Wednesday, February 12, 2014

"Faust Arp" vs "Meeting In The Aisle"

Check out the bracket before we get started.

"Faust Arp"

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Wakey wakey
Rise and shine
It's on again, off again, on again
Watch me fall
Like domino's
In pretty patterns
Fingers in the blackbird pie
I'm tingling tingling tingling
It's what you feel now
What you ought to, what you ought to
Reasonable and sensible
Dead from the neck up
Because I'm stuffed, stuffed, stuffed
We thought you had it in you
But no, no, no
For no real reason

Squeeze the tubes and empty bottles
Take a bow take a bow take a bow
It's what you feel now
What you ought to
What you ought to
An elephant thats in the room is
Tumbling tumbling tumbling
In duplicate and duplicate
Plastic bags and
Duplicate and triplicate
Dead from the neck up
Guess I'm stuffed, stuffed, stuffed
We thought you had it in you
But no, no, no
Exactly where do you get off
Is enough is enough is enough
I love you but enough is enough, enough
A last stop
There's no real reason

(2007. In Rainbows)

This is an interesting arrangement of acoustic guitar, strings, and lyrics that fill the track. It sounds like Thom Yorke is standing very close to the microphone or something in a way that, as a listener, I don't always hear the accompaniment.  Unlike a lot of Radiohead songs, the lyrics are front and center for this one and there are a lot of them! Radiohead lyrics aren't always so lengthy. All in all a good song, but not my favorite type of Radiohead song.

"Meeting In The Aisle"


(1997. Karma Police. Airbag/How Am I Driving. No Surprises/Running From Demons.)

My first thought on listening to this song is that it would have been a great fit for the movie The Beach. Not that there are many aisles in that movie, but it has that trippy feel to it that the movie exudes. I always love a Radiohead instrumental because usually I am so enamored by Thom Yorke's voice that it's special to love one of their songs solely for the instruments.

And the winner is...

Wow, this is a tough one! Honestly, I don't LOVE either one, but I like both. Aweajdksljdklas! Which one wins!? Okay let's see: I like "Faust Arp" because of the lyrics, but I like "Meeting In The Aisles" because of the driving instruments. However, "Faust Arp" has great accompaniment, too, so I think the winner will be...

Fasut Arp!

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