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Hula Hoop Playlist Options
Steven Hall
Posted: Wednesday, August 5, 2009 12:38:58 PM

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Hello folks,

Because any official spoilers or previews of Hula Hoop are a long way off yet, I've come up with a slightly unusual way to give everyone who's interested in doing some early detective work on the book something to really get their teeth into..

Some people might have seen the Raw Shark Texts playlist I made a while back, and the things I've said about music being one way into that book.

Well, here - before the book published, or even finished - is the first track of the Hula Hoop playlist...


1) Apocalypse Please by Muse



I'll add further tracks over the coming weeks and months...

S
benedict
Posted: Wednesday, August 5, 2009 3:12:32 PM
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brilliant song from a brilliant band! i've seen muse quite a few times live, and the opening of apocalypse please evokes so many emotions. just heard a new song from their upcoming album, the resistance. it's called the united states of eurasia... check it out, especially if you like queen and classical arrangements!

and for your convenience, here are the lyrics to apocalypse please:

Declare this an emergency
Come on and spread a sense of urgency
And pull us through
And pull us through

And this is the end, the end
This is the end
Of the World

And it's time we saw a miracle
Come on it's time for something biblical
To pull us through
And pull us through

And this is the end, the end
This is the end
Of the World

Proclaim eternal victory
Come on and change the course of history
And pull us through
And pull us through

And this is the end, the end
This is the end
Of the world
benedict
Posted: Wednesday, August 5, 2009 11:00:07 PM
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also, parts of the new single from muse, "uprising", sounds like it was inspired by the dr. who theme!!
MiaVRO
Posted: Thursday, August 6, 2009 1:13:01 AM

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This is, for lack of a better word, a very epic song!! I've never heard Muse before, but i think i'm going to become a quick fan!
And, ever since i read The Stand, the idea of an apocalypse or the end of the world has been a golden for me!
Steven Hall
Posted: Saturday, August 8, 2009 10:48:45 AM

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1) Apocalypse Please by Muse

2)

3)

4)

5)

6)

7) The Windmills of Your Mind by Noel Harrison

8)
Conceptually yours...
Posted: Saturday, August 8, 2009 11:10:15 AM

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Love Windmills of your mind, a great song like, I want to look inside your head by Peter Sarstedt.

See in black and white, feel in slow motion....
MiaVRO
Posted: Saturday, August 8, 2009 4:44:34 PM

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"Round like a circle in a spiral
Like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending on beginning
On an ever-spinning reel"

"Hula Hoop"

"O"

What is this getting at??
CpVb006
Posted: Sunday, August 9, 2009 5:53:32 AM

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Windmills of Your Mind is a fantastic song. I'm more familiar with a cover of it that appeared on last year's "Entanglements" by Parenthetical Girls. I don't expect too many people here will be familiar with them, but a quick summary that is probably more confusing than helpful would read like this: they are not girls, they're a band that more or less started with lots of collaboration from members of Xiu Xiu, the Dead Science, and Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, and they have make some of the most soul-crushing, haunting, and beautiful music I've ever heard. It sounds like I'm gushing (and I suppose I am), but their album was easily my favorite album of 2008.

Here's their last.fm page, if anyone is interested: here. You can hear quite a few full tracks there. Sadly, not the Windmills of Your Mind, cover, though.
CpVb006
Posted: Monday, August 17, 2009 6:24:43 PM

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Also, I don't know how many of you are into lo-fi, noise pop sort of stuff, but pitchfork/blog darling Wavves posted a video new song on his Ghost Ramp blog today.

