Tuesday, March 10, 2009

I am the real Santo Gold!

Delve into the bizarre story of Santo Gold, "a jeweller, filmmaker and infomercial-based salesman" whose powers of self-promotion and lack of shame defy comprehension. His "film" Blood Circus (1985) is characterized thus: "The movie is a wrestling-themed science fiction flick, with aliens from the planet Zoran fighting the US and USSR. It was, perhaps unsurprisingly, never released."

The above quotations are from this Guardian piece, which relates the latest chapter in an otherwise obscure and strange chapter in American cultural history. Santo Gold sued electro-rapper Santogold, who was born Santi White, last year for trade name infringement. Santogold the rapper is now know as Santigold and Santo Gold the crazed Baltimorean (Will, what other horrors are lurking in Baltimore?) wrestling-film promoter has cut an "album" to protect his trade name. The video above contains the title track. Here is Santo Gold's press release on the matter.

In the interest of fairness, here's Santigold:

More on the Santo/Santi kerfuffle here and here.

More on Blood Circus here and scenes, etc. here and here.

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Via Kevin