Posts from 6th March 2003

Mar 03

Kid Rock feat. Sheryl Crow — ‘Picture’

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It’s ‘Visions of Johanna’ rewrit for Branson happy-hour tagteam karaoke, innit? Kid’s ‘I can’t look at you while I’m lyin’ next to her’ makes ‘her’ the unfortunate Louise to Sheryl’s Johanna, ‘cept Sheryl’s the present (absentee) lover and not the handy signifier of some vast and undefined longing. Add some boilerplate-‘wistful’ tour-diary lamenting (cf. ‘Turn the Page,’ ‘Faithfully’) and a melody stickyfingered from a final-sale drugstore cassette bin, and there’s your ‘Picture.’ The video, though: Recording Artists Recording a Song in a Recording Session! In a Studio! MTV-age kids are used to the ol’ cans-around-the-ears pretense, sure, but Rock-Crow go you a few further: jotting lyrics on a pad (also see: strategically ‘crossed-out’ lyrics), nodding their heads to the beat, hunching over acoustic instruments, exchanging nervous/attentive glances during respective vocal downtimes, making sure you the audience know that you’re witnessing the collaborative process in action, that you’re watching a song being born (man). And it’s all good as long as you don’t look too literally into the actual text; Kid’s pinched climactic whinny (‘I was off to drink you away‘) elicits a visible belly-laugh from his co-star, whose character purportedly misses her subject enough that she wouldn’t dare mock him to his face if given the chance. Hooray for the new sincerity!

I can’t promise anything for Paris or Munich residents

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I can’t promise anything for Paris or Munich residents but if you’re in or around New York or London then the 21st March 2003 holds a great party opportunity for you! In New York you’ll be helping a good cause – Doctors Without Borders, who will probably need lots and lots of money over the next few months, are having a benefit at Northsix in trendy Williamsburg, and NYLPM’s own TRACER HAND will be DJing from 1am. Here’s a website link if you want to go (and you know you do).

The unrelated London event will not be helping a good cause, indeed it will be helping a bad cause, namely the expansion of my beer gut, but come along anyway because I am turning thirty and have hired the top room of a pub, and NYLPM readers are all invited to help me celebrate. The pub is The Blue Posts on Rupert Street in Soho (off Shaftesbury Avenue) and we’ll be getting going at 6. Good company, good music, booze of varying quality, and it’s open until 1am. Happy Birthday to me!