Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Catherine Wheel - Black Metallic



This is very good. Sorry- I have a paper to write tonight.

Read this instead:

"The song that broke, and betrothed Catherine Wheel to the American public, "Black Metallic" could probably be counted in the ranks of ballad -- albeit one with a droning guitar and a subsonic wailing that cudgeled the listener over the head, at the same time as caressing them to ecstasy. Surviving from embryonic material that pre-dated the band, and first previewed in a BBC Session in early 1991, the song then reappeared as Catherine Wheel's major-label debut single, giving them their first U.K. chart success, reaching number 68. It also enjoyed massive attention Stateside, thanks to the band's year-long U.S. tour. And, for those not in the know on the live circuit, MTV picked up the slack as the disturbingly spectral "Black Metallic" video slotted into fairly heavy rotation. With a deeply textured guitar drone and wallop to lead the way, and backed by a forcefully lazy drum beat, Rob Dickinson vocals, which he renders quite tender here, play beautifully off the noise behind in an ebb and flow which drains to nothing by the end of the song -- a seven-minute epic. Enough there for the rockers to get theirs off to, the lyrics caused a nation of next-generation shoegazers to swoon. While they may not have understood Dickinson's full meaning among "It's the color of your skin, you're skin is black metallic," the intent was enough for many to wish it would happen to them. It was with wry intent indeed that Dickinson ater admitted the song was about an automobile".

Catherine Wheel - Black Metallic


"I've never seen you when you're smiling
It really gets under my skin
You say it's easy when it's faster
I still can't guess what you're after

It's the colour of your skin
Your skin is black metallic
It's the colour of your skin
Your skin is black metallic
Your skin is black metallic
Your skin is black metallic

I think of you when you're sleeping
Of all the secrets that you're keeping
You can't stay all day under the covers
'Cause under there you'll discover

It's the colour of your skin
Your skin is black metallic
It's the colour of your skin
Your skin is black metallic
Your skin is black metallic
You're turning black metallic...

It's the colour of your skin
It's the colour of your skin...

Your skin is black metallic
Your skin is black metallic
Your skin is black metallic
You're turning black metallic

It's the colour of your skin
Your skin is black metallic"


Promo video


Catherine Wheel - Ferment @Amazon.com

1 comment:

indie mom said...

I am a major Catherine Wheel fan, and this was the song that introduced me to the band...it's a great song, but not their best by far. Thanks!