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bonnie bella

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I promise there's no heaven in my posts, Paul.

But the Eels have just released their latest album.  Title track right here.


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Gold - Into My Arms (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - 1997)
Nick sang this at Michael Hutchence’s nationally televised funeral here in November 1997. Wiki says ‘out of respect, Cave requested the song not be televised’. If only Elton had made that same request two months earlier, we all would’ve been spared.

Silver - Let’s Go to Heaven in My Car (Brian Wilson - 1987)
Enjoyable until it gets monotonous. It’s like discovering a lost track from Brian’s eponymous debut LP. In fact, it’s just like it. I gave up on Police Academy after the third instalment. Three movies with Michael Winslow was enough for me. I’ve read he was in all seven. Sounds like torture.

Bronze - Dear God (XTC - 1986)
Good clip, decent enough song. But something about this guy has always given me the heebie-jeebies. Like I said a few years ago, Sgt Pepper taught the band to play, and that band was XTC.

Participant - Heaven (Talking Heads - 1979)
This song is a place where nothing ever happens.


Apt theme for me this week, Paul.

My best friend, Ian, was killed whilst a passenger in a cab when he was 20.

On Thursday, I’ll be singing ‘Morning Has Broken’ at his mother’s funeral. She was 96.

It’s the same song that was played at Ian’s funeral. And I’ll be playing it on Ian’s 12-string guitar. 

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Silver - Let’s Go to Heaven in My Car (Brian Wilson - 1987)
Enjoyable until it gets monotonous. It’s like discovering a lost track from Brian’s eponymous debut LP. In fact, it’s just like it. I gave up on Police Academy after the third instalment. Three movies with Michael Winslow was enough for me. I’ve read he was in all seven. Sounds like torture.




As a child, in the late 80s, I was big into Police Academy.  In fact, I had the PA4 soundtrack on LP way back when.   But, I have to say the sequels did not grow old with me.   I still enjoy the first movie, and maybe the 2nd one, but not the others.   Michael Winslow is indeed in all seven.  

The song can heard heard in the background of the movie in a scene where a young David Spade is skateboarding through a shopping mall.  
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this is proving cathartic for me, believe it or not.
ta everso for all who've contributed so far,
and it's only tuesday afternoon (sic) as i write this.

lee - i'd anticipated the tenor of your missile.
and, the ground it covers, i'd not disagree with too much,
other than i s'pose my tolerance of those that attach themselves to these
stretches a tad further than yours.
have another listen to the lyrics of 'dear god' and you'll see
andy partridge has a similar, more polite rant.
and, whatever nick cave's spirituality, he firmly makes the point that
'i don't believe in an interventionist god...',
so, he kicks off along the same lines, too, as you do.
'but i believe in love and i believe that you do too...'.
ok, i'll just have to shrug and say, y'don't like the tunes either?
then, so be it, pal.
i'll raise you one bunny wailer: 'blackheart man'.
a particular favourite since its initial release
- i don't follow his creed, neither,
but y'can't help but admire the inclusive attitude of these lyrics.
embrace the outsider.

larry - the very first live pop gig i went to,
i taken by my dad to see marty wilde at the brighton hippodrome, 1964.
still remember the slick  figure of this chap onstage
and the excitement of a whole lot of rockin' acts.
i turned out more a mod than a rocker...
also on the bill were joe brown and the bruvvers,
jet harris & tony meehan (ex-rythm section of the shadows who were out on their own)
heinz burt, fresh from the tornadoes (who'd been marty's backing band),
a joe meek protégé who'd had a hit with 'just like eddie'
and manfed mann in all their 'doo wah diddy - 5 4 3 2 1' glory.
my bruv rob never came with us, just me and my dad. 
a timely reminder.
- that neil young track, i think, i'll play tomorrow alter in the afternoon.
not maudlin, but magnificent, contemplative notes to aid reflection.
i thankyou, deeply.
- however, the grass roots are ruled offside,
since the chap is only hollerin' about how much he loves whoever it is he loves.
is it aimed at some deity?
or just trying to lay a chick
(as was the common terminology in those days, so i recall)?
-- but, many thanks for adding the lennon demo.
bright move, since i'd anticipated the album recording would pop up.
a brilliant,
painful, existentialist, yet cathartic cry.

