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Dot Dash

Dot dash – Wire

I watch the movie Carlos last night (or day into night. It was very long) and this song was on the soundtrack. The whole soundtrack was extremely good and gratifying – The Feelies, A Certain Ratio, Lightning Seeds, Dead Boys, New Order, etc. But because of that, because of anachronism and filmmaker-self-insertion and sought cool, and because i think i’m holding the movie to a higher standard than most, it irked me. I don’t like filters of history that threaten to become history, no matter how accurate and well-researched. There’s just something so problematic in having the capture of Gabriele Kröcher-Tiedemann at the Swiss border after shooting two guards set to Sonic Reducer. From both sides: The cause is diminished, co-opted, obliterated into pastiche; and murder is made cool. The Feelies apparently didn’t want their songs used at all, not wanting to soundtrack terrorism. But i think there is a larger problem: Soundtracking and affecting revisionism and single-telling history. I don’t like biopics.

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Ex Lion Tamer

Ex lion tamer – Wire

I still don’t own Pink Flag. A birthday and a Christmas went by and no one bought it for me. I’ve been in and out of record stores with it on their shelves (for ~$35 mind) and i haven’t bought it for me. As i said last time, i probably don’t need it – i’ve heard it, i have it in some form, i know it – but it’s the best of albums (see everything (everytime since)), i love it, and maybe i’d like to own it. Of course, the only song that ever comes to my head is Ex Lion Tamer, exhibiting a certain blindness to Wire which i probably, admittedly, have.

the falls

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Ex Lion Tamer

Ex lion tamer – Wire

There are some albums that i should own, that for all common sense and knowing fully how great those albums are and how much i would love them close to me i still haven’t made the effort to bring them into my life. Albums that are so ubiquitous, and each so much an obvious and fundamental piece of the expounded best record collection, that i’ve treated each as an oversight, going for the ones beyond the mandatory and missing out on acclaimed, and in most cases great, music.

Do i really need to own them, though? Their ubiquity, their standing, they being already loved by so many, played to me by friends – it seems i already know them as well as i could had i copies of my own. Maybe i think i’m too cool for them. But recently i have had this awareness of certain omissions in that record collection of mine – giant ommissions – that need filling. Zen Arcade, Let It Be, any Ramones record, Spiderland, Is This Real?, Entertainment!, Vs., Crazy Feelings, Hounds of Love, There’s Nothing Wrong With Love or any Built To Spill album, A Trip to Marineville, Marquee Moon, Psychocandy, Cut, and a whole lot of others leading to the impact and relevance to this post in Pink Flag. Staples.

What i do own is a hodgepodge collection my thriftiness, shallow pockets, and having what is available to shallow pockets has given me. The above are mostly all still in print, or have been repressed and priced extortionately, so it’s not like i couldn’t have a recognisedly good record collection if i tried and parted with more money than i am comfortable with. I would love them. I just have to buy them, yet for some reason i don’t. It’s my birthday in two weeks, so refer to the list above if you need ideas for a present, if you think i even deserve one. Though i may give off an air that i do, sometimes i don’t take care of everything i should and have everything under control on my own.

breakfast club duh

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Dot Dash

Dot dash – Wire

This song was released as a single b/w Options R in 1978 between Chairs Missing and 154, and can also be found on their single compilation, Play Pop. Mystery solved. I know much is made of Wire and the simplicity of their songs in their early period, music critics both amateur and professional astonished that songs could exist that way, that someone could think to strip music that bare, but, honestly, how else is a song like this supposed to sound? That’s not to discount the genius of Wire, however.

gigi

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