Chan Chop-Chop: http://twitter.com/#!/CATPOWER
I was turned into a distraught lustful after chance watching this music video through the then only music television service in hand, Channel [V], which was transmitted from Hong Kong. I was infatuated with the resounding intensity the immediate past three odd minutes brought to me but at the same time, upset that I couldn’t cop the name of the musician, much less that of the song. I bode my time for a better prepared blown-away and one day I succeeded in recording the precious signals. I came to know the name of the musican and the song, and even the album. About two months later, I bought Cat Power’s What Would The Community Think that had Nude As The News in it but had no lyric sheet and booklet whatsoever. Upon studying it, I talked to myself, “huh, so this is indie?”, and felt more or less conned, though that didn’t have to do with the music within. The album wasn’t as good as the first impression of the video but I listened to it a lot. Now I’m looking at the said spartan CD, but find Nude As The News only familiar.
In this music video, Chan Marshall feels like a southern suburban ingenue who is still haunted in the fun house of (Godard’s) Breathless. She vents her heretofore sheltered emotions like a Janis Joplin on a Xanax withdrawl. It’s far more fiery than it is sad and faster than you’d think it to be. I was never fond of sad-slowcore music. This is not it.