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* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: If you happen to be of a far left persuasion, the press release for ''Luciferian Towers'', a very rare statement of intent from the band, counts as this.


* GeniusBonus: "Military Alphabet (Five Eyes All Blind)" is probably a reference to the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Eyes Five Eyes alliance]], a coalition of the intelligence agencies of the US, the UK, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand that has oft been criticized for spying on their respective nations' citizens and using their supranational status to ignore their own laws.

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* GeniusBonus: "Military Alphabet (Five Eyes All Blind)" is probably a reference to the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Eyes Five Eyes alliance]], a coalition of the intelligence agencies of the US, the UK, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand that has oft been criticized for spying on their respective nations' citizens and citizens, using their supranational status to ignore their own laws.laws, and pressuring neutral countries to support the invasion of Iraq.

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* GeniusBonus: "Military Alphabet (Five Eyes All Blind)" is probably a reference to the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Eyes Five Eyes alliance]], a coalition of the intelligence agencies of the US, the UK, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand that has oft been criticized for spying on their respective nations' citizens and using their supranational status to ignore their own laws.


** ''G_d's Pee at State's End!'' - "'Government Came' (9980.0 kHz 3617.1 kHz 4521.0 kHz) / Cliffs Gaze / Cliffs' Gaze at Empty Waters' Rise / Ashes to See or Nearer to Thee".

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** ''G_d's Pee at State's End!'' - "'Government Came' (9980.0 kHz 3617.1 kHz 4521.0 kHz) / Cliffs Gaze / Cliffs' Gaze at Empty Waters' Rise / Ashes to See Sea or Nearer to Thee".



** "The car's on fire, and there's no driver at the wheel..."
** "They don't sleep anymore on the beach."
** ''Everything'' Blaise Bailey Finnegan III says.

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** "The car's on fire, and there's no driver at the wheel..."
"[[labelnote:Explanation]]The opening words of "The Dead Flag Blues", frequently quoted whenever talking about anything dystopian or apocalyptic. The spoken word section of the song has almost become a copypasta in its own right[[/labelnote]]
** "They don't sleep anymore on the beach."
"[[labelnote:Explanation]]Similar to "The Dead Flag Blues", Murray Ostril's reminiscence in the intro to "Sleep" is oft-quoted for its poignancy[[/labelnote]]
** ''Everything'' Blaise Bailey Finnegan III says. The guy obviously has a screw loose but his anti-government rambling is both highly quotable and relatable to many listeners.



** '''[=H0PE=]'''


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* VindicatedByHistory: ''Yanqui UXO'' was somewhat coolly received when it first came out for doing away with the field recordings as well as its perceived lack of ambition and direction in comparison to ''Lift Your Skinny Fists'', but has seen increased appreciation in later years as a gorgeous album in its own right.


** ''G_d's Pee at State's End!'' - "'Government Came' (9980.0 kHz 3617.1 kHz 4521.0 kHz) / Cliffs Gaze / Cliffs' Gaze at Empty Waters' Rise / Ashes to See or Nearer to Thee".



* MainstreamObscurity: Godspeed You! Black Emperor are the darlings of critics everywhere, but very few outside the fanbase have ever heard of them.
** PopCultureIsolation: They're monstrously influential in the world of post-rock, but again, almost no one outside that community even knows they exist.

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* MainstreamObscurity: Godspeed You! Black Emperor are the darlings of critics everywhere, but very few outside the fanbase have ever heard of them.
them, much less heard their music. (The film ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' did feature the song "East Hastings", at least.)
** PopCultureIsolation: They're monstrously influential in the world of post-rock, post-rock (and on post-metal and post-rock[=/=]BlackMetal bands), but again, almost no one outside that community even knows they exist.

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* AlternateAesopInterpretation[=/=]AlternateCharacterInterpretation: "Blaise Bailey Finnegan III." Fans have reacted in different ways to the eponymous vox-pop interviewee whose rant provides the backbone of the song, and there are differing interpretations of the band's motivation for including it. Generally, it's presumed that they don't agree with all of his opinions, but nonetheless included them as a portrait of the discontent amongst the American working class (perhaps inspired by the words of the anarchist historian Howard Zinn, who wrote, "The cry of the poor may not always be just, but if you don't listen to it, you will never know what justice is"). However, there are other interpretations as well.


