pop ozymandias syndrome

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is this officially a thing?

Axwell ^ Ingrosso - Something New
"We are the ones who will be remembered"

The Script - Hall Of Fame
"Everyone's gonna know your name"

Fall Out Boy - Centuries
"I can't stop til the whole world knows my name"

... there are more that I can't currently remember. what's going on here?

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 1 March 2015 18:46 (two years ago) Permalink

FOB's "Immortals" has this too

and you could probably extend it to all the songs about us being stars

maura, Sunday, 1 March 2015 19:12 (two years ago) Permalink

Ellie Goulding - Burn

They, they gonna see us from outer space, outer space
Light it up, like we're the stars of the human race, human race

nashwan, Sunday, 1 March 2015 19:47 (two years ago) Permalink

I mean

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dtz6BVysjQ

katherine, Sunday, 1 March 2015 19:49 (two years ago) Permalink

sure, but i never felt like that song was the ranting of a serial killer whereas these....

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 1 March 2015 20:03 (two years ago) Permalink

It was part of Bowie's schtick for a while, was it not?

Mistah FAAB (sarahell), Sunday, 1 March 2015 20:05 (two years ago) Permalink

we need a pro songwriter to weigh in here because this has to be a thing, like at certain moments every songwriter knows they have to come up with an uptempo ballad for a female if they want a chance at the big money; the past year or two it's been, partly, seemingly, "songs about grasping for some lasting impression on the universe"

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 1 March 2015 20:06 (two years ago) Permalink

David Guetta - Lovers On The Sun

"Show the world a burning light, that never shined so bright"

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 2 March 2015 16:45 (two years ago) Permalink

Rihanna - Towards The Sun

"We can reign, like the kings and queens of better yesterdays"

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 2 March 2015 16:47 (two years ago) Permalink

my all-time favourite which anticipates all these is this, obv

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OG0AvwM_QAI

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 2 March 2015 16:48 (two years ago) Permalink

but I mean...

We can reign, like the kings and queens of better yesterdays

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 2 March 2015 16:49 (two years ago) Permalink

you and I are gonna live foreeevahhhhh

Οὖτις, Monday, 2 March 2015 16:52 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah, actually i think there's a continuity there, an un-self-reflective ("i don't really want to know"), nihilistic naivety intersecting with massively bombastic narcissism that almost perfectly anticipates these songs

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 2 March 2015 17:03 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

The time will come, when you'll have to rise
Above the best, improve yourself
Your spirit never dies
Farewell, I've gone, to take my throne
Above, don't weep for me
Cause this will be the labor of my love

Here we are, don't turn away now,
We are the warriors that built this town
Here we are, don't turn away now,
We are the warriors that built this town
From Dust.

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 16 April 2015 11:00 (two years ago) Permalink

this is definitely a thing - and i noted it first when i was working in the same place as you, tracer.

Some guy (LocalGarda), Thursday, 16 April 2015 11:15 (two years ago) Permalink

Great thread idea. This is all a bit..

https://youtube.com/watch?v=29Mg6Gfh9Co

Quack and Merkt (Tom D.), Thursday, 16 April 2015 11:26 (two years ago) Permalink

s,,

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dsb, Thursday, 16 April 2015 11:33 (two years ago) Permalink

?

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 16 April 2015 15:30 (two years ago) Permalink

look upon my works, ye mighty
http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Music/Pix/pictures/2008/11/25/jacko460.jpg

Οὖτις, Thursday, 16 April 2015 15:33 (two years ago) Permalink

all I know
if I die
I'm a motherfuckin' legend

with HD lyrics (Eazy), Thursday, 16 April 2015 15:35 (two years ago) Permalink

but while you're alive you're just a schmuck

Οὖτις, Thursday, 16 April 2015 15:36 (two years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Alesso feat. Tove Lo - Heroes (We Could Be)

Everyday people do everyday things but I
Can't be one of them
I know you hear me now, we are a different kind
We can do anything

transparent play for gifs (Tracer Hand), Monday, 20 July 2015 15:51 (two years ago) Permalink

from Wikipedia:

"The lyrics of each of the stanzas differ entirely from Bowie's. The subject of the song has been updated from that of irony-touched love in the shadow of the Berlin Wall in Bowie's version to the present-day street-life interactions of a couple. The title of the song also drops the extra quotation marks that are present in the title of Bowie's song. In that song, the extra quotes in the title were an affectation meant to invoke an ironic mood."

i mean...

transparent play for gifs (Tracer Hand), Monday, 20 July 2015 15:52 (two years ago) Permalink

off-topic (opposite of topic?) but other other bowie adjusted lyrics -- "the man who sold the world" (k cobain) -- "i gazed a gazely stare at multimillionaires i must have died alone"

reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 20 July 2015 17:18 (two years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

Panic! At The Disco - Emperor's New Clothes

I am so much more than royal
Snatch your chain and mace your eyes
If it feels good, tastes good
It must be mine
Heroes always get remembered
But you know legends never die

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 28 January 2016 13:30 (one year ago) Permalink

X Ambassadors - Renegades

So, all hail the underdogs
All hail the new kids
All hail the outlaws
Spielbergs and Kubricks

It's our time to make a move
It's our time to make amends
It's our time to break the rules
Let's begin...

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 28 January 2016 15:39 (one year ago) Permalink

feel like "Pompeii" was also working something close to this grain - more in affect and associations (doomed legendary city, walls crashing down - EPIC SHIT) than the actual plot which is more of a breakup-at-the-end-of-the-world kinda thing.

the thirteenth floorior (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 2 February 2016 15:39 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

ozymandias, meet mans zelmerlow

What if I’m the only hero left
You better fire off your gun
Once and forever

He said go dry your eyes
And live your life like there is no tomorrow son
And tell the others
To go sing it like a hummingbird
The greatest anthem ever heard

We are the heroes of our time
But we’re dancing with the demons in our minds

We are the heroes of our time
Heroes

But were dancing with the demons in our minds
Heroes

We are the heroes of our time
Heroes

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 27 February 2016 01:02 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

feel like ground zero for the current manifestation of this (which is maybe lessening somewhat now?) was diamonds by rihanna. even tho it's a personal description of how ecstasy makes the user feel (which is maybe the subtext to a lot of these actually??) it ties that feeling of intense, positive intimacy to a vast, universe-large invincibility. fuck it man i don't need a coat! but mate it's freezing! I'M LIKE DIAMONDS IN THE SKY

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 8 June 2017 14:58 (three months ago) Permalink


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