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 #282

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The Troggs

4 comments :

Testify said...

Forget love Is All Around, forget REM collaberations, even forget Wild Thing, my favourite Troggs moment is still the 1972 Troggs Tapes: a 10-minute recording of the band arguing in the studio while attempting to produce "a number fuckin' wun". It's the group's difficulty in describing what they want to achieve, and the fact that they're from Andover and conduct their discussion in their native accents. "Play da-da-da-da-da-chuck," Reg Presley advises the drummer. "Don't expect miracles," the drummer replies, "you fuckin' pranny."(or something similar anyway he definately says pranny...which is a truly fantastic put down I'm sure you'll agree). The legendary and fruity studio disagreements feature 137 swear words in only a few minutes.
Listen to it here:
http://website.lineone.net/~thetroggs/

Richard Gibson said...

Testify - nice comment. I'm going to have to give that clip a listen.

I have relations in Andover so know the accent...

Pranny - I haven't heard that since primary school, definately an early 70's term of abuse.

SomeNYGuy said...

Pity a poor Yank. What does "pranny" mean?

Richard Gibson said...

It's an alternative to ninny or prat...