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Repo Masters Cinema Steelbook Blu ray If you’re reading this, you are almost certainly familiar with the term melonfarmer and its significance. For those of you who aren’t, it was used by director Alex Cox to re-dub the expletive motherfucker in the version of Repo Man he prepared specially for television.According to Alex Cox himself, this version came about after being called in to fix a very bizarre re-edit that the studio had put together itself. Cox said:

In an effort to explain the film, someone had gone and shot an insert of the license plate of the Chevy Malibu, and made the Hopi symbol dissolve into the HEAD OF THE DEVIL!. He continued, They’d intercut static shots of this license plate with shots of the car moving, and it looked completely cheesy, worse than an Ed Wood film.

The much loved variant Cox put together – actually seven minutes longer than the theatrical version – was finally made available for the first time since its original broadcast on BBC2 as part of Masters Of Cinema’s excellent Blu-ray release in February 2012, but did you ever wonder how the term came about? How do you get from motherfucker to the euphemistic substitution melonfarmer ? Was the term ever used before the TV version of Repo Man?

Mister Majestyk DVD Charles Bronson After the TV version was first broadcast and the phrase came into the popular consciousness, the first thought of some film enthusiasts was that it was taken from or somehow inspired by the 1974 Charles Bronson film Mr. Majestyk . In that movie, Bronson plays a water melon farmer who is threatened by labour racketeers and gangsters who want to either drive him out of business or kill him. They scare off his labourers and machine gun his melons until stoic diplomacy just won’t cut it any more and he falls back on the plan B Bronson usually employed throughout the seventies…kill everybody. There are lots of melons on show, but at no time in Elmore Leonard’s screenplay is the term used as a substitute for the expletive. All melonfarmers in the picture actually farm melons.

Last Poets This Madness It wasn’t until many years later, listening to the soundtrack for the film Performance that I noticed something that may finally explain the origin of the phrase. Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg’s film was extremely controversial on its release in 1970 for its sex, nudity, sadomasochistic violence and drug use, but what is not often noted is that the controversy also extended to one of the selections on the soundtrack. The song in question was the spoken word piece Wake Up, Niggers! by The Last Poets . In the film the track cut short, but if you listen to the full version featured on the soundtrack record – and also on The Last Poets eponymous debut album – the song includes the line, …up against the wall black melonfarmer… .

The film and the album date to 1970 making this the earliest use of the phrase suggesting that the term was invented by The Last Poets as a way to allude to the expletive without actually using it. This would make sense because around the same time, the proto-punk band MC5 ran into trouble when their debut album Kick Out The Jams opened with the shout of Kick Out The Jams, Motherfucker! leading to some controversy and later copies of the record being censored.

Thinking that I’d made a connection no one else had noticed, I searched around online for a summary of the lyrics for Wake Up, Niggers! to confirm it. All sources claim that the words for that line are not as I initially thought …up against the wall black melonfarmer… , but are actually …up against the wall black male and farmer… .

So could that be it? Did the famous term actually come into being after Alex Cox misheard a line from The Last Poets’ song, and in doing so accidentally coined a phrase that has persisted to this day as an amusing euphemism…and the inspiration for this very website?

When Alex Cox was asked about the films copious bad language and how he felt about having to remove it all for the TV version, he said:

By then I’d made Sid & Nancy and I was sick of swearing. It was fun coming up with synonyms for the swear words – ‘Melon Farmers’ was a particular favourite.

I don’t think there is any doubt that Alex Cox invented the phrase – since used by Samuel L. Jackson in the TV version of Die Hard With A Vengeance – but has its ubiquitousness with movie re-dubbing in the years since the TV version of Repo Man led to a bit of self mythologising on Cox’s part? To be honest melonfarmer is the only really inventive substitution in the TV version, far more so than the flip you and variations on that that make up the majority of the other substitutions. Was The Last Poets’ track subconsciously at work and pointing him in the right direction. I guess you’ll have to decide for yourself about that.

