14 May 2005

Psychic TV Singer Can't Sing Shock!

Example


Psychic TV could sometimes be very sweet, with Genesis sounding like the kindly Uncle at a wedding... (yeah, yeah...who drinks too much Lambrini and then believes his own hype by insisting on singing an improvised Cyrano de Bergerac ode to the happy couple, a song which not until the last verse turns nasty when the same Uncle unsheaths a Japanese fighting fish, starts speaking in tongues and then ties everyone to stakes in the Garden of Earthly Delights, smears them with honey and wedding cake and blows a tiny trumpet to summon the ants....)

The bit in Japan Boy where Genesis starts gargling for no particular reason mid-verse is a little odd but it's the kind of thing that occasionally makes me return to the old red n black mid 80s albums even when the only thing I should still like about them is the design concept and the fact that they got Norris McWhirter, the world's freakiest twin, interested for a little while.

Psychic Tv - Japan Boy


When singers who can't sing stop primal screaming/Gristlizing and start doing, well,this kind of thing you sense they've lost perspective somehow, sense they've somehow forgotten that they can't sing, that acclaim and/or raw fame has touched too many nerves and now they don't know which ones are twitching or how to turn them off.

But with Genesis, who knows?

7 comments:

Psychbloke said...

I know it's a minor detail, but how does one unsheath a fish?

Loki said...

always from the top to the bottom

Loki said...

...depending which way up you are...

Psychbloke said...

Same as a condom then?

Kempernorton said...

You need to imitate everything. Trust me.

Booda said...

You need to imitate everything. Trust me.

John Eden said...

I have to say that this track is about 6000 times better than I remember it... brought back some good memories too. Tempting to dig the whole series out and do a blog entry on each, but I don't think I have the stamina (or could withstand the scathing comments of the rest of the household)....

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