Don’t Deliver Us From Evil

Two Catholic school­girls (with the help of a retarded gar­dener) pledge their lives to Satan and a life of evil. Never released in the United States and “banned” for blasphemy.

“…we renounce for­ever Jesus Christ and all his works…”

Influ­enced by their read­ing of for­bid­den books, they decide to explore the world of per­ver­sion and cruelty.

Once they have stepped over the line, they find it impos­si­ble to stop. Soon they are con­tem­plat­ing the ulti­mate evil act.

It’s a film that should be viewed only by those with very open minds.

The Tiger Lillies — Brechtian Punk Cabaret

The Tiger Lil­lies are a three-piece band, formed in 1989 and based in Lon­don. Their sur­real style has been described as dark, darkly humor­ous, strangely humor­ous, Brecht­ian, and gypsy cabaret. They are also noto­ri­ous for singing con­tro­ver­sial songs involv­ing bes­tial­ity, pros­ti­tu­tion and blas­phemy. Pic­ture a cross between Tom Waits and Klaus Nomi, then add in a strong Bertolt Brecht influ­ence, and you kind of have an idea of what the Tiger Lil­lies are like.

How­ever The Tiger Lil­lies defy any sin­gu­lar descrip­tion and oper­ate within their own eccen­tric def­i­n­i­tions. They’ve tour the world both with the Shock­headed Peter pro­duc­tion and by them­selves, devel­op­ing a ded­i­cated fol­low­ing from New York and San Fran­cisco in the US to St Peters­burg in Rus­sia. Their songs (once described as ‘Sur­re­al­ist Pornog­ra­phy’) are cap­tured on numer­ous self-released albums includ­ing Brothel to the Ceme­tery, Farm­yard Filth, Ad Nau­seam, Shock­headed Peter and Cir­cus Songs.

Before found­ing the Tiger Lil­lies, Mar­tyn Jacques spent seven years train­ing him­self as an opera singer with the cas­trati style of voice for six years while liv­ing in soli­tude above a brothel in London’s Soho. These were aus­pi­cious begin­nings indeed for the man who would soon front this inde­fin­ably eccen­tric three piece band whose songs are lit­tered with count­less shifty char­ac­ters from con­tem­po­rary Britain’s dark underbelly.

Ren­der­ing the sto­ries of pimps, pros­ti­tutes, con-men and thieves with his angelic voice, Jacques is a one man cru­sade against the pow­ers of cen­sor­ship, repres­sion, and medi­oc­rity. Jacques’ unique musi­cal may­hem is anchored by per­cus­sion­ist Adrian Huge who is not afraid to use a drum kit con­sist­ing solely of sil­ver­ware and spat­u­las, and dou­ble bass player Adrian Stout who cavorts around the stage dressed in leder hosen and a kilt, in a bizarre trib­ute to the folk dances of Austria.

The fol­low­ing con­cert (with doc­u­men­tary footage and inter­views) from the PS122 the­atre in New York fea­tures a selec­tion of songs, includ­ing some from their sen­sa­tional smash-hit the­atre pro­duc­tion Shock­headed Peter.