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Embracing Geekdom




Posted at 19:45 by Gavin M.

Brad confessed to being a geek in a heart-rending post below. It’s time I came out of the closet.

Natural history + the Soft Boys doing a remixed ‘Underwater Moonlight’ = squirt!

[It's an official, fully-licensed Greenpeace vid for which the band (i.e. Robyn Hitchcock) donated the rights.] OMG! OMG! Damn. I can watch nothing else today.

Update: The song goes like this.

23 Comments »

  1. Gregor Samsa said,

    September 6, 2006 at 19:54

    My Wife and My Dead Wife?

    Insanely Jealous of You?

  2. Gavin M. said,

    September 6, 2006 at 19:59

    Only one of the best albums of all time. I mean, beyond the bad rhymes. The wife on the beach, eating the peach, being ‘in reach,’ and all that. Actually, that’s on another album. But pretty much, yeah. Song sample, etc.

    A little Dylanesque. The whole album just astonishes.

  3. TC said,

    September 6, 2006 at 20:08

    Thanks for that.

    Best albums, indeed. Gonna listen to it NOW.

  4. JK47 said,

    September 6, 2006 at 20:17

    “Queen of Eyes,” that’s my jam.

  5. Gavin M. said,

    September 6, 2006 at 20:19

    That’s the most ’60s-sparkly one.

  6. somegeek said,

    September 6, 2006 at 20:19

    s/Greenpiece/Greenpeace

  7. Robert Green said,

    September 6, 2006 at 21:41

    I Wanna Destroy You

    one of the best punk songs ever, from one of the twee-est bands (i think they invented twee)

    I want to be an anglepoise lamp is another classic (though not from this album, i cannot recommend the b-sides album enough).

    holy shit i’m a geek.

  8. King Spirula said,

    September 6, 2006 at 22:01

    That is one of my favorite albums ever (yeah I got the vinyl). I nearly wore that album out. And the cover is hilarious.

  9. served cold said,

    September 6, 2006 at 22:47

    once saw the unmistakable robyn hitchcock perusing through the air & space museum in d.c., circa mid-1990s. couldn’t think of anything to say and didn’t know his work too well.

    turned out, i learned from the local ‘modern rock’ station, he was living in d.c. and would spend a day or a few at the air & space each week.

    robyn hitchcock=top geek.

  10. Gregor Samsa said,

    September 6, 2006 at 23:21

    I saw Mr. H play in a small venue the winter before last. I’ve probably seen him a half dozen times and he always puts on a great show. What made this show cool is that he got off the stage and strolled around the club serenading the crowd. Then he led everyone to the lobby of the club and led a sing-along to Beatles tunes on the lobby piano. Neko Case was in the crowd singing too.

  11. islmfaoscist said,

    September 6, 2006 at 23:32

    and balloon man blew up in my face

  12. Pinko Punko said,

    September 7, 2006 at 1:32

    Gregor, you are banned. And your Neko Case-autographed ass!

  13. Gregor Samsa said,

    September 7, 2006 at 1:58

    Geesh, is it not enough that I have Adorable Girldfriend chasing me all over the intertubes telling me that I can’t comment here or there because I haven’t commented recently at Republic of Dogs? Now I have Pinko Punko banning me!

    BTW, Neko Case enjoyed every minute of my ass signing!

  14. flawedplan said,

    September 7, 2006 at 2:32

    I’ve seen him play 7 times in 24 years, and been in love with him from the git. My other lifelong heartache happens to be Nick Drake, and the first time I heard him do it I froze straight through, didn’t move a muscle til he was done. He sang it live on the radio, acapella, here in Austin, a town he loves to visit because we are all groovers.

    …I saw Nick Drake
    At the corner of time and motion
    I caught his eye
    And he caught mine
    I said “You’re tall”
    He said “No taller than tomorrow’s ocean”
    I saw Nick Drake
    And he was fine

    I saw Nick Drake
    As we were carrying the ice together
    I saw his face
    Beneath the glass
    The net was gone
    And all the strawberries of English weather
    I saw him pass
    Right through this place

    I saw Nick Drake
    The habits of a lifetime
    Will lay you low
    Into your grave
    And when you’re gone
    You take the whole world with you
    I saw Nick Drake
    I saw him wave

    And we’re in bloom

  15. Dan Someone said,

    September 7, 2006 at 2:38

    If you have not yet heard it, The Soft Boys’ “reunion” album, Nextdoorland is nearly as wonderful as any of their earlier ones.

