I loved your take on Bobby "Boris" Pickett and "The Monster Mash." Have you yourself ever lived in fear of feeling, as you put it, "the 'torture' of a greatest hit"?
Well, don't I talk about that? That I wish I had one. Then I don't have to think up anything. If you have one monster hit forever, you basically never have to get another idea. Every morning, I have to think up something new. What a freedom and a prison it is to have one hit that's enough that you never have to do anything else. But imagine singing that song up until the end. That's my fear, that I'll be like Bobby "Boris" Pickett, doing my one-man This Filthy World show to smaller and smaller audiences for Halloween when I'm 90 in a punk-rock bar. In a way, that isn't so bad to me.
Sort of romantic in a way.
It's sort of something — it's sort of show business. I always laugh about people that are sort of in show business. . . . Reality stars, they aren't stars to me, but, yeah, they're sort of stars. Lower-echelon stars. But to me, the seriousness by which they take their fame is incredibly baffling and sort of interesting. But what is worse than being a washed-up reality star?
It's like limbo.
No. Limbo was romantic; Limbo was cinematic. Limbo was like being buried alive spiritually. At least that's something.
JOHN WATERS TALKS ABOUT ROLE MODELS AT THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY ON JUNE 10
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