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Culture flash: custard pies

20 July 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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In 1970, rock critic Lester Bangs wrote a review of the Stooges' album Fun House in which he spent the first 6,000 words musing on the divide between artist and fan. The only real way of judging an artist's worth, he decided, was to fling a custard pie in their face and see how they responded. Alice Cooper, he noted, had reacted to his own on stage pieing by gleefully rubbing the custard into his pores, and Iggy Pop would no doubt similarly thrive off the mayhem. Bangs predicted that most big stars (George Harrison, Richie Havens, Led Zeppelin), however, would simply storm off the stage in a huff.

Pies have been flung in many areas of culture. Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow includes a custard pie fight between passengers on a plane and an air balloon. Terry Johnson's play Dead Funny had people flinging pies »

- Tim Jonze

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