~ Somehow I woke up in time to go to work. I woke up with the lights on, in my clothes, laying on the bed perpendicular to how you’re supposed to. I woke up hammered. I went to work and I remained drunk until noon. That’s about when the hang-over began. I spent a lot of time in the bathroom pretending I wasn’t puking. I blacked-out at my desk several times and would come-to with a start. It was the worst day ever. Except now I’m watching Firefly. I think I’m going to be hung-over tomorrow too.
Nathan. You did this to me. I am in no shape to go to work tomorrow. Poor Kai. My tirades on the way home… damn… so much… Jung and Freud…. Ha! Sorry dude. Adventure tomorrow…. I hope not an adventutre of sleep… Wine… I forgot about you…. and your ways.
~ I’ve always been fascinated by top 10 album lists. Well, maybe not fascinated. But interested. It’s not just about documenting great albums or movies but finding out what art makes people tick is like a window to their soul. So I thought I’d write out my own list as a document of how cool and hip my soul is. But I found the albums I assumed would populate my list weren’t showing up. Joy Division, Cocteau Twins, New Order, My Bloody Valentine, Neubauten, Coil, Husker Du, Sonic Youth, Stone Roses, The Cure, The Smiths, Depeche Mode, Superchunk, Pavement, Bauhaus, Nick Cave, Stereolab, Pixies, Radiohead — none of them made the cut. And all of them have albums I’d recommend over anything that is on my list. This really isn’t a list of recommendations, but of the albums I can always, due to some personal quirk, fall back on. These are the kinds of albums that you know backwards and forwards and inside out. The ones that can always take you away and make you feel safe, year after year and that you never hit “skip” on. The ones without a single bum song on them that just wouldn’t be the same missing a single track. These are the albums that make me who I am. And the list is pretty… dorky.
No, this isn’t the one with “Crying Over You” on it. That album was half-baked crap with Duran Duran pretensions. Standing in the Dark, is the shit. The difference between crap and shit? The best Linn (those hexagonal electronic drums) work captured on tape in the new wave era. It is the sound of Thor’s hammer at a disco. Also, ridiculous, naive and pretentious as every single element of the record is (right down to the cucumbers in their pants on the “arty” cover) they all work together perfectly in a glorious new romantic meets post-punk at the Hardrock Cafe kind of way. It’s the kind of record that should be a disaster but somehow works. For me, at least. Sometimes you have to wonder if those old dudes can actually like those Blue Cheer and Grand Funk records. They probably do and this is my Led Zeppelin II.
Probably the best rock video ever made: It Doesn’t Really Matter.
Fine Young Cannibals (1986)
Sadly, the Cannibals get featured on One Hit Wonders type shows for “She Drives Me Crazy” from their unfocused yet mega-hit second album. That album, The Raw and The Cooked, wasn’t exactly crap, but it wasn’t the kind of magnum-opus their self-titled debut was. Imagine mixing Elvis, The Jackson Five, Sam Cooke and Kind of Blue era Miles Davis and have it actually work out into a slice of timeless pop-soul perfection. It’s a throw-back to music twenty five years its senior that still sounds fresh twenty years later. To me at least. The first CD I bought in 1992 when I started switching over from cassettes. The video for Johnny Come Home features some great choreography at the end.
The Police: Regatta de Blanc (1979)
Whatever you (or I for that matter) think about Stink now, The Police were a trio of such insanely tight and creative punky dub-wise pop-rock arrangement prowess, they make even the throwaway tracks on this album sparkle. Every single time I listen to Regatta I am in awe. Which is pretty impressive for a top ten pop album by MTV darlings of the day. They couldn’t make a video to save their life though.
Sigue Sigue Sputnik: Flaunt It (1986)
Probably one of the most maligned bands ever. This album is the sonic representation of Blade Runner meets The Road Warrior battling The Terminator. Blending Suicide, T-rex and Elvis in an ADD new wave cut-up sci-fi sound-collage, it’s amazing they actually intended it to be a multi-platinum MTV hit. It wasn’t. But, to me (and a few others at least), it might be the best album ever recorded. Also, Love Missile F1-11 is one of my favourite videos of all time.
Midnight Oil: Head Injuries (1979)
It might be hard to believe the Oils were once a ferocious punk-prog juggernaut. It’s kind of ridiculous to think so. But they were. Especially on this album where every note is coiled like a tightly wound spring. This video for Cold Cold Change is proof that 9-foot giants like Peter Garret shouldn’t wear hideous shirts. Which he always did.
INXS: Kick (1987)
It drove my dad nuts I liked this album. He kept trying to convince me I didn’t like it. And I never let any of my friends know. As far as they knew I only listened to Metallica, the Crue and W.A.S.P. But there’s something about Kick that stuck it’s arm down my throat, grabbed a hold of my soul and never let go. Probably something to do with Michael Hutchence’s leather pants. Which is probably why my dad didn’t like me listening to it. Need You Tonight is a pretty nifty piece of film too.
