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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 1:16 pm    Post subject: champagne moments from absent friends Reply with quote

so, what are your champagne moments from absent friends? little bits of things that you think add extra class? here are mine:

On 'Absent Friends' - two here... firstly, the lyric 'maybe next time, steve' - it's great that a man can include the word 'steve' in a clause on its own on a song of this quality. Also, the big 'grave' note - whoop de doo!!

On 'Sticks and Stones' - the bit where Yann Tiersen's accordion goes nuclear, before the first chorus.

On 'Leaving Today' - both choruses. meltworthy.

On 'Come Home Billy Bird' - the way the rest of the band comes in again on 'damn my luggage!'

On 'My Imaginary Friend' - 'that's right!' in the background after 'peripatetically'... as if he KNOWS he's just done another one of 'those lyrics'...

On 'The Wreck of the Beautiful' - the bassoon (I think!) at the end is sheer class, but I think the tooth-black darkness of this song overall does it, to be honest.

On 'Our Mutual Friend' - obvious... 'Our Mutual Frieeeeeeeeeeee....'

On 'The Happy Goth' - spoken parts of end chorus/manic flutes.

On 'Freedom Road' - the boingy bassline.

I can't pick anything out on 'Laika's Theme', though I do love it.

On 'Charmed Life' - the way the music mirrors Neil singing about a 'little row-boat' at the end, and the strange ending.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 1:57 pm    Post subject: Re: champagne moments from absent friends Reply with quote

stilton cheese wrote:
On 'My Imaginary Friend' - 'that's right!' in the background after 'peripatetically'... as if he KNOWS he's just done another one of 'those lyrics'...


Yeah, I love that bit too. A sort of knowing wink at the listener. I'm sure only Neil could put that word into a song and get away with it.

I can list plenty, but I'll do that later. One immediate one that sends shivers down my spine though is the chorus bit from 'Wreck Of The Beautiful' - "I thought I heard her call" sounds so ghostly and distant. And the whole song really captures an underwater feel.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 2:02 pm    Post subject: Re: champagne moments from absent friends Reply with quote

Mr Nude wrote:
And the whole song really captures an underwater feel.


I love the final bit, at the very end. What instrument is that? I was always a disaster at identifying instruments in music exams. Confused
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For me, the title song captures everything I've ever loved about the Divine Comedy; the wit, the literary references, the massive orchestration, etc, etc, and the moment where the song suddenly soars into 'Steve McQueen/ Jumped the first one clean' seems to epitomise the album.


Our Mutual Friend's obviously fairly good as well...
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ozymandias wrote:
For me, the title song captures everything I've ever loved about the Divine Comedy; the wit, the literary references, the massive orchestration, etc, etc, and the moment where the song suddenly soars into 'Steve McQueen/ Jumped the first one clean' seems to epitomise the album.


What he/she said Yes Yes

I also love the line "Maybe next time, Steve". I always think when I watch that film (which is quite often) that this'll be the time he does it. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 2:37 pm    Post subject: Re: champagne moments from absent friends Reply with quote

Lilypod wrote:
What instrument is that? I was always a disaster at identifying instruments in music exams. Confused


I have no idea! I'm crap at identifying (musical) instruments, too. But it's very lovely!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

its a bassoon so it is
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

luvly horse wrote:
its a bassoon


No need to be rude, dear!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

eh?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You offering him cake?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 3:13 pm    Post subject: Re: champagne moments from absent friends Reply with quote

stilton cheese wrote:
so, what are your champagne moments from absent friends? little bits of things that you think add extra class?

The first 45 minutes 56 seconds. Seriously. There isn't a part on it that I'm not massivley impressed with. Am worried that this feeling might wear off, and I don't want it to. I'M HOOKED ON PLAYING THE THING NOW! (9th listen at the moment)
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never mind! It was a joke that didn't work out! I hate the internet!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

que?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tsk, and now there's two replies making my last post look stupid. Groo!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the bit on Leaving Today when Neil hits the high notes; 'I would stay if you asked me' etc.

I like to sing along too loudly in my car in the style of Alan Partridge singing 'you don't remember me do you?' from It Started With A Kiss by Hot Chocolate in the first series of I'm Alan Partridge.

I can't sing by the way.

Other bubbly bits I guess are the pre-intro bit of Happy Goth, all of Sticks and Stones, the chorus of Wreck of the Beautiful, all of Come Home Billy Bird, and well where do you stop?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it only me who thinks the vocals to Happy Goth sound like they've been recorded in a public toilet ?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

great thread, im gonna listen through the album now, and ill jot em down!

post on way...
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Laika flew through inky blue
'Til Laika neared the atmosphere and Laika knew
Laika's life was through."

That's another favourite bit of mine. We've mentioned Laika in that other thread but after seeing a picture of her the thought of the poor thing floating to her death makes me sad.

