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What the Hell Am I Doing Here?
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cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 20th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
So many of my favorite people from your generation have articulated similar devotion, if not always so articulately. It's not that I don't understand it. It's just that I don't understand why other devotions didn't take such deep root. Of course, I ask similar questions about the Pixies cult among twenty-somethings, which strikes me as analogous, though the Pixies broke up.

As for CRASS, well, I have great friends who are all about CRASS. I interviewed CRASS member Gee Vaucher and wrote a review of the book collecting her art, which I loved. But I have never been able to get into the band's music -- or "music," as I tend to hear it -- at all. Of all the storied punk bands, they rank at the bottom of my personal list, even though I know that my political convictions should counterbalance my personal preferences.
From: babyiwasshot Date: January 20th, 2008 06:45 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
So many of my favorite people from your generation have articulated similar devotion, if not always so articulately.

Not true; I, for one, still think they don't acknowledge their debt to CAN. Further, OK Computer is still better than the recent album, in my opinion. As for devotions to CONTEMPORARY stuff, I don't like radiohead as much as.......shit. I need a while to think.....fuck it! INTERPOL's firs album, despite the hype, was GOOD.

Actually, I think I dig BLONDE REDHEAD the most.....no!!!

I got it: NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL. NO band is better, period. Incidentally, no band is more RIPPED OFF today than they are (e.g. The Decemberists, The ARcade Fire, Beirut, etc.)
From: babyiwasshot Date: January 20th, 2008 07:00 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
and by "They" I mean "he," and I realize this response is presumptuous in that it assumes I'm a "favorite."

All I know is that i'll be playing "in the aeroplane over the sea" either at my wedding or when i kill myself.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 20th, 2008 08:59 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That is another one of those records with that status for twenty-somethings. I love OK Computer. But this one is pretty fine.
carte From: carte Date: January 20th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh I was nuts about Crass. I don't know why. I thought they were the only true punk band to have ever existed and would get in arguments over it. I think I still have a bit of nostalgia for them because I can listen to "Big A, Little A" without feeling the need to turn it off. Same with the Subhumans -- a prof said "zyklon B" the other day and all of a sudden I had that song stuck in my head, although I haven't actually listened to them since I was sixteen. I love the Pixies but have never been blown away by them; I listened to them mostly in high school but could never understand my friends' obsession. I think the band I get the most crap for is Joy Division. I have put so much effort toward getting at least my closest friends to appreciate them, but no, nothing. Actually, at that Radiohead show I went to in 2003 -- Thom Yorke was doing these little dance moves, and I swear he was ripping off Ian Curtis's seizure-dancing. (Of course, none of my friends believe that either!)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 20th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh, man. I'm all about Joy Division. Of course, I guess that fixation is the equivalent of twenty-somethings being fixated on the Pixies. Maybe it's the music of our "tween" years that we are most likely to regard in that way, even if we discover it belatedly, as I did with Joy Division.

Your last entry was great, BTW. Had I been able to say that in a comment on it, I would have.
carte From: carte Date: January 20th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Joy Division has been a staple since my Crass years but somehow they lasted and well, Crass/Subhumans/Casualties didn't so much. I think what's really funny is that I am suddenly listening to the music I shunned during my "tween years," all of those bad jangly pop bands and one-hit wonders. Thank god high school self can't be here to judge present self!

And thanks! I'm glad to hear you appreciate my fandom. I honestly can't even remember why I started disabling comments a few years ago, by now I am just in the habit.
carte From: carte Date: January 20th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh, I forgot to mention this ... one of my friends, as a going away present some years ago, gave me a Joy Division record from when they were still Warsaw. I think he found it somewhere in Germany. It sits in my record collection with an obscene amount of importance, and I haven't actually ever taken it out of its plastic sleeve.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 21st, 2008 06:35 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Awesome. I have a CD with those tracks on it, if you'd like them. Some familiar stuff and some sketchier numbers later abandoned. But full of energy.
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