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Wednesday, March 22

Staring At The Sun


I was scrolling through my music library the other day and I noticed that I had a lot of songs named "Staring At The Sun" (only one being a cover of another). I thought that this was uncanny that artists would be so attracted to the image of looking at a large ball of plasma. So here's all the songs and a little blurb about what Staring At The Sun illistrates in the song.

MP3 TV On The Radio - Staring At The Sun
TV On The Radio uses staring at the sun as someone who's on their back dying (or perhaps participating in intimate activity outdoors).

MP3 U2 - Staring At The Sun (Live From Rotterdam)
U2 uses the phrase to express a collective desire to look away from the hardships in the world by staring at the sun. "I'm not the only one who's happy to go blind." The imagery in this song is vividly amazing.

MP3 Simple Kid - Staring At The Sun (this link will be up in about an hour)
This song is for slacker teenagers and its about through partying, getting high, etc... they're feeling like they are purposely destroying themselves, thus staring at the sun.

MP3 The Offspring - Staring At The Sun
Offspring uses the phrase as an analogy for people that are being self-destructive, or compromising themselves to try to "fit in."

MP3 Mute Math - Stare At The Sun
This is a slight variation on the phrase we're using, but it's close enough. The song is about looking deeply into something to find something that's not there.

Bonus:
MP3 The Subways - Staring At The Sun (TV On The Radio Cover)
posted by Taylor, 3/22/2006 10:00:00 AM | link 7 comments

7 Comments:

Matthew Sweet has a song of that very same title, too, on his Girlfriend LP. One of the better tracks he's put out, I'd say...
commented by Anonymous geronimoses, 3/22/2006 02:14:00 PM  
Great songs. I always liked the TV On The Radio one and the Subways cover is pretty good.
commented by Anonymous SaintD, 3/22/2006 06:37:00 PM  
BUT, did you know that U2s staring at the sun was really about masterbation? read the lyrics.....
commented by Anonymous jethro, 3/23/2006 12:14:00 PM  
there is also british teeny faux rock band Rooster's song Staring At The Sun. I don't remember it that well, but the singer was tired of staring at the sun because his girl/guy wouldn't pay him enough attention. Poor lamb
commented by Blogger Paul, 3/24/2006 12:58:00 AM  
Thrice has a song called Stare at the Sun, too!
commented by Anonymous jawshoulder, 3/24/2006 10:10:00 AM  
Have you noticed there are also an awful lot of songs with the name "Numb"? Among others: U2, Portishead, Link Park, Archive, The Cure, Holly McNarland, Pink, etc.
TV On The Radio were generally a shower of shite but 'Staring At The Sun' was there one great moment. I honestly didn't think anybody else bought that album.

Love the Subways cover.
commented by Blogger Pop Boy, 4/01/2006 03:18:00 AM  

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