Κυριακή, 10 Ιανουαρίου 2010

This is our punk rock



THE CONSTANTINES
ARIZONA This is a song about the death of Danny Rapp*, and that great gospel jest called rock and roll: Some modern spirit, wounded and sober. Here's the hunger of a generation, and another ritual surrender. Another motel voice, Arizona 1983, saying, "we must not hang our hats upon a dream." As long as we are lonely, we will dance. As long as we are dying, we want the death of rock and roll. In my hands, a hymn of dispossession. In my head, I'm hearing love songs: I'm going to run my tongue over the body of the nation. I'm going to sing to all the dirty little engines. As long as we are lonely, we will dance. As long as we are dying, we want the death of rock and roll. We don't want no confederates. We want deliverance. We don't want no saints. We want the death of rock and roll. This is the music of the minions. This sound is a terminal condition.

*(wikipedia): Daniel Joseph "Danny" Rapp (May 9, 1941 – April 5, 1983) was an American musician and the frontman for the group Danny & the Juniors. The group is best known for their 1957 hit "At the Hop".
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He died in 1983 of an apparent suicide by gunshot in a hotel in Arizona and was survived by his wife and three children.

The first track on the self-titled debut album from The Constantines called "Arizona," is based on Rapp's suicide. The song begins with the lyric "This is a song about the death of Danny Rapp. And that great gospel jest called rock 'n' roll."

Daniel Johnston's song "Danny Don't Rapp" from the album Yip/Jump Music was recorded shortly after Rapp's death in 1983.



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