I have an incredibly bad memory so please forgive what will probably be the over use of phrases such as “as I recall” “as best as I can remember” “as memory serves” or mixture of those phrases in any future posts.
Okay, are you ready?
Here we go.
As best as I can remember it, I was fuckin’ around on twitter one day and got a wild hair up my ass to start writing something.
As I started writing I started to mold it into something for The Joker, I remember thinking of it as a sort of confession or taunt to Batman and the Gotham press as it started flowing.
I’ve searched like a mad man over the last 2 weeks trying to find that original string of tweets to I could link to them for you but I’ve come up empty handed.
The original “story” only lasted about 6 or 7 tweets, but I liked it.
I felt, and still do feel, it had that special kind of crazy that Mr. J is know for.
The few people who followed me at the time seemed to dig it too.
One chick, if I remember right it was @ShariSayz, even said she thought I was transcribing something, which was a huge compliment I wasn’t ready for.
So with it written, I wanted to do something with it…but I had no clue what.
I couldn’t think of any way to make it into a video and then it hit me!
Do it as a sort of Audio Drama! But then I was struck with the same question…how?
At this point I was still using just my shitty phone from Walmart to make my videos.
Windows/Microsoft Movie Maker was still a few months away from my understanding, so I didn’t have a plan.
I thought about using the Sound Recorder on my phone but it doesn’t have the capability to post to YouTube.
Up against a brick wall, I decided to use my video camera.
So in my Room, I set the phone down on a dark surface and unleashed the voice that I’ve done for many years to creep out my family, the voice that I’ve always been told sounds exactly like Mark Hamill’s Joker…if he had a carton a day Smoking habit.
I finished my recording and played it back…it was horrible!
You could hear the fan downstairs like it was infront of the mic and it sounded like I was chewing on cottonballs.
Again, I had no clue what to do!
If it weren’t for all of the background noise it probably would’ve sounded fine, but how the fuck would I cut that noise.
Yet again, I was struck with an idea.
When you’re in the car with the windows rolled up, it’s pretty damn quiet, isn’t it?
It took me long enough to figure that out!
So, in the middle of the summer, I decided I’d go out to the garage, sit in the car, and make funny voices!
And here’s what happened…
…I SWEATED MY GODDAMN ASS OFF IS WHAT HAPPENED!!!
Oh yeah, and I recorded this…
…which still sounds like shit, but at least you can understand it!
I was sitting in the back seat with the phone on the console up front, just sweating my ass off, spewing hatred for that damned Bat, and enjoying every minute of it.
That voice has always been one of the most cathartic things I can do.
With that voice, I can say anything I want and nobody questions it because it’s an insane clown, and who wants to talk back to something that nuts.
Anyway, I was about ready to post it and I was hating the names I chose for it, they were all just kinda lame and meaningless.
Mostly just random shit with Mr. J in them.
So I was talking to ol @NeilGat on twitter, probably in DM, and he came up with the brilliance that is Mr. J’s Toxic Blues!
Neil is a truly amazing and supportive guy that is a pillar of strength for the creative types he surrounds himself with…even if only virtually.
As I recall, he even came up with the whole “deep behind the laughs lies a toxic green funk” thing that I put in the video description.
Great dude for sure.
One last thing about this video and Neil.
Not long (it may have even been the next day) after I posted this video, I tweeted something along the lines of “the audio may suck, but the content is pretty good” and Neil said something I hadn’t even thought of.
He says “I like the poor audio quality, it makes it seem like a taunting voice mail left for Batman”…wow, with that in mind, it makes the whole thing work perfectly.
I was kinda down on it until he said that, but since it has stayed one of my favorite things I’ve ever posted anywhere.
Thanks for all of the help, Sir Neil.
Sorry to be so long winded this go around, kids.
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