“People have misconstrued the pessimism and anger in our songs. We’re really the opposite of all that; we’re not callous, insensitive people. But we’re frustrated by the fact that most people seem to end up that way — hopeless, defeated. We’re afraid of ending up that way ourselves, and that fear comes out in our songs.”—Bob Mould of Hüsker Dü (via Our Band Could Be Your Life)
“I saw Woodstock so many times, I listened to rock & roll records all the time, I wanted to be in a band. All I wanted to do was break guitars. We would just go shoplift plastic guitars and practice breaking them for our concerts. I didn’t even learn how to play the motherfucker, I just broke the thing.”—
Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat (via Our Band Could Be Your Life)
(trufax: i love stories about how faily people started epic bands despite being ‘tards.)
“The whole hugeness of it all had really hit everybody very hard. And the biggest thing is Chris and I got a lot of attention because we were the girls, and they didn’t like that. They didn’t like it then; they don’t like it now.”—
“Tweet and FB are making blogging obsolete! I have literally been Facebooking and Twittering all my content away! I get a thought, I meet someone interesting, I go somewhere cool, and then snap crackle pop, I put it up. Crazy right?” (-Andy Serwer, Fortune)
Hmmm. The thing that stopped me here was the phrase “my content.”
Thinking, meeting people, moving through the world — this used to be your life.
this came out in the middle of a dry spell, and it really inspired hope in the fandom that their new album would take a step back from the sterile-ness of gravity. no such luck, but i still love this song (really this version of this song) to pieces.
“Wouldn’t it be interesting if the only way you could die was that suddenly your head blew up? If there were no other causes of death? Everyone died the same way? Sooner or later, without warning, your head simply exploded? You know what I think? I think people would get used to it.”—George Carlin
“We just could never see mass acceptance of our music, but that didn’t make it little to us — it still was important. But if we were going to do it, we had to make sure the dream fit the tent. A massive bourgeois tent would be too much deadweight. Let’s just carry enough to get us there[.]”—
Mike Watt of The Minutemen (via Our Band Could Be Your Life)
If you don’t have some kind of emotional reaction the first time you hear this song, you probably need to get yourself checked. Also, this version > the version on Begin to Hope—although they’re both excellent.
i’m your late-night head rush ace high royal flush red velvet orange crush you just don’t impress me much a glossy double-cover spread opened up inside of your head a black-cherry pardise half the sugar twice the spice i don’t wanna treat you nice come on baby roll the dice
but it took 6 whole hours and 5 long days 4 all your lies to come undone and those 3 small words were way 2 late cause you can’t see that i’m the one
“IMPORTANT STYLE GUIDE-RELATED NOTE: The news that Avril Lavigne may make a cameo on [Lil Wayne’s Rebirth] has resulted in me no longer calling it Lil Wayne’s “Rock” effort. I encourage you to do the same.”—
Yo, so these jeans which had no problems when I left the house have a bit of a faulty zipper and multiple times today, either I’m really retarded and left my fly down or they are falling down… anyway, at the train station, I notice and you know you have two options - pretend to not notice and pull up when convenient or pull up and look embarrassed.
I choose number three. Stretch the left arm out as far as you can, stretch the right out as far as you can and make an extravagant gesture towards the triangle motion of doing up your flies, then do it.
People tend to be more embarrassed after a while plus my fly ended up done up. Also, I didn’t know anyone at the train station. win win
“The thing that kept everyone living this pretty torturous lifestyle is the music was that good, and we knew it. At the end of the day, we had no money, we were scruffy, we stunk, the van stunk, everyone was against us. But you’d hear that music and know, oh yeah, we fuckin’ rule.”—Henry Rollins of Black Flag (via Our Band Could Be Your Life)
“But when you’re surrounded by Genesis fans, I don’t know how idyllic that is.”—Greg Ginn of Black Flag, in response to people claiming that kids in Southern California had it too good to start a hardcore/punk revolution (via Our Band Could Be Your Life)
(i guess i should point out that i am reading this awesome book and will therefore be posting a lot of quotes in the next week or so. it is called OUR BAND COULD BE YOUR LIFE: Scenes From the American Indie Underground 1981-1991 and it is by michael azerrad. it covers the following bands (from their start to either their end or when they sign with a major label- which is basically the same thing i guess): black flag, the minutemen, mission of burma, minor threat, hüsker dü, the replacements, sonic youth, butthole surfers, big black, dinosaur jr, fugazi, mudhoney, and beat happening. my musical knowledge is so spotty and biased that the first ten pages of this sort of book tend to make me annoyed (what do you mean nj is not the birthplace of hardcore?) but then i get completely swept away and want to know more. so far, this book is edited about a zillion times better than the last music history-ish book i read, which is awesome.
i always read this sort of thing and wish i had been able to take part in these awesome flying-by-the-seats-of-our-pants scenes, and then allison weiss gets the internet to sponsor her new ep and i am pretty happy about being a part of this scene instead ♥)
(plus moshing and heroin are not really my thing.)
“But Reyes quit two songs into a show […] and Black Flag proceeded to play “Louie, Louie” for an hour, joined by a long succession of guest vocalists. “A guy named ‘Snikers’ … jumped up and began singing ‘Louie, Louie’ and then proceeded to perform a most disgusting drunken striptease during which cans, bottles, spit, sweat, and bodies began flying with a vengeance,” wrote Spot. "It was the finest rock & roll show I had ever seen."”—