Some rockers tonight from the second album by the Cult; Love.
"I admit that what we were doing was fairly controversial at the time," [Ian] Astbury later stated. "It was controversial to be punk rockers and still love Led Zeppelin, and to call an album Love in the aggressive post-punk era was seen as potential suicide. These things drew a lot of heat from the media but, worse still, I remember going out when She Sells Sanctuary got in the charts and some kid came up and punched me right in the face at a concert. There was so much hatred in his eyes, and all that was because we came from the streets in Brixton, we came from punk rock and I think this guy saw us as breaking the code by not pretending we couldn't play our instruments or for having success." — Louder
Honestly, when I first heard "She Sells Sanctuary" I couldn't understand a word Astbury was singing, aside from the two lines starting with either "the sparkle in your eyes" or "the fire in your eyes". I thought most of the lyrics were in another language. I could make out "sanctuary" two or three times, but no sense of what surrounded it. (And I don't believe those who claim that verses like "make my back burn" or "the world drags me down" are decipherable as such without being told in advance.) For me, the song was even more simple than its content: it was the best damn hook I'd ever heard, and still is today.
I could play "She Sells Sanctuary" any day of the week. Unlike most earworms that offend on too much replay, "Sanctuary" never dulls. It's a constant reset.
The Cult still enjoys performing it. They're touring right now in 2020 (scheduled to play in Mississippi and Florida in two weeks, if the Covid quarantines are lifted by then) [My note: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA] and guitarist Bill Duffy has said that " 'Sanctuary' is always a joy to play, and I'm happy we've got a song like that. Something like 'Fire Woman' [from 1989's Sonic Temple album] is a very popular song around the world but it's very challenging to play and sing and do. It's not one that we like playing! That's a bit of a chore to play, just the way it was written and constructed. 'Sanctuary' is just fun and rolls along." — The Busybody
‘She Sells Sanctuary’ (1985)
"The good thing about the songs on Love is that they deal with things that are no less relevant now than they were then: life, death, sex, materialism, spiritualism; all the human experiences," Astbury recently surmised as he looked back on the album that made him a worldwide star. "Creating Love, we were trying to make a flower instead of a barbed-wire fence. That took a real presence to do that." — Louder
WHO’S TALKING TO WHO?
Jimmy Kimmel: Thandiwe Newton, Izzy G., Belly, guest host RuPaul
Jimmy Fallon: Camila Cabello, Ryan Tedder, OneRepublic
Stephen Colbert: Clarissa Ward, Amanda Peet, Roger Bennett (R 8/17/21)
Seth Meyers: Michael Shannon, Hannah Einbinder, Jerome Flood II
James Corden: Terry Crews, Lorde
A late night gathering for non serious palaver that does not speak of that night’s show. Posting a spoiler will get you brollywhacked. You don’t want that to happen to you. It's a fate worse than a fate worse than death.
A great one hit wonder from the UK. The Primitives.
the Primitives ‘Crash’ (1988)
Kids in the Hall 'Daves I Know' (1989)
Also, I a bought a few old music history books online that arrived last week. One includes a bunch of Pete Frame rock family tree illustrations. I really enjoy looking at those. Pete Frame
LAST WEEK’S POLL: TOURISM SLOGAN
Great Potatoes, Tasty Destinations (Idaho) 35% 6 votes
Maryland of Opportunity 0% 0 votes
Oklahoma is OK 6% 1 vote
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Say Yes to Michigan 0% 0 votes
Vermont, Naturally 24% 4 votes
Virginia is for Lovers 35% 6 votes
Tourism Slogan Pt.2
Tourism Slogan Pt.2
A World Within. A State Apart. (Nevada)
Are You Up for Amazing? (Illinois)
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It's Like a Whole Other Country (Texas)
Visit Nebraska. Visit Nice. (Nebraska)
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