August 16, 2006

Musical notes.

1. David Bowie is on drugs, and apparently so am I.

I was listening to the song âLittle China Girlâ the other day and wondering if it was a bit patronizing. Then I realized that it was about heroin. Then I realized I'd heard it 20 times before figuring that out.

2. Sonic Youth was right.

See, Jupiter in downtown Berkeley sells alcoholic beverages, which are unlikely to make people more intelligent. Boys who go there and consume such beverages will probably wind up somewhat stupider. And Mars up on Telegraph sells trendy vintage clothing, and as we all know, girls in trendy vintage clothing at least look like rock stars.

3. You know how they say listening to Mozart makes kids smarter?

In the last few years I've managed to dredge up some very early memories involving music. The first song I can remember hearing, at the tender age of I think six, is "Beds Are Burning" by Midnight Oil. The second is "Career Opportunities" by the Clash. I've decided that I can safely blame the latter for any problems with authority which I may exhibit as an adult. The former is more difficult, but I've decided that in all probability it's the cause of my inability to dance -- after all, the world is turning even as we speak.

Either that or it's simply why I always pay my rent (or at least my share). Fair's fair, that's what I always say.

Posted by dianna at August 16, 2006 10:02 AM

Boy Goes to Jupiter, Gets More Stupider

Posted by: sean at August 16, 2006 11:24 AM

A little Wikipediaing reveals some interesting facts about China Girl. The song was released on the album Let's Dance, which was written in 1983. That's more than 5 years after Bowie moved to Germany and quit drugs. So why is the song about heroin? Apparently Bowie cowrote China Girl in 1977 with Iggy Pop, just a year or so after starting his journey down Sober Lane. Which might makee China Girl something of a (fond?) reminiscence for his bad old junkie days. Who knew?!

Posted by: Jacob at August 16, 2006 11:25 AM

Gah! Damnit! Every time I think I'm being clever it turns out a Squelch writer has beaten me to it. And it's usually Matt. Matt, retroactively stop it.

Posted by: Dianna at August 16, 2006 04:29 PM