But if there's already a visible mark or scuff there, don't worry about adding a little mark as you do this. RaunchnrollNov 23, Location: Portland, OR. Whenever this happens, I always look under bright light and usually find a small particle stuck in the groove. A fingernail or toothpick can fix this, so I hope that's the issue. George BlairNov 23, Location: Portland, Oregon. Might try one of the enzyme based cleaners, and let it soak for about 10 min I tried the enzyme cleaner twice with no luck and will now try the antiskate trick before moving on to the other ideas!
Sometimes spraying an oil based product such as a lubricant will help in this case as well. BradOlsonNov 23, Location: Austin, TX, U. I have gotten some of it out with my fingernail lightly going over the top of the groove but there are three left that are really nasty. I don't have the enzyme cleaners but I hit it with mofi deep and let is soak for an hour, nothing. Then I hit it with a dab of lighter fluid I didn't think to try a toothpick, I was looking for a sewing needle fine enough to not damage the groove but I think I'll try the toothpick first.
It's not paint, as those usually pop right off. It seem like some sort of chalky substance, like maybe a powdery spec of glue. Eschewing conventional punctuationcapitalisation and grammarthe book reads as if it is a series of song lyrics. The book also traces the history of pop music in Manchester, starting with skiffle inrunning through the sixties, before coming to an angry explosion with the punk of and the Buzzcocks.
This love for music is also expressed by the names of the streets. Poking fun at the increasing excesses taken towards marketing our heritage, Manchester streets have been renamed after Mancunian bands and musicians. His next work, Falling Out of Cars is his first not to be set in that city. Released on the same as the book was the musical version of Needle in the Groove.
Now, the CD is available in very limited amounts as there has only been one pressing of the album. So setting and plot are bourgeois affectations and quotation marks are bourgeois affectations and if you need periods then you're like totally squaresville man 'cause that's not what this book's about. But so then what is this book about? Here, bassist, Elliot Hall oh, there aren't any capital letters either, so it's actually elliot hallis recruited to join a band with drummer, 2spot, singer, donna, and dj, jody, who are making an album of what we're led to understand is a special, though unspecified, kind of new music that is being recorded on the sci-fi recording medium, liquid.
These liquid recordings are about the size of a gumball and can have their recordings remixed just by shaking them as in, shaking this gumball-sized globe produces a different track when that globe is replayed. Much of the first half of the novel is about the band laying down more and more versions of what they expect will be their hit single and then shaking the globe the last version was recorded on and then being not-quite-satisfied and then trying again.
Woven throughout these sessions is the disclosure of elliot's cliched drug habit, from which he's recovering, and the band's various, and cliched, love triangles, and the revelations about ever-taciturn 2spot's musical lineage and cliched messed-up childhood the angst from which childhood drives his creativity.
From these brief scenelets the reader gathers that each musician desires contact with their musical heroes and inspirations, which contact is only possible to them, as it is to us, through the music they left for us. But then, without much preamble, LP guys decide to freebase the liquid recording globes' liquid and transport themselves to the moments when their musical role models were in their primes. This, Noon's literalization of the cliched apothegm about music being a drug capable of transportation, is the most interesting part of the book, and it allows Noon to introduce competing timelines and hallucinatory visions and just basically confuse the reader's certainty of what's really happening in this novel and what isn't.
This would seem to underline the novel's experimental cred in that these effects show the novel's and the Novel's artificiality and play against our bourgeois expectations about novels taking care of us and providing clear conclusions.
The rest of the novel is an investigation into one of the band members' deaths, which investigation necessitates the use of the last remaining globes' liquid a recording medium that has since been discontinued because, one gathers, many people began taking advantage of its hallucinogenic potential and leads to a revelation that isn't especially revelatory. And I think I would be cool with all this if there was harmony between the novel's experimental features and its central theme.
The thing that this kind of experimentation accomplishes is a sense of distance between the text and the reader; this text resists the reader's attempts to ignore its artificiality as well as get transported into the world of the text's construction.
Which is fine, but then the novel is ABOUT art's capacity to transport us and function as a kind of hallucinogen that makes squiggles on a page or scratches embedded in vinyl seem real.
This dissonance is, to me at least, unaccountable. Maybe Noon wants to be a musician instead, or maybe he wants to suggest that these artificial means of connecting with humanity aren't entirely sufficient, or maybe his point is that bassists are shallow and shouldn't get to narrate.
At the end of the whole everything, though, I'm left thinking that this book didn't know what it wanted to be. Having read several other of Noon's books, I found this one very different but no less enjoyable.
Instead of creating a whole Needle In The Groove - Sally Crewe - Later Than You Think (Vinyl imaginary world as in Vurt etcthis is a tale based around a real Manchester, drawing inspiration from five decades of a genre-spanning music scene, focusing mainly on punk and the death thereof. The book is still touched with fantasy but it is more of a means to an end rather than the main thrust of the book.
It is set in our normal world and the fantasy element Having read several other of Noon's books, I found this one very different but no less enjoyable. It is set in our normal world and the fantasy element I won't give away any details allows the characters to explore themselves, their music and the past.
It is written in, what I find to be, an amazing style, though I can see how some people might struggle with it. See what I mean? The book is full of music and the descriptions of songs blew my mind, particularly when King Crimson happened to come on the radio while I was reading. After a chapter where, perhaps, the band meet up to rehearse, there will be a page long chapter 'describing' 'writing' or 'telling' might be better verbs here the song itself in beautiful, Needle In The Groove - Sally Crewe - Later Than You Think (Vinyl, exploding, starbursts streaming over the riffs, poetry that I think can only be fully appreciated by someone who really appreciates music, Album) your chosen genre.
All in all, this is a book about music and musicians; how they come to be and how they often come to end. Jun 24, Jason Weaver rated it really liked it. Written in chunks between slashes, images splilling over each other spaced out like a lyric sheet. The novel uses one unexplained sci-fi concept which is really just a device to get to delving into the poetry and explore the ties between music, history and family. Burroughs' editing experiments.
If you're looking for a traditional narrative, don't pick this up. If you love modern music and want Written in chunks between slashes, images splilling over each other spaced out like a lyric sheet. If you love modern music and want your brain stretched, pick it up. Wildly inventive, music brought to words, words transliterated into musical sound.
If you can imagine such a thing! Verbal dubs, reverb and remixes all dance across the pages. The plot is a bit weak, Noon's usual obsessions with trying to Needle In The Groove - Sally Crewe - Later Than You Think (Vinyl a girl long lost but preserved in an aching heart.
The history of generational repeated behaviour is just a bit soap operatic for my taste, but I just lay back and let the word vive infuse my whole body.
The style, a stark lyrical stream of consciousness, works far better than I feared it would. It both sets and suits the mood, and captures the perfect atmosphere for the first half of Needle In The Groove.
But then the plot such as there is one starts to take over, and its like waking from a dream before you were done: the spell is broken. Jan 23, Roz Baynham rated it liked it. A novel to savior in small doses. The layout of the text encourages reading some passages like poetry, some like prose, some like art. The musical timberline from skiffle through punk and new wave to down tempo and groove makes a fine backdrop for a gritty story of longing and discovery.
I suspect this is the experience my English teachers wanted me to get from The Catcher in the Rye.
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