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Song of the Day (The Chain): Thurston Moore – Speak To The Wild

Day 14. The connection between yesterday’s song (Easy Money by King Crimson) & todays may seem kinda tenuous, I have to admit, but I actually think there’s a hidden logic which connects the two nicely.

The main connection is the lyric in Speak To The Wild which goes “the king has come to join the band”. The idea of king’s playing with bands definitely works for me. In addition to this, the songs are both of similar length, coming in around the 8 minute mark & it may just be me, but I feel that they’re similar compositionally too.

Another reason I wanted to include Speak To The Wild was because of the incredibly creepy video. Whenever the song comes on in the house my partner always asks “is this the song with the creepy video?”

Speak to the wild
Reach the for wire
Protect your child
From empty empire

The king has come to join the band

Remove your wings
And meet us near the fire
Extinguish things
Of earthly desire

The king has come to meet the band
The king has come with no demand

Don’t let the dark get you lost
Your free will has come in fire and frost

Speak to the wild
Reach for the wire
Protect your child
From empty empire

The king has come to join the band

Remove your wings
And meet us near the fire
Extinguish things
Of earthly desire

The king has come to meet the band
The king has come with no demand

Don’t let the dark get you lost
Your free will has come in fire and frost

Speak to the wild
Reach for the wire
Protect your child
From empty empire

The king has come to join the band

Remove your wings
And meet us near the fire
Extinguish things
Of earthly desire

The king has come to meet the band
The king has come with no demand

Don’t let the dark get you lost
Your free will has come in fire and frost

Keep up to date with the Song of the Day (The Chain) Spotify playlist.

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Thurston Moore – Hashish

Thurston Moore unleashed this new single, Hashish, on Friday.

If you’ve been keeping up with his mainline solo material from the last several years (TMG & previosly, Chelsea Light Moving), then Hashish holds no surprises for you. It’s the same kind of oddly melodic, dissonant & atmospheric guitar music he’s been perfecting since 2013’s excellent Chelsea Light Moving. To me, this is a winning formula & each release seems to be incrementally better than the last as he, & his increasingly tight backing band, refine this winning formula.

Like his last album, Rock N Roll Consciousness, the lyrics for Hashish were written by Moore’s friend, the poet Radieux Radio. This is a fruitful relationship. Radio’s words seem to fit like a puzzle piece into Moore’s sonic architecture.

Day or night no one knows

Feel the full effect of this dose

Is it day or night I just don’t know

Hashish eater Please be patient

Feel it girl, our hallucination

Feel the full effect of this dose

It is in you girl, my repose

She’s the haven of my soul

Is it day or night

We just don’t know

She’s my only friend, my soul, my hope

Hashish scarab come tonight

Will you bring your elusive light

Her love is all that I am needing now

Her drug is all that I am feeling now

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Thurston Moore – Various Pandemic Bandcamp Releases

Since the start of the lockdown, Sonic Youth guitarist & singer Thurston Moore has been steadily releasing unreleased archive material on his Bandcamp page. Since Moore has been kind enough to publish the lyrics to each track, and because he’s one of my favourite lyricists, I’ll reprint them here.

It started on 23rd March with TELEGRAPH which was written while touring with his former band Chelsea Light Moving in 2014. This track was originally performed on KEXP-FM under the title The Exstasie but later remixed in London.

Here’s where the mantra begins 
Where the wildfires reach for the wind 
Blue days break for yr pleasure 
And the gold rays color yr skin 
Here’s where we make our commotion 
Where the amplifiers all cry 
Raise yr guitar to sky devotion 
Let the high priests sing out the night 
And where do all the evil crazies go 
The drunken dripping demons down below 
This is where the messages rise above 
Shooting stars and candles lit for love 
Here’s where we fall into light dreams 
Where the flowers sweetly incite bees 
Yr guitar is a honey suck angel 
Drumsticks play in the free breeze 
And why do all the oceans erupt 
And all the mountains crumble to dust 
Destruction with no hope and no prayer 
Telegraph yr soul into the clear 

Next came a track called SUNDAY STAGE on 29th March. This was recorded circa-2013 by Chelsea Light Moving.

Sunday stage 
The ripped up page 
We’ll stay up late 
Til sunday babe 

Hush Arbors 
The dripping slurs 
The crushing verbs 
The smashing thirst 

NO GO, released on 4th April is a straightforward punk thrasher. Another Chelsea Light Moving recording from 2013.

SAY WHAT YOU WILL 
STAY WHERE YOU ARE 
SAY WHAT YOU WILL 
STAY WHERE YOU ARE 
NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO 
NO GO 
NO GO 
NO GO 
NO GO 

INSTANT TRANSCENDENT CONJECTURE followed on 15th April. This was recorded by TMG (Thurston Moore Group) in 2016 during sessions for their Rock n Roll Consciousness album. According to Moore, it is a “cryptic suggestion into the realization of the poem as a springing into nature.”

WILD CRY STREAKING HEART REACTION 
ELEKTRO SOUL MAGNETIC ATTRACTION 

SOUNDING ROOM TELEVISON 
FREEDOM FLOWERS LIVE EXPLOSION 

INSTANT TRANSCENDENT CONJECTURE 
FEROCIOUS COHERENT REFLECTOR 

WILD CRY STREAKING HEART REACTION 
ELEKTRO SOUL MAGNETIC ATTRACTION 
REALIZATION COMPELLED TO RAPTURE 
COMPELLS A POEM TO IT’S CAPTURE 

MAY DAZE, released on 1st May is another Thurston Moore group recording. In the words of Thurston it is “a soundtrack for our usa sisters + brothers to register as voters today, if you still need to – we can change the world – free all political prisoners – insurrection for common decency – rock n roll consciousness – more to come”.

You must be on some kind of revolution kick 
Modernity is on the line and says you’re making them sick 
Wars and borders, prisons and swords we don’t understand how 
Let’s already overthrow overthrowing now 

I’m not the type of guy 
Who wants to change the world 
She’s not the type of guy 
He’s a new century girl 

Transparency especially in your soldier’s dress 
Screw policy if you’re in prison then we’re the one’s under arrest 
Star children have taken over they’re broadcasting peace 
Time and space have no place for a sister who needs to be free 

I’m not the type of guy 
Who wants to change the world 
She’s not the type of guy 
He’s just a new century girl 

You took me by surprise 
When you dared me to 
Glitter everything with change 
And i’ll break the rules with you

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