Wednesday, January 19, 2011

We eat fire for Motörhead

Posted By on Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 10:47 AM

click to enlarge My favorite Motörhead album is Inferno
  • My favorite Motörhead album is Inferno

Yesterday, I promised footage of me consuming Lemmy Kilmister's "Krakatoa Surprise" in preparation for the band's February gig at the Midland. The recipe -- a combination of flour, refried beans, curry, chocolate syrup and brandy to be eaten while it's on fire -- sounds like a practical joke played on fans. It's the kind of thing Lemmy would scribble on a cocktail napkin between whiskey-and-Cokes at 3 a.m., chuckling at the thought of hundreds of metalheads in burn wards.

But with a video contest under way to see who can actually pull it off without self-immolating, we professionals at The Pitch felt that we had no choice but to step up to Lemmy's challenge. After the jump, see whether my beautiful, beautiful mouth survived the experiment.  


To be fair to Lemmy, my reaction to the flavor in this video is at least partly due to our substitutions. I trusted music editor Elke Mermis to assemble the ingredients, and she decided maple syrup would be a passable replacement for the half-pound of chocolate the "Krakatoa Surprise" calls for. I also couldn't get the brandy to ignite, so the blue flame you see is burning on the pool of Everclear grain alcohol that I finally poured over the dish. Regardless, I'm fairly sure the flavor was self-aware. Hours later, I could feel it floating around my bloodstream -- tiny molecules with warty faces clubbing my red blood cells with a Rickenbacker bass.

For anyone who wants to try this at home -- and I absolutely want you to -- I think the best strategy to prevent burning your esophagus is to put the fire out in your mouth immediately,  before swallowing. You see me using this maneuver without too much pain in the second take. If you do decide to follow the recipe and give it a go, let us know here at the Wayward Blog, and we'll post the best KC video.

And finally, fuck you to the dude who questioned my metal in the teaser post's comments section. I'll accept your written apology, because I've got a big heart.

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