On Maximo Park, Tears For Fears, and Super Furry Animals

Three notes real quick

GONGENHUM
2 min readAug 16, 2021

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I. On Maximo Park’s “Leave This Island”

I can relate to this song through a dual channel. First, it shares a similar beat with “The Captive Mind” by Helio Sequence. It was a favorite when it was released and had an appealing word-flow to it that despite sophisticated lyrics was actually easy to sing along to. And the second, doesn’t it sound a tad like Moby’s “Extreme Ways” in its vocal tone and spirit? If you disagree, how about you move your cursor to 2:30? I guess “Leave This Island” is the highlight of MP’s Too Much Information for me.

II. On Tears For Fears performing “Change” on Knebworth 1990

Among the first VHS tapes in our house was Knebworth 1990. That was an early gateway to Dire Straits, Genesis, Elton John, Cliff Richard, Clapton, Robert Plant, Status Quo, Paul McCartney, and Pink Floyd. And it started out with this terrific performance of “Change” by Tears For Fears. I literally watched this every day after school! Mom knows better!

III. On a dream related to Super Furry Animals’ “Mountain People”

Dreamt last night I was enthusiastically explaining to an old friend how SFA’s “Mountain People” goes from lovey-dovey peace or a ceasefire from a previous battle to complete chaos and destruction. Woke to realize, oops, he had definitely already heard it so he was just being nice listening patiently. And after a minute my awakened logic popped “Hey we could have just played it in the dream. It wouldn’t have hurt!” I’m not really smart in my dreams. The other night I had problems spelling my own name. Expert in sleep paralysis though.

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GONGENHUM

Music and culture through a nonconformist lens. Bluesky: @gongenhum.bsky.social