Top Ten Albums
Posted Jun 14, 2000
Inspired by Survivor (American TV's Gilligan's Island-style million dollar contest) and High Fidelity as well (great movie, not sure if I can read the book now with John Cusack and Chicago so firmly planted in my mind), here, off the top of my head, are my ten desert island albums, in no particular order:
Sugar - Copper Blue
The Who - Who's Next
Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
Barenaked Ladies - Gordon
Therapy? - Troublegum
Neil Young - Harvest
Hoyt Axton - Fearless
Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes
The Refreshments - Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy
Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever
That should pretty much cover the spectrum. Although -- no Public Enemy? No Beatles? No Floyd, Stones, or Doors? It's tough picking just ten.
Anybody else got ten albums to suggest?
The Ugly American
Posted Jun 12, 2000
I may be a handsome, handsome man, but I am also an Ugly American. I feel very conscious of the fact that I'm a California boy, surrounded by a vast sea of Anglophiles and actual, er, Angles. English. Whatever. (I can tell by the way you put all those unnecessary "u"s in the middle of perfectly harmless words like "color", or invert the last two letters in "center".)
As I write, I find myself absorbing and reflecting British propriety in my prose. Which is fine, I can be every bit as stilted and mannered as the BBC requires of its newscasters. But is it at the loss of my own identity? Must I resist the urge to spit on the floor and sneer at your warm beer and bellow "hella wicked slammin stoopid fresh whazzzupp"? (Or words to that effect.)
I'll let the situation dictate for now. Peace out, y'all.