Tonight I finally got around to watching Beyond the Black Rainbow , the bizarre, psychedelic, sci-fi/horror film by writer & director Panos Cosmatos that’s set in the year 1983. It’s been on my watchlist since I first saw the trailer over at Cinema Suicide , so I really must thank Bryan who runs that blog for helping me to discover what will probably go down as one of the weirdest but mindmeltingly cool films I have ever seen.
I won’t even attempt to describe what the hell it is I just watched, I just know it was bizarre, visually stunning (just look at some of these screenshots ), and quite unsettling. The cherry on top was hearing SSQ’s “Anonymous” in the end credits, such a perfect ending to the two hours of heavily synth-scored seizure-inducing nightmare fuel that preceded it:
SSQ , in case you don’t remember them, were a 1980s synth pop band formed by lead singer Stacey Q (yes, as in “Two of Hearts” Stacey Q), which was the precursor to her more successful solo career. SSQ only ever put out one album, 1983’s Playback , but it’s a nearly perfect slice of ‘80s darkwave synth.
Stacey Q — “She’s so rad!”
Hearing that song got me wondering what Stacey Q & co. have been up to lately, so I went on a bit of a wikibinge that led to discovering, to my supreme pleasure, that Stacey Q is still kickin’ it and in fact she even put out a new album in 2010, which I’m a little ashamed I didn’t know about before now.
I totally had a DJ Tanner & Kimmy Gibbler moment:
Between YouTube and her MySpace music page, I was able to listen to most of the songs, which are a blend of modern-sounding techno, trance, and little bit of her signature ‘80s style.
I also discovered, per their Wikipedia page, that SSQ is currently working on a new album, which would be their first in something like 27 years; crazy. If it’s anything like Playback, I bet it’s going to be pretty rad.
And that’s the story of how my Saturday night somehow managed to become an ‘80s night in.