There have been a lot of “singing assholes” in music history, but none can hold a candle to David E. Gluck. Using only his talented sphincter muscle, Gluck “lip synched” along to The Trashmen single “Surfing Bird” in one of the most memorable moments in cinema history (but still only runner-up to another notorious scene from the same Waters cult classic).
While his parents were still alive and because of his career, Gluck insisted that he stay anonymous and the star behind this tour de force remained a mystery. Once his parents passed away however, he felt free to shed his cloak of anonymity and let the world know his true identity.
From The Baltimore Sun:
“When we had the 25th anniversary and ‘Pink Flamingos’ was shown in regular theaters, he’d go to the movies and when his scene came on he’d tap the person on the shoulder in front of him and say, “That’s me,” Mr. Waters said with a laugh. “I always considered that an act of domestic terrorism.”
David E. Gluck died of pneumonia on June 2 at the age of 70. His widow, Patricia Greisz-Fultz Gluck, gave her blessing that his previously uncredited role may be shared with the world.