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The Musings Podcast: Punk Auteur Joel Potrykus ("Buzzard,” "Ape”) Chats with The Undisputed Party King, Andrew W.K.!

By Yasmina Tawil

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Just in time for your holiday travels, we present the first edition of the Musings Podcast, in which we pair Punk Auteur Joel Potrykus (BUZZARD, APE) with The Undisputed Party King, Andrew W.K., for a chat about Faces of Death, Pink Floyd, Lord of the Rings, and other weird shit. 

Below is a transcribed excerpt from their conversation, the full version of which is streaming on Soundcloud and iTunes. We hope you have as much fun listening to it as we had putting it together. 


Joel Potrykus: I’m curious if there are any movies that you were way crazy into in high school. I think that’s where people really get into movies the most.

Andrew W.K.: At that time, I was definitely into trying to find movies. I had a rather primal experience, I believe, my freshman year at a concert that was actually at the University of Michigan campus at some type of auditorium that had a screening room. There were some very confrontational and intense groups/bands playing and that’s why I had gone. But one of the groups specifically, I believe it was called “10,000 Dying Rats” (at least I think that was their name—I believe they’re even still in Michigan, I tried following up with them over the years, I’m sure they’re still active, the members definitely are to some capacity). I remember they were very dedicated. Part of their presentation involved using the projector and the big screen and showing this compilation of movie clips that they had edited together. It was very intense. There’s a lot of clips I was semi-familiar and then there were many that I was unfamiliar with including clips from a movie called Nekromantik. It was probably the most disturbing thing I had ever seen. Part of it was probably taken from – or had the same atmosphere as – this compilation called Faces of Death.

JP: Right. Half of those were so fake, though. Those Faces of Death. I was so into those. But it was always such a bummer, because half of them were re-enactments and stuff.

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