I could maybe have picked another song by Flaming Lips, since I got into them way before I got to know this song and getting into them was important in itself and a necessary condition for getting to know this. It may not literally be the most important Flaming Lips song for me, but it does capture what I like most about them and influenced me most, and that is their everlasting urge to experiment, regardless of outside expectations. The song in itself is weird and catchy at the same time and it has some great and surprising transitions, a feature I always appreciate. As if the music itself is not crazy enough, the album it came on (Zaireeka) was released on four different CD’s you had to play at the same time (a more practical stereo mix exists too though). They managed to get this released on Warner Brothers too, which is pretty funny I guess.
This could have easily been just a beautiful song, which I would have liked too. Instead of doing just that, Sonic Youth decided to alternate between beauty and parts drenched in guitar noise. I love dissonance, and Sonic Youth was the first band I heard that introduced me to it and sparked my interest for it. I haven’t heard another band since that uses it more effectively either.
I think this was the first song The Rott Childs ever released as a demo, and I was immediately hooked. This is the proof that you can arrange chaos in music, but it’s still catchy as hell underneath. The Rott Childs also teached me that you don’t have to overuse a good idea or part. You think you found a killer riff? Play it only once.
I have never even smoked weed. How on earth did this song/album end up here? I guess because it is incredible how a 52min (or 63min) piece of music that is so repetitive, succeeds in never boring me. It seems to be in constant movement, small things seem to always change during the repetition of a riff. Whenever a song I am working on demands to be lengthy, I try to find the right balance between repetition and variation. I’m sure I will never be able to balance this perfectly as long as Sleep did in this masterpiece.
#based #positivity #honesty #integrity. Lil B the Based God is real and has enough love for everyone on this planet. I will never be as positive as Lil B, no one will. Just watch the video for this song. Afterwards you could check out ‘Like a Martian’ or ‘Fuck KD’.