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"sing a simple song but keep the swing strong." -de la soul


"think straight, keep a clean plate." -joanna newsom


"keep a clean nose, watch the plain-clothes." -bob dylan


"keep your feet warm, but keep your clothes on." -harry nilsson


"it took me about three or four weeks to toilet train my cat, nightlife. most of the time is spent moving the box very gradually to the bathroom." -charles mingus


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"she had a chihuahua named carlos that had some kind of skin disease and was totally blind." -tom waits


"he had a huge room with nothing in it except this huge vast hammond organ, right next door to the police." -david bowie


"he's got a mind like a sewer, and a heart like a fridge" -elvis costello


"you can't hold the hand of a rock 'n' roll man." -joni mitchell


"lou's jukebox spun for love and many other things, too – beauty, pain, history, courage, mystery" - laurie anderson


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"after cheesecake with all of your friends and family, who's gonna front the bill? me... say you want to take first-class trips, well i want to work those first-class hips. yes i do." -r. kelly


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"they’d whisper at each other and look at phil and whisper at each other. finally this lady, tanked, comes over to phil and says, 'alright, sonny, what’s your problem?' and he said, 'premature ejaculation, what’s yours?'" -tom wolfe


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#931: frank sinatra and quincy jones - until the real things comes along (1984)

almost certainly the best sweater-on-sweater action of 1984, quincy jones in red and sinatra in blue. it was probably filmed the same day as footage of quincy messing around with herbie hancock’s new synthesizers, just after taking off his sweater and switching spectacles.

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#434: harry nilsson - think about your troubles (from the point!) (1971)

september is here, august is gone—but it will forever remain in our hearts as the month nancy sinatra managed to get an op-ed printed in the times. actually her piece made a good argument for why singers like her father deserve radio royalty payments: “when he sings, ‘weatherwise it’s such a lovely day’ in come fly with me, he lingers on the word lovely, and you can actually imagine yourself floating in a blue sky on a lovely day.”

that’s a nice point, and it makes me think about harry nilsson, who was like frank sinatra except he crooned about baths, desks, limes, bad fathers and the circus while wearing bathrobes and binge drinking with john lennon. in think about your troubles—a song about crying into a teacup that’s poured into the ocean, drunk up by fishes who are swallowed by a whale that dies and melts into the water, which is filtered and made into tea—he sings the word decomposed with enough fatal wobble to remind you that everyone is going to die. but then the song’s melody is so splendid that life seems worth living. it’s perfect music for september.

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excitement about woodstock’s 40th anniversary is depressing and icky. for example: “we always, [sic] liked to go into water of untested depth, so we went to woodstock with open minds. and it was fucked up, which was good,” jefferson airplane’s paul kanter says in rolling stone's essential woodstock coverage.
instead of thinking too much about 40-year-old woodstock and allowing paul kanter to use naughty language and poorly-placed commas, we should all be focused on the 50th anniversary of frank sinatra’s come dance with me! and no one cares, both from 1959.
talking about hippies doing hippy things in the mud is a lot less interesting than listing to frank at his hip, honeyed peak—especially when he coos lines like, “and while the rhythm swings what cuckoo things i’ll be saying! for what is dancing but making love set to music   playing?”

excitement about woodstock’s 40th anniversary is depressing and icky. for example: “we always, [sic] liked to go into water of untested depth, so we went to woodstock with open minds. and it was fucked up, which was good,” jefferson airplane’s paul kanter says in rolling stone's essential woodstock coverage.

instead of thinking too much about 40-year-old woodstock and allowing paul kanter to use naughty language and poorly-placed commas, we should all be focused on the 50th anniversary of frank sinatra’s come dance with me! and no one cares, both from 1959.

talking about hippies doing hippy things in the mud is a lot less interesting than listing to frank at his hip, honeyed peak—especially when he coos lines like, “and while the rhythm swings what cuckoo things i’ll be saying! for what is dancing but making love set to music playing?”

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Nancy Sinatra - Sugar Town
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#417: nancy sinatra - sugartown (1967)

sugartown is either about sex, schizophrenia, or very strong cocaine—or it’s about nothing at all, and only exists to allow for synchronized sashaying. either way, cave-voiced lee hazelwood should be praised for writing it, and for his mustache.

