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Tori Amos — Glory of the 80's
Album: To Venus and Back
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6.7

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Total ratings: 672









Released: 1999
Length: 4:00
Plays (last 30 days): 1
i took a taxi from la to venus in 1985
i was electromagnetically sucked back
into a party going on that night
it was the glories of the 80's
with karma drawn up in lines
and two bugle boy models saying, 'baby,
it's free-bee you sure look deprived'

i had the 'story of o' in my bucket seat
of my wanna be mustang
auditioning for reptiles in their
racquel welsh campaign

in the glories of the 80's
you said, 'i'm not afraid to die'
i said i don't find that remotely funny
even on this space cake high

and then when it all seemed clear
just then you go and disappear

silicone party barbies to the left and
joan of arcs to the right
no one feeling insecure we were
all gorged and famous in our last lives

and the glories of the 80's you said
'the end is nothing to fear' i said
blow the end now baby
who do i gotta shag to get outta here

and then when it all seemed clear
just then you go and disappear

sure you're out there orbiting around
wish i had you back now

i met a drag king call venus
she had a velvet hologram she said
'my husband ran off with my shaman
but they love me as i am'

in the glories of the 80's
i may not have to die
i'll clone myself
like that blonde chick
that sings betty davis eyes

and then when it all seemed clear
just then you go and disappear
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Tori rocks on this one!
 hippiechick wrote:
Do you think there's a line: Tori haters are men, Tori lovers are women?
 
I adore Tori (not unconditionally, and not all of her oeuvre, but when she's good she's outstanding) and I'm a man.  I'm also a pianist and composer ... so maybe I also admire and respect her undoubted chops (one of the best left hands in rock piano).
 ddbz wrote:
Not a big fan of Tori, but this was excellent.
 

Me too! I was distracted (trying to work) and I was kinda enjoying this. Usually listening to her makes me vomit just a little bit.
But then RP follows with the wonderful Kate Bush - no contest.
Love Tori (male, BTW)
 Dazzerb wrote:
I can see her house from my house!

 
I'm sure your mother is very proud
Interesting, in this she sounds a bit like a Ani DiFranco
I can see her house from my house!
 ppopp wrote:
The music industry was sent an angel when Tori Amos' voice was first introduced to the studio.

 
Look up Y Kant Tori Read and take that back.  Starting with her solo work I'd agree though.
The music industry was sent an angel when Tori Amos' voice was first introduced to the studio.
A slight slight Morisette sound to this song, which I guess in turn, sounds like her muse Anna (sp?).
 WonderLizard wrote:

Jon Evans

 
Thanks; you're right, terrific work. And great album.
 nagsheadlocal wrote:
Off to Google to find out who the bass player is on this, he/she is excellent.

 
Jon Evans
Mmmm. Space cake. {#Good-vibes}
Off to Google to find out who the bass player is on this, he/she is excellent.
 jbettencourt wrote:
I was hearing Vienna Teng.  Bill has engrained her in me.  :) 

Kate Bush for me...
I was hearing Vienna Teng.  Bill has engrained her in me.  :)
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Mwa-ha-ha!! 
Bill played ...
"Eurythmics — Missionary Man" and then
Glory of the 80's ... I get it {#Biggrin} 
If there are an infinite number of possibilities being played out at the same time in an infinite number of universes then there must be one where Tori is my lover.  

This song is still glorious...  still love it...
 

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
Make's me think Madonna's Ray of Light

Makes me think of Joni Mitchell singing to Peter Gabrial rhythms. Not that it's a bad thing.




love this song...

 
Daaaaaannnnnggggg!  Tori!!!??  Not bad!
Not a big fan of Tori, but this was excellent.
 trissi wrote:

yes, what a treat! I think I might like one other song by her, too.
 
{#Roflol}

Oh shit. I must have a fever. I actually am liking this.
I do not like any Tori amos songs ever. Until this.
I don't want to , but I do. 
 planetclare wrote:
Wow, a Tori Amos song I can stand...
 
yes, what a treat! I think I might like one other song by her, too.


I'll dance to this...

 
Nice Matt Chamberlain drummage there.
 romeotuma wrote:

 
Nice!  {Romeotuna supplies the dancing silicone party Barbie desribed in the lyrics!}  By the way, this is the first time I've (knowingly) heard Tori Amos.  Lyrics are great, music is good.
Thank you for playing Tori! Such a great song too! This is why I listen to Radio Paradise... never know what I'll hear next, but I love it all!
Her two kids, in high school,
They tell her that she's uncool
'Cause she's still preoccupied
With nineteen, nineteen eighty-five...




