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I got in a discount bin! Suckers!
is a bit of a departure for Leon Redbone, as, instead of his unique take
on turn of the century Delta flavors, he goes for a complete stylistic
makeover, with an arsenal of synthesizers. There are far more rap guest
artists than one would expect, except that this record was recorded in
1988. So the appearance of KRS-1, while perhaps misguided, makes contextual
No, I didn't get it. I mean, it would be funny to be able to play "We Built This City" at will (it is, after all the worst song of the '80s), but I'm not spending $5.99 on a joke disc. But oh, my little CD, when you get the markdown to $1.99, you know I'll be waiting. There's "No Way Out", little CD. Marconi plays the mamba
How do lose a CD? It's 4" X 4" dammit! It has to be somewhere in my apartment. I don't think I took it anywhere. Sounded good when I had it. I keep checking the other mAKE UP CD's in my collection. Sound Verite which I found in the same discount bin. Oh Sound Verite you looked so very crappy on the outside, such low budget red and black graphics. You looked as though you'd been knocked out in a day. You probably were, with that resonating live sound, so purely analog, so punkfully soul. You even stole an Al Green beat, down to the cymbal splash. "Hot Coals", "Gold Record Parts I and II". How James Brown! Ian Svenonius shrieking in paroxysms of channelled anguish. Not just a decent/horrible cheap record, but an actual discovery! How I wanted more. I even bought Save Yourself at full price. Ah, Save Yourself, with your high budget red and black graphics. "I am Pentagon" is the greatest geometry as love metaphor song ever written, and that phone call at the end of your "Hey Joe" cover is mustlistenalicious. Oh Sound Verite, oh Save Yourself, where is your sister album? Is it in one of my sportscoats? Where is Destination Love?
Yes! I got it in a discount bin! Suckers! Well, that shows what wonders you can find. I've never owned this one. I've heard it, of course, a while back, but not in this, the British version. Here there is no "I've Just Seen A Face" or "It's Only Love" while there is "Drive My Car", "Nowhere Man" and "What Goes On". I couldn't go back. Here is the most important band of all time as they become something other and higher than they were. It is Rock & Roll godhood in adolescance. The mop-topped chart toppers turn into long haired long players.
Listening to the Beatles can make you a child, and start analyzing them from the viewpoint that they really all lived together in that mansion from "Help!" and that all the songs are really about other Beatles. I felt that way even on their solo albums, well into my maturity. In my mind, not only was Imagine's "How Can You Sleep" directed at Paul, with its mean barbs, but also, in a more oblique way, so was "Jealous Guy", one song later. "I was dreaming of the past/And my heart was beating fast/I bagan to lose control" what else could it be? It would be such a wonderful retraction, And of course these things are true. As Alan Moore explains in his Top 10 comic book, as Myths, Loki is always tricking Tiw into slaying Baldar. Likewise, John and Paul are eternally vieing for control over the spirit of the Beatles, as George and Ringo play their more limited roles.
Rubber Soul is magic for it's balance. New Beatles emerge from the old. Toughness and tenderness play together. Folk Indian and drug influenced music weave songs together subtly, to make a wonderfully blended pop, rather than rip the album apart, as on the gloriously off balance Revolver. John Becomes Paul and likewise as George becomes both and Ringo remains forever Ringo.
The album starts with Paul topping himself on "Drive My Car". It rocks, and he's singing joyously in his rough voiced psuedosoul. Any other band would have totally mined the concept of "Yeah" long before, and any other band would be thrilled with a hook like "Beep beep 'n beep beep" but the Beatles combine and improve both.
Then John signals a whole new darkness in childlike rhymes on his folky song about adultery and arson, "Norwegian Wood". Paul pops back "You Won't See Me". Is that drugs dragging out the notes on the chorus, as they dripped slowly through Paul's head? The notes are in little pools on "Nowhere Man" Lennon's nursery rhyme for Mr. Jones.
Harrison's first offering "Think For Yourself" is a straight out finger pointing song, full of sneering. Probably the darkest thing the maniacs had heard from the Fab Four. It's as if he's trying to be Lennon, or maybe Dylan. He can't quite do it, but he comes close, in an overdone meanness.
As if to compensate, John becomes Paul, singing an upbeat and sunshine filled ode to Love, "The Word". As if complacent in victory, Paul tosses of the genuinely sappy, though certainly beautiful, "Michelle". As this album is always happening, always being made, John has to be chaffing at this bit of sentimentality, even if he now understands that "the word is good." Still, we will have to wait for his response, as Ringo sings a country song, "What Goes On". Ah Ringo. What a lovely, comedic voice. What a refreshment of the palate. Now what will John do?
"Girl" is so amazing in how it melts sugar into a song of such distress. The weird breathing seems natural, and this dark story goes down like honey. Lennon even makes you feel love for this girl even as she breaks her lovers working class back. A wonder.
Paul rocks back with anger on "I'm Looking Through You". Again, are these songs about women or each other? Either way, it looks as if the edgier, Lennonier side has won. But wait! Once again John surrenders the edge, showing his sweetness and vulnerability on "In My Life", a love song to someone and everyone. It makes me cry.
Of course it's way oversimple to tag Paul with love and John with edge. But we've come this far, and like most oversimplifications, it helps the story. Thusly, Paul, all happy with the Love side of the Beatles Intact, ends his contributions with a sort of sea chantey, "Wait". It's short simple and perfect. All is well with the balance. Even George, becomes both John and Paul, together, just not as good, on "If I Needed Someone" On this song he tries to sing a love song, and fails, instead sneering at someone he'd rather not be bothered with, because he's so much in love. If "In My Life" is a love song to someone and everyone, this is a nowhere song for nobody. I would say it's a bad Beatles song.
Funny thing just happened. I've been clawing my way through the upper membranes of Hell, and have just gotten back to my computer. Seems I've just spent an instant eternity of damnation. Hmm. Now where was I? Oh yes. John and Paul become each other, George becomes John and Paul, and a perfectly balanced masterpiece, one that I got on the relative cheap, draws to a close.
Oh, and on "Run For Your Life" John threatens murder. End of album.