And it's a nice touch to mention her in the first song and then have a piece of music in her name near the end of the album. Yay!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absent Friends
---------------
The Intro
Oboe entry around 0.48
Staccato Muted brass at 1.00
French Horn counter melody 1.05 onwards.
"drove poor oscar to his GRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAVE" wonderful.


Sticks and Stones
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Double Bass.
Brass Staccato and Fall at 1.00
Then the Chorus. Phwwwwwwwar!
Weird pianoy thing at 2.00
3.30 onwards "spare a thought for my heart" and instrumental. this made me cry on first listen with proper album


Leaving Today
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when the strings first come in at 1.02. it just made me cry.
Strings at 2.35
Double Bass at 3.20
New chord at 3.33
Bass note/chord change on "my taxi has arrrrived" at 3.20

Our Mutual Friend
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2.09 change in bass notes. "then privately we danced" i think this bit is pretty special.
the whole instrumental outro. made me cry several times now!


Freedom Road
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French Horn - 1.35, 1.55
chord change at 2.09
harpsichord thing at 2.40, love this.
french horn just before 3.00

infact, i love the french horn throughout this song.

chord change again at 3.18


Laika's Theme
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sustained notes starting at 0.28
Strings at 1.26
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For **'s sake Phil can you be bit more specific?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sorry. i thought thats what everyone else was doing Confused
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

feel a fool now.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

>"drove poor oscar to his GRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAVE"

I want him to do this at the end of 'Our Mutual Friend'.. Scream I mean, not sing grave.. I want him to go all Through A Long And Sleepless Night on us.... but he doesn't. That doesn't detract from it being the best track on the elpee mind. Our Mutual Friend I mean, not TALASN. In fact, that probably is too come to think of it. Very good.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The noises that sound like a dog panting at the end of 'My Imaginary Friend'. I love that.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2004 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah, them dog panting noises are great Very Happy plus when he says about ben disappearing up the creek, i keep being convinced he's gonna say 's**t creek' but he never does.

and charmed life, for some reason i like the way he says 'about' when he sings 'i never really worry about making lots of money and such' in a kind of half whisper way. and the ending. lovely song. yeah*

and all of freedom road, it's a great song. love his americany kinda accent thing.

and also that 'graaaave' bit in absent friends as mentioned.


*added 'yeah' copyright of mister neil.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2004 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

airboy paul wrote:
plus when he says about ben disappearing up the creek, i keep being convinced he's gonna say 's**t creek' but he never does.


He already does a 's**t' in Freedom Road - two shits would be excessive!
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hello! i'm new. i'd wave but this silly thing won't let me. Love the tamborine on Our Mutual Friend, it sounds really stately. And when the strings really begin to fly when Neil has finnished. Does'nt it make you want to stand up straight? Leaving Today made my cry, especially "goodbye sweet simple life" before he goes into The Dogs and the Horses for a moment. I'm just addicted to the whole thing, 11 listens since friday, and i couldn't sleep the othe night because it was in my head. I may need a doctor. Confused
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2004 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello hanibul, welcome to the board. There is a wave, it's in the 'view more emoticons' bit.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2004 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hello! Laughing it did come up last time then buggered off again. hm.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2004 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello hanibul
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2004 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr Nude wrote:
airboy paul wrote:
plus when he says about ben disappearing up the creek, i keep being convinced he's gonna say 's**t creek' but he never does.


He already does a 's**t' in Freedom Road - two shits would be excessive!


ah but surely two s**t's aren't anywhere near as excessive as a **? he's already done a s**t in casanova (poor lad), then a ** with nigel, and then back down to a s**t in his friends. surely we need more shits for the museum of the.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2004 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

airboy paul wrote:
ah but surely two s**t's aren't anywhere near as excessive as a **?


I think that's my favourite sentence of all time!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2004 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our Mutual Friend,
" above the beat" ch-ch-ch-ch.
or something like that.
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Jennifer wrote:
Hello hanibul

hello.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2004 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Serendipity wrote:
Our Mutual Friend,
" above the beat" ch-ch-ch-ch.
or something like that.


that bit always reminds of the mary whitehouse experience (i think it was) with the dancing dad who says "thats a good beat" then proceeeds to do the crappest dance ever
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luvly horse wrote:
Serendipity wrote:
Our Mutual Friend,
" above the beat" ch-ch-ch-ch.
or something like that.


that bit always reminds of the mary whitehouse experience (i think it was) with the dancing dad who says "thats a good beat" then proceeeds to do the crappest dance ever


I still do that now! I liked the Mary Whitehouse Experience. Very good show.

That's you that is.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2004 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

and thats your mum

(i do it too)

milky milky
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2004 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wish they'd release that on DVD. I can still remember it as if it was yesterday (so on second thoughts, maybe I don't need a DVD after all).
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2004 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's nooo need for that to happen

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