commented on Beyond the Pink Flag: Wire's First Three Albums Are Classics. I Just Listened to their 11 Other Albums
I got to see Wire on their comeback tour with The Ex-Lion Tamers doing the entirety of "Pink Flag" in order. As #1 described, Gotobed managed to do all the drum machine beats live with just a snare, kick and high hat. They again only used white lights. It was glorious.
I love early-classic Wire (my band covered "12XU" and my favorite is "Map Ref.41°N 93°W") but "The Ideal Copy" was exactly what I wanted to listen to in 1987. Everyone says "Oh, that's when they wanted to be New Order"--but it's not really. It fits into a particular post-punk /dance oriented rock thing that was happening then--from "Nighttime"-era Killing Joke to "Darklands"-era The Jesus and Mary Chain.
"Ahead" was the blue print for the sound I wanted for the second band I was in), "Madman's Honey" is nearly as beautiful as "Kidney Bingos". I like "Over Theirs"...and there's other stuff, weird like "Feed Me"...or slightly twisted pop like "The Point of Collapse", "Cheeking Tongues" or "Ambitious"... None of it, really, sounds like New Order.
And while I don't immediately pick out "The Ideal Copy" as my first choice when I go to listen to a particular Wire album...given the choice of any of the first three albums, or the compilation from those albums ("On Returning") or "The A-List" which is a "best of" for their 1985-1990 output, I often choose "The A-List"...as that takes me to "In Vivo" and their 120 Minutes era hit "Eardrum Buzz".
But as much as I love classic-era Wire and comeback-era Wire, I haven't felt compelled to dive into their third-era stuff. I think I might own "Red Barked Trees" (disappointing) and I've had "Ultimate Send" and "Object 47" in my "saved for later" queue for a long time.
Sounds like I've got some catching up to do.
commented on SL Letter of the Day: Queer Goggles
I believe that Eddie Izzard still self-identifies as a transvestite, at least as recently as August 2014. (An executive transvestite, of course.)
commented on 10 Frames: Flammable Sundays at Re-bar
The thing about Flammable (and definitely both Brian and Wesley) is that it comes from a place of love. Everyone can tell. Everyone could always tell.
commented on SL Letter of the Day: Noise Makers
What I would do: nothing.
What I'd like to think I would do: put speakers up to the shared wall and crank "Ride of the Valkyries".
Or "O Fortuna."
commented on Why Fast & Furious 7 Is More Important Than the Oscars
Dwayne Johnson's dad (wrestler Rocky Johnson) was black and Canadian...Dwayne's grandfather on his mother's side (wrestler High Chief Peter Maivia) is Samoan...and he was born in California...and lived for a short time in New Zealand.
Diversity? The guy is a one-man Benetton ad.
As far as the Oscars go...how deep into the rabbit hole do we want to take this discussion? On one hand, it seems like we should remind ourselves that this same academy gave its Best Picture (but, admittedly, not Best Director) award last year to "12 Years A Slave"--but then that opens a whole lot of other questions about the type of black films this academy seems to favor and I'm not sure I'm up for THAT discussion...