Thursday, November 16, 2006

purgative ennui

a family of four.
at the door.
with camus at the door.

your mother died.
in your father's fist you'll hide.

a family of four.
for evermore.
a family at war.

18 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like the previous post, there is an ambiguity about the extent of the biographical elements.
I understand families at war.
Camus at the dorr with broken neck.

Thursday, November 16, 2006 10:59:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dorr? Curse the typo ...
Gustave Dorr ... Dorr Marr ...

Thursday, November 16, 2006 11:01:00 am  
Blogger Dr Anthony Donovan said...

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Thursday, November 16, 2006 11:31:00 am  
Blogger Dr Anthony Donovan said...

Previous post is autobiographical, actually: Annie and I getting married, idea of living in lark Lane area of Liverpool - depicted in pictures. 'Be My Wife' is a song by Bowie. I played it to her one time, got all Romantic. The post was cobbled to make her smile. It did just that. I like to throw stuff like that in, with the more removed horrorshow stuff; though Annie and I have a sick giggle to all of it. It eases her day, after the pressures of work. In some important sense, I make such things to do just that.

I've had this idea - idea is too strong a word for it...! But anyway ... this idea about the phrase 'Camus is here to see you'. I like the idea of Camus visiting one, like death/the reaper, knocking on the door. Instead its that advocate of humanist existentialism; the goalkeeper, here to save our balls.

Thursday, November 16, 2006 11:32:00 am  
Blogger Dr Anthony Donovan said...

Of course, Camus' The Outsider starts by saying 'mother died today...'.

Thursday, November 16, 2006 11:43:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love that song - contrary to standard rock criticism, is 'Low' Bowie's most human album?

I thought it was an autobiographical piece.
The Camus riff reminds me of the Burroughs refrain 'cancer is at the door with a singing telegram' ... beware for whom the bell tolls, I guess.

Thursday, November 16, 2006 12:51:00 pm  
Blogger Dr Anthony Donovan said...

Every bit of Low is wonderful, in my opinion. Yeh, all that reductive rock crit-shit: synths = emotionless. Haven't they ever heard Autobahn by Kraftwerk? Bowie's never one thing or the other anyway, I think. Diamond Dogs is my personal favourite.

The Liverpool pics piece is autobiog. This one isn't. It just came to me.

Thursday, November 16, 2006 2:24:00 pm  
Blogger Cocaine Jesus said...

i don't know if LOW is bowies most human or even if it is his best, i think maybe station to station might qualify for that but i do like LOW.

diamond dogs?

yep, that to is very good. what a run he had then.

here is some musical food for thought.

robert fripp. guitar & frippertronics (as ever)
brian eno. electronics
robert wyatt. voice. percussion, piano, trumpet.
thom yorke. voice, guitar, keyboards.

tony allen. drums and percussion.

not sure who i would have on bass though.

Thursday, November 16, 2006 11:26:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Diamond Dogs' is a great album ... I also love the under-rated 'Pin-Ups' ...
Anytime Bowie, Eno and Fripp were in a studio together, something magical happened.

Bass? Jah Wobble, I'd say.

Friday, November 17, 2006 8:10:00 am  
Blogger Cocaine Jesus said...

st.anthony>>>funny thing about Jah Wobble. He is a cousin to a mate of mines Mum, (with me so far)who is a member of one of Londons more notorious 'familys'. Not that mister Wobble has anything to do with them but a little bit of useless info.

Friday, November 17, 2006 8:53:00 am  
Blogger Dr Anthony Donovan said...

Can we have dead people in our notional band? If so...

Guitar: Derek Bailey
Piano/etc.: John Cage
Bass: Jaco Pastorius
Drums: John Bonham
Vocal: Bob Cobbing/Bill Hicks
Trumpet: Miles Davis

An all-live version:

Guitar: Fred Frith
Keys/etc.: David Toop
Bass: Trey Gunn
Drums: Keiran Hebden
Vocals: Brian Wilson/Yamatsuka Eye
Sax: John Zorn

Wobble must always be praised for those great basslines to Public Image songs: PIL itself.... Ltd. '...Hello...' '...Goodbye...'; Death Disco, Careering. Magical.

Friday, November 17, 2006 12:47:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd have liked to see a band taking the stage with Bob Cobbing on vocals... marvellous.
I'd have Ted Milton and James Chance on sax and Moe Tucker on drum and dustbin.

Friday, November 17, 2006 1:00:00 pm  
Blogger Dr Anthony Donovan said...

Yeh, Cobbing, with words by Peter Reading. Listening to Naked City's 'Heretic' as I type. Fred Frith's dvd, 'Crossing The Border', you see it...? If not, must get a copy to you. It's amazing. The man never stops creating. A lesson to us all.

I like your earlier phrase 'Camus riff'. What a nice idea: a Camus Riff. Not too atonal. Not too tonal.

Friday, November 17, 2006 2:27:00 pm  
Blogger Molly Bloom said...

Ooh, this is is party over here. Cool!

Friday, November 17, 2006 10:31:00 pm  
Blogger Molly Bloom said...

Some absolutely fantastic posts Anthony. I swear you get better by the day. I've just spent ages looking at them all. Wonderful.

Friday, November 17, 2006 10:37:00 pm  
Blogger Molly Bloom said...

Ooh, the links work too. I'm glad they did! Yay!

Friday, November 17, 2006 10:37:00 pm  
Blogger Dr Anthony Donovan said...

Thanks Molly. Kind of you. And thanks for tech help, too. I felt tacky not having all those wonderful people linked directly. Will add more as and when, now I've been properly educated in html!

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