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David Bowie

blessedisthememory asked: David Bowie?

Love: Basquiat – I don’t actually love any movies Bowie is in, weirdly enough. I admire this one though, despite my issues with it (Schnabel’s need to insert himself into the narrative via Gary Oldman and the tastefully ignorant/naive ideas about race). Giving natural performances is not really Bowie’s thing. There’s an intentional theatrical artificiality to his acting that can either work very strongly for or against the material. A few actors have taken on Andy Warhol and Bowie’s version, all loose jawed accent, head twitches, nervous face-touching and crossed leg standing, is jarring at first. Like a loose collection of tics put together to represent a person. After repeated viewings, I started to see more in it. There is something small and sweet about Bowie’s Warhol that isn’t really there in other films. The emphasis is usually on the remoteness, the blankness, the bitchiness. His take made me think of that Lou Reed lyric in Songs for Drella, “give people little presents so they remember me.” That person, that facet.

Like – The Prestige: This is a brief but cool as ice cameo. Bowie’s Tesla is restrained and almost funereal, but his presence is everything. It has more charisma than any of the other dudes running around doing magic tricks and acting like crazy people (this is a movie I like, by the way). Nolan was right to cast him. The choice says everybody else in this story is just an actor. Tesla is a rock star.

Hate – The Linguini Incident: Usually, I will watch any old piece of crap until the bitter end because a) I am lazy and b) I get a weird, squiggly sort of pleasure out of bad art. I couldn’t get through this one though. Oof. Painful.

Faye Hunter, of Let’s Active, 1954-2013

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Faye Hunter, the founding bassist of the Mitch Easter-led jangle-pop outfit Let’s Active who played on the band’s 1983 debut EP Afoot and follow-up full-length Cypress in 1984, died Saturday night in Advance, N.C., of an apparent suicide, the Raleigh, N.C., News & Observer newspaper reported tonight. She was 59.

According to the paper, she posted the following quote on her Facebook page Thursday night in what “was to be her final message to the world”:

What you had yesterday is only memories; what you will have tomorrow is your dreams and what you will do today, let it be love.” ~ Santosh Kalwar

A friend of Hunter’s told the newspaper that she had “been talking about this for quite some time. The past three or so years were really bad,” as Hunter had “become physically worn down, very thin and having physical problems from the stress of working and caregiving.”

Hunter formed Let’s Active with Easter and drummer Sara Romweber in 1981, and the band signed to IRS Records that same year. The group was closely associated with and performed  alongside R.E.M., and Easter rose to fame producing that band and others, including Pylon.

Hunter left Let’s Active following the release of the band’s debut album, Cypress.

Tonight, Easter’s recording studio, Fidelitorium Recordings in Kernersville, N.C., posted on Facebook: “Today’s news has broken our hearts. Faye Hunter, you will be missed and loved forever.”

Below, in Hunter’s memory, is the original video for the “Every Word Means No,” the opening song of the Afoot EP, as well as footage (via bosstime41) of Hunter’s final public performance, also of “Every Word Means No,” filmed this past May at a celebration of Winston-Salem music.

Let’s Active, “Every Word Means No”