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September 28th, 2005

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10:02 pm - Still sick, still long winded, still trying to convince myself that I like Billy Idol.
Wow. Being sick really sucks.

I guess this probably goes without saying for most of you, but it always surprises me just how much I don't enjoy having a real excuse to take sick time.

Yes, I was going to take sick time today. I ended up doing just that, but not until an hour and a half before I normally leave work. My plan, of course, had been not to go to work at all, and I did call my boss, but then two things happened to change my mind. The events in question will not be discussed here because they are of a somewhat sensitive nature, but they're also not scandalous or interesting so you're not missing anything. In light of those events, I decided that staying home would prevent me from getting any rest, so I left my boss a second voicemail telling her to disregard the first one, took a very quick shower, and got to work only a couple of minutes late.

The interim between my arriving late and then leaving early was spent mostly sitting at my desk and spacing out. It wasn't the medication that made me lose my concentration -- I didn't take anything until after I got home. Come to think of it, not having taken anything was probably what did me in. I could probably handle a simple cold, but those who know me also know my ridiculous sleep problems. The last three nights have been spent mostly awake, I've been going through my days in a stupor. I used up all my witty while I was on the phone with talking to someone named Darcy about my car payment. The brain can only manufacture so much witty when it's experiencing fatigue, so I'm gonna need a good night's sleep before I can write an entertaining livejournal post.

Once I got home, I took a short nap, which is probably why I feel a lot better right now. I took some expired pseudoephedrine (Zorba Pastor says that's okay), and watched the extra features on RJ's DVD of Near Dark. Then I tried to compose some music, but it just hasn't happened. October's MP3 may be late in coming, or it may be something really old because none of what I've been working on is anything I want to share during such an auspicious month.

I think I'm going to leave my boss a preemptive voicemail informing her that I probably won't be in tomorrow, and then I'm going to watch something. I'm not sure what, but I know I'm going to need to be awake for a while longer if I'm going to make a serious attempt at sleeping through the night. Last night I borrowed Near Dark from RJ. He accosted me on the night I moved in and told me I should see it. It's a vampire/western from the late '80s, and was in production around the same time as The Lost Boys which is cheesier but easier to sit through. I'll concede that I'm probably not in the best state to appreciate a good movie, but Near Dark seemed to move at a sluggish pace and really didn't do anything for me. Well, actually, the soundtrack was good, but it's also long been out of print. I'm not about to shell out $80 for a used CD.

Anyway, I'm gonna sit by my phone for awhile. RJ is picking up a heroin addicted friend from her dealer's house and taking her somewhere to get some help. RJ is an enormous guy (he works as a bouncer, fercryinoutloud), but he's not too comfortable with the situation (particularly the place where he's meeting his friend), so he's taken a baseball bat with him and asked me to keep my phone handy just in case.

Since my conversation with RJ reminded of it, I'm listening to Billy Idol's cover of the Velvet Underground song Heroin. Is anybody else familiar with it? It's either pretty good or the most wretched cover ever recorded, and I can't figure out which one it is. It's like wordwrap -- the scale has two extremes, and I think the song might be so far to one side that it automagically registers on the other.
Current Mood: crappycrappy
Current Music: Billy Idol -- Heroin

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Date:September 29th, 2005 03:11 am (UTC)
I just wanted to be the first one to post, but I don't have anything to say. People are more likely to post if they see that someone already has, though. Yeah, I'm kinda weird right now. Sorry.
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Date:September 29th, 2005 03:14 am (UTC)
Meh. I'm bored, and I appreciate it. But you're right -- people are more likely to post a comment if they see that other people have posted first.
Date:September 29th, 2005 04:11 am (UTC)
The song sounds familiar and I've probably heard it on numerous occasions but I just can't place it right now and that's all I've got to say on the matter. Too bad, so sad, wandering off...
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Date:September 29th, 2005 06:10 pm (UTC)
You might know the song... The original sounds to me like Bob Dylan suffering from writer's block. Nissan used it in an Xterra commercial a couple of years ago.

The Billy Idol cover appears on an album he released in 1993 called Cyberpunk. Most people don't remember Cyberpunk. Those who do remember it as the album which destroyed Billy Idol's career.

Permit me a moment to indulge in my pop-culture geekery.

Since the beginning of his career, Billy Idol had been interested in electronic music. His record label sort of patted his head and said "of course you are," but had no plans to actually release a Billy Idol techno album, and told him this. Idol responded by putting his own album together in his home studio with the help of friends and acquaintances. When he brought it to Chrysalis Records, they were much more receptive. The prospect of paying producers, session musicians, and studio technicians to indulge the creative whims of a formerly-marketable pop star was an expensive one, but here was a nearly complete album which they could buy for a comparative pittance.

To say that the album did not do well is an understatement. The critics didn't like it, and it sold poorly. Billy Idol fans who were expecting his signature hard-rock didn't know what to make of his dance techno, and dance techno fans weren't exactly looking to Billy Idol for the next big thing. The single, a song called Shock to the System, was chosen on its strength of sounding like the sort of thing Billy Idol fans would like, but it wasn't like the rest of the album and was far from being the best song. On top of this, the word "cyberpunk" was adopted in the early mid-'80s by the science fiction community to describe a certain type of sci-fi, and they were outraged that Billy Idol had co-opted their word.

It's really too bad, because it wasn't a terrible album. It certainly had deep and glaring flaws, but they were the result of underproduction. If Chrysalis had overseen the project, reigned in Idol's ego, changed the title and marketed the album differently, I think it would have been a major success. As it stands, it's an interesting fusion of hard rock and techno, with stupidly pompous essays about technology and the future between some of the songs.

I had a point here, Renee, I'm sorry I got so off track. Anyway, I was going to say that Billy Idol's version of Heroin changes the song entirely, taking it from mellow but upbeat to dark, harsh, and dancable. Google tells me that many people consider it to be the worst cover ever recorded.
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Date:September 29th, 2005 12:48 pm (UTC)
Is Near Dark the one where horse anti-coagulants cure vamprism? If so, it was on Saturday Night Frights ages ago.
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Date:September 29th, 2005 04:38 pm (UTC)
I don't recall it being discussed in such detail, but that's definitely the one.
Still sick, still long winded, still trying to convince myself that I like Billy Idol. - Garmonbozia for the soul. — LiveJournal

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