What if I type in white? Ahh, yes. That does the trick. But it ruins my style. Louis-Ferdinand would not be happy. Totally Air. Pocket Symphony. Who is Kevin? Shields? Ayers? Fairlight. Synth clouds. Rich chords. Very sophisticated harmonies and arrangements. Cornelius from Japan. This sounds very modern. OH FUCK! Groove is in the motherfucking heart. Vogue! So on track two, we are straight up on a catwalk. But it could be Alan Vega or Martin Rev. Kinda Sun City Girls. Zoviet France. Fridmann never gets this crazy with bass. Wayne is driving it weirder. This was, from what I hear, done with ZERO budget. Is this a dance album? First you have poetry. Then you are prose. Amateurs. Into Odelay. That was a good drum break. The Strokes. Fuzzy vocals. Paliament/Funkadelic. Sly Stone! Later Stereolab. Tim Gane processing. Counter melody! For fuck’s sake. Somebody listen to this bloke. Whoa. What is up with this chorus? Roland Kirk? Like in Switzerland? Definitely hitting some Os Mutantes twee. Lo-fi as fuck. Great Godard tongue in cheek. Apparently about Neil Young and Rick James being in a band together when they were young and still in Canada. Yonge Street? Beats. Drake needs to hear this. Bit crusher lisp. Spiritualized at the grocery store. Swipe barcode. Song peaks at end. Masterful mix. A true climax. Savage mastering on every album. Whole mix jumps. It works. Needle skipping. American Supreme. Claustrophobic. COVID. Sad. Scared. Apocalyptic. The concept of the gaze in cinema. Bass drops in. Feel it in your sex organs. A sexy song. “Cobra Strike”. This is unequivocally a dance album. EDM all up in here. Lots of panning. Spliff it. Micro gestures. Pandemic planning. How long will it last? Soul-crushing. Zombie metaphor. Shaun of the Dead. Masterpiece. Beatle drums. First Velvets album. Rat trails. “Black Angel’s Death Song”. “The New Pollution”. Dr. No. Walther PPK. What does this kid know? He can’t possibly know, can he? Pure phase. Visconti. Lanois. Acid jazz. Nick Cave. Montage, mon beau souci. Flaming Lips. Jeff Tweedy drawl. Jesus and Mary Chain team up with The Cure. Disintegration. Heartbreak here. Who broke his heart? Bleeps and bloops. Robot noises. Heartbeeps. Jazz funk ’70s experimental upright. Great lyrics. Superimposition. Steenbeck! Fucking great lyrics on “Snip Snip”. Oh, damn. Glockenspiel at just the right time! Icy. Air. Virgin suicides. Dazed and confused. Blonde. Braids. Like glazed bread. German. Texas. Floating world. Old world. No one to smoke a doobie with and stare up at green trees. No tits. What is wrong with this world? Rambo. Fort Bragg. Delta. Boykin. Intelligence Support Activity. Send me. George Crumb. Black angels. Jungle echoes. 4thPOG. Ghosts. PSYWAR op. Make it loud. Romeo foxtrot. Shall we dance? Charlie don’t surf. Death on the dance floor. Public Image Ltd. Modes of limited transposition. Messiaen. Primal Scream. Standing with Johnny Rotten. #Trump2021 . But this is more about big tits. Giant opals. Garth Hudson. Telegraph. Total loss. Persona non grata. Window still missing. Swastika eyes. Paul Weller. XTRMNTR. Shoot speed. Kill light. Eyes owned 2020. The ugly had a chance. Masks work…if you’re ugly and need to get laid. Back with another block rocking’ beat. Private psychedelic reel. War metaphor. Is this about election? No. Too early. Look at liner notes. Living in COVID times was like a world war. War just beginning? Got my pina colada. Fuck it! Arizona. Living boldly. Masks have lost. Two weeks. Could have been a contender. Circuit bending. Talking about big titty schizophrenic. All footwork ruined. Toys. Falling apart gremlin workmanship. Awkward line about Thora Birch. Explicit warnings a little lazy. Getting a bit Lenny Bruce up in here. Russ Meyer. Second line. Double time. Crazy drums. Smooth as Sade. Tambourine is the star. One organic element. Wrote a song. She didn’t care. Wrote her 200 songs. She didn’t care. One has zero plays globally. She never bothered listening to it. Some things not meant to be. Liberals and conservatives. Go and create. Lobster. Work wasn’t. Bought her every flower imaginable. Thousands of dollars on flowers. Yoshimi laser warfare. A piano not standard. Some Tori Amos bullshit. Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. Only the finest pianos. Internationally famous. Neither deserve it. Pulled the plug at the wrong time. Would he have still kept the same track listing? Maybe so. Heartbreak to rehash. Goes by quick. Good drum programming. James Bond future theme. Brian Wilson. Phil Spector. Absolute Nigel Godrich. Cinematic. The album that never was. But this one is worldwide, motherfuckers. Third this summer. And a fourth already out. I can hardly keep up. I need to review movies. Doesn’t Pauly Deathwish know I don’t have time for Galaga? Falling apart. Short-circuit. Charlotte Gainsbourg. Flashback to Bucolic.
