Severed Heads and Other Teenage Memories

April 3, 2008 at 11:09 pm 2 comments

This morning was difficult. I was tired and groggy. I didn’t want to get up. The whole day was a waste.

I blame it on the music.

Yesterday as I was perusing some blogs, I came across two that had discussions on music. The first was The Implied Observer. The post was about books, specifically what book would you dump someone over. In the comments someone made a post about music, and I agreed that music is actually a more important aspect to consider, rather than books, when contemplating a partner.

Over at A Psych Tech’s Blog, the question, “What is the weirdest song you have ever loved?” was asked. The first song that came to my mind was Stump’s, “Charlton Heston”. After I posted my comment, though, I remembered a better song.

The song is Severed Heads’, “Harold and Cindy Hospital”. This was a song I loved back in high-school, but it was difficult to find — import only — and it became one of those mythical songs that I continued to search for years with no luck. It was my holy grail. Occasionally it would be played on a late night video or radio show and I would have my fix. But as with most fixes it only satiated my need temporarily, and then made my need stronger.

It has been years since I’ve thought of the song, so I was intrigued. Was it really a weird song? Was it deserving of the title ‘Weirdest Song I Have Loved?”

I decided to find out. And where does one go in today’s world to find audio or visual things from the past? You Tube, of course.

It was absolutely as cool and weird as I remembered it.

The creator, Tom Ellard, has recently redone the song and created a new video for it. I like the new version very much, but, I have to admit, it’s extremely disturbing. As a commenter on You Tube wrote, the video is the ‘Saw IV’ version of the song. Watch it and let me know what you think.

Here are the lyrics. Do you think they qualify as weird?:

Harold and Cindy Hospital / trod on a photograph
Look at Doc’s face count 36 / look at Doc’s face catch bullets
I tried slapping my right with my left / Left hand one, right hand another
Harold and Cindy Hospital / trod on a photograph
Look at Doc’s face count 36 / look at Doc’s face catch bullets
I tried slapping my right with my left
1 Millions of fans all around the world
[Doubled with–Travelled the world in a 3-for-1] (Oh! Sweet everything)
2 Caught 36 in a single lunch break (O! Se)
3 I tried slapping my right with my left / Left hand one, right hand another
(O! Se)
4 Millions of fans all around the world (O! Se)

The explanation for the lyrics:

“Two articles in a woman’s weekly, one about a travelling showman who
caught bullets and the other about split brain research.”

After this I was hooked. I found dozens of songs from my high-school years on You Tube, and stayed up much, much later than I usually do.

Even though I was tired and groggy, it was worth it. Going back and exploring the monuments of our past is one way to remind ourselves of how we made it to where we currently are. Watching these videos has opened up a plethora of memories about those years. Mostly good memories, some tough, some sad, but even the tough/sad ones are good to remember. Sadness and bad times are a part of us and denying them denies that part that we are.

What songs from your past bring back memories for you?


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  • 1. daranee  |  April 5, 2008 at 2:06 am

    Wow, I’d never heard of Severed Heads before but…wow. Good song, also good update. That’s hard to do.

    As for the video, I have to admit I’m a bit of a wus when it comes to horror films. In fact, I just saw a mere drama the other day when I had to walk out at the end before the man killed his ex-wife. It wasn’t particularly gory, I just can’t help but think there’s enough of that in the real world and I really don’t want to see it in the fake.

    I wouldn’t say I have the best music taste, but I remember being totally enraptured by Morrissey in high school. I loved the Smith’s and even now when I hear the music I get happy. The more depressing the song, the happy I get.

    My husband and I were on a road trip a few years back and we took every Smiths album we had. We both knew the lyrics, so we were singing (can’t remember the name) “and if a ten ton bus crashes into us, to die by your side, what a heavenly way to die.” Then all of a sudden I realize what we’re singing as we drive on this very windy highway near cliffs. We stopped singing.

    REM’s stand always takes me back too. I remember singing it at the top of my lungs at home. I was wearing headphones and my parents didn’t know I could hear them as they talked about what a weird song I was singing.

    Then finally, I remember If You Leave by OMD. Boy that takes me right back to Junior High and going to the roller skating rink on the weekends. I always waited through the slow songs at the end of the evening hoping someone would ask me to couple skate, and they never did. When I think of it, I remember how important everything was in life back then and how I didn’t grasp the big picture.

  • 2. C. Fraser  |  April 6, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Daranee – I’m not a fan of the excessive blood and guts type horror either. I’ve never seen any of the Saw franchise efforts and have no desire to.

    I love The Smiths, though. One of my favorite bands from the 80’s. I like Morrissey’s solo stuff too, although I haven’t gotten into it as much as I did the bands. REM is classic too. I remember hearing Catapult on the radio for the first time when I was a kid, and deciding that it was more important to stay in and listen to music than go out and play with my friends. In a way it was a step towards my independence.

    “I remember how important everything was in life back then and how I didn’t grasp the big picture.”

    So true. It’s amazing how much you think you know at that age, and how little you actually do.

    Thanks for sharing!


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