** Sophie Trudeau is probably the second most recognizable band member after Efrim, due to being one of the few constant members of this RevolvingDoorBand and her violin playing being one of the most important elements of their sound. It helps that she's currently [[TheSmurfettePrinciple the only girl]] in the band.

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** Sophie Trudeau is probably the second most recognizable band member after Efrim, due to being one of the few constant members of this RevolvingDoorBand RevolvingDoorBand, and her violin playing being one of the most important elements of their sound. It helps that she's currently [[TheSmurfettePrinciple the only girl]] in the band.



* SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome: Blaise Bailey Finnegan III's rant at a judge is this for many fans: "You think you're God because you have a robe and you can put people up the goddamn river for twenty years? Well, you're not!" Of course, for others it may verge into {{Narm}}.

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* SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome: Blaise Bailey Finnegan III's rant at a judge is this for many fans: "You think you're God because you have a robe robe, and you can put people up the goddamn river for twenty years? Well, you're not!" Of course, for others it may verge into {{Narm}}.

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** Editing the band's music together with videos of people ranting on the internet, such as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7I0GfLh4SGU Glenn Beck]] or [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfUFrgr1jCA Bagel Boss Guy]]. "Blaise Bailey Finnegan III" is especially useful for this purpose.


* SignatureSong: "The Dead Flag Blues" is their most famous song by a fair margin, but "East Hastings" and "Sleep" could also qualify.

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* SignatureSong: "The Dead Flag Blues" is their most famous song by a fair margin, but "East Hastings" and "Sleep" could also qualify. However, "Storm" has the most plays on several streaming websites these days, which might just be because it's the first song on their most famous album.


* FaceOfTheBand: Even though he's not the frontman in the traditional sense (and has repeatedly disclaimed the role), Efrim Menuck is the member that seems to get the most recognition. It's no doubt a contributing factor that he's been by far the member who has interacted most with the press.

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* FaceOfTheBand: Even though he's not the frontman in the traditional sense (and has repeatedly disclaimed the role), Efrim Menuck is the member that seems to get the most recognition. It's no doubt a contributing factor that he's been by far the member who has interacted most with the press. His [[WildHair distinctive appearance]] helps.
** Sophie Trudeau is probably the second most recognizable band member after Efrim, due to being one of the few constant members of this RevolvingDoorBand and her violin playing being one of the most important elements of their sound. It helps that she's currently [[TheSmurfettePrinciple the only girl]] in the band.

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* SignatureSong: "The Dead Flag Blues" is their most famous song by a fair margin, but "East Hastings" and "Sleep" could also qualify.


* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: They don't write lyrics, but their music just ''feels'' undeniably political. Sometimes the samples included with the songs are political in nature as well. Taken UpToEleven with the liner notes & press releases associated with ''"Luciferian Towers"'', which is likely, at least in part, the band's reaction to the increase in public displays of bigotry and intolerance during recent times (amongst the band's wishes are that "the expert [[PrecisionFStrike fuckers]] who broke the world never get to speak again"), not to mention events such as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grenfell_Tower_fire Grenfell Tower fire]] in London, which killed dozens due to the sheer negligence of the landlords and government.

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* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: They don't write lyrics, but their music just ''feels'' undeniably political. Sometimes If you happen to be of a far left persuasion, the samples included with the songs are political in nature as well. Taken UpToEleven with the liner notes & press releases associated with ''"Luciferian Towers"'', which is likely, at least in part, release for ''Luciferian Towers'', a very rare statement of intent from the band's reaction to the increase in public displays of bigotry and intolerance during recent times (amongst the band's wishes are that "the expert [[PrecisionFStrike fuckers]] who broke the world never get to speak again"), not to mention events such band, counts as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grenfell_Tower_fire Grenfell Tower fire]] in London, which killed dozens due to the sheer negligence of the landlords and government.this.