We be dancing...  love it...


 
One of her best tunes.
You are excuse - Bill!
Nobody is perfect!

PS
Tori certainly does not belong here!

PPS
FREE JULIAN...!
Wow, a Tori Amos song I can stand...


This really is a great song...  we be dancing in memory...

I took a taxi from LA to Venus
In 1985 I was electromagnetically sucked
Back in to a party going on that night
It was the glory of the 80's
With karma drawn up in lines
And two bugle boys models saying "baby
It's a freebee you sure look deprived"
I had the Story of O in my bucket seat
Of my wanna be Mustang
Auditioning for reptiles in their
Raquel Welsh campaign
In the glories of the 80's
You said, "I'm not afraid to die"
I said, "I don't find that remotely funny
Even on this space cake high"
And then when it all seemed clear
Just then you go and disappear
Silicone party barbies
To the left and
Joan of Arcs to the right
No one feeling insecure
We were all gorge and famous in our last lives
In the glories of the 80's
You said, "the end is nothing to fear"
I said, "blow the end now baby
Who do I gotta shag to get out of here"
And then when it all seemed clear
Just then you go and disappear
Sure you're out there
orbiting around
Wish I had you back now
I met a drag king call Venus
She had a velvet hologram
She said, "my husband ran off with my shaman
But they love me as I am"
In the glories of the 80's
I may not have to die
I'll clone myself
Like that blonde chick
That sings "Bette Davis Eyes"
And then when it all seemed clear
Jut then you go and disappear
I took a taxi from LA to Venus in
Nineteen eighty- nineteen eighty- nineteen eighty- 1985.

 


GIRLI HYPE!


This song is glorious...  love it...


 


Very groovy...  love it...

 
I've loved Tori Amos since I was 16.  Some of her old tunes pluck the strings of my soul.  Now that I'm "all grown up," I can access all the tenderness and sensitivities I used to hold via her music.  Timeless.
 annie_fannie wrote:


i've loved Tori since i was 14. everyone kept making these kate bush references, so i decided to check her out. blech! i don't even know how that comparison got started? women who sing emotionally with piano accompaniment are automatically all grouped together? does anyone consider content? kate's lyrics are far less poetic & more simplistic...and the melodrama in her videos...puhleeeeze.

 
Really?

I like both artists, but I've definitely never considered Kate's lyrics to be simple in any way.  She's written some pretty amazing ones - Like this, for instance.







 Rick_V wrote:

Exactly.

 

i've loved Tori since i was 14. everyone kept making these kate bush references, so i decided to check her out. blech! i don't even know how that comparison got started? women who sing emotionally with piano accompaniment are automatically all grouped together? does anyone consider content? kate's lyrics are far less poetic & more simplistic...and the melodrama in her videos...puhleeeeze.

jbunniii wrote:
I don't usually like Tori Amos, but this is not bad at all. She can't restrain herself from yodeling a few times, which lowers the rating a bit...

Now that's funny... I don't care who you are.

{#Lol}



love it...


What language is she singing in?
 brighthue wrote:
Not bad but, I prefer the real Kate Bush.
 
Exactly.

I don't usually like Tori Amos, but this is not bad at all.  She can't restrain herself from yodeling a few times, which lowers the rating a bit, but for the most part it's pretty chill.
I keep waiting for her to break into the chorus from "I Have The Touch" by Peter Gabriel.
Never thought I'd be rating a Tori Amos song a 3. Haven't heard a good song off this album yet. She must be losing her touch.

"Mainly the honesty of the decadence of that decade. There's the line and then, just when it all seemed clear you go and disappear. I knew a lot of great people in the eighties but at the time I didn't always understand them. Now, there's such a void in the art world, people with vision have physically passed on. It's also a stab at political correctness - you can't say this, you can't say that; now everybody has to be called a Spanish American, an African American and I mean... Oh bloody, fucking hell!!! I understand the abuses that have happened and I absolutely think recompense should be paid, but you don't do it just on a surface level. Everybody thinks that the debt has been paid to the 'quote unquote' Indians who had their land taken away from them because we call them Native Americans. It's hard when everything is so eggshell, eggshell, eggshell. I do miss the eighties. It was great, knowing that friends were on one hand dialing a charity and on the other hand doing a line of blow — but not lying about it, being honest. None of us are this light and dark fantasy. What's dark to you may be light to me and vice versa." -Tori Amos


 goldberry wrote:

 One of the few really good songs from what was an otherwise disappointing album. Unfortunately, that dissatisfaction was a taste of what was to come from Ms. Amos. But if it means she's sober and happy, then I'm happy for her.


