Not a particularly well-known song which was originally a B side and not on any of their original albums, it's actually particularly musically advanced for the time. A pity that George Martin didn't get them to do a few extra takes of the vocals, as the difficult harmony signing which starts the song sounds...difficult. The song, which deserves to be more talked about, contains interest and variety in its melody, rhythm, harmony and arrangement. In its way this is truly a masterpiece.
available on CD - Past Masters Volume 1 (EMI)
04 Feb 02 ·delicado: It's a very nice song, but it is indeed a shame about the vocals. I wish the Beach Boys had recorded this song. I just heard a demo version (from the Anthology vol 3 cd) that is perhaps better - it's barer, with some nice acoustic guitar work and mostly just John singing. 31 Mar 04 ·Mike: The demo version screams out for the harmony singing heard on the final version, in my opinion. All we really needed was an extra take or two. George Martin should have sorted it!
I'm just reacquainting myself with the entire Low album after buying it on CD (my LP has been out of my reach for a few years). It really is utter genius. If they were in any other context, I don't imagine I would enjoy some of the guitar solos featured in this song. Here, they work brilliantly though. The musical basis of 'always crashing in the same car' is quite simple, but the superb musical performances and odd, otherworldly production give it an incredible richness. Bowie's vocal is mournful, and doesn't dominate the track.
from Low (RCA 7243 521907 0 6), available on CD (EMI)
20 May 05 ·frmars: The sound on Low is so particuliar thanks to Brian Eno's collaboration. Same with Bowie's "Heroes" and "Lodger". 3 albums known as the Berlin trilogy.
Listen to Brian Eno's solo stuff and shoot in stars...
Lush, languid progressive new wave with synthesizers, from Vancouver, that seemed to arrive out of the blue in '82. They have a number of other good songs, my personal favourites are "Just Like You" and "Alien Time".
from Worlds Away available on CD - Worlds Away & Back (EMI)
27 Feb 03 ·Colinator: You like 'Just Like You', and so do I, so here are the lyrics:
Just Like You
She closed her eyes and spoke to me
Said 'If you could have seen the things that I have seen'
I've walked the desert of lost souls
Well the moon was late for me last night
But the dawn and I are still alive
She said 'Tell me things I want to hear
Now you're safe and sound and the coast is clear'
I saw her body move with her blue dress on
While the sun cut through venetian blinds
I was her last frontier when she said 'You're mine'
We'll love until tomarrow
Chained to your heart I'll follow
And what you ask I'll do
Today I'm just like you
On razor edge you're falling
You're new ice age is calling
I know just what this means
Today you're just like me
I think I've gone too far this time
And I feel that I should change my point of view
Time fades like shadows in the sun
While I stand outside in the pouring rain
If I had the chance I'd do it all again
PS-There are some beggining lyrics not shown that appear only in the remix version, available on the compilation 'Worlds Away and Back'.
A great folk-rock song from the man who had a hit with the sometimes-derided (but, let's face it, excellent) "Elusive Butterfly" in 1966. This one is even janglier, and the tension builds up in each verse then gets released in the chorus (thanks to the drums). Lind's lyrics were always full of adjectives and imagery, maybe over-showy to some, and that's the case here too, but if you like mid-'60s folk-rock then you gotta hear this!
from Don't Be Concerned (World Pacific) available on CD - The Best Of Bob Lind (EMI)