Keith, I agree with you that Lou was an integral part of the band – that is, on "Dinosaur". It seems like soon after that J and Lou were both going their own way. And besides their personal differences (I once read that J said "Lou was a silent guy, then he started talking and I found out I didn’t like him.") that may have been the main reason J kicked Lou out, because Lou was more interested in doing his own thing. And Lou was probably right in that, I don’t mean to take sides here.
Strong analysis, Kracked Lung. I think I would pick "honest" as the first word to describe much of Lou’s work. He often seems to be struggling with the concept of honesty. ("Love is stronger than the truth", "I hesitate to say that youâ€™re a liar, I never tell the truth myself", "Cuz if I honestly react, nothingâ€™s ever gonna work".)
But I do think that J’s songs are also very honest and pure, and often very specific. Think of "Drawerings", for example. "Did you know I heared your voice? When I called to see if you’re around I had no choice." A very clear description of the situation – all we miss is the girl’s name. And still, it seems to me that the feeling it expresses is quite universal, and that’s an important reason for me to love J’s lyrics.
"The chief problem about death, incidentally, is the fear that there may be no afterlife – a depressing thought, particularly for those who have bothered to shave. Also, there is the fear that there is an afterlife but no one will know where it’s being held."
– Woody Allen
[This message has been edited by jasper (edited September 28, 2000).]