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Not really into 80’s music, never have been, it is what it is. Here is the power of love by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, from 1984:

Here are the first (and last) lines of the song (on spotify, at least):

I'll protect you from the hooded claw

Keep the vampires from your door

‘love is the light, scaring the darkness away’

Why look into the lyrics of a song I’ve never heard before by a group I’ve never (really) listened to?

Because this past week I saw the beautiful film all of us strangers throughout which that song is woven: lyrically, thematically and even through similar images.

A knock on the door, two soon-to-be lovers meet. A first, brief, conversation. The visitor, just before he’s denied entrance, drunkenly whispers:

There are vampires at my door

The final image of the film:

‘this time we go sublime; lovers entwine, divine’

All of us strangers ends with the beginning of the power of love.

Which makes a lot of sense.


watching the film, one is reminded that,

- even though heartbreak and loss are inevitable

there really is nothing better to do


make love your goal

Good luck.


Miscellaneous threading material:

Andrew Haigh directed the film. He also made ‘Weekend’ which is also quite beautiful.

“I wanted to throw the notion of time up in the air. I feel strongly that you can be dragged backward and forward through time so easily. Go onto the dance floor, listen to a song, and you can be back to where you were 10 years ago. You can feel what you felt 30 years ago.”

A song like ‘the power of love’ for example?

More? Read this this interview.


“It’s not easy to say things to people that you love, to tell people how you feel, but secretly we all wish we could,” Andrew Haigh says. “The film delves into that idea: If we could in some metaphysical realm connect like this, wouldn’t that be an amazing thing?”

That would be an amazing thing. More, here.

Following threads is fun.

“Specifically, Adam (the protagonist)—and Haigh, and you—is drawn back to the mid-1980s, a period that might be the gayest era of pop music ever. “From 1981 to around 1986, British pop music was the queerest thing in the world: You had Culture Club and Wham! and Bronski Beat and the Communards, Erasure, Pet Shop Boys, Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Like: Was anyone not gay?””

I had NO idea what the song ‘Relax’ was about. Well, I thought it was about relaxing. Silly me. Here’s the video clip which was very quickly banned from MTV:

Some lyrics:

Relax, don't do it

When you wanna go do it

Relax, don't do it

When you wanna come

Relax, don't do it

When you wanna suck, chew it

Relax, don't do it

When you wanna come

When you wanna come

The top YouTube commenter has a point when commenting ‘I don’t see any relaxing in this video.’

Huh, indeed. Weird.

One more quote then:

“Crucial to the film is “The Power of Love,” a very operatic 1984 ballad by the very gay Liverpool band Frankie Goes to Hollywood. “This is a song that was made when people were starting to die of AIDS,” Haigh says. “A time when people were losing their partners very, very young in horrendous circumstances. And here is a band who are saying love is gigantic, the possibility of it is gigantic.”

Last interview here, with one more quote then:

“Listen, life is very complicated, and it usually ends in a complicated place for all of us. Most of us lose our parents, and half of us might end up losing our partner before we're gone. Life is about dealing with loss. But the love that comes from that is the essential, important thing.”

Last Frankie Goes to Hollywood song. Yes, with depressing comments reminding us that history does seem to repeat, and repeat, and then, yes, repeat, but also with a hilariously great ‘80’s video clip. I’m beginning to understand this whole 80’s fad…

And, ok, one more quote then.

Let’s give the final words of this thread to Andrew Haigh:

It sounds so cheesy, but I feel like love really is the thing that remains.


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This is just great. Listen to these two interviews back to back, and you actually hear history unfolding. Through human struggle, art.

from Andre 3000’s website

The first interview from 2019, with Rick Rubin.

The other interview from now-ish, with NPR.

Some background:

André 3000 released a new album, New Blue Sun. Here it is.

I remember very vividly, some four years ago, listening to an extremely open interview with Rick Rubin where André 3000 talks about feeling stuck. ‘Where do I sit?’ he asks, ‘maybe my history is handicapping in a sort of way’, meaning his succes with Outkast as obstruction to a free way forward. He wondered ‘what makes me feel the best right now?’ and he started this ‘random instrumental kind of thing.’ ‘They make me feel the most rebellious (…) I have to honor that in a way.’

Then, at around the 33 min mark, when asked about his meditation practice, the bass clarinet makes its entrance - ‘I started messing around with bass clarinet - and it’s a breathing kind of thing.’

All in anticipation of what is to follow, to what is 'now.'

Then, he is drawn to something Rubin says:

‘That’s interesting you say, you don’t have to be new to make new… I agree…’ and he asks:

‘Are there any examples of like bands or groups that have made new things when they’ve been around for a long time?’

The examples Rubin gives, Kid A by Radiohead and Yeezus by Kanye West aren’t quite what he’s looking for. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band resonates more. There, The Beatles decided to become a different band to free themselves, to make something new. But still, it does seem if it’s in the same ‘trajectory,’ it still isn’t quite what he's looking for. And that's probably logical.

The example André 3000 was looking for, didn’t exist yet.

The example that André 3000 was looking for, André 3000 just released.

And it is amazing.

It's all in the title of the first song:

I swear, I Really Wanted To Make A “Rap” Album But This Is Literally The Way The Wind Blew Me This Time

'You gotta move out the way' and let yourself be blown by the wind, and let that be the way. However, as André 3000 says, 'you gotta work for moving out the way.'


ANOTHER great interview

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