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Eddie

Like most guys my age, I was once a young boy.

But now that I am no longer a boy, I marvel at the things young boys (and girls) enjoy. Their favorite films, celebrities and songs baffle my advanced sensibilities. But, it is not my place to judge since I once just as they are - naive, and tasteless.

My tastelessness extended itself to a very common phenomenon - the teenage crush, but unlike most people, my teenage crush lasted a bit longer than it should have and was on someone who was barely famous... Eddie Furlong.

Eddie Furlong came to and soon left the world's attention by starring in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. At the time, I affectionately referred to him as 'Little Eddie', or 'My Lil' Eddie'.

All of my friends knew of my ridiculous obsession with this half-star because of the many photos I kept tacked on the wall of the small bedroom (and bed) that I shared with Samantha, my baby dyke roommate, and her mother. We were poor and quite close.

My Little Eddie photos vied for position with Samantha's Jodie Foster pics. I'd lapse into a pre-teen girl state of euphoria by staring at the little one and repeatedly reading his masterful interviews. We'd watch
Terminator 2 on an almost nightly basis and obsessively rewind our favorite bits of dialogue; I believe we were the first and only people to extend a camp sensibility to a pre-teen boy and how his hair moved.

Ed


This is the photo that fooled me into thinking he might be gay. He was 15 at the time, and I was just old enough to be arrested for having sex with him.

But such guilty worries were assuaged when Little Eddie began dating his 30yo tutor and stand-in from Terminator 2, Jackie Domac, causing a legal battle with his mother and quite a stir in Hollywood.


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This is probably how Eddie looked as his 30yo tutor Jackie pleasured him.


Back then I worked for a film producer, and one morning she told me she had to go to Japan for a film festival. Then she asked if she could bring anything back for me..

My eyes lit up and I immediately spat out 'LITTLE EDDIE'S ALBUM!!!!!' because yes, that's right, Little Eddie had released an album -
of music - for his loyal Japanese teen girl audience! My boss laughed nervously but complied.

A week later I had it in my hands. Little Eddie Furlong and his unknown album entitled - 'Hold on Tight'. I knew what I wanted to hold onto tight.

Eddie


The booklet is full of photos where Lil' Eddie looks either bored or drugged, as in the cover photo. Wake up Lil' Eddie, camera's ready, prepare to flash!

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No one was sure that a suit jacket could be tucked into pants... until Eddie.


Here's some more luscious photos from the foldout in the booklet..
 
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"Eddie, hold up the flowers and give us a smile."
"That's great Eddie.. go wild, get crazy."
"You've got it, boy. The girls will love this."

I will now treat you to a small clip from Lil' Eddie's only cover song, of the Doors'  'People Are Strange'.

As you listen, please note that the engineers seem to have done little or nothing to pitch correct his voice!

Your voice is strange, Lil' Eddie.

Years later he himself had this to say about the recording: "It was the worst thing you've ever heard in your entire life. It was just the exact opposite of rock... believe me, no one wants to hear it... if you had me singing on-stage, everyone would leave.  I have a really bad voice and... it was a really bad mistake.."

Maybe at the time it was the worst thing you've ever heard in your life, Eddie, but that's because Mariah Carey's Glitter hadn't been released yet.

I of course feel he's being a little hard on himself as his album brought me waves of untold joy!

I now present to you the album's masterpiece - track 4, entitled 'When the Sun Goes Down' .

At the time of its release, I would snuggle under my blankets and gaze longingly at Eddie's photos while imagining what it would be like to untuck that suit jacket.. all while listening this song on headphones. *sigh*

Lil' Eddie looks as excited to sing this song as you are to hear it!

Eddie


'When The Sun Goes Down'

Dreaming of kissing you and holding you tight
Nothing else matters when you're near me
Touching your face as I look deep in your eyes
Baby I love you - can you hear me
Here you are beside me and the world is yours and mine
I want to give my love to you until the end of time
Until the end of time
When the sun goes down - I'll be here with you
Our hearts will beat together
When the sun goes down - all I want to do
Is be with you forever
And be the one you love when the sun goes down


If you've made it this far, congratulations.. but there's more!

Deep in the darkest hour I'll take your hand
When you're afraid my love will guide you
We'll cross the deepest ocean till we reach the other shore
And when you think you're out of love
I'll give you more and more  -  give you more  and more
There's never been another love who makes me feel this way
I'm praying that this feeling never ends
We'll hold on till the morning when the darkness goes away
Strong inside us love will guide us
To a brighter day - love you every day

 
Words cannot describe the lightheaded joy this song brought me then.. and does still.

Sadly, Lil' Eddie and his girlfriend Jackie (12 years his senior) broke up in mid-1999, and she is sued him for 15% of his movie profits. She also claims that he beat her. Perhaps that's why Little Eddie looks so distraught in this pic, taken just before the breakup.

Eddie

I hope you did beat her, Lil' Eddie.

People used to say that I looked like Edward Furlong. It was probably the hair, but luckily for me, I have blossomed into the strikingly handsome young man I am today, whereas Lil' Eddie, while decent looking, lacks the charm and style that I exude so effortlessly.

Little Eddie, it is because of your ridiculous pre-teen voice and fabulous early 90's boy haircut that we salute you. Despite your innate dorkyness, you are now a member of the House of Diabolique!

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Don't be such a sourpuss Lil' Eddie..
for henceforth you shall be known as
Little Eddie Diabolique!

Postscript 1:
Check out our
Lil' Eddie/Graham Norton drama.

Postscript 2:
One week I heard from  a guy named Jeremy Gloff, who indicated that he, too, was once obsessed with this half-star.

In fact, in 1995 Jeremy wrote & recorded a tribute song to Little Eddie!

Now I take the unprecedented step of adding his Little Eddie tribute song to my Little Eddie tribute page, thereby making the House of Diabolique the premiere showcase for gay men who formerly had crushes on teen dream   Edward Furlong.

 Listen now to Jeremy Gloff's masterpiece, written and recorded in 1995.

'Teen  Dream'  by Jeremy Gloff

There is a teen star
Living in my VCR
I dedicate this song
To Ed Furlong

Nobody touches me the way that Ed can
I fell in love after watching Brain Scan
Don't you know I'm your number one fan
I even bought your CD from Japan.

I heard he's dating some 30 year old
Between her legs she's covered with mold
I'll keep you warm when your nights are cold
Ed Furlong

He was living on the edge on MTV
Come and use that condom with me
Ed Furlong in ecstasy!
Eddie!

There is a teen star
In a box in the back of my car
Someday I too, want to be a star
Just like Ed Furlong
Eddie Furlong
Edward Furlong..


For more of Jeremy go here, and thank you Jeremy for convincing me that I am not crazy after all.

 
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