Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Greetings From Lopez

I'm on Lopez Island in Washington State (it's a part of the San Juan Islands) and have no access to the Internet except for a few minutes at the public library. And yet, furthering the cause of Advancement is important enough to use those few minutes for the blog. Unfortunately, since I have no Internet or cable, I have nothing to report. I will say that listening to Pearl Jam in Seattle is different from listening in New York. I guess it's kind of like Guiness' tasting better in Ireland. Speaking of beer, Britt discovered long ago that Eddie Vedder is singing "Oh I love Amstel Light" and not "I'm still alive." The question is, how did that never become a commercial and if so, if so, who answers? Also, that song has the same chord progression as "Dr. Love" by Kiss. Steal from the best, I always say.

I had a thought about Alice Cooper this morning that his music was not quite good enough to qualify him for true Advancement. However, his whole thing--the music, the name, the stageshow, the golf--was worthy of it. So what of these artists whose music may not be up to Lou Reed's level, but they are still obviously Advanced? I don't know, but I'm sensing a new category of Advancement is near.

So that's all I've got for you until next week...

5 comments:

Philco Brothers said...

I think Alice Cooper's music is very good I just don't think it's Advanced.
It's an act. He knows what he's doing and does it well.

Jon Black and Britt Bergman said...

alice cooper's music is awful.

Philco Brothers said...

I think Alice Cooper's music is awful.
I just don't think it's Advanced.
It's an act. He knows what he's doing and does it well.

Jason Hartley said...

That's what I mean. His music doesn't qualify, but he as an artist probably does. So what to do about him? I'll have to put in a "what about..." chapter in my book, should I ever write it.

Alice Philco said...

No really I think Alice Cooper"s music is good. I grew up listening to Killer and the guy put out three or four decent rock albums in the early 70's. Lou Reed even borrowed his producer Bob Ezrin for his Berlin album and took uncredited Alice session men Dick Wagner and Steve Hunter on the road with him.
After the original group's demise I pretty much stopped following Alice until someone turned me on to the early 90's album The Last Temptation. It came with a comic book and a stupid concept but the music was a return to form. A couple of evil metal albums followed (check out Brutal Planet's lyrics if you think Alice went soft) and on The Eyes Of Alice Cooper he started playing "rock" again. Dirty Diamonds (on Lost Highway records?) is probably his best album since the early seventies.
Some people choose AC/DC or Kiss when they want rock. I prefer Alice Cooper. It's not art and isn't meant to be. It's only rock and roll and I like it.