Most of them were in special offers, at Happy Books, Fnac and Gong. But two were not. Two of these purchases were full-price, and am sure I could have found them cheaper. But I just had to buy them. Which? Why?
Ymasumac-esque, if you allow the expression. Her choreographies to Yma Sumac's music, with fire dancing on her body, are worth remembering. And my 24th birthday party, with a bizarre soundtrack, was recurrent on this tape, every 2 or 3 other albums. And Anabel's appearence, art and temper are also totally Ymasumac-esque. In fact, we are in another of our usual periods of distance, after one of our flammable arguements, but no doubt we shall drift together again. Sometime.
Bukowsky, on the other hand, is to me Falikovich, a.k.a. Deborah, the young girl who used to hang around me admiringly until she realized it was me who admired her! It was with her that I started our preformance group, with her that I was filming shots of this and that, making happenings at trendy discos, interviewing the cool at their uncoolest moments... Her writings were really good, her energy too. She had me as a mentor, her image of The Woman. I had her as a younger, fresher version of me. She was always reading and quoting Bukowsky. I never thought much of his books. Am reading him now, to honour her memory. No, she's not dead. She's learning to play an instrument. She made me guess, and I did on my second try. First I said the Triangle -she's totally unmusical!. Then I said the trombone.
What else have I bought? Quite a few things. Like, in CDs:
- Suzanne Vega's 99.9 Fº -saw it reduced and smiled, it reminded me of someone...
- Motown Meets The Beatles -One of those cases of guessing there shall be at least one or two good tracks.
- One of the many Janis Joplin's greatest hits compilations. This one is, actually, Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits. -Many people knew me in the early nineties as 'La Yanis', due to looks and attitude? -but not as an alcoholic!*
- Frank's Wild Years, one of the many Tom Waits albums I was still missing
- Bjork's Vespertine
- Bunbury's Pequeno Cabaret Ambulante
- The famous and yet still fun listening to Blood Sugar Sex Magik , by Red Hot Chilli Peppers
- Tom Waits' Used Songs: 1973-1980
- THE LONG TRIP- a prehistory of psychedelia, by Paul Devereux -Note the link is to a Fortean Times review ;)
- Camus' L'Etranger, in French! ;D
- Two biographies: Basquiat: A Quick Killing in Art, by Phoebe Hoban, and Sex & Drugs & Rock'n'Roll: The Life Of Ian Dury, by Richard Balls. Which is what I'm reading now, as I just finished Factotum.
- And Vikram Seth's Riot at Misri Mandi, an extract from A suitable boy -one of those Phoenix little books for 1 euro, that are really handy to see if you like the style of authors you've never read. I do ;)
*Yes, the nickname came from the crowd at my flat on Escudellers: djs, musicians, journalists, plastic artists -man! I remember Dani's clay fingermarks all over my radio/cassette player! I think the original idea came from Albert, then singer with The Flashback V, later kicked out as far as I learnt, when I came accross them again through Luis.
By the way, -Remember this song?
It's one of the three songs I kept getting played as a salute, when entering a bar o small disco with some dj friend of mine. Also some friends would play it when I walked into their home parties.Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,So Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?Oh Lord, won't you buy me a color TV ?Dialing For Dollars is trying to find me.I wait for delivery each day until three,So oh Lord, won't you buy me a color TV ?Oh Lord, won't you buy me a night on the town ?I'm counting on you, Lord, please don't let me down.Prove that you love me and buy the next round,Oh Lord, won't you buy me a night on the town ?
Everybody!Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends,Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,So oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?
The other two were:
- Nancy Sinatra's These Boots Were Made For Walking -Luis used to ply it looking at me with a grin at his Tuesday Mod&80s sessions
- Nina Hagen's New York New York -Carlos, at Karma, used to let me know he'd spotted me on the dance floor by playing this and sitting back to watch me go wild ;)