Because it’s Slint.
After nearly 25 years since I heard their EP (or album) ‘Spiderland’, courtesy of our long departed beardy friend John Peel, I’m finally able to witness them on stage. In my home town in Aug-2014. I know they have played under the London based ATP (All Tomorrows Parties) camp with other admirable luminaries; Jesus Lizard, Shellac, Sonic Youth, Melvins. Mogwai etc. But I never attended. For various reasons.
Back in ‘91 and many years after it wasn’t exactly widely recognised but now, after dozens of bands quoting them as direct influence, and the term ‘math rock’ was born, it seems to be rather hip :P
The last paragraph of the Steve Albini review of ‘Spiderland' in '91 -
"Only two other bands have meant as much to me as Slint in the past few years and only one of them, The Jesus Lizard, have made a record this good. We are in a time of midgets: dance music, three varieties of simple-minded hard rock genre crap, soulless-crooning, infantile slogan-studded rap and ball-less balladeering. My instincts tell me the dry spell will continue for a while- possibly until the bands Slint will inspire reach maturity. Until then, play this record and kick yourself if you never got to see them live. In ten years, you’ll lie like the cocksucker you are and say you did anyway. Ten fucking stars.”
Someone uploaded ‘Spiderland’.
*I’ll ‘dedicate’ this post to a long lost friend, Buurvrouw. Shame you can’t be there :) ‘Lost in a doorstep of the empty house’.
Two Padaung women near Loikaw in eastern Burma wear heavy stacks of brass neck rings, once intended, according to legend, to fend off tiger attacks. Added one at a time from childhood, the rings do not stretch the neck but push down the collarbones and ribs.
Myanmar (Burma), Loikaw, 1994
National Geographic, Swedlow, Joel L. (July 1995)
KEN Mode - The Terror Pulse - Entrench-2013
Director - Christopher Mills.
The imagery on the covers of the Godflesh albums ‘Songs of Love and Hate’ and ‘Love and Hate in Dub’ are taken from photographs by two different photographers, but both working for National Geographic: Sam Kittner (top image, November 1988) and Joel Satore (middle images, December 1989).
The images show the Holy Rosary Cemetery overlooking the Occidental Chemical and Union Carbide refinery in Taft, Louisiana - part of an area at the time dubbed the ‘petrochemical corridor’ and ‘Cancer Alley’.
In 1988, community activism led to the ‘Great Louisiana Toxic March’, concerning principally the high incidence of miscarriages and cancer in the area, and the thousand or so tonnes of toxic waste being dumped into the waterways each and every day.
Today whilst the graveyard is still in operation, the 2000 census of the city recorded a population of zero. A recent shot from 2012 is shown in the bottom image.
Because it’s Godflesh, that’s why. Stunning album(s).