Bird of Prey track
petemcrunnel | houston, tx | 12/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While reading reviews for this album, I read one reviewer who commented that "Bird of Prey" is a song that "crys loudly and pretentiously for attention (and airplay)."
The lyrics were actually written in 1969 by Jim Morrison, lead singer for The Doors, and the vocals in the FatBoy Slim version are Jim's vocals dubbed in... The track was never released by The Doors (until their recent box set). It was written by Jim himself (with no help from the band) and included acapella on his underground "Rock is Dead" opera album, which was released in very limited quality overseas and is practically impossible to find in its original version today.
The "Rock is Dead" album criticized the very foundation of modern commercial radio and "pop rock music," at least in the way Jim saw it in the late 1960s... It is ironic that the reviewer perceived the lyrics to "Bird of Prey" as an attempt to sellout, when actually the roots of the track were rooted in self-awareness, philosophy and Jim's perception of big record labels/execs killing rock and roll by stifling musicians' creativity.
To my knowledge, no attempt was ever made at releasing this track to any studio.
The reviewer also writes, "Pretending to be cerebral is a very bad thing." Indeed."
Don't Expect Hip Hop & You'll Be Fine...
JBizzle | Under A Rock | 06/27/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Reading all these reviews, you've got a whole buncha people bashing on this CD because it's a dance album. Well, to all you that don't know Norman Cook, AKA Fatboy Slim is in fact a dance artist who produces dance music, don't go into this album expecting anything different. Mr. Cook is a genious and his singles time & time again are proven not only to be sucessful, but also timeless(aside from the tracks that the top 40 radio DJs get ahold of and cram down our throats a zillion times until we never wanna hear 'em again... Thanks for that by the way, you're doing the world a great service). As far as not understanding "Star 69",; what is there to understand. "Star 69" was made for one reason & one reason only, to make you shake your butt. If you're looking for meaning in music, go listen to Yanni, or Enya, or Celine Dion, only listen to Fatboy if you wanna boogie to the MFin' oogie. As far as the guy bashin' "Bird Of Prey", it's Jim Morrison dude; what more do you need. For those of you who don't know musicians outside of the Backseat Boys, Jim's the lead singer from The Doors, & one of the few truely brilliant musicians of ours any other generation... ever. Basically I'll put it like this, don't bash on the man because you're to sheltered to understand good music unless it's played for you twice every hour on the hour on the radio or MTV. Cook's music'll be around alot longer than any one of your 1 hit wonder's out there. Just because Norman makes his own music, & not from some mold given to him by some slimey record executive doesn't mean his music is bad. If you don't get it fine, but don't bash on something just because you're to shallow or close minded to understand. Open your ears and give it a shot, your brain will thank you."