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

They Were Collaborators #137

The Specials


Richard Gibson said...

Genius. I bumped into Terry Hall once.
Dammers is doing the DJ circuit around London quite a bit.

One of my favourite 80's albums is 'Waiting' by Fun Boy Three, possibly one of the most underated albums of all time.

Tim Footman said...

Wonderful, wonderful band. And that pose, shot from above, no smiles. Obviously ripped off from The Who's first album, but genius steals.

Mike D said...
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Mike D said...

i had the good fortune to catch jerry dammers dj'ing in ireland a few times and he can sure rock a house party. as for the specials - one of the best bands to come out of england in the post punk era.

john peel reckoned 'ghost town' was the song that singled the end of punk and the beginning of the thatcher era in music. he was right - it was one of the last great pop singles in what i would term the first(last?), great wave of rock n' roll (1955 - 82).

swac said...

I remember seeing The Specials for the first time doing Gangsters on Saturday Night was an amazing experience.

Remember when SNL used to break acts, rather than simply promote them?

slyboots2 said...

And then there was SCTV- I remember seeing the Boomtown Rats on there back in the day. Those were the days...mainstream radio playing Journey, and SNL and SCTV being all cutting edge.