic Coast Fishes to identify it. They printed a picture of it in the Atlantic City newspaper the next Sunday. Later that same day, I caught a gigantic cow-nosed stingray; it had a four-foot wingspan and took a half-hour to land.

Classic Nerves EP Gets Reissued

MAGNET doesn’t do holiday gift guides. We swore an oath against them long ago. But if you’ve ever loved anybody, or if you have any respect for yourself as a fan of power pop, take a moment to register the blessed news of the Nov. 25 reissue of the Nerves’ classic 1976 EP One Way Ticket (plus demos and live tracks). Now consider that it’s available on both CD and limited-edition yellow vinyl. Alive Records is now accepting orders from Secret Santas everywhere.

OK, a little exposition: L.A.-based trio the Nerves (1975-1978) featured guitarist Jack Lee, drummer Paul Collins and bassist Peter Case. Look how cool they are. They wrote “Hanging On The Telephone,” which is on One Way Ticket and was made popular by Blondie. We don’t know why. The Nerves’ version is so much better. Everything is better with the Nerves. Case and Collins went on to form the Plimsouls, who were the band playing the excellent “A Million Miles Away” in the film Valley Girl. Alas, the Nerves were better. We think some other music has been recorded by other bands after the Nerves, but it really doesn’t matter.

Punny Lane

It did not escape our notice that MAGNET #80 contains interviews with both Ringo Starr (you know, from the Beatles) and Ringo Deathstarr (the shoegaze band from Austin). If only we’d been aware of this earlier, we’d have also scheduled coverage of Gringo Star. Hm, maybe not.

Missed opportunity: Really should’ve squeezed a profile of the Deathray Davies (what is it with Austin bands and puns?) into the previous issue with Ray Davies on the cover.

But back to Ringo Starr for a moment—no doubt many of you read about or watched this clip of his earnest plea to fans, urging them to stop sending him fan mail and autograph requests:

We kind of get it. You can imagine that diehard Beatles fans are as annoying and persistent as Omaha Steaks when it comes to clogging your mailbox. Still, we’re with the great Tom Scharpling on this one: Ringo is the guy who came after “and” in the Beatles. Get over it.

Inbox of Doom

Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2008 09:45:19 -0400

Hello Matt –

Quickly about myself, I am a tour publicist basically and have handled bands from Tantric to Sebastian Bach to Candlebox to lesser knowns like Cinder Road and Suburban Legends. I love a challenge with baby bands.

I am also the nephew through marriage to Frankie Valli who is my father-in-law’s brother.

I wanted to let you know of several bands that I am currently handling and one that I co-manage that may create some interest for you at Magnet Magazine as I have been trying for some time to get any of the artists I handled in print with you.

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MAGNET writer Corey duBrowa joined a discussion on Oregon Public Radio this week to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Elliott Smith’s death. The hour-long, Portland-centric Elliott chat also features photographer Autumn DeWilde and Neil Gust, Smith’s bandmate in Heatmiser.

Of particular interest: an interview with Garrick Duckler, who formed high-school band A Murder Of Crows with Elliott (then known as Steve) and a short snippet of a song.

Pigs In Mud (local edition)

May we draw your attention to today’s Philadelphia Inquirer online chat with the Eagles’ Don Henley. Writes the Inky:

Henley has been performing for the past four decades. His band, the Eagles is one of the most commercially successful bands of all time, selling more than 100 million albums. He also maintains a career as a solo artist.

How has he managed such success? Click below and post your questions through Nov. 17

What kind of Parade magazine shit is this?