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Grand Portents

  1. I take the 67 bus. Well today, the number of the bus was 0067.
  2. On the subway, I bumped into an old hallmate who still does the Breakfast of Champions show on WMBR. After that, I went to the Au Bon Pain, where they were playing Joe Jackson (something from Night and Day), who used to be this guy's idol before he became cool.

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marm0t
Nov. 13th, 2002 07:48 am (UTC)
Joe Jackson became cool!??! Did I miss something?
rpkrajewski
Nov. 13th, 2002 08:32 am (UTC)
Un/cool
Well, at least when I was at school, this guy was trying so hard to be cool (I assume he's over that now). Meanwhile, Joe's got his own 25th anniversary going on.

In some ways, Mr. Jackson just had bad timing (like being about twelve years too early for the swing revival). And there was this other guy who:

  • Was superficially identified with New Wave, because of the cutting lyrics of their early work
  • Is a real craftsmen
  • Is eclectic in influences
  • Didn't exactly have the most conventional of voices
  • Is connected to English jazz somehow
Plus, compared to that other guy, Joe's work never seemed as effortless and natural to me (and others) despite however much work both guys put into their music, and if it's one thing that ruins cool, it's the appearance of effort.

Still, I like those first few albums.

wildgarden
Nov. 13th, 2002 08:31 am (UTC)
i remember WMBR when this guy Oedipus use to play records.
the same music i played at WMUA, same era.
i wonder whatever happened to him?
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wildgarden
Nov. 13th, 2002 01:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Oedipus
i was at wmua from'77-79 in the heady days of punk and new wave. i dated oedipus for a few months in 1980 but lost touch with him when i left boston. he was a strange guy, smart but very ambitious and ruthless.
rpkrajewski
Nov. 15th, 2002 06:08 am (UTC)
Re: Oedipus
Oh, and by the way, I will make you a mix CD...
wildgarden
Nov. 15th, 2002 10:23 am (UTC)
Re: Oedipus
That would be great. I am often intrigued by the titles of what you are listening to.
rpkrajewski
Nov. 13th, 2002 08:47 am (UTC)
Oedipus
He became, in succession, the local music and then program director for WBCN. Apparently he's still hosting Nocturnal Emissions. And I think I might have seen him at the Jerry Cantrell — we were standing just behind the VIP boxes. I definitely bumped into him at a Young Gods show in Cambridge in 1986. Albert O's there, too.

I used to do shows on WMBR; first late night with a classmate, then solo from 1985-1986. Near the end of my tenure, WMBR finally moved into the early 70s and went stereo !

When were you at WMUA ? I know Meredith G., who was there in the mid-80s and used to have a show on WMFU.
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