The Jesus and Mary Chain: Automatic (1989)
Yeah, it’s not as good as Psychocandy or as perfect as Darklands and doesn’t have ‘Sidewalking’ on it like Barbedwire Kisses. I’m not sure it’s even my favourite JAMC album, but here it is on this list. I can’t drive anywhere without it. Not happily at least. And that song the Pixies covered is on it.
Ned’s Atomic Dustbin: God Fodder (1991)
No band has ever had worse fashion sense. Worse, I used to dress like them. Ned’s and Platinum Blonde are the only two bands on this list I’ve seen live. Though I had a girlfriend who never forgave me for not taking her to see Midnight Oil when they played that free concert in the Carmanah Valley clearcut. She said it was the “Woodstock of our generation.” She was probably right. Anyway, I did take her to Ned’s and they kind of sucked rather quite a lot and we had a fight on the Skytrain. Unfortunate stage moves: Kill Your Television.
Skinny Puppy: Too Dark Park (1990)
There so much going on in this album. Too much. It’s a sonic trashheap of samples and seemingly random musical motifs.I can’t even tell how it’s all pasted together. Apparently they were so far gone on heroin at this point it was probably just an accident it came together the way it did. It’s a case of too much of a bad thing being a good thing. Or something. The video for Spasmolytic is probably the best Canadian horror film ever made.
Pet Shop Boys: Bilingual (1996)
This is the most recent disc on this list and it’s a full decade old. It has a really cool “frosted glass” jewel case. PSB can do no wrong in my book and they do a lot of right on this album. It’s absolutely fabulous. This video for Red Letter Day makes no sense.
~ I was beginning to give some thought to moving here.
Edit: Further study this evening is persuading me it’s a good idea. If I just vanish one day, that’s where to look for me.
On my couch drinking coffee and reading Mickey Spillane.
2. Who will be the next person you kiss?
Person or persons unknown from my future. I kissed someone in my dream last night. Probably not them.
3. Is there anything pink within 10 feet of you?
There’s a pink white-board marker in the pen holder on my desk. I don’t know why I have it, I don’t have a white-board near my desk.
4. What color is your bra?
I don’t have a brother. But he’d most likely be fish-belly white like me.
5. Are you wearing socks right now?
Grey ones my granny knitted.
6. When was the last time you went to town?
Saturday night at Ken’s. I went too much to town. I got argumentative at the end of the night.
7. Have you been to the movies in the last 5 days?
No. And this angers me. Though I’ve been DVD rental crazy. Code 46 is very good. Bubba Ho-Tep wasn’t bad.
8. What was the last thing you had to drink?
Coffee and more coffee.
9. what are you wearing?
An air of general disdain.
10. Have you ever been in a car wash?
Yes. It’s not as exciting as in the movies.
11. Last food you ate?
Raspberries out of the fridge.
12. Where were you on Saturday?
The CHLY street party and Ken’s.
13. Have you bought any clothing items in the last week?
I haven’t bought anything in months. I should soon.
14. When is the last time you ran?
No idea. Not in recent memory.
15. What’s the last sporting event you watched?
No idea. Not in recent memory. In grade six I went to a BC Lions game.
16. What is your favorite class?
Creative writing workshops were kind of fun. Some Liberal Studies seminars were kind of fun.
17. Your dream vacation spot?
The Netherlands in November.
18. Last 3 people’s houses you were in?
My parents, Ken’s… and… golly, probably Kristjanne and Lauren’s a month or so ago.
19. How old are your parents?
Somewhere’s around 60. Maybe older.
20. Do you miss anyone?
I do. But i think the fever has almost broken, so to speak.
21. Last play you saw?
Sadly, Malaspina’s production of the Orestia which we didn’t return to after the intermission.
22. What are your plans for today?
Work and then socializining
23. Who is the last person you commented on myspace?
Some guy who added one of my bands to his band’s space… I did the “Thanks for the add” thing.
24. Ever go to camp?
Grade five. My end of the year class party was at that Christian camp in Nanoose. Someone thought it was a good idea that my cabin of boys should be chaperoned by my teacher’s hot female 19 year old boarder. She did a little strip-tease for us though we really only saw her naked back. Then she told us a bunch of filthy jokes while we lay in bed. I think we all felt like Chris Makepeace in Meatballs.
25. Were you an honor roll student in school?
In college I was. In highschool I was eventhough I was more interested in not applying myself.
26. What do you want to know about the future?
When the world will end. So I can write books about it and go on Oprah and make millions a live soft until the fire consumes us all.
28. Are you wearing any perfume or cologne?
Just the natural musk of my B.O. Damn this humidity.
29. Are you hungry?
Not really. I’m never hungry before 10:30. So I never eat breakfast eventhough I know I really should.
30. Where is your best friend located?
I’d like to know. I would certainly like to know.
31. Do you have a tan?
Not even a farmer’s tan. When I go outside, I seriously criss-cross the street to utilize pockets of shade. Not just on hot days either. The sun is the silent killer.
