Oh, that wacky Clearstream. I thought it might be a joke when i first stumbled over it, but i didn’t investigate until NYLPM posted it. Agreed, i cannot see how any of of these songs are more questionable than those crap tributes, a la that version of the theme from Titanic with Leo and Kate getting all emotional. (“King of the World!”). I’m extremely encouraged that a lot of other blogs have already been protesting this insanity, but then again, if they were the popular opinion of the rest of the American people right now, the world might be a lot safer than it is today.
Black Sabbath “War Pigs” As far as i know, this is an anti-war song.
John Lennon “Imagine” I actually expected the DJs to be playing the hell out of this, but i guess not since the U.S.A. is a Christian Nation, as ordained by God, prophesized in the Boof of Revelations. It’s bound to be in there somewhere isn’t it? It’s next to the verse that says that Jesus preferred to speak in English. We don’t want no godless song about peace.
Elton John “Benny & the Jets” Oh, great. Every song with the words jet, plane or fly is now banned. This song is not even about flying or planes! it’s the name of a fictional rock band! I looked for it, but i could find Wings’ “Jet” anywhere on the list. Guess that they missed it, but “Live & Let Die” gets the ax.
The Bangles “Walk Like an Egyptian” Whoever compiled this is a racist. This is not exactly a P.C. song in the first place, but to ban it because it might inflame hatred against Arabs? Dementia!
Cat Stevens. Speaking of Racism (with a capital R)….
The Beatles “Ticket to Ride” I always thought this song was about a train? Or is this some veiled allusion to death? I understand “Day in the Life” to an extent, even though i think NO SONGS should be banned, because those lines I heard the news today, oh boy./ Four thousand holes in Blackburn Lancashire./ And though the holes were rather small,/ They had to count them all./ Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall. No, that’s not particularly comforting.
Louis Armstrong “What a Wonderful World” Evil cynicism. Are we only allowed to say that the world is a horrible ugly place now? Oh, wait, they banned all of Rage AGainst the Machine’s songs. What is the range here? This is so scattershot and unbalanced that they might as well ban all music. Remember how Americans were mocking the Taliban for banning the internet for news? I was most pissed off about “New York New York” until i saw this one. Not only do they not even understand what defiance is, but something sincerely sentimental, as opposed to that Frankensteined news reel rubbish?
Paer Lace “The Night Chicago Died” It was New York, not Chicago. Why not ban all songs with cities in the name, as it might give terrorist ideas. We know that they are crazy for the radio.
Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven” Hey! Maybe this is not a bad idea after all! I cannot imagie American radio without the classic rock stations flogging this poor dead horse.
Anyway, i have to agree with Michael Moore yet again. I find it more offensive that reopening the New York Stock Exchange making money, and keeping business going, despite the horrid deaths right down the street. Yeah, i know it has to open sooner or later, but when i hear reporters talk about it as a sense of reality comes to them when it’s back to business. Huh? The stock market is an economic fiction. The rubble out there covering thousands of human bodies who had family and friends are reality. Don’t try to tell me that these ephemeral trades on the margins are more real than death and grief
Okay, backing off on that one…. .
Has anyone else noted that they have started dating the reviews on Pitchfork? Great idea! I like things that add more context for an album to be placed into, anchoring it in time, admiting that those thoughts might be relevant on that day, but possibly not in the future. Time can do a lot for a record. Monolithic pronouncements are clumsy.
i found those Clinic John Peel Sessions. (The last time i had tried it was with WinMX. Once again, praise be to Audiogalaxy!) They weren’t kidding around when they promised that they were going to have more fully fleshed out song, even though they aren’t any longer than anything from Clinic or Internal Wrangler. However, i think that Clinic doing fully fleshed out songs is a bad idea. Yes, these four tracks are great, and have that same ramshackle garage sound, and the distinctive toystore organs, but three out of four songs don’t seem as if they are going to topple down upon you, encircling you in a pile a of junk that you have no clue how it managed to be stacked so high. “Dysheeki” (that’s how it’s spelled on Audiogalaxy) is that exception. Seek it out.
I was more than a little disappointed to discover that the CNN footage of the Palestinians celebrating at the attack on the WTC quite possibly is real. Of course, according to Snopes, i’m supposed to accept without question that they definitely are real because a guy at CNN said that they were real. Also, theres supposed to be a Palestinian in that footage commenting on the WTC. Gee, that video editing technology must be hard to get.
Another thing that’s bugging me is that on Raindogs, there was a discussion (albeit not a very good one,) about who is really running the government. The sad thing is that i agreed with the guy i believe is a insensitive prick of a bully. Yes, there is a shadow government. No, the CIA is not a tool, but actually does dictate policy. Someone accused the loudmouth of watching Oliver Stone’s “JFK” too much. It bugs me not to want to defend the jerk with the fact that Oliver Stone did not invent the magic bullet or the grassy knoll, let alone Cambodia, Chile, or Iran-Contra.
I’m still down on Bush, but am glad that whoever is writing his scripts wants people to know that casualties are inevitable. People need to remember that, and telling the truth in this case is honorable, i guess. Still, it was unnerving when Bush started taking questions, to stumble and blunder through awkward language, cliches, and vapidity. The reference to the “Wanted: Dead or Alive” poster must have been a new low. The press has jazzed it up since. Let’s hope that Cheney’s heart holds up.
