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Old 07-13-2011, 12:39 PM   #61
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We do have a Sigur Ros thread. Many, in fact.
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where to start. duran duran have been my favourite band since i discovered them in 1996. i use the term discover loosely, as a child of the 80s i definitely knew their music, i just didn't know it was by them. i've said it on the forms before, but i loved the song new moon on monday when i was growing up, i just thought it was by david bowie. (sidenote: this is because of a mix tape. my dad made mix tapes all the freaking time, and the one with that song always was my favourite. he didn't list all the songs or even all the artists, the side that song was on was labelled as michael jackson. i still remember him recording these, he didn't pause the recording to change vinyls, he'd just change them at lightning speed. anyway, turns out he had the single on 7".) i didn't even know it was a dd song for months, as when i bought decade the song wasn't on there. when i got seven and the ragged tiger a couple months later, it all clicked, or cliqued.

during the fourth of july weekend in 1996, vh1 did a huge a-z marathon. of course it was the one time i wouldn't be home! i wanted to tape someone else, so i just guessed when the band would be played and programmed my vcr to record to fill my vhs tape. when i got home i decided to watch the whole thing - my cable company only showed vh1 at night (back when some stations shared channels). i got to duran duran and with each video, i kept going "i know that song! i love that one!" soon after i took a trip to visit my best friend who still lived in florida. while there i thought what the hell, i'll buy their best of. the first record store i went to didn't have decade (their best of at the time) so i took a gamble and bought their debut and rio. i found decade the next day so i bought that too.

those songs were amazing. i remember the firs non-single that i really loved was friends of mine, off the debut. being rather emo at the time it spoke to me. as time went on i finally got the guts to listen to entire albums (for whatever reason i'm really apprehensive about listening to the non-singles of artists i first get into. i guess it's because growing up i heard a lot of crap albums, thanks to my dad having the penchant of buying albums by one hit wonders who, yep, only had that one good song.) i bought all the albums in order because. thought it would make more sense, since i already had the first two.

when i think of my eighth grade, a lot of those memories are triggered by a dd song. part of that is because i jus spent so much time listening to them: i went to school in another town so could't bus it and spent many an hour waiting for a ride, listening to whatever cd i grabbed in my discman. i still don't think they have a single crap album. some are certainly better than others, but every one has some good to it. i practically wore out my copy of big thing that year.

of course, i got into side groups too. arcadia and power station put out great albums (though i didn't get power station's second album until years later which is lacking, i'll admit). john left the group soon after i became a fan so i got his solo stuff too. his first album, feelings are good and other lies, is okay. some of the songwriting is laughable, but the music is okay. just angsty enough for me, thanks to much of it being about his divorce. i still remember the day i found out he'd quit the band. i heard on vh1 he'd announced it at a fan convention, then played a couple of their songs. i can't believe he made it out of there alive.

by this time, i'd bought all their stuff and was eagerly awaiting a new album. getting information was tough back then. we didn't have the internet at our house (we tried but our computer was apparently too old for a modem? wtf? it was a 386, not an apple 1). but my dad's work computer had the internet, so if i was there late or on weekends (my mom also worked there), he said i cold use his computer. i found all sorts of stuff, a mail order memorabilia company, info about where to call for official updates, sites with interviews and lyrics, etc. through all this info i found out they were working on an album, a whole new ballgown, coming out later that year. of course with john leaving the date got pushed back to early 97 (then mid 97...) and the name changed to medazzaland.

in the meantime my mom was nice enough to call around local record stores to see if they knew the release date. most of the time she was met wit confusion as they had no clue who duran duran was. ugh. just three years prior they were huge! when the date was finally for real this time, i couldn't help myself: i got a copy from the local record shop as well as an import from japan. around this time i also got an internet connection at home (happy 14th birthday to me) and saw it was delayed in europe, then never got released at all. i didn't get it, i thought (and still do) that medazzaland was a good album.

i will admit i get bummed out that they're not as big as they used to be (all you need is now should've gone to #1) and i do hate that no one on the forums will really give them a chance, but that's life. at least it makes it so they're almost like my little secret or something.

hopefully this all makes sense, i was writing it on the bus on my ipad. sometimes i type faster than it registers and it skips letters and such.
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I've written a number of lengthy posts about Funeral by The Suburbs in the past, but what's the harm in one more?

