sounds of silence/drug music

Ben Friedlander (
Mon, 22 Apr 1996 23:44:09 -0400

Two obscure sources that may be of help on these topics.

Richard Grossinger's "A Review of 'The Graduate'" in _A Caterpillar
Anthology_, ed. Clayton Eshleman (New York: Anchor Books, 1971), begins
with an extended analysis of "The Sounds of Silence." The "review" is a
true '60s document, written in trippy innocence of the stoopidity of what's
being said, as for instance in this: "The song was code, or sound-track, the
haze growing thicker, louder amidst the static of other bands, drawn
centripetally, the code more clear, more perfect as they penetrated the
place from which it was cast."

A text more conscious of its stoopidity, stoopidity its very topic, is
"The Boy Looked at Roky," by "The Rev. & Mrs. Tommy Parasite," liner
notes to _Pebbles_ vols. 7 and 8. _Pebbles) is an Australian series of
bootleg compilations of garage band music. The liner notes for these two
volumes are a parody or answer to _The Boy Looked at Johnny_, one of the
best books about punk rock. There's a long section on "Drugs" on the vol. 7
portion. The highlight is an extended meditation on Romilar, beginning:
"Significantly, the only punk to be busted for cough syrup was the one who
'single-handedly' instigated the movement: Moulty. Appropriately, Romilar
is the only drug which acts as a hook; the only social prosthetic drug.
It's the only drug that can make a punk realize that to _make it_ you don't
need more intelligence (tho the 34 points sometimes come in handy . . .),
just the confidence to flaunt your stupidity in the face of others."
Moulty, for those who don't remember or never saw Lenny Kaye's compilation
of garage bands (the name now escapes me--_Boulders_?), was the one-handed
drummer for the Barbarians, whose big hit was "Are You a Boy or Are You a

Ben F.