Pretty sure that this song is as “1968” as any song can possibly be.
Yeah, pretty much. This and “Classical Gas” and “Angel of the Morning” and “Theme From Valley of the Dolls” and a whole bunch of other songs I’ve assigned “1968” status to, in some cases retroactively, in other cases due to my near-experiencing ‘68ness just a couple years after the fact. “Reach Out” has actually been used (at least) twice on the screen (both big and small) in attempts to nail the craziness: (spoiler alert) during a pivotal historical-juncture scene in “Mad Men,” and in an amazing Canadian documentary from a bunch of years back called Dream Tower, about Rochdale College, which (sez imdb) “chronicles Toronto’s most notorious social experiment of the sixties. Inspired by cultural critic Paul Goodman, philosophies of alternative education, and the decade’s political upheaval…” Truly excellent where-did-it-all-go-wrong movie, and it turned me into an instant fan of this song.
"Top 10" is my (unauthorized) 38-minute audio tribute to pop radio, complete with a Top 10 countdown, dozens of song clips, and some fast-talking DJs to guide you through the whole mess. One of the…
Of course, I think this mix remains unfinished, but I’m pretty okay with what’s there, anyway.
Hmm, the format of FACT magazine’s new singles review feature looks a bit familiar. Pretty sure TSJ didn’t come up with the roundtable review format but still, uhh.
Thought this was TSJ at first and was eager to go see what they thought of the new Ciara song, then realized I didn’t recognize any of the names as being TSJ regulars.
Ugh. We don’t get to Body Party until later this week. HOW ARE WE SCHEDULING THINGS I DON’T UNDERSTAND.
Historical Genealogy Note!
The first roundtable-marks out of 10 format thing I know of was Scott Woods’ Radio On zine (which I heard of via a WIRE Magazine review maybe?) (and Radio On might have spun out of a feature in a Frank Kogan zine). Then I nicked that idea for the “Pop Music Focus Group” feature* on Freaky Trigger and then - IIRC - William Swygart brought the format to its finest level of accomplishment** in TSJ.
*whose main embellishment is that the songs were being rated in real time by a group in actual physical space. With booze. This works excellently in all ways other than getting thought-through critical opinions.
**as far as I know! I love the format so if anyone else has used it well let me know.
Important clarification: I was in Radio On from the start (in the beginning, there was two, or maybe it was three), but it wasn’t my brainchild, it was Phil Dellio’s. Phil, far as I knew, had heard of but had never seen Why Music Sucks at that point, though I had. Anyway—the credit ain’t mine, but it sure was the funnest magazine in the world to be a part of (which, if you know anything about me, didn’t prevent me from getting morose about the situation regardless) .
Tina Weymouth, Talking Heads, Heatwave Festival, Bowmanville, Ontario 1980. Photo by Paul Ruta
That’s the moon rising behind Tina Weymouth.
Still the greatest concert I’ve ever seen.
"Genius" — Perfect word when applied well to an event, an idea, a move. Lump of hard clay when it’s applied to a person.
A Roxette Pazz & Jop-placing single (#604!) from 2011. No idea if it’s any good or not, but clearly, these people haven’t lost their way with excellent titles.
Of not minor interest to me in the 2012 Pazz & Jop singles poll is the fact that five songs have something to do with the theme of radio. If I ever wrap up (not to mention go public with) the radio-oriented project I’ve been working on for, oh, two years now, it will be evident as to why.
My immediate thoughts, however: oh shit. More stuff.
(This, btw, is not said project, but may serve as a sort of index to it all.)
Not enough Roxy in the music, but the tux is terrific.