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Lazarus and the Gimp
05-03-2005, 21:09:36
O Superman. O judge. O Mom and Dad. Mom and Dad.
O Superman. O judge. O Mom and Dad. Mom and Dad.
Hi. I'm not home right now. But if you want to leave a
message, just start talking at the sound of the tone.
Hello? This is your Mother. Are you there? Are you
coming home?
Hello? Is anybody home? Well, you don't know me,
but I know you.
And I've got a message to give to you.
Here come the planes.
So you better get ready. Ready to go. You can come
as you are, but pay as you go. Pay as you go.

And I said: OK. Who is this really? And the voice said:
This is the hand, the hand that takes. This is the
hand, the hand that takes.
This is the hand, the hand that takes.
Here come the planes.
They're American planes. Made in America.
Smoking or non-smoking?
And the voice said: Neither snow nor rain nor gloom
of night shall stay these couriers from the swift
completion of their appointed rounds.

'Cause when love is gone, there's always justice.
And when justive is gone, there's always force.
And when force is gone, there's always Mom. Hi Mom!

So hold me, Mom, in your long arms. So hold me,
Mom, in your long arms.
In your automatic arms. Your electronic arms.
In your arms.
So hold me, Mom, in your long arms.
Your petrochemical arms. Your military arms.
In your electronic arms.

That song was playing on "The Blue Room" as I woke up at 6.30 this morning. When I was 11 it went right over my head, but coming conscious to it this morning was one of those "few times in a lifetime" musical experiences.

It must be the oddest song ever to be a major hit, but it's a work of genius.

05-03-2005, 21:43:54
There is something about her that has always reached out and grabbed me by the liver. When I see her perform I can't take my eyes off her and my jaw drops open...so intense

07-03-2005, 09:06:23
i was listening to this the other day. brilliant track, i have some of her other work as well. I think i got clued on to her by a seminar leader from my philosophy and art classes at uni.

07-03-2005, 14:15:28
Who/what is it?

07-03-2005, 14:45:17
Laurie Anderson

Sorry for not mentioning

Lazarus and the Gimp
07-03-2005, 17:39:18
Laurie Anderson's "O Superman". It's a long, minimalist piece of electronica from 1982. What makes it so riveting is the way it veers from comforting to scary to eleating without changing tone at any point. It's like hearing an accidental broadcast from another dimension.

She's Lou Reed's other half these days.

07-03-2005, 20:15:48

Thank you, Laz.

I'm sort of speechless right now.

Lazarus and the Gimp
07-03-2005, 20:25:24
Have you had a stroke?

07-03-2005, 20:26:14
Possibly. I'm on my third listen through that song. I'm going to have to turn it off before something pops.

Fergus & The Brazen Car
25-04-2005, 15:57:51
I dearly loved this song when it came out- when I was in my last year in the sixth form, if I recall correctly.

It did spur me on to buy 'Big Science' and the double album 'You're The Guy I Want To Share My Money With' with William Burroughs and John Giorno, and the New York compilation with the track 'New York Social Life' which I seem to recall is just answerphone messages talking to each other. Very droll, that.

Then when I moved to London, much much later in life, I was at a record fair in Camden Town Hall annexe and managed to pick up her live recording 'United States I-IV' for only 10.00.

I loved her live album from New York too- recorded shortly after 11th September 2001. It's very moving indeed.

Walrus Feeder
25-04-2005, 23:50:04
Mike from Muf dressed for duty??!!