oknotok

Radiohead news just in … a special re-release of OK Computer in its 20th anniversary year.

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oknotok track list

“I Promise”, “Lift” and “Man of War” have never previously been released. The rest of disc 2 are B-sides.

Release Date: 23 June 2017 (same day as their Glastonbury set)

I guess we’ll do something at the sim for this – although not on release day, because I’ll be at Glastonbury …

Glastonbury Festival

… hoping for an OK Computer-dominated set.

They played a legendary Glastonbury set in 1997 …

Stayin’ Alive

Long-time visitors to Furillen might be excused for assuming that its owners are minimalist snobs … or geeks with childish obsessions like Star Wars and Batman … or that we have our ears tuned permanently to the depressing sounds of Radiohead. But nothing could be further from the truth. The sim is – always has been, always will be – a silent tribute to an event that detonated into the popular culture in 1977.

This was a momentous year on so many levels. Politically – Jimmy Carter was inaugurated as US President in January, Indira Gandhi resigned as Indian PM in March, Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee celebrations dominated the British summer, and Steve Biko died in September. Economically – the first Apple II computers went on sale, inflation stood at 6.5% in the US and a whopping 15.8% in the UK, you could buy a BMW320i for less than $8000 while a Barbie Road Trip with Motor Home, Dune Buggy and a Bicycle could be snapped up for just $72 (although sadly, these haven’t fared well in the vintage Barbie toys market). There was the famous and disturbing New York City Blackout in July. And of course, Elvis Presley died, on August 16 that same year. Or so some people allege …

But to us, one event stands above all of these for its lasting significance and impact on our lives and the lives of countless others. On 14 December 1977, cinema audiences watched in awe as the camera swept across Brooklyn Bridge, the Verrazano–Narrows Bridge, the B line subway train, until … finally … we saw these shoes …

JT boots

… and heard that great song fading in with those first two immortal lines …

Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk
I’m a woman’s man: no time to talk

… the camera panned up, and there he was, Tony Manero himself, and we could indeed ‘tell by the way he uses his walk’ …

manero

… that life just got a whole lot better, that music got a whole lot richer, and that disco dancing will never be quite the same again. Because, let’s be absolutely honest, what’s not to love and admire – really – about the music of the Bee Gees

bee gee gif

All of which is simply a way of announcing that we’ll be staging our own tribute to Saturday Night Fever after 40 years, as the Iceberg Lounge gets the playlist it deserves, this coming Tuesday.

saturdaynightfever-test3

So … as you throw open those wardrobe doors and select your sequinned outfits for the celebrations, here it is, that four minute sequence that changed the world …

plus ça change

plus-ca-change

Furillen moved into a new region this week, so if you haven’t done so already, reset your landmarks to here. The move was simply a question of giving ourselves more scope to expand, with more prims to exploit (20,000, rather than 5,000), and for events, a higher avatar limit (100, rather than 20). Having ‘relaunched’ Furillen in early January with a major new layout including the hotel, fishing huts and pergola on the hill, I resisted the temptation to make further changes now. So the sim was simply replicated, and for a few days I had a the slightly bizarre experience of teleporting between two sims that were exactly the same … so much so that at once stage I began putting things back at the old sim, mistaking it for the new one.

There are, of course, some very small changes, but you’d need to have quite an eye for detail to spot them. No doubt somebody will!

So … what next?

The first priority is to close La Digue du Braek. I won’t be writing sad epitaphs for the sim, and we won’t be holding a ‘goodbye Digue’ party, as SLers are sometimes wont to do. Digue started quietly and it will end quietly (and we’ll be stealing bits of it for Furillen). The Flickr pool speaks for itself : well over a thousand pictures from 241 members in less than three months.

I always wondered about how the two sims would interact, and it was fascinating to watch. For a while we thought that Digue was going to overtake Furillen and it would be the latter that we’d have to close … but Furillen has an incredibly dedicated following, and for whatever reason the sim appears to draw in a steady stream of visitors who stay at the sim for long periods of time, day in day out. So when it came to deciding which sim to let go while we ‘re-allocate’ resources, it was a no brainer.

