One phrase, two songs - Jay Maynard

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Saturday, 4 February 2006


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1822 - One phrase, two songs

vakkotaur put a radio in the kitchen so we could listen to the XM while working in there. He leaves it set to XM 4, the 40s channel. Over dinner, the song The Band Played On came on.

To me, that phrase conjures up a rather different memory: the Temptations' 1970 hit, Ball of Confusion. Quite different, not only musically, but in the overall tone of the lyrics. Both were a reflection of their times: the former, the carefree Gay Nineties; the latter, the turbulent 1970s.

I still think of the latter when I hear the phrase. It's what I grew up with.

current mood: [mood icon] contemplative
current music: The Temptations - Ball Of Confusion

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From:timmowarner
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Meanwhile the phrase "Ball of Confusion" summons up memories of the same song from when I was a kid as sung by Love and Rockets. I didn't even know they didn't write it until I read this post.
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From:jmaynard
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...and I hadn't heard of Love and Rockets, never mind their version of this song, till you mentioned it. It looks like Love and Rockets updated the lyrics a bit.
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From:timmowarner
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I'm not surpised you hadn't heard of them. They had a couple of hits, but I actually blanked on their name and had to look them up when I went to write this post.

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