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Repo Man Criterion Collection Blu ray Repo Man is a 1984 US Sci-Fi comedy action film by Alex Cox.
With Harry Dean Stanton, Emilio Estevez and Tracey Walter. YouTube icon IMDb

US: Uncut and MPAA R Rated

  • US 2013 Criterion [Uncut + Melon Farmers TV Version] RA-Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 16th April 2013
  • US 2013 Criterion [Uncut + Melon Farmers TV Version] R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 16th April 2013

The Melon Farmers TV Version is the legendary variant, prepared by Alex Cox for a BBC showing which incorporates deleted material and surreal overdubs in place of profanity. In particular, ‘melonfarmers’ for ‘motherfuckers’

There was a recent UK release on the Masters of Cinema label

Promotional Material

A quintessential cult film of the 1980s, Alex Cox’s singular sci-fi comedy stars the always captivating Harry Dean Stanton (Paris, Texas) as a weathered repo man in desolate downtown Los Angeles, and Emilio Estevez (The Breakfast Club) as the nihilistic middle-class punk he takes under his wing. The job becomes more than either of them bargained for when they get involved in reclaiming a mysterious—and otherworldly—Chevy Malibu with a hefty reward attached to it. Featuring the ultimate early-eighties L.A. punk soundtrack, this grungily hilarious odyssey is a politically trenchant take on President Reagan’s domestic and foreign policy.

Features:

  • New high-definition digital restoration, approved by director Alex Cox
  • Audio commentary featuring Cox and other cast
  • Interviews with Cox, Richardson, and Zamora and more cast
  • Deleted scenes
  • The complete “cleaned-up” television version of the film, prepared by Cox
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Sam McPheeters and more
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ETO AwardErotic Trade Only is the UK adult industry trade magazine. The annual ETO Trade Show held at Birmingham NEC also hosts the ETO Awards. This year the show will be held on the 24th and 25th June. Voting is open now for ETO readers.

The Melon Farmers are proud to have been nominated in the category of Best Online Resource. The list of nominees for this award is:

Other award nominees to follow.

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Repo Masters Cinema Steelbook Blu rayRepo Man is a 1984 US Sci-Fi comedy action film by Alex Cox. With Harry Dean Stanton, Emilio Estevez and Tracey Walter. See IMDb

  • UK 2012 Eureka Masters of Cinema (Melon Farmers TV Version+Uncut Version) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released today 20th February 2012
  • UK 2012 Eureka Masters of Cinema Steelbook Edition (Melon Farmers TV Version+Uncut Version) RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released today 20th February 2012

This Blu-ray will include as an extra, the inspirational BBC TV Version.

This is the legendary variant, prepared by Alex Cox for a BBC showing which incorporates deleted material and surreal overdubs in place of profanity. In particular, ‘melonfarmers’ for ‘motherfuckers’

And a website is born!

From publicity material

Arguably the defining cult film of the Reagan era, the feature debut of Alex Cox is a genre-busting mash-up of atomic-age science fiction, post-punk anarchism, and conspiracy paranoia, all shot through with heavy doses of deadpan humour and offbeat philosophy.

After quitting his dead-end supermarket job, young punk Otto (Emilio Estevez) is initiated as a repo man after a chance encounter with automobile repossessor Bud (Harry Dean Stanton). An illicit, high-voltage life follows, including an adrenalised search for a mysterious 64 Chevy Malibu loaded with radioactive — and extragalactic — cargo…

With an iconic soundtrack (Iggy Pop, Black Flag, Suicidal Tendencies), stunning Robby Muller cinematography, and iconoclastic direction, Repo Man remains one of the great debuts of the 1980s. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present a definitive, director-approved Blu-ray.

