Music meme again, this time brought to you by the letter F (and sabotabby). Instructions in the previous post, for those who want to play.
- "Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues - Best Christmas song ever. Also, one that nearly lost an old friend of mine her job once. She was a switchboard operator at a law firm, and got in trouble for singing this song while walking down the hall in the office - and particularly because when one of the lawyers came out to scold her, she sang it directly to him: "Richard! You scumbag, you maggot, you cheap lousy faggot, merry Christmas!"
- "Fear Of Freedom" by Poison Girls (Sorry, couldn't find any link where you could listen to this one, but the lyrics are here if that helps) - I was passionately devoted to this band in the 80s. They sort of grew out of the same anarcho-punk scene as Crass etc., but were much more musically varied, and lyrically more introspective and less didactic. This is one of my favourite songs of theirs.
- "Farewell to the Crown" by Chumbawamba - a fun little song about, well, killing the British royal family. Only Chumbawamba could write something musically so perky and cheerful and lyrically so nasty.
- "Forsaken" by Within Temptation - It's a cool coincidence that I got the letters S and F, because that enabled me to include two of my very favourite WT songs, and a pair that go really well together at that. "Forsaken" and "See Who I Am" are kind of like the dark and light side of the state of the world - if "See Who I Am" was about why there's still hope, "Forsaken" is more about why things are so royally screwed up in the first place:
We lived our lives in our paradise,Also, the link above goes to an awesome live video, which captures a bit of the intensity of what they're like live - though it's interesting to see the contrast between the kind of venues they play in Europe, where they're much better known, and the relatively small club I saw them in here.
As gods we shaped the world around.
No borderlines we'd stay behind,
Though balance is something fragile.
While we thought we were gaining,
We'd turn back the tide, it still slips away.
Our time has run out, our future has died,
There's no more escape.
- "Fama Tuba" by Helium Vola - I was somewhat undecided between several different songs for the fifth pick, but this was the only one of the lot that had a video, so that ended up deciding me. Helium Vola are a German band who describe themselves as "electro-mediaeval", which in practice means "Now iz ze time on Sprockets vhen ve chant in Latin." You can see the lyrics translated into several languages (including English) here.