Category Archives: Music

Neil Young, Artist and Car Lover

Watercolour by Neil Young

Watercolour by Neil Young

Neil Young loves cars.  He loves them so much in fact that he devoted a whole album (2009’s Fork in the Road) to his retooled Lincoln Continental.  Now he’s taking things to the next level with a debut exhibition Special Deluxe at Robert Berman Gallery in LA featuring a series of watercolours of vintage automobiles.  One of these paintings has ended up as the cover of his new album Storytone too. LOL’s favourite Young-related automobile imagery though is the cover to his super weird and not particularly popular 1982 album Trans (below). So misunderstood and actually good!

RIP Peter Gutteridge

What Sterling Ruby Listens To

Sterling Ruby in his California studio

Sterling Ruby in his California studio

Art world darling Sterling Ruby’s just created some vividly coloured stage backdrops – not unlike those in his recent Hauser and Wirth show -for BasilicaSoundScape music festival, so Blouin Artinfo asked him to share his current studio playlist.  A bit patchy, but good to see perennial LOL faves Chrome in there – listen below. Turns out Ruby’s introduction to the band consisted of him getting high in the back of a van with Helios Creed (one half of Chrome) in 1993. Nice for some.


As an aside, LOL’s just discovered the recent fashion collaboration between Ruby and his Belgian designer pal Raf Simons, featuring a rather outrageous $33,000 parka. You can view some of the collection here and below is a snap from the catwalk with some Ruby soft sculps in the background.

Raf Simons with Sterling Ruby at 2014 Paris Fashion Week

Raf Simons with Sterling Ruby at 2014 Paris Fashion Week

Longo Vids


Robert Longo, best known for his iconic late 1970s series Men in the Cities is another visual artist who tried his hand at making music videos.  He’s the guy behind New Order’s 1986 video for Bizarre Love Triangle (above) and even worked with angry ginge Dave Mustaine from Megadeth on their single Peace Sells (below).

Early in his career, Longo had his own band too.  The artist was the lead singer of Menthol Wars, who performed in New York in the late 1970s.  Below is their very excellent single Even Lower Manhattan, released in 1982 on a Terminal Records compilation called Cleveland Confidential.

Clips from Goo


In 1990 when Sonic Youth released their album Goo (that’s the one with the iconic Raymond Pettibon cover), they asked a bunch of artists and filmmakers to produce the accompanying music videos.  One of the contributors was a young Tony Oursler (the inclusion of a toy panda with a human mouth in the video above is the giveaway I reckon…).  He chose Tunic (Song For Karen) “…for its classic SY sound and tragic subject: the self destruction of mega-popstar Karen Carpenter”.


Pervy photographer Richard Kern had a go too.  That’s his video above, for the track Scooter and Jinx.

Destroy All Monsters

Raymond Pettibon, film-maker


LOL’s just discovered a suite of early films by Raymond Pettibon, all shot by the artist in 1989 using home video equipment. The tapes address various elements of West Coast American subcultures from Charlie Manson and The Family (in Judgement Day Theatre: The Book of Manson) to the kidnapping of Patti Hearst by militant group The Symbionese Liberation Army (in Citizen Tania). The last of these videos, Sir Drone (above), focuses on the emergence of the American punk movement, to which Pettibon was intrinsically linked though his work with Black Flag and SST Records.  In it, Mike Watt of the Minute Men and the late Mike Kelly (formerly of Destroy All Monsters) play teen punks trying to start a band.  Pettibon himself also makes an appearance, as a character called Vomit.  Shot over two days, Sir Drone contains a rambling script read awkwardly from cue cards.  Despite their crudeness, Kelly later claimed that “Raymond’s tapes are strangely moving: he is a brilliant script writer”.  LOL leaves you to be the judge of that…