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Lana Del Rey — West Coast
Album: Ultraviolence
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Released: 2014
Length: 4:10
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Down on the West Coast, they got a sayin'
"If you're not drinkin', then you're not playin'"
But you've got the music
You've got the music in you, don't you?

Down on the West Coast, I get this feeling like
It all could happen that's why I'm leaving
You for the moment
You for the moment, Boy Blue, yeah you

You're feelin' hot at the show, I'm feelin' hot to the touch
You say you'll miss me the most, I say I'll miss you so much
Something keeps me real quiet, I'm alive I'm a-lush
Your love, your love, your love

I can see my baby swingin'
His Parliament's on fire and his hands are up
On the balcony and I'm singing
Ooh baby, Ooh baby, I'm in love
I can see my sweet boy swayin'
He's crazy y Cubano como yo my love
On the balcony and I'm saying
Move baby, move baby, I'm in love

Down on the West Coast, they got their icons
Their silver starlets, their Queens of Saigon
But you've got the music
You've got the music in you, don't you?

Down on the West Coast, they love their movies
Their golden gods and rock and roll groupies
And you've got the music
You've got the music in you, don't you?

You push it hard up all the way, I'm feeling hot and on fire
I guess that no one ever really made me feel I'm a child
They all say "oh, cariƱo", boy, it's you I desire
Your love, your love, your love

I can see my baby swingin'
His Parliament's on fire and his hands are up
On the balcony and I'm singing
Ooh baby, Ooh baby, I'm in love
I can see my sweet boy swayin'
He's crazy y Cubano como yo my love
On the balcony and I'm saying
Move baby, move baby, I'm in love

I can see my baby swingin'
His Parliament's on fire and his hands are up
On the balcony and I'm singing
Ooh baby, Ooh baby, I'm in love
I can see my sweet boy swayin'
He's crazy y Cubano como yo my love
On the balcony and I'm saying
Move baby, move baby, I'm in love
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1.
lizardking wrote:

like Jim M said "The West is the best"

This song however...is not.  A 5 from me



 


Good choice for Lana Del Rey {#Good-vibes}
 kcar wrote:
Read the book, saw the movie. Sorry, Lazarus, but I don't see any connection with LDR. Lana consistently strikes me as the manufactured project of a manager or record company. Yes, her music is well-produced. Yes, there are a lot of hooks. Sure, she's really hot. But it doesn't add up to anything with lasting substance. This is downbeat pop without a discernible personality behind it. Fun to listen to in the background...for a while.

To drive the point home by contrast, Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros' "Mondo Bongo" is now on. Even when he's musically mellow, Joe as an individual practically sits in your lap. Let me  know if Lana Del Rey ever shows up. 
 
kcar, everybody in my hotel room sees Clockwork Orange all over the world these days...  this West Coast song is groovy...  Lana Del Rey begins her extended reference to booze as an affirmation when she sings, "If you're not drinkin' then you're not playin..." then she affirms booze as a constructive force when she sings, "I'm alive I'm a lush"... in a general sense, she describes how life is a party, and music is an integral part...  we be dancing like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  time flies when we're having fun...  hope life is grand for you now, kcar...
I like her sounds.  She sings with an 'old fashioned' lust..straight out of the 60s..Her music is outside of the box..refreshing {#Cheers}

like Jim M said "The West is the best"

This song however...is not.  A 5 from me


What a fun read going through the various comments on this song. I like the song personally.
 Bleyfusz wrote:
Wesht coasht - is it actually meant to sound like this? Or is it just the pseudo-crappy recording?

 
I wondered that too...very distracting
You should be voting on the song as opposed to her fetching appearance.
Oh My...

Sassy and Sultry
I like it!
Those big brown puppy eyes.
Nice refreshing sound. Much needed in today's music. 
I agree with Laz'. It's not exactly my kinda music but there is a bleakness to the lyrics that belighs the sexy packaging. It's a pity that the packaging is so effective that the message appears to get missed. I've tried listening to the rest of the album, but it just depressed me, existential angst is for the young... phew!
 
