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nesty

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#21 14 years ago

After posting here about The Wall, i watched the documentary on the dvd and have to admit that its only metaphors but no actual real battles. I was too much impressed by the drawings and the movie self, 'Goodbye, blue sky' for example, looked like it was about the bombing of london esecialy with the eagle flying over. But like Primo mentioned above, The Wall is about the relations between Waters and his fans but very metaporical, and how he wanted to take distance from them, so more a personal problem then something about WW2.

My bad.




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#22 14 years ago

Completely unnecessary, nesty. I'm glad you've engaged. It's more fun that way.

stylie, those lyrics don't contain "references", they're entire WWII (plus the Somme) songs! When I read the lyrics though, I get a 6-color image of a grimacing Sgt Rock, in the "heroic" proportion of an over-long torso, firing his Thomspon, complete with tumbling empties and "Brrrrruuuup" sound. (IIR my war comics correctly, it was the mg's that made the "Takkatakkatakka" sound.) Where Eagles Dare looks like a direct play on the movie.

As big a deal as WWII was to the US, we sometimes overlook that it was even bigger to England. The English had war in their airspace and were bombed or rocketed for years. And while I'm just guessing, I would think England lost a higher percentage of her population than the US. When you link that with the virtual loss of an entire generation 25 years earlier, it's easy to see how it's a major reference point in so many English lives.

So far, I have to say I'm most moved by When The Tigers Broke Free.




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#23 14 years ago

I've found a surprising number of WW2 references/themes in Pink Floyd's songs. I agree that though that When The Tigers Broke Free is one of the most hard-hitting with the way it's sung in a deadpan way and builds to a kind of wailing.




stylie

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#24 14 years ago
jumjum So far, I have to say I'm most moved by When The Tigers Broke Free.

Myself included. I'm pushing the Maiden thing just because its so blatantly ridiculously WWII. Things that make teenge kids go "F-YEAH!!!" But of course I said that while discovering Pink Floyd too! Now all of the kids have internet and things like FH!!! We had velvety Iron Maiden posters, black lights and board games! But nowhere near the power that PF's music did.




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#25 14 years ago

Slayer - SS-3 - A song about the 3.SS.Pz-Div "Totenkopf"

Ancient crown placed on your head The hangmen of Prague Seven keys to the chamber Surrendered to the God

Hunting Fighting Killing whore Wade through blood And spill some more

Hiding Fighting Killing whore Wade through blood And bleed some more

Golden door submits secrets As this nation falls Atmosphere of deadly terror Subservient to all

Hunting Fighting Killing whore Wade through blood And spill some more

Hunting Fighting Killing whore Wade through blood And bleed some more

Burning sense of mission Assassination Symbol of oppression

Crusade led from exile Obliteration Sabotaged campaign

Check resistance from afar Planning the death of one When the plot is executed There will be nowhere to run Ramifications will be high A price paid in torment The end justifies the means To hell you will be sent

(Lead: Hanneman)

The wolf leader now is the stalked Expansion state of horror Guns echo over the grave A thousand fates are sealed Murderous power brought to an end Only to rise again Cold and rustless and iron will Protectorate of the dead

(Lead: King)

A thorough sweep Prelude to death Secrets kept But no one left Firing squad Begins their work Harsh reprisal For what you took Retribution selective terror The stench of death is everywhere A severed head A floating mass Will give me answers to what I ask

Slayer - War Ensemble

Propaganda death ensemble Burial to be Corpses rotting through the night In blood laced misery Scorched earth the policy The reason for the singe The pendulum it shaves the blade The strafing air blood raid

Infiltration push reserves Encircle the front llines Supreme art of strategy Playing on the minds Bombard till submission Take all to their graves Indication of triumph The number that are dead

Chorus Sport the war, war support The sport is war, total war When victorys a massacre The final swing is not a drill Its how many people I can kill

Chorus

Be dead friend from abve When darkness falls Descend into my sights Your fallen walls Spearhead break through the lines Flanked all around Soldiers of attrition Forward their ground Gregime prophetic age Old in its time Flowing veins run on through Deep in the rhine Center of the web All battles scored What is our war crimes (era forever more...war)

Propaganda war ensemble Burial to be Bones shining in the night In blood laced misery Campaign of elimination Twisted psychology When victory is to survive And death is defeat

Chorus Sport the war, war support The sport is total war When victorys a massacre When victory is survival When this end is a slaughter The final swing is not a drill Its how many people I can kill




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#26 14 years ago

I think there is a metal-band called "GWAR" which made a song about Stalin's Organ (Katyusha).

Here are the lyrics:

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They were called Katusyhas, but we called them Stalin's Organs 200 MM devastating fire When streets hiss, and falling block, kisses desperate flesh Stukas plunging, as skylines reform Spreading madness, in the gun factory Which had become something of a rallying point in the last few days I can tell they fear us, by the way they fire We infiltrate, we wade through hip-deep filth And then we come at them from below Now that your name has been changed, will any remember your name? And why was I, so led away? And what secret laid? In the blood soaked block On the fountain made... Return, return, return



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#27 14 years ago

J.Steiner - Um, this is no reflection on you (look, I have Elton John's first 5 albums, so who am I to talk about taste?), but other than the title of the first song and the line in that one about "hangmen of Prague", which is fairly non-specific, there's not one thing that ties these Slayer songs to WWII. They may have meant them to be related to WWII, but they sure didn't do it with what may be generously called their writing, such as it is. It's pretty much very loosely connected (and almost incoherent) phrases and sentence fragments evoking death, doom and destruction. Standard fare for Blood Rock I guess.

So, 1) as Lord Threadstarter I hereby decree these songs don't meet the thread criteria and 2) these Slayer boys are functional illiterates.

MrFancypants: might be the same genre' as Slayer, but GWAR's lyrics are cleary WWII connected (they may even be talking about Stalingrad, although I don't get the "gun factory" - tank factory maybe?). And at least their lyrics are fairly coherent and have a point. Thanks for putting it in a spoiler: it saves a bunch of screen space.




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#28 14 years ago

GWAR! Awesome! Guys dressed in monster costumes with enormous dinosaur penises squirting custard all over the audience. Two thumbs up.




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#29 14 years ago

Here are 2 songs that directly come to my mind with references to WWII:

"Leningrad" by Billy Joel

and "Me262" by The Blue Oyster Cult

Both great songs. I still listen to them.




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#30 14 years ago

There's Polish band Lao Che and they've released an album about Warsaw Uprising. Though I think it's not something that can interest you.