Anyhow, all this white people's music got me buying white people's music this past couple of weeks. I wrote about my conundrum awhile back when Jenn was setting me straight about our people's tunes. Growing up in an urban black culture, I was happy to bounce to the drum rather than guitar. My two favorite tunes are PRINCE'S "When Doves Cry" [next to "Adore"] and AFRIKA BAMBATTA & THE SOUL SONIC FORCE'S "Planet Rock." This past year, Jenn was miraculously able to turn me on to the likes of T-REX, FLAMING LIPS, DAVID BOWIE [Ziggy Stardust], MODEST MOUSE, and rekindled my love affair for THE BEE GEE'S ["Saturday Night Fever" being the best movie soundtrack in the universe, bar none].
I dug some white people's music before I entered this new phase. Music like THE BUTTHOLE SURFERS, JOHNNY CASH, IGGY POP, DURAN DURAN, AC/DC, BEATLES, BLACK SABBATH, CARPENTERS, ABBA, QUEEN, LED ZEPPELIN, TOM WAITS, PEACHES, BECK, and BJORK [not to mention lounge and jazz], but my body cringes at the sounds of glam rock and those very fey guitar squeals. I think it was "The Edge" that took the edge off my likes for U2. Regardless, I've been doing my best to be a good white man and listen to more of my people's music. And so, this past week I bought some albums [cds]: THE ROLLING STONES' "Some Girls," PIXIES' "Doolittle," more FLAMING LIPS and MODEST MOUSE, and THE STRANGLERS 'best of' album. I even listened to a little bit of YES.
Yes, I know.
Upside of it is, I think I'm developing an ear for some of this stuff. Will I ever like THE CURE? Probably never. Will I ever like a CURE song? Already do.