Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Long Island's a terminal moraine

Ned: 'I want adventure. I want romance.'
Bill: 'Ned, there is no such thing as adventure. There's no such thing as romance. There's only trouble and desire.'
Ned: 'Trouble and desire?'
Bill: 'That's right. And the funny thing is, when you desire something you immediately get into trouble. And when you're in trouble you don't desire anything at all.'
Ned: 'I see.'
Bill: 'It's impossible.'
Ned: 'It's ironic.'
Bill: 'It's a fucking tragedy is what it is, Ned.'
In my head, now, it's not 'Kool Thing' by Sonic Youth playing whilst Hartley directs his Bande à part homage in 'Simple Men' (1992), but this utterly lovely - and truly shambolic - David Bowie cover version. Gotta love those Vivian Girls, like. A great choice to take on for them, with every second of the one hundred and nineteen counting. Bliss.
The Vivian Girls - 'John, I'm only dancing' (cover) (1.59)
The Grrrrls are over here! Hopefully there will be some UK shows in the New Year. And a Happy Birthday to you, D. x


  1. Love this cover. And really want to watch more HH films. Only seen Trust and that was years ago.

  2. Pop quiz

    Q. 1st track on Butcher Boy's 1st album?
    A. Trouble and Desire

    Must be related..

  3. Yes, agree Richard. The 'Girls' add their own unique touch to the song, shall we say! As for Hal, you'll love the rest of them, if you loved 'Trust', I suspect. Most people who write adore his dialogue and way of framing human relationships in odd, often tense, contexts. Try 'Amateur' or 'Henry Fool', I say.

    Anon. I hope you are right! (in that they might be related). I wouldn't be surprised at all if JBH was a big Hal fan. :)