Her Majesty's Royal Pop Ensemble
Sat, Oct. 1st, 2005, 04:19 pm
Radiohead really really likesmusing about music...so does nick hornby- is it just b/c they're brits?
Clocking on again.
We're back in the studio, and all is fun and well. Stanley's here too, or at least in the shed out back, painting again. The rats have got in and eaten all his blue paint, and there's blue rat shit everywhere: but at least he's got a good dub cd to listen to while he's working. At least, I think it's good. Let me explain.
There is loads of great music out there that you’ll never have time to find out about. I’m always saying this - boring the arse off someone about this. Partly to make me sound like I know loads of great music that they don’t, and partly to justify why I’ve never heard a note of, say, the Stooges (though I really must, I know, I know...how can I claim to be a an Iggy Pop fan if I've never even heard 'I wanna be your dog'? etc. etc.)
I often glibly add - ‘you could spend 6 months listening to just dub reggae, and it would all be worth hearing.’ I realize that sounds patronising, but I choose reggae because I know so many people who collect this kind of music and no other - which fascinates me - and because it’s mostly unknown to me. Not any more....I’ve just done it. Six solid months of nothing but Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Ken Boothe, Junior Byles, Marcia Aitkin and hundreds of others. It’s to make a compilation which may or may not ever be completed - I hope I’m not just proving a point to myself - but either way, there’s been nothing else on my ipod since April.
There’s something exciting about coming to musicians when they’re just names, when you’ve no idea who Derrick Harriott looks like, or what his reputation is - considered naff by real dub fans, maybe ? Derivative ? Or maybe ground-breaking ? I know the Stooges were ground-breaking - maybe that’s what has been putting me off. The weight of knowing already how good it’s meant to be. With this compilation, I’ve just ploughed through all these faceless names, liking things I probably shouldn’t (covers of soul songs! Spanish guitar solos!) and maybe finding nothing I like by the supposed classics (some of the very empty dub stuff is kind of....tedious) - or nothing I really like on the records I already have. Although Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry seems to me to deserve all respect he gets. His records are just magical. Ditto Linval Thompson, Sly and Robbie, and Scientist.
(Interesting how making a compilation for someone makes you listen to your music completely differently. Endless moments of 'do I really like that track, now I'm actually listening to it for someone else?' It's a great way to get rid of records that you only think you like.)
So it’s great music. If you don’t know any, it’s really worth getting into. There’s more than one speed, one rhythm, one mood - more than one gender, even, than you might suspect. Marcia Griffiths was a revelation. If I ever finish this thing, I’ll put the list up, and invite you to check it out. And disagree. "Ken Boothe ? Theat's not real reggae....Robbie Williams of his day.....might as well put 'I come from a land down-under' on... "
That's what Jonny Greenfield from Radiohead says. I agree with him mostly, well, if you switch dub to maybe 60s/70/60s pop. otherwise, not much to report. i'm up at cornerstone college visiting my bro right now. that is all.
Sat, Oct. 1st, 2005 11:40 pm (UTC)
not to sound like the complete radiohead skank that i am? but its johnny GREENWOOD matty...
but you make a good point.
Mon, Oct. 3rd, 2005 12:46 am (UTC)
i would like to point out that:
a) yes, after i posted i realized that- it's not like i'm gonna get colin and johnny's last name mixed up, am i? oh- except when i haven't slept in a day and a half
b) yes, you are a radiohead skank...hahahha...but so am i.
Sun, Feb. 10th, 2008 12:04 pm (UTC)
You can't get colin and jonny's last name mixed up, BECAUSE THEY HAVE THE SAME LAST NAME. They are brothers.
Sun, Oct. 2nd, 2005 12:13 am (UTC)
I'm an iggy pop fan and I've only heard maybe one or two of his songs. But I'm a fan because I've seen him walk and I've heard him talk and he's awesome. And sometimes that's all you need.
