bakapyrite (bakapyrite) wrote,

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The legacy of a candle

As I was driving in to work today, on BCN they were playing a "Live Lunch". The show was a live set from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I was reminiscing about the fact that the last RHCP album I bought was Blood Sugar Sex Magic. The fact of the matter is that none of the singles from the albums afterwards ever really tugged at me and insisted that I buy the album. Flea, for all his greatness, seems to be lost on what was played in the set. It was revealing. RHCP played about 6 songs before Give It Away, and all 6 of those songs were basically ballads. Of course, one of the last songs to be played was Under the Bridge. RHCP represents the concept of "burning out or fading away" in the fading part: they chose to be more melodic and less funky. In other words, boring. Even the live version of Give It Away was missing some sort of edge, and near the end Anthony actually sang some lines rather than rapping while the guitarist(s) played a melodic version of the song in backing.

As I was driving home, the play set for virtually the whole hour was pretty decent. It included Pearl Jam, Toadies, Nirvana, AC/DC, Alice in Chains, Weezer (Hashpipe), and some other songs. Of all the bands I named, though, one of the bands' songs was boring. If you guessed that it was Pearl Jam, you'd be right. They represent a band that actually sort of burned out and faded away at the same time. Ten was a great album, Vs. was pretty good, and beyond that I never really listened to another album by them. They played "Rockin' in the Free World" with Neil Young and then became droning hippie rockers much like him.

On the other hand, Nirvana still sounds as fresh, perhaps even more so, as they did when Kurt was still alive. There exists in Nirvana's music the dichotomy of the grunge movement - beauty and melody and rage and apathy. Somewhere underneath it all is the understanding that the world really doesn't give a fuck, so let's try to enjoy it and fuck with the people that aren't enjoying life.. but of course the message is mixed when the spokesman for the movement killed himself.

In short, I guess my teenage heros have basically either mostly burnt out or faded away.


A couple extra action items:

A) I need to get my car inspected sometime this month. Chances are somewhat poor that I'll do it during the week, although chances are usually pretty poor that I'll be roused enough to do it on Saturday, and most places probably don't offer that service on Sunday. So anyways, I need to do it at some point, either way.

B) I need to get a birthday present for Mom. At this point I'm pretty clueless as to what to get her, so I'm aiming for a card with some cash in it most likely. That will involve actually going in to a Hallmark store and getting a card, so that's something I need to do.

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