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May 17th, 2006

(no subject) @ 03:28 pm

sapphires13:
I'm currently feelin: busy
I'm currently hearin: Children of the Revolution - Moulin Rouge! soundtrack

You should all know, I almost just broke my headphones while trying to listen to this song so I could do my write up. First I picked them up off of my desk, and then promptly managed to drop the plug end into my drink. Then as I backed up my chair up to get up and get something to dry it off with, I ran one of my chair's casters right over one of the earphones, which sort of came apart. I jammed it back together, cleaned the plug, and everything still works, so the crisis is over.
That said, today's SOTD is:

"Children of the Revolution" by Bono, Gavin Friday, and Maurice Seezer, for the Moulin Rouge! soundtrack

I was a Moulin Rouge fan before I was a U2 fan. I can remember getting the Moulin Rouge soundtrack in 2000, and though I liked all of the songs on it, I mostly listened to the songs sung in the movie. At the time, I knew who U2 were, and I knew that Bono was a singer, but I'm not sure if I knew that Bono was in U2. I hadn't really ever paid much attention to either. So, though the back of the soundrack clearly said "Bono, Gavin Friday, and Maurice Seezer", I don't think I ever associated the song as having anything to do with anyone in U2. At the time, I think I mostly just thought Gavin Friday was an awesome name. The saddest thing is, it wasn't until several months after I started getting into U2 that I finally looked at the back of the soundtrack and went "OMG! Bono! WTF!"
The song is a cover of a T-Rex song from the 70s. I don't think I've even heard the original, so I won't be able to make any comparisons. The vocals are performed by Bono and Gavin Friday, with Maurice Seezer contributing much of the music and engineering, though Bono is also crediting alongside Maurice and Richard "Biff" Stannard for guitar.
Most of the vocals appear to be from Bono, with Gavin doing the backing vocals. However, sometimes I listen to it and wonder if maybe Gavin's singing more of it, and I just can't tell. The two of them are too much alike, it's a bit annoying/frightening at times.
Bono is singing in his gritty Pop voice, which fits the feel of the song. It's a gritty song, with a heavy, pounding guitar and distorted rhythm. However, the music gets quieter and almost pretty during the chorus.
You know, this song reminds me of Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me for some reason. Part of it's the music, part of it's the lyrics. But given the overall feel of the song, Bono's vocals, and the music, if this were a U2 song, I'd say it would fit somewhere between Zooropa and Pop.
And now I must admit something silly. The first time I heard this song, before I really realized just who was singing, I thought the way Bono sings the "No no you can die for the paradigm, You won't make it alive" part sounded like Adam Sandler...
And to end this, I'll just say, any one of you that hasn't seen Moulin Rouge yet needs to go rent it, because it is the BEST MOVIE EVER.

Well you can bump and grind
If it's good for your mind
Well you can twist and shout
Let it all hang out

But you won't fool the children of the revolution
No you won't fool the children of the revolution
No no

Well you can tell it plain
In the falling rain
I drive a Rolls Royce
'Cause it's good for my voice

But you won't fool the children of the revolution
No you won't fool the children of the revolution
No no

You won't fool the children of the revolution
No you won't fool the children of the revolution
No you won't fool the children of the revolution
No you won't fool, no no baby you won't fool the children
No no you can die for the paradigm
You won't make it alive


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From:canadanne
Date:May 17th, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC)

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Cool choice!  It would appear I haven't actually heard this in full (just the teeny snippet you hear in the film), so thanks for the YSI link... I can't believe it just took me a mere *1 second* to download the whole file!!
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From:sfruof
Date:May 17th, 2006 11:46 pm (UTC)
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I'm uploading the T.Rex original now. It's one of my favorite T.Rex songs!
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From:edibleflowers
Date:May 18th, 2006 04:42 am (UTC)
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I've been wanting to hear that, thanks for posting it!

p.s. I <3 Curt Wild.
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From:mangoprophetess
Date:May 18th, 2006 05:02 am (UTC)
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Your icon = TEH AWESOME!

So awesome in fact, it warrented my first using of "teh" ever.
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From:edibleflowers
Date:May 18th, 2006 07:35 am (UTC)
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Ahaha thank you! I feel so humbled that I inspired use of the "teh". It's my best day ever.
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From:sapphires13
Date:May 18th, 2006 05:47 am (UTC)
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Thank you. And I must say, after hearing that, that the cover isn't that much different, so comparing it to the original wouldn't have been much necessary anyway. Unlike when I SOTD'd Bono's cover of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, because it seems like every time someone covers that song, they take it on a whole new spin.
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From:angel_of_dublin
Date:May 18th, 2006 01:06 am (UTC)
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Hehe I love this song. Is this a coincidence that I got MR soundtrack yesterday AND that the movie is on TV NOW? :p
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From:sapphires13
Date:May 18th, 2006 05:48 am (UTC)
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Maybe I'm psychic! You buy the soundtrack, I SOTD a song from it, and then it comes on TV. Spectacular timing.
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From:fabjacuzzi
Date:May 18th, 2006 01:47 am (UTC)
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Thank you so much for this song! I haven't seen this movie in ages, so I guess I need to add it to my netflix queue.
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From:canadanne
Date:May 19th, 2006 09:04 pm (UTC)
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Well... I've never been a fan of T-Rex, it has to be said, so the song itself has never meant much to me. It's definitely better than some of their other efforts, though, and like yourself, I'd noticed that it sounds exactly like a slowed-down Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me!

Having now heard the version by Bono & co, I'm not sure which one is better. The cover doesn't quite have the character of the original, but I like the fact that it's heavier and grungier-sounding, and obviously it's fun to have Bono on vocals!  (Except, what the hell accent is he trying to put on at the end there?!  It's somewhere in between hilarious and just plain scary. *g*)

I was greatly amused by the saga of the headphones, btw. ;)

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