23. MD/DC. Art History post-grad.
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Ask me anything
I don’t listen to the radio and I don’t hear their songs often used in films so, I honestly have no idea how to answer this. I suppose Helicopter was played a bit when it first came out. Likewise, The Prayer. But I never got annoyed by it or felt that their moderate commercial success ruined the song for me, so.
Positive Tension on the drums
I love Matt Tong! I just love everything he does and I love this song. I wish I could be Matt Tong.
Reminds me of a friend from high school who used to call me this sometimes. We exchanged music and we had similar taste in movies and books. This was just one of those recurring inside bits between she and I and I miss that.
Just look at the lyrics! Like…duh
Boy, what you gonna do with your life?
So you want to be an artist, want to be a singer
Want to be remembered for what you could create
So you want to be a cowboy, riding to the distance
Never have to listen or answer to anyone
So you want to be a boxer, surviving on your instincts
Relying on your fists and the quickness of your wit
Are you bigger than these buildings and the grey around you?
Is your pain more worthy than everybody else?
Drunk again in the rhododendrons
I am in this weird, transient place where I’m stuck between the life I fantasize about, the life I actually want, and the life that I’m leading and/or heading towards. What am I gonna do with my life? Who the fuck knows. I certainly don’t.
She’s Hearing Voices
The repeating of “Red pill, Blue pill” over and over in the chorus is generally what gets stuck. It’s a fun song.
As I said before, this song was very much apart of my like, “Woo adolescence is over, I’m becoming an adult, the world is so exciting” phase. Too bad that I was still an adolescent, and being an adult (which I don’t feel like I am now either) is like okay but nothing special, and the world is both exciting and extremely terrifying at the same time. Whatever. This song is still great.
It’s simple. It’s catchy. I really appreciate Bloc Party’s simplicity most. They try to get more complex and write longer in a lot of their later work. But it’s in the simpler songs that they really shine, I think. With the exception of like, Helicopter. That’s definitely a longer and more complex song but also one of their best.
"I’ll go back if you ask/I’ll go back if you ask me/I’ll go back if you ask/I’ll go backwards"
from Little Thoughts
I my love of this line has more to do with what I imagine these lyrics mean. I imagine that the song is about someone telling a past friend/lover that they’d go back in time to be with them. Not in like a hokey, bad science fiction sort of way but like, everything that has happened, everything that has led them to where they are now, they would give up to go back to that time with that person and just be. But they’re waiting for the other person to tell them that that’s what they want, to tell them that they’d go back too. Now, I have no idea if that’s what the song actually means (probably not), but this is what I like to think it means and that’s why I love it.
I don’t really listen to any Bloc Party songs when I’m angry. They aren’t really an angsty/angry band. But I guess, if I had to come up with a song on the fly:
It just has one of those beats that makes you feel (moderately) dance-y. It’s good for car-dancing or seat-dancing, y’know. When you get the shoulders and the head moving a little bit, but the lower body stays stable. That’s how I do most of my dancing, actually.
The Pioneers or I Still Remember
Both make me sad in different ways. I Still Remember is obviously like, unrequited love or rather, having loved and then lost. Which is always sad. The Pioneers is sad mostly because it is kind of this hopeful song about the fate of the world, and I don’t feel as hopeful as I once did. I was really, really into this song my senior year of high school/freshman year of college (big surprise there, what with 2008, Obama-mania, Powershift, becoming an adult or so I thought, blah blah blah). And I feel really let down and disappointed, which is really sad. Plus…Bloc Party is on a fucking hiatus! That’s enough to make anyone sad.
Like Eating Glass
It’s upbeat, it’s catchy, it’s fun. And whenever I’m at home and it’s far too chilly I
think to myself silently sing loudly, “It’s so coldddddd in this house…”
Your Visits Are Getting Shorter
This, to me, was the best song on the album. I think it was a nice compromise of old Bloc Party with the new, electronic thing that they were trying to do. It felt more like the type of song you’d find on one of their EPs, neatly tucked away at the end of Intimacy.