Sunday, August 13, 2006

A Massive Love Affair

I've just bought tickets for Massive Attack at the Tower Theatre on September 30. I haven't been to a concert in ages. I used to go to shows all the time. And I'm not sure what happened. But I feel reinvigorated now. I will go to a lot of concerts. I haven't really kept up with what Massive Attack has been up to as of late. I think I turned my back on the whole gang when they named one of their albums 100th window. That title irritated me from the get go and so in turn, I was irritated by the whole enterprise and I didn't listen to the album. But I've gotten over it, I think.

And excited by my ticket purchase, I listened to some of my favorite massive tunes. And they're so damn good. They've aged well, as I hope I have. Barring the 100th window debacle, I feel as if this band has been with me as I've tumbled through life over the last 10 years. My first taste was in Cork, Ireland in 96, as a boy I loved (love) popped a cassette in and the sweet strains of Protection came wafting out. The sound system on his Citroen was less than stellar but I was hooked.

For me, and I imagine that many of you agree, an interest in music is of paramount importance when considering a potential mate. Shoes and Music, both good signs of character. And if you despise Dave Matthews and revere the Stone Roses, let the games begin. But on the flip side, if I discover you have even the slightest interest in Dave, I just can't. Sometimes, if I'm interested in someone who I suspect has less than stellar musical tastes, I try to delay the inevitable, but at some point, you do have to ask. And if the answer is Dave, that's it, the relationship might limp along for a bit, but in the end, no.

In Cork, in 96, when my irish boy brought up the Topic, I ran through a list of bands and songs, hoping he'd see me as eclectic, sexy, intelligent. When I mentioned the stone roses, he asked if a friend of his had told me to say that. Said friend was trying to set us up but said friend had not coached me about his friend's love of the stone roses and the like. the Topic had come up and when two people's musical tastes match up so astonishingly, the relationship too will be astonishing. and it was. and this boy introduced me to massive attack. and so, i can't listen to them without it bringing back all of that. when i had to eventually leave ireland and the boy, my frenzy for him began to manifest itself into a frenzy for massive attack and just music in general. i fed myself with it. when the Teardrop single was released, after work i bought the cd in harvard square, rushed home and almost cried at the sound of that song. I got a lump in my throat. So, the music, to celebrate my journey over the last 10 years, Safe from Harm, from the Album Blue Lines, which was released in 91. Black Milk, from Mezzanine, released in 98. And Live With Me, which was one of two new songs included in a greatest hits album that was released this year. Enjoy the trip.

Massive Attack-Safe From Harm
Massive Attack-Black Milk
Massive Attack-Live With Me


Blogger kaugirl said...

I am going to see Massive Attack in Germany next week. I've loved them for donkey's years. "Live With Me" makes me cry...

2:59 AM  
Blogger unknown said...

Hey... have a great concert!

For me, I still think 'Unfinished Sympathy'is one of the very, very best songs that the 20th C produced.

A potentially bold and foolish statement, I know, but...

Just *hear* Shara's vocals...

The questioning, the pain, the longing...


Just wonderful.

And a video to match, of course.

And, you are right. Naturally. Music = mate. It has to be.

"Do you know all the words to "This Charming Man" by The Smiths?"

If the answer was no, forget it.

'Teardrop' is not far behind the aforementioned song though. But then I would say that, Liz is Scottish and used to be with a band that always played the right thing...

Grangemouth rules, OK.

Great post. Can't wait for the next one!

9:57 PM  

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