SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE ON RIALTO

26/11/2012

THURSDAY DECEMBER 20 – 8.30PM

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WHEN TWO FRIENDS TAPE-RECORDED THE FIGHTS OF THEIR VIOLENTLY NOISY NEIGHBORS, THEY ACCIDENTALLY CREATED ONE OF THE WORLD'S FIRST 'VIRAL' POP-CULTURE SENSATIONS.

Two friends, Eddie Lee Sausage and Mitchell D, rent a house in San Francisco in the late Eighties and find themselves next door to two noisy, drunk neighbours, Raymond Huffman and Peter Haskett. Their walls are paper-thin, and Ray and Pete argue most of the night. After not getting any rest, Eddie does what any self-respecting neighbour does, and confronts them - with little success. Naturally, he starts recording their arguments, partly to provide potential evidence for law-enforcement, but more for a shared hilarity among their friends. Through these recordings, we learn a little about the nature of Ray and Pete’s relationship, argybargying like a married couple. These toe-curlingly awful tapes go pre-digital viral, with people copying the tapes for friends of friends. Eddie even starts a mail-order business of these recordings with a liberal copyright notice. (This changes later on.) Before long, the perpetually sozzled Ray and Pete are unknowing underground celebrities.

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