Crooked Information

Between 1964 and 1966 Andy Warhol shot nearly 500 screen tests of Warhol superstars and other visitors to his  Manhattan studios The Factory. Each  two and a half  minute clip was slowed down to four minutes, resulting in startlingly dreamy and revealing character studies of his subjects. In 2008  the Andy Warhol Museum approached Dean and Britta (formerly of indie pop band Luna) to compose, and in some cases re-create, soundtracks to 13 of these black and white portraits. A soundtrack entitled “13 Most Beautiful…Songs For Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests” has just been released, but it also  stands alone as a beautifully crafted Velvet Undergound influenced pop record. “Teenage Lightning (and Lonely Highways)” accompanies Paul America’s reel. Described as beautifully vapid, Paul America was a tall drink of water from New Jersey who was discovered by the Warhol clan in a nightclub.  Like so many other Factory stars America succumbed to to hard core drugs, and trips to jail, alleged robberies and mental problems ensued. Quite swiftly he fell out of favour with Warhol, and ended up being described as a “wasted creature” living  in a commune in Indiana.  Three months prior to his death in a road accident in 1982, he tried to contact The Factory but Warhol never took the call. If you listen to the lyrics, “Teenage Lightning” captures the madness and the mania of living in the eye of the storm. It was all too brief, but for 4 minutes and 41 seconds in 1965,  Paul America had the world at his feet.

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  1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog today! That’s great that you can find relaxation through listening to music and doing paint by numbers! 🙂 everything can be art, so there is no such thing as artistically challenged! 🙂

  2. I definitely hear the Velvet Underground influence in this (and that’s a good thing in my book). I enjoyed my visit to your blog. I usually rely on my husband for new music suggestions, but now I’ve gone one up on him. Thanks!

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