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"i just happen to be here, and it's okay." -caetano veloso


"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


"think about something else. was art tatum talented?" -shoot the piano player


"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


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


"i’ve still got things inside me, sad things, happy things, that people don’t know about." -loretta lynn


"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


"too much cheesecake too soon! old money's better than new" -roxy music


"my mother used to tell me about vibrations. to think that invisible feelings, invisible vibrations existed scared me to death." -brian wilson


"i could even find it in my heart to love mike love." -belle & sebastian


"i'm going to boogie my scruples away." -lowell george


"i'm a lunatic, and you are so super cool." - george jones


"i'm an idiot for you." -iggy pop


"i'm good and i'm bad and i'm happy and i'm sad and i'm lazy" -willie nelson


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


"i mean every letter in the words in the sentences of my quotes." -lil' wayne


"lyrics choochoo from my mouth like locomotion." - pato banton


"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


"really, we don't want people twiddling their goatees over our stuff." -radiohead


thelonious monk's middle name: sphere


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


"the only word is love." -john lennon


"i love songs about horses, railroads, land, judgment day, family, hard times, whiskey, courtship, marriage, adultery, separation, murder, war, prison, rambling, damnation, home, salvation, death, pride, humor, piety, rebellion, patriotism, larceny, determination, tragedy, rowdiness, heartbreak and love. and mother. and god." -johnny cash


"the moon is clear, the sky is bright, i'm happy as the horse's shite." -the pogues


"i hope that you all out there, young, old, tall, short, fat or thin, quick or slow, no matter what kind or color or shape or person you are, if you like to make music, why, go ahead.” -pete seeger


"chuck berry isn't merely the greatest of the rock and rollers, or rather, there's nothing mere about it. say rather that unless we can somehow recycle the concept of the great artist so that it supports chuck berry as well as it does marcel proust, we might as well trash it." -robert christgau


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#1052: brian eno - seven deadly finns (dutch tv, 1974)

listen all day long to brian eno’s glistening, weird, faraway, irreplaceable mid-1970s rock albums, sleep to his ambient music, wake up to his mascara-soaked hits with roxy music, follow each of his oblique strategies at work, read his cat cartoons on the train, wonder during dinner about the heavenly atmosphere in the studios where he helped david byrne and talking heads record their masterpieces, internalize his tea invitations, then read this excellent new profile of his life and times and pens and lamps in the new yorker by sasha frere-jones. 

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#1024: the staple singers - slippery people (talking heads) (1985, soul train)

my new favorite genres are 1. rock and roll 2. new wave art punk disco gospel (above) and 3. jazz

thanks to joe hagan for the tip

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#919: the cure - jumping someone else’s train and grinding halt (1980, amsterdam)

all feature films would be better off if movie theaters played a selection of exceptionally well-picked old music videos before the coming attractions start, instead of 20 minutes of very large television advertisements and like behind-the-scenes footage of upcoming abc family channel sitcoms. specially, what if the sean penn as a robert smith nazi hunter vehicle had a cure video, a talking heads video, and maybe something from will oldham beforehand? someone get harvey weinstein on the phone immediately. 

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jonathan richman and jerry harrison, the most loving of the modern lovers.

jonathan richman and jerry harrison, the most loving of the modern lovers.

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five anagrams for “max abelson” that i hope no one ever suggests, based on ten alternate anagrams for “talking heads” besides brian eno’s kings lead hat:
1. samba en lox
2. no lab exams
3. ox nabs male (alternately: blames an ox)
4. blame sax? no.
5. male ax snob

five anagrams for “max abelson” that i hope no one ever suggests, based on ten alternate anagrams for “talking heads” besides brian eno’s kings lead hat:

1. samba en lox

2. no lab exams

3. ox nabs male (alternately: blames an ox)

4. blame sax? no.

5. male ax snob

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#834: talking heads - crosseyed and painless (1980, rome)

ten anagrams for “talking heads” that brian eno could have used instead of king’s lead hat, the song on before and after science that scrambled the name of his friend david byrne’s band, in decreasing order of liklihood:

1. a naked slight

2. dealt shaking

3. a snaked light

4. ska night deal

5. a gnashed kilt

6. knighted? alas.

