Ah - yet another classic about killing women. Cave is excelling himself here - it opens with the immortal line 'there is woman-pie in here.' This one breaks from the standard Birthday Party template - first drums, then bass, then nick, then guitars - by doing all the above, but with the mental leap of playing it at a quarter of the normal speed. The highlight is the inevitable moment when Nick says 'And all the girls across the world.....
MAGNIFICENT. Why didn't the sugarhill gang sing it that way?
As far as I know, this the only song bassist Tracy Pew is credited with writing. His part is pretty obvious. It's the bass line.
from Live 1981-82 (4AD CAD9005) available on CD - Junkyard (Mute)
Pink Floyd is very well established so I won't go into how amazing they are, but what I will do is tell you that all the songs you hear on the radio don't compare to this one. Okay I might have jumped the gun, but all this song takes is one time and bang you will find yourself singing it for days. I would just sit have a drink and put this song on repeat. It sooths the soul and quenches the mind. It is so relaxing that I farted while listen to it. In all honesty the first time I heard it it gave me goos bumps it was that powerful. So if you like Floyd and don't know this song, go get it.
from Division Bells
02 Feb 02 ·Mike: One of the things I am always concerned about when deciding what music to listen to is how much it will tend to make me fart (and then of course there is the issue of the precise type of fart which will tend to result). 02 Feb 02 ·Mike: Oh, and it's from The Division Bell, released in 1994. I just sold my copy...made me fart too much
This is my first recommendation, so I will go easy on all of you. The following description is from my website. (it is the only way to do the song justice):
This can only be compared to something like "Retro-60's Upside-down Elevator Muzak".
(although it certainly draws from 20's/ 30's Big Band escapism)
The thing is, if this actually were playing in an elevator, the people there would certainly perform an odd ritual of alternately:
a. Merrily tapping their foot, and then
b. Looking up at the speaker, frowning and befuddled.
This is a song, which back in my partying days, we would use as a soundtrack for the following activity:
We would put our tiny baby Alligator Lizard, Festus
(who was an inch long, head to tail, and smaller around than a pencil)
...we would put him on this cheap little multi-colored fiber-optic "fountain" and put the clear cube back over it.
We would then watch as this "fountain" would very slowly spin around, Festus aboard, with this completely absurd (but oddly beautiful) music playing.
This produced near-catastrophic laughter because he would be looking up at you with this little tiny frown, as if to say;
"what the hell is wrong with you people?"
To this day, I cannot properly answer that question.
The sax is not my favorite instrument, but it is perfectly utilized here. It wavers between slightly obnoxious and smooth as silk.
What really make the track sweet, however are the unique guitar stylings of Snakefinger.
After the split of the Young Marble Giants, Alison Statton dreamed herself as Helen Merill and ended up to be the most convincing Astrud Gilberto impersonator of the eighties. A view from her room begins as a bossa and ends in a blast of percussions.
One of the true masterpiece of the first half of this decade ans it's a shame that it is not currently available.
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'.