Just been introducing the younger folk at work to some old school claymation, the work of the mighty Bruce Bickford.
“Bickford was a Vietnam veteran whose love for animation sprung out his crude home movies. His earliest experiments involved toy cars, but a need to populate these rough little films led to the creation of tiny clay figures. Soon enough he was letting his imagination spill out with strange, ever-morphing stream of consciousness tales that seemed to revolve around demons and animal heads, hamburgers and pizzas, treacherous landscapes and excessive violence – “danger and weirdness”, in Bickford’s own words. Audiences were given an early taste when The Old Grey Whistle Test aired a portion of ‘City Of Tiny Lights’ with animated accompaniment in 1979. Baby Snakes made its debut during the Christmas of that year, containing more examples and a peak of behind-the-scenes amidst the concert footage.”
— Anthony Nield
Can’t stop listening to this.
Great animation too.
Directed and Animated by Chad VanGaalen
“Nothing surprises me much
And my hobbies include laughing in the dark
Do you wanna go to the farm? Do you wanna go to the park?
I’ll get you ice cream if you give me your card
Nothing impresses me much
I’ve got a great attitude and a map to the stars
I got your number from that sign in the lawn
I also want to vanquish evil but my mojo is gone
(I want you)
C’mon, I bet you know most of my friends
They’re some real exclusive dudes from just around the bend
They’re playing demos. Oh, they’re wearing Dries
I can escort you down the runway I just joined the police
Just right now
So you wanna be a grifter like me?
Are you hearing impaired with your own URL?
I’m the second coming, I’m the last to know,
I didn’t get invited but I know where to go”
By Izzy Burton at Blue Zoo.
As seen at last week’s “The State We’re In” viewing at Encounters 2018.