Any Name Is A Legend: God Is An Astronaut

The Irish band God Is An Astronaut

The Irish band God Is An Astronaut

The Band:
Torsten Kinsella – Guitar
Niels Kinsella – Bass, Visuals
Lloyd Hanney – Drums
Jamie Dean – Piano/Synths
Gazz Carr – Guitar

Location: Glen of the Downs, Ireland

God is an Astronaut are a 5 piece who hail from Glen of the Downs, Ireland. They took their name from a line in Clive Barker’s film ‘Nightbreed’, the band was formed by twin brothers Niels and Torsten Kinsella in 2002. After recording their first demos, and with numerous labels offering deals (yet looking for the band to add vocals to their music) they instead decided to set up their own label ‘Revive Records’ to release their debut album ‘The End of the Beginning’ in 2002. This crucially allowed the band to remain in complete creative control. Speaking on their debut, which was originally intended as the bands farewell to the music industry, the band say “we just wanted to finish on a release we were really proud of, we had no expectations at all.” Over the next couple of years after the album’s low key release, the band started to pick up interest mainly through word of mouth on-line with rave reviews on blogs. Both video singles from the album “The End of the Beginning” and “From Dust to the Beyond” received airplay across Europe on MTV. This was when the world was first exposed to the bands strong usage of visuals to enhance their music.

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No. Title Length
1. “Shadows” 5:11
2. “Post Mortem” 5:52
3. “Echoes” 5:10
4. “Snowfall” 6:41
5. “First Day of Sun” 3:37
6. “No Return” 7:04
7. “Zodiac” 5:41
8. “Remaining Light” 5:30
9. “Shores of Orion” 5:15
10. “Loss” 10:51

Literature in Songs: Romeo and Juliet, Dire Straits LIVE (On the Night, 1993) HD

Literature in Songs: Romeo and Juliet, Dire Straits

Much have been said about the Beauty and the Beast references in Meatloaf’s “I would do anything for love (but I won’t do that)” and shared The Greens Keepers’ “Lotion”, which draws in the book/film The Silence of the Lambs.

Today I was humming “Romeo and Juliet” by Dire Straits, a rather sad song from 1981 about lost love.

A love-struck Romeo sings the streets a serenade
Laying everybody low with a love song that he made.
Finds a streetlight, steps out of the shade
Says something like, “You and me babe, how about it?”

Juliet says, “Hey, it’s Romeo, you nearly gave me a heart attack!”
He’s underneath the window, she’s singing, “Hey la, my boyfriend’s back.
You shouldn’t come around here singing up to people like that…
Anyway, what you gonna do about it?”

Rather than a literal interpretation of Shakespeare’s play, the lyrics indicate that a man is pining for a woman who once loved him–presumably the love of his life–though it didn’t work out. The Romeo and Juliet in the song didn’t die; rather they broke up and lived on. The first two verses (above) are the man remembering how things used to be. The line, “He’s underneath the window, she’s singing, ‘Hey la, my boyfriend’s back’ ” is a reference not only to the balcony scene in “Romeo and Juliet” but also a 1963 pop-song by The Angels, “My Boyfriend’s Back”. If the song is at all autobiographical (and I haven’t found any indication either way) the Angels song might indicate when the original romance took place, ie. in the sixties. Now it’s 2013, and poor Romeo hasn’t gotten over Juliet yet.

Romeo and Juliet's Blues

Romeo and Juliet’s Blues

I’ve often thought the relationship described in “Romeo and Juliet”, if it had been allowed to run it’s course rather than been cut short by the characters’ untimely death, would have burned out. A different interpretation of this song is that it’s a sort of sequel, Mark Knopfler’s (singer/songwriter of Dire Straits) extrapolation of events if things had turned out differently for Romeo and Juliet, ie. they had lived.

Juliet, when we made love, you used to cry.
You said, “I love you like the stars above, I’ll love you ’til I die”.
There’s a place for us, you know the movie song.
When you gonna realize it was just that the time was wrong, Juliet?

However, I think of all they would have gone through to be together and maybe true love would have prevailed.  Grab a tissue and have a listen. The song itself is a gem.

Have a great weekend!