Everton 4-0 Fulham

I’m reading Simon Reynolds’ “Retromania”, the thrust of which seems to be that modern music has effectively ground to a halt because we’re all so enamoured with the past. I have only just started the book so can’t expand on the theory, but it sounds about right: music from the past has never been so available, old bands don’t just tour, they tour BIG (with ticket prices to match). Where are the Rolling Stones of tomorrow? Coldplay? Snow Patrol? Something from a talent show? Don’t make me laugh. No, people are going to keep consuming the Rolling Stones or Nirvana or The Beatles or Elliott Smith or Jeff Buckley because these artists’ record companies/estates are still making material available, whether the performers in question are alive or not. Heavens, Pearl Jam are still touring and have released literally countless albums to catalogue their output. What the future will make of all this is anyone’s guess but even in dinosaur form, Pearl Jam have no obvious equal in the nonsense I hear today.

To further emphasise the point, in the last three days I have listened to four albums: Frank Zappa’s Sheik Yerbouti; Grateful Dead’s Dave’s Picks Volume 1 (live at the Richmond Mosque, May 1977); John Coltrane’s a Love Supreme (the greatest music ever committed to record, by a considerable distance); Grateful Dead Dick’s Picks Volume 29 (also from May 77, this time the Fox Theatre in Atlanta).

I can rely on these and staples like them because they’re so very good. And all of these albums were released in the form I have them within the last few years. Dave’s Picks is a new Grateful Dead archive initiative, with archivist David Lemieux following on from Dick Latvala’s series as a means of getting live material ‘out there’ in a good quality format. The Dead’s archive is massive, they’ll keep doing this indefinitely, and people will keep buying indefinitely. Why? Because each live performance really was unique, they played different songs in different ways and this variety and sustained excellence ensures that fans keep coming back. Rhino, a specialist in back catalogues, handles the commercial side of things (they also, I think, did the recent Smiths Retrospective, on which Morrissey can be heard singing about exactly this phenomenon on Paint a Vulgar Picture).

The Zappa back catalogue was reissued in (I think) the 90s by Rykodisc. Coltrane’s work has been reissued over and over – my version has a live performance disc 2 to ‘add value’ (it does!).

And so, like Jay Gatsby, no matter how we might try to look forward, where music is concerned we are (by now) unable to escape the past. This is generalising – of course it is – but the phenomenon (such that it is) must be common enough or Reynolds wouldn’t have been able to get a big (and supposedly very good) book out of it.

BUT! Football is different.  Football always moves forward, and no two seasons are the same. Players age, are moved on, sold, new players come in, youth players, incoming transfers: this renewal means it’s always interesting, there’s always something new around the corner and no matter how much you think you’ve seen, you’ve never, ever seen it all (e.g. Clint Dempsey v Juventus). It’s why we keep coming back. Whatever malaise may be affecting the music industry can’t touch football – we may occasionally long for more innocent times, but not to the point where we cease to be very interested in the present, and especially not the future, which is really what it’s all about: is Dempsey leaving? What will happen to Dembele? How talented is Frei? We’ll only know the answer to these questions with time. Multiply these factors several times over to cover intrigue at various rivals, big clubs and others and you have a permanent stream of very unpredictable and sometimes interseting *something*. Things never stand still in football. So yes, we keep coming back.

All this said, the last time Fulham even drew at Goodison Park was 1959. Today we lost 4-0. (shrug).

17 thoughts on “Everton 4-0 Fulham

  1. I believe our failings at Goodison Park are due to paranormal activities, its the only explanation…or at some point in Fulham’s history we did something truly awful to Everton and promised to give them three points ever since as a way of righting our wrongs…

  2. We have oscillated wildly in recent weeks, with our poor performances coming against teams who are physical, have high energy, are well organised or are in the middle of a good run. Everton qualify on all of the above.

    My unscientific perception is that Fulham come up a little short on general athletic / physical presence, and lack one or two players of extreme pace. Otherwise we have the abilities of a middle or upper/mid table team. But why such inconsistency?

