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    And Muzak filled the air / From Seneca to Cu’hoga Falls

    Chrissie Hynde’s one of those people like Madonna for me–I’ve been a swoony fan for over two decades, but never, ever would I want to meet her. What a bitch. But then, she’s a rock star, so she’s supposed to be a bitch and make maddening pronouncements about political issues she doesn’t understand and blow a lot of money on living high.

    Anyway, there’s an interview with her in Billboard on-line that, in two passages, tickled my funny bone big-time. The profanities come thick and fast, naturally, so even though they’re bleeped in the original anyway, I’ll put the citations below the jump.

    7 Responses to “And Muzak filled the air / From Seneca to Cu’hoga Falls”

    1. Mark Alger says:

      For what it’s worth, the people in the music business who ought to know her about the best — the pros in the busines from Cleveland — also think Chrissie is a bit of a freak.

      Not naming names or anything.

      M

    2. John says:

      Sean, I took a gentle dig at you just now about stuff like this. No offense, but you’re the first person I think of when I think of inane music in Asia …

    3. She was a talented songwriter, before she went crazy: “We (expletive) deserve to get bombed. Bring it on. Let’s get rid of all the economic (expletive) this country represents! Bring it on, I hope the Muslims win!”

      Idiot. The 2nd album was a horribly produced mess that sounded more like a demo than a professional followup. I think they were trying to sound raw, but it was just murky, spoiling good songs like “The English Roses” &”Day After Day”.

      And long before Shakira was sounding affected, Chrissie was THERE, lol

    4. Sean Kinsell says:

      Mark:

      “[T]he pros in the busines from Cleveland — also think Chrissie is a bit of a freak.”

      I’m sure. It would frighten me if anyone didn’t consider her a freak.

      John:

      “No offense, but you’re the first person I think of when I think of inane music in Asia ….”

      Well, what’s funny is that usually I get slammed for the opposite–which is to say, I’m always being accused of listening to music that only rock critics like. But seriously, I think Bjork and Liz Phair and Peter Gabriel are fun to sing along with while cooking dinner.

      beautifulatrocities:

      “The 2nd album was a horribly produced mess that sounded more like a demo than a professional followup. I think they were trying to sound raw, but it was just murky, spoiling good songs like ‘The English Roses’ &’Day After Day.'”

      I seem to like Pretenders II more than most other people, even if it does suffer by being sandwiched in between Pretenders and Learning to Crawl. I like the versions of “Message of Love” and “Talk of the Town” on Extended Play, better, though, and I wish they’d included “Cuban Slide.”

      But you’re right that it can get plenty annoying: Sweetie, if we’re going to be all working sexually transgressive archetypes, can we learn to spell them? Adulteress has two e‘s.

    5. John says:

      Heh. But I was teasing about you listening to 老鼠愛大米.

    6. One of my faves of Hynde’s is Thumbelina, which by all rights should have been on the Thelma &Louise soundtrack

    7. Altho at the time, my fave was X Ray Spex. Someone gave me a book about Blondie once that has a group pic of Debbie Harry, Chrissie Hynde, Siouxsie of the Banshees, Poly Styrene, one of the Slits, &Penelope from Selecter

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