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  • Flowers for Algernon= New Slang?

    29 fév. 2008, 22h35m

    These past three days, I read a wonderful, but very sad book, called 'Flowers for Algernon' by Daniel Keyes. Everytime I think of it, I get this sinking sadness in my stomach, it affected me so much. But that's beyond the point.

    When I was just a few pages into it, my brother, Josh [also known as Ghandi-Boy ], told me he thinks the song New Slang by The Shins is about 'Flowers for Algernon'. At first, I didn't think so, but as the book progressed, I looked up the lyrics and found a connection to almost everything. I just finished the book about an hour ago [my eyes are red and puffy from crying], and my eyes were completely opened [besides the tears, har har]- there's no way in my mind the song isn't about the book. I went to http://songmeanings.net to check if anyone else had realized this, but no! I googled "New slang Flowers for Algernon" And once again, NO! I couldn't believe no one but Josh had realized this. So I thought to post this. Maybe others who have read the book and like the song, will agree.
    The songs Northern Sky by Nick Drake and What Are You Afraid Of by West Indian Girl could also be about 'Flowers for Algernon'.

    I would describe the connections- but I do NOT want to spoil this book for anyone.
    So I'd like to say- if you're a fan of 'New Slang'- FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON IS A MUST-READ!

    Even though I didn't find anyone on songmeanings.net who shared our opinions, I did find many people who's interpretations of the song, described the book- perfectly- without even realizing. I'll paste these here- they're not too much of a spoiler. But if you haven't read 'Flowers'- I don't recommend reading on from this point.




    From bluegrimlin2:
    Yea you guys are right, garden state was awesome. Anyway, I think one of the big things in this song is that ignorance is bliss. Kinda going off what Laura said, people are happier when they dont know the bad things in this world. The most obvious example is "I was happier then with no mind set." I think that the song is a little bit sad, about some one who wishes to live the carefree life that he sees in other people, but he doubts he will ever acheive it because he knows too much about the way the world works.



    From suclid003:
    Yeah, this whole song's pretty much about regret and feeling lonely and longing for the past. It's also about looking forward to the future and the fear of dying alone. Things change along with people's perceptions-thus the "notice the stripes." When a person is shut off long enough from feeling anything, it starts to take its toll on one's outlook.

    The "dawn breaks" line reminds me of how the older you get the earlier you tend to go to bed and the earlier you wake up. But to me, this dawn is not about rebirth. It's about doing the same thing and carrying on alone living the same loneliness over and over again. He describes it as a "bull through the hall" because it is clumsy, just like he is clumsy and falling apart with his age. The tone of this song kind of reminds me of Nick Drake's "Northern Sky" and the similar sentiments of isolation and fear of having no one to brighten your days.




    From LFHolland01:
    The song is about a guy who all of sudden realizes the loss of innocence that has occured in his life and especially in his relationship. When your a kid you just love life and have all these high expectations, then one day you wake up and realize that you have settled into a less than lofty routine, as has everyone around you. He wishes he was back in a time where he was supposedly happy, the feeling you get when you first meet someone that you can see yourself spending the rest of your life with. However, now that he's older (gold theeth) he realizes that he never was really that happy, he just hadn't figured it out yet.



    From apcross:
    O yes, and about that song meaning, which is the sole purpose of this website. Many people have added the point of this song being about the wish for obliviousness and that is absolutely correct. This somewhat goes against the grain of current society where self-image is apparently the priority in the lives of many people. The lines about the fries, the king/queen of the eyesores, and "no mind-set" all reflect this idea. This woman he was with had liberated him from society and made him into this person without a care of the view of others of him. This song, however, takes place when he has lost this woman and consequently had reverted back to his former self. I know I will be blasted for mentioning this, so forgive me. This song conforms perfectly with the movie Garden State. The character Largeman is freed by being with Natalie Portman's character. The overall theme in Garden State, besides romance, is originality and noncomformity (as well as Largeman's search for feeling and ultimate enlightenment). Okay, enough with that movie. As for the "right" part you were asking about, well I sort of have my own interpretation. Again talking about that obliviousness part, obviously from this woman's point of view, everything was dandy, looking from a candied view. Right means the way it is supposed to be. A bit like dirt in your fries, the he curses her by hoping she dies in an ugly fashion, a contrast to the sugar-coated lives they once led. This concept is extremely hard to put into words for me, so this may sound a bit vague, but it is the best I can do. Lo siento (sorry in Spanish). Jeh song hab ni dah (sorry in Korean).



    From gordopolis82:
    i am so glad that this song was included in the garden state soundtrack. it is, indeed, perfectly suited to the film.

    the song isn't really about unrequited love. it's about an aging person who isn't satisfied with where he finds himself. mostly, he reflects on his time with a person as a time he believes he was happy. in distorted retrospect, he is sure he would have a great life if things had worked out.