I only mention it because it's called Hula Hoop. I'm going to go out on a limb and say it probably has very little to do with Book 2. But it's still a good listen if you're into this sort of thing.
MiaVRO
Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 4:14:39 PM

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After listening to it (probably twenty times!), i've pretty much had that song playing in my head for the better half of yesterday, and most of this morning....
Ludo
Posted: Thursday, September 3, 2009 11:35:47 PM
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What's the next song. Where is this leading?
Steven Hall
Posted: Wednesday, November 4, 2009 9:08:14 AM

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1) Apocalypse Please by Muse

2)

3)

4)

5)

6) Waltzin' Black by The Stranglers

7) The Windmills of Your Mind by Noel Harrison

8)
CpVb006
Posted: Thursday, November 5, 2009 3:21:36 PM

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I can't help but feel there could be some significance to an eventual eight tracks.

Also, here is what amounts to Part II of my post about the Wavves track of a familiar name (that is, Hula-Hoop): I've been meaning to call attention their daytrotter* session that as posted a week or two ago. You can download a live in-studio version of Hula-Hoop (the first official mp3 of the song, though I'm pretty sure it'll end up on his next album) here

*maybe my favorite site on the entirety of the internet. free, exclusive music everyday from lots of bands you know and some you don't, yes plz.
timlarsson
Posted: Thursday, November 5, 2009 4:56:32 PM

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Waltzing in Black was very creepy... i love it! :D
Ellimist
Posted: Monday, January 25, 2010 3:53:55 AM

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More?
cerpintaxt
Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 11:59:57 PM
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POSSIBLE SPOILERS

Having read TRST when it first came out, I'm surprised it's taken me this long to come across this site. As for Hall's next novel, here's what I'm speculating it's about from his playlist and the other post with "The Pie Wedge Code". First clues to my reasoning.

1. The code featured a possible link to a bible verse in the book of Ezekial, a book in the Old Testament. Ezekial is also related and compared to The Book of Revelations for the way it is written.

2. Muse's song "Apocalypse Please" features the lines
"This is the end
Of the World
And it's time we saw a miracle
Come on it's time for something biblical
To pull us through
And pull us through"
The song also comes from Muse, who's front man Matt Bellamy is no stranger to E.T. paranormal activity.

3. "Waltzin in Black" by The Stranglers is from their album "The Gospel According to the MeninBlack". In the gatefold of the original LP, there's an image of "The Last Supper" featuring a Man in Black watching.

4. "Windmills of Your Mind" was written for the 1968 version of the Thomas Crown Affair. ????????????

So based on that, and granted this is a long shot, my idea is that Hall is writing about something that is going to have major biblical undertones involved with something extraterrestrial. Possibly, involving the end of the world. Nothing like the "Left Behind" series at all but more a mind altering third-eye opening experience.

The only thing I can assume it will be like is if a Tool album were composed as a book a la "10,000 Days" or "Lateralus". If I could give an aural version of what I'm thinking, listen to "Right in Two", "Lost Keys (Blame Hoffman)", and "Rosetta Stoned" all from 10,000 Days or "Schism" from Lateralus (I've always assumed this song was about the The Tower of Babel).

Just my two cents.
Steven Hall
Posted: Saturday, July 10, 2010 1:46:08 PM

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1) Apocalypse Please by Muse

2)

3)

4) Silver Machine by Hawkwind

5)

6) Waltzin' Black by The Stranglers

7) The Windmills of Your Mind by Noel Harrison

8)




timlarsson
Posted: Saturday, November 20, 2010 1:37:09 AM

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Hmm, WINDmills, hawkWIND... if you strangle someone, they don't get any air (wind) and the movie apocalypse now (redux) has a sky (air -> wind) on the front cover...
farfetched, i know!
Steven Hall
Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012 11:02:30 AM

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1) Apocalypse Please by Muse

2)

3) Being for the Benefit of Mr.Kite by The Beatles

4) Silver Machine by Hawkwind

5)

6) Waltzin' Black by The Stranglers

7) The Windmills of Your Mind by Noel Harrison

8)
Steven Hall
Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012 11:06:57 AM

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The Hutchinsons will dance and sing
As Mr. Kite flies through the ring, don't be late
Messrs. K. and H. assure the public
Their production will be second to none
And of course Henry The Horse dances the waltz...
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