This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times)
What do independent film-maker Jim Jarmusch, Godfather of Punk Iggy Pop, original Aussie emo Nick Cave and Tom Waits — the drinking man’s Billy Joel — have in common? Give up? Well, it seems they belong to a super-duper, top-secret club called The Sons of Lee Marvin, a group with an interesting requirement for entry: the person must bear a reasonably strong resemblance to late actor Lee Marvin.
Other rumoured members of the society include Thurston Moore, of Sonic Youth, and Mickey Rourke, the once good-looking actor who discovered plastic surgery and promptly had his face stretched so tight it is now incapable of movement.
You know it’s truly is a super-duper, top-secret society when it doesn’t have a website.
In fact, there are just snippets of information about it scattered around the web. Wikipedia has a little mention of it in the middle of its writeup for Jarmusch, while NNDB manages to muster up one sentence and a list of seven names.