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Posted: Aug 18, 2007 5:30 pm
 
On Dec. 16th, it will be 6 years since Stuart Adamson was found dead in a Hawaiian hotel room.

I guess I missed this the first time around because I was still reeling from 9-11.
Posted: Aug 18, 2007 5:56 pm
 
I guess no Skids reunion shows either....
Posted: Aug 18, 2007 7:54 pm
 
in a big country dreams stay with you
Like a lover's voice fires the mountainside
Stay alive
Posted: Aug 18, 2007 8:54 pm | Edited by: saispas
 
Stay alive

Is THAT what he was saying?

I swear, I thought he was saying (ahem) "The state of the Rhine".
Posted: Aug 18, 2007 9:49 pm
 
Stay alive

practice what you preach, corpse...
Posted: Aug 19, 2007 1:23 am
 
i knew he said "stay alive," but "fires the mountainside" ?

cue E-Bow bagpipe attack!
Posted: Aug 19, 2007 1:38 am
 
man, i sure think the crossing is a good record
Posted: Aug 19, 2007 7:18 am
 
actually... its one of those "dark-in-sunlight/black in my heart" kind of songs. i guess no one heard his cries for help over the bagpipes...

I never seen you look like this without a reason
Another promise fallen through, another season passes by you
I never took the smile away from anybody's face
And that's a desperate way to look for someone who is still a child

In a big country dreams stay with you
Like a lover's voice fires the mountainside (make sense now eric?)
Stay alive

I thought that pain and truth were things that really mattered
But you can't stay here with every single hope you had shattered

I'm not expecting to grow flowers in the desert
But I can live and breathe and see the sun in wintertime

So take that look out of here, it doesn't fit you
Because it's happened doesn't mean you've been discarded
Pull up your head off the floor, come up screaming
Cry out for everything you ever might have wanted
I thought that pain and truth were things that really mattered
But you can't stay here with every single hope you had shattered

I'm not expecting to grow flowers in the desert
But I can live and breathe and see the sun in wintertime
Posted: Aug 19, 2007 8:53 am
 
holy god. TK just made me buy the big country catalog. somthing told me it is available.
Posted: Aug 19, 2007 4:43 pm
 
This thread reminded me that I saw Big Country TWICE in a period of a year and a half...Didn't pay to see them either time though.
Posted: Aug 19, 2007 7:04 pm
 
dale, you lucky jerk. when are you coming back to kalamazooooo? there was a pretty cool smashemup derby at the fair this month.
Posted: Aug 20, 2007 1:12 am
 
Weren't the Bus races today?
Posted: Aug 20, 2007 2:06 am
 
dark-in-sunlight/black in my heart
like this one?

They're selling postcards of the hanging
They're painting the passports brown
The beauty parlor is filled with sailors
The circus is in town
Here comes the blind commissioner
They've got him in a trance
One hand is tied to the tight-rope walker
The other is in his pants
And the riot squad they're restless
They need somewhere to go
As Lady and I look out tonight
From Desolation Row

Cinderella, she seems so easy
"It takes one to know one," she smiles
And puts her hands in her back pockets
Bette Davis style
And in comes Romeo, he's moaning
"You Belong to Me I Believe"
And someone says," You're in the wrong place, my friend
You better leave"
And the only sound that's left
After the ambulances go
Is Cinderella sweeping up
On Desolation Row

Now the moon is almost hidden
The stars are beginning to hide
The fortunetelling lady
Has even taken all her things inside
All except for Cain and Abel
And the hunchback of Notre Dame
Everybody is making love
Or else expecting rain
And the Good Samaritan, he's dressing
He's getting ready for the show
He's going to the carnival tonight
On Desolation Row

Now Ophelia, she's 'neath the window
For her I feel so afraid
On her twenty-second birthday
She already is an old maid

To her, death is quite romantic
She wears an iron vest
Her profession's her religion
Her sin is her lifelessness
And though her eyes are fixed upon
Noah's great rainbow
She spends her time peeking
Into Desolation Row

Einstein, disguised as Robin Hood
With his memories in a trunk
Passed this way an hour ago
With his friend, a jealous monk
He looked so immaculately frightful
As he bummed a cigarette
Then he went off sniffing drainpipes
And reciting the alphabet
Now you would not think to look at him
But he was famous long ago
For playing the electric violin
On Desolation Row

Dr. Filth, he keeps his world
Inside of a leather cup
But all his sexless patients
They're trying to blow it up
Now his nurse, some local loser
She's in charge of the cyanide hole
And she also keeps the cards that read
"Have Mercy on His Soul"
They all play on penny whistles
You can hear them blow
If you lean your head out far enough
From Desolation Row

Across the street they've nailed the curtains
They're getting ready for the feast
The Phantom of the Opera
A perfect image of a priest
They're spoonfeeding Casanova
To get him to feel more assured
Then they'll kill him with self-confidence
After poisoning him with words

And the Phantom's shouting to skinny girls
"Get Outa Here If You Don't Know
Casanova is just being punished for going
To Desolation Row"

Now at midnight all the agents
And the superhuman crew
Come out and round up everyone
That knows more than they do
Then they bring them to the factory
Where the heart-attack machine
Is strapped across their shoulders
And then the kerosene
Is brought down from the castles
By insurance men who go
Check to see that nobody is escaping
To Desolation Row

Praise be to Nero's Neptune
The Titanic sails at dawn
And everybody's shouting
"Which Side Are You On?"
And Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot
Fighting in the captain's tower
While calypso singers laugh at them
And fishermen hold flowers
Between the windows of the sea
Where lovely mermaids flow
And nobody has to think too much
About Desolation Row

Yes, I received your letter yesterday
(About the time the door knob broke)
When you asked how I was doing
Was that some kind of joke?
All these people that you mention
Yes, I know them, they're quite lame
I had to rearrange their faces
And give them all another name
Right now I can't read too good
Don't send me no more letters no
Not unless you mail them
From Desolation Row
Posted: Aug 20, 2007 2:10 am
 
Weren't the Bus races today?

