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Song Of The Week: Psycho Ex

First off, a warning: This week’s SOTW is NOT “work safe.”

There are f-bombs galore, and you also run the risk of laughing so loudly that you disrupt the workplace.

Psycho Ex” is by Andy Prieboy. It’s the kickoff of “Andy Prieboy Week” here at PopCult, as I abuse the blog to promote one of my favorite, overlooked, creative people. You can download the song by right-clicking on the title and saving it, or you can go here to give it a listen while you read the lyrics.

“Psycho Ex” is a pop-operetta that tells of a particularly nasty break-up. This song is the basis for Prieboy’s novel, “The Psycho Ex Game,” co-authored with Merril Markoe, which I will be telling you about tomorrow.

In case you didn’t know, Prieboy is the singer who replaced Stan Ridgeway in Wall Of Voodoo, back in the mid-1980s. After Wall Of Voodoo split in 1990, he released a couple of incredible solo albums, the latter of which includes “Psycho Ex.” Of late, he’s been working on a musical called “White Trash Wins Lotto,” a fictionalized account of the beginnings of Guns N’ Roses. I’ll have more details on that, as well as bonus songs and more, later in the week.

Ailing Cartoonist

Bob Burden, creator of The Flaming Carrot and Mystery Men, has been in the hospital, in critical condition, after emergency surgery a couple of weeks ago. He’s expected to be released later this month, after winding up a week in intensive care just a few days ago. Well wishers can send cards and other missives to him in care of his publisher:

Bob Burden Best Wishes
c/o Desperado Publishing
51 South Peacthree Street
Suite 8 Norcross, GA 30071

While The Flaming Carrot has managed to exist outside of the spotlight of mainstream attention, a one-shot gag team of supporting characters was the basis of the unjustly overlooked 1999 movie, “Mystery Men,” which starred Ben Stiller and Janeane Garofalo.

In addition to being one of the nicest guys in comics, Bob has spent the last quarter-century creating some of the most entertaining, surreal comic books on the market. He’ll be out of commission for at least two months. Let’s hope he recovers quickly so he can start making more bizarre comic books.

This week’s art is a series of digitally assaulted photos, arranged nicely, on a virtual canvas.

“The Rear View Series” is a collection of seven digital variations on a photo that, to be honest, was just a screw-up. I was trying to get the camera ready to take a picture while I was driving, and wound up with photo of my rear view mirror, which you can see below, on the left.

When I found that photo on the Smartcard, I decided that I liked the accidental composition when I turned it on its side, and wanted to mess around with the colors. I came up with several different versions, and since none of them stood out, I just slapped the better ones together into the montage at right. Click to enlarge.

As a bonus, you can also see the first digitally assaulted photo in this series, below, on the right.