Monday, November 06, 2006
Distance Equals Rate Times Time
So, it was Friday night in Camden. In the Proud art gallery surrounded by Sun frontpages. Gotcha! The indie glitterati were in attendance. They only stocked bottles of Peroni, so I drank that.
I was there to watch a movie about The Pixies called loudQUIETloud. And it was great. Really great. As it should be. It opened with that quote from Kurt Cobain. You probably know it already; that he was just trying to rip off The Pixies. Modest to a fault. Of course, he took the blueprint and exploded it in a way noone even imagined, least of all him. And that's why he's gone, and they're still here, I suppose. Why they managed to come back when he didn't. The film charted the reformation of the band in 2004 and the subsequent tour. And the music is great. Really great. But if you know The Pixies, you'd be expecting that.
No, what made the film really gripping were the performances from the four players, off stage. It almost makes me want to chop my fingers off for typing this, but it was the human side of the band that really touched me. Gggnnarrrgh. But it's true! Their complex relationships and interaction (or lack of it) were mesmerising. Their shocked reaction to their continued popularity is endearing. They were often funny, sometimes intentionally, often not. It shows the adulation of adoring fans in stark contrast to the realities of living life on the road away from family and friends. It's absolutely fascinating to watch 4 individuals who seem isolated from each other everywhere else gel perfectly on stage.
I heard that the band didn't like the movie. Which doesn't surprise me. It's really quite downbeat and introspective for a rock 'n' roll flick. I recommend it absolutely unconditionally, even to non-fans, as it's about so much more than the music. And if you weren't a fan before watching, you may well be afterwards. And if you are a fan... just go see the movie.
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