Everything is Terrible: When the Legends Come to Chattanooga!

**(Scroll to the bottom to watch the entire live set. Warning: some scenes are NSFW) For those of you who aren’t familiar with the VHS psychopaths of EverythingIsTerrible.com, let me give you a brief introduction. EverythingIsTerrible.com started as a video blog to showcase cringe-worthy footage found at thrift stores. The site later became a way for them to gather the world’s largest collection of Jerry Maguire VHS tapes. This website has captured the attention of so many people that some of the individuals behind the site helped turn EIT into a touring act. Their live shows involve footage they’ve obtained, costumes that look like they belong to a pizza joint in Silent Hill, and most importantly, audience participation. I have been a fan of EIT for several years. When I found out that the film junkies at

I have been a fan of EIT for several years. When I found out that the film junkies at Chattanooga Film Festival helped EIT get the live show booked, I knew I had to head on down to Sluggos and see the insanity. As soon as I meet two members of the EIT team selling their merchandise at the booth, we ended up getting into a discussion about Drone music and other weird things we found online. At that very moment, I knew that we would either be life long friends or simply share a bunch of kind emails to one another… Either was fine for me. Once I managed to  find the perfect spot up front to plug my camera in, the two men I met threw on their costumes and became Commodore Gilgamesh and Yonder Vittles. What made these two space alien characters so amusing was how unique each one was. Yonder Vittles (the one with antlers) spoke like an uncle who is absolutely certain that he’s going to make it as a motivational speaker. Commodore Gilgamesh (the one with one eye who screams a lot) presents himself as that “ultra rad dude” you’d see in every each 90’s teen sitcom. One of the things that made EIT live such a great experience is that the audience actually had control over which video segments we got to watch (Or as they describe it, “Choosing your own destiny”). Between each break, we got to pick between the two categories. Whichever got the loudest applause was what we got to watch. EIT ended the night in the perfect way by showcasing footage from their side project called

Once I managed to  find the perfect spot up front to plug my camera in, the two men I met threw on their costumes and became Commodore Gilgamesh and Yonder Vittles. What made these two space alien characters so amusing was how unique each one was. Yonder Vittles (the one with antlers) spoke like an uncle who is absolutely certain that he’s going to make it as a motivational speaker. Commodore Gilgamesh (the one with one eye who screams a lot) presents himself as that “ultra rad dude” you’d see in every each 90’s teen sitcom.

One of the things that made EIT live such a great experience is that the audience actually had control over which video segments we got to watch (Or as they describe it, “Choosing your own destiny”). Between each break, we got to pick between the two categories. Whichever got the loudest applause was what we got to watch. EIT ended the night in the perfect way by showcasing footage from their side project called The Memory Hole.

To explain the difference between the two sites, Everything is Terrible focuses on the corny and ridiculous, whereas The Memory Hole focuses on home movies at are uncanny and terrifying. Imagine David Lynch hosting Americas Funniest Home Videos and you got The Memory Hole. As much as I’ve enjoyed the content of EverythingIsTerrible.com, nothing beats being in a room filled with people and experiencing the retro-awfulness of the videos they’ve obtained. I honestly can’t remember the last time I left an event with my face ending up hurting from laughing. If you wish to book Everything Is Terrible, then email everythingisterriblelive@gmail.com!

About Jamie Dawson

I'm a musician and concert lover based in Chattanooga, TN. I mainly focus on Metal and Noise music, but I also plan on expanding and checking out different genre shows. I also do my best to film as much as possible for any show I attend, so expect lots of footage. I run a blog dedicated to Noise / experimental music on Tumblr. http://tumblr-noise.tumblr.com/ My solo project: https://www.facebook.com/thefleshvoid/
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