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Apr. 16th, 2007

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So I recently discovered that Men Without Hats released an album I'd never heard of, called "the adventures of women and men without hate in the 21st century", and I bought a copy through amazon.com.

I'm enjoying it quite a lot! There's one song on there I'd heard before, "Hey Men", which is on their greatest-hits compilation called "Collection". There's also a cover of "S.O.S." by ABBA (palindromic song by a palindromic band, wheeeee!)

And I just noticed that the S.O.S. cover is the third song I can think of off the top of my head in which SOS is played in Morse code (... --- ...), the other two being "Ordinary Day" by Great Big Sea, and "Radioactivity" by Kraftwerk as performed live on "Minimum-Maximum".

Anybody know any other songs with ... --- ...? Or for that matter any other songs that use Morse code effectively?

Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: Men Without Hats - S.O.S.

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From:jmaynard
Date:April 16th, 2007 07:41 am (UTC)
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Rush, YYZ. More can be found at this article.
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From:timmowarner
Date:April 16th, 2007 07:45 am (UTC)
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Is that the album with 21st Century Safety Dance on it?

I didn't know there were GOOD songs on it. I should borrow it from my friend again.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:April 16th, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
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Man, "21st Century Safety Dance" is the ONE bad song on it. Yes, borrow it again! Soon you will be dancing with Eloise, in the middle of the month of May!
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From:rikchik
Date:April 16th, 2007 08:19 am (UTC)
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I forget which one, but there's a song on U2's "War" which begins with a haunting repetition of "dit dah dah".
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From:nefaria
Date:April 16th, 2007 08:43 am (UTC)
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Does that intro to "Safety Dance" translate into anything in Morse Code?
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From:Krissi King
Date:June 22nd, 2017 08:12 pm (UTC)
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i hear MMTMD (-- -- - -- -..)
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From:bassfingers
Date:April 16th, 2007 09:45 am (UTC)
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The Roger Waters solo album Radio KAOS has morse code printed on the cover, and audibly throughout a few of the songs.

While not morse code, the Aimee Mann song "I Should Have Known..." speaks the ellipsis, as in "I should have known dot dot dot that it was coming down to this."
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:April 16th, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC)
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She should have known S!
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:April 16th, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
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Nope, "Sideways" is from a different album, amazingly enough titled "Sideways". It's one I also recommend, if you don't mind the fact that it mostly uses guitars instead of the synths MWoH are famous for.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:April 16th, 2007 10:47 am (UTC)
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(palindromic song by a palindromic band, wheeeee!)

Don't you mean "Wow"?

Heh.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:April 16th, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC)
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D'ohhh, you're right! Or, to put it palindromically...

"Dammit, I'm mad!"
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From:zrath
Date:April 16th, 2007 01:19 pm (UTC)
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I'm sure at least one track by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark has morse code in it.
There's also "One Of Our Submarines" by Thomas Dolby.
Can't think of any others right now...


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From:ringbark
Date:April 16th, 2007 01:39 pm (UTC)
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Enough Time - The Stranglers

Ship To Shore - Chris De Burgh

You nearly have enough material for a Wikipedia article already. Similar to this one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_songs_featuring_whistling
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:April 16th, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC)
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Heee, I <3 Wikipedia.
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From:3catsjackson
Date:April 16th, 2007 02:10 pm (UTC)
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Can't think of other songs off the bat, though the opening to "Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me" begins with ABCD in Morse going under the radio-dial sound.

And when you mentioned palindromic bands, I'd momentarily thought MWH, and wondered if I'd just never noticed that their name was a Morse palindrome. Of course, it isn't, but it led me to wonder if there are any band names that are. Only such palindrome I found via Googe is "FOOTSTOOL", but I'll bet better ones exist.
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:April 16th, 2007 05:12 pm (UTC)
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Sure, there's a few Morse palindromes, the longest being "intransigence" ("the little girl's _intransigence_ cost her the scholarship to the college of her choice")

(Found on http://members.aol.com/gulfhigh2/words2.html , page two of a fascinating site about word oddities)
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:April 16th, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC)
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Ooo! That's even longer than "Raphaelesque".
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From:klepsydra
Date:April 16th, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)
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At least two British TV shows, Inspector Morse and Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, used morse in their theme tunes (the latter used long and short notes to spell out the title, whereas in the first...

The theme and incidental music for the series was written by Barrington Pheloung and utilises a motif based on the Morse code for "M.O.R.S.E." (-- --- ·-· ··· ·).

In the documentary entitled "The Mystery of Morse" Pheloung states that he occasionally spelled out the name of the killer in Morse code in the music, or alternately spelled out the name of another character as a red herring.
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From:palabrajot
Date:April 17th, 2007 05:25 am (UTC)
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Stranded In Iowa by Manfred Mann's Earth Band.
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From:ipslore
Date:June 1st, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC)
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Apparently the last verse of TMBG's 'Pencil Rain' has some Morse code in it, but I've never been able to make it out.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:June 1st, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
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Ay, ay, ay, ay, canta y no llores.
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