Before video and the YouTube viral sensation, there was an audio misadventure. Eddie Lee Sausage and Mitch Deprey explored and created a hilarious and shocking audio commotion.They taped the rambunctious and amusing conversations between their “neighbours”, Raymond and Peter. Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure has now become a video star, this movie has captured the essence of the entertaining audio tapes that inspired a cult following. Check out the trailer below.
Shut Up Little Man!: An Audio Misadventure is directed by Matthew Bate of Closer Productions, and features interviews with Eddie Lee Sausage, Mitchell D, Dan Clowes, Henry Rosenthal, Ivan Brunetti, Mike Mitchell and Bob Mothersbaugh. The film was selected in the World Documentary Films section of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. This American Life featured a lengthy segment in episode 7 from its first season, exploring the topic in the context of quitting.
Synopsis: In 1987, Eddie Lee Sausage and Mitch Deprey, two young punks from the Midwest, moved into a low-rent tenement apartment in the Lower Haight district of San Francisco. Through paper-thin walls, they were informally introduced to their middle-aged alcoholic neighbours, the most unlikely of roommates—Raymond Huffman, a raging homophobe, and Peter Haskett, a flamboyant gay man. Night after night, the boys were treated to a seemingly endless stream of vodka-fueled altercations between the two and for 18 months, they hung a microphone from their kitchen window to chronicle the bizarre and violent relationship between their insane neighbours. Oftentimes nonsensical and always vitriolic, the diatribes of Peter and Ray were an audio goldmine just begging to be recorded and passed around on the underground tape market. Their tapes went on to inspire a cult following, spawning sell-out CD’s, comic artworks by Dan Clowes (Ghostworld), stage-plays, music from the likes of Devo and a Hollywood feeding frenzy.