On Recollection De Rosa
Time for a beer .. cheers to one and all RR oddities.. for 5 full and fantastic years of quality music .. I’ve found some beauties in times past due to you lot.. but sod that .. my collection of music is considerable more tasteful than yours.. here’s a mixtape, sticking on the straight and narrow like an elephant on a giant jelly:
[Audio http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1075113/FIVE%20RR/11%20The%20Art%20of%20the%20High%20Five.mp3,http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1075113/FIVE%20RR/13%20Natalie%27s%20Party.mp3,http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1075113/FIVE%20RR/01%20Francesca%27s%20Party.mp3,http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1075113/FIVE%20RR/Peter%20Von%20Poehl_Going%20To%20Where%20The%20Tea%20Trees%20Are_12_The%20Bell%20Tolls%20Five.mp3,http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1075113/FIVE%20RR/06%20Anniversary.mp3,http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1075113/FIVE%20RR/02%20Birthday.mp3%5D1 The Art of the High Five The All New Adventures of Us
2 Natalie’s Party Shack
3 Francesca’s Party Baxter Dury
4 The Bell Tolls Five Peter Von Poehl
5 Anniversary The Cure
6 Birthday The Jesus & Mary Chain
1 The Party St. Vincent
2 The Birthday Song Candy Bars
3 We Are All Accelerated Readers Los Campesinos!
4 No Return Brakes
5 celebrate Miles
6 Celebrate Tony Allen
RR is a weird beast – I have to justify myself here – I have slightly (?) obsesional tendencies – in the photos you’ll be able to spot the first years RR themes.. covers designed and in jewel cases… the folders are extra burnt cds of song ideas (no ipod then) for each theme and the next couple of years til I succumbed to the use of itunes (my pod came from a Guardian freebee on their film site)… and the newspaper cuttings – yep folks I have all the original articles from the paper long before the book of Dorian’s columns.
So what is the use of RR ?– well I couldn’t use a computer – my first postings were on friends systems.. they held my drunken hand with technology.. I was sofa surfing because of my work and confused because I had a new life – not like the old life (a six month old son to rock to sleep in my insomnia instead of a 24 hour blat the brain policy) . I logged in to RR on anyone’s computer where I stayed.. Usually reading after the clubs closed at 4am – or the Bands stuff was packed up and ready to roll….. crewing for bands earnt a bit of cash, while trying not to work away so much.
At the same time I’d been helping friends set up a record label – as they were in Germany and I was in England using this computer witchery was possibly a useful tool- but I really tried not to get involved or to get tech savvy (they wont last I tell ye).. but RR sucked me in… I had the paper on Friday to read and abuse in my head when I didn’t agree, this was sat on a train for 4 hours.. not as much seething as if they didn’t have a Guardian in the station as I ran to get the train.. then I was even more livid.. but to make myself heard I had to learn how to connect.
(what I did was type out blah blah blah then delete it – it wasn’t right to judge others taste and I found it weird – not being able to have face to face disagreements (now with fake IDs, I call a **** a **** and hide behind a small minded idiots typewriter – just like the rest of cyberland – ace innit!!!) – I also can’t type or spell – seeing letters in mirror image is a slight problem.. except reading Da Vinci’s writing – I was going to leave this in before spell check mode but it’s impossible even for me to understand…. Blah blah – anyone still reading…. Remember the days when you could read a whole article without being bored… it was only within those RR five years – honest.
Where was I? – oh yeah… I did art work- all hand done – each bit lovingly crafted with a scalpel and glued, then hand lettered and painted and stuff like that – luckily RR happened and my friends badgered me into learning this computer lark and now I can cut and paste in seconds and still make as little money out of my designs as I did previously but without all that loving craftness going into it.. the present technology is truly a great saving of effort…( if only Damian Hearst had thought of nicking other peoples ideas and passing them off as his own he wouldn’t be a struggling artist– thank god you can’t check these things in this day and age)
What do I get out of RR? – well it’s a theme – I would always weekly do a complilation – I’ve been creating them since I was fifteen.. did I mention the obsessive bit. RR hit a nerve, it had been done before.. tracklists to a theme.. but this.. this was a group trying to distil 10 tracks – it wasn’t ever going to work.. top ten by committee BIG FAT FAIL.. but it did work, it helped that Dorian kept the ever spiralling suggesters in line.. a gentle hint that – READ THE FUCKING criteria would keep the # of post to readable level. It also helped that he didn’t give a shit and would justify his picks with elegant prose.
(the little shit didn’t A list my Rong Radio nomination because he’d interviewed Benjamin Zephaniah and had a ‘Personality clash’) but he did think I was younger than I am – I’m taking this as..” wow Shane, for such an old dude you have immaculate taste in new and upcoming bands that pre dates the zeitgeist” wereas it probably meant I make suggestions like a sexually frustrated teenager… but we’ll gloss over that.
So when Lynskey left – I partied like a 19 year old because 2 A lists from him, is pants in anybodies language – well except American – because Pants means trousers there – weird – yep people I am the person that got Sugarcubes ‘Birthday’ in the A list for children – eat my dust newbees… I also got Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me) Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel.. that was it.. all those years for the strangest double so
I vowed never to darken the playlist again –because having got two whole A listers I was going to missed big stylee – obviously I never typed this out, because a beer or two relaxing on a evening and the slip of a mouse gets you right back in the fold.
Hello Maddy – Maddy was Ace.. instantly my suggestions popped in the A lists, the B lists and my name was in the blog from the teacher.. and the pride was immense – (I know it’s only a game – but I didn’t do very well at school and obviously have various needs regarding acceptance and bonding (careful with the spelling there mister) but what really tipped the shark over the jumping cow –was the 99 Luftballons Nena A listing – what for – wait for it :historical events.. yep.. what ever I bullshitted worked.. but it wasn’t manipulated in – Maddy agreed I was talking bollox.. but wanted it in any way – my Guru God was cemented in place.
Rob did an odd double in B listers for me with … Mano Dayak Tinariwen revolution and
Song About Traveling The Innocence Mission adventure and Paul what do you say.. he started off with i want a dog a pet shop boys b’side for pets… kind of continuing the interesting first ever mention I got in 2007 of I’m Still Your Fag by Broken Social Scene for homosexuality – only a two year wait for any recognition.. but if you are going to wait two years you might as well share a fag* at the end of it.
* in England that can mean a cigarette, or if you are a Tory it can mean Helper, or its something slightly annoying to do in 50’s speak “it’s a bit of a fag, but we will be able to twist that nut onto the screw” …… etc, etc
the playlist yeah hey : what’s the theme? anniversaries .. sod that…
if I hadn’t broken my tiny little brain typing this out I’d tell you why.. but that might have to wait… hope you enjoyed.