Saturday, November 14, 2009
There are many ways of thinking about desperation.
From the "OMG I really need to find a loo" type of desperate, through personal pain at the break-up of a relationship, finding out that a lover had cheated on you, the desperation caused by addiction and the need to score that next hit and the desperation caused by having no money all the way across to the utter sense of desperate emptiness that you might feel when you realise that your life has come to nothing, your hopes and dreams have withered and died.
An uneasy subject, and one not really designed to bring a smile to the face or a tap to the toes.
However, I am starting with the desperation that is implied in finding out that the world is really going to end. I mean, how desperate is that? Surely it will all be on the up from here on in?
Sadly not, next the desperation of being in a prison, well is he? Or is it the prison of his lust? You decide.
Both Richard and Linda Thompson and Bruce Springsteen sing about the desperation caused by realising that the dreams and hope have gone, while Joy Division, surely the Lords of the Desperate, sing of the violence, the hate and the sheer desperation of a relationship gone sour past saving.
After that, The Clash's disappointment at going to the Palais and finding out the Reggae Tour wasn't full of outlaw roots rockers seems a mere setback, as does Ry Cooder's lament that without a car, he ain't never gonna find a lady.
Still Lou Reed's desperation and anguish while waiting for his dealer brings us right back to the gutter, presumably the gutter in Lonely Street, where John Cale is booking a room in Heartbreak Hotel.
Finally, a bleak tale of a cruel mistress writing to her lover's wife, detailing his infidelities, with a sad conclusion.
David Bowie - Five Years
Jimmy Page (feat. Chris Farlowe) - Prison Blues
Richard and Linda Thompson - Withered and Died
Joy Division - I Remember Nothing
Bruce Springsteen - The River
Ry Cooder - Crazy 'bout an automobile
The Clash - (White Man) In the Hammersmith Palais
The Velvet Underground - I'm Waiting For The Man
John Cale - Heartbreak Hotel
King Crimson - The Letters
Truly, desolation is a bad place to be.
Posted by Carole at 2:30 PM