The other night, Gothtopia and Wife With One F were hanging out with Caddy of My Bitch Tits, whose debut single about dating an XBox we are eagerly awaiting, when she asked us if we had heard about the League of Extraordinary Industrial Retards. We confessed our ignorance, and she said, "You have got to see this."
She was right. You have got to see this.
The League of Extraordinary Industrial Retards is a Web series/YouTube film that details the adventures of DJ Anorexia and his record storeowner friend Bob Vengeance as they begin a quest to save industrial music from the likes of Trent Reznor and VNV Nation by murdering VNV's Ronan Harris after breaching backstage security with a pair of "cock passes" (Note: these are explicitly NOT transferable to Harris's fellow band mate Mark Jackson.)
The series is told in a hilariously over-the-top style that is, well, also pretty damn accurate. We've been hanging around the Goth scene long enough that not only can we recognize some of the more absurd aspects of the subculture, we can also laugh about them even when they apply to us.
And, no, creator Zachary Helm of S.O.R.P Films does not actually want to kill Ronan Harris of VNV Nation - who is currently in semi-seclusion writing and could not be reached for comment, just because we wanted to see the look on his face when we told him. Helm is an admitted fan of all the bands he mercilessly mocks, but wanted to explore the mindset of those uber-fans who make life a little difficult for those of us who request Wolfsheim at Numbers.
It's easy to think that Goths are nothing but black-clad zealots who find fault in even the most mundane differences in musical opinions. Judging by the comments we get after reviewing a new Trent Reznor album, Houston certainly has its share of those. But most of these spooky kids remain simply dedicated fans to black boots, vampire flicks and dark electronica music. So when something like The League of Extraordinary Industrial Retards comes along, we rejoice.
The filmmaking work on the project is top-notch, with a definite professional style. It's also one of the most quotable works we've heard in our lives. We've been walking around screaming that our tricked out industri-mobile needs "fake weapons so they know you mean fake business" until asked by all bystanders to please stop. The characters are caricatures, which is to be expected in a satire, but each one has an incredibly likable personality that keeps them from ever being annoying.
But what really sets it apart is Helm's never-failing sense of comedic timing, setting and the ability to coax funny from people not known for their laughter. The LEIR is, simply put, one of the finest comedic send-ups of a music scene ever done, and if you don't think so, then you are the ones they are making fun of.
So far, the first three parts have been released, with Helm waiting to see audience reaction before finishing the project around September. All the completed parts are available on YouTube:
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