And now I'll fulfill my own decree by continuing an existing conversation. Score!
ggh wrote:I can't tell if that's sarcasm.... I'm guessing no, but for those playing along at home, the song begins with "Oh, Hell, trouble is coming/Out here in panic and alarm" and has such uplifting lines as "Fear will take the place of desire" and "Ghost cars on the freeway/Like friends that you thought you had/One by one, they're disappearing".Gingercat wrote:In The Lowlands is such a cheerful, catchy tune!
In keeping with my nature, it was both serious and sarcasm in equal measure. I feel that this particular one can be either uplifting or quite depressing, depending on the mood of the listener. I know it's had both effects on me at different times; if happy, I can sing along in an amused manner. If sad, I feel sadder! (Especially when encountering the Ghost Cars.)
And yet.... In that sense (and probably that sense only) it reminds me of Dirty Creature, which, while really dark lyrically, is - would you say, GingerCat, that that's Split Enz's most danceable number?
Absolutely. Play that at any dance and you'll attract people to the floor, likely with some dirty dancing in evidence at some points. Kudos also for the word "danceable"!
Oh gee, now that you put it that way, suddenly there's a friend I'll be thinking of when I hear it.Gingercat wrote:[Words] - This change is causing them to be suddenly and unusually awful to someone they love.
I'm not sure if I'm right on that with regard to the song, but it seems to fit having seen it happen myself. (Alcohol, the double-edged sword...)
Gee, now I'm super-curious about what you're going to say about that, because I thought it was one of the less confusing ones (though the bleeding-to-death lines don't really make sense to me). I always saw Mansion as an anti-rat-race, anti-keeping-up-with-the-jones', anti-trying-to-impress kinda tune: better to be poor but live your life a way that makes you happy. And then it gets kinda jokey, with, hey, wouldn't it be even cooler to live your life however you please and be rich?Gingercat wrote:Mansion In The Slums is another quite interesting song/statement by Neil, in my opinion - "I'd much rather have a caravan in the hills / Than a mansion in the slums". What are your thoughts on that particular one, ggh?
My view on this song, which makes the bleeding-to-death lines especially pertinent: It's a comment very much on a keep-up-with-the-Joneses lifestyle, burying yourself further and further in debt just to maintain the illusion of wealth (when you're actually bleeding yourself dry and displaying just enough self-awareness to laugh at your own folly). I feel that Neil is saying here that he'd rather have simple possessions that don't require excessive upkeep (a caravan in the hills is pretty trouble-free) than try and maintain a mansion in the slums (maintaining a mansion would be expensive enough; if it's in the slums as well, who are you really going to impress with it?) "Who can stop me / With money in my pocket?" as a finisher really cements it home: It's my money, I'll throw it around with no regard for the consequences!
I haven't listened to Hole in the River for a while, so I might have to get back to you on that one. I mean, I remember liking it, even though it's so sad, but I don't recall much more than that.Gingercat wrote:As well as Hole In The River. (Before I possibly color your opinion by providing my own, I'd like to hear your thoughts on these ones and definitely others as well!)
This song makes me wonder if he lost someone important to drowning in a river; the "hole" in the river is the hole left in his life by losing that person...
I liked that album a lot (although Transit Lounge is not one of my faves) - I'll get to it. I saw Crowded House once, maybe twice, on that tour and I remember the audience being impatient with the new stuff. One guy actually called out something... gee, I can't remember his words... but something along the lines of "enough of this new sh*t" which Neil heard and repeated at some point, maybe jokingly, maybe bitterly. I am often proud of Wellington, but not at that moment.Gingercat wrote:And have you heard some of CH's newer ones, such as Walked Her Way Down, or maybe Transit Lounge?
There's always at least one asshole determined to ruin it for others. Whether it's the idiots that keep whistling through their fingers at ear-damaging volume, hecklers, drunk morons who won't remember two minutes of the show, or oldskoolies who lament loudly and often that "Their old stuff was better!".