I think the two basic types of music indigenous to this country are the black music, blues, and the kind of folk music that was brought over from Europe, I guess they call it country music, or the kind of West Virginia sound. Those are the two mainstreams of American music. It’s like ten years ago what they called rock and roll was kind of a blend of those two forms. And I guess what’s happening now is that rock is kind of dying out and everyone is going back to the roots again. Some are going back into country and some are going back into basic blues. I guess in four or five years the new generations’s music will have a synthesis of those two elements and maybe it’ll have a third thing that might rely heavily on electronics. I can kind of envision one person with a lot of machines, tapes and electronic set ups singing or speaking and using machines.
Blondie’s single Rapture, from the album Autoamerican (1980), was #1 on the U.S. Billboard charts for two weeks in 1981. Rapture was the first ever single to top the charts that featured rapping. The music video for Rapture, featuring Debbie Harry, Jean-Michel Basquiat and others, was also the first ‘rap’ video ever broadcast on MTV. (Also possibly the coolest album cover of the 80s).
We were making Fight Club when Bottle Rocket came out, Brad and I were so obsessed with it that we kept trying to slip references to Bottle Rocket into Fight Club and David Fincher kept saying, “I know what that is, stop it!”