For though your ship be sturdy, no mercy has the sea. Will you survive on the ocean of being?
“I think Invisible Touch is the group’s undisputed masterpiece. It’s an epic meditation on intangibility.” - Patrick Bateman
I wanted to take some time to write a little thought I had, firstly as a Genesis fan, and then as a fan of American Psycho. What makes Bateman’s little rant about 80s pop music, and more specifically Invisible Touch so effective, is that it is so brilliantly accurate. Invisible Touch is at its core a prog record, passing itself off as a pop record. Anyone who has actually listened to the album before, and I mean really paid attention to the lyrics and the substance of the songs could recognize that a lot of the songs address the excessive, materialistic nature of the time in which they were written. Songs like “Tonight, Tonight, Tonight” exploring drug addiction and abuse, and “Anything She Does” exploring the intangibility of pornography. (Possibly even pornography replacing real human compassion and love). The record furthermore delves into the prevalent issue of failed marriage and broken homes with “Throwing It All Away” and “In Too Deep.” Maybe I’m implanting meaning into all of this, or maybe I’m just making things seem as I want them to. I’d like to think that this all makes sense however. And if it does, interesting that the only figure in pop culture that really “gets it” is a sociopath. Just a thought.
I held the book so tightly in my hands. I saw your picture, heard you call my name. There was something strange, I could not look away. I wanted to be there - I wanted to go.
Home at last and time to play catch-up. Looks like my night is booked.
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