Furillen has changed a lot during the seventeen months of its life. It appeared quietly, with no big announcements, and grew partly because of the incredibly strong Flickr group – great photography is still a major feature of the sim, and the flow of pictures has never dried up. Then there have been popular (and, in their scale, quite unusual) events – weekends devoted to Bowie, Radiohead, and Pink Floyd when the entire sim was transformed, and the recent Star Wars rebuilds we staged over the winter vacation.

An important truth about these events was that I like building and designing sims best of all, so any excuse to rip things up and rebuild is welcome. I don’t see the point of having a sim and just letting it stand, unchanged …

There were photo competitions, parties, and a bar – all great fun, but they involved more work than I can realistically do given my real life commitments. So, more recently, Furillen has settled into just being itself, and I must say that I like it best this way.

Having said this, we all like to tinker and the sim will doubtless see more changes in the coming months, and – quite possibly – more events. We will see …

So once the last rites have been read and Digue has been closed, we’ll be messing about in the sky above Furillen and coming up with something that will enhance the sim as an interesting space to hang around, explore and enjoy art, culture and the company of others.

And if it sounds as though I haven’t much of a clue about exactly what we’re doing up there, you’d be absolutely right …

 

News from Furillen-Hoth

It seems that there are a lot Star Wars geeks on the grid – no surprise there. There have been plenty of visitors to Furillen-Hoth so far, many in costume, with one or two rezzing their own vehicles and flying around. I’ve seen quite a few people who haven’t been to the sim before, and it’s good to have some fresh faces around.

I thought it might be good to hold a gathering of the geeks. So welcome to the “younglings, younglings’ gather ’round” Furillen-Hoth Christmas party …

furillen-hoth-christmas-party

Star Wars costume is essential, of course. But given that there are so many great mesh Star Wars avatars and costumes around on marketplace, and that they are so inexpensive, this is as easy as it gets. We’ll stream some party music – good bits from the movies, of course (who can resist Cantina?) – but with a bit of inventiveness we can add some space-themed music from more familiar Furillen names, like Bowie and Radiohead.

The best pictures so far range from very funny spoofs to beautiful landscapes. Do keep them coming …

Afternoon with the Solos

Attack

A suspicious conversation

On top of the icy world

They're Coming

Surrounded

ppl @ Furillen

We are not the droids you are looking for...

Nothing will ever be the same...

Invasion

Stand Your Ground

Battle of Hoth

you guys there it is!!!

Invaders of Hoth

Furillen update and important news

There was a Radiohead event at the sim this weekend – nothing too fancy, but highlights included

  • a playlist featuring all of the studio albums in chronological order
  • a slideshow of 400 pictures
  • our very own moon shaped pool
  • a giant radio
  • a landscape texture based on the album cover of A Moon Shaped Pool
  • a few fake plastic trees, and
  • the obligatory fake Chinese rubber plant.

Here are one or two pictures taken at the sim during the weekend …

Flowers

 

Fake Plastic Trees: Radiohead Redux

 

Moon and Tree

 

Moon, over a Moon Shaped Pool. Radiohead event at Furillen

 

Mellow Yellow

 

He is a DayDreamer...

 

from above

 

Then, on Sunday, there was the opening party for the exhibition of pictures taken at Furillen, as curated by Mareea Farrasco. We all owe her a huge debt of gratitude for pulling this together so well, and providing a space that was large enough and bright enough to do justice to the collection.

If you haven’t visited yet, it’s at Mareea’s wonderful IMAGO gallery.

It was good to see so many people at the party, and to catch up with some old faces from previous Furillen events. The music harked back to several of those, with tracks from Bowie, Prince and Radiohead jostling with the odd blast of Abba and even a bit of funk.

So … what next, at Furillen? Well, there is something that I’ve been thinking about for quite some time …

 

floyd at furillen

 

This will, I hope, be one to remember. Mareea will be helping with this event, and I know one or two others who also want to chip in. I’ll ‘dress’ the sim accordingly, there will be wall-to-wall music – pun intended – and a photo contest based on a song that will be announced in due course. Along with this, there will be a slide show, and some ‘Pink Floydian’ stuff laid out around the place. There will also, of course, be a party held at some point over the weekend. Maybe even several …

If you have any ideas or want to make a contribution, please get in touch.

you must have been high …

I’ve been listening to Tool, a band you will quite often find in any “favourite bands” list that also features Radiohead.

