tobacco Knights presents
A Random Banana from UberApe
Innocent Bystander: So you finally made it to see Legend last night. What did you think?
UberApe: Totally amazing. Definitely want to see it again. But I think it’s already left the theater. Right now I’m just thinking about Scott Weiland.
IB: A tragic surprise, while not surprising at all.
UA: I remember hearing “Plush” for the first time, right in the middle of the Vedder growl-voice era, and listening to Core over and over in its entirety, convinced it was a masterpiece that was probably going to go unrecognized as such.
IB: First albums are usually the best ones.
UA: Especially in retrospect, but that’s a conversation that deserves its own banana. Let’s peel that one over a future dinner when we’ve run out of ideas.
IB: Rain check accepted.
UA: I was watching a DVD compilation of STP and thinking of Weiland’s evolution throughout the years. Where he started and where he finished, and everything in between. When I was listening to Core for the first time I was just starting film school. The other day, my creative partner from those days and I reunited for the first time in 17 years and filmed a few short videos. There was very much a concurrent feeling of all the years that had passed, and yet that no time had passed whatsoever.
IB: “Time is a flat circle”, a True Detective once said.
UA: One that can expand to the full length of your timeline, more or less. One of my oldest, clearest, vivid memories is being home from school, sick in bed, 11 years old, staring at the animal-patterned drapes of my bedroom window as the sax solo from “True” by Spandau Ballet resonated from my clock-radio. I clearly remember pondering at that moment where I would be in 10 years, 20 years, 30, 40. And how I could almost reach out and commune with those moment, even though they were unknown and hadn’t happened yet. I still take pause and have a contemplative stop-down every time I hear that damned sax solo.
IB: The twin brothers in Spandau Ballet did a film about Reggie and Ronnie as well.
UA: True. The Krays. Pretty good for its time. But I think Legend far surpasses it. Tom Hardy is proving to be one of our generation’s best. The potential novelty of him playing both lead roles disappears immediately, and both performances are their own tour de force. Brilliance, to the core.
IB: Perhaps two nominations for the same actor in the same film.
UA: Or a masterpiece that will probably go unrecognized as such. Either way, I resoundingly recommend it.
IB: I wonder what Martin and Gary Kemp would think of it, wherever they are now. Cue the sax solo I suppose.