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Re: 'I watched it for a little while..'

Postby Jumper K » 11 May 2018, 20:54

BOLLY BEE wrote:It's not a matter of recognising the chord - it's the subconscious impact that it has. Same thing with colours.

In my chromesthetic mind Lou always invokes Monkeyshit Brown.

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Postby Dor-Relip Hotels and Bathings » 11 May 2018, 20:56

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Postby Deebank » 11 May 2018, 21:00

I was willing to think you might have some highly developed synaesthetic sense or perfect pitch however a quick google reveals It starts on a G.
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Re: 'I watched it for a little while..'

Postby Quaco » 11 May 2018, 21:07

Does the song have a specific meaning? I've never quite understood it. It seems to be thoughts upon watching a NASA launch on TV, though what Harry, Mark, and John have to do with it, I have never known. Am I missing a specific interpretation?
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Postby harvey k-tel » 11 May 2018, 21:21

Love it to bits. I'm trying to remember when I bought the album - I think it was when I was a student in Montreal, living on my own, but I do remember loving that song right from the get-go.
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Re: 'I watched it for a little while..'

Postby Deebank » 11 May 2018, 21:22

Pansy Puff wrote:
BOLLY BEE wrote:It's not a matter of recognising the chord - it's the subconscious impact that it has. Same thing with colours.

And the overtones (if that's the right word, T5D?). The chord if F has no open strings whereas the chord of G has 3 and the G string us still open on the A7. I think these kinds of things make a difference.


Sure, there’s a difference between ‘open’ chords and barre chords and different inversions on guitar but it’s a
piano chord in this instance isn’t it?
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Postby Dor-Relip Hotels and Bathings » 11 May 2018, 22:23

I'm probably not the only person here who first heard it on this:

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It's the opening track, and by some distance the best thing there.
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Postby Snarfyguy » 11 May 2018, 23:58

Transformer is probably his best solo album, but it does suffer from some bad lyrics and a few rote numbers (Wagon Wheel, Hanging Around come to mind).

Satellite of Love is pretty glorious though.
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Re: 'I watched it for a little while..'

Postby Nikki Gradual » 12 May 2018, 00:01

It's rubbish. A throwaway novelty song knocked out in two minutes just to take the piss out of Bowie. Lou would be shitting himself laughing that anyone is taking it seriously.
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Re: 'I watched it for a little while..'

Postby The Slider » 12 May 2018, 07:45

He should have written it in Dm
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Re: 'I watched it for a little while..'

Postby Positive Passion » 12 May 2018, 08:24

It is a decent track, but not the best thing on transformer or that Lou ever did (which is intro/sweet jane on rock 'n' roll animal).

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Re: 'I watched it for a little while..'

Postby mentalist (slight return) » 12 May 2018, 08:58

BOLLY BEE wrote:I'm probably not the only person here who first heard it on this:

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It's the opening track, and by some distance the best thing there.


Yep cassette. Although I do love Coney Island Baby, the last track.
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Re: 'I watched it for a little while..'

Postby Matt Wilson » 14 May 2018, 17:02

Positive Passion wrote:It is a decent track, but not the best thing on transformer or that Lou ever did (which is intro/sweet jane on rock 'n' roll animal).


Lou had absolutely nothing to do with that intro.
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Re: 'I watched it for a little while..'

Postby Snarfyguy » 14 May 2018, 17:19

Matt Wilson wrote:
Positive Passion wrote:It is a decent track, but not the best thing on transformer or that Lou ever did (which is intro/sweet jane on rock 'n' roll animal).


Lou had absolutely nothing to do with that intro.

Indeed, he wasn't even there (you can hear the applause when he walks on at 3:30, as the song proper gets underway).

But it's got his name on it, I guess.

Someone on here called it "proggy nonsense" once. I had to laugh because it's kind of true.
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Re: 'I watched it for a little while..'

Postby Matt Wilson » 14 May 2018, 17:23

Snarfyguy wrote:
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Positive Passion wrote:It is a decent track, but not the best thing on transformer or that Lou ever did (which is intro/sweet jane on rock 'n' roll animal).


Lou had absolutely nothing to do with that intro.

Indeed, he wasn't even there (you can here the applause when he walks on at 3:30, as the song proper gets underway).

But it's got his name on it, I guess.

Someone on here called it "proggy nonsense" once. I had to laugh because it's kind of true.


He's said in interviews that he doesn't even like that intro. Too much guitar, I guess.

I've always enjoyed it.
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Re: 'I watched it for a little while..'

Postby Dor-Relip Hotels and Bathings » 14 May 2018, 17:33

You would
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Re: 'I watched it for a little while..'

Postby Matt Wilson » 14 May 2018, 17:45

Of course, it's good.

Same reason you don't enjoy it.
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Re: 'I watched it for a little while..'

Postby Positive Passion » 14 May 2018, 17:54

Matt Wilson wrote:
Positive Passion wrote:It is a decent track, but not the best thing on transformer or that Lou ever did (which is intro/sweet jane on rock 'n' roll animal).


Lou had absolutely nothing to do with that intro.


Yes indeed, but you can't really divorce the two, so you can call the combination a collaboration if yiu like - but it is still his best.

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Re: 'I watched it for a little while..'

Postby Quaco » 14 May 2018, 18:57

The song's good but it's part of why (IMO) people overrate Transformer. It's not as good as Berlin, but it does have the Bowie/Ronson thing and has a great front cover.
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