“Rabbit in Your Headlights” is a song by British electronic duo UNKLE. It was released as the lead single from their debut album Psyence Fiction (1998). The song features vocals from British musician and Radiohead member Thom Yorke. The song was written by Yorke and UNKLE member Josh Davis and produced by UNKLE, the track heavily utilizes samples from other songs. The track takes its title from a quote from the 1990 thriller film Jacob’s Ladder; dialogue from the film is also one of many samples on the song. Musically, “Rabbit in Your Headlights” combines Yorke’s moody vocals and an instrumental containing a variety of samples from sources ranging from Dutch band Supersister to the 1997 film Contact. While the single was not a commercial success, the song was positively received by critics. The song’s accompanying music video, directed by Jonathan Glazer and starring actor Denis Lavant, was widely acclaimed for its direction and cinematography, and won numerous awards.
“Teardrop” is a song by Massive Attack, which was first released on their 1998 album Mezzanine. It was released as a single on 27 April 1998. The song became another UK hit for the group, peaking at number 10 on the UK Singles Chart. The song features vocals by Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins. The song is also known for its use in numerous tv programs and movies, notably as the theme song, on American TV, of the medical television series House. The instrumental portions of the song at the beginning and the end which feature a bass drum beat reminiscent of a heartbeat are used in the opening theme.
Arab Strap bring their initial residence at Chemikal Underground to an end with this final collection, revamping ‘Soaps’ from ‘Philophobia’ with extra beats and string samples to produce ‘Afternoon Soaps’. Shortly after the release of this EP, Arab Strap signed to Go! Beat, completing their transformation from bedroom bards of Falkirk to much lauded labelmates of the eye-patched songstress Gabrielle…
“Holland, 1945″ is the sixth track from the 1998 Neutral Milk Hotel album In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. It was released as a single in October 1998. The song contains references to Anne Frank. In 1945, World War II ended and Frank and her sister Margot died of typhus. The lyric “all when I’d want to keep white roses in their eyes” could be seen as a reference to the White Rose resistance group that existed in Nazi Germany in the early 1940s, though songwriter Jeff Mangum claims that he had never heard of the movement before In the Aeroplane Over the Sea was released. Also referenced in the song is a “dark brother wrapped in white”. In the liner notes for the song, Mangum initialed the letters “(h.p.)” after the words “your dark brother”. A critic of the Boston Phoenix wrote in 1998 that this “dark brother” was someone who committed suicide, a family member of one of Mangum’s close friends. Musically, “Holland, 1945″ is one of the album’s louder, more upbeat songs, featuring overdriven and distorted guitars. The song also showcases fuzz noise on all of the instruments, a quality created by producer Robert Schneider. The song was one of the last to be written for In the Aeroplane Over the Sea and remained untitled until art director Chris Bilheimer asked Mangum what to title the song in the liner notes for the album. Mangum told him to use either “Holland” or “1945″ and Bilheimer suggested simply combining the two.In September 2010 Pitchfork Media included the song at number 7 on their Top 200 Tracks of the 90s.
“A Life (1895 – 1915)”, which has been referred to as “the album’s epic centrepiece” refers to Roland Leighton (1895–1915), a British soldier and poet who was the fiancé of Vera Brittain at the time of his death in World War I. Hollis has stated about the song, “That was someone born before the turn of the century…and dying within one year of the First World War at a young age. It was based on Vera Brittan’s boyfriend. It’s the expectation that must have been in existence at the turn of the century, the patriotism that must’ve existed at the start of the war and the disillusionment that must’ve come immediately afterwards. It’s the very severe mood swings that fascinated me.” The song correspondingly contains a variety of styles, tempi, and instrumentations.
Dear Mr Murdoch originally appeared on Taylor’s 1994 album, Happiness. He first reissued the song in 1998, during the proposed takeover of Manchester United. The song has again been resurrected this week – the “2011 version” has been posted to YouTube and will be on iTunes within days. “Dear Mr Murdoch,” Taylor sings over piano and electric guitar, “Your minions like vultures and carrion crow/ They’ve sunk just as low as humans can sink … How many time must they poke and they pry?” [Source]
Listen to another great Roger Taylor song on New Music United here!
You may recall wacky electronica songwriter John Callaghan from his single releases on Warp Records. ‘I’m Not Comfortable Inside My Mind’ and ‘You’ve Got Your Memories, I’ve Got My Dreams’, the video to the former having appeared on the WarpVision DVD a couple of years back. Callaghan’s comes across as a kind of outsider opus, almost as if Callaghan were a Robert Wyatt/Syd Barrett/Daniel Johnston style super-talent but with a laptop rather than more conventional instrumentation. [Source]
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