Time for another entry in our rot gut & chaser thingy. Today we’re thinking about “Sober” by Tool. Why we likey? It’s a gloriously wrenching song with bleak lyrics sung in soul-bottom anguish. Yes, ultimately it’s a pop song (it went all the way to “13” on the 1994 U.S. pop charts) but pop culture is what this blog is all about. Besides, one takes away what one wants from any experience and we like to think that “Sober” can be a personal anthem of engulfing self-defeat…… self-defeat all the way to the bank, hey Maynard?!
Besides, the video is excellent. Stop motion weirdness. What is that nasty goop coursing through the broken pipe? Poop? Sewage? A massive tape worm? Sausage? Only the man with the vibrating arm will ever know. As for the lyrics, we think they are actually quite well expressed but we have no idea what they mean (besides the obvious) and no Internet searching has turned up anything reliable. Share your thoughts in a comment if you’d like.
Have a listen, why don’t you?
The Chaser: “Doll on a Music Box/Truly Scrumptious” from the musical film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968). It’s just so pretty.
We rather enjoy this movie, in spite of the mixed critical review. Here’s what we like about it:
1) The title. As kids we thought it was a whimsical name for a movie and it made us laugh.
2) The fact that Ian Fleming wrote the book that the movie is loosely based on and that Roald Dahl adapted the screenplay. How cool is that? Is it a surprise, by the way, that the female lead character’s name is Truly Scrumptious? And isn’t it funny that Gert Frobe (Goldfinger) was cast as Baron Bomburst? And what about the gadgety car?
3) Benny Hill. Bawdy Benny. What the hell is he doing in a children’s movie? The same thing Shel Silverstein is doing in children’s books.
4) One of the scariest villains ever! At least to us when we were kids. The Child Catcher is like The Joker in the creep factor department.
5) The songs! The 1950’s and 1960’s musicals were chock full of catchy tunes and this movie is no different.
6) Dick Van Dyke in his prime. Funny guy.
7) Sally Anne Howes in her prime. Even as kids we thought she was dreamy.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on Blu-ray is in our Trading Post list by the way.