I love love love Jules & the Polar Bears’ two lps Got No Breeding & fəˈnet̬·ɪks. We’re talking early 80s – this is power pop-rock with a Talking Heads influence, rapid fire lyrics that are amazing. I am still amazing that this band didn’t become a smash hit – maybe the lyrics were too literate? Jules Shear is a sort of industry legend who never broke big, like Linda Perry.
The songs are are dense, light-hearted, bouncy, thoughtful & are full of great harmonies, complex arrangements. Romance, memory (The Smell of Home) all with a wry turn of phrase. I had these as lps, now as mp3 & always love love hearing them again & again.
To the mp3 CD I added a couple of lps by Rinôçérôse: Schizophonia; Futurino. Their use of accents made them a natural fit with ‘fəˈnet̬·ɪks’ 🙂 I have several recordings of this French duo that started out with a guitar based French House electronica sound which became more rock than electronica. Slightly experimental, absurdist lyrically, inventive and fun. These are later recordings & are show the progression of this band well. If you are unfamiliar check out their first release ‘installation sonore.’
Also, for no particular reasons I rounded out this mp3 collection Led Zeppelin’s BBC Sessions. Live takes on songs from their first albums & some songs that only appear here. The band was tight, they don’t try to replicate the studio versions. The Dazed & Confused in this set is amazing & makes it clear that, at this point in time, the band was fearless, extravagant & focused.
The sheets were white. The blanket, a pale pink that might have held more color at one time but was slowly becoming white. My Dad lay on the bed, on top of the blanket.
‘Not ready to get between those sheets yet.’ he smiled up at me.
‘Doesn’t feel too bad.’ I ran my hand under the blanket to feel the sheets. Cool but soft. I expected them to be hard, crisp.
‘Just one step closer to the grave.’ My Dad looked away from me.
‘Dad, this is a check-up, not a check-out.’
‘Same thing. Same thing.’
He was nearly eighty but still had full color in his hair, a firm solid, body from constant walking everywhere and anywhere. More walking since he retired. It was to keep his bone mass up. The better the bone mass the safer his hips and knees would be if he fell.
‘Dad this is just a regular check up, unless there’s something you haven’t told me?’
He looked back at me. I could tell that there was.
‘Jen … I …’
‘What?’ My heart skipped a beat. ‘What?’
‘You remember … No, I can’t tell you … never could …’ he sank into the bad and covered his eyes with his hand.
‘Tell me what? Are you in worse shape than you let on?’
‘I’m … I mean … your mother never knew … I want you to know that she never knew …’
‘Never knew what? What? Dad, tell me?’ I pulled his hand away from his face.
‘There was someone …. I mean …’
‘What? Do I have a half-brother or sister somewhere? Is that it?’ I knew my Dad was a randy guy. Always flirted with women at parties. I could see him at our bbq’s in the back yard laughing and hugging the wives of his friends. That he might have had an affair wouldn’t have surprised me.
‘No. That’s why this is so hard … I want you to know .. so you won’t find out when you … when I die … You remember Chuck and Grace.’
‘Grace? That mousy little thing? But Grace?’
‘Chuck? What about Chuck.’
‘He was my lover.’
The room spun around me for a moment. Was I hearing right?
‘You and Chuck. What?’
‘It was an intimacy I never felt with your mother … with any woman …’
every Tuesday 2019
17 – Shaw Festival – Sex (Mae West)
22 – Stratford Festival – Little Shop Of Horrors
15 – Stratford Festival – The Crucible
June – Capturing Fire 2020 – Washington D.C. capfireslam.org