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John Waters releases new album Make Trouble

The full-length record features the People’s Pervert’s unconventional commencement speech from 2015

Filmmaker, writer, comedian and hallowed Pope of Trash John Waters has released an album, Make Trouble. The 12-track long release opens with Waters reading his commencement speech given at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2015.

In his inspiring, typically unconventional speech, he tells graduands: “Go out in the world and fuck it up beautifully. Design clothes so hideous that they can't be worn ironically. Horrify us with new ideas. Outrage outdated critics. Use technology for transgression, not lazy social living. Make me nervous!”

Waters, known for Pink Flamingos, Hairspray and Divine’s dazzlingly filthy film career, released the speech’s transcript in his book – also titled Make Trouble – which came out earlier this year.

The tracks feature only Waters' voice, detailing moments in his life that he's learned from: getting caught with pot at NYU, “terrible technique” he showed in Multiple Maniacs, drawing inspiration as a kid from sexploitation double features and burlesque shows and encountering evil nuns. On one track, he relates how he was approached by a prison authority to create a reform school for rich kids when he was teaching in a local prison.

Later this month, the auteur will open an adult summer camp in Connecticut, boasting a weekend of activities and trashy debauchery: ziplining and canoeing, screenings of his films, ‘Blood Mary Bingo’, Hairspray karaoke, burlesque lessons, a ‘Scotch and Cigars’ session and a costume contest judged by the Prince of Puke himself. Waters will also perform a one-man show, read from his new book and hang around for a Q+A.

The 7” Make Trouble record will be released via Jack White’s Third Man Records on October 6, and the album is available to stream below now.