Magazine article The New Yorker

Sounds of Silver

Magazine article The New Yorker

Sounds of Silver

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"I got pills that make me cranky / I got pills that make me cry" is the casually debauched first line of "Teenage Lightning," a 2002 song by the rock band Luna that also appears on "Thirteen Most Beautiful . . . Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests" (Double Feature), a new album by Luna's founder, Dean Wareham, and Britta Phillips, who joined the band in 2001 and became Wareham's personal and professional partner. In 2007, Wareham and Phillips were approached by the Warhol Museum to pick thirteen of Warhol's screen tests--the short films in which actors, musicians, and Factory habitues stared into the camera blankly and beautifully--and furnish a soundtrack. The songs were performed live while the films were projected, and the set was released on DVD. Now the audio selections have been detached from the video, rerecorded in studio versions, and supplemented with a second disk of remixes.

In the multimedia show, "Teenage Lightning" accompanied the screen test of Paul America, who was a Factory star, then a washout with drug trouble, then hit by a car and killed at the age of thirty-eight, and it fits him like a slightly dishevelled tailored suit. …

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