Monthly Archives: June 2021

RIP Gift of Gab (1971 – 2021)

Gift of Gab’s Greatest Misses Vol. I Track 7: Way of the Light

Gift of Gab was an American singer-songwriter working in hip hop music.

The Gift of Gab “Everything Is Fine (ft Latyrx & George Clinton)”

MF Doom, who was also born in 1971,  died a couple of months ago. Both him and Gift of Gab were known for their multisyllabic rhymes.

The most inspiring figure in hip hop today is Madlib.

RIP Ellen McIlwaine (1945 – 2021)

Ellen McIlwaine was an American singer-songwriter and musician best known for her career as a solo singer, songwriter and slide guitarist.

“Jimmy Jean”

I discovered her via Life:Styles – Kenny Dope (2003) which features her “Jimmy Jean” song, originally released on the album We The People (1973). The congas you hear are, as far as I know, by Cándido Camero.

Her song “Can’t Find My Way Home” is reminiscent of “You Goin’ Miss Your Candyman” (1968) is a song by Terry Callier.

RIP Antonio Salines (1936 – 2021)

Antonio Salines was an Italian actor known for his parts in MonellaThe Gamecock, and Senso ’45.

He is also the devil in Liebeskonzil (1982) which is available now in a German-only bad quality YouTube version.

Liebeskonzil (1982)

Liebeskonzil (1982) is a film by Werner Schroeter, based on the scandal play The Love Council (1894) by Oskar Panizza.

The play [and the film] are set in 1495, during the first historically documented outbreak of syphilis.

It portrays the dreaded venereal disease as God’s vengeance on his sexually hyperactive human creatures, especially those surrounding Pope Alexander VI.

Panizza was charged with 93 counts of blasphemy and served his full 12-month sentence in prison.

RIP Gottfried Böhm (1920 – 2021)

Maria, Königin des Friedens (detail)

Gottfried Böhm was a German architect and sculptor. His reputation is based on creating highly sculptural buildings made of concrete, steel, and glass.

He is best-known for the brutalist church Maria, Königin des Friedens.

Other brutalist churches include Wotruba Church.

RIP Ned “squeal like a pig” Beatty (1937 – 2021)

Ned Beatty was an American actor known for his parts in Deliverance (1972) and Network (1976).

Deliverance is known for its “dueling banjos” scene, its degenerate hillbilly trope and its brutal male-on-male rape, in which Ned Beatty is ordered to “squeal like a pig” while being anally raped.

In Network Beatty plays an executive who gives a speech on the nature of capitalism.

Epigraph page to Deliverance

This is also a good time to call to mind that in the novel Deliverance on which the film of the same name is based, the dictum “there exists at the basis of human life a principle of insufficiency” by Georges Bataille, is used as epigraph in the original French.