The Prodigy still has its time and place
I was on the Barcelona metro listening to The Prodigy's new album and trying to think of how I could describe the band's music. I wasn't thinking too hard because I was playing poker on my phone at the same time, which is only important because my possession of a cellular phone is crucial to what happened next.
|THE PORTABLE PAUL SHIRLEY|
Paul's basketball adventures are now in paperback.
But if you're listening to The Prodigy for the songwriting, we need to discuss your decision-making skills.All music has its time and place. The Prodigy and their latest record are no different. For "Invaders Must Die," that time and place is 8:45 on a Friday night, when a friend is dragging his heels when you're trying to get him to go out. The album will help him remember that we only get to live once, so we might as well enjoy it. If it helps, think of The Prodigy as aural Red Bull. Music is always about timing and placement. Metallica is not road trip music. Boston is. The Prodigy is not Sunday morning newspaper-reading music. Pete Yorn is. "Invaders Must Die" is not a perfect album for every time and place, but it is the perfect album for the right time and place. I'm glad the band is still releasing albums so I can discover what that time and place is, even if, to do so, I have to deal with an unbalanced Spanish girl and the fear that I'm about to have my phone stolen.
What should be reviewed next?I'd like to make reading this column as much like listening to the radio as possible. As of now, if listening to the radio is 100 and reading in general is zero, I've accomplished a four. With my next gimmick, I'm hoping to push that number to five. Or maybe even to 5½. I'm taking requests. One request, that is. I'll buy and review whatever album you, dear reader, would like. Here's what I need: 1. Click here to send me an e-mail with your request (or, if you're not into direct links, e-mail me at email@example.com). Feel free to include reasons the album you're requesting should be reviewed, personal stories to convince me, and bribes. 2. Next week, I or, more accurately, the wizards at ESPN.com, will fashion a poll. Everyone will have a chance to vote on which album gets reviewed. 3. As your personal DJ/author, I will listen to the album in question. Subsequently, I will spew forth several hundred words about that album, and in so doing most likely will annoy most of my "listener"/readership. It's going to be great. In case you missed the little clicky-spot, it's here again. In case you missed the part about the bribes, it's here: (I like McDonald's gift certificates.) * Thanks for reading. * -- Anti-payola disclaimer. I'm joking about the bribes. And I only like McDonald's in Europe, where the lack of Wheat Chex catches up with me and I get desperate. I'm back in the U.S., so McDonald's gift certificates will no longer do me any good. Paul Shirley has played for 13 pro basketball teams, including three NBA teams -- the Chicago Bulls, Atlanta Hawks and Phoenix Suns. He can be found at myspace.com/paulshirley and at firstname.lastname@example.org. His book "Can I Keep My Jersey?" -- which is now available in paperback -- can be found here. With his brother, he co-hosts an online radio show, "Off Topic with Matt and Paul Shirley."
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