"This heaven gives me migraine" - no band prior used repetition quite like Gang of Four - which caused people who hated them to dismiss them as mere sloganeering Art-students with a primer on Marxism and political revolt. But the songs on Entertainment! played like the smartest party you ever attended and if they couldn't keep it up - big deal - great albums don't come often enough.
Nostalgia comes in 20 year waves or "skips a decade" - at least it used to when the world moved more slowly.
So in the 1970s their nostalgia was the 1950s so here The Clash's subject of this song of our boards much discussed, today at least, Montgomery Clift. The greatest Rock song ever about a movie star........maybe.....
David Bowie has always been an overrated Rock artist to me - but that doesn't mean he sucks - he damn sure doesn't, it's just he could never quite replicate the artists he liked - Reed, Bolan, Iggy. But he had lots of ideas both conceptual and artistic and on this song - one of his best - he linked them together spectacularly.
In the 3 great "I am......" declarative Rock songs this is fncking 3rd - it can't compete with "I'm a street walking cheetah with a heart full of napalm" and "I am an antichrist/anarchist" - but still saying you're an "alligator/space invader" sounds vaguely cool and less defined - which was his whole appeal anyway..........well wasn't it?
The NY Dolls truly understood early on that setting your whole band up as a fraternal gang could be a great help in how your band was perceived and how songs then worked. So not only would a fan say things like "that lyric is so David!" or "that solo was so Johnny" because they felt they knew them. So when they sang "I hope we don't get shot for tryin'" that meant band and audience too.....and the gun shot at the end was a great touch because, well, fraternal gangs and innocent bystanders do get shot at after all.
Neil Young is one of the few great Rock stars who isn't a smart-ass......that doesn't mean he isn't funny though - like Springsteen another one like him he is.
It's just you often take what Young says literally - unlike Dylan or Davies - you expect him to have to mean it all the time. In the 70s that made him baffling and some of his very best work was considered his worst........eventually people caught up with him though ..........which is funny itself.
Once in a while my elitist music taste gets pushed aside for something that goes with beer and pizza - usually that's the Faces but sometimes it's ........less great depending on the beer or pizza. Hmmmmmm......
Teenage Head made a classic single by doing it too - took their name from a classic album, partially borrowed the verses from The Nerves while playing the Velvet Underground's drone during the chorus, and the singer was doing Joey Ramone mixed with Jagger......and their one original idea - during the bridge is what The Vertebrats would later take for "Left In The Dark"....
The song for being alone in a confined space, self-quarantined and wondering if that Mexican food you ordered last night may kill you before anything and the lyric for all free thinking contrarians anywhere .......... basically my motto really .......
Byrds main man Gene Clark cut this in the early 70s and it featured the whole original Byrds lineup on it too - this influence can be heard on REM, Uncle Tupelo and Tom Petty. Clark one of the saddest stories in Rock - he never met a drug he didn't love and had crippling panic attacks - his career was a mess.
Most people I guess know him from a song by Pitchfork favorite Marissa Nadler's "I Can't Listen To Gene Clark Anymore" so I guess Pitchfork did something good once.
Two mistakes 1970s power pop bands always made: Having a crappy band name - The Shoes come on you're not even trying - but even worse doing a better original single version of a song than the later album version.
Case in point: the fantastic and far better single version of "Okay" - a power pop classic which basically sounds like breathlessly making out crossed with cotton candy and fireworks.
Once in a while I am able to turn people on to music and this is well the strangest and best find I'll ever turn anyone onto. Not merely obscure The Meanies (awful name) made just 1 single for a tiny label - that's it even less music than The Nerves ! - and both sides of that single are beloved by power-pop fans.......like insanely beloved.
Both of these songs were screaming for The Strokes to cover them in 2003.....
pacinoyes (never capitalized) is very much like Machiavelli (always capitalized) isn't he? - cruelly honest, your best friend or worst enemy........ a cheerful sociopath who also referred to himself in 3rd person.
pacinoyes is also very much like Jerry Lewis in France - beloved out of all proportion , wrongly thought a genius , and like Lewis' Buddy Love character in The Nutty Professor (1963) ...........a cheerful sociopath who also referred to himself in 3rd person.
One of the great songs of its era (1972) - this is sort of like their "Sister Morphine" and predates Peter Laughner's "Ain't It Fun" in that same eerie, goose bump way. It could fit on Exile on Main Street quite easily and it would be a standout on that album even ......it's that stunning.
Last Edit: Sept 14, 2020 11:26:23 GMT by pacinoyes