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aladynsane
(absolute beginner )
11/16/03 04:28 PM
Re: The Loneliest Guy new [re: Sysiyo]  

żand what means "not me" at the end of the song?

... sordid details following...

tonyinsf
(kook)
11/25/03 04:10 PM
Re: The Loneliest Guy new [re: Sysiyo]  

"We need a law that prohibits all lyrics that mention things connected to computers."


No way! Weird Al did a great take-off on Windows 95. One of his best pieces.




--
This World Wide Web was invented and brought to you on NeXTSTEP, the forerunner of Mac OS X.


EJSundayModerator
(acolyte)
11/25/03 04:26 PM
No Computer Loneliness Here new [re: Grey_Nihilist]  

I have contradicted Sys negative view on this very good song before and will do it again by repeating what I have said before:
To me it sounds like Bowie is singing about somebody else who is in denial of being lonely and torn and who tries desperately to see the sun again. Sept. 11? Maybe. And as it is so obvious that Bowie is not reflecting his own fate it appears to me that he is technically distancing himself from the person in question. He sings that guy's song - not his own. It is through him (Bowie) that the Loneliest Guy gets heard. Therfore Bowie surely sympathizes with Guy - but he isn't him. And to me this leads to the conclusion and feeling that Bowie expresses how good his own life is compared to what the lonely guy is suffering from. Therefore nothing at all poor about this song.


And I want to believe
In the madness that calls 'now'


SPREAD
(electric tomato)
11/29/03 09:21 AM
Re: No Computer Loneliness Here new [re: EJSunday]  

This song sucks, it should be banned !

The lyrics on this song are a mess !!

Reality without this track would not change at all.

When i had all the answers somebody changed all the questions !

diamondogz74
(wild eyed peoploid)
11/29/03 10:17 AM
Re: The Loneliest Guy new [re: Sysiyo]  

So are we to take it that "sucks big apples" is your saying for the day/week/month/year?,its about time you learnt proper English,as for sucking Big Apples?,now i know why you look so daft LOL LOL...
IF you listen to the song,perhaps you might learn about what its really saying,your mind is in the gutter...

London Bye Ta-Ta...

RabbitFighter
(stardust savant)
11/29/03 10:49 AM
Re: The Loneliest Guy new [re: ermacowns]  

In reply to:

I wouldn't call it their absolute rock bottom, but still I agree with you


I was lucky enough to forget that Under Wraps exists. To tell you the truth i´m not even sure if it was that bad, haven´t heard the damn piece of crap for a very long time. Somethings are best forgotten.

You know I hate to ask but, are `friends’ electric?
Mine’s broke down and now I’ve no one to love



Grey_Nihilist
(kook)
11/29/03 11:23 AM
Re: The Loneliest Guy new [re: diamondogz74]  

In reply to:

its about time you learnt proper English


In reply to:

LOL LOL...


At this point, I think calling you an idiot would be like...fuck, I don't even care anymore. Just kill yourself, alright?

There is no "I" in fjhgdjhfdvjfhvhb!

filthilyderanged
(wild eyed peoploid)
11/29/03 11:54 AM
Re: The Loneliest Guy new [re: Grey_Nihilist]  

the style of song is artistic - so take it in as that - not about whining

Acid Rock

guiltpuppy
(kook)
11/29/03 11:59 AM
Re: The Loneliest Guy [re: Grey_Nihilist]  

I disagree with both: I don't see it as being too post-apocalyptic, and I really don't go for the "old man on the internet" definition. He makes only one reference to that ("pictures on my hard drive") and that can be taken a lot of different ways. He also says "all the pages left unturned" -- why isn't everyone saying it's a song about a guy in a library?

His life exists on the internet? I really don't get that. I definitely don't think it's necessarily a personal "boohoo" song either... As has been mentioned, the vast majority of Bowie songs are not written from a totally first person perspective -- I think it's very rare that you see him do something really personal (unless you look twenty-some years back to Hunky Dory)...

It's not that I have a concrete interpretation of the song -- I don't. But I think it's definitely more general, about living in memory, having nothing happen, only seeing the remnants of what has happened... How this relates to being the luckiest guy, not the loneliest guy, I don't know.

Oh, and for the record, that line, "pictures on my hard drive," completely made me shudder when I first heard it... I just wasn't expecting such a contemporary reference in such a, well, timeless-sounding song... Sort of like in Signs, when the grass alien sticks its hand under the door. I jumped out of my seat, even though everyone in the world was expecting it, just because of the fact that it was big and detailed and in focus, when up until that point they had been very careful to leave the grass aliens blurry and in the shadows and inarticulated. Yeah, so defying expectations can be jarring, even if it's on a totally formal level, is all I'm saying. And that's why I will defend this song, with weapons of mass destruction, if I have to.

And tonyinsf, if you make one more goddamn Macintosh's Witness post, I swear to god you're joining charlesbaer on my bozo list. And even Beltene hasn't made it there. This isn't the time or place: The time and place is in your shower, when no one's there to be offended. Make sure you sweep your foot around so it doesn't stick to the floor.

The dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had.

BrandNewDrag
(grinning soul)
12/03/03 01:57 AM
Re: The Loneliest Guy [re: Sysiyo]  

In reply to:

We need a law that prohibits all lyrics that mention things connected to computers.


Yeah, we wouldn't want art to reflect life or anything.




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