"Is Life Like a Tightrope Hangin' from the Ceiling?"
I'm rediscovering the Boy album and realizing how tragically gloomy and depressing it is for a debut album. Most recently I've been looking through old articles from the archives about some of the songs on the album. I used to listen to the record and never get anything out of it. These past few days I've come to a realization of how terribly sad, depressing, and grey it is. Even a track like "Electric Co." having a reference to the controversial Electro Convulsive Therapy in the late '60s and into the '70s is far out there! "Shadows and Tall Trees" in a subtle way still references Ian Curtis of Joy Division's suicide at the tender age of 23 while referring to the uncertainty and savagery of youth in a chapter of William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies. I have more to pontificate on but I don't want to bore any of you youngins' out there!
Boy is an amazing album. Give it a listen but don't drink at the same time.