GothWatch: Anthrax & Ebola

Sue Denim as ‘Ebola’ and Dee Plume as ‘Anthrax’ in “The Mighty Boosh”Rewatching my Mighty Boosh DVDs, it’s easy to see why I used to get so excited about this show, even if some of the “WTF!?” novelty has faded with familiarity. Aside from the crackpot creativity and abundant artistry, there are also a lot of really, really funny jokes! That seems like a rather obvious statement to make about a sitcom, but my point is that they aren’t just being relying on surrealism for surrealism’s sake, then half-heartedly tossing in gags at the last minute, because at the heart of even the most outlandish episode there’s always the double-act banter between Howard and Vince to fall back on. They’re solid (if slightly cartoony) characters, who we can sympathise with and root for, as they strut and/or stumble their way through fantastical adventures and frequently risk mortal peril in a desperate bid to impress pretty women. Speaking of whom…

In ep 2.3, the boys accidentally release an evil demon named ‘Nanatoo’, while trying to convince a couple of cute Goth girls that they’re actually warlocks! The girls go by the dubious monickers of ‘Anthrax’ and ‘Ebola’, and are played by  the equally pseudonymous Dee Plume and Sue Denim, who previously appeared in the first series as a pair of Electro girls. In reality, they are the founding members of Robots in Disguise, an electropunk band with three albums to its credit. I’m not usually a fan of that kind of music, but I’ve heard a lot of their stuff, and quite enjoyed it. They have some very catchy tunes, and some very amusing lyrics… so hopefully there’s been a decent boost to their sales, since they started trucking with The Boosh.

Sue Denim as ‘Ebola’ and Dee Plume as ‘Anthrax’ in “The Mighty Boosh”They don’t really get much to say here though… their role in the story is simply to rock up, look cool, say the word “sorcery” in a sexy way, and then make a hasty exit, exasperated by the boys’ antics. But, this being the Boosh, they each get a fantastic outfit to wear… including fangs for Plume, and a milky contact lens for Denim! As noted on the commentary track, it would seem that no one working on the production side of things actually knew the difference between a scary, Satanic “pentagram” and a happy, healthy “pentacle”, and I can imagine that being quite irritating to viewers with a serious interest in the occult, but other than that, the whole episode seems admirably Goth-friendly, since it’s the fakers who are made to look foolish, rather than the kosher “spooky kids”.

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5 Responses to GothWatch: Anthrax & Ebola

  1. gingersister says:

    I’ve thought about watching The Mighty Boosh for a long time. I might have to order the DVD’s from Netflix.

    • deecrowseer says:

      I didn’t realise that all three “seasons” had been released in the States, but there they are on, with shiny new quotes from cool American magazines on the covers! Hurrah! It was pretty essential viewing for arty/studenty types over here, but I’ve no idea how well the jokes and accents translate overseas. Of course, I’m sure it would still look fantastic in any language!

  2. gingersister says:

    I’m not to worried about the humor translating. After growing up in the UK I watch quite a bit of British TV on a regular basis, and tend to like it better that most of the stuff we put out over here. I like things with an edge too, so I’m looking forward to it.

    • deecrowseer says:

      I needed to check the subtitles on a song where they were all doing “Cockney” accents, and I still couldn’t quite make the words on the screen match the noises they were making with their mouths! :)

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