    ("Maybe that's all family really is. A group of people who miss the same imaginary place.")

    mostly, it's about coming of age. "slang" can refer to the language of a particular group. so here, "new slang" is the language of the middle-aged disillusioned and neurotic ('when you notice the stripes, the dirt in your fries").

    at least, that's my take on it.



    From: hahahaha
    i looove this song. its kinda hard to understand so u reely have to read into it but thats wut i love about it.
    "new slang when you notice the stripes, the dirt in your fries.
    hope it's right when you die, old and bony."
    i love this part. i think its about noticing the bad parts in life. but hopefully ull stay ignorant of the bad till right before u die and it wont affect u anymore.


    That one's my favorite, because it looks like Charlie wrote it.
  • Top ten albums any sane person should have.

    30 sept. 2007, 6h04m

    Also known as 'My favorite CDs that I listen to Endlessly'.
    Since the majority of these are said bands most famous records, you should own pretty much all of them. Come on, at least own one.
    And if you're gonna read this list, I suggest you read this, too.

    In no order...
    Abbey Road- The Beatles
    Tommy- The Who
    Homogenic- Bjork
    The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust- David Bowie
    Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness- Smashing Pumpkins
    Pretty Hate Machine- Nine Inch Nails
    When the Pawn- Fiona Apple
    Dark Side of the Moon- Pink Floyd
    OK Computer- Radiohead
    Sea Change- Beck
  • A music survey.

    12 mai 2007, 18h11m

    1. What are you listening to right now?
    Smells Like Teen Spirit

    2. What song makes you sad?
    All the songs from Beck's 'Sea Change'.

    3. What is the most annoying song in the world?
    Anything Panic! at the Disco.

    4. Your all time favorite band?
    The Beatles.

    5. Your newly discovered band is?
    of Montreal.

    6. Best female voice?
    Fiona Apple, no contest. Her voice is outstanding.

    7. Best male voice?
    Freddie Mercury. Once again, no contest.

    8. Music type you find yourself listening to most?
    90's alternative.

    9. What do you listen to to hype you up?
    The Beastie Boys.

    10. What do you listen to to calm down?
    Elliott Smith.

    11. Last concert you went to?
    I've never been to one. *sniff*

    12. Band you find yourself listening to the most right now?
    Radiohead.

    13. Most hated band?
    Panic! at the Disco. They suck, so incredibly hard.

    14. Song that makes you think?
    Regina Spektor songs.

    15. Band that you think the world should love as much as you do?
    The Beatles!

    16. Coolest music video?
    Weapon Of Choice or Funny Little Frog

    17. Music video with the most babe watch?
    I don't like 'Babes'

    18. What do you play/would you play in the bedroom to spice things up?
    Weird Al. hahahahahahaha.

    19. Can you play a musical instrument?
    Yeah-ish.

    20. Ever been in a mosh pit?
    No.

    21. Are you in a band?
    No.

    22. If yes, what kind of music does your band play?
    ---

    23. Ever dated a musician?
    No.

    24. If yes, what kind of music did he/she/they play/instrument/band?
    ---

    27. If no, would you consider?
    Yes.

    28. Do you wish yourself that you were a musician?
    Sometimes.

    29. Best chick band you know of?
    Well, it's not composed entirely of chicks, but Morningwood.

    30. Best guy band you know of?
    The Beatles. Mmmmduh.

    31. Last song that you heard on the radio/cd...etc...?
    I don't listen to the radio much.

    32. What do you think of Classical music?
    It's pretty. But you have to be in the certain mood for it.

    33. What do you think of Country music?
    I like classic country. Like Willie Nelson. But current stuff? No way.

    34. What do you think of Death metal?
    Ew.

    35. Last BIG band that you saw live?
    Never been to a concert.

    36. Are you a groupie?
    No.

    37. Do you listen to music in foreign languages?
    Sometimes. I listen to some French songs.

    38. What famous musician do you find sexy?
    All of the Beastie Boys. Haha.

    39. Worst concert moment?
    Argh, no concerts.

    40. Funny Concert moment?
    ----

    41. Sad Concert moment?
    ----

    42. Best local act you can think of?
    The Dirty Damn Band!

    43. If you were a musical instrument what would you be?
    Harpsichord.

    44. Do you listen to the radio?
    Only in the car.

    45. Do you watch music TV?
    What music TV do you speak of? Basic cable doesn't come with that. Unless you count the Pop culture garbage disposals they've got going on.

    46. Do you follow the music charts, like the top 40?
    No.

    47. Have you meet any famous musicians?
    No.

    48. Are any of your friends/family etc musicians?
    Yeah. But they're not famous, obviously.

    49. Song that best describes your feelings right now?
    Fast As You Can. Not because of the lyrics, just because of the music.

    50. Song that describes your life?
    Where It's At

    51. Do you know the names of all the band members that you listen to?
    Most of them.

    52. Does a musician’s physical attractiveness play a role in the music that you listen to?
    No.

    53. What famous musician do you want to marry?
    Beck.

    53. Favourite movie sound track?
    Moulin Rouge!

    55. Any things bands do that you hate?
    Ummmm. I don't know.

    56. What do your parents listen to?
    My Mom listens to Christian stuff, and soft rock. My dad listens to Blues and classic rock.

