Nightmare Fuel: Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Yeah, listening to GYBE in the middle of the night or while trying to sleep is usually a bad idea.
- F♯ A♯ ∞, which is an album ruminating about the apocalypse.
The car is on fire, and there’s no driver at the wheel
- The first track of the album, “The Dead Flag Blues” has the following monologue spoken in a sombre monotone, which, whether it is a Dying Dream, drug-induced hallucination, or an actual Apocalyptic Log, is oppressingly dire:
And the sewers are all muddied with a thousand lonely suicides
And a dark wind blowsThe government is corrupt
And we’re on so many drugs
With the radio on and the curtains drawnWe’re trapped in the belly of this horrible machine
And the machine is bleeding to death [...]The buildings tumbled in on themselves
Mothers clutching babies
Picked through the rubble
And pulled out their hairThe skyline was beautiful on fire
All twisted metal stretching upwards
Everything washed in a thin orange haze...
- That drone underneath said monologue is creepy in and of itself.
- The second song, “East Hastings”, was used extensively in the movie 28 Days Later, whose director claimed that he had the song in mind when making it. The end of the track, “Drugs in Tokyo/Black Helicopter”, is particularly unsettling.
- Lift Your Skinny Fists is the band’s brightest album as a whole, but the track “Static” deserves to be here. To hear a guy babbling on about seeing the face of God and dying over a beautiful, somber violin solo creates a Soundtrack Dissonance that is quite disturbing. And then there's the second half of the track, “World Police and Friendly Fire/The Buildings They Are Sleeping Now”, whose eeriness can’t be easily described in words.
- Any time the guitarists start playing with screwdrivers, this trope is sure to ensue.
- “George Bush Cut Up While Talking” consists of a strange buzz-like noise, a high-pitched voice reciting “It is a predominant question: why am I here, and what can I do to make it better? How can I do what is right?” on a loop, and George Bush giving a speech, cut up into random excerpts punctuated by quick, short bursts of applause that sound like static. The combination is terrifying.
- It also doesn’t help that Bush’s speech was cut up to resemble things like “I am against tolerance”. As if the man being in office for eight years wasn’t terrifying enough on its own.