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

Great Scots of the 20th Century #6

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Strawberry Switchblade

5 comments :

swac said...

Heh...I have the 12" single of their version of Jolene...

Can't wait for Orange Juice.

andyhorbal said...

Speaking of: I think I heard Orange Juice on a car commercial the other day...

Richard Gibson said...

Stephen, do you like their version? I think it's good. Another great Scottish band: White Dove also did a cover of 'Jolene'. Great song, and i think both covers are good. White Dove's one kind of pre-dated that Bristol sound as I remember.

I had a scout around before posting this, I think there is an image of a very young Edwyn Collins with Strawberry Switchblade.

Vanwall said...

Excellent choice of image - they look just that little bit different in this one than most of the piccies I've seen before, almost slyly respectable, which I'm sure wasn't intended. ;-) Not much airplay over this-a-way, but they rocked - I heard they were great to see live. Very Cool post.

Richard Gibson said...

Rob, the image is from a 1986 tour of Japan.