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The Oil Spill gotten me into one of my Apocalyptic Vibes heres a song
06-10-2010, 07:52 PM,
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The Oil Spill gotten me into one of my Apocalyptic Vibes heres a song


Althought according to the Shriekback aficionados its about something else.


08-05-2009

Rated +1 Shriekback's music often refers to scientific theories, especially regarding paleontology (Coelocanth, the Naked Apes album, etc). Nemesis the song was written as a direct response to the Nemesis hypothesis, which was first proposed in 1984 and entered popular culture in early 1985. See http://tinyurl.com/bigblacknemesis

Nemesis is the name of a hypothetical red or brown dwarf star in a highly stretched, perpendicular orbit around our Sun. Most of the time it is so distant and dim that it has thus far gone undetected. However, every 26 million years it supposedly comes hurtling much closer (well outside the orbits of Pluto & friends, but in terms of stars that's really close). This surge of gravity would knock thousands of dormant comets towards the inner solar system, and some of those comets would smash into the Earth, causing mass extinctions (like the dinosaurs, hence the lyric about "the breath of reptiles").

The song is saying that our current civilization may feel great and powerful, but if Nemesis returned we would all die anyways.
In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.

As a reputed atheist, the reverential nature of his film was surprising, but Pasolini himself said &If you know that I am an unbeliever, then you know me better than I do myself. I may be an unbeliever, but I am an unbeliever who has a nostalgia for a belief.&


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