Tuesday, August 26

Apocalyptic bebop.


Inspiration for the title found in the lyrics of Home of the Brave by The Nails.


HOME OF THE BRAVE

Oh God of Hell

I said I love the suit

That the devil gave me

To wear to Beirut

Where the whores are dancing

On the table tops

And the juke box plays

Apocalyptic bebop

Well I love Paris

I love the dizzy streets

Where the flowers of sin

Bloom in the heat

If I were a ghost I’d be pleased

Living among these French mysteries

But the place to go’s

Another latitude

Where Jesus is wearing

His blue suede shoes

And the pink neon lights

Up the thoroughfares

Between what is

And what’s not there

You know the place

It’s not too far away

Let’s take a trip

To the Home of the Brave

Forget about London

Forget about Spain

Get out of New York

Take the Train to the Plane

Hong Kong smells like dying fish

And Berlin still stinks of Auschwitz

I wanna go where the wild things play

I wanna go to the Home of the Brave

Somebody meet me at the airport

At about half past ten

Tell Jose, Nikita and all the boys

Down in the bunker

Marc Campbell is coming home again

Anyway, I had this song stuck in my head. Then thinking of it, it seemed somewhat connected and appropriate for a movie I had just seen and one I just heard about.

ROAD (the movie) and a link at Rotten Tomatoes

First, the one I just saw on cable. It is kind of like a Twilight Zone episode. Strange things happen as the couple drive from environmental disaster site to another.

In ROAD, Margaret (Catherine Kellner), a freelance photographer on her first big job, uses the latest government-supplied technology to survey environmental disaster areas.

Jay(Ebon Moss-Bachrach), her unemployed ex-boyfriend is along for the ride.

The trip does not go exactly as planned ....(I liked some the underplayed but definitely not normal world things that happen in the course of their roadtrip.)

NEXT. This is the one I heard about while searching for info on the one I saw.

The Road (previewed here at USToday - coming out this fall ??)

The Road is a 2006 novel by American writer Cormac McCarthy. It is a post-apocalyptic tale describing a journey taken by a father and his young son over a period of several months across a landscape blasted years before by an unnamed cataclysm that destroyed civilization

The film, which stars Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron and 11-year-old Kodi Smit-McPhee, also was shot in Katrina-ravaged New Orleans and on Mount St. Helens in Washington state for scenes of devastation.




And what started all this? A song by Siouxsie Sue and the Banshees. Quite haunting in my opinion. It used to get lots of airplay around here.

"Cities in Dust" was written and recorded by English rock band Siouxsie & the Banshees.

The song obliquely describes the city of Pompeii, destroyed in a volcanic eruption in 79 AD.




Water was running; children were running
You were running out of time
Under the mountain, a golden fountain
Were you praying at the lares shrine?
But oh your city lies in dust, my friend

We found you hiding we found you lying
Choking on the dirt and sand
Your former glories and all the stories
Dragged and washed with eager hands

But oh your city lies in dust, my friend

Hot and burning in your nostrils
Pouring down your gaping mouth
Your molten bodies blanket of cinders
Caught in the throes .......

And your city lies in dust




2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just a note

The Lyrics are from Apocolyptic bebop by the Nails not home of the brave...

busterp said...

Link to Home of the Brave at the top has Apocolypitc Bebop in the lyrics (which I added just below link).