7. data! elks! nigh!

8. a gash tinkled

9. sandal keg hit

10. gal asked, “hint?”

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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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#650: talking heads - houses in motion (live, 1980)

i hope david byrne stumbles on a copy of the observer while biking around town this week and finds my mortgage trader profile, which begins, “greg lippmann was sitting in a coffee shop on a recent weekend afternoon, wearing a t-shirt, light yellow plaid shorts and spring court sneakers without socks.” and somehow the mortgages will remind david byrne of his old talking heads song houses in motion, which on his bike he’ll start singing aloud, and when he gets to the lines that’s like “wearing shoes with no socks,” he’ll grin his nice david byrne grin.

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speaking of this, which david byrne once played an unusually mediocre version of, did you know he has an art show opening tomorrow?
it’s in san fransisco, and it has great charts.

speaking of this, which david byrne once played an unusually mediocre version of, did you know he has an art show opening tomorrow?

it’s in san fransisco, and it has great charts.

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#604: talking heads - uh-oh, love comes to town (1978)

some songs sound like candy and concrete at the same time. this one is a manhattan manhole cover made from an oversized lollipop.

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fresh perspectives from talking heads

fresh perspectives from talking heads

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#522: willie nelson - mr. record man (1965)

the fact that all five of last night’s grammy rock nominees are older than 50, and that their average age, according to my calculations, is 61.4 years, would lead a reasonable viewer to conclude that young people were not interested in (or good at) making superlative rock music last year. that is wrong.

so in january 2011, instead of nominating bob dylan, john fogerty, bruce springsteen, eric clapton, steve winwood, jeff beck, stevie wonder, booker t. jones, david byrne, elvis costello, levon helm, rambin’ jack elliott, loudon wainwright iii, willie nelson and (of course) neil young for grammys again, the academy should spend some of the ceremony showing clips of these glorious veterans in their prime (see above), take a few minutes to bring everyone up to speed on what they’ve been up to lately, and then dedicate the rest of the broadcast to serious quality time with the gloriously gaga and grizzly youth of today.

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Tom Tom Club Wordy Rappinghood
by Celtiemama

#475: tom tom club - wordy rappinghood (1981)

in 1980, david byrne put the talking heads on hiatus, so naturally bassist tina weymouth took her sisters and her husband and some friends to a dancehall in the bahamas to make the tom tom club’s debut album, a giant gulp of neon colored, double funky, triple poppy awesomeness. it’s also sort of a feminist triumph, considering the circumstances. and wordy rappinghood definitely made blondie’s rapture run home crying to its parents.

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#432: kraftwerk - tour de france (1983)

there would be none of aphex twin’s window licking, umbrella dancing and face melting, none of dr. dre’s world class wrecking, none of talking heads’ globe-trotting skinny-tie soul and none of the cure’s drip-drip-dripping, just to think of a few random examples, if düsseldorf’s bionic superstars, kraftwerk, hadn’t realized that hardware has so much technicolor funkiness.

so it’s gleeful news that the band has a tectonic remastered box set called 12345678 the catalogue coming out soon. computers everywhere are shedding tears of human joy; men are turning into electrons; computation is procreation! information is medication! vibration is sensation! transformation is revelation! conversation is desperation! discrimination is isolation! interpretation is termination!

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it’s always seemed unfair that the police were called new wave. isn’t new wave too cool to include the police? from now on only elvis costello, nick lowe and the talking heads can be called new wave, plus these guys on the cover of le new wave, plus maybe the cure’s first album, plus whichever members of blondie that is who’s standing far right on the cover of parallel lines. he had good hair. everyone else has to find a new genre name, like sad old synth-pop, or maybe something like power-mod, sire-squeeze, or electro-plastic.

it’s always seemed unfair that the police were called new wave. isn’t new wave too cool to include the police? from now on only elvis costello, nick lowe and the talking heads can be called new wave, plus these guys on the cover of le new wave, plus maybe the cure’s first album, plus whichever members of blondie that is who’s standing far right on the cover of parallel lines. he had good hair. everyone else has to find a new genre name, like sad old synth-pop, or maybe something like power-mod, sire-squeeze, or electro-plastic.

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