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

Annals of Public Performance #2


The Circle Jerks at the Starwood Nightclub, 1981

9 comments :

Ed Howard said...

I never in a million years would've taken you for a Circle Jerks fan, Greg. They were a lot of fun though. Just this morning, "Defamation Innuendo" came up on my iPod on the way to work. What a wonderfully snotty, nasty band. I would've loved to have seen them around this time, too — even though this show is from the year I was born!

Greg said...

Well, just because I'm posting the photo doesn't mean I'm a fan, just a thorough photo archivist. Not that I don't like them mind you, but I wouldn't say I'm a fan. I'm probably haven't listened to them since college but maybe I'll give them another listen soon in your honor Ed.

Timmy said...

Ah, yes, the Starwood. Any more pic's from that venue?

Greg said...

I'll see what I can dig up from there from time to time for this series.

Christopher said...

an Austin Tx. staple

swac said...

"...and you can have your picture taken by Ed Colver..."

I forget what LA punk song that's from, but it strikes me as funny now that I knew so many of those bands and the work of Colver while still in my early teens.

Fred said...

The Circle Jerks' Golden Shower of Hits was a staple of my college dj'ing days. I don't know if their take on Afternoon Delight was better than Love Will Keep Us Together, as both were truly snotty and loud.

Timmy said...

Austin, TX??? Nah, it was on the corner of S.M. Bl. & Crescent Hieghts. Rodney used to show up there. So Did MANY of the biggies in the Rock, Glam & Punk worlds... It all sorta mixed together & everybody was happy.

swac said...

Don't forget their version of Put a Little Love in Your Heart.

My CJ fave will always be I've Got the World Up My Ass.