Stupid Geocities and its damned data transfer limits! I need to move the site, but i keep putting it off.
I met Stanislav and Sarah for the first time Friday evening. I passed off some Julian Cope and Damien Youth CDs on him. He made me a couple of CDs (but i’ve only had a chance to listen to one of them.) We talked music for about an hour, but nothing that i want to go into here just yet. After all, those are Stanislav’s stories, and after i spoke to him and Sarah, i realized that i covered a lot of the same ground that i do inthe blog. i hope that i didn’t bore them too terribly.
Lou found a book when we went to the bookstore Saturday afternoon, To Major Tom by Dave Thompson. It’s supposed to be a man writing to David Bowie throughout his life, without being answered once. It seemed familiar somehow, although i have yet to pin down where i read about it, and i bought it at once. In my typical idiocy, i neglected to notice that the book’s a novel, not a true collection of letters. I was already making comments to Lou into the second chapter, after every paragraph or so that the book is a total forgery, but a most clever one. Of course it’s a damned novel, as the name of the person signing the letters is not the same as the author.
I’m only up to page 47 so far, but so far it’s proving itself to be quite entertaining. I was planning on finishing rereading the Harry Potter books and then the Julian Cope autobiography, before returning to new material, but To Major Tom has me sidetracked. There’s no suspension of disbelief, because the author never truly writes like a 12 year old. It’s too clued in to every detail, tweaking every fact with clever irony or nostalgia. It doesn’t seem to be a fault for my enjoyment though. No, i take it back, there IS a suspension of disbelief… not as a novel, but as a piece of music writing. It draws back from critical analysis, and indulges in the moments of living through the music and the times. It’s not purely revisionist, as it tries to allow for the innocence of youth and mistkaes made as a result from it.
I’ll write more about it when i am through, but the beginning of the book has me flushed with goodwill and trust.
I read about the Quick 106 craziness already, but now that Josh has posted the site on ILM, i’m now wondering exactly what they excerpted as the favorite parts of the songs. From the rock one (considering that i’m a rockist today) :
- Gun’nRoses “Patience” – It’s Axl whistling. If there’s one thing that Axl can do sincerely is whistle like a motherfucker. He’s no Otis Redding, but goddamn.
- Alice in Chains “Man in the Box” – Obviously it’s the Rawr Rawr Rawr Rawr. It’s the Blueprint for all of the turgid post grunge that plagues us today, from that phlegmy growl of that dead junkie.
- Red Hot Chili Peppers “Californication” – Shit, i don’t even really know the tune. Just the chorus? Dreeee min’ uhf KAL luh FOR nuh KA shunnnnnnnn….. Boring.
- Power Station “Get It On” It pisses me off enough that the only T Rex song that i knew for ages was this one song, leading me to believe that they were a one hit wonder. T Rex is one of the most powerful lessons that classic rock radio is a lie, that they rewrite history just to fit more crap by Journey and Foreigner on the airwaves. Who the hell is Power Station? I had to check the AMG to find that they are a side project of Duran Duran? It doesn’t suck quite as bad as i imagined it would with a post grunge band, but it’s utterly pointless. The guitar riff might actually be more important.
- Led Zeppelin “Fool in the Rain” For someone who claims he still likes Led Zeppelin, in spite of the pomposity, i cannot recall this tune either. The name yes, but not the tune. Why bother?
- Tesla “Love Song” – Who still listens to this? The only thing i can remember is cropduster from the video, because back in high school i had a friend who flew a cropduster. That guy’s voice has a nasal croak. That’s all they have to clip from it, one of his yowls.
- Live “Lightning Crashes” – glurg. gag. blah. Why not let them cover Cage’s 4’33 and excerpt that?
- R.E.M. “End of the World as We know” – Sheesh. Just the chorus? Part of me actually understood the mindset of this silliness until now. The whole point of the song for me is the stream of consciousness. Sure, the chorus is great, but…
This game isn’t fun anymore. i thought that i could do it, but it’s boring me to tears.