Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Them Bones (Are Uncle Owen)



Star Wars (1995 "Faces" VHS).


Live, the 2000 "in concert" release from Alice in Chains that actually consists of material from several different time periods. Notable for the ultra-rare track "Queen of the Rodeo," which isn't that ultra-rare anymore as it's on this CD and the AIC box set Music Bank. It used to be ultra-rare, though. Ultramega-rare, okay?


- Layne's distorted vocals in the middle of "Bleed the Freak" begin right before C-3PO and the Rebels aboard the Tantive IV look up to the ceiling; it's almost as if they can hear Layne's weird mumblings.

- The stormtroopers are searching for Princess Leia as the line "I think there might be one right over there" is heard in "Queen of the Rodeo."

- Princess Leia is being lead to Darth Vader as the phrase "queen of the rodeo" is heard in "Queen of the Rodeo."

- "Man in the Box" starts right after R2-D2 (the man) is sucked up into the sandcrawler (the box).

- The phrase "sweet little angel" in "Love, Hate, Love" coincides with a shot of Princess Leia's hologram.

- The Tusken Raider pops up and attacks Luke as the line "yeah, they come to snuff the rooster" is heard in "Rooster."

- Obi-Wan is onscreen as the phrase "my master" is heard in "Would?"

- Luke is listening to Obi-Wan talk about his father as the phrase "teach thee on child" is heard in "Would?"

- The phrase "you, you are so special" in "Dirt" coincides with Obi-Wan wielding his lightsaber in the cantina after slicing Dr. Evanzan's arm off.

- The shooting of Greedo coincides with the line "gonna end up a big ol' pile of them bones" in "Them Bones."

- The Millennium Falcon enters hyperspace at the same exact moment "Again" starts.

- Alderaan blows up at the same exact moment the beat drops out for the first time in "Again."

- During the part where Luke gets zapped by the little training ball because he has his blast shield down, the line "oh Lord, this is a test" is heard in "A Little Bitter."


That "snuff the rooster"/Tusken Raider synch also occurred during the first Alice in Chains experiment I did. Crazy, huh? What makes it even kookier is I think it's the same version of "Rooster" on both CDs. Come on, Jerry, you couldn't dig out a different take of your brooding Vietnam Vet reflection epic for Live? Jeez, talk about lazy.

Surprisingly, this isn't the first time this has happened - the same exact synch on two different albums, that is. The first instance I noted with another Seattle grunge powerhouse: Nirvana. On both Nevermind and From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah, R2-D2 hobbles toward Luke and 3PO after the robot auction during the part in "Lithium" where Kurt sings, "I'm so happy, 'cause today I found my friends." Weird.

Another strange coincidence: I really can't stand "Rooster" or "Lithium." Seriously. They have to be my least favorite Alice in Chains and Nirvana songs, respectively. You know what this means, right? I'm gonna hafta go buy a Pearl Jam album and a few of their gazillion "official bootlegs" to see if anything synchs the same with songs I don't like there.

Did that last sentence make sense? Probably not, but who cares? I've got the day off from work tomorrow thanks to Ernesto (the tropical storm, not the kid from ninth grade who would always pick on me despite his own numerous shortcomings) and I couldn't be happier. I'm gonna lay around in bed all day and pretend I'm K-Fed. Sport the slanted hat, the wifebeater, call a few people to defend my MC skills, and wonder aloud when "the damn wife" plans on popping out "our latest bizzundle of jizzoy." It's gonna be hawsome.


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