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Old 04-17-2008, 07:51 AM   #1
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Frightened Rabbit, "The Modern Leper"

Frightened Rabbit's new record, The Midnight Organ Fight, has been getting a pretty good deal of good press from various places, over the last few weeks, and while I think that the record itself is basically average (much like last year's retardedly lauded but not at all bad Boxer), I'm entirely willing to admit that the first song on the album, "The Modern Leper" (much like last year's justly lauded stunner, "Fake Empire") looks like it's going to be one of my favorite songs of the year. I'm curious as to what everybody thinks, around these parts, because while most people around here often seem to hate my taste in music, I'm willing to bet that most of us can see eye-to-eye, on this particular track.



Lyrics, as heard by me:

A cripple walks amongst you,
all you tired human beings.
He's got all the things a cripple has--
not-working arms and legs,
and vital parts fall from his system and dissolve in Scottish rain.
Vitally, he doesn't miss them.
He's too fucked up to care

Well, is that you in front of me,
coming back for even more of exactly the same?
You must be a masochist, to love a modern leper on his last leg.
On his last leg...

Well, I crippled your heart a hundred times,
and still can't work out why.
You see, I've got this disease I can't shake,
and I'm just rattling through life.
Well, this is how we do things, now.
Yeah, this is how the modern stay scared.
So, I cut out all the good stuff;
yeah, I cut off my foot to spite my leg.

Well, is that you in front of me,
coming back for even more of exactly the same?
You must be a masochist, to love a modern leper on his last leg.
Well, I am ill,
but I'm not dead.
And I don't know which of those I prefer,
because that limb which I have lost,
well, it was the only thing holding me up.
Holding me up...

Well, I'm lying on the ground, now,
walking through the only door.
Well, I have lost my eyesight,
like I said I would.
But I still know,
and that is you in front of me...
and you are back for even more of exactly the same.
Well, are you a masochist to love a modern leper on his last leg?
And you are not ill.
And I'm not dead.
Doesn't that make us the perfect pair?
Just you and me,
we'll start again,
and you can tell me all about what you did, today.
What you did, today...
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Old 04-17-2008, 07:59 AM   #2
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Great song, definitely has shades of Idlewild in it. You can download the mp3 from Pitchfork. Look forward to getting the album when it's released in the US.

Edit: As a side note, I always like how If You Shout can even make things he likes sound miserable in his descriptions by how negative he is about everything. Good times.
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I've got nothing but love for this song, though! It's spectacular. The only "complaint" that I have is that the vocal stylings and delivery sound unnervingly similar to those of mewithoutYou, who fucking SUCK. I'm perfectly willing to overlook them shits, though, as this song is fucking tremendous.
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i liked the drums
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Originally posted by If you shout...
I've got nothing but love for this song, though! It's spectacular. The only "complaint" that I have is that the vocal stylings and delivery sound unnervingly similar to those of mewithoutYou, who fucking SUCK. I'm perfectly willing to overlook them shits, though, as this song is fucking tremendous.
Just givin' ya crap, broseph. I haven't even heard any of their other songs other than a clip or two on iTunes, so I may end up hating the rest of the album as well. Regardless, this is still a very good song that more people need to check out.

Yay for more Scottish indie/folk/rock type outfits.
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Another clarification--I don't hate the record, either. In fact, I'd recommend checking it out. I think that it's just gotten maybe a few too many generous reviews on the basis of no more than a few stellar tracks and a good deal of inoffensive filler (but filler, all the same). At over 48 minutes and with, like, a billion songs, t's a lot longer than it needs to be, basically, and that doesn't do it any favors. It's good--no more, no less. Maybe time'll prove me wrong, but until then, I'll be listening to "The Modern Leper" over and over and over the fuck again.
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I only now just read through the lyrics to this. Brutal yet great, love the last section.

WAY more people need to listen to this. You can legally download or stream it for free here:

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Re: Frightened Rabbit, "The Modern Leper"

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Originally posted by If you shout...
I'm curious as to what everybody thinks, around these parts, because while most people around here often seem to hate my taste in music, I'm willing to bet that most of us can see eye-to-eye, on this particular track.
Well, I by no means represent "most people around here", but I really enjoyed the song. Very good.

Thanks Ifyoushout, for turning us on to this track.
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Fitz, you are a champion.
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The album was released in the US last week. I've only listened to it all the way through once, but I really enjoyed it. My favs as of right now are:

Modern Leper (of course)
Head Rolls Off
Keep Yourself Warm
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"Poke" is also really incredible.
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For some reason "search" could not find this thread, so I just spent way too long looking for it...

Apparently a live/acoustic CD (which is essentially all the songs from the Midnight Organ Flight album) is being released in October:
Frightened Rabbit to Release Live Album | Pitchfork

Head Rolls Off, Modern Leper, and Keep Yourself Warm are 3 of my absolute favorite, and most listened to, songs of 2008. More people need to hear those songs, as I think essentially everyone would like them.
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I saw them at a free show downtown back in June. They were AWSUM.
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They're playing in my neck of the woods Nov. 3rd. I only know the one song Ifyoushout put up, "Modern Leper". Wonder if I should go.
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