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PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2005 5:51 pm    Post subject: Thank God For The Rain + Taxi Driver... Reply with quote

"Looks like I'm gonna build my shelter again
Such a messed up world we're living in today
Thank God for the rain, maybe it'll wash that scum away"

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"Some day a real rain will come and wash all the scum off the streets"
-Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver


i know the link is fairly loose, but i'm always reminded of bickle's speech from taxi driver when i hear the song..

was coxon "a man who would not take it anymore, a man who stood up against the scum, the c**ts, the dogs, the filth, the shit"?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2005 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i 'm watchin taxi driver just right now and i agree, and i can see a kinda link .....maybe....in a way.....i hope not too much tho,even if i love that travis.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2005 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

this is possabley the best ever graham song *lovelovelovelovelovelovelove*

i love this whole albem, i can't find any others, but over time, i will, i think its best that way.....
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2005 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah, i love it, an album highlight. great lyrics. i read somewhere it was the worst GC song, the cock!


taxi driver is on tv soon isnt it? a must see im thinking
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2005 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i dunno, haven't seen taxi driver

looking back on the album, i think there are better songs, bonfire is the most beatiful song ever (as well as everything on the album)

but Hurt Prone would be my fav graham song, maybe ever...
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2006 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful album. I love Big Bird and Empty Word (stunning song, simply fantastic through headphones) and I love the heavy blast that is Burn It Down! Ooh I loves this album.

This NME review is from 4 August 2001:

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From Graham Coxon's recent pronouncements during another highly strung sojourn from Blur, you might wonder whether NME has the necessary qualifications to understand what's happening in the guitarist's head. The nervously excitable Coxon, who confessed he spends his spare time dressing up like a grimy 1920s farm hand and hitching lifts, might be better off getting a certain kind of specialist to listen to his third solo album. That title alone sounds like a Rorschach ink blot test response by a Yo La Tengo-loving serial killer.

Not that Coxon's mad, he's just special. He may have an acute fear of prawns, but he can still knock out a lovely awkward album of garage rock, acoustica and white noise in the time it takes Damon Albarn to lay down a really fierce Gorillaz bass rhythm. That's about two weeks in real time. Meanwhile, his hatred of pop culture now verges on the pathological.

Hence 'Crow Sit On Blood Tree' and its frantic, confessional tone. Not that Coxon ever loses control completely. He may get noisy on the angular 'Empty Word' and the loose, chaotic 'Burn It Down', but the guitarist never sounds rich and bitter, more like he's panicking in case he accidentally sets off some unexploded rage which would really scare us.

He comes close, however, on the brilliantly odd protest song 'Thank God For The Rain', where he resembles nobody but Taxi Driver's Travis Bickle, crying that the rain may "wash that scum away". The voodoo crazy 'You Never Will Be' is even more entertaining.

Moving on successfully from the lo-fi fuzz of previous albums, Coxon even sounds like a 1920s farm hand on the country rattle of 'I'm Goin' Away', which wouldn't have been out of place on the soundtrack of Oh Brother Where Art Thou?. Thankfully there are still traces of art-rock Blur, while acoustic laments 'Too Uptight' and 'A Place For Grief' are delicately emotional.

So what if 'Crow Sit On Blood Tree' won't provide videos for kids' TV or shift any US units? For his own peace of mind, Graham Coxon had to make this record. And there aren't many Blur solo projects you can say that about.

Rating: 8 out of 10.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 26, 2010 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i love this album. the other day we were discussing the sadness of john lennon - what would he have brought to the world today had he been alive? just wondering who there was to bring out any kind of lament over the state of being and i got out this song and we loved and enjoyed listening to this particular song. as for the relation to robert de niro and taxi driver i seem to remember graham once saying that was totally who he aspired to when he was at this stage of his life. that doesn't mean of course that that is who he is now... people do go through phases.
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