I thought leftover crack was a Scottish delicacy. Joke. I have to be honest here and say I've never ever heard of any of these bands. It seems your musical taste has changed dramatically, how did this happen?
Haha. There is a soundclip in one of their albums that says “What? You know there ain’t no such thing as leftover Crack!” How true.
Well, I was massively into hardcore and punk rock when I was younger. It was my first love. I spent my young teenage years going to punk and hardcore shows. Some of the music I listened to when I was younger… I can barely fathom how I liked it, haha. Other stuff I adore now as much as I did then. Tastes really change over time. I got tired with the scene (yadayadayah) and when I was 17, I met a few people that gave me complete epiphany moments about electronic music. I had always liked rap, but very much as a sidenote to the punk rock. When I stopped going to punk rock shows and going to clubs, it was just another world. Fell in love really, and haven’t looked back since. I see myself as having a ridiculously diverse taste in music, and I think my mind is all the better for it.
Favorite band of all time and why? Frogodan Toadavic
Oh my. Em. Well. In terms of nostalgia and intensity, I would have to say the Crack Rocky Steady Seven bands like Leftover Crack, Choking Victim and F-Minus. I still love them today even though I don’t listen to them super often, but I’d have to class CRS7 as my favourite because I was completely obsessed when I was younger (and massively into punk and hardcore music) and listened to them constantly. I still go see Leftover Crack every time they play in Glasgow and sing along to every word, just with a different kind of love. I know they’re drug addicts and I know they lived in a squat, and I don’t agree with some of their politics, but there’s this 15 year old me that still adores them. They’re the most evil sounding punk rock I know. If I’m going to go further down the heavy route, I’d also have to pick Cursed. They were incredible and I listen to them regularly. No one else sounds like them (well, to me anyway).
My band listening days died off for quite a while when I got into electronic music in a big way, but little can compare to the love you can have for a band.
After posting this I’ll probably think of 10 other bands I wish I’d said to but, oh well.
“I haven’t read “The Waste Land” for a year, and I never did bother to check all the footnotes. But I will hazard these statements—Eliot contains the same ecstatic vision which runs from Münzer to Yeats. However, he retains a grounding in the social reality/order of his time. Facing what he perceives as a choice between ecstatic chaos and lifeless mechanistic order, he accedes to maintaining a separation of asexual purity and brutal sexual reality. And he wears a stoical face before this. Read his essay on Tradition and the Individual Talent, as well as Four Quartets, when he’s less concerned with depicting moribund Europe, to catch a sense of what I speak. Remember how I said there’s a certain kind of conservatism which I respect more than bourgeois liberalism—Eliot is of this type. Of course, the dichotomy he maintains is reactionary, but it’s due to a deep fatalism, not ignorance. (Counter him with Yeats or Pound, who, arising from the same milieu, opted to support Hitler and Mussolini.) And this fatalism is born out of the relation between fertility and death, which I touched on in my last letter—life feeds on itself. A fatalism I share with the western tradition at times. You seem surprised at Eliot’s irreconcilable ambivalence; don’t you share this ambivalence yourself, Alex?”—20 year old Barack Obama, in a letter to a friend about Eliot.