After listening to Funeral for like the 150th time, I'm starting to rethink my interpretation of its themes somewhat. I used to consider the record a meditation on death, aging and a loss of innocence; it's easy to take a look at the album title and assume as much, but there's a lot more at stake here than teaching oneself to cope with shitty things that happen, and that's what I adore about the album.

What I'm starting to think is that Funeral is about life's tendency to do whatever it takes to wake you up from complacency, and the importance of that function, however tragic it may be. The natural way of things isn't for a person to accumulate a greater and greater quantity of material possessions as they become more isolated and introverted. No, we are social beings, and life gives us numerous opportunities to engage with others. However, sometimes people don't take them, and they find themselves looking over the casket of someone they once held dear but took for granted, wondering what the hell happened. Death is certainly the catalyst for the renewed life of the characters in the record, and that duality is something I find really powerful.

I don't think Funeral is particularly autobiographical, in the sense that the lyrics contained within reflect the lives of the band members to a T, but you can see a tug and pull between reality and fantasy within the record, and it tends to correlate with the age of the protagonists. Tracks like In The Backseat are written from the perspective of an adolescent, aware of death but not willing to say much more beyond this, because what meaning can you glean from death at that age? The songs written from the perspective of children (Laika, Power Out) are abstract and built using impressionistic imagery, the kind that reflect the mindset of a child that doesn't comprehend everything that's going on around him beyond minute details. There are shadows over the walls, there are parents missing, but why? Thicker, more innately personal topics are dealt with head-on for Wake Up, the most mature track on the record and the moment in which we step back and realize why all of these scenes are being shown to us: the narrator is cold and unaffected now, but in spite of how shitty things went for him throughout his life, he wished he had dealt with things more directly, rather than stuffing them down.

And that's really the whole point of the album: WAKE UP. Feel something. Don't exist in a world where nobody's cold and nobody's warm. Don't be complacent and live in a neighborhood packed with snow; dig a tunnel to the one you love and seize happiness! Don't listen to people who tell you not to cry, people who wind up wishing they could when they really need to. To take the record as merely a series of unfortunate situations is to miss the purpose, to miss the catalyst. Funeral was written in response to death in the band members' families, and it's an aggressive, extroverted one, not a defeatist rumination. There are plenty of records like that, but very few that encourage so much humanity and inspiration in the face of tragedy. That's why Funeral is one of my favorite records of all time.
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Old 08-24-2011, 11:35 PM   #65
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Great post about a great, enduring album, LM. I think that you are spot on about Funeral seeing death as a catalyst out of youthful inertia rather than a concession to it; that theme of finding a reason to grow and celebrate in the wake of tragedy is the predominant motif in Arcade Fire's oeuvre, I think. You see it proclaiming itself loudly in Wake Up, as you say, but also yearning for release in Sprawl II and even percolating subtly in Keep the Car Running.
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BVS once mocked me for including In Rainbows in my all-time top ten, in lieu of OK Computer and Kid A. (I later PMed him and discovered he had Let it Be in his top ten, by The Beatles, not The Replacements, in lieu of Sgt Pepper, Abbey Road, Revolver, etc. Nothing wrong with that, but that's one argument he didn't win )

It's not only my favourite Radiohead album, not only my favourite album of the decade, but in my top ten all-time. Please note: I suck at talking about music, which is frustrating. But do read on anyway.

