“what are we to think of a band whose best song is based on albert camus’s “the stranger,” a book that was holy writ for collegiate existentialists before robert smith was even born?”—robert christgau, writing on the cure’s debut (and killing an arab)
“at a certain point phil approached me with a bottle of kosher red wine in one hand and a .45 in the other, put his arm around my shoulder and shoved the revolver into my neck and said, ‘leonard, i love you.’ i said, ‘i hope you do, phil’… [he had] megalomania and insanity and a devotion to armaments that was really intolerable. in the state that he found himself, which was post-wagnerian, i would say hitlerian, the atmosphere was one of guns, the music was a subsidiary enterprise.”—leonard cohen on phil spector, who produced cohen’s death of a ladies’ man… see monday’s spector posts for more.
“in the worst periods of migraine suffering, in particular during the making of the record ‘a ghost is born,’ the cycle of pain and pain relief and pain killer abuse got really difficult to dig out of… after a while it became obvious that it was a problem. i was abusing the painkillers. they became something i was having trouble living without. i would get scared by the amount of drugs i was taking. i was afraid i wouldn’t wake up.”—jeff tweedy, writing this month in the new york times' migraine blog
“record producer phil spector, awaiting trial for murder, is being sued for more than $5 million by his former personal assistant, whose claims include [that he] sometimes appeared naked in front of her and once asked her to find him a prostitute.”—ap news report, 2006. (i was feeling guilty that the two spitzer jokes below had nothing to do with phil spector, today’s subject, so i wanted to find a bridge. and i found it.)
“never talk when you can nod, and never nod when you can wink.”—governor eliot spitzer, in 2006, giving advice on breaking the law. (he should have added that taking high-priced hookers to hotels while federal investigators are listening in is always a bad idea too.) doesn’t the governor’s quote sound like a lil’ wayne lyric? and both spitzer and lil’ wayne love hoes.