Join us for a cinematic journey into the darkest corners of art and music, as we use lyrics from Singapore Sling to describe the depraved film from which the band took their name.
Released in 1990, their namesake is a surrealist-horror-film-noir pastiche by Greek art-house auteur Nikolaos Nikolaidis. It's a deranged festival of perversity, desperation and death, that revels in drawn out depictions of sex and torture, which leave the viewer feeling equally defiled and complicit.
The tale follows a wounded detective in search of his long lost love. A typical premise for a romantic film noir, the plot takes a sadistic turn when he falls prey to a crazed mother and daughter duo who subject him to a bizarre array of masochistic sex acts involving chains, vomit, corpses, electrocution and one achingly ripe kiwifruit.
Not knowing his real name, the pair call him Singapore Sling because of a cocktail recipe they find in his pocket. It’s an odd twist of black humour that such a banal and sugary hotel lobby cocktail would be associated with this character, this film and this band.
If we give the director his artistic dues, we can say the film explores themes of love and loss through the lens of film genres of fading glory. Much the same can be said of musical approach of Singapore Sling the band, and as the film’s sinister narrative unravels, it seems as if lyrics from the band could act as an alternate commentary by a real life version of the film's hapless protagonist.
Interestingly, the band never actually watched the film before selecting their name, but instead chose it for its reputation.
If you’re brave enough, take a look at the full film here, but for those faint of heart, we’ll give you the synopsis through a lyrical journey into Singapore Sling’s extensive discography.
They're fucked up from the start"
A truly kaleidoscopic night of mind expanding photography, film and music to raise glasses and funding towards the finishing of the documentary, Trip, which tells the story of the birth of psych.
Trip director Lilly Creightmore has been documenting psych culture and capturing performances and interviews from artists such as 13th Floor Elevators, Spacemen 3, The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Black Angels, from Austin, to South Africa, the UK and into the hearts and minds of a global collective of psychedelic rock n rollers, movers, groovers and tambourine shakers.
Trip The Light Fantastic is the first in a series of preview events, which will showcase behind the scenes stills and footage from Trip alongside a kaleidoscopic array of audio-visual delights from Creightmore's collaborators.
On show there will be hand-painted portraits and a screening of Super 8 film Journey to Levitation shot by Antonio Curcetti on his maiden voyage to the infamous Levitation (Austin Psych Fest).
Light shows and experimental film loops by London's premier analogue projection wizard Julian Hand will also be on display alongside music from The Oscillation's Demian Castellanos, Tomaga, and a DJ set from Douglas Hart of The Jesus and Mary Chain.
Trip The Light Fantastic
Thursday 3rd December 2015
7.30 til late
Unit 2E, 20 Felstead Street
London E9 5LT
Entry by cash donation