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I also saw the public television spectacle -pledge begging and all - and I too was amused by PBS's self-congratulations on presenting a documentary on a band that everyone (even the numbest) already know about. But Frank, I do remember that you said at one time that Tim Yohannon and yourself hated London Calling, with your friend Tim (and you?) calling it "total crap." London Calling is one example of the uptight critics at Rolling Stone, Spin, Creem, etc. getting it right for a change.

Posted by David at May 25, 2008 06:45 AM

That was Tim's opinion, and the opinion of quite a few "punk establishment" figures at the time. As I remember he used to say that only good song on it was "Brand New Cadillac." That was the first "sell-out" controversy I experienced first hand. I liked it a lot at the time. It's true though (and I know this is a minority opinion) that it's not my favorite, and I admit I think the album's Springteen-y element hasn't worn well.

Posted by Dr. Frank at May 25, 2008 06:55 AM

I saw that PBS show late one night and thought I'd dreamt it.

While watching the movie Juno I couldn't help cringing at the talk between Juno and whatshisname about The Melvins and The Stooges.

I'm not a Melvins fan but that 'glancing reference' rubbed me the wrong way.

I don't remember the rest of the movie because I fell asleep wondering why I felt so uncomfortable with that dialogue and why it pissed me off for no good reason.

Posted by Rob Cakebread at May 25, 2008 07:14 AM

I experienced apolasia (the word you were searching for) during your internet book tour for King Dork.

Posted by josh at May 25, 2008 05:31 PM

What good is any subculture without it's tenacious elitism? No good at all, that's what.

Posted by Leah at May 25, 2008 05:53 PM

i think that's the exact same feeling i felt when i saw the aarp commercial using the buzzcocks.

Posted by k. at May 26, 2008 12:07 AM

I think most glib observations made by outsiders don't have to be wrong to sound as clanging metal to the purist. In fact, most observations made by the David Brookses about rock music being art for dumb people are actually pretty close to the truth. But those observations are still wrong coming from outside the very specific set of behaviors with which one should be familiar to even participate in such a discussion. Its like a person who's never drunk a drop of alcohol in his life calling his rummy friend a sloppy drunk. Of course he's right, but what the hell does he know about it?

Posted by Nate Pensky at May 28, 2008 05:00 AM

In retrospect, Frank, it was probably your other friend Ben W. who I was thinking of who shared Tim's opinion of London Calling. I listened to his comments regarding The Clash on ESPN recently and it dawned on me that it was him. My favorite Clash LP is their first album, UK version, but London Calling is not far behind.

Posted by David at May 28, 2008 03:54 PM

The biggest disgust I ever felt in this vein was watching "SLC Punk" on Showtime for the first time. Ugh. I was about as equally impressed with the "punk rock" episodes of Quincy and CHIPS.

Posted by David at May 28, 2008 04:06 PM