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Great Ira Lines Pt 2

Great Ira Lines Pt 2
January 23, 2006 12:42AM
His description of Gene Loves Jezebel as being "on the verge of discovering a most unpleasant hybrid of Van Halen, U2 and a billy goat."
Re: Great Ira Lines Pt 2
January 23, 2006 12:34PM
I had mixed emotions about reading this in the late 80's, because I thought that it was in fact I who had stumbled across the VH/U2/billygoat formula. This was right before college, mind you, at which point I became the first American boy in over 2 decades to "discover" a long-forgotten Sixties singer-songwriter named Bob Dylan.
Re: Great Ira Lines Pt 2
January 28, 2006 06:21AM
the master of the universe is easily obtained. Look at your fifth edition (yo Schulps!) for reference. SMALL FACTORY. WEEZER & WEEN, SLOAN, VULGAR BOATMEN, ANTENNA and BETTIE SERVERT, hell... lots of females too. I fell for 'Great Ira Lines part one' but part deux? OK, so what? I fell for it again (nice job Myster-eno). Nah...
But, great paragraphs?
His immenseness is ominous.
Just requires larger telescopes (Snagglepuss voice here)...even.
Re: Great Ira Lines Pt 2
January 28, 2006 02:04PM
My favorite Ira line, in describing a Motorhead album, was "Sheer Shakespere in a Chevy"

Re: Great Ira Lines Pt 2
February 01, 2006 04:36PM
from the Porno for Pyros entry:

Jane's Addiction, Los Angeles’ original avatars of glam- punk-debauchery, proved to be far more influential than a group of obnoxious poseurs should be. Beyond his band’s own work, Perry Farrell (born a nice Jewish boy named Bernstein in Queens, New York) had a substantial impact on '90s rock through his creation of the traveling alterna-whatever Lollapalooza festival. No question about it. But that doesn’t make up for the utter shittiness of the insufferable singer’s music, unmistakable for his keening double-tracked shriek and contrived-to-offend lyrics.
Re: Great Ira Lines Pt 2
February 01, 2006 05:37PM
Some great lines from David Sprague's TP review of Smashing Pumpkins:

"[Billy Corgan] blurs the line between genius and jerk with more enthusiasm than just about anybody.... By disc's end, you're left with the feeling that the only reason the name of the London Symphony Orchestra doesn't appear on *Gish* is that Corgan didn't have enough time to learn the bassoon player's parts — you know, just in case."
Re: Great Ira Lines Pt 2
February 01, 2006 08:15PM
I also really liked Reno's review of Coldplay. Some great lines in that one.
Re: Great Ira Lines Pt 2
February 04, 2006 05:37AM
Delvino,

Praise reno on you own time. This space reserved.
Re: Great Ira Lines Pt 2
February 04, 2006 07:03PM
> Delvino,
>
> Praise reno on you own time. This space reserved.

Please be serious, Steve. How would that benefit Reno, or boost his self-esteem? Come on, it's part of his therapy. He pays me by the hour.
Re: Great Ira Lines Pt 2
February 04, 2006 05:46AM
willie the pimp is my friend. Why? 'cause he knows how to spell BD.

What's your cut Willie?

How much does that come out to an hour for me?

Deal.
Re: Great Ira Lines Pt 2
February 12, 2006 03:13PM
I apologize if either of these were covered already:

"Synchronicity (or at least "Every Breath You Take") pitched the Police into the ranks of commercial rock superstars, but most of the record simply can't be taken seriously by anyone but a chowderhead and/or indiscriminate fan." [jg]

and my real favorite:

"Unfortunately, this led to Seven and the Ragged Tiger, a sorry collection of half-baked melodies, meaningless lyrics (their earlier work, while not poetry, at least sounded clever) and over-active studio foolishness. Basically, the songs ain't no damn good." [iar]
Re: Great Ira Lines Pt 2
February 23, 2006 12:00AM
Sheesh - just re-read the review of TV On The Radio. Ira must have been in a particularly foul mood that day, tho I must say TVOTR doesn't do much for me either.

