Sons of Lee Marvin tee. Sold out!
According to the folks over at Dangerous Minds, Tom Waits, Jim Jarmusch, and maybe one or two others started a semi-secret group back in the 80’s called the Sons of Lee Marvin. Although I’m not a man, I am totally down with getting in with that kind of in-crowd. Here’s the details:
Back in the 1980s Tom Waits, Jim Jarmusch, John Lurie, and maybe one or two others started a facetious little organization called the Sons of Lee Marvin in honor of one of their favorite actors. As it is a secret society, details are scarce—Nick Cave is in the club, and the director John Boorman has been given an honorary membership. It is rumored that Thurston Moore, Iggy Pop, Josh Brolin, and Neil Young are also in the group.
If you would like to join the Sons of Lee Marvin, here’s all you have to do:
1. Be born with a penis.
2. Have “a facial structure such that you could be related to, or be a son of, Lee Marvin.”
3. Develop an intense fondness for Lee Marvin, especially how his characters are “outsiders and very violent” and “have a very strong code.”
4. Achieve significant notoriety as an adorable bohemian/downtown musician or filmmaker.
5. Become close buddies with Jim Jarmusch.
If it wasn’t for #1 (and #4, let’s be honest. There is nothing even slightly bohemian about me), I would totally be in. But enough about me, the history of SOLM (which is also a self-described “gonzo rock band” out of Melbourne) gets even better. On his website, Jim Jarmusch tells a story about the time Tom Waits was confronted by Marvin’s son, Christopher Marvin, at a bar in SoCal…
“You’re Tom Waits, right? A guy over there wants to talk to you.”
“Tom went over to this dark corner booth and the guy sitting there said,
“Sit down, I want to talk to you.”
“What do you want to talk to me about? I don’t know you.”
“What is this bullshit about the Sons of Lee Marvin?”
“Well, it’s a secret organization and I’m not supposed to talk about it.”
“I don’t like it.”
“What’s it to you?”
“I’m Lee Marvin’s son.” (and he really was!)
Jarmusch goes on to say that if you “get a card from someone in SOLM, you’ve been inducted into the group. Now where did I put Mr. Jarmusch’s email number…