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April 04, 2004

i do love me a sudden idear.

and the nice thing about a blog is, i've got a place to write 'em down!

has anyone here ever heard of a movie called leningrad cowboys go america? well, now you have. anyway, it's the story of a group of musicians from rural finland who come to america and basically trace the history of american rock n' roll through their travels, meeting up with various blues and rock musicians in barber shops, pool halls, and wherever else they wind up.

the blues brothers do a little of this, too, meeting up with aretha franklin, ray charles and probably others while persuing their "mission from god". and right now i'm starting to watch, "o, brother, where art thou?" and i'm realizing that it happens in this movie, too.

so wouldn't it be cool if someone did a road trip through post-punk england movie? (or maybe bar hopping would be a more approapriate journey for that one.) or through the early era of industrial music, or... well, something other than american blues and early rock and twangy shit.

Posted by lisa at April 04, 2004 08:35 PM | TrackBack


coolness! but where would the trip begin? leeds? sheffield? i suppose london needs to be in there somewhere (side trip to swindon!) ending up in manchester (or is that too "24 hour party people"?) grrr... feh! i just realized that "Rough Trade Shops: Post Punk 01" got left behind in the office again this week and still isn't up as backfill at the station. i should get that labelled next time i'm there...

Posted by: georg on April 4, 2004 09:41 PM

dude, i knew you'd be all over this idea! i have NO idea of the geography of all the bands, or even what the bands are, but i'm inclined to say that any territory that 24 hour already covered wouldn't be worth covering. maybe a little joy division, esp since that movie didn't get enough of them anyway.

a side trip to swindon would sure be a fine idea :) actually, it might be funny to have andy partridge as the main character, as a sort of gawky kid trying to make it as a musician himself, and going through a bunch of adventures in smoky bars and stuff. maybe andy could try to get chicks from the slits and bands like that as his girlfriends. but there has to be a way to get genesis p-orridge in there somewhere, too. not as andy's girlfriend though preferably :)

have you ever seen 'moulding's map of swindon'? it's available in some versions of the go2 lp. i've got it in my office. it's got his personal landmarks marked, like where he lost his virginity, and where he tripped on acid and stuff.

i was kind of flipped out by the fact that you were playing a version of the mo-dette's song that i didn't know. there's a diff version on the razor & tie 'totally wired' comp, which is the one i know.

when i was in high school i found a little mo-dettes button, had no idea who they were til many years later. thought it looked cool so i bought it.

Posted by: lisa on April 4, 2004 09:59 PM

sheffield is cab volt. leeds is gang of four and mekons. just now i can't remember where wire are from.
(aside: yesterday on VH1 classiques, i saw the vid for "kidney bingos" which has lots of meat in it)
if the story was called "the quality of mercy is not strnen" then there could be a cameo by a monkey - again preferably not as partridge's girlfriend... perhaps GP-O?

does XDU have any mo-dettes vinyl? i think the version on "Post Punk 01" is from the 7-inch single

Posted by: georg on April 4, 2004 10:40 PM

"and right now i'm starting to watch, 'o, brother, where art thou?' and i'm realizing that it happens in this movie, too."

and the next thing in your netflix queue is "mystery train"?

you didn't say whether or not you liked the movie! kaurismaki's totally the finnish jim jarmusch, so i can't help but be a fan. i'm easy to please.

if you DID like "leningrad cowboys," you should check out his most recent film, "the man without a past." it's deadpanilarious.

Posted by: rick! on April 5, 2004 10:28 AM

haha.. no, i don't feel the need to watch mystery train again yet, i've seen it relatively recently.

do i like 'leningrad cowboys'? yeah! heck, i even own a copy on vhs. i haven't watched it in years. i need to hook up my vcr, talking about it makes me kind of want to watch it again.

Posted by: lisa on April 5, 2004 11:13 AM

hey....i designed all the buttons. badges actually! i was the drummer...like the idea
of the tour round england's band beginnings.
and oh! brother where art thou is one of my all-time faves...

Posted by: june mo-dette on April 20, 2005 10:37 AM

can i just say that getting a comment from june mo-dette on a year old post is yet more proof of the coolness of the internets... also i now know how i'm starting my show tonight

Posted by: georg on April 21, 2005 11:07 AM

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