Ktismatics

1 March 2007

But You Don’t

Filed under: Reflections — ktismatics @ 1:44 pm

“I’m Losing My Edge,” LCD Soundsystem, 2002

Yeah, I’m losing my edge.
I’m losing my edge.
The kids are coming up from behind.
I’m losing my edge.
I’m losing my edge to the kids from France and from London.
But I was there.

I was there in 1968.
I was there at the first Can show in Cologne.
I’m losing my edge.
I’m losing my edge to the kids whose footsteps I hear when they get on the decks.
I’m losing my edge to the Internet seekers who can tell me every member of every good group from 1962 to 1978.
I’m losing my edge.

To all the kids in Tokyo and Berlin.
I’m losing my edge to the art-school Brooklynites in little jackets and borrowed nostalgia for the unremembered eighties.

But I’m losing my edge.
I’m losing my edge, but I was there.
I was there.
But I was there.

I’m losing my edge.
I’m losing my edge.
I can hear the footsteps every night on the decks.
But I was there.
I was there in 1974 at the first Suicide practices in a loft in New York City.
I was working on the organ sounds with much patience.
I was there when Captain Beefheart started up his first band.
I told him, “Don’t do it that way. You’ll never make a dime.”
I was there.
I was the first guy playing Daft Punk to the rock kids.
I played it at CBGB’s.
Everybody thought I was crazy.
We all know.
I was there.
I was there.
I’ve never been wrong.

I used to work in the record store.
I had everything before anyone.
I was there in the Paradise Garage DJ booth with Larry Levan.
I was there in Jamaica during the great sound clashes.
I woke up naked on the beach in Ibiza in 1988.

But I’m losing my edge to better-looking people with better ideas and more talent.
And they’re actually really, really nice.

I’m losing my edge.

I heard you have a compilation of every good song ever done by anybody. Every great song by the Beach Boys. All the underground hits. All the Modern Lovers tracks. I heard you have a vinyl of every Niagra record on German import. I heard that you have a white label of every seminal Detroit techno hit – 1985, ’86, ’87. I heard that you have a CD compilation of every good ’60s cut and another box set from the ’70s.

I hear you’re buying a synthesizer and an arpeggiator and are throwing your computer out the window because you want to make something real. You want to make a Yaz record.

I hear that you and your band have sold your guitars and bought turntables.
I hear that you and your band have sold your turntables and bought guitars.

I hear everybody that you know is more relevant than everybody that I know.

But have you seen my records? This Heat, Pere Ubu, Outsiders, Nation of Ulysses, Mars, The Trojans, The Black Dice, Todd Terry, the Germs, Section 25, Althea and Donna, Sexual Harrassment, a-ha, Pere Ubu, Dorothy Ashby, PIL, the Fania All-Stars, the Bar-Kays, the Human League, the Normal, Lou Reed, Scott Walker, Monks, Niagra,

Joy Division, Lower 48, the Association, Sun Ra,
Scientists, Royal Trux, 10cc,

Eric B. and Rakim, Index, Basic Channel, Soulsonic Force (“just hit me”!), Juan Atkins, David Axelrod, Electric Prunes, Gil! Scott! Heron!, the Slits, Faust, Mantronix, Pharaoh Sanders and the Fire Engines, the Swans, the Soft Cell, the Sonics, the Sonics, the Sonics, the Sonics.

You don’t know what you really want.
You don’t know what you really want.
You don’t know what you really want.
You don’t know what you really want.
You don’t know what you really want.
You don’t know what you really want.
You don’t know what you really want.
You don’t know what you really want.
You don’t know what you really want.
You don’t know what you really want.
You don’t know what you really want.
You don’t know what you really want.
You don’t know what you really want.
You don’t know what you really want.
You don’t know what you really want.


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5 Comments »

  1. snap, snap, snap, snap, snap…

    Meilleurs voeux!!

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    Comment by bluevicar — 2 March 2007 @ 6:27 pm

  2. Gotta admit, I don’t know a lot of the bands this dude cites in his tune. But hey, I dug it. And I really did wake up naked on the beach in Ibiza. No, wait, maybe that was Lake Michigan… and I guess I still had my clothes on… Never mind.

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    Comment by ktismatics — 2 March 2007 @ 10:31 pm

  3. John

    Out of interest:

    What would be some of your most favourite Music?

    Which books did you find most life changing?

    What books have you read simply for pleasure?

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    Comment by Ivan — 10 March 2007 @ 11:49 pm

  4. Well, I just listened to an Elvis Costello tune on the radio, and now it’s U-2. I’m an old rocker by natural inclination, but I like some of the new alternative stuff — the lyrics on this post came from something I happened to be listening to on the radio. I listen to a lot of classical music, also some jazz. Anything but rap and country-western will do.

    Hmm, life-changing books… The Bible is one (I was Christian for quite awhile, which is why I know about this stuff). Nietzsche’s Genealogy of Morals probably. Dawkins’ The Selfish Gene. Violence and the Sacred by Rene Girard is a strange postmodern French take on religion that had a big impact. Various novels: everything by Cormac McCarthy and Graham Greene and Dostoevsky and Borges, Moby Dick — those come to mind. I suppose those are the same sorts of things I read for pleasure: books with interesting ideas and perspectives, whether fiction or nonfiction. I’m reading a historical murder mystery that’s supposed to be literary, but I’m finding it kind of tedious. I suppose most people say the same thing about a lot of the stuff I like to read. On the other hand I think Raymond Chandler is great. And I also like the movies a lot.

    How about yourself?

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    Comment by ktismatics — 11 March 2007 @ 12:23 am

  5. I woke up in the middle of the night, got up to read, turned on the radio, and “I’m Losing My Edge” came on. I hear everybody that you know is more relevant than everybody that I know. You don’t know what you really want.

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    Comment by ktismatics — 14 February 2011 @ 1:31 am


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