Posts from 28th November 2000

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Nov 00

This was published in the old version of NYLPM, which was never archived. But I liked it so I resurrected it.

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This was published in the old version of NYLPM, which was never archived. But I liked it so I resurrected it.

AFGHAN WHIGS – Lost In The Supermarket

Now let me say first of all that I don’t know The Clash at all, not being one of those public schoolboys who liked playing at being public schoolboys playing at being punks. (I wanted to be black or Morrissey or both, but that’s another story). I do know the Afghan Whigs, though, and their broadly excellent 1965 album, which was touted as being happy-and-horny whereas it was really just less crassly fucked-up-and-horny than their earlier stuff. This reading of Lost… takes the occasional outbreaks of voluptuousness you got there and runs with them, the Whigs’ limber shuffle-beat supporting garlands of cooing and sighing, and Greg Dulli singing “I’m lost” as “Mmm luhhhsst”, as well he might given supermarkets’ totemic status as shag-temples in our Bridget Jonesian times. The rest of the pro-situ lyric (well done as these things go) he bevels into another of his bliss-struck lover’s pledges, finally dropping all pretence at ‘social comment’ and singing Stand By Me over the coda instead: glorious.

Spin have named

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Spin have named “your hard drive” as Album Of The Year. This is going to be taken as either the simple truth or a publicity stunt: clearly, it’s both. What do you think?

wolf 359. . . young, gifted, and blacklisted

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wolf 359. . . young, gifted, and blacklisted…have we linked to Wolf 359 yet? I don’t think so….anyway it’s an indie rock weblog but don’t hold that against it, ho ho. I like it.

Tim, after looking at the Bedtime Stories liner notes…

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Tim, after looking at the Bedtime Stories liner notes, I have to pull a Philadelphia lawyer move and say that if the immediately post-Sex Madonna shafted Shep for anyone, it was for Nellee Hooper. Babyface produced just one track on that album – Madonna’s Evita audition number – er, I mean, “Take a Bow”, while Nellee’s work on “Survival”, “Inside of Me”, “Forbidden Love”, “Sanctuary” and the title track largely shaped the overall sound of the album. Now I’m going to go bed holding my head high with pride that my first NYLPM post was about Madonna. Oy.