Richard Kern’s ‘You Killed Me First’
Anyone who owns a copy of Sonic Youth‘s Evol has seen a bit of Richard Kern‘s art. You might even recognize the chick in the video below. She’s Elizabeth Carr, who goes by the name Lung Leg and she’s the girl, uh, freaking out on the cover of Evol in a frame from Kern’s legendary camp fest You Killed Me First. (For a whole post on album covers featuring famous artists’ work, go here.)
Below you’ll find the first 8 and half minutes of You Killed Me First (1985). It has a very John Waters-esque feel. Art buffs, L.E.S. artistes and New York know-it-alls might recognize performance artist Karen Finley as the mother and the late artist/writer David Wojnarowicz as the father. Photographer Jessica Craig-Martin plays the normal daughter and Lung Leg of course, plays the hellbent daughter. (Warning: contains sex, violence and profanity. NSFW at all).
I’ll try to find the last two and a half minutes so you know how this crazy story ends. Enjoy!