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March 17th, 2006

Song of the Day - St. Pat's Edition @ 10:25 am

Breaking out of the 1978-1980 theme for a day...

My general opinion of the American version of St. Patrick's Day is fairly low and I won't bore you with it here; it's neither the time nor the place. Suffice to say I'm comfortable enough being an American with Irish heritage that I don't feel the need to prove it with green beer and public stupidity. (My cousin says he's not real sure about the availability of a good Jewish deli in Dublin long enough ago to have made corned beef a "tradition" either....)

With that out of the way, a song from a 1993 movie about a very real occurrence in modern Irish history--

In The Name Of The Father

Gavin Friday and Bono play to hair-raising effect off of one another's voices in this eerie track. The combination of keening and chanting and Gavin's monotonal delivery against an electric background of drums and pipes and breaking glass leaves the listener feeling unsettled and haunted... much as the tone of the movie it was created for does.

Come to me
Come lie beside me
Oh don't deny me
Your love

Make sense of me
Walk through my doorway
Don't hide in the hallway
Oh love...step over

I'll follow you down
I'll follow you down

In the name of whiskey
In the name of song
You didn't look back
You didn't belong

In the name of reason
In the name of hope
In the name of religion
In the name of dope

In the name of freedom
You drifted away
To see the sun shining
On someone else's day

In the name of United and the BBC
In the name of Georgie Best and LSD

In the name of the father
And his wife the spirit
You said you did not
They said you did it

In the name of justice
In the name of fun
In the name of the father
In the name of the son

Call to me
No one is listening
I'm waiting to hear from you love

Stay with me
It's cold in the ground
But there's peace in the sound
Of the white and the black
Spilling over

I'll follow you down
I'll follow you down
I'll follow you down

The story of Gerry Conlon and his father, as told by the movie, is despite a few Hollywood liberties as good a movie as any for anyone who really wants to understand why Bono was so angry during SBS in Rattle&Hum.

[edit: clarified]Trivia -- U2's video for A Celebration, and parts of this movie, were both shot in the infamous Kilmainham Gaol... the arching bars over the stairwell will be instantly familiar.
There is a video for this song as well which if I am remembering correctly is on the DVD release of the movie.

The central story: four people arrested, tortured into false confessions and convicted for a bombing they did not commit under an overzealous new "anti-terrorism act" recently passed, should ring some alarm bells for Americans now.

Gerry Conlon's book
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Date:March 17th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
amazing movie
Date:March 17th, 2006 04:31 pm (UTC)
hahaha yeah I've got Irish in me and everyone always yells at me for not wearing green.

My mom discovered this movie and made me watch it a few years back and it's actually been among my favorites ever since. And I love this song, too.
Date:March 17th, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
huh, i've never seen the video for in the name of the father. i didn't even knew a video existed.
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Date:March 17th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
Hrm. I should clarify... There is a video for ITNOTF, yes.
But I was referring to parts of the movie also having been filmed in the prison.
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Date:March 17th, 2006 07:38 pm (UTC)
It is also associated with Saint Patrick's Day when Irish Americans eat a traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage. According to the History Channel, while cabbage has long been a traditional food item for the Irish, corned beef serving as a substitute for Irish bacon first became traditional in the late 1800s. Irish immigrants living in New York City's Lower East Side learned about this cheaper alternative to bacon from their Jewish neighbors. From Wikipedia
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Date:March 17th, 2006 07:52 pm (UTC)
That'd be the point.. it's an American tradition.. this particular cousin lives in Dublin some of the time and has some very funny views on tourists' expectations, that's all. ^___^
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Date:March 17th, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC)
Hmm. I don't know if I liked that. It sounded a bit too electronic for the song, which destroyed a lot of the eeriness for me. Thanks for sharing it! It's a great choice for St. Patrick's Day. :)
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Date:March 19th, 2006 05:05 am (UTC)
This is another song that I've hardly ever listened to in the past, so couldn't remember anything about what it sounded like until I put it on. It's very refreshing when we do these. :)

Guh, how gorgeous are those opening verses?  Lush vocals from Bono and beautiful lyrics. Which constrasts dramatically (and effectively) with the crashing, brutal sound of the rest of the song. Awesome drums... I love the little electronicky bleeps and twangs around the Georgie Best verse, too. I also think the words are pretty good - they may seem a tad simple and repetitive at first, but there's some neat rhyming that appeals to me.

The juxtaposition of Gavin's moody, monotonous murmuring (rather Numb-esque!) with Bono's silkily melodic crooning is really nice, it means that the song is rich with varying textures, especially when Bono also switches to that tribal wailing that he'd later adopt for the live version of Please. (Predictably my favourite bit is his background "Whoooooo..." after Gavin intones "In the name of fun".)

Haven't seen the film yet, incidentally. I taped it off the TV months ago but it's one of many videos that I just haven't found the time to watch.

On a semi-related note, I've just rediscovered how bloomin' excellent Billy Boola is...
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Date:March 19th, 2006 05:11 am (UTC)
On a semi-related note, I've just rediscovered how bloomin' excellent Billy Boola is...

indeeeeeeeeed. seeing as it's on the OST and all... *g*

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