Do Turkeys Have Tits (three artefacts at the wrong end of a craze)
Part of HaVE A LoOK! HAve a Look!
09/07/10 - 11/07/10
(listening party, Friday July 9th, 7.30pm)
Do Turkeys Have Tits (three artefacts at the wrong end of a craze) was a presentation of sonic material, related objects and a listening party I assembled for HaVE A LoOK! HAve a Look! at FormContent.
While it is hard to define Audio Verite comprehensively, we might say that Audio Verité is a clandestine discipline aimed at capturing situational sounds made by unknowing participants (be they animal, vegetable or mineral).
The three examples or ‘artefacts’ presented nestle at the more tawdry and end of what remains a largely unclassified audio craze (one that has nonetheless existed since the dawn of audio recording itself). As a final point, all three artefacts can be said to have attained relative cult status amongst interested parties, leading to their reanimation in other formats such as publications, generic merchandise, films, comics, tv shows, etc.
The three artefacts were:
DION MCGREGOR: the world’s most renowned (and perverse) sleep-talker recorded in his sleep over a seven-year period during the 60s.
SHUT UP LITTLE MAN: Secret recordings made by “Eddie Lee Sausage” in the late 80s. SHUT UP LITTLE MAN features Peter J. Haskett and Raymond Huffman, two argumentative and violent San Franciscan alcoholics living together in a bright pink apartment dubbed the “Pepto Bismol Palace”.
THE TUBE BAR RECORDINGS: a cycle of prank homophonic telephone calls made by John Elmo and Jim Davidson (later known collectively as the Bum Bar Bastards) to a New Jersey Bar called the Tube Bar. Their intended target was Louis ‘Red’ Deutsch, a former heavyweight boxer and the custodian of the Tube Bar.
A podcast relating to the material can be found here.