Tuesday, September 09, 2003

His Aim Was True

I recently finished reading the new Lester Bangs collection, Mainlines, Blood Feasts, and Bad Taste. In "Every Song A Hooker", Lester takes aim at a certain critically-adored songwriter. (I'll take Warren Zevon over this artist any day of the year):

He pulls out his copy of Elvis Costello's Armed Forces and slaps it on the turntable: "Now here's an example where every song has hooks all over the place."

I listened. Still sounded like some limey gettin' an F in Bruce Springsteen class and throwing a widely inflated snit about it, sounding like Springsteen sounding like a real bad but slicked-up imitation of the Band, with maybe some Gary Lewis and the Playboys thrown in,