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Massive Attack — Paradise Circus
Album: Heligoland
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Released: 2010
Length: 4:46
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It's unfortunate that when we feel a storm
We can roll ourselves over 'cause we're uncomfortable
Oh, well, the devil makes us sin
But we like it when we're spinning in his grip

Love is like a sin, my love
For the ones that feel it the most
Look at her with her eyes like a flame
She will love you like a fly and never love you again

It's unfortunate that when we feel a storm
Can roll ourselves over when we're uncomfortable
Oh, well, the devil makes us sin
But we like it when we're spinning in his grip

Love is like a sin, my love
For the one that feels it the most
Look at her with a smile like a flame
She will love you like a fly and never love you again
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One of my favorite songs.  I didn't discover it until I heard it as the opening song for the British TV show, Luther, which was a frigging great, if incredibly dark, show.  It was perfect for the show, and it works for me, too.
Hey .... nice clapping
Massive Attack at their best. Even if the drum line is from See-Line Woman, Nina Simone's track is one of her greatest IMO.
 ShamanManu wrote:

{#Doh} this is original

 
Well, the drums are from an old Nina Simone song. (I love this site: https://www.whosampled.com/Massive-Attack/Paradise-Circus/)
 ShamanManu wrote:
{#Doh} this is original
 
Didn't think anyone would actually bite on that one.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
I prefer the Guns & Roses original.

 
{#Doh} this is original
 jberko wrote:
If constipation were music, this would be it.

 
Yea- wake me when this is over. Enough "breathy" female vocals for the whole day here. That cr*p only goes so far...
Not just this song, but you guys are killing it right now.  Love the mix - all new stuff to me and really REALLY like!
I prefer the Guns & Roses original.
 TerryS wrote:

Hope Sandoval plus 'pick up sticks"
Ver' good



 
'nuff said.

BTW my Halloween decoration looks a lot like this album cover.
Chillingly beautiful. 10+
 jberko wrote:
I take back my constipation comment...  the strings at the end made it all better.

 
glad it finally... moved you.
I take back my constipation comment...  the strings at the end made it all better.
If constipation were music, this would be it.
FIrst time hearing the whole song (i.e., not at the beginning of Luther).
One of my alltime favorite songs.
I find myself putting this one on repeat when i play that album :)
Love it! 
{#Notworthy}

Exactly what i needed to hear !

Thank you
 
Love the way this song builds
There is not one bad track on this album.
Like to groove
I know I'm in the minority here, but i find this song monotonous and boring
Blimey!
Quite original composition. Love this track. Another Massiv Attack's unbelivable creativity.
 physastro2050 wrote:
Mooore of massive attack {#Sunny}

 
{#Yes}{#Cool}{#Yes}
Indeed 

elperroverde wrote:
I miss Luther {#Cry}

 


 spyglass wrote:



 
More than once, apparently. 
 jmkate wrote:
The strategic clapping was pretty mesmerizing, and how often can you really say that?

 

The strategic clapping was pretty mesmerizing, and how often can you really say that?
re-watching Luther on my exercise machine...love this bass line
Brilliant.  Typifies how brilliant this diverse band can be.
What they do with snaps and claps
strangely addictive.  
love MA - nothing beats Teardrop  - but this track is cool  {#Cool}
Mooore of massive attack {#Sunny}
 Peter_Bradshaw wrote:
10, next
 
Correct.
I miss Luther {#Cry}
10, next
F***** hand clapping "Music" :-(
 unclehud wrote:

Most anything is way better than US (television) pap.

 
That's cos we pay for a license. Means we don't have to endure hours of adverts. It also means that the rest of the world get the programs we pay for, for free. You're welcome by the way.

/shakesjarforsparechange
I love this album. I finally got it and it's oh so sweet. Highly recommended. 
GREAT segue from the Finn Brothers "Suffer Never".   Something I was not aware could work so well up to now {#Music}
More of this yes please.
6 > > 8 and considering going 9.  Makes me wonder what sort of mood was I in the first time I heard this?
 kojiroh wrote:
I get the chills every time I hear this song. Love this band and love Hope Sandoval's beautiful voice, so this is a solid 9 for me.

 
My sentiments, word for word!

MAGIC + 10

Hope Sandoval plus 'pick up sticks"
Ver' good


I love this song as the intro music for Luther and now I know who sings it. Thanks
The more I hear of this band, the more I like them.
 ozzie1313 wrote:
Theme music for BBC series Luther - way better than U. S. pap.
 