john e - boy, that dave dee chap could sing, could he not?
no, he couldn't!
never heard that before.
never want to again, thaaankyyyiiiooowww...
- maria mckee, rather liked lone justice.
was pleased that feargal sharkey gave her a hit with 'a good heart'.
didn't hear much that she did solo that appeals.
this was a deserved hit, but doesn't particularly appeal either.

deb#1 - it's the endless hanging around in heaven 
(much like hanging around in a bar / bus station / post office queue) that will cause ennui.
i- 'd begun to tire of moody blues by the time this album was released.
they'd found a groove and were plying it.
this was a good example of sticking with the formula and still making it work.
thanks, i like it a lot.

kds - 'the great beyond', very nearly made my choice of 4.
that's the way to address the matter.
- doesn't need the posthumous pomp'n'circumventional cash-in tune
from them queen chaps.
i do quite like the ambivalent lyrics, though.
if freddie was actually talking about a relationship down here on earth,
then there's that tingle of 'it was all meant to be...',
but, like most things, does it live up to what others say about it?
- sabbaf track doesn't play here, fortunately.
so i found another version.
unfortunately, it played...
talking of formula, how many times could tony iommi recycle the same riff?
'paranoid'? moi?

onwards...

 

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1. "Heaven" By the Talking Heads

big fan, and about the only original punk bank who were getting better not worse during the 80's.  Beautiful song.   Heaven removes all the terrible things on earth, so nothing happens.  (that is, humans are incapable of perceiving it?).  

2. "Into My Arms" by Nick Cave

I think Deb#1 is onto something here.  This is like Cohen, singing a human love song in a religious setting.  He sings better than Cohen too, if not quite as well as Warren Zevon.  (some super fan though is going to have to explain to me the crying women theme in the video...)

3. "Let's Go to Heaven in My Car"

I bought this, I fear, as both 45 and like kds, the album too, and I never liked 'Police Academy' movies, and this song was corn ball to me back then even.   It's probably been...25 years since I've heard it, so the first thing I notice is that it borrows the verses from "Water Builds Up."  and I like 'Water Builds Up' so much better, even the line about 'no kind of booze or medicine helped at all' sounds better than this PG-13 alteration.   Larry is funny.  Those aren't actually the lyrics he puts in "   ",  but not far off.  Dumb song sung by a smart man.   and handsome--see that one with Gary Busey?  could be from the Best of Vol. 2 photo session.  and yes, like kds, I like the music part, what was that, the 3rd bridge? 

4. "Dear God"

the one I've heard on the radio the most of these 4, so naturally, the one I like the least.  Talk about all over the map?  Is the little kid/teen/adult narrator, an atheist, or an agnostic (when he says if), or just a disgruntled Christian?   Definitely not a secular humanist or a humorist.   Nothing earthshaking here or even very clever in his yes, accurate observations.  Ultimately, it comes off as misanthropy, attacking the ^&*%^$ people who made God.    Participation trophy.
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john b - yep, i reckon andy partridge  might be more than a trifle misanthropic.
he'll have a moan at anyone,
any gender, any business suit / label / producer, any deity...
there's a cynicism in many of his lyrics
(eg 'crocodile with the jaded jealous smile...'
'...it's all ugly underneath'
).
but, he'll come out with the most beauteous phrases,
wonderful puns and observations.
a true english poet.
but a reclusive chap, nurturing a troubled soul.

you and lee have both persuaded me as to why i find 'let's go to heaven...' a trifle irksome.
it'd not occurred to me, really.
but, you're right.

cheers
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You did ask for oblique.  [wink]  Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel wasn't gonna 'cut' it.

