History Fridge / Music

8th Oct '17 1:38:31 PM nombretomado
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* The ManicStreetPreachers have a song called "4st 7lb", about an anorexic teenager. It starts out fairly fast and with lots of guitars, then for the last few verses switches to a much slower tempo with more minimalist accompaniment and a slightly altered melody. This never made me dislike it, but it did seem odd - until one day it occurred to me that the slower tempo and starker sound could be seen as a metaphor for the girl's metabolism and physical functions slowing down as she starves to death and her body shuts down. (Yeah, it's cheerful stuff.) -- {{Calla}}

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* The ManicStreetPreachers Music/ManicStreetPreachers have a song called "4st 7lb", about an anorexic teenager. It starts out fairly fast and with lots of guitars, then for the last few verses switches to a much slower tempo with more minimalist accompaniment and a slightly altered melody. This never made me dislike it, but it did seem odd - until one day it occurred to me that the slower tempo and starker sound could be seen as a metaphor for the girl's metabolism and physical functions slowing down as she starves to death and her body shuts down. (Yeah, it's cheerful stuff.) -- {{Calla}}
7th Oct '17 4:18:42 PM nombretomado
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* I first heard the BlackEyedPeas song "Imma Be" during the WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows review, and agreed with him that the title sounds entirely too much like "I'm a bee", and the single's cover itself admits it. Upon reflection, that may have been the entire point of the title. The video is apparently about the evils of assimilation and the whole idea of producing music mechanically, with visuals involving robots and being literally stuck in a rut. In essence, creating a hive mind. In fact, the repetition of the line throughout the first part can only be described as [[StealthPun droning]]. Then you add in the actual verses about standing out from the crowd, and the term "Imma be" is now a positive message about having aspirations and personal interests. While sounding exactly the same as the previous term with the opposite meaning. -Tropers/FalconPain

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* I first heard the BlackEyedPeas Music/TheBlackEyedPeas song "Imma Be" during the WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows review, and agreed with him that the title sounds entirely too much like "I'm a bee", and the single's cover itself admits it. Upon reflection, that may have been the entire point of the title. The video is apparently about the evils of assimilation and the whole idea of producing music mechanically, with visuals involving robots and being literally stuck in a rut. In essence, creating a hive mind. In fact, the repetition of the line throughout the first part can only be described as [[StealthPun droning]]. Then you add in the actual verses about standing out from the crowd, and the term "Imma be" is now a positive message about having aspirations and personal interests. While sounding exactly the same as the previous term with the opposite meaning. -Tropers/FalconPain
29th Sep '17 12:55:24 PM Waffletom
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** Additional trivia: if one were to list all of Queen's studio album tracks in order, "39" would be the 39th song.
** "The Show Must Go On", which is about a dying performer, increases in tone by a half step in the second verse, giving the song a happier and more hopeful sound, [[HopeSpot only to return back to the original key before the chorus.]] Indeed, this was the last song the band recorded with Music/{{Freddie Mercury}} before his death.
17th Sep '17 6:03:21 PM nombretomado
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** It gets better. I didn't like [[TheyMightBeGiants Apollo 18]] at all -- until I realized that its songs were all references to bad SF/Fantasy movie tropes. ''The Statue Got Me High'' is all about the black monolith at the start of ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'', and referenced in other ArthurCClarke's works. -- zenfrodo

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** It gets better. I didn't like [[TheyMightBeGiants Apollo 18]] at all -- until I realized that its songs were all references to bad SF/Fantasy movie tropes. ''The Statue Got Me High'' is all about the black monolith at the start of ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'', and referenced in other ArthurCClarke's Creator/ArthurCClarke's works. -- zenfrodo
30th Jul '17 5:08:18 PM TheFunkyMan
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* It seems like Music/NeilYoung's "Rockin' In the Free World" has a serious lyrical disconnect between the verses (singing about the ills of the world) and the chorus (happily stating to "Keep on rockin' in the free world"). Then remember the last line of the first verse: "So I try to forget it any way I can." Rockin' in the free world is his way to forget it.

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* It seems like Music/NeilYoung's "Rockin' In the Free World" has a serious lyrical disconnect between the verses (singing about the ills of the world) and the chorus (happily stating to "Keep on rockin' in the free world"). Then remember the last line of the first verse: "So I try to forget it any way I can." Rockin' in the free world is his way to forget it.it.
* I totally dismissed Music/twentyonepilots' "Car Radio" when I first heard it. A few months later, it came up on a playlist one day as I was listening to music in my car. About a minute into the song, I said, out loud, "Is this about Kierkegaard?!" The rest of the song confirmed my suspicions. Now, "Car Radio" is one of my favorite songs. -TheFunkyMan
9th Jul '17 3:46:34 PM nombretomado
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* Music/{{Queen}}'s ''39' isn't about someone who returns from WorldWarII. It's about an astronaut in 2039, who returns from colonising other planets to find that time dilation has made him only one year older while his love has grown old.

