Sunday, March 8, 2009

Shout Out Out Out Out

Shout Out Out Out Out - "Guilt Trips Sink Ships"

Delightful. There's lots of man robot voicedness and an early 80s disco/punk feel. This is from their second album "Reintegration Time", available on triple gatefold vinyl! I am certain they are sampling something from The Human League's "Dare" album... but I'm having trouble figuring out exactly what song it is... maybe "Things That Dreams Are Made Of"? The title, "Guilt Trips Sink Ships", is a pun on the popular WWII era American propaganda poster tagline "Loose Lips Might Sink Ships" to keep housewives from spilling info to commies about all the info in her sweet sailor-husband's love letters. Maybe it's not so much a pun, but more of a reversal on the meaning of the "loose lips" line. The ships are going to sink either way, because some lonely American housewife has been guilt tripped into thinking that if she were to have loose lips the ships will sink. Guilt trip, or loose lip, that ship is going down. Either way her sweet 18-year-old husband is doomed.

Another topic, for another day: "loose lips" doesn't exactly make me think of speaking... just saying. Oh, how terminology changes.

Human League - "The Things That Dreams Are Made Of"

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