Most important question of the day.
Posted: Aug 20, 2007 2:14 am
 
i slept for 5 hours on a bus today. it sucked.
Posted: Aug 20, 2007 3:17 am | Edited by: dale
 
Weren't the Bus races today?

Most important question of the day.


Shit, they were last weekend. There's always next year. That is some damn fun times!
Posted: Aug 20, 2007 3:25 am
 
That's the coolest shit ever.
Posted: Aug 20, 2007 3:28 am
 
Not enough pics of Racetrack Sluts.
Posted: Aug 20, 2007 3:46 am
 
dark-in-sunlight/black in my heart
like this one?

They're selling postcards of the hanging


there's NOTHING like bob dylan, baker!

i'm just saying that the "dark-in-sunlight" thing is a pretty commonly occurring trope - i mean.... consider all the people who thought "the one i love" by REM was a love song?
Posted: Aug 20, 2007 3:51 am
 
That's the coolest shit ever.

I did catch a couple of demo derbys at farm town fairs this summer BUT the Galesburg action is the mother of all in this fine state.
Posted: Aug 20, 2007 3:55 am
 
They're selling postcards of the hanging

there's NOTHING like bob dylan, baker!



sister

you are going to make a grown man cry

louis bob james brown bird staaaaags monk jerry lee

short list of american originals
Posted: Aug 20, 2007 4:01 am
 
dude.......HANK Sr!!! don't forget him!
Posted: Aug 20, 2007 4:01 am
 
oh - and HAGGARD too
"sing me back home" in the pantheon of all pantheons
Posted: Aug 20, 2007 4:09 am
 
Can't comment on the demo derby scene in Michigan, but...

Galesburg Speedway is where the legendary Butch Miller got his start in stock car racing. Butch gave me some tough times back in the mid-to-late 1980's when he came over to Wisconsin and started beating the legendary Dick Trickle, well, too many times! I mean, he didn't beat Dick very often before then, but suddenly in 1985, he started winning. And in 86' he was unstoppable. Dick got revenge in 87', though. Butch is a good guy, though, and still races from time to time in his mid-50's. Trickle, of course, still races a coupla times a year even though he is 65 years old...

Kalamazoo Speedway I never have visited, although I know Michigan legends like Bob Senneker, Randy Sweet, the aformentioned Butch Miller, Mike Eddy, Ed Howe, etc. show up in the record books...

I was at the first race at Auto City Speedway (over in Flint) after they paved it in 1986. Trickle set fast time, but Miller came back and won the race, lapping everybody but second place finisher Mark Malcuit (bearded longhaired goon from Ohio who built some really robust racing engines). Trickle came home third. The next night, up at Delaware Speedway near London, Ontario, Canada, Trickle won after having a beating'n'banging run-in with the legendary Canuck - Junior "Mad Dog" Hanley! Whatta race that was!

More stock car racing memories and rants in the future...
Posted: Aug 20, 2007 4:11 am
 
I totally forgot that this thread was about Big Cuntree. I didn't know dude was dead. Too bad for him, but I could care less.
Posted: Aug 20, 2007 4:12 am
 
i know nothing about nothiong but big daddy garlits used to race outside akron in the 60's all the time and i knew some of the arfons kids who took racing to a diff level back in da day
Posted: Aug 20, 2007 4:13 am
 
my dick trickles btw
Posted: Aug 20, 2007 4:33 am
 
I didn't know dude was dead. Too bad for him, but I could care less.

that's probably why he's dead. not you specifically caring less, but you know what i mean
Posted: Aug 20, 2007 5:29 am
 
i know nothing about nothiong but big daddy garlits used to race outside akron in the 60's all the time and i knew some of the arfons kids who took racing to a diff level back in da day

Big Daddy Don Garlits I saw drag race when I was a wee lad against his female foe, Shirley Cha-Cha Muldowney...
Posted: Aug 20, 2007 5:31 am
 
that's probably why he's dead. not you specifically caring less, but you know what i mean

Self-inflicted OD from lack of interest/frustration with his struggling career as a musician?
Posted: Aug 20, 2007 5:57 am
 
nah - from the lyrics to "in a big country," it seemed that he was always depressed. didn't seem to take much to push him over the edge. his life probably got way worse with the 13 minutes of fame they had
Posted: Aug 20, 2007 11:30 am
 
I think it was living in Nashville that did it.
Posted: Aug 20, 2007 4:34 pm
 
I think the best way to honor him is for guitarists to mimic that yell he does before the guitar solo in "In a Big Country."
Posted: Aug 20, 2007 4:54 pm
 
do you people actually like that song? that shit grosses me out.
Posted: Aug 20, 2007 4:57 pm
 
No, I hate that song. The Skids weren't any good either.
Posted: Aug 20, 2007 5:07 pm
 
never saw Big Country but i saw the Alarm open for the Pretenders at the Orpheum -- i think i was the only Alarm fan in the house (give me a break, i was 14) - not well received by the clove smoking memphis crowd
Posted: Aug 20, 2007 5:41 pm
 
clove smoking

yikes! am i glad those days have passed, in Memphis or anywhere else, hopefully
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