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#50650 - Thu, 11 Dec 2008 23:12:00 That infamous Japanese Vienna "lyric"
FeÚrag NicBhržde Offline
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Way back when even I was young, I acquired a copy of the Japanese New Europeans single, with Vienna on the B-side. The packaging included the alleged lyrics to the two songs, which had been transcribed by someone who did not have English as their first language. Much amusement ensued.

Anyway, I've managed to find a copy of the interpretation of New Europeans, which includes gems such as
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A lonely man sit cheek to cheek | With unique designs in bloom
and
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The cozy trap of lovers' lust | All pressed in magazines
but Vienna has defeated me, and I recall that being by far the funnier of the two.

So, would anyone have a copy, or a scan? I'd really appreciate it. The hint as to why I want them is 小さな一日!

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#50651 - Thu, 11 Dec 2008 23:18:00 Re: That infamous Japanese Vienna "lyric"
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You could start a new "Green Room" topic. The funniest missheard lyrics.

The BBC banned Desmond Dekker's "Israelites". The reason? He MAY have sung "My wife & my kids they f*** off & leave me". I am CONVINCED it is "pack up". Did a radio show recently "Banned By The Beeb". Some real gems.

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#50652 - Thu, 11 Dec 2008 23:19:00 Re: That infamous Japanese Vienna "lyric"
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Hang on F - "the hint" - are you doing something on this very subject - missheard lyrics?

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#50653 - Thu, 11 Dec 2008 23:41:00 Re: That infamous Japanese Vienna "lyric"
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Originally posted by Snashy:
The BBC banned Desmond Dekker's "Israelites". The reason? He MAY have sung "My wife & my kids they f*** off & leave me". I am CONVINCED it is "pack up".
Ah yes, the classic "My ears are alight"!

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#50654 - Thu, 11 Dec 2008 23:56:00 Re: That infamous Japanese Vienna "lyric"
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I had the Japanese album called New Europeans and that had a lyrics sheet with it (I think - or am I thinking of the 7"). Anyway, I can remember one line from Vienna where instead of 'pizzicato strings' it had 'puts the cat to strings' laugh

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#50655 - Fri, 12 Dec 2008 00:14:00 Re: That infamous Japanese Vienna "lyric"
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Quote:
Originally posted by FeÚrag NicBhržde:
Quote:
Originally posted by Snashy:
[b]The BBC banned Desmond Dekker's "Israelites". The reason? He MAY have sung "My wife & my kids they f*** off & leave me". I am CONVINCED it is "pack up".
Ah yes, the classic "My ears are alight"! [/b]
Yep - "Get up in the morning "baked bean for breakfast".

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#50656 - Fri, 12 Dec 2008 01:56:00 Re: That infamous Japanese Vienna "lyric"
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Originally posted by 1.Outside:
I had the Japanese album called New Europeans and that had a lyrics sheet with it (I think - or am I thinking of the 7"). Anyway, I can remember one line from Vienna where instead of 'pizzicato strings' it had 'puts the cat to strings' laugh
Yeah, i remember that too. In fact it was posted here in a lyric thread. Not sure where anymore.

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#50657 - Fri, 12 Dec 2008 11:41:00 Re: That infamous Japanese Vienna "lyric"
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Funny or not I don't know. Back in 1984 in Bangkok, I was about 13 when I first saw the lyrics sheet form Japanese import vinyl of "The collection". To this day, I still sing "Put the cat to string... the rhythm is crawling" along every time I listen to Vienna.
So 24 years later, Today I just realize it's "Pizzicato String".

Thanks

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#50658 - Fri, 12 Dec 2008 13:20:00 Re: That infamous Japanese Vienna "lyric"
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I think Warren mentioned the misheard lyrics sheet (Vienna I think) in his interviews with Jonas Warstad. If I recall correctly, he said something about one of the lines mentioning going out for a takeaway meal or something to that effect. confused

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#50659 - Mon, 15 Dec 2008 02:20:00 Re: That infamous Japanese Vienna "lyric"
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Originally posted by Sans FrontiŤres:
If I recall correctly, he said something about one of the lines mentioning going out for a takeaway meal or something to that effect. confused
I believe that was "a mystic in soul food". I still sing that one to myself sometimes.

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#50660 - Mon, 15 Dec 2008 06:30:00 Re: That infamous Japanese Vienna "lyric"
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You mean....

