Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Presenting a new feature: WTF Wednesday...

"There ain't half been some clever bastards" said Mr Dury, and he might well have had the lyricist of this, our first WTF Wednesday offering, in mind. Ludwig (Tractatus) Wittgenstein was better known for his way with epistimological method or the deftness of his touch with the humble poker, but he could craft a mean lyric too.

In M.A. Numminem, he may have found his perfect creative soulmate: "Listening to Numminen for the first time," (writes Swingin Kutsu) "is like your first taste of surströmming: You want to spit it out, it stinks, you think you're gonna die, but when it's all done you keep wanting to come back for more, especially if you have the right tilbehör (onions, aqvavit...)".

It may be worth pointing out to those of you not close to an Ikea that surströmming is rotten, fermented herring. Enjoy...

M.A. Numminem: Wovon mann nicht sprechen kann, Darüber Muss Mann Schweigen (lyrics by Ludwig Wittgenstein)

(discovered at July's Illegal Art Compilation, curated by Kosten Koper)

btw, the comments links isn't just for show, you know - you CAN use it...

5 Comments:

Blogger Alan Williamson said...

hi jeff - it's my theory, after a couple months blogging, that many comments are made by other bloggers who know how lonely the other guys feel.
(this is a case in point)

1:42 AM  
Blogger Jussi said...

Hi, just thought I'd let you know that Swingin kutsu is one of Mauri Antero Numminen's records (1970). Here's the discography:
http://www.ma-numminen.net/eng/lp.shtml

Comparing Numminen (who's Finnish) to the Swedish "delicacy" surströmming is interesting and probably not too far off the mark. Although I think I'd still prefer listening to his screeching to surströmming. (I've never actually eaten the stuff but the stink is supposed to be so bad that the tins have to be opened under water or simply shot open from a hundred paces.)

7:05 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

ah...and I also see from the discography that there is a whole wittgenstein album..."M.A.Numminen composed six songs to the book Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus by philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein in 1966. In 1989 Wittgestein's 100th year of birth was celebrated. Therefore this record" - might seek it out...

1:57 PM  
Blogger John said...

what the first guy said. doubled.

7:52 PM  
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