The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Stacks O'Wax #12



The Goons (Decca e.p., 1957)

I just had to post both sides of this fun e.p. cover, possibly my favourite eBay purchase ever (and as a bonus, it actually came with a record). The art is by Rex Morston, but obviously inspired by Spike Milligan's famous doodles, and nicely decontstructs the nature of album covers by playing with the placement of the catalogue number, printing the song titles upside down, and providing useless information about how not to damage the record (a frequent addition to album covers in the '50s and early '60s) on the back.

The record's fun too. No Yuletide would be complete without I'm Walking Backwards For Christmas.

3 comments :

Ivan G. said...

I'm partial to Bloodnok's Rock 'n' Roll Call myself--but that's why some folks likes chocolate and some likes vanilla.

Well, that's not entirely true--I just like Bloodnok.

orangeguru said...

Love the goons. They are a great introduction to the british mindset after 1945.

bloodnok said...

that's a lovely old record cover. see http://spriggs.net/ for some flash borrowed from it. too bad your image has disappeared ...

(i'm partial to bloodnok, too)