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    Posted: December 13 2021 at 17:18
I bought "The Oblivion Particle" by Spocks Beard on the strength of its title. Short but strong. I also liked the title for Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep. The cover for "Brief Nocturnes..." is also very evocative to me. 

For some reason I seem to be drawn to album and song titles with "dream" in them.


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Jesu's "Eevryday I Get Closer to the Light from Which I Came" seems a great title.

Post rock genre in general has elaborated taste to some fairly good poetic images in titles (like "Millions Now Living Will Never Die" by Tortoise)
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Van der Graaf Generator (UK) - H to He Who Am the Only One (1970)

We've talked about this title pretty much already, but nevertherless, I'd like to tell some more even I've already told it in another thread, and it's not about the title itself but about how I've experienced the music in relation to the lyrics:

The first times I heard this album, it didn't tell me very much, almost boring. But I got the idea to look at the lyrics, which appeared very suprisingly to be, in my subjective opinion, the best lyrics I've ever seen - very poetic and emotional, and yet, easy to understand and thus very informative and profound.
And then, the whole album became a very otherwise experience, as I found the music fit so well with the lyrics, and after some more listnings, this album simply became a "mind blowing" and so great experience.
It was something so wonderful new for me because it never happened to me before - at least not so intense at all.


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Celeste's Principe Di Un Giorno ("Prince of One Day").
"It just has none of the qualities of your work that I find interesting. Abandon [?] it." - Eno
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Originally posted by moshkito moshkito wrote:

Hi,

"You ... are no longer a vision, or a poem."

My own written some 30 years ago.

Can you relate it to some music?
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Hi,

"You ... are no longer a vision, or a poem."

My own written some 30 years ago.
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Judas Priest (UK) - Sad Wings of Destiny (1976)

I find this album title very poetic, and most of the song titles tell already what kind of sad destiny it's about:
Tyrant, Genocide, Island of Domination, Victim of Changes, Ripper
while lyrics of Genocide doesn't leave one with any doubt:

Mercenary battalions
Are poised to strike us down
Terminations conquest
Upon us now full grown
Save me, my heart's open wide
Help me, no question of pride
Save me, my people have died
Total genocide
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Yello - You Gotta Say Yes to Another Excess
 

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Caravan - If I Cold Do It All Over Again I'd Do It All Over You - not only poetic but witty too.
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Mahavishnu Orchestra (USA) - Birds of Fire (1973)

This poetic title (and the name of the band) is related to the fact that John MacLaughlin, the English frontman of the band, was very much inspired by some Indian religion/philosophy or maybe an Indian version of Christianity - I know only a little about it but I can tell as much.

On the rear of the cover of this album is a beautiful poem by Sri Chinmoy and the first stanza says:

No more my heart shall sob or grieve.
My days and nights dissolve in God's own light.
Above the toil of life my soul 
Is a Bird of Fire winging the Infinite.


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Thank you very much for your explanation, siLLy puPPy. With this anatomic picture, I  can see now what you mean.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote siLLy puPPy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 13 2021 at 08:11
Originally posted by David_D David_D wrote:

Originally posted by JD JD wrote:

Ok, I see what you mean. Honestly, I didn't see the floating scale as testicles, but I can accept your interpretation.

Well, I don't see that, either.


Seriuosliy? That's the first think i noticed when i first encountered this album but then again i did spend a great deal of time in anatomy and biology classes Big smile

What i love about many of these older prog albums is that they crafted surreal cover art that has multiple meanings or at least can be perceived as having multiple meanings.


Van Der Graaf Generator H To He, Who Am The Only One album cover


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Originally posted by JD JD wrote:

Ok, I see what you mean. Honestly, I didn't see the floating scale as testicles, but I can accept your interpretation.

Well, I don't see that, either.
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Originally posted by siLLy puPPy siLLy puPPy wrote:

Originally posted by JD JD wrote:

This part is a little Wacko if you ask me. I'm not sure I'm totally on board with it.
Where the hell did the testosterone and the rest of this come from? A lyric in the songs? It certainly can't be ascertained from the album title.


(Quote @siLLy puPPy)
and that a man who is filled with testosterone and damaged psychologically can usurp power and go on to do nasty things by placing himself as the center of the universe and therefore making it possible to justify ruthless actions no matter how brutal or cruel.


Dude, the frickin album cover displays a pair of testicles! Where the hell do you think the testosterone comes from LOL???

My analysis came from the cover art symbology primarily, but the song titles and lyrics do follow the overarching theme.
Ok, I see what you mean. Honestly, I didn't see the floating scale as testicles, but I can accept your interpretation.
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Oh right, Zappa.

"Weasels Ripped my Flesh"; "Burnt Weeny Sandwich"

So poetic. Poetry can be weird.
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^ ah, thanks for that! I wasn't sure who copied who since they basically appeared on the music scene roughly about the same time in the late 60s

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Originally posted by siLLy puPPy siLLy puPPy wrote:

Originally posted by JD JD wrote:

This part is a little Wacko if you ask me. I'm not sure I'm totally on board with it.
Where the hell did the testosterone and the rest of this come from? A lyric in the songs? It certainly can't be ascertained from the album title.


(Quote @siLLy puPPy)
and that a man who is filled with testosterone and damaged psychologically can usurp power and go on to do nasty things by placing himself as the center of the universe and therefore making it possible to justify ruthless actions no matter how brutal or cruel.


Dude, the frickin album cover displays a pair of testicles! Where the hell do you think the testosterone comes from LOL???

My analysis came from the cover art symbology primarily, but the song titles and lyrics do follow the overarching theme.

You are definitely right with your comparison to David Bowie in your review. Bowie was a huge fan of Peter Hammill; he once called himself "poor man's Peter Hammill" in an interview. He also was at the reunion concert of VdGG on May 6th 2005.


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Originally posted by JD JD wrote:

This part is a little Wacko if you ask me. I'm not sure I'm totally on board with it.
Where the hell did the testosterone and the rest of this come from? A lyric in the songs? It certainly can't be ascertained from the album title.


(Quote @siLLy puPPy)
and that a man who is filled with testosterone and damaged psychologically can usurp power and go on to do nasty things by placing himself as the center of the universe and therefore making it possible to justify ruthless actions no matter how brutal or cruel.


Dude, the frickin album cover displays a pair of testicles! Where the hell do you think the testosterone comes from LOL???

My analysis came from the cover art symbology primarily, but the song titles and lyrics do follow the overarching theme.

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David Sylvian has a ton (not to mention his song titles!):
Secrets of the Beehive
Brilliant Trees
Snow Borne Sorrow
When Loud Weather Buffeted Naoshima
There's a Light that Enters Houses with no Other House in Sight

I happen to think "Unfolded Like Staircase" by Discipline is a fine example, too.

I really enjoy the following, which I also think is totally off kilter: "Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch" by Frank Zappa
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