RIP to electronic music avant-gardist and teacher Michael Czajkowski.
This led me to discover Buffy Sainte-Marie’s quite interesting album Illuminations.
Fred always reminded me of Dr Zachary Smith from Lost in Space.
We in Talking Heads became friends with the B-52’s early on. I remember they told us: “You have to see this other band from Athens playing at Danceteria – they’re called REM.” The Athens, Georgia bands were all very supportive of one another, it seemed to me.
That was my biggest takeaway from Grace Hale’s book on Athens. Sounded like a pretty magical scene, for awhile.
Then of course when John Lennon said that they’d inspired him to return to music [which resulted in Double Fantasy] that mattered a lot to me too – a Beatle noticing this very cool band.
It’s always a bigger risk to blaze a new trail musically, but if you do it and succeed, like the B-52’s have, you’re irreplaceable.
New Everything But the Girl? Yes please!
Also… some Hanatarash…
Far less melodic! Also, the interview sections aren’t translated from Japanese…
“It MEANS something! People should KNOW this!”
I know, right?
Also… IT’S FUCKIN’ TRUE! You play Creep for a room full of white Gen Xers, and you’d think they’d just heard one of the most meaningful, spiritual speeches ever…
Um…eww. I hate this song with a passion, it’s a stalker song. May as well play Every Breath you Take at your wedding reception’s first dance, you know, the one where the bride’s dad is supposed to dance with the bride.
Yeah, pretty much… but gen X aged white people love it…
i identify as gen x and i am white; however, while the tune is lovely the words are just amazingly creepy. “your skin makes me cry” . . . “it puts the lotion on” . . .
i remember when synchronicity came out and several people in my circle debated and talked about the album and its lyrics. a couple of my friends thought the song was about god but i said it sounded like a stalker. a few weeks later one of my friends said that sting had admitted straight up that it was about a stalker.
“creep” was that perfect combination of repulsion and beauty. the music, particularly the chord progression, was beautiful but the character the song projected was hideous.
I only love the CHKKK-CHKKK-CHKKRRAAAAANG bit.
That bit’s deadly.
I find sometimes that it takes a cover version to drive home how good a song is.
Listening to the cover can give a fresh context to the original…
I never much liked this song, but after watching this video (based on me trying to figure out why people like this song while I hate it), I have much more respect for it and I understand why I don’t particularly like it (I tend to like melody more than rhythm).