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This week's batch:

Idelewild - Outkast: Pretty fussy with hip hop but OutKast seem to do it right. Makes Eminem sound very ordinary indeed.

Blood On The Tracks - Bob Dylan: The last Dylan album worth bothering with. And no, I don't want to hear about Time Out Of Mind please.

The Burt Bacharach Collection - 2 CDs of the best songs ever written sung by the best voices ever. The man (and Hal David of course) is a genius. Too good to be called a "guilty pleasure"

Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd: Put it on, lay back and float away. The perfect chill out album.

Quite a range this week so situation's normal.
I've gotten into a JOSH ROUSE groove recently.
All of his albums are brilliant, I specially like NASHVILLE, HOME, UNDER THE COLD BLUE STARS and his latest SUBTITULO.
Neil Finn is my musical god but Josh Rouse is one hell of a songwriter and musician.
Do yourself a favor and listen to his songs.
The most recent (I think) ELVIS COSTELLO release is a collaboration with ALLEN TOUSSAINT, it is called The River In Reverse and is inspired by hurricane Katrina and the devastation it caused. This has to be one of this years best recordings. The arrangements are awsome!
Of course he does. But then again, I'm starting to think there was a lot of crap in punk ideaology. Any movement is bound to fail if the followers don't quite understand the leaders' intentions. How ironic that "Never Mind The Bollocks" is now rated among classic rock albums, the very idea of which it sort out to destroy. Yes Johnny, I do get the feeling I've been cheated.
I think there is a great deal of irony in the fact that Malcolm has become the kind of "establishment", which he once sought to overthrow. The fact that Vivian Westwood now makes designs for the Royal Family (sans safety pins Eeker), only highlights the fact that Mr McLaren's anarchy in the UK, was nothing but a great Rock & Roll Swindle! Although i wasn't fooled for a second. Wink

Any punk anarchist worth his salt wouldn't have signed to EMI in the first place. The basic tenant of anarchy being no gods & no masters, i would think that in the recording industry, EMI is both, as well as being the home of those fervant anarchists, Los Beatles. (& don't try anarchy at home kids, it only leads to a career in Merchant Banking further down the time line).

Despite his habit of ripping artists off, & not giving them their due (financially or otherwise), he had a remarkable gift for being ahead of the trends, & i did very much enjoy his work on Duck Rock. & his fine work with BowWowWow. I think our teeth were all a little sweeter for the experience of wanting candy.

It is very sad that his much vaunted Karaoke Band declined to perform outside of their homeland, & the western world did not get to see how truley amazing they were (if in fact they ever existed!). He needn't have bothered really, because the world has gone Karaoke mad, thanks to World Idol (or should it be World Karaoke?), Malcolm was once again ahead of the game. & he was crossing over with classical, way before the likes of Sarah Brightman, or the other scantily clad, violin weilding wenches that assault your senses, when shopping for a bit of Chopin!

He peddles himself as an Influential Business Expert these days, & was in Australia recently, talking about leadership, corporate social responsibility, media & brand insights for CEO's & Senior Executives.
Although at the moment he seems to be incomunicado.

Sorry, completely off the track.

I'm listening to Figure 8, by Elliot Smith.

*sigh*, where's Sid when you need him. Cool
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I think there is a great deal of irony in the fact that Malcolm has become the kind of "establishment", which he once sought to overthrow. The fact that Vivian Westwood now makes designs for the Royal Family (sans safety pins Eeker), only highlights the fact that Mr McLaren's anarchy in the UK, was nothing but a great Rock & Roll Swindle! Although i wasn't fooled for a second. Wink


He peddles himself as an Influential Business Expert these days, & was in Australia recently, talking about leadership, corporate social responsibility, media & brand insights for CEO's & Senior Executives.

*sigh*, where's Sid when you need him. Cool


Sid is with Nancy I think...never seen the movie though... Wink

Malcolm McLaren a business expert...it sort of changes your outlook on punk, doesn't it?? But why not, if Vivienne Westwood is designing for Princess Anne.... Roll Eyes



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I'm starting to think there was a lot of crap in punk ideaology. Any movement is bound to fail if the followers don't quite understand the leaders' intentions. How ironic that "Never Mind The Bollocks" is now rated among classic rock albums, the very idea of which it sort out to destroy. Yes Johnny, I do get the feeling I've been cheated.


