Monday, August 21, 2006

Selling Alderaan by the Pound



Star Wars (1995 "Faces" VHS).


Selling England by the Pound by Genesis. Thought to be the best from the Peter Gabriel era, back when they were all weird and prog rocky. I wouldn't know. I've tried my hardest to steer clear of Genesis in all their forms (although I will admit that "I Can't Dance" was a damn catchy tune).


- A tiny cymbal crashing is heard in "Dancing with the Moonlit Knight" as the door on the Tantive IV explodes.

- A group of choral singers are heard in "Dancing with the Moonlit Knight" as the first stormtroopers burst through the still smoking Tantive IV door.

- "Dancing with the Moonlit Knight" quiets down as the movie moves toward the scene where the stormtroopers are searching the bowels of the Tantive IV for Princess Leia.

- The phrase "two little lovebirds" in "I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)" coincides with a shot of C-3PO and R2-D2 wandering through the Tatooine desert.

- A triumphant organ part in "Firth of Fifth" coincides with Luke's first appearance.

- Some sad guitar strains are heard in "Firth of Fifth" after Luke is denied a trip to the Toschi Station.

- An organ swells up in "Firth of Fifth" as Princess Leia's hologram first appears; the next appearance of her hologram, in Obi-Wan's domicile, also coincides with an organ line in "The Battle of Epping Forest."

- Some sad guitar work is heard as Luke races to his aunt and uncle's house after realizing the Empire has probably paid them a visit.

- The line "listen to the old one speak" in "The Cinema Show" coincides with Obi-Wan speaking to Dr. Evanzan in the cantina.

- Han Solo's first appearance coincides with "The Cinema Show" getting all funky towards the end.


This was almost like watching a silent movie, what with all the corresponding musical cues. That kind of thing hasn't happened too often during the GSWSP. Then again, I haven't tried much moody prog rock.


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