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secretly Christian: Wandering Stars

Here is a live version of Portishead’s gloomy album track “Wandering Stars.” Eagle-eyed viewers may identify the record being sampled as an Eric Burdon and War album; careless listeners who were born yesterday may think it’s a sample from the first De La Soul album.

But do you recognize the source of the chorus? That’s right: it’s from the general epistle of Jude. I haven’t been able to track down the translation; it’s close to the King James Version, but not exactly the same.

As a bonus (because it doesn’t merit a post of its own) here’s a video by prolific outsider musician R. Stevie Moore [link] from 1982:

Lo and behold it’s mostly an appropriation of the segment from the Prophecies chapter of Koyaanisqatsi featuring Jerry Falwell. Go figure.

I don’t think I can explain R. Stevie Moore; I think the best I might be able to suggest is that he’s like Daniel Johnston, but from a different era. For some reason some of his videos on YouTube contain nudity that goes undetected despite tens of thousands of views. Viewers wishing to avoid these particular videos can usually assume that if Mr Moore himself appears in the thumbnail there’s no nudity. Also, view counts are a good but not failsafe indicator.

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  1. satan
    November 6, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    what’s the problem with nudity? everyone’s naked underneath all those clothes.

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