There is something incredibly compelling about artists who make their lives a complete trainwreck. We seek them out like morbid onlookers at a ghastly car crash. We know the scene is ugly and that we should look away....but there is no way our brain will compell are necks to rotate and turn our heads the other way. Maybe this explains my recent obession with Courtney Love's 1994 tune, "Doll Parts." The song was written before the Kurt Cobain suicide (or murder)...so it doesn't have the taint of that as her later work does. I'm not here to condemn or condone Courtney Love. Its between her and her maker if she killed Kurt or aided in his demise. Until there is SOLID proof she was 100% involved in his death, I'll have to give her the benifit of the doubt because the U.S. is a democracy the last time I checked.
So, I just wanted everyone to know that the reason I post this video has nothing to do with my opinion of Courtney Love's life. Hey, I even on occasion enjoy some of Charles Manson's music...does that mean I want to talk with him over coffee about ritual killings? Hardly...I just have the ability to seperate the artist from the actual person. If I just ignored every musician or artist who had something freaky and or extremely questionable about their personal lives, my walls would deviod of artwork. I suppose that's why they say there's such a short divide between genius and insanity...and maybe music is supposed to bridge that. Anyway, here's hoping that Courtney will clean up her act for good because she has a daughter to raise (Frances Bean). And I have to admit her early 90's stuff is actually some of the best female grunge I've ever heard, aside from PJ Harvey of course.
Hehe snap ;) - only a couple of days ago while some Hole song was on the radio, I was thinking (as I often do) that I really do like some of Courteny's songs. Not enough to go buy any Hole albums, but if they're on the radio I enjoy listening to them.
Gary King August 10, 2006 07:56 PM PDT
Don't stop, I just found you! I know what you mean about the self destructiveness of musicians. We have to burn out or become caricatures of ourselves, unless we find a way to transcend> Dylan is good at surviving. I'm still here, but I never made it big. I'd probably be dead now if I did. My little folk rock duo is even called Train Wreck. It pretty much sums up our lives. I really took it hard when Kurt dies, I'm the same age and have a daughter the same age as Frances Bean. But that's rock and roll I guess.
Kristy August 10, 2006 01:34 PM PDT I really am not going to post anymore if no one responds to anything I write. What's the flippin' point?
There has been much coming and going of the authors here at Vintage Rock. If you have not posted an entry in over two months, I'm either deleting you from Vintage Rock or marking you as inactive on the side-bar. I don't think its fair to give authors credit here if they don't post any entries. Its nothing personal, I'm sure you all understand.
Shay (non active co-founder)
Jess (non active co-founder)
Morgan (non active co-founder)
What Is "Vintage Rock" About?
Vintage Rock has officially been on the internet in various forms for about five years now. I started it on a whim of boredom at the terrible, bolt.com. I met some great friends there, and we ended up forming a super-group; a forum where it was okay to speak our minds about anything and everything music. And since there were multiple authors here, we were able to learn about an eclectic variety of music news, recommendations, and bands.
In the last few years, many of the authors who helped co-found this blog quit posting entries. I'm not bitter about their absence, because I know it takes a lot of time and dedication to write quality articles and posts. I will never forget them, but I think its time I quit expecting them to come back. I'd really like to see Vintage Rock turn back into the place it once was. I really don't forsee that happening though. I do however think it is valid for me to keep up this blog in hopes I can inspire even one person to realize that MTV is not the only way to define one's musical tastes. I know its difficult, and takes a lot of research, but there are amazing bands out there just waiting to be discovered. And that is the purpose of this blog. I've never made one penny for running Vintage Rock, and that's okay. Its worth all the hard work when I hear one person say, "Hey, that band kicks ass!" So yes, if you like Vintage Rock and what we stand for, don't be afraid to comment on an entry or say hi on the tag-board. The more input from you readers, the more likely I am to be inspired to post more entries.
Anyway, I'm off my soap-box for today. I just thought I'd let you know that things are going to be a bit different here. I'm taking the focus off the side bar and deleting a lot of things I don't find relevant anymore.
Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart closed with Lowery singing about how "Life Is Grand" in pointed response to "those of you who have appointed yourselves to expect us to say something darker." So when Key Lime Pie came out, its moodier music and imagery, not to mention that soon after the fact the band fell apart on the tour for the album, led more than one person to think those darker times had finally arrived. As it is, the group had already gone through one major shake-up between the two albums -- founding member Segel had taken a powder to concentrate on other efforts, with Morgan Fichter brought in as a replacement violinist. Her abilities were certainly praiseworthy, as the album-starting instrumental "Opening Theme" shows quite well. However, it's definitely not the same band that did Telephone Free Landslide Victory a mere four years previous -- things are more straightforwardly rock here most of the time, perhaps not too surprising in light of Lowery's subsequent work in Cracker. As it is, though, it's excellently conceived rock, with space, moodiness, and more to spare. Consider "Jack Ruby," with its wordless backing vocals, tense rhythms, and thick soloing, or "Laundromat" and its steady but unnerving crunch. It's not all potential melancholia, though -- "June" in particular is an underrated number, celebrating the early summer with sweetness and love (at least up to the increasingly stranger ending). Lowery's singing is his best yet, perhaps a little less prone to wackiness but an emergent, distinct voice all the same, and certainly prone to sing a quirky lyric or two still. The oddest thing of all was that the band actually gained a little mainstream attention on MTV and radio via a cover of Status Quo's psych-era nugget "Pictures of Matchstick Men."--- Ned Raggett