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You Can't Believe ANYTHING, EVER

Cracked.com sends me email links to their website where I just read the following;

Famous Documentaries That Were Shockingly Full of Crap



The Film:
Searching for Sugar Man is the tale of two South African music fans going on a quest to find a mysterious American singer called Rodriguez, who had become huge in their country but whose whereabouts were unknown. The story is that this musical genius had released two little-heard albums in the early '70s and then vanished (rumors swirled that he had long ago committed suicide onstage). He remained unknown until a sudden surge in popularity when his songs about poverty and urban decay made him an icon in apartheid-era South Africa. So the guy was a star, but nobody knew where he was or even if he was still alive.

Spoilers: The documentary discovers Rodriguez toiling in anonymity in his native Detroit, having no idea of his superstar status abroad. Thanks to the documentary, Rodriguez became the ultimate artist-you-probably-haven't-heard for hipsters everywhere, and he was even invited to play at some festivals.

Via Michael Robinson
"Wait, he didn't kill himself? Fuck this, let's see if Nirvana is playing."

The Fallacy:
The documentary tells us that Rodriguez is a guy who put out two extremely obscure albums in the '70s, had zero success, quit music, and became a regular Joe. That makes for a great story -- the idea that the guy threw the albums out there and dropped off the map, unaware that his work had become huge on the other side of the globe years later. Well, we don't know about you, but we haven't met any regular Joes who spent years touring Australia with bands like Men at Work and Midnight Oil.

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He still has fucking "Down Under" stuck in his head.


Yep, Rodriguez was a huge sensation in Australia in the late '70s and early '80s, with his singles shooting up the charts for over a year. One of the fans from the documentary is a record shop owner and a massive Rodriguez nut -- surely he'd heard of his 1981 live in Australia album? Maybe he listened to it and figured the huge crowd cheering for the guy at the beginning was in some tiny Detroit cafe. Also, the name of the album is Rodriguez Alive, so maybe he should have taken it as a clue.

It's true that Rodriguez's work didn't catch on the U.S. before the film, and that he wasn't aware of his popularity in South Africa, but to paint him as a criminally ignored genius is absurd. He enjoyed a sterling career lasting over a decade before his 15 minutes were up and he was forced back into the real world, making his story about as remarkable as any '80s hair metal band (that is, if Blackie Lawless inexplicably became the poster boy for the Egyptian revolution, which -- can we make that happen?). That might explain why he seemed so underwhelmed when he met up with the filmmakers.


Read more: http://www.cracked.com/article_20585_6-famous-documentaries-that-were-shockingly-full-crap_p2.html#ixzz2c4WhxeS3

Now I'm not saying everything, or ANYTHING, Cracked.com says is true, after all, they are a humor website not a university fact finding braintrust but I've heard this same thing before in an interview with the producers of the documentary Searching For Sugarman. The writer of this article is right; if Rodriguez did have hit records and have successful tours in other countries then he's no more of an enigma than any other band that had regional success but that we've never heard of.

The story of Searching For Sugarman does illustrate one undeniable truth: IF IT'S TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE IT PROBABLY IS (not true, that is).

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