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when jonathan demme directed a lost punk legend

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when jonathan demme directed a lost punk legend

jonathan demme’s relationship with los angeles paranoia-punks suburban lawns began in 1980, when the late director — who’d released the acclaimed melvin and howard one month earlier — shot a video for their song “gidget goes to hell.” the video aired on saturday night live, in one of the most striking early examples of punk on late-night television (before fear sort of ruined it for everybody).from the video’s title card, rendered in a hand style that can only be described as proto-rocko, to the gaggle of normal teens making gagging gestures over our sooty-bobbed ingenue’s beachwear, it’s clear that both “gidget” (or “gidgette,” as it’s spelled onscreen, presumably...