Josh H

Member Since: 10/16/2004
Total Mixes: 10
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Cassette | Mixed Genre
Cassette | Mixed Genre
Cassette | Mixed Genre
Cassette | Theme - Narrative

Paranoid Android: The Musical

Side A
Artist Song
Less Than Jake  That's Why They Call It A Union 
The Beatles  Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds 
The Saints  Lipstick On Your Collar 
Nancy Sinatra  These Boots Are Made For Walking 
Creedence Clearwater Revival  I Heard It Through The Grapevine 
The White Stripes  I Think I Smell A Rat 
The Darkeness  Get Your Hands Off My Woman 
The Eurythmics  Would I Lie To You? 
John Lee Hooker & Miles Davis  Murder 
Side B
Queen  Bohemian Rhapsody 
Joy Division  The Only Mistake 
silverchair  Suicidal Dream 
Michael Franti & Spearhead  Oh My God 
Bob Dylan  Knockin' On Heaven's Door 
Queens Of The Stone Age  Song For The Dead 
Radiohead  Paranoid Android 


This might look like a pretty long 'comment' but I urge you all to read it, thanks.

After listening to Paranoid Android years ago I began to interpret the lyrics and music of the song to be telling some kind of story. I decided that I would use a mixed tape to tell the story that I personally took from Radiohead's epic.

The story I gathered is a tragedy and follows a paranoid and slightly insane man, his wife and her suspected lover, the man's best friend. I have written the story below including how the specific songs on my tape apply to the narrative I find in PA but see if you can work it out by looking at the songs first before reading my explanation.

The Story:
We are introduced to the dark and dysfunctional marriage of the man and his wife in the introduction of PA (Less Than Jake -That's Why They Call It A Union). We first begin to see the man's insane and warped mind as Thom sings "Please can you stop the noise I'm trying to get some rest/from all the unborn chicken voices in my head" (The Beatles - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds). The man thinks he finds some evidence to support his paranoid suspicions that his wife is having an affair as we hear "what's that" (The Saints - Lipstick On Your Collar). The man then goes ahead and threatens his wife, "when I am King you will be first against the wall" (Nancy Sinatra - These Boots Are Made For Walking) Thom then repeats "what's that" - the man finds something else out to reinforce his false suspicions (Creedence Clearwater Revival - I Heard It Through The Grapevine) and comes home to find his best friend innocently in the kitchen with his wife, wrongly accusing him of having an affair with his wife (The White Stripes - I Think I Smell A Rat). The man then confronts his friend and begins to threaten the man with a knife - "off with his head man" and attack him - "kicking screaming Gucci little piggy" (The Darkeness - Get Your Hands Off My Woman) but his wife won't give up and continues in vain to attempt convince her husband that nothing is going on between her and his friend (The Eurythmics - Would I Lie To You). The angry and insane man cannot be convinced and proceeds to violently kill his friend and wife (John Lee Hooker and Miles Davis - Murder) this moment occurs in PA during the aggressive and violently thrashy guitar solo following the lyrics "I guess he does." Immediately after the murders both the man and the music get calm again and there is an obvious element of sorrow (Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody). The man reflects on the destruction he has caused and begins to regain some of his sanity realising that he has just killed his wife and best friend based on insane and false suspicions (Joy Division - The Only Mistake). He's ashamed and begins to have suicidal thoughts, asking to be punished "rain down, come on rain down on me from a great height" (silverchair -My Suicidal Dream). The man begins to have chaotic flashbacks, reflecting on his life and society as he knew it "That's it, sir/You're leaving/The crackle of pigskin/The dust and the screaming/The yuppies networking/The panic, the vomit..." (Michael Franti & Spearhead - Oh My God). He tries to convince himself that he will be OK because "God loves his children" and decides it is time to go (Bob Dylan - Knockin' On Heaven's Door). His suicide, represented by the final guitar solo that finshes the song, is long and intensely excrutiating, yet his final breath, like the end of the PA itself is extremely sudden, as though there still needed to be more (Queens Of The Stone Age - Song For The Dead).

Cheers, Josh.


Date: 12/18/2004
Wow. So much thought put into this. It's amazing.
jed the humanoid
Date: 12/19/2004
much appreciated. i like it a lot. i wrote a stroy from a mix once. but that was coincidental (see the boy with the thorn in his side mix). i wrote the story after the mix. much harder is trying to write a story from words invented during a game of frabble (that's fucked up scrabble, where you make up the words, but they have to sound believable and have a good definition). much late night fun. :-)
Mo Twang!
Date: 12/24/2004
I want to see the movie!