ILM's 2005 collaborative mix project hoonja-doonja!

February 14, 2005

Dead Man Ray, "BeeGee"

Listen to the way Dead Man Ray's Daan Stuyven sneers his lines. Try to penetrate the song and make sense of the lyrics. You can't. There's no way to connect to the song. "BeeGee" is all about texture, the meaning of the words are superfluous. There's nothing to be gained from connecting the words into a message. Dead Man Ray learned everything from The The's Dusk and then realized there needed to be some cut-up disco injected in their sound. Daan knew why I liked Matt Johnson's music: it wasn't about the lyrics, it was about the voice and the hook. Dead Man Ray inhabit a different world - one which I feel part of. They're outsiders to the Pop universe. They deliberately play with the Pop rules and the English language. It's about an outsider looking at the Pop puzzle and throwing the pieces in the air. Let it fall on the table and see how it looks. Or sounds.

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