Actually, you can call it a comeback. Long before Dethklok ruled the basic cable mindspace, there was another band known as the Four Horsemen of the Metal Apocalypse. Mung was a tongue-in-cheek group of metalheads consisting of Joey "Joecephus" Killingsworth, Josey Van HellSing (Wade Long), Zim (John Pickle), Varmint (Mike Matthews), and Suzy Savage (Rhiannon Smith). Under the direction of Memphis underground video pioneer John PIckle, the band shot a pilot intended to sell to network TV. “We did a VH1 Behind The Music sort of thing about Mung," Pickle recalls.
The pilot effort was not successful, and much of the raw footage was lost for years, until Pickle accidentally uncovered it and edited this video together out of some of the recovered material. "I saw this old footage and thought, there's no sense in letting all this stuff go to waste.”
The director says the video for The Spell Song—Mung's theme song—was shot in his living room. "We put a bunch of garbage bags up over the walls and windows and just went at it," he says.
This Wednesday night, Mung will return after an eight year hiatus to open for Mac Sabbath, the McDonald's themed Black Sabbath cover band, for one can't miss night of metal and comedy at the Hi-Tone. "We picked up right where we left off eight years ago," Pickle says.
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