Monday, July 25, 2016

Darkwaves beyond the 80's (toujours under construction)

Alfredo Andersen
Brincando no Jardim
Alfredo Andersen
Retrato de Dirceu Andersen (1930)
Almeida Júnior
Estudo de nú masculino (1873)
Candido Portinari
Menino de Brodowski (1946)
Tomie Ohtake
Sem título (1965)
Geraldo de Barros
Unilabor Chair (1954)
Ademar Manarini
Pavor (1951)
German Lorca
Cavalo Bravo (1970)

Depeche Mode's Enjoy the Silence;
New Order's Sub-Culture;
The Cure's Lullaby;
The Cure's The Forest;
The Cure's The Walk;
Depeche Mode's Martyr (Paul van Dyk Remix);
Depeche Mode's Only When I lose Myself (Lexicon Avenue Remix);
Anton Corbijn, Control (2007);

"The Woodstock revolution started in 1966, peaked in 1976, and hit the wall with a thud! in 1980 with the election of Nancy Reagan."
"So good-bye to turn on, tune in, drop out... and hello to the motto of the 1980: Hang on. Hang in. Hang over."
"In the 1960's Dylan sang: 'We ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more.' Lennon sang: 'Give Peace a Chance.' In the somnambulant 1980s Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna, George Michael kept us moving in the big auditorium-arenas under the watchful eyes of the security guards, but the lyrics are not high in socially redeeming value, while the anger of young activist musicians is limited to the denigrated punk-club scene."
"What do self-respecting, intelligent, ambitious young Americans do [in the 80s]? They perform. They master a craft. They learn to excel in a personal skill. They become entrepreneurs, i.e., people who organize, operate, and assume risks... They are politically and psychologically independent. They are notoriously nonloyal to institutions... black athletes led this evolution."
Timothy Leary
"Other singer-lyricists—Joy Division's Ian Curtis, Paul Haig of Josef K—were steeped in the shadowy unease and crippling anxiety of Dostoevsky, Kafka, Conrad, and Beckett. Three minute mininovels, their songs grappled with classic existentialist quandaries: the struggle and agony  of having a self; love versus isolation..."
Simon  Reynolds
"Who said that drugs will make you smile?"
Tommy Cash

"Killing an Arab was inspired by the novel L'Étranger written by Camus, the protagonist, for reasons he doesn't understand and cannot explain, shoots an Arab on the beach... Although the song is a treatise on existential angst and has nothing to do with racism, it can attract the wrong type of seeker... At Kingston Poly, we got permission to play it after Robert calmly took several of the students aside and explained the song's literary origins... It wasn't just the skinheads who thought the song was racist: so did the college students!"
"We slept in the old Morgan Studio 1 for some sessions, which was kind of creepy, as it used to be a church. Above the new ceiling was an old, stained-glass roof. When the studio was dark it was visible in a ghostly kind of glow. At 4 a.m. it looked almost otherwordly."
"It's obvious to me now that one of the main things I got out of being in The Cure was that emotional release and understanding of where I was spiritually at any particular time. The lyrics have always spoken to me in a very helpful and healing way."  
"I was playing the songs with ferocious intensity, madly slashing and berating the God who would let this happen to me when I was so young. I felt cast out of heaven and thrown down to earth like a damaged archangel."
"Robert doesn't play halfheartedly; when he plays his songs he has to inhabit them for them to work. I remember some tours where he would literally collapse after the gig and lie on the floor for thirty minutes to recover from the effort he'd put out."
"Pornography stands the test of time because it's not a slave to whatever the current fashions of the day were. It was born out of our own desperation and peculiar madness."
"My other memory of that session is twofold: one, the view from the upstairs room of the studio looking out over London in the early morning, just as the sun was rising and the mist was still enveloping the treetops. The other was..."
"Depeche Mode and The Cure had a lot in common: we both originated in 'new towns,'us in Crawley and them in Basildon, and both bands still have a large US following, which can't be said for some of our peers... We have also over the years shared several crew members."
Lol Tolhurst (Cured: the tale of two imaginary boys)

Aleister Crowley's The Book of Thoth:
- 18/The Moon [Pisces, the last of the signs, the last stage of the winter, gateway to resurrection, midnight, the sacred Egyptian beetle (which "bears the sun in his silence through the darkness of the night, and the bitterness of the winter"), "sinister and forbidden landscape," waning moon, moon of witchcraft, "the poisoned darkness which is the condition of the rebirth of light," "prejudice, superstition, ancestral loathing," "the howling of wild beasts," the threshold, "the dreadful madness of pernicious drugs," the dark night of the soul ("an horror of great darkness came upon me," said Abraham)] [from Nietzsche's Ecce Homo: "Rechne ich dagegen von jenem Tage an vorwärts, bis zur plötzlichen und unter den unwahrscheinlichsten Verhältnissen eintretenden Niederkunft im Februar 1883 — die Schlußpartie, dieselbe, aus der ich im Vorwort ein paar Sätze citirt habe, wurde genau in der heiligen Stunde fertig gemacht, in der Richard Wagner in Venedig starb — so ergeben sich achtzehn Monate für die Schwangerschaft. Diese Zahl gerade von achtzehn Monaten dürfte den Gedanken nahelegen, unter Buddhisten wenigstens, daß ich im Grunde ein Elephanten-Weibchen bin."];
- 9/The Hermit [the Hand ("tool or instrument par excellence"), the letter Yod (which is "the foundation of all the other letters of the Hebrew alphabet, merely combinations of it in various ways, and also "the first letter of the name Tetragrammaton," symbolizing the Father, "the highest form of Mercury, and the Logos, the Creator of all worlds," "the spermatozoon"), the sign of Virgo, corn, wheat, Persephone (queen of underworld) (concealed within Mercury is a light which pervades all parts of the Universe equally... one of his titles is Psychopompos, the guide of the soul through the lower regions") ("these symbols are indicated by his Serpent Wand, which is actually growing out of the Abyss, and is the spermatozoon developed as a poison, and manifesting the foetus... following him is Cerberus... this trump is shewn the entire mystery of Life in its most secret workings... the method")];

See also:
Bellocchio &/or Eye of (Dreadful) Beauty;
Brazil in the 80's;
- Spooky Blue;

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