Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Where did the title of this blog "Careful With That Axe, Eugene" come from? #61

Almost four years ago to the day, I renamed this blog from "Eugene' Blog" to "Careful With That Axe, Eugene". I was recently asked where did I get the title from, and coincidentally I heard it mentioned by Dave Fanning on RTÉ Radio 1 yesterday when he was discussing the 1970 movie Zabriskie Point - a film I'd never heard of but which has actor Harrison Ford in an uncredited role. Music for the movie was by Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead) and Pink Floyd. "Careful With That Axe, Eugene" was re-recorded by Pink Floyd for the movie and given the title "Come In Number 51, Your Time Is Up". According to IMDB, the movie was not a success - it cost an estimated $7,000,000 to make, but grossed just less than €1,000,000. The main star of the movie, Mark Frechette, was just 20 when he made the movie, but he later died in jail in 1975 (he was convicted of robbing a bank). He died in a weight-lifting accident when a 150-pound weight fell on his neck and suffocated him (foul play was not suspected). The female lead in the movie, Daria Halprin, was married to Denis Hopper from 1972 to 1976.

Image Source: Wikipedia.

The original track is mostly instrumental with lots of whispers and some screams by Roger Waters. In the version below on YouTube by a tribute band, the line "Careful With That Axe, Eugene" is mentioned at about 5 mins 50 seconds into the video. A link to the original by Pink Floyd is here - this is protected by copyright and will be blocked if I embed it here.

Originally, the song was a B-side to the single "Point me at the Sky", it also features on two Floyd albums: "Relics" and "Ummagumma".

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