Apr 272011

Although this is nowhere near as much to deal with as what we dealt with last time, I found this clip a bit…challenging. Maybe part of it has to do with being a fan of The Band and never considering “It Makes No Difference” to lend itself to a solo dance performance. I eventually came to terms with it. How about you?

Apr 242011

In its continuing quest to be hip, NPR posted this interview with John Maus and entitled it, “The Thrilling, Manic and Utterly Addictive John Maus.”

Mr. Maus makes multiple statements that invite discussion. These are just a few:

  1. Music of the 1990s was “a goofy mistake.”
  2. Utopia is “us playing our tapes for each other.”
  3. “The most radical thing we can do (in making music is to) make it as poppy as possible.”

I’m a fan of electronica and experimental music, but this interview made me want to pull up a rocking chair and join the ranks of E. Pluribus Gergely’s Curmudgeon Club. While some bands of the 1980s, namely Scritti Politti, have also made the argument that pop music can be a form of revolution, Mr. Maus’s babble came across to me as annoying and ridiculous.

I hope you will join me in further discussion of this interview, NPR’s title, and Mr. Maus’s conclusions.

Jun 302008


You may recall a thread from a couple of weeks ago about my latent appreciation for the craft and catchiness of ’90s Britpop sensations Blur. A group I know well, a group of which I’ve long been a member, The Bad Attitude Club, needed more evidence of the band’s relative goodness. I supplied some live tracks from a bonus disc that came with the initial pressing of their Best of… collection. I doubt that either of my posts had any effect on the nasty old dudes who compose The Bad Attitude club, but more than a few Blur-loving Townspeople requested the posting of additional tracks from that live CD. To you, young at heart and open of ears, I say, Enjoy!

More from Blur at Wembley

“She’s So High”

“To the End”


“Charmless Man”



Jun 132008

The Blur Best of CD referred to in our recent Old Dude’s Guide to Blur originally was issued with a bonus live CD. This is a good thing, and I’m glad I have it. As the older Townspeople who constitute the Bad Attitude Club have been intensely sampling and studying the studio tracks and videos posted, more than a few of them have come back to me with a variation on the following question:

Thanks for sharing these studio tracks, Mod, but to accurately pass judgment on this band I ignored 15 years ago, I need to get a sense whether they could play live. We all know how any kid with a Mac these days can make a killer record, but only a real band can do it on stage.

So, as a service to our hard-working, dedicated, and open-minded members of the Bad Attitude Club, I’m posting some Blur tracks performed – not just live – but live at Wembley Stadium. That’s bigtime, for those of you who haven’t been watching reruns of early ’80s concerts on VH1 Classic. Listen to the roar of the crowd! Sing-along with the English masses, already! Enjoy – or better yet, analyze!

“Girls and Boys”

“End of a Century”


“No Distance Left to Run”


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