Alice in Chain’s Layne Staley at the water fountain looking like he is gonna boost a wallet.
Following yesterday’s post about the 20 year anniversary of the release of Singles, I jumped on CouchPotato and pulled down a decent 720p rip and spun it up thinking I would putter about the house while listening to some of the songs that were featured in the film and maybe even cringe a bit at how the film may not have held up over the one score that has elapsed since.
Well, I got sucked in. Although I prefer shorty in Jackie Brown, it was Bridget Fonda that done did it and she kept me fixated for about an hour while I thought about posting a treatment of Seattle during this time as a dystopian Paradise Lost, a city full of music and art that was unable to withstand the siege laid to it by Jeff Bezos who in the 20 years since has declared it his Casterly Rock.
Although the movie holds up pretty well, my ADD clearly had kicked in and I’m no Milton nor R.R. Martin so I killed the volume on the movie and asked Alexa to spin up the Deluxe Edition of the Soundtrack on Amazon Prime. What? Even the Lannisters gave us Tyrion!
The movie to best have captured the spirit of the Seattle grunge music sound was unquestionably Cameron Crowe’s ‘Singles’. Starring Matt Dillon as the lead singer of the fictional Citizen Dick, the movie featured artists like Chris Cornell, Layne Staley, Stone Gossard and Eddie Vedder. Pretty much everyone except Curt Cobain. Today is the 25th anniversary of the film’s premier and Rolling Stone has an interview with Crowe. While the film itself wasn’t going to win an Academy Award, in retrospect, the soundtrack certainly could have.
He is also re-releasing the soundtrack with bonus tracks and additional content. I am sure that you can grab that on iTunes, but for those who don’t remember some of the incredible tunes on it …. State of Love and Trust.
Link to the 25 year old trailer in the videos section below and here for nostalgia.
Welcome to The Paper Plane. I’m the editor; my name is Jared Connor. I am software developer and IT leader, born and bred. I grew up in Philadelphia, PA and currently reside in Buffalo, NY. I created this site to share some photography, anecdotes, music minus the pressure to creative, anxiety of 140 characters or the formality of LinkedIn. The name The Paper Plane is an homage to the newspapers of yesteryear and some of the whimsical names their publishers had given them, like The Tombstone Epitaph, The Times Picayune and The Unterrified Democrat. Publications liked these reasserted our right to speech on a daily basis for centuries and it is incumbent upon all of us to pick up that same yolk and perform that same function as that medium fades into obsolescence. Plenty of time for that though so please feel free to hang out, read, relax. Put your feet up and grab an egg roll. If you are so inclined, please feel free to fire a paper plane my way from the Reach Out page. I try to respond to everyone within a day.
I have been exceedingly privileged over the last half decade to have a paramour, a beautiful woman, in my life who gave me the greatest gifts that one can give. She would take me by my reluctant hand and expose me to experiences that I would have never seen. Whether grandiose or otherwise ordinary, I inevitably would find myself thinking, “I can cross this one of the list” when there wasn’t any list to start.
On September 14th 2017, she took me to see U2 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, NY. Beck opened. Crushed it. The lads played the entire opus that was the Joshua Tree album. These were songs from my youth and they didn’t miss a beat. Bono was gracious and expressed his gratitude for those songs and the fans and the opportunities they had provided over the two decades since it had dropped. He didn’t stand on a soapbox, criticism I have often heard.
“Great melodies have a lot in common with great ideas. They’re instantly memorable.”
– Bono, Musician
The message was simple like the songs on the album. The message was one of love and dignity and from Beck, who is a headliner in his own right, opening with Devil’s Haircut to Bono and the lads closing with One, the show was monumental. Continue reading Joshua Tree turns 20→