  • New high-definition master in the original aspect ratio — 1.85:1
  • Original mono soundtrack and 5.1 remix, both in DTS-HD Master Audio
  • English SDH subtitles on the main feature
  • Isolated music and effects track
  • Audio commentary with Cox and executive producer Michael Nesmith, casting director Victoria Thomas, and actors Sy Richardson, Zander Schloss, and Del Zamora
  • All-new 2012 video piece by Cox offering further thoughts on the film
  • Repo Man (entire TV version) — this legendary variant, prepared by Cox for network television, incorporates deleted material and surreal overdubs in place of profanity
  • Repossessed — a retrospective video piece on the making of the film, featuring Cox, producers Peter McCarthy and Jonathan Wacks, and actors Del Zamora, Sy Richardson, and Dick Rude
  • The Missing Scenes — a roundtable viewing of deleted scenes from the film with Cox, executive producer Michael Nesmith, real-life neutron bomb inventor Sam Cohen, and character J. Frank Parnell
  • Harry Zen Stanton — an extended interview with the legendary actor Harry Dean Stanton
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • A 44-page full colour booklet specially created by Cox, entitled The Repo Code and incorporating all manner of Repo ephemera
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See Eureka Masters of Cinema (Uncut + Melon Farmers TV Version) Blu-ray at UK Amazon for release on 20th February 2012
See trailer from youtube.com

Repo Masters Cinema Steelbook Blu rayRepo Man is a 1984 US Sci-Fi comedy action film by Alex Cox. See IMDb

See 2012 Eureka Masters of Cinema (Uncut + Melon Farmers TV Version) Blu-ray at UK Amazon for release on 20th February 2012.

This Blu-ray will include as an extra, the inspirational BBC TV Version.

This is the legendary variant, prepared by Alex Cox for a BBC showing which incorporates deleted material and surreal overdubs in place of profanity. In particular, ‘melonfarmers’ for ‘motherfuckers’

And a website is born!

From publicity material

Arguably the defining cult film of the Reagan era, the feature debut of Alex Cox is a genre-busting mash-up of atomic-age science fiction, post-punk anarchism, and conspiracy paranoia, all shot through with heavy doses of deadpan humour and offbeat philosophy.

After quitting his dead-end supermarket job, young punk Otto (Emilio Estevez) is initiated as a repo man after a chance encounter with automobile repossessor Bud (Harry Dean Stanton). An illicit, high-voltage life follows, including an adrenalised search for a mysterious 64 Chevy Malibu loaded with radioactive — and extragalactic — cargo…

With an iconic soundtrack (Iggy Pop, Black Flag, Suicidal Tendencies), stunning Robby Muller cinematography, and iconoclastic direction, Repo Man remains one of the great debuts of the 1980s. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present a definitive, director-approved Blu-ray.

  • New high-definition master in the original aspect ratio — 1.85:1
  • Original mono soundtrack and 5.1 remix, both in DTS-HD Master Audio
  • English SDH subtitles on the main feature
  • Isolated music and effects track
  • Audio commentary with Cox and executive producer Michael Nesmith, casting director Victoria Thomas, and actors Sy Richardson, Zander Schloss, and Del Zamora
  • All-new 2012 video piece by Cox offering further thoughts on the film
  • Repo Man (entire TV version) — this legendary variant, prepared by Cox for network television, incorporates deleted material and surreal overdubs in place of profanity
  • Repossessed — a retrospective video piece on the making of the film, featuring Cox, producers Peter McCarthy and Jonathan Wacks, and actors Del Zamora, Sy Richardson, and Dick Rude
  • The Missing Scenes — a roundtable viewing of deleted scenes from the film with Cox, executive producer Michael Nesmith, real-life neutron bomb inventor Sam Cohen, and character J. Frank Parnell
  • Harry Zen Stanton — an extended interview with the legendary actor Harry Dean Stanton
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • A 44-page full colour booklet specially created by Cox, entitled The Repo Code and incorporating all manner of Repo ephemera
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Melon Farmers ETO Award
Melon Farmers Frank and Alan
showing off the goodies

The Melon Farmers are well chuffed to have won the ETO Award for Best Online Resource.

The awards are voted on by trade association members including many of UK’s retailers, film producers and film distributors, both online and on the high street.

The Melon Farmers would like to thank everyone for all the support, and all those who participated in the evening’s fun.