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Monday, November 1, 2010

Rip it up and start again - Throw Me Away

From the terrific Throw Me Away fanzine comes this wonderful and insightful article from Kristofer Andersson.  Here is a google translation of the original Swedish (you can get the gist) and below are a few highlights.

Rip it up and start again

I'm sitting right here on Sunday on the floor and listening to a song that came in the mail a few days ago.  It's called "Oil Painting" and was written by a man named Nick Halliwell.  Nick runs the small British label Occultation...  They should, from a theoretical perspective, be an example of an outdated and stagnant part of the pop world that it's time to turn our backs on.  But Nick has never accepted that the best songs were recorded in 1981 - they are recorded today, or even better, tomorrow.  Whether they happen to be recorded by the scarred men with guitars or not.

The band that plays the song is called The Distractions.  In addition to a pair of singles on Factory Records and an album on Island Records in the early 1980s, they have never made any fuss at all.  

...But life is not just theory, not when what we once loved is melting away like snow.  Then help a few aging men who sing about a love that time never abandoned or managed to weaken...

"You may not be an oil painting, 
Your loveliness may leave no lasting mark on mankind, 
But as your face is framed I see a lifetime in it, 
I'd not trade a single minute."

A song that lasts long after the death separated us.

Kristofer Andersson



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