Raymond and Peter were dirty old men—roommates—who spent their days drinking and fighting. Their young neighbors Eddie and Mitchell couldn’t believe their ears, taped the screaming matches, and watched their recordings become an underground sensation. Now those tapes have inspired an excellent documentary called Shut Up Little Man!
Eddie and Mitchell, who are all grown up (but still in touch with their punk-rock younger selves), have some choice anecdotes up their sleeves: They’ve been dining out on these stories for years, and every one’s been sharpened to a point. They’re joined onscreen by Daniel Clowes, Mark Mothersbaugh, and other creative types who have incorporated Raymond and Peter’s rants into their work. And insofar as it traces the weird trajectory of the recordings themselves, Shut Up Little Man! is also a fairly incisive cultural history. It’s not the most profound documentary we’ve seen this year, but it’s one of the most entertaining.
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