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Creakings from a Cranky Old Man

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American Joe Queenan, who writes for a number of publications including the Guardian, penned an interestingly cranky piece about the Clash, London Calling (song and single), and the emotional hold it has on a generation. In short, he thinks we’ve been had just like the Boomers before us were, and all of the Clash’s anthemic calls to arms were just a marketing ploy.

Ok, it’s funny and well put. And in my more cynical “who gives a rat’s ass” moods (which occur more and more these days) I would concede. Except he played the Hitler card:

The Clash, including the now deceased Strummer, allowed “London Calling” to be used in a Jaguar TV commercial in 2002. Jaguar is owned by the Ford Motor Company, which was founded by a ferocious anti-semite who invented the assembly line and was admired by Adolf Hitler. Ironically, top-quality airplanes built by the Jew-loathing Henry Ford helped defeat the Nazis and his zombies of death. War was declared. Battle came down. After all this, won’t you give me a smile?

For fuck’s sake, most popular technology has evil militaristic origins. Did you have to lose us there? I thought you were smarter than that.

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>Radio That Doesn’t Suck

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>Just in case you’re online, and you need something to listen to, try BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens. The Welshman presents fresh new music. Tonight I heard Emmy the Great: Sandy Denny meets Mia Doi Todd.

Failing that, you can always haunt my alma mater: CKCU FM, the mighty 93.1

>Bad Brains Baggins

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>This is just wierd:

This is just boss:

via WFMU

>Under the Sign of Sam

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>Yonge Street in Toronto will retain its legendary landmark: Sam the Record Man’s sign. According to CTV, the city has granted the icon heritage status. The shop is scheduled to close on June 30, 2007. Git yer credit cards ready, kids, there’s gonna be a sale.

>Once

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I’m adding Irish indie film Once to my to-see list. Why? Well, it looks good, and stars Glen Hansard, he of the film The Commitments and the band The Frames.

>Give ’em Enough Rope

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The Independent reports that legendary record producer Phil Spector said that women deserve a bullet in the brain:

Separately, prosecutors are also attempting to introduce testimony from a former police detective who provided security at a Christmas party held at the home of Joan Rivers in 1995 or 1996 that Mr Spector declared that women “deserve to die. They all deserve a bullet in their… head” while he was being escorted out after a fracas inside.

He’s still on trial for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson at his Los Angeles mansion on Febrary 3, 2003.

Keep talkin’, Phil. You’re doing great.

>Who Knew, Hoodoo Guru?

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Australia’s Hoodoo Gurus are back and back it, according to today’s Toronto Star:

Twenty-three years after the Hoodoo Gurus broke into the Australian rock arena with the garage/alt.country-grunge/pop masterpiece Stoneage Romeos and not heard together since the 1996 release of their unofficial “final statement,” the album Blue Cave, the Gurus are among us again, determined to rock on as if they’d never been gone.

“We weren’t really gone … we just didn’t play together as the Gurus after Blue Cave,” the Gurus’ front man and songwriter Dave Faulkner said in a phone interview last week from Austin, Tex., where the band performed four times in two days at the giant SXSW fest.

They play at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern tomorrow, Friday, March 23 at 11:30. Advance tickets are $20 at Ticketmaster, the club, Rotate This, and Soundscapes. At the door, they’re $25.

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