Most anything is way better than US (television) pap.
I get the chills every time I hear this song. Love this band and love Hope Sandoval's beautiful voice, so this is a solid 9 for me.
I gave this an 8, but then as the base line made its entrance I got a shiver down my spine.
Now its a 9.
Love this song... and I love Luther!
I just love this song, so seductive and rich in its melody..
discounting the video...i really find this song incredibly mesmerizing and extremely hot for some reason. the album cover creeps me out totally, though.
Oh yeah. Mmmmm
 FuryQuaker wrote:
A great song that's also theme song for the great TV series "Luther". {#Bananajam}
 
LOL ... Just walked into the house from working in the garage and thought my wife had turned of RP and was watching Luther on Netflix.  Kinda figured this song would be RP material.
A great song that's also theme song for the great TV series "Luther". {#Bananajam}
 rowdydaisy wrote:
Her voice is ethereal. 
 
indeed. Massive Attack do it again. 
i find this song creepy, but awesome.
 GChevy410 wrote:
There is a remix of this song out there. This song is good the remix is much better! Adds some heavy to this chill song. Check out Zeds Dead Remix I may upload it.
 
Er... nope. Not for me!  Too much wub wub wub and what have you.  This version is much, much better!  No heavy is needed.
 FlatCat wrote:
Love it. But that is one of the creepiest cover photos in the history of rock and roll.
 
same.
I've been re-watching Seasons 3 & 4 of True Blood, gearing up for the premiere of Season 5 — and forgot this song was used to great effect in episode 4 titled "9 Crimes" (when Bill goes to a strip club to procure "dinner" for Russell and Lorena).
Her voice is ethereal. 
 GChevy410 wrote:
There is a remix of this song out there. This song is good the remix is much better! Adds some heavy to this chill song. Check out Zeds Dead Remix I may upload it.
 
It's hard to go back to preferring the original after hearing the remix.
Theme music for BBC series Luther - way better than U. S. pap.
There is a remix of this song out there. This song is good the remix is much better! Adds some heavy to this chill song.

Check out Zeds Dead Remix

I may upload it.
Wow, I was just going to say that this song is the theme from the BBC show Luther which is great, and there it is in the last comment.
"...oh, well..."
 ianmoff wrote:
Is this track used in the excellent BBC drama 'Luther'?

Must try and Shazam it next time it's on ;-) 

 
Yes, it is! I just started watching Luther on Netflix this weekend and ended up watching 5 episodes, including 3 back-to-back just before I went to bed last night. Great show, great song.

 Cynaera wrote:
 (What do the movies "Crocodile Dundee II," "Pretty Woman," and "Adventures in Babysitting" have in common?) And no fair Googling.

Have fun, folks! {#Mrgreen}
 
Ok, I give up...  what do they have in common?

Is this track used in the excellent BBC drama 'Luther'?

Must try and Shazam it next time it's on ;-) 

 FlatCat wrote:
Love it. But that is one of the creepiest cover photos in the history of rock and roll.
 
Yep - in total agreement about the cover.  Yeesh - nightmares...{#Eek}
 Giselle62 wrote:
Chalk another one up for Christianity: our sexuality, something as integral to our physical selves as breathing;
 becomes a "sin" something the "devil" makes us do.
 

 fredriley wrote:

I was brought up a Catholic in the South of Ireland, and know plenty about Christian beliefs, and at the very centre of Catholicism (and other Christian sects, but most clearly in Catholicism) is the repression of sexuality by means of guilt. It took me a long time to get over that conditioning.

 
Fred, I can relate to what you mention about the Catholic upbringing and the culture of guilt involved with it, but the human construct of Sin, and the means of guilt related to it, long predate Christianity.  Ask some Jewish, stand-up comedians about the culture of guilt.  Good song by the way.


Love it. But that is one of the creepiest cover photos in the history of rock and roll.
Geeze, I love the vibe in this track.  Gotta go 8 -> 9
Oh my. . . one word. . . lush.

That is all. 
This song is so quirky and weird. It reminds me of a scene from "Alien From L.A." (yeah, that dismal Kathy Ireland sci-fi travesty - but it was so bad it was funny, and I love it) where her character and that of her "rescuer" are sitting in what passes for a restaurant. There are dancers performing, and the dance is so weird and choppy, and I can almost picture them dancing to this music.

No, I'm not nuts.  Well, okay, maybe a little.  I loved the Leonard Cohen "Everybody Knows" reference to "Pump Up the Volume." I CAN mix my media. Trouble is, usually when I do it, people think I'm nuts. (What do the movies "Crocodile Dundee II," "Pretty Woman," and "Adventures in Babysitting" have in common?) And no fair Googling.

