As my esteemed collegue Mike Lupica noted on the blog earlier, the advent of Fantoma DVD's Volume One of the Films of Kenneth Anger is certainly reason to call the cows in. The full commentaries provided on Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954) and Fireworks (1947) among others are worth the price alone, though I can't help but wonder why it's all hush hush (no spoken comments, no credits except a brief "music by Jonathan Halper") when it comes to discussing the amazing music of 1949's Puce Moment. The two songs accompanying six minutes of actress Yvonne Marquis (who later went off to live in Mexico as their President's mistress) are among the most zonked, fantastic bits of soundtrack juxtaposition ever. William Berger tells me he once read the uncredited song titles as "Leaving My Old Life Behind" and "I'm a Hermit" (MP3 here); if anyone has more light to shed on Halper, or how and when these songs were recorded (I am certain they were not made in 1949), I'd love to know more. They honestly sound like they influenced Alastair Galbraith, Simon Finn, Michael Yonkers, or mid-to-late 80's Tall Dwarfs in their shambly, Barrett-esque presentation, complete with backwards primitive psychedelic guitar solos and the effect of lo-fidelity recording techniques to showcase the light and weirdness through undeniably twisted pop. As the You Tube clip of Puce Moment shows, the juxtaposition of these songs with Marquis' rifling through classic dresses and getting gussied to walk the dogs around her solitary fortress in the Hollywood hills is even more fantastic. I'm surprised that no one (to my knowledge) has covered these tracks especially because I don't think we need yet another New Weird America or trip-hop version of the Wicker Man's "Willow Song". Though these two songs need zero embellishment or enhancement. Would love to see someone dig up more Halper sounds and put together a Skip Spence or Todd Tamenend Clark-type reissue.