Jerry Jerry and the Sons of Rhythm Orchestra ~ The Drift

Despite having a lock on a spot near the top of the best Canadian bands of all time shortlist, Jerry Jerry and the Sons of Rhythm Orchestra have a decidedly small Youtubular footprint, so I set out to change that with The Drift (1987) – the swift-running shit-kicker that tended to send the live gigs smashing through the guard rails, back in the day – a pair of scissors and a copy of Sean Penn’s Indian Runner (1991). Yes that is Aragorn with the tattoos, David Morse with the shotgun, and Dennis Hopper as bartender Beelzebub. If you’re inspired to check out the film (which I strongly recommend) watch for an unknown Benicio del Toro in a tiny role with a ludicrous hairdo. Watch the entire Penn cycle, with the Crossing Guard and the Pledge if you feel like spending the holidays bummed out and grim in a what’s-yer-take-on-Cassavetes sort of way.

Here’s hoping Sean Penn doesn’t show up and punch me – hmmm, actually I’d be cool with that.


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