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

Welcome to Show Business! #47

The Sex Pistols before their first rehearsal together (August, 1975)


estiv said...

What kind of band has a publicity picture taken before its first rehearsal? Oh right, a band put together by Malcolm McLaren.

WillyC said...

It is amazing that a manufactured band could be both one of the best and one of the most influential bands ever.

mister muleboy said...

I'll gently take issue with the notion that the Pistols were a "manufactured" band.

Glen was certainly an employee and "hanger-on" at Malcolm and Viv's place, but Jones and Cookie were looking to while away the time playing in a band. They were all players, of a sort. Except for google-eyes, who was admittedly later added -- but with the players' approval in addition to urging by Malcolm.

Introducing players and then looking to direct them and capitalize on them is, at least to me, distinguishable from manufacturing them (e.g. pitching a TV series and assembling a production crew before casting actors/musicians to portray the band).

Having gently argued, now let me ungently second one of the best !