In 1990, Christian Slater starred in a movie about a high schooler who set up an underground radio station in his basement and broadcast illegally using the moniker “Happy Harry Hard On”. I’ve always liked that movie and today I put it in ye ol’ DVD player and was giving it a spin and realized that whoever wrote the script for the movie was really onto something. It was written by a guy named Allan Moyle and as far as I can tell, he hasn’t done anything else that I know or care to know. However, truth be told, he filled “Pump Up The Volume” with enough nuggets to fill a lifetime! Here are a few excerpts from the script of the movie…
“Do you ever get the feeling that everything in America is completely fucked up? You know that feeling? That the whole country is, like, one inch away from saying, “That’s it! Forget it!”? Think about it…everything’s polluted. The environment, the government, the schools, you name it!”
“There’s nothing to do anymore, everything decent has been done, all the great themes have been used up, turned into theme-parks so I don’t find it exactly thrilling to live in a totally exhausted decade where there’s nothing to look forward to and no one to look up to.”
“Feeling screwed up at a screwed up time in a screwed up place does not necessarily make you screwed up.”
“I like the idea that a voice came just go somewhere, uninvited, just kinda hangout, a dirty thought in a nice clean mind. A dirty thought is like a virus, it would just kill all the clean thoughts and just take over…. that would be serious. That would be totally serious.”
Granted…I’m not on a radio frequency (tried radio…too corporate and no money), but I would like to think at some point someone might be scanning the internet and come across this blog and see someone who is having as much trouble dealing with our society right now as Happy Harry was. Granted…Harry was a high school student dealing with a lot of different types of issues in the film. But I think that Allan Moyle was writing not just for the teenage set. I’m thinking this guy was as frustrated being a grown-up as I am and wrote Harry as an extension of himself.
We’re all a little pissed off right now and trying to cope. This blog site is MY radio station. It won’t be heard by as many people as a stolen FM frequency, but I’m hoping, at some point, someone will take notice. So for now, I plan to keep on keeping on blogging about whatever comes into my brain whenever I think it. Happy Harry Hard-On is my muse…and I think he was on to something way back in 1990. As I watched that film I found myself thinking how long ago that was and things haven’t gotten any better. Kind of a shame, isn’t it?