Addicted to albums

I drink beer. I only drink German beer, and to my good fortune the German brewers Beck’s have been running a promotion with the download service Napster. One bottle of beer gets you one track credit. Brilliant.

But for some reason I’m unable to buy one track at a time. I am compelled to buy albums. I know people fill their hard drives with an abundance of single tracks, but I just can’t do that. I like a track by a band and have to buy the album. Is it a generational thing? I know in the old days a single was only released so punters would buy the album, but the paradigm has changed. The iPod was created as a mobile jukebox. And the jukebox was the ultimate collection of singles popular at any one time.

It is my good fortune that the Beck’s/Napster promotion has been running long enough for me to be able to download multiple albums by The Velvet Underground, Grinderman, The Smiths, The Specials, The Last Shadow Puppets, Soft Cell, The Doors, The Human League, DJ Shadow, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Plan B, Bob Dylan, LCD Soundsystem, Prinzhorn Dance School, Sonic Youth and The Fall.

Not sure if the promotion has made me drink more beer. But it has allowed me to get more music. And that has to be a good thing.

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Tyranny

Working on Carrion. I have been thinking about the war on drugs as a tyranny.

Tyr·an·ny
1. From Old French tyrannie. From Medieval Latin tyrannia. From Latin tyrannus.
2. Arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power. Despotic abuse of authority.
3. The government or rule of a tyrant or absolute ruler.
4. A state ruled by a tyrant or absolute ruler.
5. Oppressive or unjustly severe government on the part of any ruler.
6. Undue severity or harshness.

It seems to me the war on drugs is an “arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power” exhibiting an “undue severity or harshness”.

Stephen Joseph becomes John Quays

I’m changing the name of Christine Leigh’s boyfriend from Stephen Joseph to John Quays because I think it sounds like “junkies”. As his fate reflects the fate of all the users in the story, it seems fitting to giving him a name that reflects that.

I took it from a track on The Fall’s “Live At The Witch Trials” album “No Xmas For John Quays”.

John Quays is said to be either a reference to seventies politician Hugh Jabaals. His name in the song was changed at the last minute to avoid any libel. Then again, it could be a reference to a former member of The Fall who succumbed to the lure of heroin. My favourite, is that it’s “riff” on William S. Burroughs story “The Junkie’s Christmas”.

A junkie gets the immaculate fix when he gives away his junk on Christmas eve.

Mark E. Smith’s lyrics are significantly obscure to make any definitive interpretation impossible.

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