Saturday, December 22, 2007

Obscure and Oblique

This is a confused post, but bear with me. I begin at some obscure point, digress to something just as obscure, and come around full-circle to where I began, in a sense. Just trying to be “obscure and oblique,” as it were.

So…I went looking on YouTube for a small treasure of a song from Pete Townshend and Ronnie Lane’s collaboration album “Rough Mix” (cover on the right). I was unsuccessful, and more’s the pity…coz I really, really wanted to share it with you, Gentle Reader. But I found this little gem while looking unsuccessfully for the song I wanted. And this will have to do:

That would be The Faces, a band that was an outgrowth of The Small Faces. As noted above, the song is another minor gem from a band that doesn’t get near the credit it deserves, but (the band) was in constant rotation in MY small corner of the planet, wherever that small space happened to be, in the ‘70s. Good stuff. Or, another way to put it: Ronnie Lane and Rod Stewart (and a gaggle of other fine rockers…click the “Faces” link and be amazed), in their prime.

But. Back to what I was looking for. The track is “Misunderstood,” and you can hear an all-too-brief sample here (scroll down, Track #7). The lyrics:

Just wanna be misunderstood
Wanna be feared in my neighborhood
Just wanna be a moody man
Say things that nobody can understand

I wanna be obscure and oblique
Inscrutable and vague
So hard to pin down
I wanna leave open mouths when I speak
Want people to cry when I put them down

I wanna be either old or young
Don't like where I've ended up or where I begun
I always feel I must get things in the can
I just can't handle it the way I am

Why am I so straight and simple
People see through me like I'm made of glass
Why can't I deepen with graying temples
Am I growing out of my class

I always feel I should be somewhere else
I feel impatient like a girl on the shelf
They say that I should live sera sera
But I am such an ordinary star

Coolwalkingsmoothtalking, yeah

Just wanna be misunderstood
I wanna be feared in my neighborhood
Just wanna be a moody man
Say things that nobody can understand

Coolwalkingsmoothtalking, yeah

Pretty cool, eh? Or then again, maybe ya had to “be there.” I still wanna be obscure and oblique…to this very day. Some would say I’ve succeeded, but I don't think I'm even near the level of obscurity and obliqueness I desire. But, Hey! Everyone needs a goal in life.



  1. Sort of O/T, but music related...

    Couple of things from Barry over at enrevanche that I think you would appreciate...I would've posted them over at my place, but blogger still doesn't want to give me my keys back.

    Stairway to Freebird:

    And The Beatnix, Beatles meet Led Zep:

  2. Grr, I hate blogger's interface regarding html, etc. Add a .html to the end of the second link. Here's the first one again:

    Should work this time.

  3. Otay! That faces clip FFREEEEKED me out. I hope you are pleased with yourself. Pervert.

  4. Mike: I liked the Beatnix, which was pretty danged cool. Stairway to Freebird? Not so much...

    And yeah, Blogger's comments STILL leave quite a bit to be desired.

    Lou: That weird singing cut-out figure was actually part of the original album-cover art, as were the photos of the band. Once again: you hadda 'be there!'

    Gerard: Thanks for dropping by. Sorry about the freak-out, but I think you've seen worse... especially in Berkeley. ;-)


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