  3. I blame Coldplay for the poor performances. Haven’t been able to prove it yet, but it’s a nagging hunch.

  4. To nitpick, we won there in 1975 and drew in about 2003, but both in the cup. Eleven straight league defeats now, commencing with Moyes’ debut, in which they scored even sooner than yesterday, and down our end too. Almost a precise repeat occurred the following season — out of sight by half time. And I attended a couple more in the Coleman era before concluding I wasn’t going to be the one privileged to be there when it happened. For years the hoodoo worked in reverse of course at The Cottage. Some things are just beyond the scope of chalkboards, but if one is to make any generality about Goodison visits that refers to the visible rather than the mental it is that the team in blue always looks quicker and more robust. Even Tomas Radzinski looked more robust for heaven’s sake.

  5. I would recommend the new Jack White album Blunderbus unreservedly. I would not recommend a trip to Goodison any time in the near future.

  6. I am always wary when there is a claim that something has stopped and will no longer evolve. There can be no doubt that today’s music is heavily influenced by the past, but this is the way it has always been. You mention Cobain – part of his depression that led to his suicide was based on the inability to be original and authentic.

    There is still plenty of good music being produced – but you wont necessarily find it in the charts. The internet has allowed for the creation and spread of music to flourish like never before. In fact, the Grateful dead’s approach to taking control of their revenues through a ton of touring is now seen as the model for success – give away your music cheap/for free and if it is good, people will pay to come and see you live.

    There is a lot of dross out there today, but there is also a lot of good music. The rose tinted glasses of nostalgia may make it seem like the good old days were better, but the variety and availability of music we have now surpasses anything the past could have given us.

    1. Agree, and was just going to make a similar point. The notion that good music belongs to a certain time undersells the creative spirit. I’d say there’s as much good music being made now as at any time. I think the big difference between then and now is that now it’s harder to find something that speaks to large groups in the way that the Stones or the Clash or whoever else did. Then there was Rolling Stone, or Spin, and people listened to the same radio stations; now there are a million music blogs and podcasts, and that new record I love is something my neighbor doesn’t know and vice versa. There’s not even a John Peel, a major go-to for something outside the mainstream. The decline of a few major sources, and record company marketing muscle, means that a band who might’ve sold 100k units 40 years ago, might sell 5k now. But for a lot of people this is a good thing, and ultimately I think it is–groups that would’ve been invisible 40 years ago now sell 5k and get 200-300 people coming to their gigs across the country. It’s also funny how groups who had absolutely no following 40 years ago are getting proper reissues and are infinitely more popular now than when they actually existed. Countless examples of this. Again, a good thing, I think. The musical landscape is more interesting when not dominated by a mighty few. Long live music, even if we aren’t always singing the same song.

  7. I’d like to concur with Rich’s conclusion about Coltrane’s A Love Supreme. It is a momentous achievement that authentically projects the composers beatific musical vision to envelop our fortunate ears. It’s understandable that there’s a US church dedicated to this genius and his music – http://www.coltranechurch.org/

    If Fulham could play like Coltrane the FA would dismiss us from the league to give the other teams a chance to touch the ball.

    Will I Am

  8. On the other hand; it’s away to Everton, Martin Jol wasn’t there, and the season has two weeks left.

    Before the goals started going in (i.e., 5 minutes in), there was a tangible apathy in the air. I doubt it would have been any different at any other ground.

  9. It’s not that people are getting lazy or imagination has dried up, it’s just that those eras are fascinating for those of us who grew up being told that nothing is new and everything is a rip-off. It was very boring to live with the knowledge as a teenager that, even though I loved them, The Strokes and The Libertines were just updates of Television and The Clash.

    Retromania is great, I reckon. My most listened-to album from the past year has been the Gil Scott-Heron/Jamie xx remix album. It’s retro and it’s new. Not only is it great on its own, but it gave me a gateway to plunder Scott-Heron’s back catalogue, as well as a cracking million-selling single by Drake & Rihanna which was ultimately a cover of a Bobby Bland song from 1959. Awesome!

    Love the writing. Let’s hope Sunderland get a kicking and this season can be seen off well.

  10. Watching the DVR’d version a day late after hearing the scoreline, you’d think Fulham hadn’t even shown up. I wasn’t expecting much. If not for Timmy Howard, I firmly believe the game should have been tied 2-2 (with Frei and Dempsey getting the goals).

    After Everton got their 3rd, oy ve. The loss was deserved.

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