Friday, April 02, 2010

8-track Utopia

Just watched the pretty good 1995 doc 'So Wrong They're Right,' partly about 8-track tape collectors, but largely about the ad hoc, far flung community of bohemians and social misfits born of the shared hobby. It's also about 90s nostalgia for the 70s, which had the effect of making me nostalgic for the 90s, particularly due to its alternative zine-based subculture ethos and its apparently sincere faith in commodity fetishism as a viable means of challenging hegemony. And in as much as said fetishism produced the sense of shared purpose captured on film , the movie's faith might not have been misplaced. Features Holy Modal Rounders associate Michael Hurley and one of the most godawful sound mixes I think I've ever heard.