Went to the Holyrood Tavern for nickys’s birthday last night; so Happy Happy to her! Nice place, nice part of town. The remnants of the Cauldron gather there, mostly goths and punks and the like, with great beer and the friendliest (and cutest) bartenders I think I’ve ever met. I seem to be able to drink considerably more than back in the States. Maybe my latent mutant power has finally emerged…

zotz was nice enough to stop by and pick me up, along with a visiting Brit from the Cambridge doctoral History program. We chatted and drank, and drank and drank, and then once drunk, had a lovely discussion about historiography and the responsibilities of the modern historian. Nice to be able to talk about these kinds of things while out on the town, instead of the current MTV playlist and arguments over the positivity of Brittany Spears’ breast job.

On the way home, while tottering drunkenly beneath the shadow of Flodden Wall (almost thrice as old as the entire United States), we had a critical discussion of music, round-robin style. Each of us picked a three-year era, followed by the five most influential musicians of that era. We all had disparate and interesting choices. Here are mine, in short:

Era: 1979-1981
5) Elvis Costello – Prolific, varied, visceral and had his hands in songwriting all over the place, from within and without his own music.
4) The Misfits – Created the entire goth-a-billy scene, and paved the way for the horror-rock genre. Could be argued that Alice Cooper and The Damned also had an equal hand in it, but Misfits are my pick.
3) Tom Waits – His earlier work was his best, but inaccessible to many; later work was too drunken-piratey for many people’s tastes. If you ask any currently established musician (with taste) who’s songs they’d like to cover, or who they’d like to work with, I guarantee they’d say Waits.
2) The Cure – The granddaddies of alternative music. Brought goths to the graveyards and college girls to their knees. Insert The Smiths here, and I’d completely understand, as well. While it wasn’t until ‘83-84 that Cure’s best work was done, this era was arguably the most important to them, as FatBob was just coming into his own then, but certainly only after having heard and taken notes on:
1) Joy Division – Find me a more influential band from this era, whether realized at that time or not, and I’ll pay for your dentures after you’ve grown too old to chew your food. Seriously. Give me a mail, and we’ll argue about it. 🙂

On the way home, I received my first lambasting by a Scottish local. True, the bastard was drunk and pissing in a corner on the street, but he recognized my accent and told me to get the hell out of Scotland. Why? Because I, personally, brought the war on Iraq to Britain. Actually, he was right. I called Tony Blair last year and threatened him with a blowjob unless he unconditionally agreed with Bush and his ridiculously fucked-up policies. Ah, the ignorance of some astounds me. I didn’t even bother to respond, instead continuing on back to the flat for tea and conversation until four in the morning. A good night.

Good night!

3 Responses to “Whoo!”

  1. agntprovocateur Says:
    September 14th, 2003 at 9:10 pm

    ignorance is an equal opportunity employer…

  2. woe_sis Says:
    September 15th, 2003 at 10:08 am

    First rule of travelling outside of the US:
    Say that you're a Canadian.

  3. FunkyPlaid Says:
    September 19th, 2003 at 6:21 am

    Y'know, I'm not a flag-waver or anything, but I see no reason to lie about where I come from to appease anyone's lack of sensibility and education.
    I understand the Rule, but I could never adhere to it.
    If it makes things harder for me, well then, that's it.

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