…You lay down and your brain casually is like “hey Robyn remember that Twitter thread about how Avril Lavigne died in between the release of her first and second album and was replaced by her body double Melissa Vandella?”, all of a sudden it’s 2am and you’re down the rabbit hole with no hope of escape.
I think one of the things I subconsciously appreciated the most about the artist was the way he often took on a female voice in his songs, singing from a perspective that was rarely heard in rock and roll. His was an ambiguous, androgynous, amorphous sexuality in the same way David Bowie’s had been in the decade prior.
SLEEPAWAY CAMP somehow manages to pull off being simultaneously homophobic in tone (Peter’s father is revealed to be homosexual, in a flashback sequence that is bizarre and genuinely uncomfortable in its staging and implications) and hysterically homoerotic (did guys actually wear shorts that short in the 80s?)
SEX MADNESS is an 'educational' film from 1938 about the horrors of syphilis and sex! Directed by Dwain Esper, who some call the father of exploitation films, this film uses its educational stance to portray otherwise taboos topics not permitted in theaters due to the Motion Picture Production Code of 1930 which only became stricter in the 1940s.