Mon, Oct. 3rd, 2005 12:55 am (UTC)
yeah, iggy pop and the stooges are pretty amazing,especially if you consider that they did what they did back in the 60s. pretty crazy all around. That's why a lot of people consider iggy pop and the stooges to be one of the (if not THE) first punk groups. Of course, one can always find an earlier influence or example if one looks, so probably some 5th century arabian general is actually the creator of punk and garage rock, but why don't we just give it to iggy just this once.
Mon, Oct. 3rd, 2005 01:46 am (UTC)
wel, iggy says he got his influences from the velvet underground
Mon, Oct. 3rd, 2005 03:15 am (UTC)
i love the velvet underground.... waitin for my man is one of my favorite songs...
Mon, Oct. 3rd, 2005 12:01 pm (UTC)
there's a saying that goes, "barely anybody bought the velvet underground, butthe few who did went out and made amazing bands."
yeah, i've read that about iggy, i mean, he's always admitted his love for John Cale's writing style, but at the same time, he was also a contemporary, and therefore i think there was a generational feeling that both bands were getting- something that grew out of the malaise of the 60s- except when most groups went all psychedelic about it, the stooges (and to a certain point velvet underground, although they had their bit of psychedelia too- i mean, there is a lou reed penned velvet underground song called "Heroin" in which the narrator ties off and plunges into the heroinscape) tapped into the dark, psychlogical undercurrant running beneath all of the 60s. They saw the grungy riotous 60s, the mangy class struggle (esp. in detroit), the fact that the 60s didn't leave everybody sexed up and happy, they saw what happened when everybody was on the downturn and the drugs were wearing off. That and the incredible explosion of adolescent energy that iggy channeled. I knmow i've said this a thousand times, but you reall need to read lester bangs. HIs revies of the stooges FUNHOUSE record is amazing.
Thu, Oct. 6th, 2005 12:13 am (UTC)
um. i think you need to start answering your phone. i called you on suday to see if you were going to 707 and i couldnt even leave a message because your mailbox was full!
Thu, Oct. 6th, 2005 12:48 pm (UTC)
yeah- my phone had finally stopped working all together- it wasn't just that the mailbox was full.
but now it's better- i got a new phone...so call away.
Sun, Oct. 9th, 2005 11:40 pm (UTC)
so "Hoppípolla" off of SIgur Ros' new album "Takk" really sounds like Fire Theft era Enigk. Almost like they were doing it on purpose (vocally). It's a neat song. This album definitely rocks more, you know? Than "( )" I mean. But " ( ) " is nice to listen to as you fall asleep on snowy, snowy nights.
Mon, Oct. 10th, 2005 12:32 pm (UTC)
cuisinartkings: "blá nótt yfir himininn/ blá nótt yfir mér/horf-inn út um gluggann"
yeah, after you mentioned it, i went back and listened to some more fire theft, and i'm gonna have to agree fully. in an interview i learned that "hoppipolla" means "Hopping Puddles" in icelandic, and "Glossoli" means "Glowing Sole" and yes, i did spell that right- it means a glowing sole of a shoe. or so the band says...Yeah, i think over all (with the exception of "Starlafur"(which is one of my all time favorite songs- a song to fall in love and make out to.... off of "ágætis byrjun" (the album before ( ) - until takk it was my favorite sigur ros album) takk is my new favorite sigur ros album
i'm sorry if that last whole part is pretty much incomprehensible...but somehow i just don't care at thee moment...
Thu, Oct. 13th, 2005 01:32 am (UTC)
when you get this call me call me call me!
Wed, Oct. 19th, 2005 01:28 am (UTC)
ok what's the deal??? i've been calling you for days and you haven't called me back!!!
are you stuck in the cleveland vortex or something??
Wed, Oct. 19th, 2005 01:51 am (UTC)
whatever matt.... didn't you get my messages??
Wed, Oct. 19th, 2005 02:19 am (UTC)
come on man answer your phone!!!