Thursday, June 08, 2006


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Blogger St Anthony said...

I love this video - and can't think a better example of the art of the pop promo (if art it be).
The contrast between Cash in his prime and the aged man contemplating his end is wonderful, and about as far outside pop's usual thematics as it's possible to get(we closer to Tarkovsky).
An object lesson in how to interpret a song, too. Good stuff.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006 6:55:00 am  
Blogger St Anthony said...

'we closer to'? Was it a typo, am I still thinking in cut-ups, or just mutating into a hillbilly?

Tuesday, June 13, 2006 9:21:00 am  
Blogger Dr Anthony Donovan said...

Sometimes I think songs - you know, the notion of 'great songs' - is what music is all about; though I spend my time now playing improv electronica et al. Cash's version of 'Hurt' is in some inexplicable sense a kind of totality in this way, for me; insofar as it has everything. The song and video are interrelated and interdependent, in ways which other promos are not. The combination tells a story, and it tells it powerfully: something basic, fundamental - a man's life and what he did with it. Despite all the possible pitfalls, it's unsentimental, too. The NIN original has many of the qualities of this; but the decision to remove the discordant note played on guitar during the verses in the Cash version was inspired. It removed the mellodrama, and elevated the overall emotional effect, making it grow up, offering more impact and meaning. Cash was my dad's hero; and Cash and my dad were similar in many ways; and I get them kind of mixed up in my head - my emotive head, of course I can intellectualise this away. But part of my enjoyment and appreciation of this a postiriori document for Cash is that it operates similarly for me regarding my dad.

Other great songs: Scott Walker 'Such a Small Love'; Robert Wyatt 'Ship Building'; Neil Young 'Cortez the Killer', Joni Mitchell 'A Case of You' ...

Wednesday, June 14, 2006 2:58:00 am  

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