This is Cave’s Nick incisive opinion about the modern Internet-utilized world— consider that the title “We No Who U R” is essentially Internet shorthand. We have left ourselves nowhere to hide. Everyone knows where we live. Everyone knows who everyone is now. And no one in power is ever going to apologize for that. If that knowledge is abused, well, so be it.
Jim Adkins wrote this at Sky Harbor, the airport in Phoenix, Arizona. The lyrics “you are smaller getting smaller but I still see you” were inspired as he was looking at his girlfriend while taking off.
Jubilee Street is here a Red Light District taken over by the Russian mob. Bea is a prostitute, or even the former madame of a whorehouse.
When asked by The Sun if he was referring to the Jubilee Street located in his hometown of Brighton, Cave replied: “If people think they’re going to have a good time down Jubilee Street, I’d say forget about it unless they’re particularly interested in going to the library or Yo Sushi. When I was writing that, I had it in my mind that Jubilee Street was another, more colourful street. Then I was actually walking along it, looked up and went, ‘Oh no, this is fucking Jubilee Street.”
The Clifton Grange Hotel in Manchester was run by Lynott’s mother and Dennis Keeley. In the 1996 authorised biography of Phil and the band, Stuart Baillie says it was known as The Showbiz or simply The Biz, and was on the corner of Wallington Road, Whalley Range. Its clientelle were exclusively entertainers and showbusiness types including conjurers, strippers, Maori dancers and a transsexual ventriloquist!
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Van Morrison recounts the first snow to hit San Anselmo, California in over 30 years. Morrison recalled to Mojo of the impact it had on him: “I was driving and it started to snow and a deer crossed by the list past the car and there was a drunk who looked like a madman looking for a fight. That’s what I saw. That’s the song.”
“‘Highway 20 Ride’ is a song I started writing when I was probably a year into making the drive from Atlanta to Augusta, Georgia [to see my son]. I had gone through a divorce. She moved back to where she was from in South Carolina, and the halfway point was Augusta. I was bartending and took every other weekend off to spend time with him. It was a very painful time in my life, not having enough time together and having to bring him back. I worried about how he will perceive me as a father. Am I doing the right thing? I was going through all the things everybody goes through in that situation.”
Canvey Island is located in the Thames estuary where it is disconnected from the mainland of south Essex by a network of creeks. Since it lies below sea level, it is prone to flooding at strong tides, and in 1953 a flood swamped the island causing the deaths of 58 residents. This song was written by British Sea Power singer Yan after he listened to a radio documentary about the disaster.
London Luton Airport is one of London’s major airports. The airport was also mentioned in a famous Campari advert featuring Lorraine Chase, with the punch line “Were you truly wafted here from paradise?”. “ Na Lut'n Airport”.