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Dear me.

bishopjoey recently reminded me about the wonderful Anne Clark version of the Philip Larkin poem This Be The Verse, by way of lamenting the loss of his copy of Anne Clark's Hopeless Cases (1987). I told him that he wasn't missing much; that it sounded hopelessly dated now.

The talk of "This Be The Verse" renewed my motivation to work on a mix tape for a certain someone, and a little while ago, I sat down to do just that. I remembered that I'd been thinking of Love and Rockets' song "The Game" (1985) lately, and I decided to include it on the tape. Talk about sounding dated!

I implore all of you thirty-something former punks and goths to go drag out at least one of your tapes from the 1980s - holy crap! I used to think this song was so serious, or profound, or at least worthy of annoying my parents. Today I couldn't listen to it without howling with laughter - it's so fucking corny! Was I ever that corny? I fear that I was ...

We're going to stay awake
for as long as it takes
We're going to stay awake
for as long as it takes
to correct all the silly mistakes we have made ...


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Dec. 22nd, 2003 09:39 am (UTC)
Indeed The Game is not the height of songwriting on that album. They were so serious about it, though, weren't they.

On the other hand, they did produce:

There's a man on the corner / Coming on like Moses
Flogging new religion / like a bunch of plastic roses

Which stands up to a little more scrutiny.
Dec. 22nd, 2003 09:47 am (UTC)
And I didn't even quote the best writing in "The Game":

One two three four
Two two three four
Three two three four
One ...
Dec. 22nd, 2003 09:54 am (UTC)
BTW one of my best friends is a Scorpio
Dec. 22nd, 2003 11:32 am (UTC)
On a positive note, I will say that the Repo Man soundtrack (1984) still kicks ass.
Dec. 22nd, 2003 02:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Hope, we are all getting old. I recently brought a Cocteau Twins album and really enjoyed it but there is definitely some music I can't listen to now without cringing!!! But I'm with you on the Repo Man soundtrack and I've lost count of the number of times I have seen that movie and I can quote parts of it word for word. I love that movie!!!! Did you ever see the movie "Liquid Sky"? I used to have the soundtrack for that at one time, it was hysterical, even back then. I don't listen to music half as much as I used and my music tastes have certainly changed over the years...by the way, I have started a live journal...duh!
Dec. 22nd, 2003 03:13 pm (UTC)
I don't think I've ever seen Liquid Sky. I've only seen Repo Man once (for what it's worth, I rented it on tape on my first co-op), and I need to remedy that one of these days.

And I saw the Cocteau Twins live once, in Chicago. Bought a t-shirt and everything.
Dec. 22nd, 2003 03:38 pm (UTC)
You owned a Cocteau Twins t-shirt? How jealous am I? I'd still wear now...how sad am I? Mind you, I had a Psychedelic Furs t-shirt I wore when I was 15/16 or something like that. It was bright pink and black and yellow. I wore it so much and it got washed so much that it is so faded that it was no longer pink...
Dec. 22nd, 2003 05:13 pm (UTC)
What makes you think I was speaking in the past tense? I bet if given half the chance I could find that darn thing. Whether or not it would still fit is another question.

Oh, and for the record, I was using the term "t-shirt" as shorthand; it was actually a long-sleeved shirt with one of those not-quite-a-turtleneck/Priest-height collars. I would expect nothing less of the Cocteau Twins.
Dec. 22nd, 2003 08:11 pm (UTC)
old... I feel it..

Talking to my roommate/friends this weekend (all 10 years younger than I am) that was almost painfull..

the worst was at my previous job, Guns and roses came on (who just annoyed me in highschool/college) and I was kinda humming along.

Kid made the comment he didn't like that classic rock..

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