I generally love Radley Balko’s blogging, but this post leaves me with mixed feelings. He links to a Washington Post article about Lloyd Dobler, the John Cusack character in the movie Say Anything, a movie I really liked and recently watched again on TV. But then Balko writes:
Stuever looks at the continuing Lloyd Dobler phenomenon, or how Say Anything not only put John Cusack first in the heart of a many a Gen-X woman, but regretably cemented the dreadful “In Your Eyes” as a mix tape staple.
And here I have to disagree. “Dreadful”? In Your Eyes is, in my humble opinion, the finest love song of the rock era, and I thought that before it was featured in Say Anything. It’s just a brilliant song, from a brilliant album (Peter Gabriel’s So). The drumming of Manu Katche alone makes this one of the transcendant songs of the last 25 years (and if you haven’t heard the live version from Secret World Live, go find it).
On the other hand, Balko makes up for it by linking to the website of the Lloyd Dobler Effect, a Washington DC-based band named after the Cusack character. This is a band I discovered recently when searching for an entirely different band (they have a song with a similar name, so it showed up and the name alone made me download it). Very good band.
And while we’re talking about Say Anything, what on earth happened to Ione Skye? With that movie and the vastly underrated The Rachel Papers, this girl had star written all over her. Next thing you know, she’s doing “women in prison” movies with Anne Heche. And do women in prison really take that many showers? But I digress…