Info

The Whole Shebang: The Minute-by-Minute Velvet Goldmine Podcast

Take a minute-by-minute journey into the glittery heart of the greatest (and only) glam rock movie of the 1990s, Velvet Goldmine. Who killed Brian Slade? What's with the Oscar Wilde obsession? Why did Bowie sue? Couldn't they afford sturdier trousers for Ewan McGregor? These, and many more questions will be answered by your hard-rocking hosts, Mike Grasso and Jenny Anckorn as we take on... THE WHOLE SHEBANG!
RSS Feed Subscribe in Apple Podcasts
The Whole Shebang: The Minute-by-Minute Velvet Goldmine Podcast
2016
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May


Categories

All Episodes
Archives
Categories
Now displaying: October, 2016

Take a minute-by-minute journey into the glittery heart of the greatest (and only) glam rock movie of the 1990s, Velvet Goldmine.

Keep the glam dream alive by becoming a patron at our Patreon site! Also, support us by buying stuff via our Amazon link!

Subscribe to The Whole Shebang on iTunes or Stitcher! Find us on Twitter and Facebook!

Our patrons, Pop Idols all, deserve a mention! Check out the names of everyone who has contributed to the podcast via Patreon here!

Oct 13, 2016

In Minute 69 of The Whole Shebang, Mike and Jenny usher in “the ‘Baby’s on Fire’ sequence,” with a quick discussion of the song, of Brian and Curt on stage together for the very first time, and how this staging reminds us of David Bowie’s “John, I’m Only Dancing” video, Iggy Pop, and Kurt Cobain, and then we go deep into Nirvana and the iconography of Kurt Cobain, and the syncretic union of aesthetics that Nirvana’s brand of grunge embodied, and Arthur’s much more sexually-charged appreciation of glam behind the closed doors of his bedroom.

Find us on the web at thewholeshebangpodcast.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Patreon at wholeshebangpod.

Oct 12, 2016

In Minute 68 of The Whole Shebang, Mike and Jenny talk about Curt’s decision to group Brian with the Loveliest Men in Europe, the history of the concept of natural law in an effort to demonize homosexuality, the parallels between Curt and Brian’s kiss in this minute and Mandy and Brian’s kiss, the blue backdrop evoking not only Brian’s/Maxwell’s signature color but also Derek Jarman’s Blue and West Side Story, and then the dedication to a letter to Dorian Gray, the comparative chasteness of the kiss and the reasons behind that choice, and the first gay kisses in film.

Find us on the web at thewholeshebangpodcast.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Patreon at wholeshebangpod.

Oct 11, 2016

In Minute 67 of The Whole Shebang, Mike and Jenny talk about the media circus with Brian as its center, the nature of the music press and its ability to be manipulated, Oscar Wilde’s quote about wearing a mask allowing one to speak the truth, whether or not all dandies are indeed homosexual, who the absent “author” of this scene is, and the disruptive, American presence of Curt Wild to cut through the artifice.

Find us on the web at thewholeshebangpodcast.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Patreon at wholeshebangpod.

Oct 10, 2016

In Minute 66 of The Whole Shebang, Mike and Jenny talk about whether Oscar Wilde should legitimately have a co-screenwriter credit on Velvet Goldmine, whether the film sent young fans scrambling off to find where these quotes came from, the plush carpeting of the 1970s, more thoughts on the epigrammatic near-meaninglessness of Wilde’s The Critic As Artist, our constant fashion lodestone Freddi and his Versailles look and the visual call-out of Rocky Horror in Angel’s outfit, Wilde’s work being used against him at his trial and what Wilde’s works say about Victorian gender politics, aesthetics, and women’s rights. And then we talk about the circus as a paragon of queerness, the history of those who are physically different, and we finish with the metatextual quality of our characters reading off of cue cards and Curt giving the movie audience an arch look.

Find us on the web at thewholeshebangpodcast.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Patreon at wholeshebangpod.

Oct 7, 2016

Every week, The Whole Shebang will collect and present Amazon links to the movies, music, and books we've talked about in each episode. Buy these or other Amazon items through these links to help support the podcast!

(If you're having trouble seeing the links, disable your ad blocker.)