32. How old do you want to be when you have kids?
I think 25 would be a good age to have kids. Oops.
33. Do you collect anything?
Agatha Christie books. Peanuts books the new collected antholgies and the pocket book collections from the 50s and 60s. And records. Though I don’t really collect records so much as just buy them. My records are for listening as opposed to owning the “artifact” which kind of makes me not a collector.
34. Last time you got stopped by a cop?
I was stopped speeding about five years ago. I smooth-talked my way out of it.
35. Have you ever drank your soda from a straw?
Yes. When I was a kid, I’d drink my soda at the movies through a red Twizzler.
36. How do you like your drinks?
37. Do you like hot sauce?
Without hot sauce there is no flavour.
38. Last time you took a shower?
Around 7:10 this morning.
39. Who do you have a crush on?
Like I said above, I kissed someone in my dream last night so right now I’m crushing on them. It’s weird when you wake up from a dream about being in love with someone and you spend the whole next day in love with them. Then the next day, after you’ve slept again, the feeling is suddenly gone. Like sleep is a reset button.
40. What is your mood?
Slightly irritable from sleepiness and humidity and the office temperature and not feeling creative at all.
41. Are you some ones best friend?
I don’t believe so.
42. What’s the last book you read?
Not including the one I’m currently reading, was Taken At The Flood by Agatha Christie.
1. Male friend: Ken and Rick and Stephen and Matt and Kai and Makito and Nae
2. Female friend: Girls don’t like me anymore
3. Vacation: Calgary
1. Time of day: 7am
2. Day of the Week: Monday, the morning specifically
3. Food: Pasta
4. Memory: The answer to #3
1. Person you saw: Nicole is standing in front of me. Socializingly, Kai and Makito
2. Talked to on the phone: My uncle, David
3. Text: Last textbook would be some graphic design nonsense.
4. IMed: No idea what the jimeny cricket IMed is.
5. Messaged over myspace: Rick.
1. What are you doing now? This survey, avoiding work, feeling blue.
2. Wearing: Sadsack face.
3. Better than yesterday?: It’s not as humid. I’m more emo. Call it a draw.
1. Is: Never gonna come
2. Got any plans?: Plans to make plans.
3. Dislikes about tomorrow: The suspicion this weekend is going down.
1. Number: 13
2. Song: Analyse
3. Color: C75 M5 Y0 K5
4. Season: Fall
1. Missing someone: Yes, no, I can’t tell anymore. Yes.
2. loving: Thom Yorke
3. Wanting: To leave town
True or False:
I am a cuddler: True. Of cats.
I am a morning person: False. So not a morning person I may actually be like morning anti-matter
I am a perfectionist: True. But a lazy, not very focussed one.
I am an only child: true
I am currently in pajamas: False. Don’t actually own any.
I am currently suffering from a broken heart: Yes.
I am addicted to myspace: False. Kind of sickens me.
I am online 24/7: False. 16/7
I am very shy around the opposite gender: True. Painfully so.
I can be paranoid at times: True. Like today for instance.
I currently regret something that I have done in the past: Yes. No. Maybe. Yes.
When I get mad, I curse frequently: False. I clam up.
I enjoy country music: False.
I enjoy jazz music: True. Especially Lonnie Liston Smith and Donald Byrd.
I love smoothies: False. I’m not even that fond of them.
I enjoy talking on the phone: True.
I have a crush: False. Not a real one. I keep dreaming about kissing different people. Who will it be tonight?
I have a hard time paying attention at school: True. I did.
I have a hidden talent: False. I’m pretty open about whatever talents I might have.
I have a secret that I am ashamed to reveal: True. I’ve heard this is healthy.
I have a tendency to fall for the “wrong” girl/guy: True and false. I think I’m the wrong person for the people who fall for me, some of whom were not “wrong” for me, exactly. If that makes sense.
I have all my grandparents: False. 1 out of 4
I have been told that I have a sense of humor: true. and a delightful giggle.
I have broken a bone: Maybe true. Toe. Hard to tell.
I have changed a diaper: false
I have changed a lot over the past year: True. I think I’m losing my mind.
I have done something illegal: True. I commited major offenses like smoking pot.
I have friends who have never seen my natural hair color: False.
I have had major/minor surgery: True. Wisdom toof.
I have had my hair cut within the last 2 months: True. No, false. Might be true. I dunno.
I have had the cops called on me: False. At least, not directly. I guess I was being loud at that party too.
If you can see this, there’s some games you’re invited to play. If it gets really hot, as my apartment is wont to do, we can sit in a circle and sweat and go on a vision quest.
~ You know those switches? The ones in thermostats that trip once the temperature raises beyond a certain point? My head has one of those and it shuts my brain off. I spent a good fifteen minutes just staring at a Windows menu today trying to remember not only what folder I was looking for but even what I was doing that might entail opening a folder. This was probably due to one of the two office fans deciding it was too hot to work. Smart fan.