Bells And Circles

This makes a change: someone singing about smoking. Smoking on airplanes.

Iggy Pop, to be precise. “Only a vengeful god does not allow smoking on the airplane.”

I came across it on the Free Republic. So I guess some freepers like it.

And Iggy Pop is 71. And still performing, not sure if quite as energetically as he used to.

The combined age of the Rolling Stones is 293. And they’ve just started a new tour. It was in London a few days ago.

I saw them in Hyde Park in London, days after Brian Jones had died.

Or rather I didn’t see them, because the stage was facing away from where I was, on a rowing boat in the Serpentine.

Amazing that the band is still touring, 50 years on. And still pulling in crowds.

The current tour is called No Filter. That could be a cigarette allusion too, though I think Keef is the only one who still smokes these days.

I’m surprised so few people sing about smoking and smoking bans. Isn’t that something to rebel against? Isn’t that something worth rebelling against? I think it is. And that’s why I’m rebelling against it. I’ve never seen anything else so worth rebelling against as smoking bans.

Iggy Pop’s Bells & Circles is really a piece of nostalgia, about the good old days when you could smoke on airplanes.

But at least he’s singing about it. At least it’s swum into his consciousness. So few people ever mention it, that I sometimes wonder if any of them have even noticed all the bans and restrictions being laid on them.

Perhaps they can’t put it into words. Perhaps it takes a while to put things into words.

Speaking of restrictions, I see that the Italian President has blocked the new populist government that Italians have just elected from taking office.

I guess he knows better what’s good for Italians than they do.

This is probably how the EU plans on stopping any country escaping from its clutches. They’ll use their friends in high places. Or they’ll use the courts. Or maybe the new EU army they want to create.

There’s an explosion coming.


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9 Responses to Bells And Circles

  1. RdM says:

    Wow, great new (to me) Iggy Pop clip. I hadn’t seen or heard that before! Thanks!!

    Last one I saw was Iggy Pop – I Want To Go To The Beach (Live @ France Inter
    Iggy Pop performs live at France Inter in Studio 105 on May 29th 2009 for the release of his album PRELIMINAIRES.

    As for the Stones, the No Filter tour, IORR is a pretty good fan site.

    Read reports of recent dates.
    Go back to the home page, whatever.
    I was pleased to see them in November 2014 in Auckland, even in slight drizzle of rain;-

    Coventry, Manchester, Edinburgh, Cardiff, London?

    Could this be the last time?
    Nah, that’s what we thought then…
    Perhaps they’ll be going into their 80’s and even 90’s!

    It’s not totally unheard of, 90 year old musicians!

    As for smoking related tunes, I mentioned earlier in this blog Bob Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hour, and even sent a smoking related segment to em, someone.

    That was segmented into each individual tracks, including voice segments, a rare archive,
    I had thought it might be useful in a community TV smoking section ~ puff of smoke ~ ;=})

    But you can listen to the whole lot – in a linear fashion – of Episode 58 “Smoking”, right here!

    That’s about an hour’s worth!
    Nice to hear Bob speak…

  2. Fredrik Eich says:

    “South African ‘world’s oldest man’ wants to stop smoking”

    He only smoke two or three a day but they look like massive ciggies!

    • Rose says:

      The headline says that he wants to give up smoking, but I am not so sure.

      “Sometimes I tell myself I’m going to stop but it’s just me lying to myself. My chest chases me to have a puff and I’m then forced to make a ‘pill’.
      “I blame the devil for that because he’s so strong,” he says with mischievous grin”.

      • RdM says:

        “”Every day I still smoke two to three ‘pills’,” – local slang for tobacco tightly rolled into a cigarette-length piece of newspaper. “I use my own tobacco because I don’t smoke cigarettes.”

        Stinky ink?

        When I use a sheet or several of newspaper in the kitchen bench (ridiculous white Formica) to dump some oily scraps into, itr always leaves an imprint of the ink on it.
        Easily cleaned off, but I wouldn’t want to be smoking newspaper!

        Perhaps we don’t realise how lucky we are to have clean-burning rice or other (hemp?) cigarette papers…

        For the last few months, I’ve liked SMK Gold Ultra Thin Rolling Papers

  3. RdM says:

    Keith Richards shock horror smoking was mentioned back here when
    he was in the Andrew Marr interview.

    Although it was such a little thing… and that was years ago.

  4. smedhed says:

    Too True!

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