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Amyl and the Sniffers plus Gary Oldman and the Poppers

Amyl and the Sniffers plus Gary Oldman and the Poppers

If you like seventies punk rock, you will like Amyl and the Sniffers from Melbourne, Australia. Lead singer Amy Taylor says, “We call it pub punk because we spend a lot of time in the pub”. It’s loud, fast, and noisy. Read about the band at NME. Here’s a quote from the article:

The Aussie four-piece party hard, but, somehow, play even harder. They’ve become an unmissable live prospect, resurrecting the energy of the snotty, trashy punks of years past. The result? Riotous gigs at which you might end up bruised or spat on, but you’ll probably have the night of your life.

When NME meets them, midway through their UK tour, they’ve already been leaving chaos in their wake. Shortly after arriving in London, a gobby pre-teen shouted at Amy, calling her “ugly”; in response, she offered to fight him and delivered a stinging putdown: “Fuck you mate – bet you’ve never even had a blowy”.

Here is the video for “Got You” from their debut album.

Of course when you think about the band name, you think of amyl nitrite, and when you think about that, you think about this scene from Léon: The Professional featuring Gary Oldman at his utmost creepiest.

Now go by the album and watch Léon again.

Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, born November 8, 1847

Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, born November 8, 1847


Bram Stoker was born in the town of Clontarf, Ireland just north of Dublin on November 8, 1847. He moved to London and managed the Lyceum Theatre for 27 years as he wrote several short stories and novels including Dracula, his most famous work.

I watched Francis Ford Coppola’s interpretation of the novel, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, last weekend. I hadn’t seen it since shortly after it was released in 1992. I thought it was an excellent adaptation of the novel and was a visually stunning work of cinema.

Gary Oldman plays Count Dracula, a shape-shifting vampire whose appearance ranges from dapper young Londoner to a ghastly looking, hairy werewolf/bat creature with an insatiable lust for blood. Here he is as the pale, creepy, old, castle-dwelling count.

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The other character that stands out is the lunatic lawyer R.M. Renfield played by Tom Waits. He eats bugs, spiders, and birds and worships his Lord Dracula.

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So in honor of Bram Stoker, read Dracula, watch the film versions of it, and while your doing that, mix yourself a cocktail.

There is a cocktail named after Bram Stoker that is basically peppered vodka, tabasco sauce, and sprinkles of ground pepper. That doesn’t sound very good to me, and wouldn’t taste anything like blood. You can try it, or you can try your own hand at mixing up something dark red, a little sticky, and tastes like iron and copper with just a touch of salt. Maybe some metallic tasting vodka, a little grenadine for color, a pinch of salt, and a pearl onion garnish.