Friday, February 04, 2011

i like that "right here right now" actually, it's the only Jesus Jones song i like *

i think it really captures the excitement of watching, rapt, the unfolding of momentous events

but it also contains this irony, which Edwards doesn't seem to have noticed

in so far as

he sings "right here right now, there is no other place I want to be"

but "right here" = sat on a sofa, in front of a screen

what's changed in the 20 years since that song is that the real-time mediation of politics has been amped up so drastically that there's an even more electrifying and involving illusion of witnessing History

which is where the temptation to pontificate comes in... because to analyse and "take a position" seems active, a contribution of some kind


* of course Joshua Clover wrote a whole book about pop in 1989 pivoting around this very song, it's on my "to read" list