Lessons from a theme week

teacherSo my goal this week was to single out some artists I’ve heard about but never really heard. I went with two bona fide legends (Tom Waits and Patti Smith), two lesser-known but well-regarded 70s bands (Buzzoccks and Faces) and one contemporary artist who enjoys great critical acclaim (Bjork).

Overall, my takeaway is that I wasn’t missing much. I’m most intrigued by Tom Waits, though his voice remains a stumbling block, and I like the idea of Patti Smith even if her song didn’t completely sell me. Faces seems like a generic 70s rock band. Buzzcocks wrote a great song but their style isn’t up my alley. And Bjork is intriguing but too much of an art-school show-off to really grab me.

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Song of the Day #146: ‘Stay With Me’ – Faces

facesFaces is another band I’ve heard of only by name. I couldn’t have placed them on a timeline or named a single member of the band.

The only song of theirs I’m familiar with is “Ooh La La,” and again that’s thanks to Wes Anderson, who used it in the lovely final scene of Rushmore. Anderson has done more to call my attention to great music (especially from the 60s and 70s) than any other filmmaker.

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