This one doesn't really either...but I still like it LARGE.  I used to set the stereo up at the waters edge and blast this across the lake in Ontario Cottage Country in late July/early August just to scare the living b'jesus outta the hypocrites.  Sorry...to the dyed in the wool believers.  I know that you find comfort in 'it'.  I'm willing to leave that alone.  But you will find that out... ... ...eventually.

To be played loud with the BASS  UP!!!

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Paul A., Larry - I got lumped in with Larry (we sometimes vote very similar), but in defense of The GR, a lot of Oh, God's may be included in referenced process so asking the ref to put it back onside because (see below)...  For some people - it may be cars.  I've NEVER heard the JL demo prior and loved it!  

As promised, to keep heaven going:


Back to this theme - it will take me the week to unscramble the conundrum.  Not an easy one. 

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kds - 'the great beyond', very nearly made my choice of 4.
that's the way to address the matter.
- doesn't need the posthumous pomp'n'circumventional cash-in tune
from them queen chaps.
i do quite like the ambivalent lyrics, though.
if freddie was actually talking about a relationship down here on earth,
then there's that tingle of 'it was all meant to be...',
but, like most things, does it live up to what others say about it?
- sabbaf track doesn't play here, fortunately.
so i found another version.
unfortunately, it played...
talking of formula, how many times could tony iommi recycle the same riff?
'paranoid'? moi?

onwards...

 



With all due respect, saying that Tony Iommi recycled the same riff over and over is pretty much like saying every Beach Boys song is about surfing.  
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- however, the grass roots are ruled offside....

-- but, many thanks for adding the lennon demo.

Yes, as Al indicates, the Grass Roots and Lennon were his contributions. I'm glad you appreciate the Neil Young, and impressed by your ability to remember who played at your first concert. (or did you keep a souvenir?).


From the new Eels album bonnie mentioned: "In Our Cathedral" (which may be metaphorical)
youtube.com/watch?v=ZKOYSzSS3UY

Hank Williams, "Angel of Death" and "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive" (who does?)
youtube.com/watch?v=zPTyic_WPxI

youtube.com/watch?v=wawYQG8E3es

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Larry, great pick from the new Eels album.

Funnily enough (I've heard some American's don't think "funnily" is a word - let's find out) I've been playing a bit of Nick Cave lately.  So here's a few more non-heavenly songs from him.

Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow.

youtube.com/watch?v=4sfhvxTZ0wo


Stagger Lee.  (Warning: Unholy lyrics - these are more the "holy cow" variety.)

youtube.com/watch?v=Nbe5RERDh4k

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Bonnie - we can't view the clips over here.  [frown] We'll have to find them ourselves. 
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thanks for taking part, chaps.
not yet listened to the most recent ones,
but appreciate the tangential takes so far.

just back home from family doings.
today we said goodbye to my older bruv, rob.
the whole church bit...
never thought i'd actually enjoy talking out loud about my bruv to,
not only close family, but a bunch of complete strangers,
who all knew him in so many different ways.
and in a church, where i'm, to say the least, a bit out of place.
and a church he was deeply involved with...

avoiding the christian message,
i began with 'we'll all be planning that route we'll take real soon'
which seemed appropriate words, transferred to a different context,
they, of course, come from 'surfin' usa'
the album rob bought that turned me on to the beach boys.
ended with the scientifically truthful phrase (with a hippy-dippy element added)
'we are stardust
we are golden
and we've got to  get ourselves back to the garden...'
 
very wonderfully pleased to hear the family choice of song at end of crematorium part.
one of the simple, heartfelt rick rubin produced recordings of neil diamond,
'pretty amazing grace'.
something with a deep, spiritual base, but not the obvious.
we saw neil diamond at glastonbury, 2008, after that album was released,
and i was impressed.
so, in honour of rob,
and a nod to this week's botb theme,
here is that glasters performance:
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thanks for the Neil, paul, and cheers to your brother Rob!
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Positive wishes.  Well done.  Strength.  Don't bother 'bout the upper lip though Paul.  Nothing here to be construed as promoting anything bordering on stiff.  Send the ferryman packing as well.

It does get better, bit by bit, and ever-so slowly.  But it does.
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