Friday, May 19, 2006

From the Sandy Dunes of Tatooine



Star Wars (1995 "Faces" VHS).


From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah, the posthumous Nirvana live album released two years after Kurt booked his flight on Braniff. Different from most live albums in that the tracks were taken from a variety of concerts as opposed to just one. Also, there is very minimal stage patter. Just a few "thank yous" here and there, a "Great Caesar's ghost!" before one song, a conversation about balloons at the start of the album, and a goofy jab at bootleggers towards the end. Kiss Alive this is not.


- Darth Vader throws his choking victim to the ground at the same moment the guitar gets real heavy again after the long break in "Drain You."

- The line "load up on guns" in "Smells Like Teen Spirit" coincides with the Jawa popping up and shooting R2-D2 with that huge gun.

- The phrase "an albino" is heard in "Smells Like Teen Spirit" as the camera focuses on R5-D4 inside the sandcrawler (R5-D4 is entirely white with a couple red bars, which is as close as you can get to an albino in Star Wars).

- R2-D2 is shut off by the Jawa outside the sandcrawler at the same exact moment the guitar stops at the end of "Been a Son."

- The line "I'm so happy, 'cause today I found my friends" in "Lithium" is heard as R2-D2 hobbles towards Luke and C-3PO after the robot auction.

- The line "we feed off each other" in "Milk It" coincides with the heated discussion between Admiral Motti and that other Imperial guy in the Death Star conference room.

- The exclamation of "Great Caesar's ghost!" before "Negative Creep" coincides with a shot of Luke looking shocked as he pulls up to the smoldering Lars homestead.

- The line "daddy's little girl ain't a girl no more" in "Negative Creep" is heard as Luke tells Obi-Wan that he's ready to go to Alderaan.


The same exact synch in "Lithium" with R2-D2 and "today I found my friends" happened during the Nevermind/Star Wars experiment I conducted in January (link). That's a first. The same synch on two different albums? What are the odds?

Unfortunately, these synchs did not occur in the same place on both albums (the Nevermind synch was during the first verse; the Wishkah synch during the third), so I cannot rightly accuse Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl of trying to screw with our minds through track sequencing. Regardless, you gotta admit this is totally freaky. Freaky like Ouija.

One time my friend's sister tried to make a homemade Ouija board. I don't remember if it worked. I don't think it did. I'm not even sure "real" Ouija boards work. I used one once in high school, and I allegedly had a conversation with some Russian guy who died in the 1850s. He didn't seem to know a whole lot about the afterlife, though. In fact, I'm officially calling shenanigans on this one. Justin Plank, you were the only other person Ouijaing with me that night, so the heavy burden of these shenanigans rest squarely on your pale, Fleetwood Mac-loving shoulders.

How many people do you think have tried to contact Kurt Cobain via Ouija? Probably a million. Probably a gazillion. I think that's Ouija's main selling point. Contact Kurt Cobain and other dead celebrities with our product. Does it really work? We don't know, and neither do you! So come on, America, let's Ouija again, like we did last summer!

Next week is the 1977 theme. I need to come up with a good title. I'll come up with something and post it later today with the schedule. Feel free to make some suggestions.


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