Have fun, folks! {#Mrgreen}
 Asmith wrote:

By far the best song on a very average album...


 
double that!

{#Meditate} great

fredriley wrote:
I was brought up a Catholic in the South of Ireland, and know plenty about Christian beliefs, and at the very centre of Catholicism (and other Christian sects, but most clearly in Catholicism) is the repression of sexuality by means of guilt. It took me a long time to get over that conditioning.
Curious, since the Catholic presence in South America (and maybe Yorkshire) didn't seem to slow down the birth rate any. Sorry, I get your point but couldn't resist the MP reference opportunity.


Hahaha, same here, only that by now I have learned the pattern of claps here, and I still get the "Walk of Life" wooh-oohs wrong {#Mrgreen}

 zair99 wrote:

In "Walk of Life" by Dire Straights I always amuse myself by trying to go "Woo ooh ooh" along with Mark Knopfler, and I always manage to time it wrong! 

In this song I do the same thing with that clapping! {#Cheesygrin}  


By far the best song on a very average album...


In "Walk of Life" by Dire Straights I always amuse myself by trying to go "Woo ooh ooh" along with Mark Knopfler, and I always manage to time it wrong! 

In this song I do the same thing with that clapping! {#Cheesygrin}
Delicious!
 Jelani wrote:
 Hmmm, I don,t recall mentioning ANYTHING about minimalism, or lazy artists, or even referring to it.
You must have replied to the wrong post.
 
Nope.  I might have misinterpreted your post, but it was certainly the one to which I was replying.

 fredriley wrote:

I was brought up a Catholic in the South of Ireland, and know plenty about Christian beliefs, and at the very centre of Catholicism (and other Christian sects, but most clearly in Catholicism) is the repression of sexuality by means of guilt. It took me a long time to get over that conditioning.

 

And here i am a VERY happy man for being a non-believer... Imagine that...

We're just organisms founded by nature and we're doing what we are designed for, surviving and breeding. It just so happens were intelligent enough to let ourselves believe there is "something" or "someone" above.... But not for me, when i die, i believe, it stops.... No heaven, no hell, just the end of an organism, the way nature works, the same as a fly or the same as a fish, it stops there....

But hey, that's just my perspective on things...
As for this song, it has a certain atmosphere and it always gets my full attention...

8
Nice!
 mixplusik wrote:
When it was first released it was heavily played on my local FM radio... I don't know why it took me so long but only after a month or so I learned the pattern of the handclaps. {#Clap} Now every time I hear this song, I start to clap.

 
Not in the car though...the guy in the green buick wasn't happy I almost side swiped him...

 le_colonel wrote:

nonsense

If this is what you think you obviously know very little about Christian beliefs.

 
I was brought up a Catholic in the South of Ireland, and know plenty about Christian beliefs, and at the very centre of Catholicism (and other Christian sects, but most clearly in Catholicism) is the repression of sexuality by means of guilt. It took me a long time to get over that conditioning.

When it was first released it was heavily played on my local FM radio... I don't know why it took me so long but only after a month or so I learned the pattern of the handclaps. {#Clap} Now every time I hear this song, I start to clap.

 twitterpated wrote:
Oh Good Grief, someone give her a lollipop

 
pick mine, pick mine!!!

 Giselle62 wrote:
Chalk another one up for Christianity: our sexuality, something as integral to our physical selves as breathing;
 becomes a "sin" something the "devil" makes us do.
 
nonsense

If this is what you think you obviously know very little about Christian beliefs.


Everybody has a little hole in the middle, everybody does a little dance with the devil....


 greyfin10 wrote:
How is this trend of "bands" that are actually songwriters with a revolving cast of awesome singing talent?  A few years ago I was noticing how it seemed to be trending up, but how's it been lately?  Any new examples?  The classic that got me noticing it was Zero 7, but it applied to quite a few bands at the time.  I ask because it seems like a really good way to find solidly good music.
 
The Chrystal Method and The Chemical Brothers both do this with success.

 ziggytrix wrote:

Yeah, minimalism is totally just a sham perpetrated by lazy artists.  {#Rolleyes}
  Hmmm, I don,t recall mentioning ANYTHING about minimalism, or lazy artists, or even referring to it.
You must have replied to the wrong post.


