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The moon and pop music: 12 famous moon songs
Bad moon rising
It was an old horror flick that inspired John Fogerty to write this song for Creedence Clearwater Revival. The song is about a man who sells his soul to the devil. "The story takes place in the country at the beginning of the 18th century," says Fogerty in the book "the story behind ...". "A terrible cyclone raged, which really destroyed everything and everyone. When it was over, the survivors made a strange discovery. The only field that was intact was the cornfield of the man who had previously sold his soul to the devil. " This story eventually became "Bad Moon Rising" - the bad moon that rises heralds a great calamity. The chorus says: "Don't go out tonight, it wants to take your life away - a bad moon rises ..."
Pink Moon is the full moon at the beginning of spring - and doesn't bode well either. Two and a half years after Nick Drake released the album "Pink Moon" in early 1972, he died. Drake was depressed - hospital stays and medication couldn't help him. He was eventually found dead in his bed with an antidepressant overdose. Drake was only 26 years old. His music has inspired musicians like Elton John and Norah Jones. Drake recorded the album "Pink Moon" in just two nights - just with guitar, vocals and a few piano chords. The theme song "Pink Moon" includes a warning: "The pink moon is on its way and it will get you all."
The band R.E.M. 1998
Man on the moon
This is not about astronauts. The R.E.M. song is part of the soundtrack to the film of the same name about the US comedian Andy Kaufman (played by Jim Carrey in the film). Kaufman was a popular television star in the 1970s. With the film, director Miloš Forman Kaufman set a monument in 1999 - and Michael Stipe processed for R.E.M. the life of the comedian in this song. Kaufman died in 1984. But there is a legend that Kaufman is still alive - he himself had hinted to his audience during his lifetime that he might reappear after his death. In the 2016 US presidential election, for example, some rumored that Donald Trump was actually Andy Kaufman, who was just making a bad joke ...
The Police 1979: Sting and his two colleagues Stewart Copeland (dr) and Andy Summers (git)
Walking On The Moon
"Giant steps are what you take, walking on the moon, I hope my legs don't break, walking on the moon" - translated it means something like: "You take big steps when you walk on the moon, I hope mine Legs won't break when I walk on the moon ". Ten years after the first moon landing, the three boys from The Police fear that one might break one's legs despite the weightlessness on the moon. Not by chance: lead singer Sting came up with this number when he was poking around in the hotel room while drunk.
Cat Stevens, who now calls himself Yusuf Islam, grew up in London's West End, where it never really got dark. "I've never seen the moon, there were only street lamps everywhere," he later recalled on a TV show. "And then I stood on the shore on a beautiful moonlit night and saw my shadow in the moonlight - I thought that was incredibly cool". In the song he is followed by the jumping and hopping moon shadow - and then he sees everything that could horrible to him, in the end positively.
Cat Stevens is now called Yusuf Islam
The shadow of the moonlight represents a sudden and unexpected death. Mike Oldfield was at a hotel nearby when Beatles singer John Lennon was killed. He was deeply affected by it and, as he later told in an interview, was inspired to write the song by this event - but rather unconsciously. Because the song, sung by Maggie Reilly, is supposed to be about a film about the escape artist Houdini and the attempt to contact him after his death through spiritualism. Lines like "All she saw was a silhouette of a gun" and "he was shot six times by a man on the run" (he was shot six times by a man on the run) Escape) rather suggest the Lennon murder - because Houdini did not die in a hail of bullets.
Neil Young 1972
A lovely love song from 1992 in which Neil Young tells his partner after many years - almost in the fall of life - how much he still loves her: "Because I'm still in love with you, I want to see you dance again. Because I'm still in love with you by this harvest moon. "
Jazz singer Cassandra Wilson created a poetic cover version of it three years later.
"It's a wonderful night to dance in the moonlight - with the stars in your eyes, a fantastic night to love". Van Morrison released the album "Moondance" - one of the best 500 albums of all time - in 1970, clearly showing that jazz and pop music can be combined. In the book "Celtic Crossroads: The Art of van Morrison" he admits that he can't think of too much about "Moondance": "I can't really say anything special about this song. Maybe 'sophisticated' is the word I'm looking for . Yes, 'Moondance' is a nifty song. Frank Sinatra could sing it well. "
Mystical, aloof, backdrop for nightly dances ...
Dancing In The Moonlight
In 1973 there was this song by King Harvest, it became a super hit in 2000 in the version of the British pop band Toploader. "When the moon gets big and shining, it's a supernatural joy and we go out and dance in the moonlight." This chorus is repeated many times at the end of the song, so it's no surprise that former TV channel BBC Three ranked "Dancing In The Moonlight" at # 17 of the most annoying pop songs of all time.
The Foo Fighters released their double album "In Your Honor" in 2005 - on the second record there are only quiet, acoustic songs, completely untypical for the otherwise vocal rock band. One of these songs is the soft bossa ballad "Virginia Moon". Dave Grohl sings together with soul and jazz singer Norah Jones a silky-smooth song about the soft blue moon of Virginia, which promises a great night: "Moon of Virginia, I'm waiting for you tonight - and our characters become shadows in your light ... "
Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters can also use soft tones
Clouds Across The Moon
The Rah Band sings a bitter song about a woman who, with the help of a telephone operator, tries to contact her husband, who is millions of kilometers away on a mission to Mars. She not only wants to convey her greetings and those of the children to him, but also to make it clear to the poor guy that she does not wait forever for his return to earth, can hardly save herself from offers from the world of men and is looking for a new partner.
Hijo de la Luna
The song tells the story of a woman who wants a husband from the moon goddess Luna. Luna agrees, but wants her firstborn child in return. The trade takes place, the woman has husband and child. When it is born, she wants to reverse the matter and keep the child. Since the child does not resemble the parents, is pale as the moon and has gray eyes, the man detects deception and stabs the woman with jealousy. He abandons the child on a mountain. There it survives: When the moon is full, it is happy, but when the child is sad, Luna cradles it in her crescent moon. The song was a huge hit in the version of the Dutch singer Loona, in the original it comes from the Spanish folk band Mecano.
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