Biden is a one-trick pony in a party of well-meaning morons.
No President has ever been hated so much…
…by the establishment.
It took one of their own to bring them to their knees.
And now the establishment has come up with an exceptionally-pathetic excuse for a candidate:
Republicans tried to elect a showroom dummy once (recently).
Had the looks.
What could go wrong?
He came off as cold.
And so all the genius, conniving minds of the Democrat Party have gotten behind the person they think can Trojan their specious ideas into the realm of policy.
It is quite obvious.
Joe Biden didn’t get a big enough shot in the ass of ginkgo biloba to really stay in the ring 12 rounds with Trump.
Joe needs to be mainlining that shit by now.
If Joe Biden ate nothing but onions and drank nothing but tea, his brain would still be like a hunk of Swiss cheese.
Trump, fresh off recovering from the plague of the century (once-in-a-100-years) was cogent and articulate.
If every media outlet, every source of information, every sports star, every celebrity is against Trump, what does that make Trump?
So, go ahead.
Vote for Joe.
Joe couldn’t last five minutes playing Tropico (much less five minutes actually running the USA).
And he will not be running the USA (if elected).
Swiss-cheese-brain Biden has actually bought and believed the syrupy propaganda of his own party.
Which makes sense.
Because his brain has become (and will rapidly accelerate towards being) childlike.
Which doesn’t excuse Biden of being a nakedly-corrupt politician par excellence.
Joe would bring the old gang back together.
Hillary would have a chance to get her pay-to-play Clinton Foundation back up and running.
Hell, why not make her Secretary of State again?
She will be emboldened to shred every law because, even though she got caught, she paid no price (except for the nosedive in Clinton Foundation contributions).
You would have “bonesmen” like Austan Goolsbee.
[a pale imitation of an actually-competent individual (Mnuchin)]
Hell, bring ’em all back.
Comey at FBI.
Brennan at CIA.
Lynch on the Supreme Court.
Bring back Eric “Fast and Furious” Holder.
Put Bernie’s great economic theories to work at the Department of Labor.
[another guy who would crap out at Tropico within minutes]
Because it’s all one big gang.
It’s all one big, compromised gang.
And it’s all about making money OFF the people (rather than making money FOR the people).
Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, Maxine Waters…
Limousine liberals (as they say).
Their respective personal worth always MAGICALLY balloons in their years of “service” to the USA.
It doesn’t take a genius to make money that way.
It takes a scumbag.
Trump didn’t need the money.
Hell, he gives away his Presidential salary checks.
But there is something.
He is GOOD AT MAKING MONEY.
He didn’t fight in Vietnam.
[it’s also quite likely he never disparaged the military]
Joe Biden disparaged the military ON TAPE, but never a hardball question about that:
[6’10” —> “clap for that, you stupid bastards”]
Joe Biden has a problem with being caught on tape.
