Weirdness of the day

From Tyler Cowen.

Rubber Soul came out 50 years ago today. That makes it closer to WWI than it is to today.

That puts my date of birth closer to WWI than today….

33 thoughts on “Weirdness of the day”

  1. Wait… if I needed someone in my life you won’t see me drive my car into Norwegian wood.

    Happy Rubber Soul day Tim.

  2. “If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street
    If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat
    If you get too cold I’ll tax the heat
    If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet

    Taxman!
    Cos I’m the taxman, yeah I’m the taxman”

    The Beatles clearly foresaw the coming of Murphy.

  3. FWIW, it was also forty-four years ago today that Zappa and the Mothers were playing a concert at a Montreux casino when a fan set off a flair gun and started the fire that burned the place down.

    Deep Purple were also there and wrote a song about it: “Smoke On the Water”.

  4. I find it more odd that I was born only two decades after the Second World War, but that any such war happening again has always seemed entirely impossible.

  5. An interesting thought. I was born in ’59. So in two years’ time the day of my birth will be closer to the Victorian era than to 2017. And perhaps that will reflect the psychological as well as the temporal reality.

  6. Andrew C: The Beatles clearly foresaw the coming of Murphy

    Very possibly but only on the release of their next LP, Revolver.

  7. That makes it more likely you identify with the tenets of your grandfather than those of contemporary limp-wristed fucks.

  8. Bloke in Costa Rica

    I often do this as a a sort of ladder to contextualise historical events. For example, I was born 30 years to the day after Hitler invaded Poland. 30 years before that we were still in the age of exploration, with Peary having reached the North Pole, and the first flight of over a hundred miles. I won’t reach equidistance with WWI until 2020.

  9. Blimey – I’m a wee whipper snapper on these boards then (born 77). I always find it odd when I consider that Duran Duran are closer in time to Buddy Holly than they are to the shit that passes for music these days.

  10. Just shows that since Thatcher there has been very little progress in any sphere: people are just surviving and trying to put up house prices.

  11. Bloke in Costa Rica

    Well you’ve definitely qualified for old-fogeydom if you’re saying today’s music is crap. It’s recency bias, of course. The White Album might have had While My Guitar Gently Weeps and Helter Skelter, but it also had Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da. Just this year there’ve been cracking albums added to my music collection from The Waterboys, The Arcs, Florence + The Machine and Emancipator. Mass music in any generation has its share of dross, and its share of good stuff.

  12. Coincidentally it was released the day my wife was born and her face Beatles song is Norwegian wood.

    Bloke in Costa Rica sound like you might also like the decemberists, who coincidentally I saw live on my birthday a couple of years ago a very nice present from my son, didn’t know water boys had released anything new, saw them on the fisherman blues tour they were incredible live.

  13. Since my date of birth is closer to Verdi premiering Otello than Paul McCartney releasing Kisses on the Bottom*, my tastes run to the former rather than the latter. So, definite old fogey here.

    *I googled music released in 2012 and his was one of the few names I recognised. And yes, from Sergeant Pepper to Kisses on the Bottom. Linda’s alimony must be something fierce.

  14. Bloke in Costa Rica

    BniC: I very much like the Decemberists. Jenny Conlee has an amazing voice. What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World also came out this year. Guster had a new album out in 2015 too—I like them—as did Family of the Year. All good stuff.

  15. @BICR: but Peary didn’t. WKPD:
    Based on an evaluation of Peary’s records, British polar explorer Wally Herbert concluded in a 1989 book that Peary did not reach the pole, although he may have been as close as 60 miles (97 km). His conclusions have been widely accepted. Ralph Plaisted (30 September 1927 – 8 September 2008) and his three companions, Walt Pederson, Gerry Pitzl and Jean-Luc Bombardier, are regarded by most polar authorities to be the first to succeed in a surface traverse across the ice to the North Pole on 19 April 1968, making the first confirmed surface conquest of the Pole. Herbert was the first undisputed explorer to reach the North Pole by surface travel, leading a British expedition in 1969.

  16. dearieme: “her being dead”, Tim. As they probably know at Ampleforth.

    No: Linda’s alimony, she being dead for more than a decade, is zero is perfectly acceptable. You might prefer Linda’s alimony, with her being dead for more than a decade, is zero. You might even opt to leave out the preposition as being understood but TW adjectival phrase in apposition is good.

  17. BiCR,

    “It’s recency bias, of course. The White Album might have had While My Guitar Gently Weeps and Helter Skelter, but it also had Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.”

    I get this way about Abbey Road. Come Together, Something, Golden Slumbers are all great, but most of the rest of it is worth skipping over.

    “Mass music in any generation has its share of dross, and its share of good stuff.”

    Absolutely. If anything, we’re better at this stuff because of the way musical promotion works today via retweets and YouTube and so forth. Things like Madonna’s Erotica/Bedtime Stories era or Oasis post-Morning Glory just wouldn’t get where they got, where radio stations would play them because of their history. OK, radio and TV still do that, but they’re a much smaller part of success than they were.

  18. I’m just listening to Hawkwind’s mighty Doremi Faso Latido, an old album notable for having no weak tracks on it. The Beatles did some nice tunes, but I’ve never understood the adulation frankly.

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