Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Is It Really So Strange?

Some background:

When the advanced theory was first created, it was much more about "weirdness" than genius. When you're in high school, you want to show how unique you are by dressing in funny clothes or having a haircut that pisses off your parents. But as you get older, you realize that running shoes are much more comfortable than Doc Martens (in my day) and that interesting hair is exhausting to maintain and stupid besides.

Nothing profound here, but I thought y'all might like to know where all this came from.


Charles said...

I found that I could put my energy into other things that were more interesting and/or productive. I like the idea of artists going in directions we may not get right away. Going back to Bowie, Let's Dance was so different from Scary Monsters, etc., but he somehow managed to spin it or communicate in such a way to make it huge. As I recall. Maybe this is not what you're saying.

Jason Hartley said...

"Let's Dance" is an advanced record for sure. But it is also one that was pretty well liked, even by critics who might have been dismayed at its "commercialism." Reimagining oneself is a big part of being advanced.