Maybe if she was a drunk crying her sorrow through her songs her music would be better. Just sayin'. Ya know, like some of the greats, musically. Unlike Tori.  Pure blech.


one of the best songs off this album, imho.

kate bush? come on, Tori is a much more prolific songwriter and performer.
Not bad but, I prefer the real Kate Bush.
I believe her bass player (on the albums) is Justin Meldal-Johnsen of Beck and NIN fame.
 pedro wrote:
that bass line got me
 
Good catch - know who it is by chance?

I think she's impressive as singer, songwriter, and musician. 

 One of the few really good songs from what was an otherwise disappointing album. Unfortunately, that dissatisfaction was a taste of what was to come from Ms. Amos. But if it means she's sober and happy, then I'm happy for her.


dsr15 wrote:
It's hard not to like Tori 6
I love Tori, but this song is a 4 for me. Just doesn't grab me like the rest do. *shrugs*
that bass line got me
It's hard not to like Tori 6
Dylan76 wrote:
Male Tori lover here. :wave:
Here too.
xsrossiter wrote:
The backup musicians are a lot better than she is.
:rolleyes: I'm an avid Tori lover, and I only gave this song a 6. It's just not one of her best, but I wouldn't go as far as to say the back-up band is better than she is. I think they're all great. Tori included. :smile:
The backup musicians are a lot better than she is.
tangent wrote:
While I have to be in the mood for Tori Amos, when I'm in the mood for her, she's excellent. When I'm not in the mood for her, she is grating. This song is just such a departure from her standard that it is refreshing and can be listened to even when not in a Tori mood. :)
Took the words right out of my (mind) mouth... I agree. This is a different side of her.. Like it.
Dylan76 wrote:
Male Tori lover here. :wave:
Here too :wave: On a side note, isn't there just a smattering of an Alanis vibe going on? Doesn't bother me. Like it.
hippiechick wrote:
Do you think there's a line: Tori haters are men, Tori lovers are women?
Male Tori lover here. :wave:
Overall, that may be the case but I'm male and own most of Tori's albums :) hippiechick wrote:
Do you think there's a line: Tori haters are men, Tori lovers are women?
biztheclown wrote:
All of the people who hate Tori are probably the same tone deaf freaks who like Natalie Merchant.
What if you like them both?
This is one of my favorites from Tori!
While I have to be in the mood for Tori Amos, when I'm in the mood for her, she's excellent. When I'm not in the mood for her, she is grating. This song is just such a departure from her standard that it is refreshing and can be listened to even when not in a Tori mood. :)
Do you think there's a line: Tori haters are men, Tori lovers are women?
whoa...unexpected, yet most appreciated.
mybestimpression wrote:
tori amos is my heroine.
Mine too, and I think I just overdosed. :puke:
When Tori Amos comes on, I usually get a bad case of the heebie jeebies. However, I actually enjoyed this song.
Sorry but..... :frustrated: :evil: :evil: :cry: :evil: :evil: :frustrated:
Originally Posted by mrrmaid1: You know you have found an AMAZING radio station when you hear TORI AMOS twice in one sitting!!!! THANKS BILL! you rock and Tori is the GODDESS! :notworthy:
AMEN, sister! :clap:
tori amos is my heroine. there is never too much on-air for tori amos. thank you very much. goodnight. :notworthy:
OK, I\'ll throw my first complaint into the bin: too much tori amos, tracy chapman and indigo girls, thank you very much.
You know you have found an AMAZING radio station when you hear TORI AMOS twice in one sitting!!!! THANKS BILL! you rock and Tori is the GODDESS! :notworthy:
You know you\'ve been listening to RP too long when you\'ve heard two Tori Amos songs in one listening session. Time to quit...
I am a fan of hers, but nothing compares to the Little Earthquakes album.
Well, not liking Tori and Merchant is your prerogative. I think both of them are awesome. When Tori went techno I lost intrest, it just wasn\'t my thing. I still wanted my Corn Flake Girl. This song is a nice mix of both sounds for her. As far as Tori having bad lyrics, not likely. Read some of the stuff on her first album. Her range of theme alone is impressive. Very moving. Keep it up Tori.
I have been a Tori fanatic for years, and it is good to hear her music coming from somewhere other than my own cd player. I even have a Tori autographed piano bench.
All of the people who hate Tori are probably the same tone deaf freaks who like Natalie Merchant.
I have no talent in music and have made no money from my fans :lol: