Liner Note #18

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Hello, everyone, Cecilia here. Time for our almost-monthly "backstage" look at how things go here at DGC, wherein we do the meta-talk and also just share cool stuff we've found on the Internet that we think you might like. Or that we liked anyway.  


DC PUNK FILM

Case in point of cool stuff: a reader pointed this out first, and I thought I'd bring it up here. A documentary filmmaker is trying to collect footage of Washington, DC from 1980 to 1990, for a film on the DC punk scene from that era. Full story is in the Washington Post, go check it out: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/documenting-dcs-punk-past–with-your-help/2012/03/21/gIQAmlvXSS_story.html?wprss=rss_music

Especially if you have any photos or footage of DC in that era: they want it!

CAT ELVIS

I've had a couple of people want to know if Cat Elvis is real. Cat Elvis is just a figment of my fevered imagination... I think. Just to be sure, I googled around, and lo, I did turn up Elvis ornaments, just not with whiskers!

If someone can find me an ACTUAL cat!boy Elvis ornament, though, I'll name a character after the first person who sends me one in the mail!

(Daron would like to state off the record that he prefers Johnny Cash to Elvis, but he would never say so in front of Cat Elvis, because "you don't disrespect the King.")

ALTERNATIVE MUSIC
Daron's recent rant about "alternative" music echoes a lot of what people in radio and on the fringes of the music industry were saying in 1989. How did it come to be that certain varieties of rock and roll were "mainstream" and certain were "alternative"? It wasn't about money or sales at all. U2 and REM and INXS all sold just as well (or better) than many of the pop metal, hard rock, or Top 40 pop acts. But because they were difficult to categorize, because they didn't sound like what had come before them, they were labeled "alternative" by the industry. Note that none of the three of them were particular "New Wave" either. New Wave was a subset of "alternative." Eventually all three of those bands would be topping the charts regularly...

And eventually (around the time Green Day and Everclear hit number one) "alternative" became the top selling rock category. Because music fans could care less what category label some executives want to slap on the back of an album and they know rock and roll is always about searching for something new, hot, and different. Something you haven't heard before. Something your parents didn't listen to.

But here's the kicker. "Alternative" music is now the dominant rock genre, and they still call it "alternative." Even though it's now the mainstream. So what are they going to call the next thing that comes along, the alternative to alternative?

I'll worry about that in another ten years. Next, we go back to 1989.

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