August 30, 2008

"The analogy would be if John Lennon had died not in 1980 but in 1965."

Loss.

14 comments:

ricpic said...

So debased, the worship of rock stars, so terribly debased.

Pogo said...

Suicide is painless.

Except for those you leave behind.

Bissage said...

Great . . . Now I’m feeling like a total jackass for all the stupid jokes I’ve posted about doing drugs.

rhhardin said...

The late Johann Sebastian Bach, as one classical music station introduced a piece.

What wouldn't he have accomplished if he had lived to write rock music.

Pogo said...

Not at all, Bissage. It's the best method for removing the aura of 'cool' around drug abusers.

AllenS said...

Vinnie Van Gogh cut off one of his ears and then shot himself on 29 July 1890. Some people cannot handle success.

Bissage said...

Thanks, Pogo.

And coming up next will be what I was just about to post before I saw your 9:01.

Bissage said...

(1) Okay, mother superior jumped the gun and I’m feeling much better now.

(2) Amazing. I never thought I’d live long enough to see such a thing as a Dead Milkmen cover band.

Not grunge, at all.

Anti-drug.

Shoot up or shut up.

Indeed.

And there are even lyrics.

Amazing.

(3) Kids, just say no.

EnigmatiCore said...

An ironic part to the whole Kobain riff, in my opinion, is that if he had succeeded in changing the balance in Nirvana to be a bit more Beatlesque in regards to catchy melodies, they would have sounded a lot like the Foo-Fighters.

Kobain may have been the second greatest talent in Nirvana.

Pogo said...

I like Nirvana and all, I mean alot, but the better analogy would be 'if Jim Morrison had died not in 1971 but in 1970.'

A string of hits followed by a stupid death. Not romantic but pointless.

Bob R said...

The closest parallel to Lennon is that Cobain was already married to an obnoxious woman of marginal talents. I have no idea why there is any reason to think Cobain in the category of Lennon (and maybe a dozen other rock songwriters) as a songwriter who were able to write excellent songs for more than a decade rather than in the category of the thousands of artists who have a few productive years and then run out of gas.

blake said...

I'm reminded of my favorite Bill Maher quote: "Drugs haven't hurt my record collection any."

The presumption of this statement is that Lennon didn't have anything great to offer after 1980. But we don't really know that. (I thought "Double Fantasy" was one of his best solo albums.)

blake said...

As a point of reference, vis a vis the deterrent value of drug deaths, I give you Chris Farley, who idolized John Belushi, down to his mode of death.

Modern Otter said...


The presumption of this statement is that Lennon didn't have anything great to offer after 1980. But we don't really know that...


Good or bad, my sense is that by about now Rick Rubin (b. 1963, btw) would be producing him.