Here bragging about getting a Ukrainian prosecutor fired (while using American taxpayer dollars as leverage). Hmmm, why would he want a UKRAINIAN prosecutor (?!?) fired? Why would he brag about it? What was this prosecutor investigating? Why would we interfere in the judicial system of the Ukraine (by way of Joe Biden)? Seems like his son Hunter had some dealings in Ukraine. Hmmm… Could it be, that this prosecutor was investigating his son Hunter???
But Joe Biden also has, how can I put this tactfully, other “problems” on tape. It’s not just the hair of women he is sniffing:
Wouldn’t be so bad (?) if it was an isolated incident. Maybe it was taken out of context?
You don’t need to watch all 17 minutes of the above clip to get the gist. Joe Biden takes liberties with children…knowingly…on C-SPAN, etc. What does he do behind closed doors? The footage we’ve seen is shocking enough.
Joe Biden makes women and children (particularly Chris Coons’ daughter) feel uncomfortable. You can see it in the body language. Biden whispers in their ears. And the young Coons daughter pulls away from the kiss. Cre-epy!
But in this debate (the final of the 2020 season), Donald Trump made Joe Biden feel uncomfortable…especially when Trump brought up the “laptop from hell”. You could see it in Joe’s body language.
“It’s all lies,” said Joe repeatedly throughout the two debates.
Pull his string: “It’s all lies.”
“Come on, man!”
Sometimes it’s funny.
Like the moronic George W. Bush who was part and parcel of the cabal that brought down the Twin Towers.
Bush was funny.
Because he was so dumb.
But Joe Biden is not so completely ravaged by senile dementia not to feel the fear at even the mention of “the laptop from hell”.
But let’s hit some key points.
Joe Biden cannot consistently get his train of thought from point A to point B. Witness this gem:
“And I don’t look at this in terms of the way he does, blue states and red states. They’re all the United States. And look at the states that are having such a spike in the coronavirus. They’re the red states, they’re the states in the Midwest, they’re the states in the upper Midwest. “
Trump knows his opponent is mentally-compromised.
But Trump also knows that his opponent is a textbook corrupt politician:
“Joe, you have raised a lot of money, tremendous amounts of money. And every time you raise money deals are made, Joe. I could raise so much more money. As President, and as somebody that knows most of those people, I could call the heads of Wall Street, the heads of every company in America. I would blow away every record. But I don’t want to do that because it puts me in a bad position.“
Like with the kids, Joe just couldn’t help himself (even against the obvious preparation where his advisors explicitly told him to, under no circumstances, broach this topic) #LaptopFromHell:
“His own National Security Advisor told him that what is happening with his buddy… Well, I shouldn’t… Well, I will. His buddy Rudy Giuliani. He’s being used as a Russian pawn.”
Joe fucked up. As Trump explains:
“Well, let me respond to the first part, as Joe answered. Joe got $3.5 million from Russia and it came through Putin, because he was very friendly with the former mayor of Moscow and it was the mayor of Moscow’s wife. And you got $3.5 million. Your family got $3.5 million. And someday you’re going to have to explain, why did you get three and a half? I never got any money from Russia. I don’t get money from Russia.”
“But now, with what came out today, it’s even worse. All of the emails, the emails, the horrible emails of the kind of money that you were raking in, you and your family. And Joe, you were vice-president when some of this was happening, and it should have never happened. And I think you owe an explanation to the American people. Why is it, somebody just had a news conference a little while ago who was essentially supposed to work with you and your family, but what he said was damning. And regardless of me, I think you have to clean it up and talk to the American people. Maybe you can do it right now.”
“…I don’t make money from China. You do. I don’t make money from Ukraine. You do. I don’t make money from Russia. You made $3.5 million, Joe, and your son gave you, they even have a statement that we have to give 10% to the big man. You’re the big man, I think. I don’t know, maybe you’re not, but you’re the big man, I think.”
