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Christmas in July: In Celebration of the Copycats and Original Cover of All Things

Christmas in July: In Celebration of the Copycats and Original Cover of All Things

When you watch a movie that’s a re-make of an older movie (which was also probably adapted from a musical adaptation of a novel) – do you ever mope and wonder if anything out there is original anymore? Is there really nothing new under the sun? I like to be cynical and sleep bitterly in this camp from time to time, sure that our collective imaginations are being mercilessly wiped away by some Never Ending Story-esque of a Nothing. “This is all that’s left of Fantasia!?” But then I consider the very concept of originality and I start to chuckle…

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(19th) Nervous Breakdowns and Bad Reputations

(19th) Nervous Breakdowns and Bad Reputations

A sad but important truth that we celebrate on this site is the healing power of the nervous breakdown. Some call it “God’s alien work”, some call it the “rock-bottom” moment, we call it the nervous breakdown that precedes new life. The acceptance of defeat that produces soul-deep prayer, opening a person up to the reality of deliverance. Anyway, rock n roll is rife with songs that describe these moments of acquiescence. The Rolling Stones’ “19th Nervous Breakdown” is one particularly awesome example. Their use of “19th” may be pejorative (an almost dismissive description of the girl-in-question’s manic tendencies), but…

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The Stones Cry Out: Jagger Jumps for Joy

The Stones Cry Out: Jagger Jumps for Joy

As Michael Jackson in the 90s, Dylan in the 80s, or post-Smiths/-Viva Hate Morrissey would attest, an unsung or widely defiled period of a great artist’s career can often hide some of their best work. Or at least, their most interesting. Free from the constraints of “relevance” (i.e. commercial pressure), they tend to produce more eccentric and therefore less accessible but even more singular music. The Rolling Stones are no exception. Long guaranteed to sell out whatever venues they choose, many have wondered why they’ve kept putting out new material the last couple of decades. Certainly they don’t expect any…

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