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* Music/{{Queen}}'s ''39' isn't about someone who returns from WorldWarII.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. It's about an astronaut in 2039, who returns from colonising other planets to find that time dilation has made him only one year older while his love has grown old.
2nd Jul '17 12:23:56 PM nombretomado
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* The song ''Your Woman'' by White Town. I already knew most of the lyrics had double meanings, but reading a quote from the song writer made it clear that he meant wanted it that way. From TheOtherWiki: "The lyrics could mean 'Being a member of an orthodox Trotskyist / Marxist movement. Being a straight guy in love with a lesbian. Being a gay guy in love with a straight man. Being a straight girl in love with a lying, two-timing, fake-ass Marxist. The hypocrisy that results when love and lust get mixed up with highbrow ideals.' Many listeners also likened the song to a breakup letter, where the man reading the breakup letter imitates the woman's voice."

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* The song ''Your Woman'' by White Town. I already knew most of the lyrics had double meanings, but reading a quote from the song writer made it clear that he meant wanted it that way. From TheOtherWiki: Wiki/TheOtherWiki: "The lyrics could mean 'Being a member of an orthodox Trotskyist / Marxist movement. Being a straight guy in love with a lesbian. Being a gay guy in love with a straight man. Being a straight girl in love with a lying, two-timing, fake-ass Marxist. The hypocrisy that results when love and lust get mixed up with highbrow ideals.' Many listeners also likened the song to a breakup letter, where the man reading the breakup letter imitates the woman's voice."
1st Jul '17 11:38:39 AM BKelly95
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* I always thought it was weird that "Dark Horse" by Music/KatyPerry contains the lyrics "Make me your Aphrodite", because the music video takes place in Ancient Egypt and Aphrodite is an Ancient Greek goddess. But then I remembered that Alexander the Great, who was Greek, conquered Egypt and brought Greek culture to Egypt. After Alexander's death, one of his generals named Ptolemy became pharaoh, and all of the Ptolemy pharoahs (who were descended from him2 were also Greek. Because Alexander brought Greek culture to all the lands he conquered and the Greek Ptolemys worshipped their gods while they ruled Egypt, Aphrodite would have been worshipped in Ancient Egypt under the Ptolemys. [[AccidentallyCorrectWriting That probably wasn't intentional by the songwriters, but the video makes more sense now.]]

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* I always thought it was weird that "Dark Horse" by Music/KatyPerry contains the lyrics "Make me your Aphrodite", because the music video takes place in Ancient Egypt and Aphrodite is an Ancient Greek goddess. But then I remembered that Alexander the Great, who was Greek, conquered Egypt and brought Greek culture to Egypt. After Alexander's death, one of his generals named Ptolemy became pharaoh, and all of the Ptolemy pharoahs (who were descended from him2 were also Greek. Because Alexander brought Greek culture to all the lands he conquered and the Greek Ptolemys worshipped their gods while they ruled Egypt, Aphrodite would have been worshipped in Ancient Egypt under the Ptolemys. [[AccidentallyCorrectWriting That probably wasn't intentional by the songwriters, but the video makes more sense now.]]]]
* It seems like Music/NeilYoung's "Rockin' In the Free World" has a serious lyrical disconnect between the verses (singing about the ills of the world) and the chorus (happily stating to "Keep on rockin' in the free world"). Then remember the last line of the first verse: "So I try to forget it any way I can." Rockin' in the free world is his way to forget it.
18th Jun '17 7:32:34 AM Gosicrystal
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* I always thought it was weird that "Dark Horse" by Music/KatyPerry contains the lyrics "Make me your Aphrodite", because the music video takes place in Ancient Egypt and Aphrodite is an Ancient Greek goddess. But then I remembered that Alexander the Great, who was Greek, conquered Egypt and brought Greek culture to Egypt. After Alexander's death, one of his generals named Ptolemy became pharaoh, and all of the Ptolemy pharoahs (who were descended from him2 were also Greek. Because Alexander brought Greek culture to all the lands he conquered and the Greek Ptolemys worshipped their gods while they ruled Egypt, Aphrodite would have been worshipped in Ancient Egypt under the Ptolemys. [[AccidentallyAccurate That probably wasn't intentional by the songwriters, but the video makes more sense now.]]

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* I always thought it was weird that "Dark Horse" by Music/KatyPerry contains the lyrics "Make me your Aphrodite", because the music video takes place in Ancient Egypt and Aphrodite is an Ancient Greek goddess. But then I remembered that Alexander the Great, who was Greek, conquered Egypt and brought Greek culture to Egypt. After Alexander's death, one of his generals named Ptolemy became pharaoh, and all of the Ptolemy pharoahs (who were descended from him2 were also Greek. Because Alexander brought Greek culture to all the lands he conquered and the Greek Ptolemys worshipped their gods while they ruled Egypt, Aphrodite would have been worshipped in Ancient Egypt under the Ptolemys. [[AccidentallyAccurate [[AccidentallyCorrectWriting That probably wasn't intentional by the songwriters, but the video makes more sense now.]]
4th Jun '17 9:23:40 AM nombretomado
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* I'd always enjoyed the Movie WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas, and didn't question the "you really are a heel" line in You're a Mean One, Mister Grinch. Then I joined TVTropes, and the line made perfect sense. The narrorater is a) {{foreshadowing}} the HeelFaceTurn and b) giving a GeniusBonus to wrestling fans! -SenshiSun

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* I'd always enjoyed the Movie WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas, and didn't question the "you really are a heel" line in You're a Mean One, Mister Grinch. Then I joined TVTropes, Wiki/TVTropes, and the line made perfect sense. The narrorater is a) {{foreshadowing}} the HeelFaceTurn and b) giving a GeniusBonus to wrestling fans! -SenshiSun
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