John Waters marks his seventy-fifth birthday by celebrating another iconic cult filmmaker, Pier Paolo Pasolini, the Italian genius behind controversial features such as Pigsty and Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom. Waters, who isn’t opposed to a bit of controversy himself through trash classics including Pink Flamingos and Female Trouble, visited a fenced-off monument erected at the site of Pasolini’s 1975 murder, when appearing at the 2020 Rome Film Festival.
Prayer to Pasolini was recorded with producer Ian Brennan. The first part of Prayer to Pasolini speaks of the Italian filmmaker’s views and his murder at the hands of Pino ‘The Frog’ Pelosi. The second sees Waters inject his expected wit into the surreal experience of visiting the site, in a prayer dedicated to the late cult filmmaker. Additional tracks see Waters on-site at the memorial, speaking-in-tongues, and the final two serve as a rough Q+A with Waters voicing his thoughts on Pasolini’s cultural and political impact.
Whilst the tracks are available on streaming services, SubPop will also be releasing a 7 inch vinyl version as part of Sub Pop Singles Club Vol. 6 which is limited to 1000 copies.