* {{Anvilicious}}/SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: They don't write lyrics, but their music just ''feels'' undeniably political. Sometimes the samples included with the songs are political in nature as well. Taken UpToEleven with the liner notes & press releases associated with ''"Luciferian Towers"'', which is likely, at least in part, the band's reaction to the increase in public displays of bigotry and intolerance during recent times (amongst the band's wishes are that "the expert [[PrecisionFStrike fuckers]] who broke the world never get to speak again"), not to mention events such as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grenfell_Tower_fire Grenfell Tower fire]] in London, which killed dozens due to the sheer negligence of the landlords and government.

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* {{Anvilicious}}/SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: {{Anvilicious}}: They don't write lyrics, but their music just ''feels'' undeniably political. Sometimes the samples included with the songs are political in nature as well. Taken UpToEleven with the liner notes & press releases associated with ''"Luciferian Towers"'', which is likely, at least in part, the band's reaction to the increase in public displays of bigotry and intolerance during recent times (amongst the band's wishes are that "the expert [[PrecisionFStrike fuckers]] who broke the world never get to speak again"), not to mention events such as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grenfell_Tower_fire Grenfell Tower fire]] in London, which killed dozens due to the sheer negligence of the landlords and government.



* CrossesTheLineTwice / SugarWiki/FunnyMoments: The opening of "Antennas to Heaven" ("Moya Sings Baby-O").
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: Has [[Heartwarming/GodspeedYouBlackEmperor its own page]].

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* CrossesTheLineTwice / SugarWiki/FunnyMoments: CrossesTheLineTwice: The opening of "Antennas to Heaven" ("Moya Sings Baby-O").
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: Has [[Heartwarming/GodspeedYouBlackEmperor its own page]].
Baby-O").



* FaceOfTheBand: Even though he's not the frontman in the traditional sense (and has repeatedly disclaimed the r¸ole), Efrim Menuck is the member that seems to get the most recognition. It's no doubt a contributing factor that he's been by far the member who has interacted most with the press.

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* FaceOfTheBand: Even though he's not the frontman in the traditional sense (and has repeatedly disclaimed the r¸ole), role), Efrim Menuck is the member that seems to get the most recognition. It's no doubt a contributing factor that he's been by far the member who has interacted most with the press.



* SugarWiki/FunnyMoments: The opening of "Antennas to Heaven" ("Moya Sings Baby-O").
* SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments: Has [[Heartwarming/GodspeedYouBlackEmperor its own page]].



* TearJerker: Has [[TearJerker/GodspeedYouBlackEmperor its own page]].

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* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: They don't write lyrics, but their music just ''feels'' undeniably political. Sometimes the samples included with the songs are political in nature as well. Taken UpToEleven with the liner notes & press releases associated with ''"Luciferian Towers"'', which is likely, at least in part, the band's reaction to the increase in public displays of bigotry and intolerance during recent times (amongst the band's wishes are that "the expert [[PrecisionFStrike fuckers]] who broke the world never get to speak again"), not to mention events such as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grenfell_Tower_fire Grenfell Tower fire]] in London, which killed dozens due to the sheer negligence of the landlords and government.
* TearJerker: Has [[TearJerker/GodspeedYouBlackEmperor its own page]].page]].
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* BrokenBase: ''[='=]Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress[='=]'' is shaping up to be this with some fans calling it one of their better albums and other fans calling it one of their worst.

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* BrokenBase: More or less everything they released after ''Lift Your Skinny Fists'' has caused this to some extent. ''[='=]Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress[='=]'' is shaping up to be this has it the worst, with some fans calling it one of their better albums and other fans calling it one of their worst.



* EnsembleDarkhorse: Blaise Bailey Finnegan III, primarily due to being an incredibly quotable CrazySurvivalist / ConspiracyTheorist and the fact that he's very heavily sampled on two different songs, more than anyone else in the band's discography.


* NeverLiveItDown: Not the band, but the fan base: It's pretty unlikely anybody will let others forget that they drove someone from ''almost'' giving them the infamous ''All Lights Fucked on the Hairy Amp Drooling'' away from Reddit.

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