...those aren't the lyrics...??!


bemused


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#50661 - Mon, 15 Dec 2008 18:49:00 Re: That infamous Japanese Vienna "lyric"
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Originally posted by Sans FrontiŤres:
[b] If I recall correctly, he said something about one of the lines mentioning going out for a takeaway meal or something to that effect. confused
I believe that was "a mystic in soul food". I still sing that one to myself sometimes. [/b]
Thanks for clarifying that Numanoid, I had a feeling the misheard lyric was food related but I wasn't too sure. laugh

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#50662 - Fri, 19 Dec 2008 09:44:00 Re: That infamous Japanese Vienna "lyric"
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As I recall, it features something along the lines of "haunting notes, like a cat on stilts. The rhythm is crawling..." roflmao

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#50663 - Sun, 21 Dec 2008 05:41:00 Re: That infamous Japanese Vienna "lyric"
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Still not found them frown Looked back in the forum and found that someone called Adi had posted a scan of the back of the cover, but it's not there anymore.

I did the search in Japanese and discovered that the interviews with Warren have been translated into that language, but have drawn a blank on the lyric.

I'm still searching...

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#50664 - Sun, 21 Dec 2008 05:59:00 Re: That infamous Japanese Vienna "lyric"
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...and then it occurred to me what to do, and I did go to eBay and found a copy at a most reasonable price.

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#50665 - Mon, 29 Dec 2008 02:33:00 Re: That infamous Japanese Vienna "lyric"
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If anyone's still interested, here it is - in all its glory:

You're locked in the cold air
Freezing breath on a window payne
Lieing and waiting
The man in the dark
In the picture frame's
A mystic in soul food

The voice reaching out
In a peace and quiet
Stays with you until
The feeling is gone
Only you and I
It means nothing to me

This means nothing to me
Oh Vienna

The music is weaving
Empty box put the cat to strings
The rhythm is crawling
Alone in the night
As the daylight brings
A cool into silence
[i]

The warmth of your hand
And the cold grey sky
It fades to the distance
The image is gone
Only you and I
It means nothing to me

This means nothing to me
Oh Vienna

This means nothing to me
This means nothing to me
Oh Vienna [/i]

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#50666 - Mon, 29 Dec 2008 03:35:00 Re: That infamous Japanese Vienna "lyric"
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Well, no chance of the Lyric Police complaining about that publication!

Blimey, what were they on...?

viking

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#50667 - Mon, 29 Dec 2008 04:05:00 Re: That infamous Japanese Vienna "lyric"
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But hold on...
What about the inner lyric sheets that came with the Japanese 'HYMN' Magnum Album. Excellent cover artwork, with an etched vinyl record tucked away inside. Their were 6 songs on this one and the lyric sheet fooked up on all fronts. Whoever was rssponsible for the cock-up should have been force fed a giant portion of brussel sprout Vindaloo with extra chilli's. shock

What a joke!!!
The messages and autographs from the band were ok though, a nice touch. laugh

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#50668 - Thu, 19 Mar 2009 03:43:00 Re: That infamous Japanese Vienna "lyric"
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Trawling through my Vox collection and I stumbled across a Korean pressing of Lament LP. The title track lyrics are.... different?

And just as my eyes start seeing
After all the thing
The teist in my life style feeling
Just a twist again
In stillness and sorrow
Returns that silky, saying words
Lament
Lament

And just as the smile came turning
After all the thing
The fire inside starts burning
Just to come again
In Moldiness of madness
Returns that silky side of you
Lament

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#50669 - Thu, 19 Mar 2009 03:47:00 Re: That infamous Japanese Vienna "lyric"
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Originally posted by Lieutenant030:
Trawling through my Vox collection and I stumbled across a Korean pressing of Lament LP. The title track lyrics are.... different?

And just as my eyes start seeing
After all the thing
The teist in my life style feeling
Just a twist again
In stillness and sorrow
Returns that silky, saying words
Lament
Lament

And just as the smile came turning
After all the thing
The fire inside starts burning
Just to come again
In Moldiness of madness
Returns that silky side of you
Lament

confused
They don't write 'em like that anymore... wink excited

Rob

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#100796 - Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:31:10 Re: That infamous Japanese Vienna "lyric" [Re: Rob Harris]
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resurecting this thread to bring this Karaoke version of Vienna to attention.
Have a look at around 1:40
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-W6ukVuKto

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#100805 - Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:05:54 Re: That infamous Japanese Vienna "lyric" [Re: david L.]
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The link doesn't work any more :-(

I don't think the transcription would be any better - had I done it - certainly not at the time. The lyric meanings were a mystery ... I could only catch part of a sentence here and there ..

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#100818 - Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:39:44 Re: That infamous Japanese Vienna "lyric" [Re: Zšta]
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I dug out the Japanese lyric sheet for the Collection and posted it to my f.b page.
Some true gems there and they all make great reading. I would be particularly interested in who Clyde is/was

https://www.facebook.com/MidgeUreInforma...e=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/MidgeUreInforma...e=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/MidgeUreInforma...e=3&theater



Edited by david L. (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:42:32)

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