Minute 61: The Impenetrable Wall of Verbiage

Minute 62: Maybe You Could Be My Mainman

Minute 63: Satellite(s) Of Love

Minute 64: A Clean-Cut Man Pal

Minute 65: An Artificial Century

Oct 7, 2016

In Minute 65 of The Whole Shebang, Jenny and Mike plumb the identities of the Champagne Boys who are singing “Bitters End” by Roxy Music, and look at Brian, Mandy, Curt and the Fripperies’ gold-themed 1930s party, and how the visuals remind Mike of British outlaw filmmakers and visual innovators Ken Russell and Peter Greenaway, and the costuming choices of Curt, Mandy, Shannon, and mostly Jerry. We then talk about how this scene uses Oscar Wilde’s quotes from The Critic As Artist and his conversation in 1891 Paris about artifice vs. nature, and delve a little bit into the résumés of some of the Velvet Goldmine actors and how Todd Haynes harnessed their amateurness into a work of artistic genius.

Find us on the web at thewholeshebangpodcast.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Patreon at wholeshebangpod.

Oct 6, 2016



In Minute 64 of The Whole Shebang, Jenny and Mike talk about the minute entirely contained within a young teenage girl’s bedroom, including the disdain for young girls’ pop sensibilities in the rock and roll press, the conscious callback to Todd Haynes’s controversial Barbie-doll epic
Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, the heterosexual capitalist semiotics of playing with your Ken and Barbie dolls and the queer inversion of Barbie and Ken through parody dolls and reappropriations of the real Ken, and then we talk about the origins of slash fiction in the pages of Star Trek ‘zines and fanfiction’s expansion into Usenet and the origins of many of fanfiction’s signal terms on alt.tv.x-files, and then the political stance of fanfiction, and the further criticism of bad fanfiction on Livejournal and among MST3K fans. And then we wrap up with a look at T. Rex’s “Diamond Meadows,” which plays over the scene.

Find us on the web at thewholeshebangpodcast.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Patreon at wholeshebangpod.

Oct 5, 2016

In Minute 63 of The Whole Shebang, Mike valiantly fills the otherwise music-video-y 63rd minute of Velvet Goldmine with discussions of THREE distinct Satellites of Love: the titular Intelligence System from VALIS and how Philip K. Dick used Brian and Angie Bowie and Brian Eno as inspirations for his creepy antagonists; Barbelith, the “end boss” of Grant Morrison’s The Invisibles; and the Mystery Science Theater 3000 crew’s own Satellite of Love. Then Jenny parries with a tenuous connection (through fairground rides and rock and roll) to the Beatles’ (and Charles Manson’s) “Helter Skelter.” And then we cover the paparazzi and the history of the term as it relates to another film about glamour and image, La Dolce Vita.

Find us on the web at thewholeshebangpodcast.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Patreon at wholeshebangpod.

Oct 4, 2016



In Minute 62 of The Whole Shebang, Jenny and Mike look at Curt’s place among the Fripperies and whether his wounded soul is just too authentic and sincere for the campy poses inherent in Brian’s lifestyle, whether or not Jerry is exploiting Brian and Curt’s budding gay romance for publicity and sensation, the phenomenon of gay fanservice in pop music and a modern example of it in K-Pop, and whether this sort of phenomenon will disappear with greater mainstream cultural acceptance of gay desire, and Brian and Curt’s ride on the Space Spinner to Lou Reed’s “Satellite of Love.”

Find us on the web at thewholeshebangpodcast.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Patreon at wholeshebangpod.

Oct 3, 2016

In Minute 61 of The Whole Shebang, Jenny and Mike look at the hotel breakfast where Curt, Brian and the obfuscatory Jerry go into business together through a blizzard of comedic dialogue (and talk about how funny a movie Velvet Goldmine can be), we wonder if it’s New York or London by looking at the decor, breakfast guests, and stainless steel coffee pots, and we break down the champagne-and-fruit breakfast of hard-partying rock stars. Then we look at Bowie’s annus mirabilis of record producing, 1972, as he helped bring both Lou Reed’s Transformer and Iggy Pop’s Raw Power to life.

Find us on the web at thewholeshebangpodcast.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Patreon at wholeshebangpod.

« Previous 1 2