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Re: (TV) Hitchcock
At 4:02 PM -0700 5/30/00, eric s gregory wrote:
hitchcock's a pretentious arch geek who churns out what he calls
"surrealism", but what i call high school "poetry" that is far more
bourgeois & obvious than the worst of dali's worst.
Sure, when he slaps it on with a trowel, as he often does. While I
recommended _Eye_ yesterday, going back and looking at the LP reveals
a lot of songs I can't recall, or if I did recall them, don't want to
("Agony of Pleasure" being a prime example). Oddly, the best song on
it ("Satellite") _is_ one of the more, uh, "imagistic."
But don't write off _I Often Dream of Trains_, necessarily--he uses a
(comparatively) lighter touch there, occasionally getting
surprisingly down to earth: "Dying of starvation in the gutter/that
is what the future holds for me..." from "Sleeping Knights of Jesus"
for example. Even his more over-the-top stuff on this one works for
me--maybe it's just paced better. Lyrically, _Eye_, by comparison,
sounds like a man running out of steam and trying to cover it up.
In any event, the rocked-up Soft Boys configuration is well worth
hearing, and if it does it for you, check out _Trains_; if it
doesn't, don't. (Got my copy of _Moonlight_ used, so people who
don't like it do indeed walk among us.)
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