banner design by Angel Draganov
 Actions

Difference between revisions of "Happy Cycling"

m (Videos)
 
(46 intermediate revisions by 16 users not shown)
Line 1: Line 1:
1. Though it is still a matter of debate, the eerie choir heard throughout much of "Happy Cycling" is thought to have been sampled from [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062622/ Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey]" or possibly [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070239/ Norman Jewison's "Jesus Christ Superstar]."
+
{{Infobox Song|
 +
| name=Happy Cycling
 +
| runtime=1:49 ([[A Few Old Tunes|AFOT]]) <br> 7:51 ([[MHTRTC]]) <br> 7:56 ([[Peel Session]]) <br> 7:27 ([[Live @ Warp10]]) <br> 7:55 ([[All Tomorrow's Parties|ATP]]))
 +
| appearson=[[A Few Old Tunes|AFOT]]<br>[[MHTRTC]]<br>[[Peel Session]]<br>[[Live @ Warp10]] <br> [[All Tomorrow's Parties|ATP]]}}
  
[[Category: Music Has a Right to Children tracks]]
+
[[Happy Cycling]] is the name of two unrelated musical compositions by [[Boards of Canada]]: an earlier piece appearing on [[A Few Old Tunes]], and a later composition which forms the basis of all tracks named [[Happy Cycling]] on [[Boards of Canada]]'s [[Discography|general releases]] and known [[Discography#Live_Bootlegs|live recordings]].
 +
 
 +
== Samples / Lyrics ==
 +
* The eerie choir heard throughout much of [[Happy Cycling]] is sampled from [[wikipedia:Norman Jewison|Norman Jewison]]'s [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070239/ Jesus Christ Superstar], specifically "[https://youtu.be/nAL0Y0PxJFc?t=64 The Crucifixion]" from roughly 1:04. <ref>{{#ev:youtube|nAL0Y0PxJFc|480||||start=64|false}}</ref>
 +
* The bird calls are sampled from [[wikipedia:Vangelis|Vangelis]] - [[wikipedia:La Fête sauvage|La Fête sauvage]]. There is also a sound like a man singing, rather faint and tinny. Sample starts at 2:43.<ref>http://www.twoism.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=13680</ref><ref>{{#ev:youtube|4d6T-6fNAiM|480||||start=162|false}}</ref>
 +
*  The backmasked vocals beginning roughly at 6:25 are of an interview with [[wikipedia:Jeff Lynne|Jeff Lynne]] of the [[wikipedia:Electric Light Orchestra|Electric Light Orchestra]].  The subject seems to be ELO's supposed use of backmasking on their song "[[wikipedia:Eldorado (Electric Light Orchestra song)|Eldorado]]" from the [[wikipedia:Eldorado (Electric Light Orchestra album)|album of the same name]], and the controversy thereof.  Though the vocals are occasionally difficult to understand when reversed, the following transcript is relatively complete:
 +
:(Interviewer's voice): ''"... to tell us about backwards masking ??? and the Electric Light Orchestra. A whole crowd of ... got all ... because they thought that if ... but, when it was hand-spun backwards on a turntable, and it said something like 'Christ is inferno'. Anyway, it was enough to ... cause some problems for ELO and Jeff Lynne in particular."''
 +
:(Jeff Lynne's voice): ''"It is absolutely ...don't ask why I said that. It didn't say anything, anything of the sort. And uhm, that was total...in fact, it was a mistake, isn't it. Because anyone who can write a song played forwards and have it say something else backwards has got to be some kind of genius, and that I ain't! I was upset at first by the accusations, you know, but now, but now I would find them funny ... we're totally innocent of all those claims ... and we're all God-fearing chaps!"''<ref>[[File:Happy-cycling-elo-backmask.mp3]]</ref>
 +
 
 +
== Comments ==
 +
*A shorter version of the recent one also appears in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DJ-Kicks:_Kid_Loco Kid Loco's DJ-Kicks].
 +
* [Alex D] - There is an electronic music company called [http://www.cycling74.com/ cycling 74], who make MAX/MSP among other things; and it could just possibly be a reference to that.
 +
*[Mark S] - Many have suspected the title as being a reference to Albert Hofmann's trip on LSD known as [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_LSD Bicycle Day].
 +
*[Forfy] - The Peel Session version was used in season two, episode twelve of Six Feet Under.
 +
 
 +
== Videos ==
 +
 
 +
{{#widget:YouTube|id=GLuk2SWWNaM}}
 +
 
 +
== External Links ==
 +
*[[wikipedia:Backmasking]]
 +
*[[wikipedia:Electric_light_orchestra Electric]]
 +
*[[wikipedia:Jeff_Lynne]]
 +
*[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070239/ Norman Jewison's "Jesus Christ Superstar"] on IMDB
 +
 
 +
== References ==
 +
<references />
 +
 
 +
[[Category: Released tracks]]
 +
[[Category:Old Tunes Vol. 1 tracks]]
 +
[[Category: Music Has the Right to Children tracks]]
 
[[Category: Peel Session tracks]]
 
[[Category: Peel Session tracks]]
 +
[[Category: Live @ Warp10 tracks]]
 +
[[Category: All Tomorrow's Parties tracks]]

Latest revision as of 23:22, 29 February 2020

Happy Cycling
Running time 1:49 (AFOT)
7:51 (MHTRTC)
7:56 (Peel Session)
7:27 (Live @ Warp10)
7:55 (ATP))
Appears on AFOT
MHTRTC
Peel Session
Live @ Warp10
ATP
Happy Cycling is the name of two unrelated musical compositions by Boards of Canada: an earlier piece appearing on A Few Old Tunes, and a later composition which forms the basis of all tracks named Happy Cycling on Boards of Canada's general releases and known live recordings.

Samples / Lyrics[edit]

(Interviewer's voice): "... to tell us about backwards masking ??? and the Electric Light Orchestra. A whole crowd of ... got all ... because they thought that if ... but, when it was hand-spun backwards on a turntable, and it said something like 'Christ is inferno'. Anyway, it was enough to ... cause some problems for ELO and Jeff Lynne in particular."
(Jeff Lynne's voice): "It is absolutely ...don't ask why I said that. It didn't say anything, anything of the sort. And uhm, that was total...in fact, it was a mistake, isn't it. Because anyone who can write a song played forwards and have it say something else backwards has got to be some kind of genius, and that I ain't! I was upset at first by the accusations, you know, but now, but now I would find them funny ... we're totally innocent of all those claims ... and we're all God-fearing chaps!"[4]

Comments[edit]

  • A shorter version of the recent one also appears in Kid Loco's DJ-Kicks.
  • [Alex D] - There is an electronic music company called cycling 74, who make MAX/MSP among other things; and it could just possibly be a reference to that.
  • [Mark S] - Many have suspected the title as being a reference to Albert Hofmann's trip on LSD known as Bicycle Day.
  • [Forfy] - The Peel Session version was used in season two, episode twelve of Six Feet Under.

Videos[edit]

External Links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. http://www.twoism.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=13680