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Song of the Day (The Chain): Big Audio Dynamite – E=MC2

Day 35. The Slits, in the DIY, ‘anyone can be a musician’, ‘just do it’ attitude of the early Punk scene, formed before they even knew how to play their instruments. They learned on the fly. In the very early days, according to legend (& multiple sources), Mick Jones (of The Clash) would tune their guitars for them. After leaving The Clash, Mick Jones formed Big Audio Dynamite.

E=MC2 is drum machine & synth driven Post-Punk. Rhythmic & futuristic.

Somebody I never met 
But in a way I know
Didn’t think that you could get
So much from a picture show
Man dies first reel
People ask what’s the deal?
This ain’t how it’s supposed to be
Don’t like no aborigine

Took a trip in Powis Square
Pop star dyed his hair
No fans to scream and shout
When mobsters came to flush him out
Gangland slaying underground
New identity must be found
On the left bank for a while
Insanity Bohemian style

Ritual ideas relativity
Only buildings no people prophecy
Time slide place to hide nudge reality
Foresight minds wide magic imagery, oh oh

Met a dwarf that was no good
Dressed like little Red Riding Hood
Bad habit taking life
A calling card a six inch knife
Ran off really fast
Mumbled something ’bout the past
Best sex I’ve ever seen
As if each moment was the last
Drops of blood color slide
Funeral for his bride
But it’s him who’s really dead
Gets to take the funeral ride

Ritual ideas relativity
Only buildings no people prophecy
Time slide place to hide nudge reality
Foresight minds wide magic imagery, oh oh
Oh oh
Oh oh
Oh oh

Space guy fell from the sky
Scratched my head and wondered why
Time slide into time
Across international dateline
Scientist eats bubblegum
Hall of fame baseball
Senators a Hoodlum
Big chiefs in the hall

Ritual ideas relativity
Only buildings no people prophecy
Time slide place to hide nudge reality
Foresight minds wide magic imagery, oh oh

Stray thoughts fear to tread
Placed upon the screen instead
She’s my flame too hot to hold
Had to settle for her cold

Blood lust, Greek god, gold discovery
Gone bust, tight wad, slow recovery
Axe job, flame thrower, iron bar and gun
Betting shop, New owner, A walk in the sun

Ritual ideas relativity
Only buildings no people prophecy
Time slide place to hide nudge reality
Foresight minds wide magic imagery, oh oh

Spread the news the Maestro’s back
With a beat box soundtrack
The King of brains, Queen of the sack’
Executives have heart attack
It’s assault course celluloid
The money makers would avoid
Sometimes notions get reversed
Center of the universe

Ritual ideas relativity
Only buildings no people prophecy
Time slide place to hide nudge reality
Foresight minds wide magic imagery, oh oh
Oh oh
Oh oh
Oh oh

Ritual ideas relativity
Only buildings no people prophecy
Timeslide place to hide nudge reality
Foresight minds wide magic imagery, oh oh
Oh oh
Ritual ideas relativity
Only buildings no people prophecy
Timeslide place to hide nudge reality
Foresight minds wide magic imagery, oh oh, oh oh

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Song of the Day (The Chain): The Cure – Pictures Of You

Day 32. The link in the chain today is photography. Manic Street Preachers’ Kevin Carter is about the titular photographer & Pictures Of You by The Cure is inspired by the remains of photographs which were damaged in a housefire.

Pictures Of You is smouldering, emotional Indie Pop which relies as much on fantastic guitar work as it does on almost euphoric synth pads. Slow burning vocal melodies & rocksteady bass lines anchor this Indie gem beautifully. Also a great video which takes you right back to ’89.

I’ve been looking so long at these pictures of you
That I almost believe that they’re real 
I’ve been living so long with my pictures of you
That I almost believe that the pictures 
Are all I can feel

Remembering you standing quiet in the rain 
As I ran to your heart to be near 
And we kissed as the sky fell in
Holding you close 
How I always held close in your fear
Remembering you running soft through the night 
You were bigger and brighter and wider than snow
And screamed at the make-believe 
Screamed at the sky
And you finally found all your courage 
To let it all go

Remembering you fallen into my arms 
Crying for the death of your heart 
You were stone white
So delicate 
Lost in the cold 
You were always so lost in the dark
Remembering you how you used to be 
Slow drowned 
You were angels
So much more than everything 
Hold for the last time then slip away quietly 
Open my eyes 
But I never see anything

If only I’d thought of the right words 
I could have held on to your heart 
If only I’d thought of the right words
I wouldn’t be breaking apart 
All my pictures of you

Looking so long at these pictures of you 
But I never hold on to your heart 
Looking so long for the words to be true
But always just breaking apart
My pictures of you

There was nothing in the world
That I ever wanted more 
Than to feel you deep in my heart
There was nothing in the world 
That I ever wanted more
Than to never feel the breaking apart
All my pictures of you

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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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The Vat-Egg Imposition – Sheriff Of Nottingham

Sheriff Of Nottingham is a humorous slice of lo-fi melodic New Wave. Sonically it’s pitched somewhere between the College Rock of US bands like The Replacements & Scouse comic Folk-Punks Half Man Half Biscuit. Deadpan lyrics about hating & wanting to kill Robin Hood & sending money to his ex, Maid Marian.

B-side Get My Green Mug Back Again is sonically similar. Edgy, funny New Wave Pop. Upbeat & celebratory, Get My Green Mug Back Again is a deceptively happy tale of losing a favourite mug to a neighbour who borrowed some sugar, only to subsequently move house.

Sheriff Of Nottingham is available to stream today on Bandcamp. Fans can also preorder the forthcoming cassette release on Safe Suburban Home.

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