I never really got on the Megadeth wagon. It’s not that I was opposed to them, it’s just that very few of the people I regularly hung out with growing up were listening to them. Most of my exposure campe from compilation albums, like the Beavis & Butthead Experience, or from movie soundtracks, like Last Action Hero… which is where this track comes from.
Long before there was CSI, there was The Who. The were a later part of the British Invasion, and in some sense they could be seen as a little more daring. With projects like Quadrophenia and Tommy, I think they were stretching a little more than many of there contemporaries (even the Beatles… I think Tommy goes a bit further than Sgt. Pepper’s, but then they are also two years apart).
This one is from a little later in their career, in 1978, and is from the last album that Keith Moon performed on.
I just realized it’s been quite a while since I’ve had any Dave Matthews as a selection for the week. Let’s fix that, shall we? This week’s pick is one that I hadn’t actually seen the video for (prior to discovering it for sharing here). My initial reaction was that the visuals feel very similar to how Eh Hee was done. Not a bad thing, but a little jarring on first viewing.
It’s been a while since I last had a Mumford & Sons selection. This week’s pick, from the same album as before (Babel) is actually the first track on the album. Even now, all these months after first listening to the entire album, it still all works for me. I don’t find myself skipping through songs. Usually, if I do anything, I’m starting a track over so I can play it louder. Like this one.
So there’s this thing that I just saw on Scalzi’s website, where he points to this… which features this image:
Now, here’s what has me tickled. The (marketing) synopsis that’s on the website:
Fifteen years from now, a new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. Four per cent suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis in history. And one percent find themselves “locked in”—fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to Stimulus.
One per cent doesn’t seem like a lot. But in the United States, that’s 1.7 million people “locked in” …including the President’s wife and daughter. Spurred by grief and the sheer magnitude of the suffering, America undertakes a massive scientific initiative. Nothing can restore to the “locked in” the ability to control their own bodies. But two new technologies emerge. One is a virtual reality environment, “The Agora,” in which the locked-in can interact with other humans, both locked-in and not. The other is the discovery that a few rare individuals have brains that are receptive to being controlled by others, meaning that from time to time, those who are locked in can “ride” these people and use their bodies as if they were their own.
This skill is quickly regulated, licensed, bonded, and controlled. Nothing can go wrong. Certainly nobody would be tempted to misuse it, for murder, for political power, or worse…
I remember when this song was first out for the iPod commercials. Ever since then, it’s been one of those songs that’s stuck with me, and regularly have on playlists for driving music.
Two things about this week’s selection.
First, a shout out. Do they still call them that? Fine. A dedication, then. This one goes out to all of my fellow Seton Hill Popular Fiction people.
(For those not in the program, we have four monthly deadlines per term. The clock for each is based on the last day of the preceding Residency. This term, the last deadline falls on the 30th. This last deadline is usually rife with frustration and rushed feelings, since the story doesn’t seem to always cooperate until the 11th hour. Maybe that’s just me.)
Second, MC and I were at a conference. Readercon in 2010, I think. As we wandered the Dealer’s room, we found a copy – in hardcover – of the book. Did you know that the movie really only covers the first half of the book?
As long as it’s been since I sat down to watch the whole thing (the original, not any of the sequels), it’s still one that I still find myself referencing. Just the other day (as I write this), MC and I were in a position where we found ourselves peering through a window high in a door, I whispered, ”Oh no. Math Test.”
Now, that it’s almost the 30th, I guess I can say, “Oh, no. Deadline.”