“I was put through a phony witch hunt for three years. It started before I even got elected. They spied of my campaign. No president should ever have to go through what I went through. Let me just say this, Mueller and 18 angry Democrats and FBI agents all over the place spent $48 million. They went through everything I had, including my tax returns, and they found absolutely no collusion and nothing wrong. $48 million. I guarantee you, if I spent $1 million on you, Joe, I could find plenty wrong because the kind of things that you’ve done and the kind of monies that your family has taken, I mean, your brother made money in Iraq…millions of dollars. Your other brother made a fortune, and it’s all through you, Joe. And they say you get some of it. And you do live very well, you have houses all over the place. You live very well.”
Fire when ready:
“His son didn’t have a job for a long time, was, sadly, no longer in the military service, I won’t get into that, and he didn’t have a job. As soon as he became vice-president, Burisma, not the best reputation in the world, I hear they paid him $183,000 a month, listen to this, $183,000, and they gave him a $3 million upfront payment, and he had no energy experience. That’s 100% dishonest.”
Trump did this same thing to Hillary.
Blew holes in her metaphorical hull.
“He is the vice-president of the United States and his son, his brother, and his other brother are getting rich. They’re like a vacuum cleaner. They’re sucking up money…”
“His son walked out with a billion and a half dollars from China to…after spending 10 minutes in office and being in Air Force Two. Number one. Number two, there’s a very strong email talking about your family wanting to make $10 million a year for introductions.”
Joe Biden does not understand international finance.
He does not understand the implications of Chinese currency devaluations.
He doesn’t even understand the mechanism.
Joe Biden is a (renovated) showroom dummy:
“My response is, look, there’s a reason why he’s bringing up all this malarkey. There’s a reason for it. He doesn’t want to talk about the substantive issues. It’s not about his family and my family. It’s about your family, and your family’s hurting badly. If you’re a middle-class family, you’re getting hurt badly right now. You’re sitting at the kitchen table this morning deciding, ‘Well, we can’t get new tires. They’re bald, because we have to wait another month or so.’ Or, ‘Are we going to be able to pay the mortgage?’ Or, ‘Who’s going to tell her she can’t go back to community college?’ They’re the decisions you’re making, and the middle-class families like I grew up in Scranton and Claymont, they’re in trouble. We should be talking about your families, but that’s the last thing he wants to talk about.”
Bill Clinton was persuasive when he was peddling this same shit.
Joe Biden isn’t.
And Trump calls it out:
“That is a typical statement.
That’s a typical political statement. Let’s get off this China thing, and then he looks, ‘The family around the table, everything.’ Just a typical politician when I see that. I’m not a typical politician.
That’s why I got elected. Let’s get off the subject of China. Let’s talk about sitting around the table. Come on, Joe. You could do better.”
Joe Biden only has one “dollar word” left in his intellectual quiver:
“The public option is an option that says that if you in fact do not have the wherewithal, if you qualify for Medicaid and you do not have the wherewithal in your state to get Medicaid, you automatically are enrolled, providing competition for insurance companies.”
Twice in the same sentence?!?
Come on, man!!
Joe’s (and the Democrats’) answer for everything is “bailout”…as Trump begins to delineate:
“The bill that was passed in the House was a bailout of badly run, high crime, Democrat, all run by Democrat cities and states. It was a way of getting a lot of money, billions and billions of dollars, to these guys. It was also a way of getting a lot of money from our people’s pockets to people that come into our country illegally. We were going to take care of everything for them. And I’d love to do that. I’d love to help them. But what that does, everybody all over the world will start pouring into our country. We can’t do it. This was a way of taking care of them. This was a way of spending on things that had nothing to do with COVID, as per your question. But it was really a big bailout for badly run Democrat cities and states.”
Joe wants a planned economy (like Uncle Joe Stalin had). Price ceilings. Price floors. Arbitrary values for labor (a major factor in production). It doesn’t work.
Trump defeats this backwards economic chestnut in one sentence:
“How are you helping your small businesses when you’re forcing wages?”
Watch the price of eggs.
That’s how you will see the free market (as opposed to a planned economy) assert itself.
Supply and demand.
As simple as that.
Don’t toy with it.
Don’t stifle it.
Let it create value.
It may be trite, but “a rising tide lifts all ships” (as it is said).
