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"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


"hey there, hey now, well, you can make a pacemaker blink, easy thing, make a man's heart go bibbity bom. -john cale


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"to try to maximize the relationship of listening to a record through promotion is like experiencing driving a car by reading about stimulus programs." -bonnie 'prince' billy


"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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"i drive a rolls-royce, cause it's good for my voice." -t.rex


"i'm dealing in rock and roll. i'm not a bonafide human being." -phil spector


"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.'" -leonard cohen


"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


"i bite my nails and if that fails i go get myself stoned, but when i do i think of you and head myself back home." -gram parsons


"i would say groucho marx, to name one thing, and willie mays, and the second movement of the jupiter symphony, and louis armstrong’s recording of potatohead blues, swedish movies, naturally. sentimental education by flaubert, marlon brando, frank sinatra, those incredible apples and pears by cézanne, the crabs at sam wo’s, tracy’s face." -woody allen


"where have you been all my life?" -emmylou harris, to my brother tommy


brian eno songs that will make good book titles for my 10-volume memoir, in order: here he comes, baby's on fire, golden hours, brutal ardour, taking tiger mountain, events in dense fog, through hollow lands, some of them are old, everything merges with the night, dead finks don’t talk


ry cooder albums that every man should own: into the purple valley, boomer's story, paradise and lunch


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#1 song on the white album (tie): long long long, happiness is a warm gun


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#690: orange juice - rip it up (1982)

there’s something wonderfully and just impossibly cool about the music that was made right before i was born in november 1984. the guitars don’t only have sheen, they preen; the bass lines are pelvic; the drums cuff and snap; and the vocals, of course, were all recorded in denim jackets on chaise longues.

i’m talking about orange juice, the smiths, the monochrome set, and orchestral manoeuvres in the dark. plus lots of elvis costello and lots and lots of early r.e.m.. and some public image ltd. and talking heads/tom tom club, certain cure hits, a dabble of kraftwerk, the jonzun crew, even the late malcolm mclaren. they’re songs that make me nostalgic for something that i know deep down i never had in the first place.

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#478: the monochrome set - fat fun (1979)

the monochrome set’s singles—fat fun, ten donts for honeymooners, love goes down the drain, silicon carne, mr. bizarro, surfin sw12, apocalypso, fiasco bongo, big ben bongo, andiamo, fallout, and so much moreweren’t just weirdly sung, ferociously played and gauntly arranged, they were gorgeously named and exceedingly unsuccessful.

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as far as monochrome set album covers go, 1982’s cast a long shadow is slightly cooler than upside down bed-bouncing but slightly less awesome than a bar code with hands.

as far as monochrome set album covers go, 1982’s cast a long shadow is slightly cooler than upside down bed-bouncing but slightly less awesome than a bar code with hands.

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ogling monochrome set album covers makes me feel better about the tnt-ed economy. (this one is from 1979 like the one below—which proves once and for all that 7” british 1979 album covers were totally sweet.)

ogling monochrome set album covers makes me feel better about the tnt-ed economy. (this one is from 1979 like the one below—which proves once and for all that 7” british 1979 album covers were totally sweet.)

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it’s a distinct possiblity that the monochrome set may have better album covers than brian eno, gang of four, or even, gasp, talking heads. this here is 1979’s he’s frank/alphaville single (which banksy at least slightly ripped off.)

it’s a distinct possiblity that the monochrome set may have better album covers than brian eno, gang of four, or even, gasp, talking heads. this here is 1979’s he’s frank/alphaville single (which banksy at least slightly ripped off.)

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#208: monochrome set - the jet set junta (1983)

the front sleeve of monochrome set’s third album, love zombies (which includes tracks with names like the man with the black moustache and the weird, wild and wonderful world of tony potts) says, “an unashamed look at their weird lives, their wild loves, in a jazz-haunted, desire-tormented world,” which would be everything you’d need to read about monochrome set if it weren’t for the back sleeve, which says: “once this record is in the house, two’s company and four is a party. roll back the carpet, switch out the light, and dance in the glow of the firelight as the monochrome set provide your very own music far from the maddening crowd of the dance halls.”

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#74: monochrome set - eine symphonie des grauens (1979)

jesus fucking christ. the observer's managing editor, tom mcgeveran, whose knowledge of incredibly cool british post-punk bands (usually that no one has ever heard of) is shockingly deep, just introduced me to something called the monochrome set. they wear sunglasses, sound like lou reed without wimpiness, and name their songs for german expressionist silent horror films.

here’s the band playing somewhere in minnesota in 1979, before they ever had an album out. i think this is the kind of music that tom mcgeveran and tom verlaine and tom waits (and maybe the ghost of serge gainsbourg?) listen to when they hang around chewing the fat, thinking about pompadours, arguing about the moral imperative and string theory, not answering the phone calls of doting models, and just generally being awesome. also they all smoke winstons.

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