Before YouTube, shit, before the Internet, people who liked stupid shit had to trade cassettes and VHS tapes through catalogs and maybe word of mouth. The big video tapes back then were Winnebago Man and Senator Bud Dwyer, and people (especially Pinky) would covet anything that was better than a recording of a recording of a recording. The biggest audio cassette in that scene was compiled recordings of some angry neighbors who hated each other’s guts. Winnebago Man is now a fucking amazing documentary that traces the whole story of that VHS tape, and this is an equally awesome film that does the same for what we all called “Shut Up Little Man!”
From the IFC Center website:
SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE
In 1987 in San Francisco’s low-rent Lower Haight, two young Midwesterners became neighbors to two men and their nightly, vodka-fueled fights. Simultaneously appalling and hilarious, the altercations were an audio goldmine; the boys decided to record them, and the tapes they made became an underground sensation. This darkly comic look tracks down the participants — creators, subjects and fans — to explore the way the phenomenon and its legacy blurred the boundaries between art, privacy and exploitation.
Eddie Lee & Mitchell D — the creators of the tapes that started it all — in person Fri at 6:25 & 8:25! Eddie & Mitchell in person with special guest Patton Oswalt Sat at 6:25 & 8:25!