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Re: The Great Thread of YouTube Magnificence!

Posted: 09 Nov 2017, 12:12pm
by Dr. Medulla
matedog wrote:
09 Nov 2017, 12:06pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
08 Nov 2017, 2:23pm


Thinking a bit about the small discussion Hoy and I had the other day about the viability of STH as a single given its lyrics and sombre sound, and weird out-of-nowhere hits. A long time ago, I brought up MARRS' "Pump Up the Volume"—still my gold standard for something utterly outside what was happening on the charts at the time (but certainly not in the alternative or underground scene)—as one example, but Laurie Anderson's much weirder "O Superman," which made it to #2 in the UK. As fascinating sounding as it is, what on earth was going on in Hestonland that would cause it to soar up the singles charts?
Wow, I've never heard of this. All it needed was an edit to bring it under 4 minutes and it would have made it to #1!
That's an additional baffling thing—as far as I know, there was no edit for a 7" release, just the proper 8-minute track. If I ever need an example to illustrate the turmoil of the record business and its loss of control after disco, I'll point to "O Superman" as a genuine hit single. Its success as pop is batshit.

Re: The Great Thread of YouTube Magnificence!

Posted: 09 Nov 2017, 12:19pm
by Marky Dread
Low Down Low wrote:
09 Nov 2017, 11:51am
101Walterton wrote:
08 Nov 2017, 2:36pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
08 Nov 2017, 2:23pm


Thinking a bit about the small discussion Hoy and I had the other day about the viability of STH as a single given its lyrics and sombre sound, and weird out-of-nowhere hits. A long time ago, I brought up MARRS' "Pump Up the Volume"—still my gold standard for something utterly outside what was happening on the charts at the time (but certainly not in the alternative or underground scene)—as one example, but Laurie Anderson's much weirder "O Superman," which made it to #2 in the UK. As fascinating sounding as it is, what on earth was going on in Hestonland that would cause it to soar up the singles charts?
There is no logical explanation but listening just now brought it all back.
It is why people stop and stare at car crash, watch Coronation Street, eat Vindaloo curry or poke a bruise. It is hypnotic and addictive. You can’t look away and the pain draws you in.
There have been other cases.
Is the John Peel factor not the logical explanation? It was only when Peel started playing it that they decided to release it in the UK. Dont think it was ever played on TOPT and was only in the charts for 4 or 5 weeks.
It's repetitive and irritating. In the 80's if something came out of the blue like this it would become a hit. With regards to The Clash and StH having the same effect it didn't work that way bcause they were already an established act and held no mystery to the record buying public.

Re: The Great Thread of YouTube Magnificence!

Posted: 09 Nov 2017, 1:26pm
by 101Walterton
Not quite as Leftfield but equally baffling as to how it made a hit, a video and TOTP is this pile of shit;



Re: The Great Thread of YouTube Magnificence!

Posted: 09 Nov 2017, 2:20pm
by Marky Dread
101Walterton wrote:
09 Nov 2017, 1:26pm
Not quite as Leftfield but equally baffling as to how it made a hit, a video and TOTP is this pile of shit;


Like some third rate Genesis. :meh:

Re: The Great Thread of YouTube Magnificence!

Posted: 09 Nov 2017, 2:38pm
by 101Walterton
Marky Dread wrote:
09 Nov 2017, 2:20pm
101Walterton wrote:
09 Nov 2017, 1:26pm
Not quite as Leftfield but equally baffling as to how it made a hit, a video and TOTP is this pile of shit;


Like some third rate Genesis. :meh:
I understand why some may like some of their later singles like Kaylee (or whatever it was called) but there is nothing likeable about this song at all, no hook no melody no catchy chorus it is just annoying.

Re: The Great Thread of YouTube Magnificence!

Posted: 09 Nov 2017, 2:45pm
by Heston
101Walterton wrote:
09 Nov 2017, 2:38pm
Marky Dread wrote:
09 Nov 2017, 2:20pm
101Walterton wrote:
09 Nov 2017, 1:26pm
Not quite as Leftfield but equally baffling as to how it made a hit, a video and TOTP is this pile of shit;


Like some third rate Genesis. :meh:
I understand why some may like some of their later singles like Kaylee (or whatever it was called) but there is nothing likeable about this song at all, no hook no melody no catchy chorus it is just annoying.
As a pop kid at the time I hated them. These gnarly hippies intruding on the charts,

This is another shit song by them from around that time, the "futuristic" graphics in the video are laughable.


Re: The Great Thread of YouTube Magnificence!

Posted: 20 Nov 2017, 8:31pm
by 101Walterton


How did The Specials not get a cover of this to #1
I know they covered it later and Selecter played it live but it should have been up there with Rudy et al