Friday, November 10, 2006

Friday Random Ten

Ryuichi Sakamoto "You Do Me"
Richard Buckner "A Shift"
Yo La Tengo "A Shy Dog"
Talking Heads "With Our Love"
Peter Gabriel "I Have the Touch"
Randy Newman and Orchestra "Make Up Your Mind"
Peter Gabriel "Steam"
Sonny Sharrock and Nicky Skopelitis "Who Are You"
Merle Haggard (w/ Toby Keith) "She Ain't Hooked on Me No More"
Penguin Cafe Orchestra "Nothing Really Blue"

Lou Reed "Metal Machine Music" (excerpt)

Which makes me think of Lester Bangs and his review of Reed's MMM, part of which goes like this:

Why do people go tot see movies like Jaws, The Exorcist, or Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS? So they can get beaten over the head with baseball bats, have their nerves wrenched while electrodes are being stapled to their spines, and be generally brutalized at least once every fifteen minutes or so (the time between the face falling out of the bottom of the sunk boat and the guy's bit-off leg hitting the bottom of the ocean). This is what, today, is commonly understood as entertainment, as fun, as art even! So they've got a lot of nerve landing on Lou for MMM. At least here there's no fifteen minutes of bullshit padding between brutalizations. Anybody who got off on The Exorcist should like this record. It's certainly far more moral a product.

(from "The Greatest Album Ever Made," originally published in Creem in 1976 but re-published in the indispensible Bangs' collection Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung)

Gee, I wonder how Bangs would feel about films like Saw and Hostel?


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