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 #635


Nazz

4 comments :

Christopher said...

some of their stuff reminds me of Alice Cooper's Pretties For You.
Tod Rundgren had a pretty good run of it..

Victor Eijkhout said...

He's still running. I wonder if the other members had any sort of career, post-Nazz.

mister muleboy said...

some of their stuff reminds me of Alice Cooper's Pretties For You.

Ha. Christopher, you probably already know that the band Alice Cooper began as a talent show/lettermen's gag, and the guys (athletes)got huge throbbing hard-ons from all the attention -- and then formed a real band.

Which they quickly named the Earwigs, and then named the Spiders. But somewhere when they started to take it all seriously, they settled on the name (the) Nazz.


And soon thereafter learned of some East Coast bastards who'd gotten there first.

And Alice Copper they became.

I never heard the resemblance musically -- The East Coasters had much more traditional songwriting structure. Alice Cooper were notorious for having good ideas for songs that they would piece together horribly.

Christopher said...

Alice Puckett and the Union Gap?
http://www.alicecooperechive.com/gallery/index.php?album=offstage-alice%2Fspiders-and-nazz&image=006.jpg