Wesht coasht - is it actually meant to sound like this? Or is it just the pseudo-crappy recording?
 Lazarus wrote:

I don't think any professional critics (who generally favor this album) have caught the specific literary meaning of this theme album called Ultraviolence... although some critics enjoy the role of a naughty girl embraced by Lana Del Rey, they miss the true point of the message... although the music is not my favorite style, I am impressed with the lyrics, which are much like an avant-garde literary novel...

the title of the album — Ultraviolence — is a direct allusion to what the main character, young Alex, embraces in A Clockwork Orange, which is a movie directed by Stanley Kubrick in 1971, adapted from a science fiction book of the same title by Anthony Burgess in 1962... in the book and the movie, young Alex is a violent and psychopathic criminal who is programmed by the government with classical conditioning while drugged with medications... the conditioning makes young Alex get sick if he does anything wrong... in the end, young Alex is liberated by the government from his conditioning, and he is allowed to revel in the glory of his bad behavior once more...

the meaning of the book can be derived from the title— A Clockwork Orange... a clock is a punctual machine... an orange represents organic life... the motif of the book and the movie is that it is impossible to turn an organic life form into a machine...

Lana Del Rey celebrates her freedom to be a unique individual... conformity is oppressive, which is her ultimate point... again, this music is not my favorite style, but this album Ultraviolence is a bona fide literary powerhouse...

in this specific song, "West Coast", Lana Del Rey begins her extended reference to booze as an affirmation when she sings, "If you're not drinkin' then you're not playin..." then she affirms booze as a constructive force when she sings, "I'm alive I'm a lush"... in a general sense, she describes how life is a party, and music is an integral part...

Lana Del Rey is not a whore for money, like the Walmart owners... she is actually making an artistic statement about freedom versus oppressive conformity...

everybody in my homeless camp loves her writing... we be dancing...

A ClockWork Orange, Ultra Violence

 
Read the book, saw the movie. Sorry, Lazarus, but I don't see any connection with LDR. Lana consistently strikes me as the manufactured project of a manager or record company. Yes, her music is well-produced. Yes, there are a lot of hooks. Sure, she's really hot. But it doesn't add up to anything with lasting substance. This is downbeat pop without a discernible personality behind it. Fun to listen to in the background...for a while.

To drive the point home by contrast, Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros' "Mondo Bongo" is now on. Even when he's musically mellow, Joe as an individual practically sits in your lap. Let me  know if Lana Del Rey ever shows up. 
great song.
 JeriF wrote:
Eeck.   Brittney Spears-ish.

 
...if Britney Spears had an Axis II personality disorder.  Is there any singer active in the music business today who puts less emotion into her performance?  (Is Lana Del Ray really a Vocaloid animation?)
Lana's vocal style in this particular song reminds me of Tori Amos.
It's hard to put a finger on, yet suddenly feel pretty hot.
Besides, I am wondering about atomic.
Yeah Geecheeboy, so similiar man! Wow!  (well, cept for some of those little discrepancys like location,lighting, wardrobe, hairstyle, subject's attitude, small things....   ; )
Slow me down Lana!!
oo la la... 
 passsion8 wrote:

"Just like a white-winged dove...." Oooh baby.

 
And the opening notes, stolen from the Beatles. (I give her all my love...)

 


Album cover art reminds me of Joan Baez "Diamonds and Rust".
Awesome tune to listen to while working. I am getting so much done  (except for the brief comment adding on RP) 

 
 brookap wrote:
This song drips with West Coast atmospherics. It borrows from 60's/70's rock (the 4 note "gently weeping" guitar riff), 80's pop (the "ooh baby, ooh baby"), and 90's West Coast rap samples (the plaintive wee-oo sample near the end). For me, it's a musical homage to the sounds that formed the sonic landscape of a California childhood and young adulthood, and lovingly rendered, to boot.

 
I wish that I had said something as lucid as brookap did...
 
This song drips with West Coast atmospherics. It borrows from 60's/70's rock (the 4 note "gently weeping" guitar riff), 80's pop (the "ooh baby, ooh baby"), and 90's West Coast rap samples (the plaintive wee-oo sample near the end). For me, it's a musical homage to the sounds that formed the sonic landscape of a California childhood and young adulthood, and lovingly rendered, to boot.
 NeuroGeek wrote:
and no one has yet snarked about the Stevie Nicks vocal rif rip off?  Really? 

 
"Just like a white-winged dove...." Oooh baby.

 unclehud wrote:

I suppose it would be pretty creepy to post something like, "I love this woman", when I've never met her and she's younger than my own children.

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Yeah, that would probably be creepy.



