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April 14th, 2006

Song of the day - Friday Flashback! @ 12:06 pm

volare:
I'm currently feelin: busy
I'm currently hearin: ASSHOLE neighbor and his GODDAMNED ATV

heyhey! having some trouble concentrating today thanks to the radio break release of AFI's new single last night, forgive me.
It occurs to me, I really need to go back and see what I've posted from the 1978 Demo so far and what's left....

Welp.. For some reason I have this this labeled as "Magic Carpet", but it's also well known as

Lost On A Distant (silent?) Planet



There's those damn "Neoow, neooow neoow!"s again... XD

The kids have today off from school so my daughter has friends over... no pontificating from me today... i can hear the sighs of relief from here...
 
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From:arcmorality
Date:April 14th, 2006 10:09 pm (UTC)

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This is classic early U2. Sits nicely on my ipod playlists nicely.
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From:inklingfair
Date:April 14th, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC)
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Judith?

And is that a reference to C.S.Lewis' Out of the Silent Planet?

I love the "la-la-la-la" part. And the breathing at the end = not HMTMKMKM, but interesting :)
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From:canadanne
Date:April 14th, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC)

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And is that a reference to C.S.Lewis' Out of the Silent Planet?

HA, I was going to say the same thing!
I can't see any connection, lyrically, but it's the first thing that always springs to mind when I see the title. And we know Bono is a fan of Lewis.
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From:inklingfair
Date:April 14th, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
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I love picking out C.S. Lewis out of everything... I first wondered when I saw the HMTMKMKM video.

Oh. Screwtape Letters. Macphisto.

*facepalm*
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From:canadanne
Date:April 14th, 2006 10:28 pm (UTC)

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The Screwtape Letters is one of my favourite books. 8)
And the Cosmic Trilogy was good too.
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From:inklingfair
Date:April 14th, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC)

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I loved "That Hideous Strength" - though it was one of the weirdest novels I ever read.

We're way off-topic, aren't we?
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From:canadanne
Date:April 14th, 2006 10:41 pm (UTC)
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That Hideous Strength was my least favourite of the three, I have to say. It was so different in tone from the other two, and definitely weird!

Just slightly. *g*
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From:canadanne
Date:April 14th, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC)

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Before I say anything... you cannot feature this song without drawing people's attention to the TV performance. Brace yourselves:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=KJ3-qqHOCNQ
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From:canadanne
Date:April 14th, 2006 10:40 pm (UTC)
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If anybody wants to download that video, it's here (WMV file, 12.5 Mb).

I've also uploaded an MP3 of a live version from Dublin, 26th February 1980. (Apparently U2 signed their first contract with Island Records after that show.)
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From:kashmir87
Date:April 15th, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
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Baby Bono attack!!! I never thought I'd grow to prefer still pictures of favourite musicians to moving ones, but Baby Bono is hard to endure... The song's not that bad, though, how could we complain when we've got Street Mission? XD
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From:canadanne
Date:April 15th, 2006 12:14 am (UTC)
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I am not certain what to say about this one. My first exposure to it was when they showed a clip of THAT video on 'Before They Were Famous' a few years ago, and Angus Deayton mercilessly ripped the piss out of the pathetic smoke machine beneath the drumkit (likening it to a kettle boiling!). Hilarious, but oh-so-cringeworthy... and let's face it, the special effects were the least of their worries. Bono's outfit defies description (where on earth does one acquire clothing like that?), not to mention the fringe which is threatening to engulf his entire head. And as ever, he seems completely unaware that he's making a complete prat of himself with his crazy eyes and weird jerky dancing!

After seeing that, it's somewhat hard to take the song seriously. This is not helped by Bono's appallingly flat vocals, which make me wince even more when Edge attempts to harmonise with him ("Yooouuu can see her but she cannnnn't see you!")... oh dear, oh dear. *g*  Musically the song's not bad, but it doesn't really blow you away either. The la-da la-la-la part at least adds some variation. Bono's panting fit near the end just sounds completely odd and out of place - though it turned out to be a preview of several future U2 songs!

The lyrics aren't exactly brilliant, although I quite like the 'Nowhere Man' quality they have in places, and the space theme is nicely evocative. Apart from that, it doesn't seem all that meaningful. And to paraphrase Roy 'Chubby' Brown: "Judith? Who the **** is Judith?" ;)

It's certainly not the worst of their early efforts, but it's not hard to see why this song never made it onto an album...

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