Oops. I forgot. semi-offically Hot Shots 2 was my favorite album of 2001, not We Love Life. See? This whole favorite thing is too hard. Now i claim both though.
Remembered one of the records that i’ve been meaning to acquire on CD since 1994, but never managed to track it down…. Vic Chesnutt Drunk. It was another album that i received the same time as Palace Brothers, the Mountain Goats, and those Neutral Milk Hotel demos, all idiosyncratic singers, but i understood Vic in some peculiar way right off. I fear it might be his tendency to throw obscenities into lyrics without blinking or making an issue of it. The mocking self-deprecation and straightforwardness drew me right into grinning empathy, even at the bleakest points of Drunk.
I cannot defend everyone else who has yelled it, but i know why i used to yell “Play Free Bird’!” to a certain local band. They were supposed to be a punk band at the time, but they really and truly wanted to play “Free Bird” and only wanted an excuse. After all, their singer used to insist that Creedence Clearwater Revival was the first punk band. The payoff came when they actually did play “Free Bird” so transcedentally sloppy and full of rage that all of the months of needling was worth it. Maybe “Free Bird” should not be added to every repertoire though….
Lou & i went to a clearance bookshop in Gonzales. Even though i was convinced that there would be nothing there but a bunch of romance and mystery novels from three years ago, i found so many desirable books that i wound up leaving dozens behind, just because we’re in dead water between paydays. Nonetheless, we managed to pick for only a few dollars, Paul Auster’s Moon Palace, Jack Kerouac’s Dharma Bums, Roddy Doyle’s The Woman Who Walked into Doors, Clyde Edgerton’s Redeye, Mario Vargas Llosa’s Death in the Andes, Edward Abbey’s Desert Solitaire, Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States, and Paterniti’s Driving Mr. Albert.
Already three-fifths of the way through with Wait Until Spring, Bandini so i had to get something else. Was a little disappointed to find that this book goes back to Arturo’s childhood in Colorado, which i already read in small doses in the anthology The Big Hunger. Great stuff, but the squalid childhood is not as immediately rewarding as the perfect descriptions of Arturo’s writing process.
Maybe i don’t have to buy albums for awhile, but the book buying compulsion is still there, and this clearance book store is my new methodone treatment.
I listened to Lou’s Bubbleglampop (subtitled Mulletized!) mix yesterday, but had to listen so quietly to avoid questioning looks from coworkers, as she deliberately made it as goofy as possible, that i was not able to enjoy it as much as i could have. The tracklisting?
|1. Gary Glitter “Rock & Roll”
2. Dead End Kids “Have I the Right?”
3. Showaddywaddy “Under the Moon of Love
4. Alvin Stardust “My Coo Ca Choo”
5. Chicory Tip “Son of My Father”
6. Bay City Roller “Bye Bye Baby”
7. Mud “Tiger Feet”
8. Sweet “Wig Wam Bam”
9. Showaddywaddy “Some Girls”
10. Gary Glitter “Do You Wanna Touch Me”
|11. Smokie “Needles & Pins
12. Bay City Rollers “The Bump”
13. Kenny “Fancy Pants”
14. Sweet “Funny Funny”
15. Showaddywaddy “You Got What It Takes”
16. Sutherland Brothers “Lying in the Arms of Mary”
17. Our Kid “You Just Might See Me Cry”
18. T-Rex “Children of the Revolution”
19. Denim “The Osmonds”
So far my fave (discounting T-Rex and Denim, which are cheats) is the absurd “Fancy Pants” song. That falsetto chorus keeps getting me to put on this glazed goofy face of shock, after that rubberband guitar. I cannot get enough of it. I’m also amused by how much that Smokie song owes to the Byrds’ “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better”! Yeah, it’s a song probably predates the Byrds when first sung, but this version is still cool.
It was fun to run across this YHF thread on I Love Music. It felt odd to realize that no one seems to have mentioned it since the album first leaked out online, and the negative opinions do not dissuade me. However, what’s even better is that i was listening to Pulp’s We Love Life, so recently back in my possession, and wondering why the fuck no one has been talking about this record since it came out, wondering if it even came out in the U.S. (Apparently on April 9th, but it’s expensive.) Since YHF was going to have its official release in 2002, Pulp’s We Love Life had edged out every other album for favorite of 2001… (at least i remember that way, and too lazy to look it up to see if i confessed that.) Reading Mojo, i saw that the Isle of Wight festival is being resurrected, and while i like most of the bands mentioned, all of them were that return to the roots kinda stuff (meaning too much homogeneity) except for… Pulp.
Coem Americans, give the new Pulp album a chance, and don’t dismiss it with a wave and say it’s too English or some such nonsense. Britian seems to have already forgotten one of their best albums, the fickle bastards.
Incidentally, while Yankee Hotel Foxtrot my very well be my favorite album of 2002, it’s not a given. After all, two Tom Waits albums come out only weeks after it, and even more likely, something else will take me by surprise.Also, a lot of Wilco obsessives are bitching about “Heavy Metal Drummer” being the first sigle, as it’s not representative of the whole album, a silly piece of nostalgic fluff… one of the reasons it’s the perfect choice. I want more fun songs on the radio, not more truly elegiac ones. Mourning’s over. Move on.
It’s not right that Bush moves to make personal medical information freely available to anyone who wants it, considering that it may be used by insurance companies or ay other company when interviewing a possible hire. It’s even less right that he is having all federal websites scrubbed of previously public information that supposedly concerns information about weapons of mass destruction, because of the potential threat of those pesky terrorists.
One place to start protesting is here.
With all of this shit about the book Bias by Goldberg, obsessed with liberal bias in the media today, it is impossible to believe anything in the news, because this guy gets his podium to scare the media into being even more conservative than it is. I heard clips of Bush whining about the rejection of Pickering “hurts our democracy” all over the news, but i barly heard mention of this more thoughtful, supportable statement by Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev, “George W. Bush is president of the United States, not king of the United States. He is President Bush. He is President George, not King George.” Reid said he felt compelled to “express some concern about statements from the administration, including from the president, that the Senate’s treatment of judicial nominees ‘hurts our democracy.’ His statement is unsettling, unfounded, and it is a misunderstanding of the fundamental separation of powers in the Constitution, the checks and balances in the founders’ design. “In our democracy, the president is not given unchecked powers to pack the courts and give lifetime appointments to anyone who shares his view. Instead, the Constitution provides a democratic check on the power of appointment by requiring the advice and consent of the Senate.”
Oh, and Goldberg’s book is refuted statistically in this article. The “liberal media” is a myth.
It looks like the Senate is gaining momentum in getting the courage revealing the connections between Enron and the White House. Too bad that it has to be Lieberman taking the plunge, as i don’t like him one bit, a careerist who seems to believe in nothing but power.
I need to remember to keep checking out the progress on Jim Hightower’s Rolling Thunder Downhome Democracy Tour, because to steer clear from the influence of sellouts like Lieberman, more grassroots organizations need to spring up.