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People who say “writing about music is like dancing about architecture” are really really smart

Dommy P’s not really the type to cross-promote but I’ve had some shit up on the Vice blog recently. One piece is basically an “INTERNATIONAL ITUNES EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL EDITION” version of an old ILB piece, but if artists weren’t allowed to recycle themselves over and over again without expressing any desire for originality we wouldn’t have Mark Heap’s career, and that’d be a disaster.

But anyway, one of the articles has a comment left by this son-of-Flynt-Flossy lookin’ boy that reads

“Talking about music is like Dancing about Architecture.” – Elvis Costello

Why do people insist on saying this? It’s not actually true, everyone talks about music. You play “No Fronts” by Dog Eat Dog and everyone goes “Shit son, that’s my joint right there”. You play “Kiss The Rain” by Billie Myers and people go “Wait, didn’t she die? I feel like she died a few years back in a heavy news cycle so nobody really talked about it”. People talk about music all the time.

The other thing is that Elvis Costello never said this. A brief search of Google finds this quote attributed to Martin Mull, Frank Zappa, Miles Davis, Gertrude Stein, Laurie Anderson, Lester Bangs and lots of other people nobody really honestly gives a shit about in 2011. What is it about this loose collection of words that means that every idiot on the internet is so willing to attribute to random celebrities?

“Writing about music is like dancing about architecture”  – Alex Parks, 2003

“Writing about music is like dancing about architecture” – J-Kwon, 2005

“Writing about music is like dancing about architecture” – The lead singer of Groop Dogdrill, 1998

“Writing about music is like dancing about architecture” – Chic Bates, 1991

“Writing about music is like dancing about architecture” – Karl Gotch, 1953

“Writing about music is like dancing about architecture” – Jesus Christ, the Sermon on the Mount

 

Plus does this really sound like anything Elvis Costello would say? It doesn’t contain a stream of violent racist abuse in it for one thing.

Alexis Petridis wrote an article about this very concern once where he claimed that other than this sentence, the other thing he was most mocked for was his name and its similarity to a character from Dynasty or Dallas or something. Which is weird, because I’ve mocked him for being a useless carny cunt on a number of occasions and I’m p.sure I’m not the only person to have done this.

 

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  1. Steve
    March 2, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    It’s more like “Petri dish” than anything.

  2. March 3, 2011 at 12:29 am

    “Martin Mull, Frank Zappa, Miles Davis, Gertrude Stein, Laurie Anderson, Lester Bangs and lots of other people nobody really honestly gives a shit about in 2011”

    You left one name off the list, pal. Yours. Come back when you’ve got something to say.

  3. Cashmore
    March 4, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Damn kid, son’s steppin’ to you.

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