Friday, December 02, 2005

She invented the remix.

Josh has an excellent post on Camille Paglia's
triumphant return to where he excerpts most of the vintage Paglia hotness. The piece--chiding Madonna's Confessions on a Dance Floor--does contain this amazing bit, which Josh did not include:
Few of [Confession's] songs are as distinctive or poetic as any number of dance hits of recent years -- Amber's "Sexual," Deborah Cox's "Mr. Lonely," Sunshine Anderson's "Easy" (Groove Armada), Aubrey's "Stand Still," Billy Ray Martin's "Systems of Silence" (the remix), Motorcycle's "As the Rush Comes," Ciara and Ludacris' "Oh," or even Annie's "Heartbeat" (by a Norwegian woman DJ).

Camille hearts Annie! Jesus! That 'wegian fluxpop-star now bares the imprimatur of Pitchfork, the entire blogosphere, and the author of Sexual Personae. I'm thinking that this is a very rare occurrence. (The inclusion of Annie and Ciara is almost enough to negate the high proportion of Euro-NRG-cheeze.)

Camille has also seen fit to create a master list [from her vinyl collection!] of the Best Soul/Funk/Disco Tracks from the '60s - '80s. Revel in it kids.

And just so we're on the same page here, Camille wants you to know that she does not dance to disco:
I for one do not dance to dance music; disco for me is a lofty metaphysical mode that induces contemplation. (Of course, this may partly descend from my Agnes Gooch marginalization in the old bar scene, where I was -- as Nora Ephron would say -- a wallflower at the orgy.) Giorgio Moroder's albums, which I listened to obsessively on headphones, were an enormous inspiration to me throughout the writing of "Sexual Personae" in the 1970s and '80s. Disco at its best is a neurological event, a shamanistic vehicle of space-time travel.

Inhale deeply... and exhale. Camille's baaaaaaack.


At 4:31 PM, Blogger girish said...

Ben mon ami--
In case you haven't seen it yet: something Armond-related.

At 11:48 PM, Blogger Joshua said...

That space time travel part is the best! I'm so glad we both quoted it. I endeavor to someday write, without irony, something so very perfect.


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