Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Apropos of Nothing at All: Films from an Alternative Universe

What does Iron Man have to do with rock-and-roll? Well, Black Sabbath once recorded a song called "Iron Man," the soundtrack to Iron Man 2 was assembled from a bunch of AC/DC albums, and America once sang, "Oz never did give nothin' to the Tin Man / that he didn't, didn't already have." But, most important, in baseball the term "iron man" refers to Lou Gehrig and Cal Ripken, Jr., both of whom had a lot of "hits." How much more rock-and-roll can you get?

As for the title of this film ...

... it inspired Aerosmith to come up with "Lord of the Thighs" for their 1974 album Get Your Wings. (Insert KFC or Paul McCartney-backup-group joke here.) That it also inspired the following much lesser-known film is a fact known only to the most diligent celluloid heroes.

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