This little ditty from his next album was released this week …
… and the usual armchair critics are already weighing in – as I type, just shy of 70,000 views and already there are nearly 500 thumb downs … to give you a comparison – two other tracks off his next album.
Pariah – over 600,000 views with 208 thumb downs
Song of One – just shy of 300,000 views with 421 thumbs down
I think it is clear that the thumbs down are way out of proportion … but I have a theory.
I was born in ’67
The year of Sgt. Pepper
And are you experienced
… no, not me. That would be Steven Wilson. Those lyrics are extracted from the track Time Flies, from the album The Incident.
It’s a great song, and I was reminded of those opening lyrics when I saw that The Beatles were releasing the 50th Anniversary of Sergeant Peppers. Fifty Years since ‘The Summer Of Love’. That means Wilson is fifty years old this year. I’ve written about him before in many places – not least of which on this very blog. This link takes you to the various posts – well worth a click around and through if you have a Wilson interest.
I have been listening to a podcast with Alex Baldwin talking to Patti Smith. You can do the same … just follow the link. It’s a great podcast, recorded after she represented Bob Dylan to accept the Nobel Prize and even if you have read ‘Just Kids‘ you will find lots of insights into her life – and self.
Unusually for Baldwin’s podcasts, this was in front of a live audience and at the end of the podcast, the audience got to ask some questions. Continue reading →
Not my first time to see the man. Won’t be the last. First saw him around 14 years ago – shortly after buying my first album by his band Porcupine Tree. In Abstentia. Since then I have acquired close to 50 of his albums (no exaggeration – I just checked) and seen him maybe 10 times. Yes – I am a fan.
It makes one wonder whether artists like Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd would really be successful in this day and age because you really need to sit down and listen to those records more than I think most of us are prepared to do in 2016.