When I read, I always get a picture in my head. When I listen to music, as much as it is pretty much my favourite thing ever, that doesn't really happen. "Weird Fishes/Arpeggi" - one of my favourite songs ever - is one of the very, very few tracks that does this. It may not be Phil's most innovative drum beat, and the guitar is quite simple too. The lyrics are nothing they haven't really covered before. But everything about the track just coalesces into something else for me. Thom's beguiling vocals. The way the pace just ever so slightly builds as the song comes nearer to the climax. The background harmonies. Whenever this song plays it seems to block out everything else, it just demands my attention. There's the breakdown, which gives way to a depressing place as the song races to a close amid wind chimes, ooohs, drums and lilting guitar.

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I hit the bottom
Hit the bottom and escape

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I hit the bottom
Hit the bottom and escape


Never has existential questioning sounded so appealing.

That track of course leads into "All I Need", and that's as good a one-two as I've ever heard, on any album, ever. It too has an amazing outro, among crashing drums and piano. "Reckoner", too. Not sure any band ends there songs as well as Radiohead. "15 Step" might be their most divisive opener; it's one of their best too. "Bodysnatchers" rocks and has an incredible bridge - Has the light gone out for you / Because the light's gone out for me.... "Nude" creates a gorgeously depressing atmosphere. House of Cards goes nowhere - but what a journey to nowhere that is. "Videotape" is heart-wrenching, and my favourite Radiohead album closer aside from "Motion Picture Soundtrack". Even the two tracks I don't effuse love for, "Faust Arp" and "Jigsaw Falling Into Place", add something to the album.

But really, it is just an album that provides with a truly affecting experience every single time that I listen to it. And I've only come across about three or four of those albums in my time.
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In Rainbows is their best album, for my money.
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It's bloody good. Reckoner/ House o' Cards back-to-back is pretty exceptional and Weird Fishies never gets old. It's hard to pinpoint why I still find it inferior to OkC. I think it's because I just don't really like 15 Step, and as an album opener, I suppose it's pretty important that I should enjoy it.
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Me too. It may be in my all-time top-five. What is really astounding is that it could have been even better - some of those bonus tracks are bloody sublime. I have said it before, but it is worth repeating here: "Nude" is my favorite Radiohead track. The languid pace, gentle instrumentation, and Yorke's stunning falsetto elevate it to something almost perfect. I have often thought that the outro is the sound of dying; if so, death would not be so bad.
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"Weird Fishes/Arpeggi" - one of my favourite songs ever - is one of the very, very few tracks that does this. It may not be Phil's most innovative drum beat, and the guitar is quite simple too. The lyrics are nothing they haven't really covered before. But everything about the track just coalesces into something else for me. Thom's beguiling vocals. The way the pace just ever so slightly builds as the song comes nearer to the climax. The background harmonies. Whenever this song plays it seems to block out everything else, it just demands my attention. There's the breakdown, which gives way to a depressing place as the song races to a close amid wind chimes, ooohs, drums and lilting guitar.

I
I hit the bottom
Hit the bottom and escape

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I hit the bottom
Hit the bottom and escape


Never has existential questioning sounded so appealing.

That track of course leads into "All I Need", and that's as good a one-two as I've ever heard, on any album, ever. It too has an amazing outro, among crashing drums and piano.


It took awhile for Weird Fishes to steal my heart, but when it did, it was forever. Agree completely about the Weird Fishes/All I Need one-two.
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It's certainly a lot better than King of Limbs. "A lot" might even be an understatement.
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It's certainly a lot better than King of Limbs. "A lot" might even be an understatement.
Agreed.

And I like King of Limbs.
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It took awhile for Weird Fishes to steal my heart, but when it did, it was forever. Agree completely about the Weird Fishes/All I Need one-two.
I hope you get Fake Plastic Trees x2 one day
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Nude - Weird Fishes/Arpeggi - All I Need is probably my favourite three song stretch on any album.
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Faust Arp isn't exactly a significant dip in greatness for me. I adore that song.
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