Something of a lost gem, this song, so it’s a treat to hear it dusted down and performed so magnificently by Thom Yorke’s new band, Atoms for Peace. Reciting the sample used in the original 1998 recording (from the film, “Jacob’s Ladder”, since you asked) live is an odd choice, but somehow it works. Also Thom’s singing voice sounds as rich and evocative as it ever has. Enjoy.
It is one hundred years
since the Great War
(the War to End All Wars)
My mother used to say
nobody really wins in war
she was too young
ever to have fought in one
but I wasn’t.
under the sofa,
on the bottom of your shoes
in between your toes
at the bottom of your bag
behind the toilet
on the ground outside your front door
in the back of the fridge
behind your ears
in your hair
by the side of the road
under an old, old tree
in the cellar
growing on the damp wood of your back door
at five in the morning
at the airport
Pay attention to these things.
These things are holy.
1. Post something to one of my many tumblr blogs at least 4-5 times a day, every day.
2. Use hashtags in ordinary conversation.
3. Invent a way to pronounce the “#” symbol for use in ordinary conversation.
4. Strive to become more confused.
5. Be a vegan for as long as I feel like it.
6. Make more lists; not so much of things to do as just of important facts.
7. Find a reliable, non-meat, non-dairy source of protein.
8. Cook more enormous meals that can be then divided up into portions and frozen as “ready meals”.
9. See how long you can go without spending any money.
10. Stockpile things like: porridge oats, frozen portions of mashed vegetables, packets of salted nuts, toilet roll, washing up liquid, tea bags, soap.
11. Steal things from cafes and pubs more: napkins, cutlery, coffee mugs, pint glasses, sachets of sugar, etc
12. Try to grow as many plants, herbs etc in the window as possible.
13. Do more crosswords, but only from newspapers that are left around at bus stops, etc. Never buy a newspaper.
14. Trust what comes into your head: every thought is a piece of the puzzle, do not ignore anything.
15. Secretly record other people’s conversations (audio and video).
16. Tweet more nonsense.
December 25th, Rome. The Pope uses a passage from “On the Origin of Species” for his Christmas address, then introduces her new, pregnant girlfriend to the cheering crowd.
Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, 180 million human heads explode.
Meaning and Morality in Modernity – Manchester Cathedral is a public lecture tomorrow night by my good friend and brother and all round marvellous chap, Mr Andrew Brower Latz. If you’re in town, should be a great night out for your brain. Follow Andy’s blog “beyond unknowing” here, or I’ll get yer.
Yeah and merry Christmas, even though it isn’t for about a month and there are only 12 months in a year and Christmas happens every year. The zeitghost has decided it’s Christmas NOW and there’s nothing you can do about it.
My Mum asked me last night if there was anything else I wanted for Christmas “apart from books”. I’m forced to ask myself, what else is there? A wooly jumper? A red nosed reindeer? An open fire on which to roast my chestnuts?