Our favorite pop philosopher du jour is the indescribably stylish Nash
Kato, guitarist for the indescribably elegant (in a polyester power
chord kinda way) Urge Overkill.
Who but Nash could have the purity of vision and generosity of spirit
to find the silver lining in one of today's darkest clouds, the tragic
Hugh Grant affair? As is so often the case, it begins with our hero
defending the honor of a woman, this particular damsel in distress
being Liz Hurley.
"C'mon man, she is sexy," Noah admonishes a (female)
disbeliever from London's Melody Maker . "Do you think Estee
Lauder fucks around with billions of pounds?" Then, seeing a little
sunlight break through, he cuts to the very heart of the Hugh and Liz
matter. "Both their careers have soared, and she's got a fucking
cosmetics line! Everybody wins."
In Los Angeles to shoot a video from the new Urge Overkill epic
Exit the Dragon , Kato -- so effortlessly cool that professional
house guests everywhere have adopted his name -- did not hesitate to
reveal the source of his attitude adjustment.
"We've come to L.A .and all become Scientologists," he admits.
"Everything is great! Have you heard the good news, sister? From here
on in I shall be known as Methius. When you call me Nash I know not of
whom you speak. They call me The Plan!"
Methius, known affectionately around the ATN offices as Meth, was
gracious in praising English rock's apparent devotion to the Urge
"What the British band's are doing now," he explained, "is what we've
always done, and that's self consciously celebrate the past. With no
rules, we're not advancing anything here, it's a celebration of the
greatest pop music. In between '91 and '92 people forgot that rock
music was supposed to be fun. It went from "feel my pants" to "feel my
pain" and now the guard is changing again. So, would you like to feel
We each have our own answer to that question, and while you're
pondering yours we'll give you swine one more pearl from the
bottomless wisdom Chairman Kato shared with his English fans: "I'll
sum it up: Everything's cool and all you have to do is not die on my
couch. Die on your own couch. There's nothing like disposing of a dead
person on your couch to really ruin the whole party." Sentiments Lou
Reed would likely agree with.