Patti Smith Poll

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System, Tuesday, 7 June 2011 23:01 (six years ago) Permalink

I know she's a legend and all, but her public persona is insufferable.

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 7 June 2011 23:11 (six years ago) Permalink

I can't comprehend the above statement at all. For example, this:

jer.fairall, Wednesday, 8 June 2011 01:41 (six years ago) Permalink

well, she hasn't read a book since her Mapplethorpe days.

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 8 June 2011 01:50 (six years ago) Permalink

Maybe this will help you comprehend.

Some of us are born rebellious. Like Jean Genet or Arthur Rimbaud, I roam these mean streets like a villain, a vagabond, an outcast, scavenging for the scraps that may perchance plummet off humanity’s dirty plates, though oftentimes taking a cab to a restaurant is more convenient.

Yet time makes ravens of us all. And so I pick the memories from the crevices of my brain. Again and over, I find myself returning to that windswept maternity ward in which I arose like a phoenix from my mother’s dimly lit womb ready to greet the world like an archangel with my own set of profoundly soft and bubbling truths with which to mark—permanently and ineradicably—my legendary very first diaper.

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 8 June 2011 01:53 (six years ago) Permalink

Well, that's what I mean. Genet, Rimbaud, Blake yeahyeahyeah.

She is very charming in that Franzen interview.

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 8 June 2011 01:57 (six years ago) Permalink

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System, Wednesday, 8 June 2011 23:01 (six years ago) Permalink

The least shocking poll result ever?

jer.fairall, Wednesday, 8 June 2011 23:56 (six years ago) Permalink

the albums since she emerged post-nesting in the 90s are pretty good. comments about her *public persona* and taste in poetry and french lit are

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 9 June 2011 00:01 (six years ago) Permalink


reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 9 June 2011 00:02 (six years ago) Permalink


The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 9 June 2011 00:02 (six years ago) Permalink

I wanna give a big up to "Beneath the Southern Cross," a lovely ballad from Gone Again which everyone who loves Smith should listen to.

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 9 June 2011 00:04 (six years ago) Permalink

Gone Again was somehow the first Patti Smith record I ever bought, and I remember it fondly, but it's been forever since I listened to it.

jer.fairall, Thursday, 9 June 2011 01:33 (six years ago) Permalink

same here except for me it was Peace and Noise

51 Cent (some dude), Thursday, 9 June 2011 02:21 (six years ago) Permalink

The least shocking poll result ever?

Surprised by the extent of the win.

Let's see if SLOW POLL COMING - the Best 70s Dylan Album can be as overwhelming...

Mark G, Thursday, 9 June 2011 13:35 (six years ago) Permalink

didn't vote but if I had Radio Ethiopia would have gotten mine

brad whitford, witchfynder general (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Thursday, 9 June 2011 13:40 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah, 'radio ethiopia' wins for 'pissing in a river' alone, for me.

cb, Thursday, 9 June 2011 14:02 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah, sad to see no votes for Radio Ethiopia, better than Horses in some ways

Brad C., Thursday, 9 June 2011 14:06 (six years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

"Pissing in a river" is overwhelmingly fantastic.

Mule, Sunday, 19 February 2012 13:28 (five years ago) Permalink

WAs surprised to see no votes for Radio Ethiopia. Would have thought at least somebody would have plunked for it.Think it was dismissed as her 'heavy metal' lp for years. Certainly seem to remember it being called that in the books I was introduced to her through.
It is more heavily guitar dominated than Horses but I don't think I'd be going metal, that being somewhat inherently pejorative, in describing it. Think influences from the ballroom scene etc that Kaye was into earlier are showing through.
I just put the whole lp on my walkman so it can turn up at random. Think it's pretty great. Do like Horses too and bits of Easter.

Had a thought concerning Lenny Kaye & Nuggets I'd been meaning to post somewhere. I'd wondered if Lenny Kaye's working in a 2nd hand record shop in the early 70s had contributed to his idea of compiling a set of mid 60s One Hit Wonders. Like, was it something that he was recognising a market for that lead to him compiling Nuggets which otherwise was a bit out of the blue in terms of releasing in the early 70s. Think I heard about Kaye being asked to compile something along somewhat different grounds that wound up becoming the Nuggets set once he got his hands on it.

Stevolende, Sunday, 19 February 2012 14:20 (five years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

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