This was the morning of the one-year anniversary of September 11. While we were ripping apart the Rooftop a plane flew overhead. It was a fighter plane of some sort: low-flying, sleek, vaguely wasp-shaped, and traveling very fast. At the sight of the jet Tommy stopped everything. “Okay, everybody,” he said. “We have meeting inside. Please follow me.”
We all looked at one another. What now? It was blood-boilingly hot inside Birns & Sawyer’s cramped studio space, but once Tommy got us all in there, he asked everyone to please be quiet and “remember the American flag.” We stood there, doing our best to be quiet. Then someone laughed. Tommy furiously decamped to another part of the studio and returned with a digital timer one of the camerapeople had been using during filming. Tommy set the timer to five minutes and placed it where everyone could see it. “Because you laugh,” he said, “we now have five minutes of silence for America. Have due respect.” Ten seconds into that five-minute silence, someone else laughed. Tommy reset the timer. “If I hear any laugh,” he said, “which is very disrespectful, we do another five minutes. You can laugh the rest of your life. So you be the judge.”
It was probably the longest five minutes I’ve ever experienced. Eyes were glazed and several mouths were trembling, but no one wanted that clock to be reset. Somehow, on our third try, we made it all the way through. The timer ran out to several gasps, and I realized how many of us had been reduced to holding our breath near the end to keep from cracking up.
Tommy followed these five minutes with a little speech: “This prick Osama is the biggest asshole-motherfucker-piece-of-shit who ever lived. He think he can stop America. I’m sorry, Mr. Dickhead Osama, you don’t have chance. We are the best country in the world.” He then led the room in a chant of “USA, USA!”
Five minutes of reverent silence followed by fist-pumping mania: That was a pretty accurate encapsulation of the patriotism of Tommy Wiseau."
What’s a good Angels of Light album to start with?
I would try out either Everything Is Good Here/Please Come Home or We Are Him. The former record is, at times, violent, chaotic and ornate just like some of Swans’ later work. The latter reminds me of the melodic and kinda folky stuff they done in during the late 80s and middle 90s, but only more psychedelic and roots. How I Loved You, however, is by far the best thing they’ve ever done.
I will try all of those. I remember being impressed by New Mother at one point but I never got around to getting it. I did give them a solid try for a while but I wasn’t in the right headspace then, though I think I am now. Sometimes I have to put bands on hold for a while even if I know I’ll like them eventually.
|me:||hey google what's up|
|google:||did you mean the stratosphere?|
|me:||that's my shit, google. anyway, you know where i can find them little hot dogs, the mini wieners they serve at weddings?|