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 #519


The Strangeloves

3 comments :

The Hound said...

The guy on left is Richard Gottehrer who'd go on to co-found Sire Records, and produce early NYC punk bands like Blondie, Richard Hell & the Voidoids, the Fleshtones, etc. Great guy. As a songwriting team these guys also produced the Angels' My Boyfriends Back, the McCoys' Hang On Sloopy, and dozens of other great records. He's still at it.

Fred said...

Still the first and best version of I Want Candy (Sorry Anabella Lwin).

swac said...

I didn't know Dave Grohl was in the Strangeloves...

I interviewed Gottehrer's partner Seymour Stein not too long ago, and when I brought up the Strangeloves he seemed glad to encounter someone who actually remembered them.