Monday, March 10, 2008

A noir-ish bon mot

"I think a man ought to get drunk at least twice a year just on principle, so he won't let himself get snotty about it."

Raymond Chandler (1888-1959)

Quite so, my dear Raymond, well said. But only twice a year? Twice a week would be more like it, surely?


The British Cowboy said...

Totally unrelated to this thread, but the Pogues last night was good. Not awesomely good, but a very good show...

Froog said...

I hate you, I hate you, I hate you, I hate you, I hate you.

The British Cowboy said...

Honestly, I am really torn on it.

It was great - no doubt. But I am saddened that I never sore them back when McGowan was sober enough to write, talk to the audience in a semi-comprehensible manner, and play an entire show. He was on stage for probably 60% of the time, and is noticeably carried by the band. He missed lyrics and cues, and wandered off stage regularly leaving the band to play without him.

I also was a bit annoyed with the crowd. McGowan's stumbling was apparently to some the main reason for the show - the entertainment's center. Rather than being a poet, to them he was a clown. And that is bad.

Froog said...

Quite so.

But I'm not sure that it was ever otherwise. Except perhaps in their very early days.

I saw them for the first time round about 1985, and he was an unreliable mess even then.