The Velvet Underground created a new sound that changed the world of music, cementing its place as one of rock and roll’s most revered bands. Directed with the era’s avant-garde spirit by Todd Haynes, this kaleidoscopic oral history combines exclusive interviews with dazzling archival footage.
And this again, just because it kills me every time …
Do proto-punks like the Stranglers think they could possibly be as hip as “the world’s coolest insurance salesmen”? Don’t they know it’s all mistakes? Who wins a fight between 5/4 and 6/8 time signatures?
Self-indulgent mess? Misunderstood masterpiece? I usually have an opinion on matters musical, but it’s now been forty years and I’m still not sure what to make of this album. Which may be the point. Or not.
I’m hearing good things about the next album, due April 10. I lost interest in The Strokes after First Impressions of Earth (2006?!), but I’d be hard-pressed to find a better debut album than Is This It.
Here’s a video for one of the new singles, “Bad Decisions.” If it sounds a lot like “Dancing With Myself,” it’s no accident. The band allegedly gave Billy Idol and Tony James songwriting credits to avoid litigation.
As near as I can tell, the message in the video is that The Strokes will be evolving musically, so if you want rehashed older albums (clones), too bad. Oh, and the band members’ faces are deepfaked onto actors playing the clones. Timely!