With the Facebook: I Want My Friends Back post taking on a life of its own, it’s time to get back to some semblance of normalcy here at Dangerous Minds.
A kind soul has posted a segment from my now twelve-year-old British Disinformation TV series—which was on Channel 4 in 2000 and 2001—the one about “space mercenary” Rocket Boy, a quirky individual who apparently believed himself to be a super hero (half cat/half human) and who fronted a noise rock band, also called Rocket Boy. He was never, ever out of character, as far as I could tell.
I saw his band play once in a dive bar in downtown Los Angeles in the early 1990s. The “musicians” just made noise while Rocket Boy screamed. All of the music in this piece is his own material. He passed away a few years back, I heard.
In the clip below—one of my favorites from the series—directed by Brian Butler and shot and edited by Nimrod Erez, Rocket Boy goes head-to-head with his landlord and upstairs neighbor, Captain Art. Rocket Boy lived in Art’s basement in San Pedro and they just never got along…
If you’re flying on Virgin during the holidays, you can see some more from the Disinformation TV series on the Boing Boing channel.