What an appropriately timed title.
I like Hope well enough, but I wonder about the little girl voice..., seems like a bit of a trend.  just wondering.

 kopak wrote:


 

thank goodness!
Theme song of the awesome BBC series Luther.
Idris Elba FTMFW!
How is this trend of "bands" that are actually songwriters with a revolving cast of awesome singing talent?  A few years ago I was noticing how it seemed to be trending up, but how's it been lately?  Any new examples?  The classic that got me noticing it was Zero 7, but it applied to quite a few bands at the time.  I ask because it seems like a really good way to find solidly good music.
Oh Good Grief, someone give her a lollipop

 rdo wrote:
That's Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star)
 
https://www.mtv.com/shared/media/images/artist/s/sandoval_hope/az_official/281x211.jpg

Good song or bad, this song is being played FAR too much!
Chalk another one up for Christianity: our sexuality, something as integral to our physical selves as breathing;
 becomes a "sin" something the "devil" makes us do.
It would be funny if the lead singer actually looked like the character on the front cover. Sultry voice...hideous face...{#Clap}

head over heels in love with this song {#Hearteyes}


 shawshank wrote:
You don't hear many hand claps in songs anymore...
 
You don't listen to much Gypsy Kings, do you...

 Jelani wrote:

Its' amazing, ceaselessly amazing to me, what people are capable of convincing themselves of.
Emperors New Clothes.
 
Yeah, minimalism is totally just a sham perpetrated by lazy artists.  {#Rolleyes}
I can't make my mind up about Massive Attack. I have a few of their albums; usually bought on the strength of one track I've heard and liked, only to find that the rest of the album doesn't have the same appeal. I like this though.
 laozilover wrote:
Here's what the reviewer Angry Mofo said about this track on AMAZON:

"Massive Attack albums are rarely immediate. Same with Heligoland: at first, the synths at the beginning of "Splitting The Atom" and "Flat Of The Blade" sound off-key and simplistic. I heard the three-note lead in "Paradise Circus" and wondered how on earth that simple sound could sustain a five-minute song.

But when I listened to "Paradise Circus" a few times, my perception started to change. The clattering, echoing drum track combined with the lead to create an eerie atmosphere. Above all, the song has possibly the most intimate vocal performance of any Massive Attack song. Hope Sandoval's voice is scratchy, but the way you can hear every minute shift in her throat, together with the deliberately slow pace of the vocal, gives an impression of a wide-awake, intensely focused late-night rumination. It's a remarkably sexy song, but it also expresses uncomfortable qualms: the lyrics say that "the devil makes us sin," and that's exactly how the song sounds, like someone giving in to temptation, but feeling uneasy about possible divine repercussions.

"

 
Its' amazing, ceaselessly amazing to me, what people are capable of convincing themselves of.
Emperors New Clothes.
It is a "nice" song, but I miss the edge that they brought to some of their earlier work.
What a really nice album.

This song has a bit of "new" Zero 7 feel to it.  That can't be bad either. 
 shawshank wrote:
You don't hear many hand claps in songs anymore...
 

Iron & Wine's "Boy With a Coin" is probably mostly handclaps for the rhythm.
 shawshank wrote:
You don't hear many hand claps in songs anymore...
 
.... I remember 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' (Beatles) and 'Some Kind of Wonderful' (Grand Funk Railroad). That's it.

You don't hear many hand claps in songs anymore...
I used to be a big fan of Massive Attack - Mezzanine is a top album. Not heard this before, was looking forward to hearing it when Bill gave it the intro, but I'm disappointed. Maybe I need to listen again.
Here's what the reviewer Angry Mofo said about this track on AMAZON:

"Massive Attack albums are rarely immediate. Same with Heligoland: at first, the synths at the beginning of "Splitting The Atom" and "Flat Of The Blade" sound off-key and simplistic. I heard the three-note lead in "Paradise Circus" and wondered how on earth that simple sound could sustain a five-minute song.

But when I listened to "Paradise Circus" a few times, my perception started to change. The clattering, echoing drum track combined with the lead to create an eerie atmosphere. Above all, the song has possibly the most intimate vocal performance of any Massive Attack song. Hope Sandoval's voice is scratchy, but the way you can hear every minute shift in her throat, together with the deliberately slow pace of the vocal, gives an impression of a wide-awake, intensely focused late-night rumination. It's a remarkably sexy song, but it also expresses uncomfortable qualms: the lyrics say that "the devil makes us sin," and that's exactly how the song sounds, like someone giving in to temptation, but feeling uneasy about possible divine repercussions.

"


synthesized hand claps... barf.
Listen... and repeat a lot of times!
my favorite from the whole cd, check out one of the vids on youtube, awesome musicvideo taken from the movie "the fall", awesome movie as well {#Music}