There’s disturbing story on TomPaine.com, about how the American media have been shutting down their foreign bureaus, increasing the isolation of the U.S. even more interesting is how the writer describes why bin Laden is popular among arabs, and surprisingly, it’s not simply because of the hatred of Israel. Some of this breaks down into a more complex class war, between the oil rich sheiks who are believed to be decadent and corrupting, and the common people dedicated to Islam.
Read the Syd Barrett piece on Last Plane to Jakarta, and feeling in awe of Darnielle again. It’s turning into a weekly occurence. I gotta admit that my bond to Barrett is a little hard to admit though. I’m not one of the people who thought his breakdown was cute or funny, or thought that he just couldn’t take the stress. While i had been turned onto Barrett years before, when i was drowned in his music was right after i came out of the psych hospital, and had very nearly lost my own sense of cohesion of self. I don’t even know where i got the money, perhaps from working on that constuction site with the crackheads, but i bought that three CD boxed set at the insistence of that same girl that i had a crush on, the one that browbeat me with how i was not as much of a genius or enlightened spiritually as the people up in Ruston who became Elephant 6 people. she had a Jack Kerouac boxed set, and i had the Barrett, and we were to tape them for each other before she went back to Ruston. (I cannot recall whether she made those Kerouac tapes, but weirdly, she gave me those Mountain Goat tapes i mentioned awhile back.)
At the time it was not psych music. I hadn’t tried to immerse myself into specific genres. It was music that scared me, because it made too much sense. I didn’t get better when i came out of that hospital. It only made the doubts and delusions worse, because with all of the drugs that they had pumped into me, there were no more lucid moments, and the glimpses of who i was became more distorted and more grotesque. And here was Barrett, mapping out a path through territory that was terrifyingly familiar. Was there going to be a way out? No, Syd Barrett was annihilated. It was like checking ice walls for marks of a pick or graffitti, trying to figure out where he went wrong, trying to find the true way out, turning the corner to catch ghoulish reflection of oneself.
Overidentification. Yes, that’s really what happened. I never found a way out. I still worry about being a Barrett without the beautiful sputtering flames, as i still have not been able to pick up the thread from where i first went astray. I still don’t know whether to smile with familiar affection or to cry. As much as i love artists influenced by Barrett, i find it extremely difficult to listen to the original.
It’s Franks Wild Years on the headphones right now though. Tom Waits is a great substitute since i don’t have “New York New York” on my Sinatra comp. Thinking aboput Kathleen Brennan only reinforces my idea that Tori Amos didn’t know what she was getting herself into. In tori’s press releases, i read that she wanted to take the male voices of the creators of the songs, and give them a feminine perspective, but Brennan cowrites a lot of Wats’ songs, perhaps more than shows up in the credits, not that Tom doesn’t make every effort to make sure that she gets her fair share.
Forgot to finish a paragraph yesterday. It was extremely funny to read all of those, “What do you think of Radiohead?” questions. It’s so biased! it didn’t really surprise me with a magazine that predictably was going to have OK Computer as it’s #1, but i wish that they needled each of the artists a lot more about Radiohead, steering every question back to Yorke and company. It would have been better if people began getting pissed off and trashed Radiohead. The only answer that was negative did annoy me though, because it was that dork fromt eh Stereophonics saying that they should lighten up because it’s “only” music. Jackass. Moby’s answer was just pathetic, saying that he’d wish that they’d write more songs like “High & Dry”. Twerps. I only wish that more people had the honesty, shallowness, dorkiness, or arrogance to say things like that though. Yeah, in these self-absorbed, self-reflective times, i want everyone to be a music critic. Stupid.
Pastoralia. The latest George Saunders book is out in paperback. Surrealist short stories, that take a longr unblinking look at reality than those realist bastards. My friend Phillip really turned me onto Saunders, because he had a day off, got some coffee, sat in a park in New Orleans, read Pastorilia, and ruined his whole day, as it’s a complete downer. He confessed that it wasn’t the best way to recommend a book, but it worked for me. I’m already two-thirds of the way through it, as it’s a slim book, but it’s very bit as good as CivilWarLand in Bad Decline. P.S. I haven’t quite grasped his fascination with historical theme parks, but he uses them to devastating effect. And yes, he did it before Palahniuk wrote Choke.
By the way, the Democrats are fools to give in on missle defense that doesn’t work. It was a waste of money before September 11th, and it remains a waste of money. It was obvious that the U.S. is vulnerable to terrorist attacks, as i have repeatedly echoed others more informed, so even though i didn’t imagine it on this scale, and this horrific, the actual act was not a surprise. However, ballistic missles are still out of most nations’ reach. If money is to be spent on defense, it can go towards paying the soldiers better than they are paid now.
By the way, i like this Salon essay on the flag and patriotic songs. He even invokes the name of Woody guthrie and the “secret” (suppressed) versions of “This Land Is Your Land”.
No news on Holly’s uncle or which of my friends are among the 35,000 reserves called up.