Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
A Challenge Met...
"Why Douglas! I'm glad you asked." he replied with a joviality found only through oversized steak consumption "Three weeks in borneo...that would make a great song...I bet you can't work that into a song".
We will all be pleased to find that today's song takes in this line as part of a tale of undersized sickly tyons and monkey's brains being eaten whilst the live monkey is strapped to a harness. It's very much a song for the everyman. I include the hastily scrawled lyrics.
I have never met so many Age journalists in all my days.
it's where the honeymooners go three weeks alone in borneo like hot oil on monkey's brains all strapped in with belts and chains to find a life deprived it's the sadness in a tyon's eyes drinking cheap malaysian wine while keeping indonesian time feel it warm upon your plate as the monkey's curly tail goes straight to find a life deprived it's the sadness in a tyon's eyes not a lion not a tiger half of both but none of either an early death half the size can't look his parents in the eyes to find a life deprived it's the sadness in a tyon's eyes to find a life deprived it's the sadness in a tyon's eyes
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
The Fishman kicked off and was accompanied by a drummer only. I had heard sneery talk of White Stripes etc...but I feel he yearns for Kuepperesque cred and his recent outing with only Jeffery Wagoner had caught Salmo's imagination. Whislt shredding some decent licks Salmo stuck mainly to Scientist material (and b-sides!!!) and it got tired with no bass.
Then came Ripe. 10 Years has found their powers GREATLY diminished. They stuck almost entirely to their new EP and their early EPs with only ONE SONG from their only album, The Plastic Hassle, which I would argue is the 2nd best album released by an Australian band (it even has the obligatory one bad track to ensure it is a truly great album). And that one song ripped and rocked like a Squid Ink song. However the rest were slow and dribbly. Paddy left half way through saying something like "blah blah blah this shit blah blah". I believe the only point of note for the boy was some momentary bass wizardry by Katie Dixon as she gave a masterclass in plectrum rhythmn...perhaps I am overstating it somewhat....Anyway, in short Salmo came away undiminshed but a touch self-indulgent and Ripe are washed up junkies. Ho Hum....it clears the decks for Squid Ink I suppose.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Woman-hating troubadour of high camp
Silky-D is a modern dude, who is well clued in to the gender politics of our age and who in his own home regularly debates hot topics such as the difficulty of achieving work/life balance, whether the modern superwoman can really have it all and whether or not Tony Abbott should remove his rosaries from somebody's ovaries. Anyway, listening to Bernie Taupin's lyrics got me wondering if Dirty Little Girl - a long time favourite that I would be lobbying for as a cover if I knew how to play a nice clumping piano - is one of the most misogynistic mainstream songs of all time.
The chorus alone goes:
I'm gonna tell the world, you're a dirty little girl
Someone grab that bitch by the ears
Rub her down, scrub her back
And turn her inside out
Cause I bet she hasn't had a bath in years
Obviously there are worse - think 2Live Crew's We Want Some Pussy or Iron Maiden's Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter - but I'm talking mainstream. The sort of thing you might hear on Gold FM. I also like the first verse where Elton/Bernie discuss in thinly-veiled code how they get an erection by fantasising about shooting what appears to be a homeless woman who they fear might wander onto their property. I think the shooting may be a double entendre.
I've seen a lot of women who haven't had much luck
I've seen you looking like you've been run down by a truck
That ain't nice to say sometimes I guess I'm really hard
But I'm gonna put buckshot in your pants if you step into my yard
I invite all fans of this blog to submit their nomination for classic woman-hating songs of the rock and roll canon. I feel it's important that we clear this up before we proceed with Stephanie Alexander is a Cunt.
Monday, January 08, 2007
Possible lyric idea: Stephanie Alexander is a cunt.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Happy New Year
Doug and I, with Dan's caring and comforting company, spent some time recording some vocals. The tracks are coming together nicely. As I told Doug, I think Mnemosyne in particular is sounding splendid.
There's something a little deflating about recording vocals. You are standing in front of the microphone breathing from the diaphragm and all that and singing at tremendous volume yet with an impassioned and emotion-filled timbre and then you hear the playback and it emits some weedy, tuneless voice with all the notes wrong.