Saturday, March 10, 2007

They're Coming To Take Me Away - ha haaa*

She has got to be mentally ill! And so, for that matter, are all those in attendance!

*Napoleon XIV (aka Jerry Samuels). I've gone through life up to now thinking that this was simply a little joke song. Oh no! It's apparently a controversial work and describes a descent into mental illness which attracted lots of criticism on its release. As for the b-side? How about this from Wikipedia: "Furthering the theme of insanity, the flip or b-side of the single was called "!Aaah-aH yawA eM ekaT oT gnimoC er'yehT" and the singer billed as "VIX noelopaN". It was the A-side played in reverse; in fact, most of the label affixed to that B-side was printed backward, including the letters in the "WB" shield logo. This is the first known instance of backmasking in popular music. Only the label name, disclaimer, and record & song master numbers were kept frontward. The backwards version does not appear on the original Warner Bros. album, although the title is shown on the front cover."

Fucking mad indeed! Anyway, the Wikipedia entry for the song namechecks Jello Biafra, Rush Limbaugh and European heavy metal bands!

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3 Comments:

Blogger Renegade Eye said...

Mental illness is often a plus for an artist, not this time.

4:15 pm  
Blogger Reidski said...

Ren - then again, he's not as mad as the mad woman who married her dead husband.

5:57 pm  
Blogger Kevin Williamson said...

I had an old 45 of this single. I used to put the B-side on ma old stereogram and spin it backwards so i could hear the song played the way it was supposed to sound. Why make things easy for yerself?

1:08 am  

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