"The latest hot band (and, yes, I have to admit for this critic that pervasive buzz on a band is like smell on a raw fish: always a turnoff) is Williamsburg's TV on the Radio, who have connections to the truly worthless Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the good sense to resemble somebody different than the other bands claiming to be on the cutting edge. But Suicide really didn't need to be copied, and the parlor trick of cobbling together the pulsing drone of crummy 30-year-old synthesizers (credit "music" man David Andrew Sitek, a guitarist who in concert prays heavily at the Thurston Moore altar) for a third of an album shouldn't make anyone stand up and salute."
Re: Great Ira Lines Pt 2
February 23, 2006 07:52PM
Perhaps Ira got stuck at a bus stop right near an open-air fish market on a hot day, with the guy next to him blaring TV On The Radio on his boom box.
ira
Re: Great Ira Lines Pt 2
February 24, 2006 01:11AM
nope. just saw them a couple of times and then listened to the album. garden variety critical negation
Re: Great Ira Lines Pt 2
February 24, 2006 01:45PM
with a SY reference?
Man that's overkill babay!
Re: Great Ira Lines Pt 2
February 24, 2006 01:51PM
i think Kim stepped on his foot once...
ira
Re: Great Ira Lines Pt 2
February 25, 2006 12:43AM
never met her...
Re: Great Ira Lines Pt 2
February 25, 2006 01:51PM
I have to agree with Ira about TVoTR ... boooooring live, and I haven't heard any studio material I like. I don't see what all the fuss was about.

And the Yeah Yeah Yeahs aren't entirely worthless. I do think "Maps" is a great song. Also crummy live, though, and, um, Karen O? Chrissie Hynde called. She's coming to your house to kick you in the kiester for copping her look so blatantly.
Re: Great Ira Lines Pt 2
March 23, 2006 08:02AM
Did Ira write this? "A truly psychedelic guitarist, Gurley had the musical abilities of a lima bean..." in the 100 Best Rock Guitarists article?
ira
Re: Great Ira Lines Pt 2
March 23, 2006 12:22PM
i sure hope so! (Jeez, i really can't remember.)
mia
Re: Great Ira Lines Pt 2
March 23, 2006 06:46PM
see previous post
Re: Great Ira Lines Pt 2
March 23, 2006 07:31PM
Ira' all-star band:
Perry Ferrell on lead vocals
Thurston Moore on guitar
James Gurley on lead guitar
the YYY's rythm section
the band plays a medley of Gene Loves Jezebel faves

mmmmmmmmmmm now that's good eatin'!

Or throw some Frank Black in there:
"His oblique, often opaque songs singe the hairs of self-amusement for reasons that are impossible to discern. Although he'd probably like folks to wonder if he's the son of dada or just an esoteric goofball, he's really just a semi-talent in post-modern leisure wear."



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Re: Great Ira Lines Pt 2
March 26, 2006 01:12AM
Ira's comments on The Fixx, a band I really liked in the 80's, but now seem really dated and rarely think about them now.. they are not revered now in UK imports like coldplay, stone roses, echo and the bunnymen, The smiths, New Order... etc...

(Not too surprisingly, the Fixx's American success has been met by nearly total UK indifference.)
Re: Great Ira Lines Pt 2
March 26, 2006 12:58PM
I think Jon Young always praised the heck out of the Fixx in the pages of TP itself. I seem to remember him calling them "Ultravox without the starch," whatever that meant.

A friend of mine crossed paths with the Fixx at a Stuckey's in the middle of Indiana back in the 80s. It was about 1 in the morning and he said they were all sitting at one table looking miserable and drinking coffee. They'd probably have been much happier if they'd gotten one of the pecan milkshakes.
ira
Re: Great Ira Lines Pt 2
March 26, 2006 01:54PM
[re: the fixx being miserable]

or a more favorable review in trouser press...


i went to WLIR once to do something on the air when the Long Island station was in its glory playing new wave wall to wall and they had pinned up a trashing review i'd done about some horrible german electro dance pop band whose name i can't recall but one they were playing the shit out of as a laughable marker of just how wrong rock critics could be. funny!
Re: Great Ira Lines Pt 2
March 29, 2006 02:16AM
From the Cranberries review:

"O'Riordan comes off like a ignorant young idealist staring in indignant disbelief at a video entitled History Since 1960."
Re: Great Ira Lines Pt 2
March 30, 2006 07:43PM
"some horrible german electro dance pop band whose name i can't recall"

Camouflage?
ira
Re: Great Ira Lines Pt 2
March 31, 2006 12:42AM
might have been. i can't recall.
Re: Great Ira Lines Pt 2
March 31, 2006 12:40PM
All of them?
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