“Good evening. I’m Mr. Mike, inviting you to come with me into a world where the bizarre is commonplace and the commonplace bizarre.“ —Michael O’Donoghue as Mr. Mike in the 1979 movie Mr. Mike’s Mondo Video, imdb.com (1979)
Mondo Bizarro: Is the twelfth studio album by the New York punk band The Ramones. Released in 1992.
“A new record deal and the addition of an enthusiastic new bassist (C.J. Ramone) revitalized the Ramones, making Mondo Bizarro the band’s strongest release in years. Returning longtime producer Ed Stasium certainly deserves much credit for helping the “bruthas” rediscover their unique combination of pop hooks, savage guitar riffing, and most importantly, sense of humor. This is immediately obvious on songs like “Censorshit” (which addresses the Tipper Gore – P.M.R.C. issue), “The Job That Ate My Brain,” and the absolutely hilarious “Cabbies on Crack.” Recently departed charter member Dee Dee Ramone also contributes a few surprisingly commercial (but still awesome) songs in “Poison Heart” and “Strength to Endure,” the latter is sung by rookie C.J. “I Won’t let it Happen” as an acoustic ballad in the classic Ramones mold. Although “Touring” is little more than a poor remake of “Rock’n’Roll High School,” Mondo Bizarro still marks a solid return to form for punk rock’s greatest institution”. Eduardo Rivadavia – Allmusic
Markedly unusual in appearance, style, or general character and often involving incongruous or unexpected elements; outrageously or whimsically strange; odd: bizarre clothing; bizarre behavior. Synonyms: weird, freakish, grotesque; fantastic; unusual, strange, odd.
“That’s what I like about film-it can be bizarre, classic, normal, romantic. Cinema is to me the most versatile thing”. Catherine Deneuve
The title song of David Bowie’s ‘Young Americans’ is one of his handful of classics, a bizarre mixture of social comment, run-on lyric style, English pop and American soul. Jon Landau
“We’ve got a bunch of new writers now who tell me they grew up watching The Simpsons. It’s bizarre, and they’re writing some very funny stuff”. Matt Groening
“Facts sometimes have a strange and bizarre power that makes their inherent truth seem unbelievable”. Werner Herzog
“I have much to learn from my daughter Sofia. Her minimalism exposes my limitations: I’m too instinctive and operatic, I put too much heart into my work, I get lost sometimes in bizarre things – it’s my Italian heritage”. Francis Ford Coppola
Bizarre, fantastic, grotesque, weird share a sense of deviation from what is normal or expected. Bizarre means markedly unusual or extraordinarily strange, sometimes whimsically so: bizarre costumes for Mardi Gras; bizarre behavior. Fantastic suggests a wild lack of restraint, a fancifulness so extreme as to lose touch with reality: a fantastic scheme for a series of space cities. In informal use, fantastic often means simply “exceptionally good”: a fantastic meal. Grotesque implies shocking distortion or incongruity, sometimes ludicrous, more often pitiful or tragic: a grotesque mixture of human and animal features; grotesque contrast between the forced smile and sad eyes: a gnarled tree suggesting the figure of a grotesque human being. Weird refers to that which is mysterious and apparently outside natural law, hence supernatural or uncanny: the weird adventures of a group lost in the jungle; a weird and ghostly apparition. Informally, weird means “very strange”: weird and wacky costumes; weird sense of humor.
“The actual tragedies of life bear no relation to one’s preconceived ideas. In the event, one is always bewildered by their simplicity, their grandeur of design, and by that element of the bizarre which seems inherent in them”. Jean Cocteau
“Honestly, ever since I’ve been married, the part of a job as an actress where you have to kiss other people, I find totally bizarre”. Leelee Sobieski
“If you make a film normally it’s all right, the distributors are helpful and cooperative. But if you make a film that’s a little stange, a little bizarre, then all the time it’s a struggle with them”. Dario Argento
Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern: A television travel show that follows host Andrew Zimmern around the world as he tastes unusual local food. First aired in 2007 on the Travel Channel.
“No matter how calmly you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior, and I’m not talking about the kids. Their behavior is always normal.“ —Bill Cosby, Fatherhood (1987)
“The idea of reinvention has always seemed bizarre to me”. Robert Smith
Strange, but true: bizarre is a word with a contested and murky background.
For a long time, it was conjectured that bizarre is of Basque origin, coming from the word bizarra, meaning “beard.” This same word supposedly passed into Spanish and Portuguese as bizarro, with the meaning “handsome” or “brave” (one imagines in the belief that a man with a beard was endowed with those qualities). From there it was thought to have been adopted by the French, who liked the word but apparently did not attribute the same heroic qualities to the bearded man. In French, bizarre means “odd.”
Recently, a more likely etymology has gained ground—rather than from Spanish, the French word is thought to have come from bizarro, an Italian word meaning “angry, choleric,” and which originally meant “brave, soldier-like.” Now, this still means that we have to get from a word meaning “angry” to one meaning “odd,” but it is, perhaps, a less bizarre journey.
“I feel like once the song is done, you put it out there and if people want to do bizarre remixes, if people want to make strange videos, great. You know, like chaos theory applied to the music business”. Moby
“England is a profoundly bizarre place that has produced thousands of bands the world has worshipped”. Gene Simmons
“You know, rock stardom… I have a hard time discussing that because I don’t really accept it. It’s not really that tangible. What’s really bizarre is how it’s used as a thing – you know, ‘He’s the rock star of politics,’ ‘He’s the rock star of quarterbacks’ – like it’s the greatest thing in the world”. Eddie Vedder