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Put Your Lollapalooza Knowledge to the Test

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This weekend (August 1-3) Lollapalooza hits Grant Park in Chicago, IL for its twelfth installment. Borrowing from the European festival mold, Perry Farrell gathered together acts from all different genres of music to join his band, Jane’s Addiction, for their farewell tour in 1991, christening the festival: Lollapalooza.

(left: Lollapalooza, from tour to hiatus to weekend festival.)

Lollapalooza differed from other festivals, because its line-up would tour the country, rather than just put on one show in one city. The tour flourished until many copycat festivals flooded the market. Lollapalooza went on hiatus in 1998, and made somewhat of a comeback in 2003. Ironically, after canceling the tour in 2004, Lollapalooza, like its European predecessors, became a one-stop music festival.

See how much you know about Lollapalooza:

11. True or False? This year’s headliners, Nine Inch Nails and Rage Against the Machine, shared the same Lollapalooza bill in 1991?

10. Who did NOT play the slacker-friendly Lollapalooza of 1995?
A. Sonic Youth
B. Pavement
C. Sebadoh
D. Beck

9. During many Smashing Pumpkins’ performances during Lollapalooza ’94, Billy Corgan could be heard giving lengthy on-stage complaints and rants about what?
A. Not having enough bottled water on stage.
B. Having to play after the Beastie Boys–who whipped the crowd into a tizzy, night after night, which led concert-goers to chant: “BEASTIE BOYS!” during the Pumpkins’ sets.
C. Guitarist, James Iha’s, lack of excitement during the Pumpkins’ live show.

8. What year did The Ramones, Metallica, Rancid, and Soundgarden share a Lollapalooza bill?
A. 1996
B. 1992
C. 1998

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7. During a Lollapalooza tour stop in 1993, Rage Against the Machine stripped down buck-naked and led a 14-minute silent protest against censorship in music. What did they have written on their chests?
A. R-A-G-E
B. P-M-R-C
C. W-H-Y-?

6. Sinead O’ Connor played a few stops at Lollapalooza ’96, before dropping off the bill. Why did she leave?
A. Organizer, Perry Farrell, asked her to leave because she kept badmouthing the festival during her live sets.
B. She was pregnant.
C. She developed a staph infection while shaving her head with a dirty razor.

5. Lollapalooza ’04 was cancelled because of poor ticket sales and other logistical reasons. Who was slated to play?
A. Kanye West, Weezer, The Pixies, Billy Idol
B. The White Stripes, The Strokes, The Hives, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
C. Morrissey, PJ Harvey, Sonic Youth, The Flaming Lips

4. What does the word Lollapalooza mean?
A. Native American word for “concert”
B. A word uttered by Perry Farrell in a drunken stupor
C. Wonderful person or thing

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3. In an ode to Lollapalooza, there is an episode of The Simpson’s where Homer becomes the side-show attraction on the Hullabalooza Tour. Can you name at least three artists who appear on the epsidoe?

2. How many gallons of water are approximately sold at the 3-day festival?
A. 10,000
B. 33,000
C. 500,000

1. Lollapalooza ’94 was the most successful year of the tour, grossing $21 million. The tour may have done even better, if what band didn’t pull out a few months before?
A. Led Zeppelin
B. The Smiths
C. Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg
D. Nirvana

ANSWERS:
11-False, 10-C., 9-B., 8-A., 7.-B., 6.-B., 5-C, 4-C, 3-Peter Frampton, Cypress Hill, The Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, No Doubt, 2-B, 1-D

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Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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Wicked Good

See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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SO EXCITED!!!

Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.