I’m sure I’m not alone here
Sinead O’Connor by Andrew Catlin, May 1988
Anonymous asked: What was your favorite song as a child?
I love this question. I had to think about it for awhile.
My dad gained access to a CD burner in 1995, which was a pretty big deal at the time. It took over an hour to burn 80 minutes of music, and that doesn’t count the time it took to rip the songs (or download them) to the computer in the first place. He made a mix CD for my mom and asked me if I wanted one. I just wanted a CD of "I am Stretched on Your Grave" by Sinéad O’Connor repeated over and over. I was in kindergarten at the time.
Years later I’d find out that the addictive drum loop is a slowed-down version of the Amen Break, which I am still endlessly fascinated by.
They weren’t romantically involved, but you can see that Freddie and Montserrat were, in a way, completely in love… each viewed the other as the human incarnation of music.
I can’t even describe what this song is doing to me today.
Definition — Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli)
Marine biologists converted the audio of Cypress Hill’s “Insane in the Brain” to small electrical impulses and applied them to the dorsal side of a squid’s fin. This is how the squid’s pigmented cells (chromatophores) react to the 1993 hit.
PREPARE TO HAVE YOUR MIND BLOWN.
"True Love Will Find You In The End"—Daniel Johnston
One of the truly tragic figures in the music world. However, he still seems to be producing a lot of art and music… with the help of friends and fans, and despite his mental demons.
Amanda and her cousin Amy Valdese by Mary Ellen Mark
North Carolina, USA, 1990
In 1990, Peter Howe at Life magazine sent me to North Carolina to photograph a special school for children with problems. The school was a very strange place because all of the twenty or so children were in the same classroom and their problems ranged from mild behavior instability to severe schizophrenia.
Nine-year-old Amanda was the most interesting child in the class. She was my favorite child. Amanda was very intelligent and very naughty. One day I followed her home on the school bus. When the bus stopped at her house, she dashed ahead of me and ran into a nearby wooded area. I continued to follow her into the woods and eventually found her sitting in an old stuffed chair having a cigarette. She thought that I would reprimand her since I was an adult. But I said nothing.
The following Sunday, I spent the day at home with Amanda and her mother. Amanda totally controlled her mother. She constantly gave her orders and proceeded to put on her mother’s nail polish and makeup. Amanda smoked openly in front of her. Her 8-year-old cousin Amy was coming over, and she was very excited. All day long, Amanda and her cousin played like children. Every forty-five minutes or so, Amanda would take a break to have a cigarette. Her mother could say nothing; Amanda was the boss.
Just before I left, I looked for Amanda to say good-bye. I found her and Amy in the backyard. They were in a children’s inflatable pool. Amanda was taking her regular cigarette break.
THIS GUY. I didn’t care about Card Captor Sakura, but I loved Kero because he was almost a Pokemon. Cuter than the majority of them, anyway.
This 1998 music video seems really quaint now, but when I saw it as a kid I was like