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

Academy of the Underrated #9


Spike Milligan

4 comments :

Vanwall said...

A true genius.

mike said...

definitely not under-rated in the UK or Ireland i'd say but hey - any image of Spike is more than welcome

swac said...

Funnily enough, CBC Radio in Canada started up a new afternoon radio show featuring the insufferable Jian Gomeshi, and they thought they'd be clever by calling it Q. I sent off an e-mail explaining that was the name of a Spike Milligan TV program from the '70s, but I never heard back ...

Musab said...

I wouldn't say Spike was underrated. Underused maybe, but no one doubts his genius....