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 #240


Fun Boy Three

4 comments :

Anonymous said...

it ain't what you do, it's the way that you do it.

but can you hear them? they're talking about us.

since the lunatics are taking over the asylum.

Richard Gibson said...

'Waiting', for me is one of the greatest albums of the 80's and certainly one of my all time favourite albums. I love it! Were Fun Boy Three, The Colourfield, The Specials big in North America?

I actually bumped into Terry Hall in Covent Garden when I was about 18 or 19. I was a little bit star struck, I asked him to sign a London A-Z that I'd borrowed from a friend and dedicate it to him, he did.

Last night BBC4 showed: Rock Goes to College: The Specials. Which was filmed at the Colchester Institute in 1979. What an amazing live band. I think I will make a post...

Mike D said...

hmm... bananarama. did some good stuff in the early days.

but what about mariska veres who died last week from cancer?

she more than deserves an 'artist in action' if you ask me...

swac said...

I still vividly remember seeing The Specials for the first time on Saturday Night Live, when they sang Gangsters. Totally blown away. I'd already heard of them, due to their Elvis Costello connection, but seeing them perform sealed the deal.

Still a huge fan of that "new wave of ska", with bands like Selecter, Madness, The (English) Beat, and even a handful of Bad Manners tunes. Maybe someone will see fit to issue the Dance Craze documentary on DVD one of these days...