Military Sound Effects in Popular Music

Discussion in 'Films, Music and All Things Artsy' started by BuggerAll, Apr 26, 2008.

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  1. BuggerAll

    BuggerAll LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    Any one noticed military sound effect in music. I'm sure there is an SLR being cocked in Kate Bush's 'Army Dreamers', and there is the unmistakable sound of wokka wokkas in Billy Joel's 'Goodnight Saigon'.
     
  2. Jonah Lewis "Stop the Cavalry" has got a rather ridiculous sounding bugle. And what about Paul Hardcastle's "nernernernerner-nineteen"? are there any in that?

    May I also just mention that "Next" by the Sensational Alex Harvey Band is about a young soldier's sexual experiences including an organised (and apparently compulsory) visit to a field brothel. Wierd, but good.
     
  3. BuggerAll

    BuggerAll LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    Sound effects?
     
  4. Nope, sorry. Thats why I added it under a "may I just mention" tag. Apologise for deviating from thread!
     
  5. BuggerAll

    BuggerAll LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    It's a Belguin song translated from Frog:

    Naked as sin, an army towel
    Covering my belly
    Some of us blush, somehow
    Knees turning to jelly
    Next, next

    I was still just a kid
    There were a hundred like me
    I followed a naked body
    A naked body followed me
    next, next

    I was still just a kid
    When my innocence was lost
    In a mobile army whorehouse
    Gift from the army, free of cost
    Next, next

    Me, I really would have liked
    A little touch of tenderness
    Maybe a word, a smile
    An hour of happiness
    But, next, next

    Oh, it wasn't so tragic
    The high heavens did not fall
    But how much of that time
    I hated being there at all
    Next, next Now I always will recall
    The brothel truck, the flying flags
    The queer lieutenant who slapped
    Our asses as if we were fags
    Next, ne xt

    I swear on the wet head
    Of my first case of gonorrhea
    It is his ugly voice
    That I forever hear
    Next, next

    That voice that stinks of whiskey
    Of corpses and of mud
    It is the voice of nations
    It is the thick voice of blood
    Next, next

    And since the each woman
    I have taken to bed
    Seems to laugh in my arms
    To whisper through my head
    Next, next

    All the naked and the dead
    Should hold each other's hands
    As they watch me scream at night
    In a dream no one understands
    Next, next

    And when I am not screaming
    In a voice grown dry and hollow
    I stand on endless naked lines
    Of the following and the followed
    Next, next

    One day I'll cut my legs off
    Or burn myself alive
    Anything, I'll do anything
    To get out of line to survive
    Never to be next
    Never to be next.