540. the thrill of it all

“I try not to regret things. Life offers way too many options. But I do deeply wish I’d somehow managed to be cool enough as a teen to actually ‘get’ the mid-70s Roxy Music, when they really were about the coolest item on the planet (even without Brian Eno). And not just in terms of look. They also had the chops, the vision, the SOUND. But then I guess, I wouldn’t have had the thrill of discovering it all after the fact, even as they mellowed into the pastel infused murk of Avalon, which the yuppies couldn’t seem to get enough of, but it didn’t even leave me cold, just lukewarm.” (Philip Random)

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1021. beautiful world

In which Devo lay down their overall worldview in three and a half minutes or less. Yes, it’s a Beautiful World, that’s hard to argue. Too bad it sucks. Which, if you were young and reasonably smart, raised on the ideals of the ever expanding western world only to see them turn on themselves as they did with the collapse of the Hippie 60s and their sorry fallout, was the only sane way to see things. Punk rock all the way – just pursuing different means.

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