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| name=Happy Cycling
 
| 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]]) <br> 5:07 ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DJ-Kicks:_Kid_Loco DJ-Kicks: Kid Loco])
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| 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]]<br>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DJ-Kicks:_Kid_Loco DJ-Kicks: Kid Loco]}}
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| appearson=[[A Few Old Tunes|AFOT]]<br>[[MHTRTC]]<br>[[Peel Session]]<br>[[Live @ Warp10]] <br> [[All Tomorrow's Parties|ATP]]}}
  
== Comments ==
 
 
[[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]].  
 
[[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]].  
  
A shorter version of the recent one also appears in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DJ-Kicks:_Kid_Loco Kid Loco's DJ-Kicks].
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== Samples / Lyrics ==
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* 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>
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* 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>
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*  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:
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:(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."''
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:(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>
  
== Samples/Lyrics ==
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== Comments ==
* Though it is still a matter of debate, the eerie choir heard throughout much of [[Happy Cycling]] is thought to have been sampled from Stanley Kubrick's [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062622/ 2001: A Space Odyssey] or possibly Norman Jewison's [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070239/ Jesus Christ Superstar].
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*A shorter version of the recent one also appears in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DJ-Kicks:_Kid_Loco Kid Loco's DJ-Kicks].
 
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* [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.
* The backmasked vocals beginning roughly at 6:25 are thought to be of an interview with Jeff Lynne of the Electric Light Orchestra. The subject seems to be ELO's supposed use of backmasking on their song "Eldorado" from the 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:
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*[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].
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*[Forfy] - The Peel Session version was used in season two, episode twelve of Six Feet Under.
  
:(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 Lynn in particular."''
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== Videos ==
  
:(Jeff Lynn'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!"''
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* [Sam Lambert] has pointed out yet another of those little details in the track that can be so easily overlooked. During the first part of the track, whenever the seagull sounds are heard, there is also a sound like a man singing, rather faint and tinny.
 
 
 
== Comments ==
 
* [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.
 
  
 
== External Links ==
 
== External Links ==
*Click [http://skytree.earstroke.com/Public/Happy_Cycling_ELO_Backmask.mp3 here] to listen to the backmasked vocals at the end of Happy Cycling.  The clip has been reversed, and hard panned to the right channel to boost the vocals. 
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*[[wikipedia:Backmasking]]
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BackmaskingBackmasking] on Wikipedia
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*[[wikipedia:Electric_light_orchestra Electric]]
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_light_orchestra Electric Light Orchestra] on Wikipedia
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*[[wikipedia:Jeff_Lynne]]
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Lynne Jeff Lynne] on Wikipedia
 
*[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062622/ Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey"] on IMDB
 
 
*[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070239/ Norman Jewison's "Jesus Christ Superstar"] on IMDB
 
*[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070239/ Norman Jewison's "Jesus Christ Superstar"] on IMDB
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== References ==
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<references />
  
 
[[Category: Released tracks]]
 
[[Category: Released tracks]]
[[Category: A Few Old Tunes tracks]]
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[[Category:Old Tunes Vol. 1 tracks]]
 
[[Category: Music Has the Right to Children tracks]]
 
[[Category: Music Has the Right to Children tracks]]
 
[[Category: Peel Session tracks]]
 
[[Category: Peel Session tracks]]
 
[[Category: Live @ Warp10 tracks]]
 
[[Category: Live @ Warp10 tracks]]
 
[[Category: All Tomorrow's Parties 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