Thursday night. Girlfriend is on a porn chat room and I am watching “American Dad” while I write this. It’s about 2 am and I was just looking at the trailer for the only 3-D movie worth the name, “A Very Merry Harold and Kumar Christmas.” I should be serious, after all there is May Day coming up. I am listening to old songs I liked when I was a kid, “Heroin” by the Velvet Underground, “Rebel Rebel” by David Bowie, “Perfect Day” by Lou Reed, Girl Like You Before” By Iggy Pop, “Transmission” by Joy Division, and “Hurt” by Johnny Cash. My girlfriend hates this stuff, she calls it noise, but then she likes modern pop female vocalists, like Maria Carey and stuff that I can barely tolerate. Now its “She’s Lost Control” by Joy Division, I love that minimalist English Industrial sound. But I was a DJ back in the days of Punk and New Wave. I ride the dragon of heroin addiction with my musician friends and my drug friends, and my friend friends who got caught up in the speed-heroin-cocaine hard drug frenzy that took over many peoples lives in the hard rock world of the 80’s. Now its “Passenger” by Iggy Pop. They haven’t made a commercial of that one yet, I don’t think. This was one of the theme songs my buddies and I played as we drove around Boulder and Longmont, Colorado. In the late 1970’s it was hard not to find yourself in a cow pasture if you were not careful. It was hard to see it as a tough urban landscape at night that Iggy is singing about. Just like we used to play “Heroin” on our cheap stereo in the farmhouse that my friend Howard’s mom lived in. He had a room set up in the barn. I slept upstairs in an empty bedroom sans heat in a very cold Colorado winter.
Now I am listening to “Walk On The Wild Side” by Lou Reed. I missed it when it first came out in 72, I was living my countrified hippie Revolutionary commune fantasy in Colorado Springs then and missed the entire Glam Rock scene.
I didn’t catch on to Lou Reed until about 1977 when I started hanging out with Jory and Peter. “Black Betty” by Ram Jam, a one hit wonder band, is on now. They are proficient rockers, better musicians than song writers, their lyrics leave something to be desired. A boogie band to be sure. Also from 1977.
“If I Should Fall From Grace With God” by the Pogues, a great North Country song of the Irish rebel tradition, mixed with Appalachian transplant fiddling. It was something I listened to later, in the nineties after I had retired from most of my bad boy stuff, except for a little heroin after work when I wasn’t off on an adventure in India or France. Another romantic Pogues song, “Rainy Night in Soho” this guy has a voice as gravely as it gets with teeth bashed in like some punch drunk fighter. Shane McGowan, a real trooper.
“Sunday Morning Coming Down” Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson singing on the Johnny Cash show back in the late sixties, such a great song, with poor sound production quality on this you tube. Now a live version of “Loving Her Was Easier” from Spain, Kris Kristofferson solo. I guess I am a country boy after all. I am ending on Anne Murray “I Just Fall In Love Again,” she reminds me of a female Barry Manilow. But this was popular at the same time as the Sex Pistols. Now I am on a romantic kick Barry Manilow’s “Mandy”. My soft side is coming out. I really liked this song when it was popular. Starland Vocal Band doing “Afternoon Delight” picking up on the popularity of Abba, it was re-popularized in the movie Anchorman. And that is all I have to say tonight.
Anyway you get the idea. Look em up yourself if you are interested.