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(Crossposted at the blog "Music For My Daughter," a future conversation with my daughter about our music collection.  I post it here to share it, but also because I dig the unfolding conversations in the comments with the KOS community).

"Ship of Fools" by World Party (1986)

World Party, essentially, is Karl Wallinger, a former member of The Waterboys, among other musical projects.  His music is very different, never bowing to the fads or styles of the day, which is what great artists do.  It also imparts a timeless quality on his music.  When I listen to this track, I can’t tell when it was recorded.  Last week?  In 1967?  Maybe down the hall from a Bob Dylan session?

The beauty is that it doesn’t matter, at least not to me.  It’s just good music.  I’d recommend all of World Party’s records to you.  I think we have all of them, few though they are.

In addition to his innovative music, Mr. Wallinger penned some stinging, prescient lyrics:

Traveling the world, you’re in search of no good
But I’m sure you’ll build your Sodom like you knew you would
Using all the good people for your galley slaves
As your little boat struggles through the warning waves

This is a song to people in power, our leadership, the quality of which can change drastically from one era to another.  Since our leaders have such authority and impact on us (and the planet), we have a duty to question their motives.  Why ARE we fighting this war?  Why DID they pass that law?  Do they really have our best interests at heart?  Or is it their own interests, or those of their friends?

It can be a daunting task, especially if you always feel like David to their Goliath.  But as Thomas Jefferson said, "The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."  And when you need a compadre as a "freedom vigilante," you can always count on tracks like this to keep you company.

Originally posted to joad on Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 01:23 PM PST.

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  •  What do you all think of World Party? (7+ / 0-)

    I know there are some fans out there....

    Hopefully a couple of new converts, too!

    •  Listened to them a lot in college (3+ / 0-)
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      joad, jds1978, DCBlue

      Not so much recently.  Thanks for reminding me what wonderful stuff they did.

      My dogs think I'm smart and pretty.

      by martydd on Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 01:29:30 PM PST

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      •  Yeah, that's a problem for me... (1+ / 0-)
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        martydd

        ...especially for groups that don't have a big back catalog.  For some reason they fall off the radar (some deservedly so).  But World Party's music sounds as fresh today as it did when it came out.

    •  Classic (1+ / 0-)
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      joad

      Goodbye Jumbo is a true classic.  

      World Party shows had a way of making the crowd smile all the way through.  My fondest WP memory is a New Year's Eve show in Chicago at Navy Pier at least ten years ago.  Great show, and during a break between sets, the ballroom doors opened up to the pier, where you could see the fireworks show at midnight.

      Fisherman's Blues by the Waterboys is another classic.  This always seems to get played at parties, late, after most people have left.

      Thanks for the reminder - I think I'll play some World Party now, right here in my office .

      •  Sounds like a great show (1+ / 0-)
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        Via Chicago

        I like the Waterboys a lot, too.  Just posted a track from "Fisherman's Blues" last week, in fact.

        Probably what got me thinking of Karl Wallinger and how much I loved his records, particularly "Goodbye Jumbo."

    •  had tickets to see them in Raleigh.. (2+ / 0-)
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      joad, Via Chicago

      a couple of years ago... right after I bought them, I got an invite for my sister's 40th b-day, so I had to miss... my wife and her friend went and had a great time... even got Karl to autograph my copy of " Dumbing Up"!

  •  When I saw the song title, I thought it was this: (2+ / 0-)
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    Blueiz, jds1978

    Ship of Fools
    Grateful Dead

    Went to see the captain, strangest I could find,
    Laid my proposition down, laid it on the line.
    I wont slave for beggars pay, likewise gold and jewels,
    But I would slave to learn the way to sink your ship of fools.

    Ship of fools on a cruel sea, ship of fools sail away from me.
    It was later than I thought when I first believed you,
    Now I cannot share your laughter, ship of fools.

    Saw your first ship sink and drown, from rockin of the boat,
    And all that could not sink or swim was just left there to float.
    I wont leave you drifting down, but woh it makes me wild,
    With thirty years upon my head to have you call me child.

    Ship of fools on a cruel sea, ship of fools sail away from me.
    It was later than I thought when I first believed you,
    Now I cannot share your laughter, ship of fools.

    The bottles stand as empty, as they were filled before.
    Time there was and plenty, but from that cup no more.
    Though I could not caution all, I still might warn a few:
    Dont lend your hand to raise no flag atop no ship of fools.

    Ship of fools on a cruel sea, ship of fools sail away from me.
    It was later than I thought, when I first believed you,
    Now I cannot share your laughter, ship of fools.

    It was later than I thought when I first believed you,
    Now I cannot share your laughter, ship of fools.

    Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone

    by DCBlue on Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 01:33:13 PM PST

  •  Is it like today? (1+ / 0-)
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    joad

    "Go Away! I'm tired of the horrible things that happen when you're around." - Charlie the Unicorn

    by jds1978 on Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 01:33:49 PM PST

  •  Put the Message In the Box (1+ / 0-)
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    joad

    "Go Away! I'm tired of the horrible things that happen when you're around." - Charlie the Unicorn

    by jds1978 on Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 01:44:32 PM PST

  •  i much prefered the waterboys ... plus (2+ / 0-)
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    joad, mayan

    there is only one "Ship Of Fools" ...

    No falsehood is so fatal as that which is made an article of faith. - Thomas Paine (-5.75, -4.65)

    by whoisjohngalt on Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 01:52:16 PM PST

    •  Oooh, yeah, Erasure! (0+ / 0-)

      I love Erasure, but I'm not sure their music will age as well as World Party's.  At least for me.  Then again, I didn't spend too much time in dance clubs, either, so what the hell do I know?

      •  the cheese is part of the charm (0+ / 0-)

        they were cheezy electro-synth pop before there was any ... they had no pretense at morose/dark moodiness (Depeche Mode) they were just pop nougaty goodness ... they wouldn't make my top 100 bands but this is one of my fav songs of theirs

        No falsehood is so fatal as that which is made an article of faith. - Thomas Paine (-5.75, -4.65)

        by whoisjohngalt on Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 03:20:40 PM PST

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  •  but you will pay tomorrow... (1+ / 0-)
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    joad

    I loved this song back when it came out. I remember thinking at the time that this was the only song in an MTV friendly universe that spoke "truth to power" so to speak. The only other song that comes to mind from that era is Bruce Cockburn's "If I had a rocket launcher".

    Having said that, I think Wallinger would have made Mike Scott even better had he stayed with the Waterboys. Scott and Co's "World Party" co-written by Wallinger, is one of my favorite tunes from "Fisherman's Blues"

  •  Goodby, Jumbo! (0+ / 0-)

    "We're all working for the Pharaoh" - Richard Thompson

    by mayan on Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 03:36:09 PM PST

  •  Yup. Goodbye Jumbo (0+ / 0-)

    was and still is a classic record.  I saw World Party at First Ave in Mpls back in the day (late 80s?).

    I always really liked them (him, I guess.)  The music definitely stands the test of time for me.

    Talking about music is like dancing about architecture. ~ Thelonious Monk

    by Roadie on Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 05:11:35 PM PST

  •  You gotta love (0+ / 0-)

    a guy who plays guitar leftie and upside down.  Like Hendrix.  

    Talking about music is like dancing about architecture. ~ Thelonious Monk

    by Roadie on Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 05:19:17 PM PST

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