|The Venture Bros. episode|
|From the Ladle to the Grave: The Shallow Gravy Story|
|Orig. Airdate||Aug 28, 2011|
|Writer(s)|| Doc Hammer |
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This documentary style episode show us the story of Hank and Dermott's band, Shallow Gravy. Since H.E.L.P.eR. was temporarily dead, he objected to their original name of Shallow Grave, so Hank decided to change the name to Shallow Gravy instead.
After the documentary, it shows a music video of Shallow Gravy's smash hit song Jacket.
- Rusty Venture finally discovers that Dermott Fictel is his own son.
- During Shallow Gravy's music video at the end of the episode, there is a brief scene of Dermott and Hank carrying a picture of HELpR. This is a reference to Joy Division's music video for "Atmosphere", wherein people in various white and black robes are seen carrying a large picture of Ian Curtis, the deceased frontman of Joy Division. It is also comical to note that HELpR was briefly dead. The strong melodic bassline and drum beat are highly reminiscent of Joy Division, as is the Martin Hannett like production style ("It sounds like it was recorded in SPACE!" - Hank). Dermott referring to the song as "Overproduced" is also a direct reference to Joy Division bassist Hookey, and his views on their Unknown Pleasures album. Another noteable reference is the black and white scene of Dermott dropping cards with lyrics printed on them, a tribute to Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues".
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