On Second Thought
Jeff Lynne - Armchair Theatre

By: Alfred Soto
2005-10-25



Posted 10/25/2005 - 01:55:32 PM by pabanks46:
 At first I read the snippet for this link as you guys having second thoughts about this ridiculous ELO BS. Guess not.
 
Posted 10/26/2005 - 12:23:03 AM by IanMathers:
 What about it is bullshit? And yes, I'm actually curious.
 
Posted 10/26/2005 - 10:48:37 AM by pabanks46:
 Well, I don't really feel the need to echo many of the criticisms in the main thread on this, but I will this one (touched upon all the time): we have a finite amount of time to listen, discuss, ponder, etc., music, and all that these sorts of forums do, in their own way, is help you maximize that experience. ELO could dissapear, and I would lose nothing, and that's the essence of the BS comment: whose experience are you maximizing with this? Almost seems like a test to find your true sycophants that'll load the threads with, "Oh, I was listening to ELO the other day!" Count me out. To be fair, so you can shoot a suggestion of mine down, I would MUCH prefer coverage of lesser discussed, hugely influential figures, like more than "he played something called a break" coverage of Kool Herc, or something from "the Stylus perspective" (which, while VERY loosely defined still seems to exist) about Juan Atkins. Maybe something about Don Cherry's searching world music (Eternal Rhythm ---> 70's stuff). Seeing ELO really brought me down. Goddammit.
 
Posted 10/26/2005 - 11:41:38 AM by dubidet:
 [sigh]
 
Posted 10/26/2005 - 03:12:46 PM by hutlock:
 I'll be writing a large-scale article on Classic Detroit Techno sometime in the new year. But I love ELO too, so you probably won't care what I think about it.
 
Posted 10/26/2005 - 03:43:20 PM by pabanks46:
 "I'll be writing a large-scale article on Classic Detroit Techno sometime in the new year. But I love ELO too, so you probably won't care what I think about it." I don't know what I said that would make you think that. Doesn't make much sense. If I am expressing dissapointment at Stylus covering ELO, that should indicate to you that I generally enjoy Stylus' writers and work. You should think the opposite. What a pissy thing to say just because I call you out on what I percieve to be a dumb theme.
 
Posted 10/26/2005 - 03:47:41 PM by hutlock:
 You're right. I apologize. I'm pretty pissy today. I really do hope you continue to read and that you enjoy the Detroit Techno piece when it comes around.
 
Posted 10/26/2005 - 04:17:35 PM by cwperry:
 I've owned this album for 15 years and can't tell you one thing about its songs beyond the opening cut. That's how memorable it is.
 
Posted 10/26/2005 - 06:53:40 PM by AlfredSoto:
 I would have thought my review would act as a corrective to the praise for ELO/Jeff Lynne. Didn't anyone notice?
 
Posted 10/26/2005 - 08:57:25 PM by pabanks46:
 I noticed, and I think its funny that one of the first comments on the other thread was "Wow, Lynne is a great producer!" haha
 
Posted 10/27/2005 - 04:24:07 PM by dskuja:
 Armchair didn't blow me away, but Now You're Gone and What Would It Take are very good. I never heard Zoom, but the diehards seem pleased. Hope Jeffy is still interested and ambitious.