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March 3, 2007

Bad Penny

In 1987, I lived in a group house with the other guys in my band. All of them were named Michael. We ought to have exploited that fact by having me change my name and just calling ourselves The Michaels. Oh, the benefits of hindsight.

Anyway, one of the Mikes -- in this case, Mike Lee, who a few years later served as best man at my wedding -- was a devoted reader of Forced Exposure magazine. Between 1982 and '85, I had been more or less totally immersed in (1) poststructuralism and (2) arcane texts from the history of Marxist organizations, leaving me totally out of touch with new music. So borrowing Forced Exposure had a huge influence -- particularly since Steve Albini was writing for it then. You might glean some sense of the magazine from this blog entry.

One of these days, someone will scan Forced Exposure and give it the digital approximation of immortality it deserves. But for now (and since I'm on this nostalgia trip anyway) here's a video of Albini's band Big Black performing shortly before the release of their final album, Songs About Fucking -- as good a case of truth in packaging as anyone could want:

Posted by smclemee at March 3, 2007 12:16 PM


Speaking of Steve Albini, are you familiar with the Italian band, Kash? I most highly recommend their first, self-titled album, which Albini produced: http://www.kash.it/mp3.htm

Posted by: rachel at March 5, 2007 12:12 AM