A Knee In The Face
by Dan
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The Knife - "Kino"

A tall figure moves across the skyline, wrapped in a dark cloak. Reaching center stage, the figures throws off the cape and reveals itself as a great building, newly arrived from the months of hidden work the city had done. A new place to live and work and keep our stuff, the building starts to dance, to celebrate its birthday. Some people fall out the windows, but no serious damage is done. The buildings are the new gears of the city's whole world. They raise the sun and place the moon, they work while you, weak, sleep away another night. Heed only this warning: they are powerful monsters that can make people very happy, but for Beauty's sake, stay on their good side, do not cross them, whatever you do. [Buy]

Nitzer Ebb - "Isn't it Funny How Your Body Works"

Without much heed or expression, the buildings began to build buildings of their own, so they could live in them, work in them, relax with their families, and keep their stuff. This exponential use of resources essentially turned the world inside out; the surface of the earth became a hollow shell, inside which the buildings stored their waste and spare energy cells. Not only did the buildings begin traveling without care for humans, but the world they had built stole all necessary elements of regular human life: water, food, and sunlight. Elaborate steam-collecting machines had to be made, and only garbage and preserved food left over from when "Age Other" had been in effect could be eaten. One woman, though it is doubted by many, is said to have heard a building speak English to another building once, and it said, "I never gave it much thought before, and then one called me a 'fucking stupid building', and that was it for me." See what you have done? Didn't I warn you? [Buy]

Posted by Dan at November 30, 2006 4:51 AM

You chaps don't half write some shite on here. Still, good music so can't complain.

Posted by Aaron at November 30, 2006 3:00 PM

what the hell does that even mean??

Posted by jimm at November 30, 2006 4:02 PM

It means the writing, at times, verges on the florid. But, by and large, the songs the writers select make visiting the site more than worthwhile.

Posted by Aaron at November 30, 2006 5:02 PM

I looked up florid and it meant flowery; excessively ornate; showy.

You're welcome.

Posted by Roger at November 30, 2006 6:47 PM

DB, the revealed building would also wield an ornate pair of fans. The first song is awesome!

Posted by marc at November 30, 2006 10:51 PM

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