December 27, 2007

I wanna be adored

Last night I sat down on the couch with the new Rolling Stone (and their interview with my thoroughly-beloved Cormac McCarthy) and watched two very interesting BBC America documentaries. The first was called My Small Breasts and I, followed by My Big Breasts and Me. Yep, boobs. Both of them were fascinating inquiries into how a) we always want what we ain’t got and b) bigger is not always better (I must say, I ran with a new sense of gratitude at the gym today).

I mention breasts not only to watch all the interesting Google results that will now bring people here on my statcounter, but because when Small Breast British Girl #2 was walking down the cobbled streets of her quaint town, giving her new sample boobs a test drive and judging the reaction of men passing by, the song playing in the background was The Stone Roses “I Wanna Be Adored.” This made my ears perk up because that’s certainly a slinky fantastic song normally absent from American TV, and I felt the need to officially give props to those cool BBC music producers. Then, as my brain is wont to do, I ADHDed my way across synapses to think upon this cool documentary that I had recently seen on VH1 about the Stone Roses and meant to mention. See, it connects.

VH1 Classic is schooling us all with an enjoyable series on The Seven Ages of Rock, including one about What The World’s Been Waiting For: Brit Pop. If The Man is forcing you to work today, this is a superb way to kill time which is already essentially grey, lifeless, and dead in these waning hours of 2007 when no one wants to be at work.

You can watch the entire feature online, and it’s nicely broken up into segments on The Smiths, the Manchester scene, The Stone Roses, Oasis, Suede, Blur, The Libertines, etc. While I almost prefer the gentle British lull of the female narrator talking about breasts to Dennis Hopper’s sharp delivery here, you know that I love this era of music, and this series (which was originally assembled for the BBC) unearths some pretty cool live footage and has ace interviews with all the biggies.

I Wanna Be Adored – Stone Roses
I Wanna Be Adored (early version) – Stone Roses

P.S. If you haven’t read Alex Green’s wildly enjoyable take on the Stone Roses yet, why not?!

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  • A great song, indeed. Thanks, as always, for helping me relive my late adolescence.

    Death Cab does this great live, though in this case, at least, nothing beats the original. And if you like folk music, Axton Kinkaid’s cover is pretty sweet, too. Here it is.

    If we mention other naughty bits here, will it bring even more google hits in?

    - Boyhowdy

    boyhowdy — December 27, 2007 @ 11:47 pm

  • The early version is quite enlightening… it’s amazing how little details such as the tone of the guitar make or break the song. The early version just sounds too hard, the final version is more flowing.

    Have you heard an unreleased song by the Roses called Sun Still Shines? If not, download it here, it’s really good!

    Pete P. — December 28, 2007 @ 1:52 am

  • Still the greatest debut of all time. Absolutely perfect.

    paulie bleeker — December 28, 2007 @ 4:11 am

  • That could be my all time favorite song.
    But how could I have missed that: BBCA, britpop and women complaining about their breasts? It brings to mind another Stone(s) “You can’t always get what you want”….
    I would love to run more comfortably =)
    Thanks for the links, again!

    Susan — December 28, 2007 @ 10:48 am

  • great boobie segue heather…

    after our email yesterday, this post made me laugh out loud.

    c — December 28, 2007 @ 11:15 am

  • We got The Seven Ages Of Rock on tv over here in the UK a few months ago, and it really was great viewing.

    PS: The Stone Roses will always remain one of the best debut albums ever

    groovyf — December 28, 2007 @ 12:05 pm

  • great post as always. The Stone Roses have always held a place close to my heart and I’m glad documentaries like this continue to show their brilliance. Huzzah!

    Eddie B — December 28, 2007 @ 6:02 pm

  • Thanks for the link to that VH1 feature. I enjoyed it.

    Callie — December 29, 2007 @ 8:51 am

  • I can totally relate to blog posts coming from the most random chains of thought!!

    I remember seeing that show in the listings, but somehow missed it….

    aikin — December 30, 2007 @ 3:16 pm

  • great post, as i both dig boobs and and the stone roses

    Satisfied '75 — December 30, 2007 @ 11:58 pm

  • Thanks so much for all you do. Love your site and almost always find something great when I visit. Great insight and personal touch (as long as great taste in music) go a long way!

    Thanks and Happy New Year

    el bandito — December 31, 2007 @ 6:56 am

  • Adoration is the sincerest form of flattery…..

    This has to be one of the most perfect distillations of teenage ambition/ego ever laid down.

    russell — December 31, 2007 @ 7:59 am

  • Heather,

    I know you do and do and do for us…your adoring fans…but I was curious if there would be a New Year’s Eve mix? I know its kind of late to be asking.

    Kev in St. Louis.

    PS Happy New Year Everyone!

    Anonymous — December 31, 2007 @ 9:07 am

  • I remember 1989 a friend gives me a tape to listen to (yes a tape!) that he got when his dad was stationed in England (army). That tape didn’t get returned to him until I was able to buy the CD in 1990. It remains one of my favorites.

    geckomon — January 7, 2008 @ 3:01 am

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