Tuesday, January 18, 2011

How much I love you, you'll never know

I am sappy and I am of a certain age, but (believe it or not) this is what it means to be a Clevelander.

23 comments:

Al The Retired Army Guy said...

Erin- thank you so much for this.

I spent the vast majority of my adult life away from my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Sure, I spent 14 years in Cleveland proper, and graduated from a high school in the burbs.

But ...

Cleveland will always be my home. The place where I will always feel most comfortable. The place where I will always feel most ... me.

Erin ... thanks.

Al

Bill said...

Nice change of mood Erin. I don't feel like arguing about anything!

alphadog said...

Thank you Erin.
I left Cleveland a long time ago, it's so good to come back once in a while.

Mrs. C said...

And I love me some Todd Rundgren, in all three iterations: the Nazz guy, the solo guy, and the producer guy.

Being from WNY, which is the rashed-up sweat crease of the Siamese-junction of NOT here (NYC) NOR there (Chi-town), I feel your Cleveland thing, too.

swine said...

Man, can someone explain this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cegdR0GiJl4&feature=channel

Bill said...

swine: can't explain it but I watched the whole thing waiting for the butterfly to undress.

Erin O'Brien said...

Alex, why why why why WHY oh WHY did you do that to me?

Erin O'Brien said...

Okay, upon further consideration, Alex, I can attest that the footage made me glad to be an old broad listening to sappy old music.

Good christ.

alphadog said...

Swine,
No explanation although I do admit to killing it about 1:40 in.

The Rev said...

3.5 million people watched it. I regret I was one of them. That is about 2 minutes of my life I will never get back. I must now drink copious amounts of vodka to erase it from my brain. On a lighter note, born and bred Cleveland-er, Have seen and met Todd many times. Always a gentle man. Old Agora, new Agora. Love the guy. I have left this city a lot, always came back to it. My beloved Cleveland, she really is a plum.

philbilly said...

Die Antwoord, The Answer, is a satirical spoof on candy ass rappers like eminem.

These three are emblematic of the digital age enabling tribes of music, in this case a style called ZEF, to self-publish and get 3.5 million viewers.

Obviously not accessible in the mainstream sense, the global tribal aspect taken in its entirety is nonetheless a powerful political and social undercurrent in beat-down towns like Capetown and Cairo.

"A South African commenter on The Guardian's website broke down some zef signifiers: 'clapped-out Ford Cortinas with fur on the dashboard, tight mom jeans pulled up too high, synth-heavy ringtone rave, mullets.' "

Sound familiar?

Remember hippies?

I'm personally intrigued by some of the female vocalists who mimic androgyny and only end up accentuating their sexuality, like Elly Jackson. That girl's got pipes,eyes and legs,yo.

swine said...

Philbilly gets the prize, whatever that may be. After being given the link to Die Antwoord, I did a bit of research myself and came up w/the same conclusion Philbilly writes above. I am, however, intrigued by Yo-landi (the girl) and her strange role in this weird duo/trio (I think they count the DJ as a member).

I have really weird musical tastes; I appreciate greatly what The OB puts on here from time to time, including Todd Rundgren, and all the rest. But mostly I listen to hard bop or bop jazz, and never jazz made after the mid 60s. Strangely though, I seem to be a clearinghouse of info. on American music history; may have something to do w/a college job as a music clerk in an indie store. Anyway...back to the real subject: this was sweet, OB. They don't make music like this no more. Haven't in many years.

I don't wanna work. I just wanna bang on the drum all day. Just in case you were wondering.

Oh, and OB, this for you: The Swine has signed a deal for a little book of fiction shorts to come out in a few months, via Safety Third Enterprises out of Atlanta. More info and Twitter links to follow, natch.

swine said...

I gotta admit, the South Afrikaan accent totally fits w/aggressive rap.

Erin O'Brien said...

Phil, I have a lot of respect for you, but I am a plump middle aged housewife in Cleveland, Ohio drinking shitty day-old coffee. A person can only be expected to be what a person is.

help.

philbilly said...

"Drizzle, drazzle, druzzle, drome; time for zis one to come home. Be just vhat you is, not vhat you is not. Folks vhat do zis are ze happiest lot."

Mr. Wizard advising Tudor the Turtle.

Meanwhile; Obama hears a Hu, and the TonTon Macoute are back. Never a dull moment.

Cleveland Bob said...

Wow. Greta version.

We owe WMMS a debt of gratitude for introducing all of us to Todd, Bruce, Ian Hunter, Bryan Ferry, Southside Johnny, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band and many, many more.

Thanks, Erin.

alphadog said...

Cleveland Bob,
I'll bet you remember Buzzy Linhart at the Smilin' Dog Saloon.

Kirk Jusko said...

Todd Rundgren? If you really want to honor Cleveland, why not Michael Stanley's "My Town"?

philbilly said...

Yeah Swine, that Yo-landi Vi$$on is a dangerous cliff to toe.

Shakes just like a willow tree.

I think she could probably kick my ass.

"I am curious, but yellow."
Woody Allen

Bill said...

Zzzzzzzzzzzz. Guess I oughta visit Cleveland sometime.

philbilly said...

Bill, you asked a while back what was happening in Haiti. You seemed utterly at a loss to understand where the aid money went. Zzzzzzzzzzz. Yep. Go back to sleep, everything's fine. Listen to Beck.

Bill said...

phil: Haiti. Cleveland. I don't get the connection but I have seen some news stories in the last few days regarding the wasted or unspent Haiti money. Are you a Beck fan?

swine said...

Beck as in the musician, yea.