The stock market is equivalent to the vital signs of a medical patient.
Joe may or may not understand that.
Again, he seems to have bought the “black propaganda” (total disinformation) of his own party.
What little brain Joe has left has been thoroughly washed of all real-world, economic logic.
As good as Kristen Welker was (and she was quite good [compared to the atrociously-partisan Chris Wallace]), she is still part of a profession that, when it comes to Democrat interviewees, almost always shirks its duty:
“Who built the cages? I’d love you to ask him that. Who built the cages, Joe?”
The U.S. immigration system is broken (on purpose). And Joe should know that. But he still blithely opines otherwise. Trump truth:
“And then you say they come back. Less than 1% of the people come back. We have to send ICE out and Border Patrol out to find them. We would say, ‘Come back in two years, three years. We’re going to give you a court case. You did Perry Mason. We’re going to give you a court case.’ When you say they come back, they don’t come back, Joe. They never come back. Only the really… I hate to say this, but those with the lowest IQ, they might come back, but there are very, very few.”
Trump is rough around the edges.
But he is no bullshit.
And there are a few opinion leaders (Johnny Rotten) who understand and appreciate this.
Joe steps in it again:
“My daughter is a social worker and she’s written a lot about this. She has her graduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in social work.”
Doesn’t take a fucking genius to see that Sleepy Joe is actually Creepy Joe.
“You know Joe, I ran because of you. I ran because of Barack Obama, because you did a poor job. If I thought you did a good job, I would’ve never run. I would’ve never run. I ran because of you. I’m looking at you now, you’re a politician, I ran because of you.”
And again (for good measure):
“If this stuff is true about Russia, Ukraine, China, other countries, Iraq. If this is true, then he’s a corrupt politician. So don’t give me the stuff about how you’re this innocent baby. Joe, they’re calling you a corrupt politician…They’re calling it the laptop from hell.”
“But, why didn’t he get it done? See, it’s all talk, no action with these politicians, why didn’t he get it? ‘That’s what I’m going to do when I become president.’ You were vice president along with Obama as your president, your leader, for eight years, why didn’t you get it done? You had eight years to get it done, now you’re saying you’re going to get it done because you’re all talking and no action, Joe.”
Biden: “I don’t know where he comes from. I don’t know where he comes up with these numbers.”
Yes, it was in a flat in Brixton that I first learned a hallowed reverence for the name Slade. A legendary band.
It’s one of those quintessentially British phenomena. Like HP Sauce, perhaps.
But on with the film…in the tradition of The Beatles and Elvis before them.
Director Richard Loncraine did a fine job of actually conveying both the anarchy and oppression of rockroll. Plainly put, this movie is a ton of fun, but the message which comes with the thrills is somewhat harrowing.
Loncraine’s filmography as auteur doesn’t really read like a Cahiers-approved canon. An illustrative title might be his Brimstone and Treacle from 1982.
At any rate, he certainly did a fantastic job leading Noddy Holder and the group into cinematic immortality.
There are some priceless contributions from actors such as Alan Lake (as Jack Daniels, rockstar).
Tom Conti is the perfect foil to the antics of Slade (in meta-character as Flame).
Noddy’s first real bit is fronting a band called The Undertakers. Like Screaming Lord Sutch, he gets locked in his coffin (think Screamin’ Jay Hawkins) on stage…a sort-of archetype to be later expanded upon for the “pods” sequence of This Is Spinal Tap.
What makes this film fascinating is the balance it strikes between the beer-swilling rock life and the Covent Garden big money managers who bring scruffy rabble to the masses.
I can’t stress enough how bad-ass this group was. The first performance they give in the film, in a shitty little club, is a revelation…absolutely devastating in an MC5 sort of way. The songcraft is impeccable–like Zeppelin meets Beatles.
Seeing the rows of council flats…a few mere years before Johnny Rotten laid waste to the decrepit stupor of Britain…this is a poignant time capsule.
Not only do we see Noddy as the veritable rock god he is, we get every angle of the meteoric rise to fame which has lobbed bands across the heavens since those heady mid-70s days.