“My Guilty Pleasure” Part 2
I received so many incredible songs and stories for my weekly Spotify with the theme “My Guilty Pleasure” over the last 2 weeks, from really funny to beautifully deep, may it be from old time friends, people who don’t want to be tagged, people asking me more details on my personal weekly stories, up to people telling me they only like uncool and generic stuff, others sending non-Spotify artists, and all, and all. For me, everyone is welcome to share, however cool or not they think they are or how underground and experimental the music they like is… It’s always about what moves you.
This playlist is not about what Alex thinks is cool music or not… If that was the case it would be quite boring. And who wants to hear playlists assembled of 10, 15, 20 songs of 30-minute songs made of feedback and bad recording? Not that many people, believe me…! My bandmates remind me every single time they pass by the studio: “Alex, let us know when your feedback therapy treatment is over, we’ll join you after…” So again, everyone is welcome to share 😉
For me, receiving song suggestions from all over the world is the indisputable proof that music has that unique and wonderful essence that allows us all not only to express any possible type of feelings but has the power to help us commune with other people like nothing else I have ever been exposed to in my life. So, with all that being said, here’s “My Guilty Pleasure” playlist, part 2.
Feature: Talking Heads
It has been a little more difficult for me to assemble my playlist this week, the reason being I didn’t pay as much attention to music as I usually do, which also explains why I felt a little more down, I guess… But also because March is quite a busy month for me and the other Your Favorite Enemies members. So I hesitated about the band I wanted to feature, I became more self-conscious about what I would share (the being seen as cool part…!) and sent my text to translation (Yes, we do translate posts through real people :)) past my usual deadline… It’s only today, Monday, late afternoon, that it all came naturally, as I was watching the first episode of Iggy Pop’s “Punk” documentary on Epix… And sorry, Iggy, it’s not the Stooges nor the Ramones who came to mind!
In fact, as pretty much everyone I meet, I have a very different vision on what defines the real nature of “punk”, which differences could be exposed by a conversation I had with the promoter of a venue I was playing to with Your Favorite Enemies a few years back during our “Shadows of Dreams to Come” tour…
Promoter: “So, Alex… What’s punk to you? The Pistols, The Clash, The Ramones…?”
Alex: “… Talking Heads.”
Alex: “No, but really…”
Promoter: “AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA!!! ok, Alex… Honestly!”
Alex: “Talking Heads”
Alex: “Ain’t punk about doing whatever you want regardless of the trend you are involved with?”
Promoter: “TALKING HEADS AIN’T PUNK”
Alex: “The Ramones, The Pistols, The Clash later on… They weren’t following trends, they were being themselves, not the usual copy cats that followed, right?”
Promoter: “You are right… But not Talking Heads, no…!”
Alex: “For me, Mozart, Luther, Da Vinci, Dali, Hemingway, Cash, Burroughs, Public Enemy… all punks”
Promoter: “Not David Byrne… He’s a nerd!”
Alex: “Yes! Sorry to break your heart, but David Byrne is a punk to me”
Promoter: “Ok, ok, go and show me what punk is tonight then…”