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Artist: Patti Smith

Track title: Land

Album: Horses (1975)

The boy was in the hallway drinking a glass of tea 
From the other end of the hallway a rhythm was generating 
Another boy was sliding up the hallway 
He merged perfectly with the hallway, 
He merged perfectly, the mirror in the hallway 

The boy looked at johnny, johnny wanted to run, 
But the movie kept moving as planned 
The boy took johnny, he pushed him against the locker, 
He drove it in, he drove it home, he drove it deep in johnny 
The boy disappeared, johnny fell on his knees, 
Started crashing his head against the locker, 
Started crashing his head against the locker, 
Started laughing hysterically 

When suddenly johnny gets the feeling he’s being surrounded by 
Horses, horses, horses, horses 
Coming in in all directions 
White shining silver studs with their nose in flames, 
He saw horses, horses, horses, horses, horses, horses, horses, horses…

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[Robert Mapplethorpe, Bob Heimall, Arista Records. Album cover for Patti Smith, Horses. 1975]

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“Under the Milky Way” – The Church
(Words/music: Karin Jansson and Steve Kilbey, available on Starfish, Arista 1988)

While I love carefully arranged, dense songs, sometimes a simple, straight-forward arrangement best suits a song.  “Under the Milky Way” thrives with a simple arrangement that drives its two key elements –the bright and cutting acoustic guitar chords and Steve Kilbey’s voice.  Even if Kilbey sounds like a more dour Bono at times (particularly when he over-pronounces the word “white”), it’s this slight element of sadness that makes this song so beautiful.  When he sings the chorus, he sounds deflated and vaguely frustrated.  The other elements, in particular the humming synthesizer lurking near the back of the arrangement, help to cultivate this mood.   Even the bagpipes (I think they’re bagpipes, at least) in the post-chorus section help to cast a somber tone on the entire song.  Most importantly, these extra accessories are just that – while other songs rely on these flourishes (and to great effect, but that’s not the point), the band wisely keeps the guitar and Kilbey at the forefront of the mix.  Even with the atmospheric touches, “Under the Milky Way” retains the feeling of a single (lonely) person playing guitar and singing the song.

Maybe because of this underlying intimacy or because of its beautifully simple arrangement, I’ve always thought of this song as a song that I wish I could play and sing.  I’m not a very experienced guitar player (I think in another post I’ve said that I can play “campfire guitar” – give me open chords and I can fake it), but I can play the chords in this song.  Still, even though I was playing the right notes, it didn’t feel right; when I thought about it, it sounded like “Under the Milky Way,” but it only resembled the song slightly.  Perhaps I didn’t have the right voicings, but more than likely it sounded off because it wasn’t my song the way I played it.  Some songs are universal in their performances – they shine through a variety of interpretations.  Others, and I think “Under the Milky Way” falls into this category, require the subtle touch that its songwriter instinctively adds.  I suppose if I played around with the chords long enough, I could adapt my own subtleties, but I would much rather listen to the recording and appreciate it rather than try to replicate it.  If some art inspires others to create, other works inspire admiration, and “Under the Milky Way” falls into that second category for me.

More on The Church: Allmusic | Amazon MP3 | Emusic | Last.fm

Ministry - The Early Years

This pic blew my mind! I had to investigate since I was quite aware of the “synth pop” years of Ministry, a band that I became a big fan around 1991 with the metal/industrial crossover of “Jesus Built My Hotrod”. The reason that this pic is so special, is because the powerhouse Lookout Management - the very same company that handled Neil Young affairs for years - was behind this first phase of Ministry. After some research, I found out that the band was a hot item that lead into a bidding war - won by Arista - so was natural to have a big shot manager like Elliott Roberts. Seems that Al Jourgensen have lots of restrictions about this era and obviously from the point of view of his most successful records, the music is quite light, but their first album and the first demo (try to find) are both so fresh on the actual context. This video above captured live is one of the best things on youtube.

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Sleeper - Inbetweener

Smart (1995)

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