Glyph is worse than some and better than others. He believes that life is just one damned thing after another, that only pop music can save us now, and that mercy is the mark of a great man (but he's just all right). Nothing he writes here should be taken as an indication that he knows anything about anything.

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  1. Maribou says:

    It is. Thank you for this.Report

    • Glyph in reply to Maribou says:

      You’re welcome! Without getting political (NO POLITICS), one of the things that gets so frustrating sometimes, is the insistence on viewing something via one frame only.

      So here, we COULD be talking about cultural appropriation – the fact that these white musicians could be viewed as “stealing” from black ones. We could be asking if the originators were fairly compensated (probably not, if I had to guess; though I put that less on the samplers, than the industry/labels), or talking about copyright law; we could be complaining that the kids don’t come up with anything new.

      And some of those conversations are important, and interesting, and necessary; don’t get me wrong (and if people want to discuss them, they can!)

      But: the “frame” of enjoying the music and dancing, is usually better.Report

  2. Chris says:

    Man, I hadn’t heard “Know How” in forever. It is fire.Report

  3. Stillwater says:

    Nice post. Great song.

    And as soon as I can figure out a way to do it, I’m going to write about the album it appears on.

    It’d be worth the effort, tho, yeah? We’d all hold you in the highest regard. Well some of us anyway. Maybe try repeating in your head, over and over, like a mantra: “I wanna be adored.”Report

    • Glyph in reply to Stillwater says:

      I think my problem is this: much of the stuff I like, I am well-aware that it can be an acquired taste. Maybe the feedback is kind of loud, or the songs are pretty fragmented, or the lyrics fairly esoteric, or it’s very repetitive or minimal or maximal, or the singer has an unusual voice, or the melodies are off-kilter, or it’s too fast or too slow.

      IOW, if it doesn’t move you – I can totally understand how that could occur; and there’s no hard feelings. Taste is after all subjective.

      But I just cannot see how something as perfect, to my ears, as The Stone Roses could not make anyone feel the same way. In some way I think I take it personally, if it doesn’t work for someone else. That person will appear objectively-wrong to me.

      It’d be like not liking, I don’t know, the world’s sweetest, coldest ice cream on the world’s hottest day – “WHADDYA MEAN, ‘MEH’?! What is WRONG with you?!”

      Maybe I’ll disable comments, to avoid having to use my AK.Report