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Friday, January 18, 2008

Yeah, I know He’s a Pretty Good Read, but Who’d Wanna be Such an Asshole?

posted by on January 18 at 18:42 PM

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Charles Bukowski, the muse behind:

“All the men that hang around they are prayin they are free/All the women that hang around are lookin for a Bukowski.”
“Two Girls (One Bar)” by Pere Ubu

“Youíll never touch the magic if you donít reach out far enough.”
“Charles Bukowski’s Dead” by the Boo Radleys

“And she’s been reading Bukowski for days/Leans over, spits her name in my face.”
“In the City” by Razorlight

“Kickstart and turn me over/Punchdrunk, but Iím still sober/Bukowskiís on my shoulder/With much to think.”
“Fueled” by Anthrax

“Much like Bukowski with a rage/Speakin’ to page.”
“Feels So Good” by 311

“I was reading Fantť at the time/I had Bukowski on the mind.”
“Album of the Year” by the Good Life

“We’ll drive away in your car/In the nighttime pacific shore/I’ll be Bukowski, you’ll be Helen of Troy.”
“Helen of Troy” by Tugboat Annie

“She dangled that carrot, then asked me, ‘What would Bukowski do?’/Don’t go there, he’d make you his Mom/And then completely lie about it in a book later on.”
“Got Up This Morning” by Sage Francis

“That faded rose that’s all dried out/Those Bukowski poems we couldn’t live without/Your high school picture when you had wild hair/That stormy day on the beach that got us here.”
“It’s Just Me” by Bon Jovi

“I’m on the porch because I lost my house key/Pick up my book, I read Bukowski.”
“Mellowship Slinky in B Major” by Red Hot Chili Peppers (Gross.)

And then, of course, there’s all the song titles that address him, all the songs he’s inspired without being directly mentioned, and all the records and bands that have been named after his work… It’s hard to think of another man (who wasn’t/isn’t a musician) who’s inspired so much music. Not all good music, mind you, but it’s still impressive.

Anyway, can anyone compete? Ronald Regan, maybe? He might be able to compete.

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1

I've only heard the Modest Mouse reference, which is of course a great song. And one which they seem to play at every show.

Posted by rk | January 18, 2008 7:45 PM
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Feel free to start capitalizing every word of your titles at anytime, Journo.

Posted by Do These Editor Pants Make My Attitude Problem Look Big? | January 18, 2008 8:26 PM
3

bukowski is far and away my favorite poet. and although i've never referenced him in song, he's probably more of an influence on me than my favorite bands. which could be a good or bad thing, depending on what you think of my tunes, but still not as bad as the red hot chili peppers.

Posted by douglas martin | January 19, 2008 10:16 AM
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Laptop rap/rocker MC Lars has a poem book called "Bukowski in Love"

http://mclars.blogspot.com/2007/11/mc-lars-show-episode-4.html

Posted by David R. | January 21, 2008 3:07 PM
5

megan, i think you're great but if you keep quoting 311 lyrics, we're going to have a problem.

xoxo

Posted by josh bomb | January 21, 2008 3:47 PM

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