The parallels are fascinating. Both bands emerged – or erupted? – during a moment when rock music was still all about grunge, but just as Nirvana was dissolving. Both Radiohead’s first album, Pablo Honey, and Tool’s – Undertow – came out in 1993. They were followed by The Bends (1995) and Ænima (1996), respectively. While Ænima was Tool’s widely acknowledged “classic” album, Radiohead’s classic, OK Computer, was released one year later in 1997.

More recently, Radiohead’s fanbase suffered during a hiatus of five years between the release of The King of Limbs (2011) and A Moon Shaped Pool (2016). But spare a thought for Tool’s long-suffering fans, who are speculating desperately about the release of the next album by their band, because the last one – 10,000 Days – came out ten years ago, in 2006.

Musical and lyrical parallels between these bands are apparent too. They are more complex, and the differences are just as interesting. But when looking for points of contact between the two bands, I was struck by these two songs – “The Pot”, by Tool, and “2 + 2 = 5” by Radiohead – as a case in point. Note the timing again: The Pot is from 2006, 2 + 2 = 5 is from 2003.

You could reasonably argue that both songs deal with government hypocrisy – “the pot” in Tool’s song is a reference to the notion of “the pot calling the kettle black”, while “2 + 2 = 5” in Radiohead’s song is about doublethink as conveyed by Orwell in Nineteen Eighty-Four. (Incidentally, 2 + 2 = 5 was on the Hail to the Thief album, whose title appears to be a skit on the name of the official Presidential Anthem of the United States, Hail to the Chief.)

Anyway, here they are …

 

 

Who are you to wave your finger?
You must have been outta your head.
Eye hole deep in muddy waters.
You practically raised the dead.

Rob the grave to snow the cradle.
Then burn the evidence down.
Soapbox, house of cards and glass,
So don’t go tossin’ your stones around.

You must have been high.
You must have been high.
You must have been.

Foot in mouth and head up ass.
So whatcha talkin’ ’bout?
Difficult to dance ’round this one
‘Til you pull it out, boy!

You must have been so high.
You must have been so high.

Steal, borrow, refer, save your shady inference.
Kangaroo done hung the juror with the innocent.

Now you’re weeping shades of cozened indigo
Got lemon juice up in your eye!
When you pissed all over my black kettle
You must have been high, high
You must have been high, high

Who are you to wave your finger?
So full of it.
Eyeballs deep in muddy waters
Fuckin’ hypocrite.

Liar, lawyer, mirror, show me what’s the difference?
Kangaroo done hung the guilty with the innocent.

Now you’re weeping shades of cozened indigo
Got lemon juice up in your eye, eye.
When you pissed all over my black kettle
You must’ve been!

So who are you to wave your finger?
Who are you to wave your fatty fingers at me?
You must have been out your mind!

Weepin’ shades of indigo shed without a reason
Weepin’ shades of indigo

Liar, lawyer, mirror for you, what’s the difference?
Kangaroo be stoned. He’s guilty as the government

Now you’re weeping shades of cozened indigo
Got lemon juice up in your eye, eye!
Now when you pissed all over my black kettle.
You must’ve been high, high, high, high.

Eyeballs deep in muddy waters
Your balls deep in muddy waters.
Ganja, please, you must have been out your mind!

 

 

 

Are you such a dreamer
To put the world to rights?
I’ll stay home forever
Where two and two always makes up five

I’ll lay down the tracks
Sandbag and hide
January has April’s showers
And two and two always makes up five

It’s the devil’s way now
There is no way out
You can scream and you can shout
It is too late now

Because you have not been
Payin’ attention
Payin’ attention
Payin’ attention
Payin’ attention
You have not been
Payin’ attention
Payin’ attention
Payin’ attention
Payin’ attention
You have not been
Payin’ attention
Payin’ attention
Payin’ attention
Payin’ attention
You have not been
Payin’ attention
Payin’ attention
Payin’ attention
Payin’ attention

Oh

I try to sing along
I get it all wrong
‘Cause I’m not
‘Cause I’m not
I swat em like flies
But like flies the buggers keep coming back
But I’m not
Oh hail to the thief
Oh hail to the thief
But I’m not
But I’m not
But I’m not
But I’m not

Don’t question my authority or put me in the dock
‘Cause I’m not
‘Cause I’m not
Oh, go and tell the king that the sky is falling in
When it’s not
When it’s not
When it’s not
Maybe not
Maybe not