    Underwater Moonlight is probably their best album, but my personal favorite is , one of the best “best of” albums I have ever heard. “Wey-Wey-Hep-Uh-Hole,” “Have A Heart, Betty (I’m Not Fireproof),” “Rock & Roll Toilet” — I love that stuff.

  16. Dan Someone said,

    September 7, 2006 at 2:41

    Uh, sorry.

    I forgot to mention a couple of my favorite “quirky” Soft Boys songs, too, which feature prominently on my iPod: “How Do You Work This Thing?” and “Sandra’s Having Her Brain Out.”

  17. Dan Someone said,

    September 7, 2006 at 2:41

    And that personal favorite album is called Invisible Hits.

  18. grampaw said,

    September 7, 2006 at 3:33

    Gol durn it.

    I done told you kids that in my day, cueing up the title track of of a record considered by any hep cat to be a masterpiece was not, in any way shape or form, nerdy.

    What is it with this “oh I have superior taste in music, I am such a nerd” bullshit that you kids are slinging around nowadays? In my day, we’d just snap our fingers like we taught Deano how to do it, and make like Sammy was our houseboy.

    Now leave me alone so I can watch my Mattlock.

  19. Dan Someone said,

    September 7, 2006 at 4:25

    It is a little odd to hear “Underwater Moonlight” in a Greenpeace video, though. The lyrics:

    He was white and she was white
    As only statues are
    Fifty years they stood there looking
    Stupid by a jar
    One night in mid August when the
    Moonlight got too strong
    They climbed off their pedestals and
    Then they sang this song

    Past the gun emplacement and the
    Bones as white as bleach
    Through the rats and ivy till they
    Came out on a beach
    Out into the ocean til they
    Disappeared from view
    Honey, when it gets you there’s just
    Nothing you can do

    Underwater moonlight sets the body free
    Underwater moonlight, baby you and me
    Underwater moonlight
    Underwater moonlight

    He was pink and she was pink and
    Onward they did row
    Didn’t see the giant squid though
    It was fairly slow
    When they hit the bottom they were
    Well and truly dead
    The statues took their place and then they
    Rowed back home instead

    Underwater moonlight, take your baby down
    Underwater moonlight watch your baby drown with love
    And in the moonlight
    Underwater moonlight
    Underwater moonlight
    Underwater moonlight

    What skill
    I can take you down
    Through the sea (moonlight)
    You can feed the fish (moonlight)
    Why don’t you feed the fish? (moonlight)
    Why don’t you feed the fish? (moonlight)

    Underwater moonlight sets the body free
    Underwater moonlight, baby you and me
    Underwater moonlight
    Underwater moonlight
    Underwater moonlight
    Underwater moonlight

  20. TC said,

    September 7, 2006 at 16:51

    I wish Robyn Hitchcock would come and set this thread free from the italics monster.

    meanwhile, it’s been non-stop Hitchcock/egyptians/Soft Boys since yesterday! Outgeeked you all!

  21. Sixpak Chopra said,

    September 7, 2006 at 23:13

    I saw Robin Hitchcock & the Egyptians in Madison on the Globe of Frogs tour in ’88. Some dude named Peter Buck played about 1/2 the show. I saw him do a solo acoustic show the summer of ’90 in Milwaukee at Shank Hall, which was the Eye tour. My friend Kevin and I talked with him for about a 1/2 hour after the show. He was very approachable and frienly.

    I’m eternally grateful to my buddy Kevin for lending me his import copies of Can of Bees and Underwater Moonlight back in 1982!

    Gotta Let this Hen Out is one of the best live albums EVAR!!1!!1!!!! (I’ve always wanted do that…)

    Mark

  22. TC said,

    September 8, 2006 at 20:09

    Mark-

    I was at that Shank show.

    Wish I had hung around after the end!

    He’s been back a couple of times since then.

  23. Big Ink said,

    September 10, 2006 at 8:21

    My god! That video is so Steve Zisou!

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