October, 2008 | SeMeN SPeRmS SuPeR SiTe

Dream Deceivers – The Story of James Vance & Judas Priest

Do It! Do It!

“On December 23, 1985, two young men in Reno, Nevada put shotguns to their own heads after drinking and smoking marijuana as they listened to a record by the English rock group Judas Priest. Raymond Belknap shot himself fatally, while the other, James Vance, was grossly disfigured. Their parents, claiming that subliminal messages in the heavy metal band’s songs mesmerized the boys into their bizarre suicide pact, filed suit against CBS Records.”

“Centered around this non jurored trial, DREAM DECEIVERS looks at this tragedy through interviews with Vance, his and Belknap’s parents, other Reno “metalheads”, and members of Judas Priest.

“Plastic surgeons tried all they could to restore what was left of Jay’s face, but were only able to restore his ability to eat and breathe – the disfigurement was too severe. Jay returned home to live with his parents between hospital visits and would ride his bicycle around town shocking people with his grotesque disfigurement.”


Harmony Korine: “I used to sneak into the NYU library and they had a copy of it and I would watch it. It gave me the strangest feeling. Just the images of those two kids listening to Stormtroopers of Death, driving around Reno deserts drinking Miller-Lite. Fucking blowing their brains out, listening to Judas Priest backwards. And that guy being interviewed with this face that’s completely blown off… It was so eerie.”

File under Blast From The Past, SeMeN SPeRmS BLArRrG, SeMeN SPeRmS ViDeO CLuB

The Mentors on Hot Seat with Wally George

Young Republican Woman Waving American Flag: “I believe in God and freedom, what makes you think that women want to be raped peaceful or otherwise?”

El Duce: “Because I can tell by the look in their eyes!”

Here’s a shitastic clip of rape rock sleeze meisters The Mentors on right wing public access talk show Hot Seat. I hadn’t seen this clip in years. I had it on one of those amazing goldmine nth generation VHS tape compilations that usta be passed down from tape trading friends. Hada copy ’em the old fashioned way, stack two VCR’s, and connect ’em with RCA cables.

Wally George was a cartoonish uber-righty  controversy stirrer and a precursor to reality shock mongers Morton Downey Jr. and Heraldo Rivera. The estranged father of Traci Lords look-alike Rebecca DeMorney, he was the first to provoke a guest to physical violence, gettin’ a desk flipped on him. This event that was picked up by nationwide news outlets, and ushered in a new low in TV journalism where every talkshow seemed to have skinheads punchin’ everyone in site.

El Duce again reared his bug-eyed head in the 90’s, claimin’ that Cortney Love had offered him money to preform a hit on her hubby Kurtd Kobain. He died of mysterious circumstances, supposedly passin’ out on some train tracks, gettin’ his bald mellon crushed by a freight train.


File under Blast From The Past, Music