Funny, that quote about feeling cheated is in reference to himself and McLaren. I recommend anyone who wants to really know about the Psitols to watch the Filth and the Fury. Remarkably candid. My God Nancy is ugly though, and I really didn't want to see Vicious n his underpants (though McLaren's full frontal nudity in The Great Rock and Roll Swindle does beat it in the shock stakes). If anyone wants to know about McLarens fabrication of punk, watch The Great Rock and Roll Swindle, where McLaren happily tells you that he created the band, created punk (er, what about The New York Dolls Malcolm, or The Clash?), was the architect behind the so called swindle and that the Pistols was an experiment of his in living art. All of which is egocentric crap. Just like the myths that the Pistols couldn't play (check out the various live recordings of the band, both with Glen Matlock on bass and Vicious on bass and it reveals that they could play competantly and were solid tempo wise) or that Vicious couldn't play a note (also not true, while certainly not a great bass player he could actually play in time and hit the right notes, certainly not the shambolic mess most people think of). Even when they were fat and forty, they still rocked the joint (Filthy Lucre isn't bad at all, even if Lydon does sing all the Pistol songs like they're Public Image Ltd. songs and having Matlock back on bass certainly improves things, especially as he wrote most of the music).

The Filth and The Fury is worth it just to see the infamous Grundy interview in full.

Listening now to This Is Not A Love Song by PIL

Just listened to A Shadow Over Innsmouth by White Elephant because I'm an ego maniac Big Grin
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I have watched The Filth And The Fury, have my own copy. While I do agree it's the best documentary about the Sex Pistols, I also understand that it was largely curried in their favour thereby only getting half the story. If you want to make a fool of somebody as in McClaren's case, of course you're going to paint them as a complete bastard. Perhaps best not to ask the band whose manager had a lot of ambition but little financial skills, mm?

That destroy rock quote was taken out of the Classic Albums episode concerning Bollocks. It was Lydon (not so much Rotten these days apparently) who said the original intention was to destroy rock and therefore be the last rock in the band ever. Who knows what he meant by that and what he planned to replace it with? (I certainly hope not with Public Image Limited). In the same program he did a stunning 180 degree turn and said how proud he was that it's now considered such a classic album and rated among the greats "because that's where it deserves to be. It's the last true rock and roll album".

Personally I think the overhype around the album is complete bollocks. It had four fantastic singles and a lot of filler. Still it now represents a movement that is still with us, although I'm not sure the plan included such pathetic garbage as Good Charlotte and Simple Plan. We really need Sid to sort those morons out.
Well I think Lydon is full of it as well Smiler You can't take anything he says seriously either.

The thing about The Filth and the Fury and watching it was directed generally, not at you personally, I presumed you'd already seen it Smiler

I've never really come up against the hype surrounding the album, before I heard it all I heard was how bad they were and I was really quite surprised when I heard the album that it wasn't that bad at all. For me the only filler on the album is Seventeen.

Now listening to Steve Hillage: Green.
Another strange batch this week:

Laughing Cavalier - Wallace Collection: No you probably haven't heard of it. The great lost album of 1969. Think ELO but 4 years earlier.

Countdown To Ecstacy - Steely Dan: Possibly not in Neil Finn's collection.

Songs In The Key Of Springfield - The Simpsons: Yes I did buy it and yes I occasionally play it on the discman. I offer no apologies.
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Originally posted by BRANDO BRANDT:
I've gotten into a JOSH ROUSE groove recently.
All of his albums are brilliant, I specially like NASHVILLE, HOME, UNDER THE COLD BLUE STARS and his latest SUBTITULO.
Neil Finn is my musical god but Josh Rouse is one hell of a songwriter and musician.!


I love Josh Rouse, especially Nashville! When I first got it I listened to it nonstop for about a month
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Originally posted by Steve W:

Scott Walker: The Drift



How is the Scott Walker album, Steve W? I used to be a big fan, but lost track of him latterly.

I'm sort of tempted to buy it. What say you?


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Originally posted by Steve W:
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Originally posted by hk:
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Steve W:

Scott Walker: The Drift



How is the Scott Walker album, Steve W? I used to be a big fan, but lost track of him latterly.

I'm sort of tempted to buy it. What say you?


Hi HK,

Hmmm...I suggest you take the plunge.

It's not One, Two or Three. That's pretty high standard to measure up to, even if it is his own work.

It's not something I got into straight away, however I think it's a solid record. To put into to prespective, it's different than most of the recent new releases. And it's on 4AD!

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