Swans | Celebrity Lifestyle | ReviewCheers Mike. SWANS: Celebrity Lifestyle (Invisible)
REM: Crush With Eyeliner (Warner Bros)
In which we see contrasting approaches to irony by mad American blokes called Michael. M Gira tried irony once but didn't like it. After the public failed to get "Raping A Slave" he turned his Ã¼bermetal band Swans into an Ã¼berfolk band that unironically—and quite beautifully—covered Blind Faith's 'Can't Find My Way Home.' He then moved to 'rural Georgia' (aha!) and transformed the Swans into an Ã¼bergoth band, the Sisters Of Mercy sans Irony. 'Celebrity Lifestyle' reveals Mad Mike G maintaining his top form of recent years: "The secret sign of a charmed existence is the shiny liquid on her lips." Opening lines don't get much better than that. "Sexual transcendence is reserved for the wealthy," he dolefully observes later. What's it all about? It's about celebrity lifestyle. Cheers Mike.
M Stipe never used to use irony but got so annoyed by people thinking he did that he has just recently begun to be extremely ironic indeed. Artistically this has proved a mistake—REM's New! Ironic! album is comfortably their worst—but at least Mad Mike S is doing interviews again. Plus 'Crush With Eyeliner' is so ironic you get a free pair of spectacles with windscreen wipers attached when you buy a copy: "I'm the real thing," says Michael, winking extravagantly. "We all invent ourselves and (uh, you know me)," What's it all about? It's about celebrity lifestyle. Or maybe Courtney Love. Cheers Mike.