 
Join the queue of stalkers, Uncle {#Devil_pimp}

I suppose it would be pretty creepy to post something like, "I love this woman", when I've never met her and she's younger than my own children.

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Yeah, that would probably be creepy.


 GTT wrote:
Just ignore the haters, LDR, and follow the call.

 

It is easy to do, generally the more haters an artists has the bigger the fan base and banking account.  Quality? Probably not a good indicator.  The masses are not called the "great unwashed" for displaying good taste.{#Lol}
 kcar wrote:

This isn't a bad song on first listen but I'm skeptical that "she has a fairly high cred following", especially because you're the one making such a fatuous claim. 



 
You go girl...
 sajitjacob wrote:
Interesting. Laz old boy. I really don't know what to make of her, which means she's achieved something quite remarkable for the jaded age in which we live.  Perhaps I'm just to old (all the angst turned to hearts and flowers some time back) to 'get it' I really do like this song though.
 
Her ultimate theme is that she is going to be herself no matter what...

everybody in my alien space craft loves this song...

hope you are having fun right this minute, sajitjacob...
Eeck.   Brittney Spears-ish.
Probably not a good sign that I hear the first few notes and think, "Oh no, not that song again."
Just ignore the haters, LDR, and follow the call.
Album cover looks like Joan Baez, Gulf Coast something. Meanwhile the dreaded Tori Amos breathless vocals meet the ooh baby ooh baby ooh of Stevie Nicks in white winged dove and a dab of Beth Orton from 1st album.  I am confused.
I do find this song interesting, but like rubber necking a car wreck kind of way.
I kinda' like it.
Not doing it for me on this listen but I do appreciate the various comments below.
 NeuroGeek wrote:
and no one has yet snarked about the Stevie Nicks vocal rif rip off?  Really? 

 
Funny, that's the first thought I had without even looking at the comments. Too many ooh baby ooh baby oohs. Reminded me of Stevie Nicks immediately. {#Cheers}
Interesting. Laz old boy. I really don't know what to make of her, which means she's achieved something quite remarkable for the jaded age in which we live.  Perhaps I'm just to old (all the angst turned to hearts and flowers some time back) to 'get it' I really do like this song though.

 
Lazarus wrote:

Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' Has A Firm Grasp On Pop History

Del Rey has been a controversial figure, as critics debate the extent of her vocal talent versus her talent for publicity. And she recently caused a stir when she gave an interview in which she said, quote, "I wish I was dead already" and drew criticism from, among others, Kurt Cobain's daughter, Frances Bean. Ken says Del Rey is continuing a time-honored pop tradition of developing a public persona that challenges fans to decide what's real and what's not.



 


 NeuroGeek wrote:
and no one has yet snarked about the Stevie Nicks vocal rif rip off?  Really? 

 
This doesn't sound remotely like any Stevie Nicks vocal track I've ever heard, but I suppose people hear different things.

Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' Has A Firm Grasp On Pop History

Del Rey has been a controversial figure, as critics debate the extent of her vocal talent versus her talent for publicity. And she recently caused a stir when she gave an interview in which she said, quote, "I wish I was dead already" and drew criticism from, among others, Kurt Cobain's daughter, Frances Bean. Ken says Del Rey is continuing a time-honored pop tradition of developing a public persona that challenges fans to decide what's real and what's not.


Lana herself said "Ultraviolence" is about her desire for "passion" in a relationship. She's specifically alluding to S&M. She likes the "luxe sound of 'ultra', and the mean sound of 'violence'". She goes on to say "I like a physical love. I like a hands-on love. How can I say this without getting into too much trouble? I like a tangible, passionate love. For me, if it isn’t physical, I’m not interested."

If you actually listen to the song or read the lyrics, it's got nothing at all to do with Clockwork Orange.
 rdo wrote:
There is a misperception about LDR here at RP that she is some popular artist like Cyrus or Spears.  She is not.  She has a fairly high cred following.  She is as serious an artist as say, Andrew Bird, and she is a lot less popular than Black Keys
 
can't stand him, either. ugh.
Lizzy Grant

not that there's anything wrong with a stage name

-James Westerberg- 

I don't think any professional critics (who generally favor this album) have caught the specific literary meaning of this theme album called Ultraviolence... although some critics enjoy the role of a naughty girl embraced by Lana Del Rey, they miss the true point of the message... although the music is not my favorite style, I am impressed with the lyrics, which are much like an avant-garde literary novel...

