26 December 2005

Music to grow old to

A certain cocaine jesus invited me to contribute to his handsome music review site "music to grow old to." Never one to miss a musical opportunity I gladly accepted and began by remembering the classic Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.


finnegan said...

One of the all-time greatest rock albums ever. I wore out 2 copies of "Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars."


Couldn't think of a better person to ask. Kudos to CJ.
I see you,

RuKsaK said...

Never Mind The Bollocks

Grace said...

Great idea, great review, I look forward to reading more :-)

just sayin' said...

For a Christmas gift, I finally completed a project I've been working on for 2 years. Very embarassing to admit that it took so long. I sent my brother and his extended family ~50 CDs of music from the late 60s onward. It was a smashingly successful present for them to receive and for me to sing along as the copies were burned.

Perfect Virgo said...

Finn - it still holds up today and for me he never quite regained those heights.

JJ - greetings young lady. CJ probably guessed I wouldn't be able to pass up the opportunity to write about music!

Ruk - so you were a punk in the late 70s! I missed the Clash and The Sex Pistols but saw The Jam, The Buzzcocks and The Boomtown Rats...

Grace - I think this could be quite fun, reviewing older material in the light of what has come since.

Morgan - 50 CDs! What a brilliant idea and I expect your brother and his family were quite delighted. I can imagine the excitement of examining them all and identifying their places in the history of modern music.

finnegan said...

I'd have to agree. There have been certain moments of brilliance from Bowie since, but nothing nearly as solid from start to finish.

On a different note, I'd have to say nothing much shocked me after being weaned on Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention along side John Coltrane. "We're Only In It For The Money" was released a few months after Sgt. Pepper's and has, imho, weathered far better than the Beatles album it so unsparingly lampoons.

The Beachboys' "Pet Sounds" needs to be reviewed in light of all the fluff accorded Sgt. Pepper's.

sirreene said...

It's 2006....WAKE UP WHITE PEOPLE!!!!

Perfect Virgo said...

Finn - hopelessly over-rated I agree. Paved the way for what other bands produced later but hardly what you would call "timeless."

Zappa always scared me so I never really "got" him.

"Pet Sounds" really is timeless. Deeper and much classier. Now I need to go and sort out Sirreene!

Sirreene - you are a couple of days early young lady but I take your criticism squarely on the chin!! What's done is done, eh!

Listening to as much new music as I do only serves to remind me what a huge debt today's bands owe to the pioneers. So now and again I revisit theose pioneers and marvel at their bravery.

Long live the Ramones ;)

RuKsaK said...

I was a young punk - I was 10-years-old when the Sex Pistols shot pop music in the head - but the richochet did get down to my age. I remember pogoing at the school disco at that age.

By the time I was 17 I called myself a fururist though:

finnegan said...

Sireene needs to read more carefully.
Coltrane was no white man and neither am I. Happy 2000six!

You really want to hear some whacked-out futuristic stuff, just check out what Edgar Varese was doing with Hyperprism (1923)and Int├ęgrales (1925) Pioneer what!

finnegan said...

Oh, and I'd love if you would go to my site and answer the questions I asked Neetee and Soulless.

transience said...

i'm recalling fond memories with my dad already.

Perfect Virgo said...

Ruk - lovely conversation in your Jan '05 post, takes me back. I was a 70s teenager but I stoutly defended the genres I supported and haughtily flung interlopers from my pigeon-hole.

Finn - that young scallywag from "Joisey" is teasing us I fancy. I read an article on Edgard Var├Ęse, he sounds rather avant-garde for his time. Like a 1920s Radiohead coming out with "Kid A." Questions duly answered my good man.

Transience - my father is barely 25 years older than me yet the culture gap may as well be a century. He disapproves of denim - I rest my case. Ziggy played guitar and that's good enough for me and for you.

Grace said...

Happy New Year PV, it will be an adventurous one for you! :-)

Perfect Virgo said...

Grace - gosh that makes me feel like Indiana Jones! Happy New Year to you too :)

Cocaine Jesus said...

and what an excellent review it proved to be. just goes to show what great taste i have in contributors.
finn is of course right. one of the all time greats.
nmamfqlmsh..glad you agree. make sure you pop in from time to time.

ruk. another classic and one very dear to my heart.

just re-read your perfect review again. looking forward to the next.

PS. sorry but i cannot stand PET SOUNDS. (oopps there goes finn and my american fanbase)

finnegan said...

Cocaine, Neve Mind the Bullocks. Get your Baby butt over to my site and give me come of your Pet comments. ^∆^

Patry Francis said...

Are those all your CDs??? If so, I'd enjoy reading reviews of more from the collection.

Perfect Virgo said...

CJ & Finn - settle down, settle down...

Patry - I can't resist music so I buy the little rascals all the time. Watch this space.

Cocaine Jesus said...

this christmas heaven came in the shape of my son who gave me 40 quids worth of virgin vouchers. not that you can get a virgin anywhere these days for 40 quid but hey, enough with the tangents. just been to the shop and got myself the latest EDITORS CD, BLOC PARTY'S excellent debut, KATE RUSBY's 'The Girl Who Couldn't Fly', an old KATE BUSH, NICK CAVE and a ROXY MUSIC.

"heaven, i'm in heaven and the earth moves till i can hardly speak" (or whatever the damn lyric was)

oh man!!!!!!

GEL said...

I'm drooling
over that photo of all your music! If I could walk on water
across the ocean
bribe you with chocolate
to gaze at the shelves
because listening to the music
would render
me useless- pure ecstasy!

Even seeing it, is like a vicarious bookstore trip,
chocolate nirvana,
or (forgive me if this is a family blog), that photo is bleeping multi-orgasmic! To hear the music in real life, to even touch those CDs, so neatly categorized, glistening in their cases, precisely organized...
I need a 12 step de-Virgo Addiction program but I can't escape myself! lol

I react almost the same way with books on shelves, art supplies, and other collections I have. (You may bribe me with chocolate if you're ever in the states ;).

I'm not familiar with the song you mention, but I'm going to ask a friend who loves music to burn me a CD with that song. That friend has been wonderfully generous burning CDs of songs I hanker for from my meager album collection.

If I could afford a CD collection: oh WOW! Thank the stars for burning capabilities. You mention "Heart and Soul" elsewhere. That same friend brought the original version of that song over several years ago on cassette. Enjoy all that music PV!

Perfect Virgo said...

SilvermOOn - now that's what I CALL a reaction! Salivate, drool, gaze and be useless, I know it's not me but the music that generates this effect!! This is not a family site at all so scream away in ecstasy all you like it is fine by me. So nice to hear excitement over music.

The personality issue is great, I too love colections of all kinds: tools, DVDs, trainers, paint tins etc... Glad you enjoy the filing precision also. I become very uncomfortable if they are out of order.

An addictive nature means expensive habits but I have very little left to give up in life so I allow myself the music indulgence. Hope you liked the MP3s. Burn baby burn...