Eddie Vedder, Mudhoney Appear in Pozible Cosmic Psychos Doco
Proving that age-old adage that you can take the bogan off the farm and send him around the world playing rough-as-guts pub rock to the adulation of the burgeoning grunge fraternity but you can’t take the bogan out of the Cosmic Psychos, our most representative exports are being honoured with a documentary. Hopefully.
See, filmmaker Matt Weston loves the Psychos (he also runs a tidy sideline in apocalyptic punk as part of The Nation Blue; here’s him dislocating his kneecap supporting the Foo Fighters in 2006). He loves them so much he’s tracked down the big names who endorsed the band back in the ‘90s to validate these shotgun totin’, truck drivin’, pie-eatin’ unlikely rock heroes.
Esteemed names like producer Butch Vig (who recorded them after polishing off a record called Nevermind), Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder (who hand-picked the band as a support), members of freak rockers The Melvins, and grunge forebears Mudhoney appear in a trailer for Blokes You Can Trust, which will immortalise the band in a way that writing songs about eating chicken schnitzels and hitting a roo with your truck has only partly achieved.
The documentary is 70% done, reportedly, and they need some extra cash to finish it off. That’s where crowd-funding website Pozible comes in. As of writing, they’re four and a half grand into their $28K goal. While we can assume that fans of a band who wrote songs titled ‘The Man Who Drank Too Much’, ‘Drinkin’ With The SAS’ and ‘Nice Day To Go To The Pub’ have already expended most of their cash on home-brewing and two-up, this is your opportunity to fulfil a lifelong dream of being an Executive Producer. All you need a ten grand. That’s what EPs do, right?
The trailer shows a great blend of slick modern documentary production and priceless archival footage of the band doing what they do best: brandishing guns, standing on bulldozers, skulling beers and playing barfight punk to crowds around the world.
Let’s hope that Weston can (or already has) snaffled members of L7 and The Prodigy to address the story of how the Psychos song ‘Lost Cause’ became L7’s ‘Fuel My Fire’, which became Prodigy’s ‘Fuel My Fire’, which supposedly earnt the Cosmic Psychos enough in royalties to cause a major rift, seeing original drummer Bill Walsh leave and resulting in ‘Kill Bill’ from 2006’s Off Ya Cruet! Now that could be quite a yarn, if true.
Drop a buck or two at the film’s Pozible page and let’s get this story told.
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