Saturday, May 16, 2009


Hit the end of the work week and it was time to listen to some music. It was a cloudy evening, damp from a light rain coming down. That's been the pattern this last month or longer: beautiful weekdays followed by wet, cloudy weekends. The next weekend is shaping up to be the same.

I was planning on listening to some Green day in celebration of the fact I received my tickets to there August 15th show here in Denver, but the one show I had downloaded had already been listened to. So I switched to another favorite, Linkin Park dropping their January 1, 2007 soundbaord recording from the live at "Le Galaxy"Amneville, France show. Like I said "soundboard", meaning excellent quality. High energy rock cranked up to what my poor ears could tolerate. I rocked out under the roof overhang just outside the front door, occasionally stepping into the drizzle to feel the freshness of the rain on my face.

Gentle rain falling
Scent of cedar in night air
Wet flagstone glistens

Young voices straining
Power measured by volume
Locked in their strong grip

Turn up the volume
Their loud sound corrupts the soul
Blowout the eardrums

Lives in the moment
Captures all within his reach
All lost in the end

Download it here:

The warm up act was followed by Echo & The Bunnymen, having chosen to listen to their third studio album, Porcupine, released on February 4, 1983.

From Wikipedia:

Following the release of Heaven Up Here in 1981, Echo & the Bunnymen had difficulty writing new material for their next album despite rehearsing five days each week at The Ministry, their rehearsal room in Liverpool. While lead singer Ian McCulloch still wanted them to be the best band in the world, bass player Les Pattinson was expressing his weariness with the music industry, drummer Peter de Freitas produced and played drums on Liverpool band The Wild Swans' debut single "Revolutionary Spirit", and lead guitarist Will Sergeant recorded a solo album of instrumental music called Themes for 'Grind' (1982).

Recording the album was a slow process, de Freitas said, "Porcupine was very hard to actually write and record [...] Heaven Up Here was pure confidence, we did it really quickly; we had a great time doing it – but this one was like we had to drag it out of ourselves." McCulloch later said that when recording the album, the mood between the band members was "horrible".

Chris Adams in his Turquoise Days book says:

Although it ascended to #2 in the UK charts, it was savaged by the majority of critics for being self-indulgent, overly doomy, lyrically incomprehensible, and, overall, unbearably difficult listening.

Porcupine is probably...the most Bunnymen, way beyond Crocodiles and Heaven Up Here. But it was horrible to make and nasty to listen to. - Ian McCulloch, 1999.

Voice so alluring
The seduction is complete
Siren sings his song

Bathe in the music
Pulled down by the undertow
Drowns in emotion

Drinks from that deep well
Never felt this way before
Will go back for more

Psychedelic reach
Played to words with lost meaning
Captures and enchants

Hardships we don't know
Stories that are forgotten
Life so far away

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