Sunday Morning! Gord Lewis and “Teenage Head”

Rufus F.

Rufus is a likeable curmudgeon. He has a PhD in History, sang for a decade in a punk band, and recently moved to NYC after nearly two decades in Canada. He wrote the book "The Paris Bureau" from Dio Press (2021).

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  1. Andrew Donaldson
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    True Story:

    I’d never heard of Teenage Head, and why would a kid in WV ever have heard of them, except my freshman year my suitemate was a feller named Anders from Hamilton. Even at that I wouldn’t have known about it other than when the big German-Canadian went on a rant – fueled by inebriation I must admit – about America in general and Teenage Head of all things in particular, which was met with a “What the hell is he talking about” from the rest of us. Having read this from Rufus, that seems to be a rather appropriate way to learn about them for someone who otherwise wouldn’t have. Such an excellent peace Rufus, and what a tragedy for that family on multiple levels.Report

  2. Saul Degraw
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    I finished watching the Sandman. The first half was much better than the second half. There were three key actors in the second half that I did not find convincing or even very good. Those were the actors playing Rose, Unity, and Lyta. Though it always raises a question in my head when I see artists that I do not think are very good. Is my judgement right or is there something I am missing because the actors clear got cast in major roles.Report

    • InMD in reply to Saul Degraw
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      Is it worth watching for someone with no interest in graphic novels or works derived therefrom? I’m always wary of that kind of thing but from the reviews I have been tempted to give Sandman a try.Report

  3. Saul Degraw
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    This is kind of related to rock n’roll but I have been thinking about the recent Alex Jones documentary and a lot of the criticism on how the director, Alex Lee Moyer, states she is being neutral but is clearly sympathetic to Jones. At the very least, she is anti-anti Alex Jones. The issue with her and many other people seems to be a side effect of rock n’roll and the counterculture. That is, a lot of people seem to be anti-establishment for the sake of being anti-establishment and this creates a kind of inchoate view as well as a moral/ethical hazard. There are good reasons to be anti-establishment* and then there is a lot of reasoning which seems pulled out of thin air and the main reason is to prove you are not a normie-bougie but a permanent rebel/downtown/alt person.

    https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2022/07/alex-jones-documentary-alex-lee-moyer.html

    “Moyer, 38, is a little cagey about her personal life, though she discloses that her parents were journalists and that she moved around a lot as a kid, attending high school in Fresno and college at Portland State. She watched The X-Files, researched serial killers and conspiracies, and generally respected misfits. Disdain for authority “was normalized back then,” she says, whereas now, people “worship power and believe in toeing the line for the state.” Liberal outlets, she thinks, have unwittingly lent credibility to figures like Jones thanks to their credulousness about official narratives. “The things they’re calling conspiracy theories are just going to be news items six months from now,” she says. “ ‘There were WMDs.’ ‘COVID came from a bat.’ ”

    Backlash against new liberal pieties has created an opening for what has been called both the “new right” and the “post-left,” among other attempts to describe a rising strain of subversive populism. Moyer is excited about this vanguard but wary of being lumped in with a tribe. “I don’t view myself as part of any of this — not Dimes Square, not the new right, not the crypto people,” she says. ‘These are just the people who have expressed interest in what I’m doing, and so, by default, that’s who ends up in my gravitational pull.'”

    Maybe this is a sign of me getting old or just being a normie-bougie liberal but this kind of disdain for authority for the sake of disdaining authority makes no sense. It seems to be about always wanting to be too cool for school and the sneering rebel in the back of the class. Alex Jones should be no one’s hero and slandering/harassing/attacking the parents of murdered children is not showing disdain for authority, bourgeois values, or anything else of merit. It is being a callous and horrible human being and he profited from it.

    *Of course, there is a whole can of worms on who is and who is not establishment these days. It seems everyone is and is not establishment at the same time.Report

    • LeeEsq in reply to Saul Degraw
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      Caring about stuff can come across as square and naggy.Report

    • Chip Daniels in reply to Saul Degraw
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      Its weird for me as a 61 year old to watch movies like Animal House now.
      At the time, the anarchic hijinks seemed wickedly subversive of a corrupt establishment.

      But now when I watch, I see that beneath the veneer of egalitarianism was essentially just adolescent self centeredness, a callow disregard for other people and their pain.

      There are a lot of stories like that, former hippies and radicals noting how that just being against a corrupt establishment wasn’t enough, that very often the revolutionaries themselves were actually reactionaries.Report

    • Rufus F. in reply to Saul Degraw
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      Ah, I’m skeptical about those people. I’ve seen a handful of these guys who are old punk rockers that now claim their disdain for conformity has made them go MAGA- and 99% of the time everyone else around remembers them being right-wingers back then too.Report

      • Saul Degraw in reply to Rufus F.
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        There are a lot of people like that and it may apply to Alex Lee Moyer but I am not completely sure. A lot of it does seem to be about “winemoms are so cringe….” and wanting to keep that too cool for school attitude going forever.Report

  4. Slade the Leveller
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    Love that Westrock concert video, it’s got the cheesy production values that bring to mind JBTV, which has aired here in Chicago for years. The host had a respect for the musicians, and showed it, and was able to up and comers who later made it big.

    I’ve never heard of Teenage Head before but I’m definitely going to pick up some of their stuff. Hearing them play, I was reminded of a comment my (unfortunately too soon departed) friend Jamie made about The Stranglers, “They were punks who could play their instruments.”

    Currently reading: Sedaris’ Happy-Go-Lucky. No one sees off beat America better than him. Also reading Roddy Doyle’s Life Without Children. No one writes better dialogue than Doyle.

    Listening to, at the moment, Ellington At Newport. Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue is one of the best big band tracks ever recorded. Hearing the crowd at Newport go absolutely nuts tells you what a great performance this was.Report

  5. LeeEsq
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    I’m reading a sprawling Japanese crime novel called Lady Joker by Kaoru Takamura. It is a very heavy on the details novel that was inspired by a real life Japanese kidnapping.Report

  6. John
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    Is my judgement right or is there something I am missing because the actors clear got cast in major roles. They were punks who could play their instrumentsReport

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