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I <3 literacy

Which is, I think, a primary reason I've been a Rick Springfield fan for lo these 25 years. Because, yeah, these days we have the eccentric (e.g. Barenaked Ladies) and the pretentious (e.g. Evanescence) tossing around vocabulary as a matter of course. But how many top 40 acts in the 80s were writing ostensibly formulaic material full of lines like "there is no cosmic rationale"?

So much became clear when I read an interview about how his juvenile delinquency consisted largely of shoplifting extra books underneath the ones he could afford to buy. *snerk* (Although I was like, "Um, hon? I've never been to Sydney Melbourne, but I'm fairly confident they have a public library system...")

Long live geeky rock stars. :-D

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irish_horse
Jun. 16th, 2006 03:01 pm (UTC)
Hear, hear. ;)
thanatos_kalos
Jun. 16th, 2006 03:12 pm (UTC)
::g:: I really need to get one of his CDs...
wiliqueen
Jun. 16th, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC)
If you get just one, definitely Karma.
thanatos_kalos
Jun. 16th, 2006 03:26 pm (UTC)
::jots that down:: thanks!
therealjae
Jun. 16th, 2006 03:29 pm (UTC)
But how many top 40 acts in the 80s were writing ostensibly formulaic material full of lines like "there is no cosmic rationale"?

Well, Billy Joel brings it to two.

-J
wiliqueen
Jun. 16th, 2006 03:34 pm (UTC)
I'd even allow more than two. Just not many.

I don't think of it as much when I hear Joel's stuff because he was respected for it at the time. I don't know that I've ever heard him called formulaic. Springfield was considered fit only for the screaming teeny-boppers.
therealjae
Jun. 16th, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC)
There are much better Billy Joel lines, actually--it's just that that one was *so similar*. :-)

-J
wiliqueen
Jun. 16th, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
*blush* I didn't even click on the link, because I was thinking "Yeah, I know that song." But apparently not as well as I thought -- I had actually forgotten that they both used the phrase.
wiliqueen
Jun. 16th, 2006 03:53 pm (UTC)
addendum...
I think it's because the rhythm structures of the two lines are so different. In all these years, I don't think I've ever registered that it was the same phrase, and I'm sure I would have in speech rather than music.
melyanna
Jun. 16th, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC)
I fangirl Sting's vocabulary, actually. Or maybe it's just phrases like "sacred geometry of chance."
wiliqueen
Jun. 16th, 2006 03:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, good heavens, yes.
melyanna
Jun. 16th, 2006 03:58 pm (UTC)
The one that gets me is "Seven Days". Aside from the fact that it's in 7/4, he uses the word "Neanderthal"... and pronounces it correctly.
wiliqueen
Jun. 16th, 2006 04:04 pm (UTC)
I'm a big sucker for the deceptively simple, so it's always "Russians" that springs to mind first.
irish_horse
Jun. 16th, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC)
That's one of Sting's best songs, ever.

"There is no historical precendent to put the words in the mouth of the president..."
studiesinlight
Jun. 16th, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC)
Is "<3" an emoticon for a heart? I haven't seen it before, at least not to understand.

So, Springfield fan for lo these 25 years, was it via his Nick Knight that you ended up at FK?
wiliqueen
Jun. 16th, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC)
Is "<3" an emoticon for a heart? I haven't seen it before, at least not to understand.

*nods* I think I first saw it within the last year. There's a rather fast track these days from "just for the teeny-bopper fangirls" to "ironic use by literate adults." This one has gone all the way through that to "I less than three such-and-such," but while I find that one amusing, I haven't quite felt the need to use it.

was it via his Nick Knight that you ended up at FK?

Yup, although I would have watched either simply because it was vampires. I actually cracked up when I saw back in '88 that he had been cast as one, as I had thought it would be a good fit ever since Tao had come out, due to the cover photo and the lyrics and feel of some of the songs. There's some very Nick-like angst in there, four years before there was a Nick. *g*

A couple friends were watching one of the other CTaPT shows, saw the teaser promos for FK and said "Waitaminnit, that looks like...!" I'm still stunned CBS did it, after the infamous "no vampires on my network" pronouncement with which the original pilot was shut down. I somehow managed to psych myself up to watch "Dark Knight" without the original version running on a comparison track in my head (not easy, since I had watched it easily several dozen times), and mostly succeeded while it was actually on. Even with Schanke. Not sure how I managed that. But of course there was no trouble at all with it being completely its own entity once they were past the pilot.
yeopard
Jun. 16th, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC)
But how many top 40 acts in the 80s were writing ostensibly formulaic material full of lines like "there is no cosmic rationale"?

Maybe not formulaic, but Midnight Oil and Crowded House comes to mind for me. ;)
wiliqueen
Jun. 16th, 2006 05:50 pm (UTC)
Y'know, there IS a reason I put that word in there... ;-) *thwip*
yeopard
Jun. 16th, 2006 06:21 pm (UTC)
*ducks quickly* But hey, if I didn't put that down I couldn't comment, now could I? ;)
kirkt68
Jun. 16th, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
Back in the mid 80's I saw Rick in concert. He was ok, but Corey Hart put on a much better show, even without the pyro and light effects that Rick used.
wiliqueen
Jun. 16th, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC)
Never saw Corey Hart. OTOH, saw Rick the day after his 52nd birthday, with no pyro or light effects to speak of. They weren't missed. :-)
chiroho
Jun. 16th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
I've never been to Sydney, but I'm fairly confident they have a public library system...

Although he actually lived most of his developmental years in the Melbbourne area not Sydney, I'm sure they have a public library system as well.

In fact, from when I was in primary school, my mother used to take us to the local shire (think county) library, which was pretty large.
wiliqueen
Jun. 16th, 2006 05:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I only ever manage to remember where he was born, not where he actually grew up.
lisayaeger
Jun. 16th, 2006 05:26 pm (UTC)
He's coming back to GH, right?
irish_horse
Jun. 16th, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC)
He's been back for a while.
lisayaeger
Jun. 16th, 2006 05:40 pm (UTC)
*is out of the soap loop*

Thanks!
wiliqueen
Jun. 16th, 2006 05:54 pm (UTC)
You're doing better than I am. I had no clue.
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