5 Black and White Noir-ish Films Selected By Kid Congo Powers

Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds tour Australia May 2018. Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds tour Australia May 2018.

After two sell-out Australian tours, legendary voodoo guitarist for seminal sexy bands like The Cramps, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and The Gun Club, Kid Congo Powers returns to Australia in May 2018.

Bringing back a heady mix of fuzz guitar, New Orleans drum beats and basslines dripping with soul, Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds cast 'garage-surf-spaghetti-western-retro-futuristic magic'.

Ahead of the shows, Kid Congo Powers has selected his favourite black and white film noir films. Enjoy.

1. 'Mr. Arkadin' (1955)

Directed and starring Orson Welles with great, big grotesque close-ups, weird angles, great fashions and a story so mysterious and always unwinding you might as well be in a salad spinner to watch it. Hurrah!

2. '99 River St' (1953)

Directed by Phil Karlson starring John Payne and Evelyn Keyes. Hard-boiled thriller hunky John Payne stars as ex-boxer turned cab driver driven nuts by his past losses and the constant humiliation by his wife.

After a lot of chasing, cheating, dumping, beating and greedy grubbing, a new love awaits. Superb and wild style acting from Evelyn Keyes. Sure Marty Scorsese was inspired by the boxing scenes for 'Raging Bull'.

3. 'Sunset Boulevard' (1950)

Directed by Billy Wilder and starring Gloria Swanson, William Holden and Erich von Stroheim. Classic cuckoo sad and mad Hollywood story. The monkey in the casket and the comeback we hope we never have. Amazing on all levels.

4. 'I Walked With A Zombie' (1943)

Directed by Jacques Tourneur and starring Frances Dee, Jessica Holland, Tom Conway. The mystery of voodoo culture, is it superstition or really happening? More shadows than you can shake a magic stick at. That Caribbean zombie life: hypnotic and somehow soothing.

5. 'Lured' (1947)

Directed by Douglas Sirk. One of his early films with an amazing cast of Lucille Ball, Boris Karloff, George Sanders and Charles Coburn. Foggy London is the scene of a murder mystery. Lucille Ball is an American dancer whose friend goes missing, lured by a poetic, personals ad.

Lucy goes along with a police plot to be the bait. Boris Karloff is a real freaky freak. Fantastic noir and you can see Sirk’s road to melodrama in this early work. Recommended.

Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds Tour Dates

Wed 9 May - Mojos Bar (Perth)
Thu 10 May - Crown & Anchor (Adelaide)
Fri 11 May - Theatre Royal (Castlemaine)
Sat 12 May - The Croxton Bandroom (Melbourne)
Sun 13 May - Brisbane Hotel (Hobart)
Thu 17 May - Caravan Music Club (Melbourne)

Fri 18 May - Oxford Art Factory (Sydney)
Sat 19 May - The Foundry (Brisbane)
Sun 20 May - Blues On Broadbeach (Gold Coast)


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