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by Dan
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Sunset-Valley - "Mr. Extreme Jeans"

My body is starting to react to the amount of time I've been spending at the computer. Wrist pain, then eye pain, and now, wait for it, a blister on my thumb from pressing the spacebarsomuch. So, in case I die before the end of this paragraph: WHAT A CHORUS! I've noticed recently that people will quickly relate a song's being really catchy to it's potential to sell something. "That song will probably be in a commercial" etc. I'd look down my nose at this, but I did the exact same thing when I heard this song. But maybe it's good, that way, ad people will be bowing to OUR standards as opposed to setting trends. Party in the street! (no cameras allowed, ever again)

Jack Kerouac - "an excerpt from The Subterraneans"

There's not really many author-celebrities today, are there? I guess Dave Eggars does his thing, and lots of people know who he is, but he doesn't like, go on tv and stuff. No one who's just an author enjoys the kind of attention that Kerouac....experienced.

Hearing him read was really the key to enjoying his writing for me. I could listen to him read for hours, often ceasing to listen to the words and hear only the sounds. Which I think he started writing like eventually, after the midpoint in the chronology of books, stuff really starts to lose sense. But not this one, Mardou is one of his most vivid characters in my opinion, entirely because of the lack of description she receives. He felt he had her figured out, I guess.

Posted by Dan at April 1, 2005 12:57 AM


Ever since I picked up the "Skylab Love Scene" 7" because I liked the sleeve way back when, I have been waiting for its writer to fulfill the promise he made on the song "Neptune Pools". I would have sworn then that he would be the next Syd Barret. Turns out that whatever inspiration struck then has been hit-or-miss since; even the LP version of the same song wasn't the same.

Nice ditty this time around. Still not Syd, though. At least Mr. Jolly has managed not to go mad.

Posted by wcw at April 3, 2005 12:59 AM

awesome! 'Further' is really cool. Have you ever read "Hippie" by Barry Miles? (C2004 Sterling Publishing) It is a groovy history of the counterculture movement in the Sixties and Seventies.

Posted by Jaik at April 3, 2005 1:18 AM

i concur on the jack. hearing him, that is where the IT is, isnt it? thanks.

Posted by frank sin at April 6, 2005 7:56 PM

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