Raymond and Peter
Raymond and Peter
There was something so nakedly sinister about the recording that the neighbors recording it were shocked. At the same time, it instilled in them a hunger for more. They invested in the technology for crisper recordings and fell into their own obsessive routine of taping. Eventually, their desire for capturing fresh dialog led them to employ phone prank tactics.
The material that they successfully taped was deliciously dark and incredibly infectious. Day in, Day out, they rehearsed Raymond and Peter's dialogs; the phraseology and curious logic became their own. After several months of taping, they became Peter and Raymond. Their recording was not as secretive as one might suspect. Several times during Peter and Raymond's extended shouting matches they placed a speaker on the walkway outside their door and subjected them to the tyranny of their own taped voices.
At some point in the process, they recorded Peter saying, "The neighbors are taping us again," to which Ray responded, "Good. Hey, next door! I want to tell the whole world that Peter ain't nothing but a lyin', thievin', piece of shit." Clearly invasion of privacy is an issue here, but as their friend Seymour Glass once said, "You have to wonder how much right to privacy a person who's screaming at the top of his lungs expects." It should be noted that neither Pete nor Ray worked. They drank. They watched TV.
They fought. They rarely left the house, except to go to O'Looney's convenience store for liquor or to Walgreen's for smokes. There were frequent visits from the San Francisco Police Department, the Fire Department, and Paramedic teams. Sometimes they spent the night in jail, sometimes in the hospital.
To make matters more interesting, Tony -- a Southern-bred Vietnam vet and white trash drifter -- moved in and out of their apartment during the time the neighbors lived next door. In many ways he was the scariest of the three, recalling a movie extra from Deliverance. Tony provided the catalyst for more fighting, new jealousies, and shifting alliances. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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