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Song of the Day (The Chain): The Art Of Noise – Close (To The Edit)

Day 39. Sticking with Buffalo Gals & Video Killed The Radio Star composer Trevor Horn for todays entry. The Art Of Noise were/are an Avant Garde/Synth Pop/Sampled Sound Collage group formed in the early ’80’s. Named after a book on Italian Futurism, their Spotify artist bio describes them as “futurists in the sense that they were interested in the future, in making the future a better place, in the technology of the future, in turning up in the future, in sounding like they belonged in the future.”

Close (To The Edit) is a chaotic sound collage of funky, synthetic breakbeats. It’s video depicts the band & a young girl destroying a Piano in an industrial looking location. This says more about the track & its intent than words ever could.

Hey! Yeah!

Dum! Dum!

Tra la la

Clo-clo-clo-close
To to to to the edge
To to to to the edge

To be in England
In the summertime
With my love
Close to the edge

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Song of the Day (The Chain): The Buggles – Video Killed The Radio Star

Day 38. I’d like to think that some of you will have predicted todays Song of the Day. Malcolm McLaren’s Buffalo Gals was composed & produced by Trevor Horn, who’s probably better known as the main musical talent from The Buggles, the excellent Pop band behind Video Killed The Radio Star.

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you this, but Video Killed The Radio Star is a slice of absolutely perfect Synth Pop. Quirky, upbeat & sugar sweet, it pulls off the almost impossible task of appealing to weirdos & the general public alike. Released in 1979 to a decent critical & commercial response (UK number 1), Video Killed The Radio Star truly made history two years later when, on 1st August 1981, it’s excellent promo video became the first to ever be played on the brand new MTV.

I heard you on the wireless back in fifty two
Lying awake intent at tuning in on you
If I was young it didn’t stop you coming through
Oh, a, oh

They took the credit for your second symphony
Rewritten by machine on new technology
And now I understand the problems you can see

Oh, a, oh
I met your children
Oh a oh
What did you tell them?

Video killed the radio star
Video killed the radio star
Pictures came and broke your heart
Oh, a, a, a, oh

And now we meet in an abandoned studio (ohh)
We hear the playback and it seems so long ago
And you remember the jingles used to go (ahh)

Oh, a, oh
You were the first one
Oh, a, oh
You were the last one

Video killed the radio star
Video killed the radio star
In my mind and in my car
We can’t rewind we’ve gone too far
Oh, a, a, a, oh
Oh, a, a, a, oh

Video killed the radio star
Video killed the radio star
In my mind and in my car
We can’t rewind we’ve gone too far
Pictures came and broke your heart
Put the blame on VCR

You are a radio star
You are a radio star

Video killed the radio star
Video killed the radio star
Video killed the radio star
Video killed the radio star

Video killed the radio star
Video killed the radio star
(You are a radio star) video killed the radio star
Video killed the radio star
(You are a radio star) video killed the radio star
Video killed the radio star

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Song of the Day (The Chain): The Boomtown Rats – I Don’t Like Mondays

Day 28. So another really obvious link today. In the movie of Pink Floyd’s The Wall, the lead character, Pink, is played by Boomtown Rats lead singer Bob Geldof. If you watched the video in yesterdays Song of the Day blogpost, you saw him smashing up a hotel room & terrifying a groupie.

I Don’t Like Mondays is a piano-driven Pop song with an incredibly sinister meaning. It’s about Brenda Spencer, a 16 year old girl who shot & killed 2 people & wounded 9 at the Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, on January 29th 1979. When asked why she did it, she responded “I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day.”

The silicon chip inside her head
Gets switched to overload
And nobody’s gonna go to school today
She’s going to make them stay at home
And daddy doesn’t understand it
He always said she was as good as gold
And he can see no reason
‘Cause there are no reasons
What reason do you need to be sure

Oh, oh, oh tell me why
I don’t like MondaysTell me why
I don’t like MondaysTell me why
I don’t like Mondays
I want to shoot
The whole day down

The Telex machine is kept so clean
As it types to a waiting world
And mother feels so shocked
Father’s world is rocked
And their thoughts turn to their own little girl
Sweet sixteen ain’t that peachy keen
Now, it ain’t so neat to admit defeat
They can see no reasons
‘Cause there are no reasons
What reason do you need oh, woah 

Tell me why
I don’t like Mondays

Tell me why
I don’t like Mondays

Tell me why
I don’t like Mondays
I want to shoot
The whole day down
Down, down
Shoot it all down 

All the playing’s stopped in the playground now
She wants to play with her toys a while
And school’s out early and soon we’ll be learning
And the lesson today is how to die
And then the bullhorn crackles
And the captain tackles
With the problems and the how’s and why’s
And he can see no reasons
‘Cause there are no reasons
What reason do you need to die, die

Oh, oh, oh and the silicon chip inside her head
Gets switched to overload
And nobody’s gonna go to school today
She’s going to make them stay at home
And daddy doesn’t understand it
He always said she was as good as gold
And he can see no reason
‘Cause there are no reasons
What reason do you need to be sure

Tell me why
I don’t like Mondays
Tell me whyI don’t like Mondays
Tell me whyI don’t like, I don’t like, I don’t like Mondays
Tell me why
I don’t like, I don’t like, (tell me why) I don’t like Mondays
Tell me why
I don’t like Mondays
I want to shoot, the whole day down, uh, uh, uh

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Song of the Day (The Chain): Japan – Ghosts

Day 18. The link today is that Air released a DJ mix album in the Late Night Tales series. I decided to pick a tune off that to form the next link in the chain. By coincidence, I have just finished reading Mark Fisher’s Ghosts Of My Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology And Lost Futures. Not only is it named after lyrics from this song, but it also features a chapter which discusses it in depth alongside two songs that sampled from it.

Ghosts is slow, sinister, transcendental Art Pop. Atmospheric & eerie, a clear precursor & influence on what we now call Hauntology.

When the room is quiet 
The daylight almost gone 
It seems there’s something I should know 
Well I ought to leave but the rain it never stops 
And I’ve no particular place to go 

Just when I think I’m winning 
When I’ve broken every door 
The ghosts of my life blow wilder than before 
Just when I thought I could not be stopped 
When my chance came to be king 
The ghosts of my life blew wilder than the wind 

Well I’m feeling nervous 
Now I find myself alone 
The simple life’s no longer there 
Once I was so sure 
Now the doubt inside my mind 
Comes and goes but leads nowhere 

Just when I think I’m winning 
When I’ve broken every door 
The ghosts of my life blow wilder than before 
Just when I thought I could not be stopped 
When my chance came to be king 
The ghosts of my life blew wilder than the wind

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