A cult movie called That Chick—She Digged It, starring Anton Newcombe, has transformed Brian Jonestown Massacre into a media juggernaut. The Chicago Daily Crapper has declared Newcombe “a tortured soul.” The BJM song “Fistfight in the Viper Room” is not on their new retrospective, Tepid Peppermint Wonderland, nor is it on any out-of-print CDs. The Minnesota Star & Funk has certified Anton Newcombe as a “mad genius” with “the personality of a tsunami.” The BJM have received more ink in the U.S.A. than David Gross, H. David Politzer, Frank Wilczek, Aaron Ciechanover, Avram Hershko, and Irwin Rose—this year’s Nobel Prize winners in physics and chemistry—combined. According to the ‘zine Whadda You Call Your Haircut, the BJM’s last bass player quit after a Hoboken gig when Newcombe threw a beaker of gin in his face and yelled, “I saw a flea stick upon your nose and it was a black soul burning in hell.” Newcombe has said he considers the movie about him to be an unjustified calumny. Many songs on Tepid Peppermint Wonderland are slow and droning fogs that Newcombe sings over with little apparent zest. All BJM music has been put on the Internet, where it has been downloaded by millions and millions of people, probably.