Last night, Tina, Talulah and I drove to the south side to visit our friends Mike and Angie. On the way back, yours truly decided it would be better if Tina drove. Mike and I had a couple cocktails after dinner. You know, it’s always better to let she who had less to drink to drive.
As co-pilot, it was my job to DJ. It’s about a 45 minute drive, and it’s fun to have music to groove to when you’re approaching the city from the south and the skyline comes into view.
On the way down, Tina was DJ, and she played music she found on iTunes for $0.69 (sixty nine!) earlier that day. She found songs like Blur’s “Song 2″ and the Breeders “CannonBall.” It got us talking about other music that we remembered fondly from our youth.
I remembered a couple songs. One great memory was from the U2 single CD with b sides of “The Fly.” <– That link is for a wikipedia article written about the sing and b-sides. The CD included three songs: “The Fly” that would be released on Achtung Baby, as well as two other tracks. There was ”The Lounge Fly Mix” that included different and arguably better lyrics than the released version as well as a song called, “Alex Descends in the Hell for a Bottle of Milk.”
I wasn’t able to find a copy of “The Lounge Fly Mix” while driving last night. But I found “Alex Descends into Hell for a Bottle of Milk.”
I loved “Alex Descends into Hell” so much. I used to steal the CD from my brother Jon’s room and play it over and over. It was great.
I also loved Achtung Baby as an entire album. I never loved U2 until they released that disk and I haven’t loved them that much since (sorry Jon). The reason I loved it can be summed up in this description of the album from the wiki link above:
I didn’t know, but “The Fly” was written from the standpoint of someone who had been to hell and called someone to tell them how great it was. It makes “Alex Descends into Hell” that much better.
I also didn’t know that “Alex Descends into Hell” was a reference for “A Clockwork Orange” arguably one of the finest pieces of cinema and a damn good book by Anthony Burgess. Anyone who knows me well knows I could watch that movie over and over. It’s amazing cinema and story. It’s better dystopia, crime, punishment and redemption than anything I can think of at the moment.
Anyway, check out this video I found for “Alex Descends into Hell for a Bottle of Milk,” and mark down on your todo list to watch “A Clockwork Orange” at your earliest convenience.
And also enjoy a live version of “The Fly” and don’t forget to read all the bullshit blinking and flickering on the screen, especially the mind-altering line (that I remember well) “EVERYTHING YOU KNOW IS WRONG”.