Beastie Boys: Off the Grid

Who knew the Beasties could be so psychedelically cinematic? I love the staircase riff about 1:30 in. 

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Gary Numan: The ache of unrequited love

I was so married that I thought I would never be with another man for the rest of my days. About ten years in, I began to miss the ache of unrequited love. It is a distinct pain, that longing, one that can have an edge of pleasure. And I thought it was something I would never experience again. Strange thing to miss. 

In my dark teenage goth phase, Gary Numan was cool. I would listen to one song over and over on my cassette and rewind, straining to understand the mumbly words. Pre-internet, of course.

So I had the ache again, a blessing and curse,  and it actually reminds me of the angst of youth: parallels. So with that, I leave you to the lyrics, and you don’t even have to rewind your tape. Let me know what you think this song is about.

Gary Numan

Gary Numan-Are Friends Electric

It’s cold outside

And the paint’s peeling off of my walls

There’s a man outside

In a long coat, grey hat, smoking a cigarette

Now the light fades out

And I wonder what I’m doing in a room like this

There’s a knock on the door

And just for a second I thought I remembered you

So now I’m alone

Now I can think for myself

About little deals and issues

And things that I just don’t understand

A white lie that night

Or a sly touch at times

I don’t think it mean anything to you

So I open the door

It’s the friend that I’d left in the hallway

‘Please sit down’

A candlelit’shadow on a wall near the bed

You know I hate to ask

But are ‘friends’ electric?

Only mine’s broke down

And now I’ve no-one to love

So I found out your reasons

For the phone calls and smiles

And it hurts and I’m lonely

And I should never have tried

And I missed you tonight

So it’s time to leave

You see it meant everything to me

I want a Movie Kiss…and a Lite Brite.

PleaseRock is an insanely talented, versatile group of Atlanta musicians. It brings me great joy to present this artsy clip (technically from YOU). Huge props for the time involved creating the video. You need more than 20 secs. of patience before the animation really begins. Love this song. Although, if it ever got big, Prince might sue them for the keyboard section that sounds like “Beautiful Ones”.