the title of the album — Ultraviolence — is a direct allusion to what the main character, young Alex, embraces in A Clockwork Orange, which is a movie directed by Stanley Kubrick in 1971, adapted from a science fiction book of the same title by Anthony Burgess in 1962... in the book and the movie, young Alex is a violent and psychopathic criminal who is programmed by the government with classical conditioning while drugged with medications... the conditioning makes young Alex get sick if he does anything wrong... in the end, young Alex is liberated by the government from his conditioning, and he is allowed to revel in the glory of his bad behavior once more...

the meaning of the book can be derived from the title— A Clockwork Orange... a clock is a punctual machine... an orange represents organic life... the motif of the book and the movie is that it is impossible to turn an organic life form into a machine...

Lana Del Rey celebrates her freedom to be a unique individual... conformity is oppressive, which is her ultimate point... again, this music is not my favorite style, but this album Ultraviolence is a bona fide literary powerhouse...

in this specific song, "West Coast", Lana Del Rey begins her extended reference to booze as an affirmation when she sings, "If you're not drinkin' then you're not playin..." then she affirms booze as a constructive force when she sings, "I'm alive I'm a lush"... in a general sense, she describes how life is a party, and music is an integral part...

Lana Del Rey is not a whore for money, like the Walmart owners... she is actually making an artistic statement about freedom versus oppressive conformity...

everybody in my homeless camp loves her writing... we be dancing...

A ClockWork Orange, Ultra Violence
and no one has yet snarked about the Stevie Nicks vocal rif rip off?  Really? 
One thing I'll say for Madonna -- at least Madonna is her real name.
 RoyalTS wrote:
I think she should try to open up her mouth when singing...

 
But it's so hard when your lips are shot full of collagen!
Shades of Tori Amos & Kate Bush, but quite distinct. I'm looking forward to seeing what she does at Glastonbury this weekend. I won't be there but the BBC coverage is quite extensive, and some of it will be on the net.

Quite a remarkable effort that they are covering the World Cup, Wimbledon & Glastonbury all at the same time!
Sounds like daddy finally bought her some Autotune!
I think she should try to open up her mouth when singing...
I've ragged on Lana Del Rey before but I like this for the production. I still think her voice is weird though.


Am I the only person who hears a bit of Elmer Fudd in her singing style?
 offroadbiker wrote:
Prepackaged.  Artificial.  Teenybopper.  1.
 
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This doesn't do much for me but I wouldn't call it any of those things.
Perhaps you were listening to One Direction when you wrote this?
Prepackaged.  Artificial.  Teenybopper.  1.
 Proclivities wrote:

You probably should have gotten SNL out of your mind 25 years ago.

 

Amen to that!{#Lol}
This doesn't improve on repeated listenings ... I'm starting to really dislike the muffled, dumpy drum sound they went for here. 
Absolutely awful............{#Taped-shut}
I hate that I like this song.  She's just a product.  Someone else should get the credit.
She's great. Love it.
 LizK wrote:

OK, I'll try a little harder.  But I can't get SNL  out of my mind.  Unforgettable. 

 
You probably should have gotten SNL out of your mind 25 years ago.
I hear the makings of possibly 2 different good songs in this but taken as a whole, not so much.
 

rdo wrote:
There is a misperception about LDR here at RP that she is some popular artist like Cyrus or Spears.  She is not.  She has a fairly high cred following.  She is as serious an artist as say, Andrew Bird, and she is a lot less popular than Black Keys
 
OK, I'll try a little harder.  But I can't get SNL  out of my mind.  Unforgettable. 
I liked LDR's first album just fine, but there's no song here.. it'll get played for the sampled guitar.
 n4ku wrote:
Come on. You can do better than this.

 
If she could, I wish she would. 
That's it?  That's the Next Big Thing?  I don't geddit..
Lana Del Rey in a nutshell: big lips, flat affect, zzzzzzzz music.

This song certainly delivers on that last part.
There is a misperception about LDR here at RP that she is some popular artist like Cyrus or Spears.  She is not.  She has a fairly high cred following.  She is as serious an artist as say, Andrew Bird, and she is a lot less popular than Black Keys
A cute song.
Quite a different sound than "Video Games".  I like it.

 
Come on. You can do better than this.