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

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We've Got a Fuzzbox and We're Gonna Use It; aka Fuzzbox

1 comment :

95thfoot said...

Fuzzbox. I used to read about them a lot in the papers in Europe when I lived there in the 80s. Newsworthy they were, and the music press ate them up.

A rather talented band who were, like so many, misunderstood at their beginning. They subsequently refused to stay locked in their image as wacky schoolgirls with wild hair and outfits (much to the chagrin of some who called them "sellouts" when they changed...), and achieved their biggest success as an imaginative Top 40 rock band. They initially got a lucky break and garnered some hits where others in similar situations did not. They only lasted four or five years, however, before debt, infighting, wandering of direction, and poor management tipped the balance. They also just outgrew each other. But in their prime, they were a singular example of "girl power" who didn't make a big deal of it, unlike pale, damp later imitators such as the Spice Girls. They just got on with it, and didn't make a big deal of the fact that they were female, but didn't shy away from their obvious sex appeal either. With a better management team, and more patience with each other, they would have done quite well, more than they got in their brief existence. Still, the music sounds good today, 20 years on, and that's what counts.