Gut Rumbles

October 26, 2004

rocky horror picture show

I was in an Irish pub in Atlanta a week ago and the place had music videos playing on a big-screen TV. Lo and behold, "Let's Do the Time Warp Again" came on and I was rocking out in my chair while singing along. People stared at me strangely. Nobody else sang along.

Maybe two dozen customers were in the bar. When the song was over, being the mild-mannered, shy guy that I am, I asked, "Didn't any of ya'll see that movie? That's from "Rocky Horror Picture Show," a genuine cult classic. Don't tell me that I'm in a room full of people so culturally challenged that nobody recognized that song."

I was.

I couldn't believe it. I thought EVERYBODY saw "Rocky Horror Picture Show" at least once in life, and then probably went back for one of those midnight screenings where everybody dresses in costumes and carries water pistols to make it rain in the theater.

Bejus! That was IDIOT NIGHT, and I had a blast. Once, I dressed as a transsexual in black leather and fish-net hose, with heavy eye make-up and bright red lipstick. I almost broke my ankles trying to walk in those 4" spiked-heel shoes I donned for the occasion. You know what? Nobody gave me a second glance in the theater. (I DID NOT wear that outfit to the Waffle House after the show.)

Oh, I was BEAUTIFUL, but I wasn't dressed nearly well enough to compete with the others there. I saw some... well, never mind.

If you've never seen "Rocky Horror Picture Show," you won't know what I'm talking about.


You should have asked them if they know how to "Madison."

Posted by: McGehee on October 26, 2004 07:32 AM

I used to go every weekend to a local theater that ran Rocky Horror, for I'm guessing, 5 plus years. I would take a whole loaf of bread (Toasted) - and in the scene where Dr. Frankenfurter would "propose a toast"... I would stand up and start sailing the toast all over the theater! Man, those were the days. Oh, by the way Acidman.... have you seen the latest?? check it out, there's a votergasm party near you in Pooler. LMFAO

Posted by: BUCK on October 26, 2004 08:09 AM

I used to go to the Midnight Showing of it every weekend. Toast, squirt guns, the whole bit. (and of course hidden beers)

Now you can't even get into that theatre without a body cavity search.

The times they are achangin'.

Posted by: Amesk on October 26, 2004 09:03 AM

Gad, I feel old!
I remember the midnight Rocky Horror Shows

Posted by: Emma on October 26, 2004 09:22 AM

Geez, Rob - first the painted toenails and now this revelation about fish-net hose and spike heels? I'm starting in to wondering about you, boah!

Yeah, yeah, I know - Rocky Horror - but that's how all a them trannys get started.

Man, it's depressing to know that there's a whole generation that doesn't know about this shit...

Posted by: Steve on October 26, 2004 10:25 AM

I guess you don't need me to caution you about the ex's lawyer downloading your posts and using them against you in court, but there is no way I could do that as long as I have in my mind, of which I cannot now rid myself, of you all dolled up. Bleaaghhh!

Posted by: Mike James on October 26, 2004 11:12 AM

Went to see that show on South Street in Phila. and could't figure out what all the fuss was about. One of the worst movies I ever saw. I'd rather see "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" 50 times. Do like Meatloaf though.

Posted by: Phil on October 26, 2004 12:01 PM

Geeze...same THING happened to us last weekend. Went to a Halloween party and the DJ played 'Time Warp'. We were the ONLY two singing! Everyone else was lookin at us like we were nuckinfuts.
We must be old, Rob.

Posted by: Pammy on October 26, 2004 12:27 PM

I've seen that movie.

It was the stupidest waste of time I've ever seen (and that's saying a lot), and I cannot imagine why anyone likes it, let alone enough to dress up and sing along. (It doesn't help that I hate musicals.)

(Not that I'm saying I don't like some pretty awful films myself, or making any particular claim to cinematic taste superiority, mind you. But, Jesus! That movie sucks.)

Posted by: Sigivald on October 26, 2004 02:06 PM

"Gad, I feel old! I remember the midnight Rocky Horror Shows"
OK, we saw it at midnight in a porno theater in Dayton one time, after leaving a bar. And, after they threw out the porno dudes. Throwing stuff and dancing in the aisles is fun.

But, "old" ? My KIDS were into the midnight shows every weekend in Detroit or Ann Arbor in the olden days. That makes me OLD.

Posted by: Dan Pursel on October 26, 2004 02:48 PM

Hell yes! I just finished downloading that off of winmx. I plan on getting the DVD as soon as I find time to hit a mall.

Apparently some theatre troup is going to do the thing back to back 13 times for a world record. has a link on the sidebar to it. Check it out.

Posted by: Cythen on October 26, 2004 03:48 PM

Back when I was married, my wife's company held their Christmas party at the same Chinese restaurant several years in a row.

One year, a group of us decided to see Rocky after the party. We got the restaurant owner to provide us with takeout containers of uncooked rice for the wedding scene.

Never did dress up any of the times I went, but my hair's thin enough now that I could do Riff-Raff if I let it grow longer. Not quite gray enough yet, though.

Posted by: wheels on October 26, 2004 04:21 PM

Loved that show. Have the original vinyl soundtrack, the VHS, the DVD and the Anniversary DVD. I always went as Eddie. Me and Meatloaf had the same build back then (LOL).
Also had the T shirt that had
Dr. Scott!
on the back, with the marque picture on the front.

Posted by: Wichi Dude on October 26, 2004 07:02 PM

My daughter just married a guy she met at the Rocky Horror Picture Show. They went almost every weekend for three years. Yes, at midnight. And I'm proud to have him as my son in law!

Posted by: Heather on October 26, 2004 07:32 PM

DAMMIT, Janet!

Posted by: Geoffrey on October 26, 2004 08:12 PM

Here you go Rob. This oughta make your day... Does JFK appeal to you now(even though it's too late for you to change your vote)

Posted by: RedNeck on October 26, 2004 08:32 PM

Oh my gosh you were surrounded by Rocky Horror Virgins! I think I have seen that movie about 15 times in the theatre.

Posted by: Lori on October 26, 2004 08:55 PM
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