Lowe Down Amanda Fun on The Playboy Blog!
Associate editor Josh Robertson just wrote a
I highly recommend checking Playboy.com's blog because it's BY FAR the most well written and easiest to navigate blog online for pop culture and current events. Format is the best, just like the magazine itself, obviously one of my favorites especially the late 60's early 70's issues which I collect, everything is up to date lively and very sexy but always smart.
"The journalist writes down the things he remembers
The things he forgets are things that you feel"
- Wrong Again (Let's Face it) by Rockpile
Oh, so it's like that? (o) (o)
lol well you did not forget two things that I do feel often ;) haha
OK JOSH, (assuming Super Vixen stance) let's just say that within the classically cantilevered mammaries and tumescent intellect beats the heart of a very loyal Nick Lowe fan one whom this very morning, in little more than periwinkle corset and baby blue stilettos, was belting out most of Lowe's "Impossible Bird" while sashaying about the conservatory and who wishes to express pointed but nurturing umbrage regarding the following :
"as a songwriter and performer he is and shall forever be underappreciated. Fine as his new album At My Age may be, it’s not going to win him new or younger fans. Things might have been different if he could have recorded a handful more like Cruel to be Kind, for our money his best song."
My good man, that's the Elgar of Post Punk himself, in this wicked world dominated by High School Musical swill, Nick Lowe just can't be dumbed down for the masses, it was hard enough to do that when there actually was some comparable music on the airwaves aside from his, but now?
So to paraphrase Zman from "Beyond The valley of The Dolls" : me thinks this brew of Nick Lowe's opinions is not for the record industry's more delicate sensibilities!
and as for the song being a rant at "70's nihilism?" I thought the punk's were the nihilists? The hippies were working on getting Chez Panisse off the ground and 100 dollar plates back then, correct.
Elvis' version is like a time machine and it's his signature song but does it REALLY intimate the message like three older lyrical soul craftsmen can? I was not entirely sure so I asked my dear friend and 25 year veteran music store owner and curator for www.popsiephotos.com, Cliff Malloy, who was fifteen when Armed Forces was released what he thought. Cliff writes:
"I agree with Mr. Lowe wholeheartedly, if you study the lyrics, it takes on a whole different meaning coming from the elder statesman of music as opposed to the angry young man that Elvis was when the song was first released in 1979. Really listen to the words to that song and you'll know it SHOULD come through via a bunch of world weary performers who survived the 60's, the civil rights movement and just life itself. The Holmes Brothers give it the authenticity and intensity that a 25 year British kid can't quite capture.
True the song is Elvis's signature and to me "Armed Forces" is his watermark in that New wave sound that can't be duplicated (and that Nick Lowe essentially helmed) but the words, so all important, ring truest through the Holmes brother's."
I think that after watching both versions that I would go with Mr.Lowe and put my money on the Holmes. Elvis kicks ass and visually he's a revelation even 28 years on, but he's not really communicating the message, in a way he makes it sound funny, so funny that when I envision thousands of punk/new wave wannabe suburban kids covering it and going home to their SUVs and guitars that mommy and daddy bought the lyrics are ahem, lost in translation.
Mighty like a bra,