By Smith Galtney
Live at Carnegie Hall
Lord knows the woman never recovered from drug abuse, but this milestone recording�billed as �the greatest night in show business history��surely gave the beleaguered Garland a new lease on life, however temporary. Do yourself a favor: Cue �I Can�t Give You Anything But Love� and keep a sizable box of Kleenex handy.
If Poses was the sound of plunging headfirst into celebrity and cocktail society, this is what happens when you stop going to parties but don�t stop doing drugs. As always, Wainwright�s a real drama queen�theatrical melodies, operatic arrangements, even a �Bol�ro� reference�but it all boils down to one raw hour-long moment of clarity.
By the late �70s Faithfull was a junkie has-been pop star living in a squat with no electricity or hot water. But then she made this cult masterpiece, which recast her as a worn, tattered, yet far from beaten chanteuse who wasn�t afraid to sing lyrics like �Every time I see your dick / I see her cunt in my bed.� We�ve bowed in submission ever since.