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 #523


Bow wow wow

9 comments :

Vanwall said...

Fuckin' A wonders.

Richard Gibson said...

Is that good or bad?

Tom Sutpen said...

I think Malcolm McLaren is still asking himself that question.

Richard Gibson said...

I'm sure he did pretty well out of them and it didn't harm his persona in anyway. Interestingly I originally went looking for a picture of him with them.

Tom Sutpen said...

Did Bow Wow Wow have a lot of hits in the UK? Over here, I believe they just had the one (the 'I Want Candy' cover).

Flickhead said...

Not many stations played "Sexy Eiffel Tower"...

Michael said...

They had maybe 8-10 singles charting in the UK between 1980 and 1983, of which we'd probably best know I Want Candy and the great C30 C60 C90 Go!

Are they perhaps the perfect example of the best and worst of Malcolm McLaren?

Richard Gibson said...

The one I remember, most vividly being played a lot was 'Go Wild in the Country'.

swac said...

I have a copy of the video for C30 C60 C90 Go!, with the band dancing around the EMI cassette factory. Great stuff.