Pungent Judy

Others have gone on at length about the brilliance of Sufjan Stevens‘ latest album Illinois. But just in case you doubted this guy’s ability check out the lyrics of his song about Illinois’ infamous clown killer, John Wayne Gacy Junior right here.

Then read the Wikipedia write-up on Gacy and check for the accuracy of his lyrics- right down to the colours of the face paint! In my lyrical experience, it’s always been the little details of serial killers’ escapades that I struggle with the most. But to Mr. Stevens, all in a day’s work. A poignant tribute to an extremely depressing life. Let’s recap: clown, serial child killer, buried bodies under floorboards, executed in prison with execution parties outside, problem with lethal injection means 27 minutes to die and then brain removed from corpse for psychiatric tests. Oh dear.

By the way, is the innate fear of Mr. Gacy (or Pogo the Clown) and killer clowns in general a universal feature of people’s childhood? I think it’s safe to say all those born after 1972 had it. It’s a ‘survival of the fittest’ thing, I guess. Evolving with our surroundings and such: you introduce killer clowns to the equation, we will be smarter the next time round. I’m pretty sure I still haven’t conquered my clown fear. Probably for the best. If you ever think you’re over it, look at this again.


Learn from my mistake and avoid Neil Jordan’s unwatchable Breakfast on Pluto– I saw it yesterday afternoon. Man, it both sucks and blows. I mean, I’m not one to walk out of movies but yesterday I came very close. Unbearably tedious. The only scene I can say I enjoyed was the one where the police were beating Cillian Murphy’s character, Kitten to a bloody pulp. I really wanted him to get it (so did this reviewer actually. This one comes close to how I feel about the movie too). I thought that was a pretty dumb thing for me to do until I realised it’s about as useful as empathising with a character and so let the hate flow freely. And then I thought about all the people who were going to enjoy the movie and that made me hate it more. So Cillian Murphy can do camp? So what. He’s a good actor but this was by far his worst role yet. Next!

I didn’t laugh once throughout the whole thing and people in the cinema laughed about four times *tops*. What did everyone else find so funny? When he did his affected “So serious, so serious” line for the first time? Or was it the twenty-seventh time that did it for you? A shambles.

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One Response to “Pungent Judy”

  1. Adrian says:

    Having never heard this song, I can honestly say without a shadow of a doubt that Psycho Killer by Talking Heads is waaaay better.

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