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#16 Sidney Ruff-Diamond

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 09:28 PM

Great tune but bloody hell the lyrics don't exactly put a smile on your face. Roger Waters doesn't strike me as a bundle of laughs sort of bloke.

No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun
And you run and you run to catch up with the sun, but it's sinking
And racing around to come up behind you again
The sun is the same in the relative way, but you're older
And shorter of breath and one day closer to death
[...]
The time is gone the song is over, thought I'd something more to say


Never eat a piece of cheese bigger than your head.

#17 Sidney Ruff-Diamond

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 09:43 PM

...and here's a rib tickler from Ian Curtis' bumper book of giggles and guffaws:

See my true reflection,
Cut off my own connections,
I can see life getting harder,
So sad is this sensation,
Reverse the situation,
I can't see it getting better.

I'll walk you through the heartbreak,
Show you all the out takes,
I can't see it getting higher,
Systematically degraded,
Emotionally a scapegoat,
I can't see it getting better.

Perverse and unrealistic,
Try to make it all sick,
I can't see it getting better,
Hollow now, I'm burned out,
All I need to break out,
I can't see life getting higher


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#18 Senor Buckethead

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 10:28 PM

Have just been doing the pogo to this:



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#19 Sidney Ruff-Diamond

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 10:40 PM

The laughs just keep coming!

Girl of sixteen, whole life ahead of her
Slashed her wrists, bored with life
Didn't succeed, thank the Lord
For small mercies
[...]
Girl of eighteen, fell in love with everything
Found new life in Jesus Christ
Hit by a car, ended up
On a life support machine


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Posted 13 July 2012 - 07:03 AM

One from Laughing Lou Reed's gigglefest Berlin, this is the second most distressing song on the album. It is, though, genuinely beautiful:-



This is the place where she lay her head

when she went to bed at night

And this is the place our children were conceived

candles lit the room brightly at night


And this is the place where she cut her wrists

that odd and fateful night

And I said, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, what a feeling

And I said, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, what a feeling


This is the place where we used to live

I paid for it with love and blood

And these are the boxes that she kept on the shelf

Filled with her poetry and stuff


And this is the room where she took the razor

and cut her wrists that strange and fateful night

And I said, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, what a feeling

And I said, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, what a feeling


I never would have started if I'd known

that it's end this way

But funny thing, I'm not at all sad

that it stopped this way


This is the place where she lay her head

when she went to bed at night

And this is the place our children were conceived

candles lit the room brightly at night


And this is the place where she cut her wrists

That odd and fateful night

And I said, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, what a feeling

And I said, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, what a feeling


Edited by nikdevlin, 13 July 2012 - 07:05 AM.

I make mixes, some of which are quite good. My wife and I cook things too.

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 07:36 AM

I don't want to start any blasphemous rumours
But I think that God's got a sick sense of humor
And when I die I expect to find Him laughing

Perfect start to the morning Sir Sid.

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 10:33 AM

Almost anything by Townes Van Zandt



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Posted 17 July 2012 - 03:37 PM

Wings of Desire - tragic with beautiful moments of catharsis and redemption.
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Posted 17 July 2012 - 04:42 PM

One of my all time favourite films. Beautiful, elegant, elegaic, sad, happy, depressing, uplifting, and set in one of my favourite cities in the world. There's a crane cam shot in it - just a shot - that sends shivers down my spine every time I see it; it starts at 4:04 here:-



It also stars Bruno Ganz, who is of course in another of my favourite Terrible Beauty films, Downfall.

Have you seen the sequel, Far Away So Close? I hated how, after a gorgeous first 40 minutes or so, it just fell to bits. A real pity.
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Posted 18 July 2012 - 10:09 AM

No I haven't. I first saw Wings of Desire at the Bloomsbury student theatre in my second year during my first degree. 30% of the audience had left after 30 minutes! It's one of my faves.
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Posted 18 July 2012 - 10:19 AM

It's not to everyone's tastes, as I have discovered over the years. My wife loves it too though, it's one of 'our' films (others being Orlando, Golden Compass, Philadelphia Story and To Catch a Thief)
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Posted 19 July 2012 - 02:13 PM

I adore Wings Of Desire, haven't seen it in ages. in fact it's a little scary how much of this thread is just my record collection.

Anyway, here is some seasonally appropriate Einsturzende Neubauten:



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Posted 19 July 2012 - 03:24 PM

Very appropriate. Does Einsturzende Neubauten belong on this thread? Blume is a beautiful piece.

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#29 Sidney Ruff-Diamond

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 04:39 PM

I love this... although the lyrics are pretty much nonsensical (and bloody hell it's miserable!). Never much of a hit with the mobile DJ's for some reason.


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Posted 21 July 2012 - 04:34 PM

I love Alice Cooper's Welcome to My Nightmare especially the rather strange but beautiful 'Years Ago' and 'Steven' tracks.