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More confession time

Well I couldn't rest -- tossed and turned, though I felt crappy and tired, and then I had to get up and feed the cats. So I decided to feed myself too, to see if that would make me feel better. Ramen noodle soup and toast. The jury's still out...

Anyway, I'm bored, so here are some confessions about me:

Music: could someone tell me what is so special about the Clash? No wait -- on second thought, don't. It seems that every discussion about how modern music sucks has to have that inevitable disclaimer "except for the Clash" tacked on to it. What I can't figure out it why. So they made fun of some fictional Arab guys in "Rock the Casbah." So they were English. So what? They were communists or something, and their music sounded like someone throwing empty oil drums down a flight of cement steps. Screeching and howling like roosters on crack isn't singing. The band members were all ugly, but not in that ordinary next-door neighbor kind of way, but in a frightening, vicious drunk with broken teeth who doesn't like the way you're looking at him kind of way. The Clash sucked and I've thought so ever since I saw them on late night tv in 1979 or so.

TV: I miss tv and I want it back. I already have one picked out, I'm just waiting to have enough dough (and no bills). I'm going to get cable. And I'm also going to revive my Netflix account and rent out Season 1 of Banacek. Because George Peppard was the epitome of coolness in his pre-A-Team days. Also his girlfriends in that show were always liberated career women before "liberated career woman" meant someone who would throw her grandmother under a bus to get Bill Clinton's autograph.

Books: I haven't been able to concentrate lately, so I have a huge pile of unread books, some of which kind readers have sent me. This makes me feel guilty, which doesn't help my concentration.

My taste in decor: I have next to my bed, the way some people keep the Bible, a copy of James Lileks' Interior Desecrations: Hideous Homes From the Horrible 70's. Most of the homes therein depicted are truly hideous, but... there are a couple that have, well, elements that could work. At least, that's what I've been thinking lately, especially as I note that some of the furniture in the photos is obviously mid-century modern stuff that only needs good upholstery and the removal of the nasty 70's-colored paint to be new again. (Observe the Thonet styling of these chairs. Think of how much nicer they'd look if they weren't the color of Tang.) That lucite furniture, however, did not work and still does not work.

But to continue, there are a couple of room scenes he mocks that I find rather less than half bad. One is a sort of sitting room/library that has a mezzanine -- it's a loft-style room with bookshelves that go all the way up, and there is a railed-off ledge for the upper portion of the shelves that you reach with a ladder. I have always wanted a room like that, though of course I'd replace the ladder with a nice iron spiral staircase.

Anyway, that's the end of confession time for tonight. I am basically waiting until I can take more Tylenol, and then I may go back to bed.

Comments (8)

CGHill [TypeKey Profile Page]:

In a sort of weak defense of the Clash, I must point out that they were about the least nihilistic punks around, and their stance on record pricing was vaguely refreshing, especially since when they insisted on below-normal list for their multi-LP sets CBS took the difference out of their royalties and (if I remember correctly) no complaints were heard.

Still, I've always suspected that most American fans of the Clash were drawn to "I'm So Bored with the U.S.A.," because, well, so were they.

I don't know, liking a band because their records are cheaper is kind of pathetic. Anyway, I used to spend all my money on overpriced imported vinyl so record pricing issues weren't on my radar. I was of the mindset that if I liked a band, I was going to buy the record no matter what it cost. That's why I'm in the wonderful financial state I am today! And I don't even listen to the damn things anymore. (Must set up Ebay store to get rid of all these LPs...)

Sigivald [TypeKey Profile Page]:

The Clash are terribly overrated, but if you're inclined to like punk rock at all, their first few albums contain some excellent songs, even if they are Commie Bastards.

(And while I didn't like anything about Sandinista, Combat Rock is oddly good despite the insipid Commie poseurship.

Oddly in that sometimes it fails horribly, but they were obviously trying Something New - and sometimes it works.)

Eh, I prefer the Sex Pistols.

prairiecat [TypeKey Profile Page]:

Nice tv. I paid about $150 for ours, 2 summers ago, but it's the smallest, least expensive model they had in the flat screen.

My mum & I liked Banacek, too. He really was the ultimate cool...those eyes, that smirk...such attitude!

Ah, I'm not alone.

wf [TypeKey Profile Page]:

If it is in good condition, you may get more for that vinyl than you paid for it.

Alas -- it's not, I listened to all those records a million times on different cheap record players, they used to be stored in an un-airconditioned house in South Florida (the house I grew up in), and one of my cats used them as scratching posts when they were kept on the lower shelf of a bookshelf (this just damaged the edges of the jackets, but still). They are still playable, but they aren't the sort of pristine, archive-stored items that audiophiles go for. I do know of one record store in Central Florida that will pay at least 25 cents per record, (they will make useless ones into ashtrays and things) but they are in Winter Garden, much too far away for me to lug the things.

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