'A man with no trace of the feminine in him, with no duality at all, is a man without tenderness, sympathy, gentleness, kindness, responsiveness. He is brute-mean, a hammer, a fist. McGee, what is a woman with no trace of the masculine in her makeup?'
'Mmm. Merciless in a different way?'
'You show promise McGee. The empathy of kindness is a result of the duality, not of the feminine trace.'
John D. MacDonald on the balance of gender. Bright Orange For the Shroud (1965)
The song is perfectly acceptable radio rock for 1987. I’d listen to it while on a boat. But the VIDEO - my god the video! I haven’t seen Godley and Creme direct anything with this much practical animation - and so much of it! Definitely moving in on Stephen R. Johnson’s territory and well done. I should hope to produce something this glorious in my lifetime.
Check out my album review of Astronautalis and Justin Vernon’s crazy new concept record put out under the alter ego “Jason Feathers”. It’s some wild, dark shit that goes out to anyone ever haunted by the demons lurking on the edges of Spring Break.
For those that don’t know: this is a song I made for Clarence on Cartoon Network for the “Slumber Party” episode, specifically scenes where Sumo and Jeff are hanging out in Jeff’s bedroom. The directors thought Jeff probably listens to music like Radiohead, so I made a parody of Morning Bell with lyrics about the troubles of being super smart (like Jeff)… (Click through for Soundcloud player if viewing this on Tumblr dashboard)
I feel as though I’m sad although emotions are dumb Sick of being smarter than everyone I’m depressed, I pass every test I’m a genius I guess But I’m lonely, nobody can know me I’m trapped at the top of my towering intellect
Oh no no no no no no no no no no no no
p.s. CLARENCE IS THE BEST WATCH IT ON CARTOON NETWORK YEEEAAAH!
See earlier post for another one of these brilliant style parodies from Clarence.
In the 12th episode of Clarence, "Rise and Shine", when Clarence speaks to the mountain lion, there is a song that can be heard in the background. Notable lyrics include: We are lions/I'm your lionheart/Your'e my mountaintop, and I want to know, was this song a reference to Always by Erasure? Did you record an entire song, and would it be possible to post that online? Or at the least, could you post the lyrics to this song so others might be able to sing it as well?
Hi Daniel, thanks for getting in touch! I generally only produce as much music as is needed for the clip - the turnarounds are very tight so it’s usually a case of doing only what’s necessary! This cue was indeed a reference to Always by Erasure, well spotted!
For those who haven’t seen this episode, it’s from a bit where Clarence gives an emotional speech to try and talk a mountain lion safely down from a tree. WATCH CLARENCE ON CARTOON NETWORK IT’S THE BEST.
Here’s the song, lyrics below:
In our hearts we are one We are lion Like a mountain hides the sun Your feelings are hiding
Leave your tree Come with me And let the raccoons go free
You’re my lion heart I’m your mountain top Together we’re a liony liony mountain
Simon’s style-parodies from Clarance are some of the greatest and most subtle musical jokes in modern television. As soon as I heard them I had to track them down.