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the cover of i will wait for you/somethin’ stupid seems creepy until you realize frank sinatra can eskimo-kiss whomever he damn well pleases, his adult daughter included.

the cover of i will wait for you/somethin’ stupid seems creepy until you realize frank sinatra can eskimo-kiss whomever he damn well pleases, his adult daughter included.

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You're Just Too Marvelous
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#336: frank sinatra - too marvelous for words (1961)

whenever a tuxedoed, bowtied, pocket-squared sinatra claps four times, snaps twice, shakes his heads, leans back, and launches forward into a perfect on-the-beat strut, an ill orphan somewhere in the world is instantly cured.

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you have to be an antarctic, icebox-frozen, stone-cold cool motherfucker to wear not only a gigantically goofy grin but also a pinkie ring and still look like an assassin. even the way sinatra adjusts his tie would be impossible for a lesser man to reproduce.

you have to be an antarctic, icebox-frozen, stone-cold cool motherfucker to wear not only a gigantically goofy grin but also a pinkie ring and still look like an assassin. even the way sinatra adjusts his tie would be impossible for a lesser man to reproduce.

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#267: frank sinatra - pal joey trailer (1957)

in this week’s new york observer, i wrote about the charming, well-eyebrowed, incredibly lucky ex-understudy matthew risch, a 27-year-old who took over the lead roll in the new mega-musical pal joey after the 40-year-old lead actor (who was poised for a breakthrough, poor guy) broke his foot. “never having a real speaking role before, i’ve been having to work on my, you know, my enunciation, my articulation, things like that,” mr. risch told me.

among other things, i asked him about the 1957 film version of pal joey, with sinatra and rita hayworth. “i honestly fell asleep to it, i thought it was so terrible,” he said. and kim novak? “she’s awful! the second she came on that screen i was like, ‘what! is! she! doing?’ i just thought she was such an awful actress in that film.”

but to be fair, the film features sinatra crooning the lady is a tramp, which is hard to complain about, and better yet the trailer features sinatra at a chalkboard (literally) explaining the film’s hip slang: “mouse,” “gasser,” “loose,” and “pippin.”

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#223: scott walker - loss of love (1972)

listening to scott walker (especially when he pretends to be flying) is like having carnal relations with frank sinatra’s sister, daughter, and neices on a shag carpet in a master bedroom whose oxygen has been replaced by mushrooms.

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#87: harry nilsson - walk right back/cathy’s clown/let the good times roll (1971, bbc)

oh, harry! in 1968, when there was a press conference to announce the start of apple records, john lennon was asked for his favorite u.s. singer. “nilsson,” he said. then paul mccartney was asked for his favorite u.s. group. “nilsson,” he said.

maybe they liked his tipsy psychedelia (pandemonium shadow show), or his morbid acoustic folk (aerial ballet), or his old-school sinatra miming (a little touch of schmilsson in the night) or all that bizarre bathrobe kitch ("you put the lime in the coconut…").

nilsson’s has a syrupy swagger that makes things interesting even when he’s playing everly brothers tunes (and a 1946 hit) on the piano. there’s something especially nefarious about harry singing such perfectly sweet songs with two other versions of himself. (don’t forget that two years after this show, he accompanied his new pal john lennon on his famous LA drug binge. a year after that, mama cass elliott died in nilsson’s bedroom, and the who’s keith moon happened to do the very same thing in 1978.)

bonus! the creepy cut-off clapping and overall goofiness here is calendar-approriate. happy april fool’s day ‘08. woo.

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#27: cat power - new york, new york (2008)

is it wrong to read the random snippets of text at the bottom of spam? i just got an email about viagra that said: “harsh, dismal, ice—that is, exiled; they tear apart the mist.” whoa. google tells me that that’s from victor hugo, the 19th-century poet.

hugo was writing about winter, but his spammed lines reminded me of dozy, dismal, heart-breaking cat power. the one time i met her (true story!) i told her i adored her melancholic early albums.

"i can’t listen to them anymore, they’re too sad," she said.

the best thing i could think of, beacuse i’m a huge fool, was: “yes. but so pure.” oh she looked so beautiful.

and then she leaned in and smiled and whispered, “you’re sweet,” and she kissed me. (on the cheek).

i haven’t heard her new album yet, but i sure like this liza minnelli/frank sinatra cover. she’s the only singer alive who could make you so devastated and so thrilled to be alive on a sad friday afternoon in new york.

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