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We Built This City On Rock and Roll appreciation thread

Post by Heston » 12 May 2009, 6:16pm

It's not a bad tune you know.

Yes, the production is horrible and it has that 80s mechanical clunking drum machine BUT listen to the lyrics! They're not bad, I've certainly heard worse.
So what does Marconi playing the mamba mean? "Marconi" is referring to the radio itself. It plays a deadly snake. The snake - the mamba - is slithering from the speakers. Ready to kill greedy corporations. Ready to free the world of all that is evil, and to leave behind only the youthful idealism encompassed by the tenets of rock and roll.

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Post by Wolter » 12 May 2009, 6:16pm

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Post by Inder » 12 May 2009, 6:18pm

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Post by matedog » 12 May 2009, 6:24pm

There are far worse songs in existence.
Look, you have to establish context for these things. And I maintain that unless you appreciate the Fall of Constantinople, the Great Fire of London, and Mickey Mantle's fatalist alcoholism, live Freddy makes no sense. If you want to half-ass it, fine, go call Simon Schama to do the appendix.

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Post by Heston » 12 May 2009, 6:29pm

This could easily have fitted on Cut the Crap, hell, if it was on the May 84 tape it would be recognized as a classic....

We built this city, we built this city on rock and roll
Built this city, we built this city on rock and roll

Say you dont know me or recognize my face
Say you dont care who goes to that kind of place
Knee deep in the hoopla sinking in your fight
Too many runaways eating up the night

Marconi plays the mamba, listen to the radio, dont you remember
We built this city, we built this city on rock and roll

Chorus:
We built this city, we built this city on rock and roll
Built this city, we built this city on rock and roll

Someone always playing corporation games
Who cares theyre always changing corporation names
We just want to dance here someone stole the stage
They call us irresponsible write us off the page

Marconi plays the mamba, listen to the radio, dont you remember
We built this city, we built this city on rock and roll

We built this city, we built this city on rock and roll
Built this city, we built this city on rock and roll

Its just another sunday, in a tired old street
Police have got the choke hold, oh then we just lost the beat

Who counts the money underneath the bar
Who rides the wrecking ball in two rock guitars
Dont tell us you need us, cos were the ship of fools
Looking for america, coming through your schools

(Im looking out over that golden gate bridge
Out on another gorgeous sunny saturday, not seein that bumper to bumper traffic)

Dont you remember (member)(member)

(whats your favorite radio station, in your favorite radio city
The city by the bay, the city that rocks, the city that never sleeps)

Marconi plays the mamba, listen to the radio, dont you remember
We built this city, we built this city on rock and roll

We built this city, we built this city on rock and roll
Built this city, we built this city on rock and roll
Built this city, we built this city on rock and roll
Built this city, we built this city on rock and roll

(we built, we built this city) built this city (we built, we built this city)
So what does Marconi playing the mamba mean? "Marconi" is referring to the radio itself. It plays a deadly snake. The snake - the mamba - is slithering from the speakers. Ready to kill greedy corporations. Ready to free the world of all that is evil, and to leave behind only the youthful idealism encompassed by the tenets of rock and roll.

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Post by SandraM » 12 May 2009, 6:30pm

Well it's certainly catchy. But then so is syphilis.

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Post by Wolter » 12 May 2009, 6:31pm

Heston wrote:This could easily have fitted on Cut the Crap,
Agreed. But that proves nothing.
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Post by Flex » 12 May 2009, 8:07pm

Wolter wrote:
Heston wrote:This could easily have fitted on Cut the Crap,
Agreed. But that proves nothing.
Well it "proves" the lyrics are pretty retarded.

Also:

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Post by Flex » 12 May 2009, 8:10pm

matedog wrote:There are far worse songs in existence.
That's almost certainly wrong in the sense that there aren't any far worse songs in existence. It's debatable in that there may be one or two more pieces of dreck that somehow plummet slightly deeper into the depths of sonic anguish and musical despair than this, the most foul of songs. But it's doubtful.

I am not a fan of We Built This City.
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Post by Wolter » 12 May 2009, 8:26pm

Flex wrote:
matedog wrote:There are far worse songs in existence.
That's almost certainly wrong in the sense that there aren't any far worse songs in existence. It's debatable in that there may be one or two more pieces of dreck that somehow plummet slightly deeper into the depths of sonic anguish and musical despair than this, the most foul of songs. But it's doubtful.

I am not a fan of We Built This City.
The fact that Flex won't even defend this insanity in the name of fairness proves this thread is a Hoyston.
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Post by Flex » 12 May 2009, 8:31pm

To put it another way: We Built This City is the aural version of what happens when you get raped by a lolputee with tourette syndrome.
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Post by Wolter » 12 May 2009, 8:39pm

Flex wrote:To put it another way: We Built This City is the aural version of what happens when you get raped by a lolputee with tourette syndrome.
That scenario is actually far more awesome than We Built This City. And it ain't awesome.
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Post by matedog » 12 May 2009, 8:44pm

Wolter wrote:
Flex wrote:
matedog wrote:There are far worse songs in existence.
That's almost certainly wrong in the sense that there aren't any far worse songs in existence. It's debatable in that there may be one or two more pieces of dreck that somehow plummet slightly deeper into the depths of sonic anguish and musical despair than this, the most foul of songs. But it's doubtful.

I am not a fan of We Built This City.
The fact that Flex won't even defend this insanity in the name of fairness proves this thread is a Hoyston.
Hoyston ain't a bad place to be.
Look, you have to establish context for these things. And I maintain that unless you appreciate the Fall of Constantinople, the Great Fire of London, and Mickey Mantle's fatalist alcoholism, live Freddy makes no sense. If you want to half-ass it, fine, go call Simon Schama to do the appendix.

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Post by Flex » 12 May 2009, 8:45pm

matedog wrote:Hoyston ain't a bad place to be.
About the only times I disagree with Hoy are when he agrees with Heston.

About the only times I disagree with Heston are when he agrees with Heston.

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Post by Dr. Medulla » 12 May 2009, 8:51pm

Out of my delirium and exhaustion, I return and see this? There is so much wrong with this song that my mind all but shuts down. It sounds like it was written by a committee of anonymous hacks who constantly tinkered with it based on feedback from fat, pony-tailed record executives who deliberately avoided listening to any band younger than thirty years old. That it purportedly celebrates rock n roll, yet is among the most sterile corporate anti-rock n roll song of the era, it ends up being a perverse triumphal hymn of everything that was gutted from rock n roll once the beancounters took over the boardrooms of record companies. It could be genius satire but there's no evidence that it ain't the most straight-up fuck you to the rebellious essence of rock n roll.

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