    57. What are you listening to right NOW?
    Peach, Plum, Pear

    58. Do you wear band T-shirts?
    I used to, but I have a few that I still love.

    59. What do you think of people who do?
    It depends on the Band.

    60. What music sub-culture do you feel like you belong to?
    I don't know. How about grunge?

    61. What song is stuck in your head right now?
    I don't have songs stuck in my head when music is playing.

    62. Do you sing in the shower?
    Nope.

    63. If so, what? If not, why not?
    ---

    64. Would you rather marry a musician or be one yourself?
    Both.

    65. What is in your walkman/discman right now?
    I have an iPod. But, my old discman still has 'Best of George Harrison' in it.

    66. How important is your partners taste in music to you?
    Not important. None of my friends have music taste similar to mine, so it wouldn't matter.

    67. If Hanson moves in next door to you, do you go introduce yourself, or do you arrange to beat them up?
    I'll leave them alone, like I do with all my neighbors.

    68. Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll, you dig?
    No thanks.

    69. Do you cook to music?
    I don't cook.

    70. Do you sing in the toilet?
    Yep.
  • Tomorrow is my one year last.fm anniversery.

    12 mai 2007, 3h31m

    Since I've nearly had last.fm for a whole year (!!!!!!), I've decided to write up all my top artists of the year. And see how I've changed....

    1. Led Zeppelin- 23
    2. The Beatles- 12
    3. The White Stripes- 54
    4. Fiona Apple- 36
    5. Nine Inch Nails- 80
    6. Nine Inch Nails- 106
    7. Nine Inch Nails- 74
    8. Nine Inch Nails- 122
    9. Nine Inch Nails- 136
    10. Nine Inch Nails - 120
    11. Nine Inch Nails- 132
    12. Nine Inch Nails- 243
    13. Nine Inch Nails- 198
    14. Nine Inch Nails- 217
    15. Nine Inch Nails- 80
    16. Nine Inch Nails- 36
    17. Nine Inch Nails- 85
    18. The Beatles- 65
    19. The Beatles- 69
    20. Fiona Apple- 64
    21. Fiona Apple- 35
    22. David Bowie- 45
    23. Fugees- 43
    24. Beck- 88
    25. Fiona Apple- 94
    26. Elliott Smith- 53
    27. The Beatles- 174
    28. The Beatles- 178
    29. The Beatles- 22
    30. Tori Amos- 55
    31. Tori Amos- 59
    32. Tori Amos- 45
    33. Tori Amos- 26
    34. Regina Spektor- 138
    35. Radiohead- 214
    36. Radiohead- 138
    37. Beck- 111
    38. Radiohead- 37
    39. Radiohead- 38
    40. Radiohead- 30
    41. Radiohead- 23
    42. The White Stripes- 40
    43. The Beatles- 29
    44. Eddie Murphy- 10
    45. Gnarls Barkley- 28
    46. Beck- 22
    47. Radiohead- 15
    48. Tori Amos- 18
    49. Fiona Apple- 14
    50. Queen- 49
    51. Radiohead- 44
    52. Fiona Apple- 35
  • This was really weird, but cool.

    2 août 2006, 15h38m

    The idea is to go to the page of your number one artist, and follow the link of it's number one similar artist, then repeating that for this artist and so on, noting down each artist as you go. Do this until you've got to 50 artists (not including your number one). If you get any repeats, just go to the second similar artist or the nearest one that you haven't already had.

    My #1 artist: Nine Inch Nails
    1: A Perfect Circle
    2: Tool
    3: Deftones
    4: Team Sleep
    5: The Dillinger Escape Plan
    6: Converge
    7: Botch
    8: These Arms Are Snakes
    9: Minus the Bear
    10: Cursive
    11: The Good Life
    12: Bright Eyes
    13: Death Cab for Cutie
    14: The Postal Service
    15: The Shins
    16: The Arcade Fire
    17: Bloc Party
    18: Interpol
    19: Franz Ferdinand
    20: The Killers
    21: Coldplay
    22: Radiohead
    23: Beck
    24: The White Stripes
    25: Gorillaz
    26: Daft Punk
    27: The Chemical Brothers
    28: The Prodigy
    29: Fatboy Slim
    30: Moby
    31: Massive Attack
    32: Air
    33: Bjork
    34: PJ Harvey
    35: Tori Amos
    36: Fiona Apple
    37: Aimee Mann
    38: Beth Orton
    39: Zero 7
    40: Frou Frou
    41: Imogen Heap
    42: Jem
    43: Gwen Stefani
    44: Destiny's Child
    45: Beyonce
    46: Jennifer Lopez
    47: Britney Spears
    48: Christina Aguilera
    49: Mariah Carey
    50: Usher