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


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"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


"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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"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


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


"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


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"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


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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


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#1055: dinosaur jr. - just like heaven (cure cover) (1989)

we here at the super groovy music video spectacular take music videos for cover songs so seriously that we’re lapsing into a very rare first-person plural. are you doubting our dead seriousness? then please consult with our various discussions of billy swan’s woozy, wobbly, heavy-lidded don’t be cruel, the staple singers slipping on talking heads, nick cave walking a mile in nancy sinatra’s boots, elliott smith and jon brion singing the prettiest kinks song, r.e.m. making boudleaux bryant proud, dwight yoakam’s wheels and carmelita, the fall doing the other half’s pharmacology gem mr. pharmacist, aaron neville crooning the main ingredient’s everybody plays the fooland even the esso trinidad steel band (with help from van dyke parks) banging out paul simon’s cecilia. and it is with similar seriousness when we write that dinosaur jr.’s just like heaven is the single best music video for a cover song ever made — and maybe one of the finest cover songs, too. 

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why this very detailed may 1989 melody maker article about dinosaur jr. meeting the cure hasn’t been turned into an 11-part dramatic television miniseries yet is way, way, way beyond me. 

why this very detailed may 1989 melody maker article about dinosaur jr. meeting the cure hasn’t been turned into an 11-part dramatic television miniseries yet is way, way, way beyond me. 

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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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#746: the cure - six different ways (in rio, 1987)

i think there comes a time in every grown man’s life when he looks into the mirror and realizes he’s just standing there singing a cure song (from maybe 1979 to 1989) into his own reflection, very earnestly. i know people, actually only tom mcgeveran, who would say post-1990 songs would be included, but personally that’s not my experience. i like that six different ways is called just six here, which might actually be an even better name. either way, what a happy song. i also like that it’s live in rio, which reminds me of "we are flying down to rio!" and i guess just rio in its entirety.

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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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#559: the cure - lullaby (1989)

with all due respect to robert smith’s ultra-deluxe reissue aspirations, instead of releasing a three-disc version of disintegration, the cure should just stick with the one-CD version—and to make up for the lost publicity they can hold all-day looped viewings of the lullaby music video across the world. one can never get enough late-80s images of tuba, pajamas, lipstick, spiders, lace, large teeth, banjos, dusty windows, and industrial-strength eye shadow, i always say.

three-disc releases have to be left up to the pros from now on.

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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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The Cure - Lovecats

#147: the cure - the lovecats (1983)

maybe it’s not as immediately cool as the cure’s crispy, punky, no-lipstick early songs about existentialist novelists and taps that drip-drip-drip, but the lovecats has to be the most romantic song recorded during the whole reagan administration.

british people really do have a way with words: “we should have each other to tea/ we should have each other with cream/ then curl up by the fire/ and sleep for awhile/ it’s the grooviest thing/ it’s the perfect dream.”

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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)
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The Cure - 10.15 On A saturday Night

#81: the cure - 10:15 saturday night (1978)

before they became an iffy, angsty 80s pop band (not that that’s always bad), coated in red lipstick and white foundation and bad black hair, the cure was a massively cool trio. when i listen to early cure songs like this one, i don’t think of adolescents crying in their bedrooms, i imagine dehydrated supermodels crawling through deserts, or tommy guns that shoot icicle-bullets, or maybe chain-link fences painted in yves klein’s blue.

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#37: the cure - close to me (1985)

happy valentine’s day! nothing says romance like the cure, especially when robert smith is in heavy eyeliner and thick lipstick, playing a comb, trapped in a cupboard that’s falling off a cliff into the ocean, then drowns.

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