Mein Herz Brennt

A little change of pace. Rammstein is a German group defined as Neue Deutsche Härte (New German Hardness). I ran across a version of this song in the soundtrack to the pilot for the TV Show Saving Grace. (Which I think is quite good, at least the first season is. You can find it on Netflix and probably other places as well.)

This is “Mein Herz Brennt” by Rammsetein, from their 2000 album Mutter.

Mein Herz Brennt = My Heart is Burning.

The lyrics and their translation can be found here.

Solsbury Hill

Continuing our Peter Gabriel theme from last week, this week’s song is by Peter Gabriel from his first, self-titled, solo album. Known officially as Peter Gabriel, it is known unofficially as Car. The song is “Solsbury Hill,” which is probably the first song of his that I really fell in love with. (Some of the other songs on that first album are very forgettable.)

As you can imagine, this naming scheme was too complicated, to out there, for the geniuses that run record companies, so when the 4th album was released in 1982, it was officially (in the US at least, being home to the most brain-damaged record company executives) released as Security. This was done despite some protests from Gabriel. And in the rest of the world it is officially the 4th self-titled album by Gabriel.

Games Without Frontiers

Last weeks review of Genesis and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, brought up the topic of Peter Gabriel. After he left Genesis and started his solo career, he released a several self-titled albums, all officially named Peter Gabriel. Unofficially they are known as Car, Scratch and Melt.

This is “Games Without Frontiers” from the 1980 album Peter Gabriel (the 3rd self-titled album known as Melt.)

Fly on a Windshield

Revisiting some of the music of my youth. Some of it is good, some not so much. One of the more interesting “concept albums” of the 1970s was The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway by Genesis that came out in 1974. This was when Peter Gabriel was with the group, and before they became more pop and less progressive rock. I highly recommend it.

This is “Fly on a Windshield/Broadway Melody of 1974”

Lyrics for “The Broadway Melody of 1974” are after the break. (A lot of cultural references that I’m sure are lost on people today. Caryl Chessman, Lenny Bruce, even Marshall McLuhan and Groucho are probably mysteries. Even why sirens might be wailing in 1974…)

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Name of the Game

I still love Crystal Method. This is “Name of the Game” from their 2001 album Tweekend. (Please note this is the “uncensored” version. Definitely NOT the radio edit.)

The track features guitars by Tom Morello, vocals by Ryan “Ryu” Maginn, and scratching by DJ Swamp; it also contains samples from “Calling All Freaks”(1974) by Tina Dixon. [from the Wiki]

It was used in the soundtracks of Resident Evil, both Blade II: Bloodhunt and Blade: Trinity. It was in the trailer for Live Free or Die Hard, though not in the movie. And others.

After the break we get more Crystal Method. “Acetone” from Legion of Boom, because you can never have too much industrial dance music in your life.

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The Barnsley Nightingale

Kate Rusby is from Penistone, Barnsley, in the UK. I think she has a hauntingly beautiful voice. I hope you agree.

This is “I Am Stretched on Your Grave” from her 1997 debut album, Hourglass.

From the Wiki…

In 2001 The Guardian described her as “a superstar of the British acoustic scene.” In 2007 the BBC website described her as “The first lady of young folkies”. She is one of the few folk singers to have been nominated for the Mercury Prize.