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Adrian Belew — Big Electric Cat
Album: Lone Rhino
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5.3

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Total ratings: 480







Released: 1982
Length: 4:40
Plays (last 30 days): 1
She arrives like a limo
smooth and moving
on the prowl through the crowd
to the beat of the city
she glows in the dark
wherever she parks
concrete crumbles and the night rumbles

Big electric cat

She dances through the street
like the flame of a fire
everybody's hypnotized
everybody perspires
even little children cry
grown men shout
the dogs bark
the lights go out

Big electric cat
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 Beanie wrote:
Not too often I stop what I'm doing as work and say "What the f*ck is THAT??"
 
That's exactly what I have just done. I too am not looking forward to hearing it again.  In fact today's sequence is just not helping.  Radio off. 
Way cool!!!
I have loved this album and this song since college.  Showcases Belew's innovative guitar playing with an irresistible groove.  Awesome!
did you ever find that other microdot
Never heard this before.
And color me impressed.  Very innovative and different.  Just how I like my music.
Natalie Merchant fans just can't take it.
I have never heard this prior to this moment, but knew instantly who is torturing the guitar. Like some of his other work, an excuse to do the sort of wierdness only he manages.
Definitely gets the WTF vote!
Boy Back in the day when they played this video with computer animation on Friday Night Videos - this blew my mind straight off!!!
Not too often I stop what I'm doing as work and say "What the f*ck is THAT??"
This is one of those songs you kinda need to hear with the context of Adrian Belew's career in mind.  Maybe not a particular wonderful song all by itself, but really, really interesting guitar and driving primitive beat.  And, it ties so well in with Belew's eclectic career.
Always one of my fave Adrian tunes, crankin it up!
It is fun to watch Adrian play this.
Oh YESSSSS!!!  Classic. Look forward to seeing him live this Fall - going to be in my hometown!
Yeah, very  interesting. Once was enough. Big electric scat. 
Sounds like he's saying "wiggle if you can"
 Shesdifferent wrote:
Adrian Belew has much better songs than this Bill.......
 

Yea, but this will wake you up in the morning!
Haven't heard this song in sooo long!  Sounds like a good song for a burning man exhibit :)
Oh I like this song!
 denbear wrote:
I may be the only one to deliver a ten. Geez, this is so awesome!
 

You are not alone, denbear.
I love cats but NO! 
Nostalgia
Im trippin balls
Here kitty kitty... nice kitty kitty... yikes!

Big electric cat 
Wow a blast from the experimental 80's. Not the best example, I don't think, of this guitar master.
Yummy
Love this early Belew! Now if we could just get the BEARS! album on here.
Never heard this before.

Shan't be disappointed if I never hear it again.
BRILLIANT!  Love this tune....SO many memories to this album and Twang Bar King..... Just need to add Momur to the playlist!
Hey Bill,
Wildcat + Big Electric Cat = AWESOME!

 Deadwing wrote:


It's an excellent CD, I highly recommend it. Especially since Lone Rhino was out of print for so long.

ScottFromWyoming and I agree on something!     /faints        {#Jump}
 
Big Electric Outlier.

Just ripped my vinyl copies of these last month. Hadn't heard them in ages, but still love it.

Never expected to hear it on RP!
This belongs on Dr. Demento. What's next Bill, Weird Al's "It's all about the Pentiums?"

Wild Cats of Kilkenny by The Pogues please!
man, i generally enjoy adrian belew but yowsa this is something else.
Adrian Belew has much better songs than this Bill.......
Great memories of this song ... I seem to remember wearing out the grooves to Graham Parker around this time, too.  Of course, that was a very long time ago. {#Drunk}
Anyone else hear Biko?
This sucks worse than the one before it.
 redtex wrote:
Someone should let the cat out...he's getting bothersome.
 
The Ratatat album that came before was a 6, this is a 2.
 sdn wrote:
....Um, sorta like David Byrne without the eccentric charm?

 
David Byrne without the David Byrne is fine by me - this rates a good 6 points higher with the Nottingham jury than any DB/Talking Heads stuff.

Make the bad man stop
 denbear wrote:
I may be the only one to deliver a ten. Geez, this is so awesome!
 
not anymore!

{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananajam}{#Bananapiano}

Awesome song by an awesome artist
 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
Dammit, got a phone call, missed Big Electric Cat. Never again! *cuts phone line*
 
That 2-in-1 CD might need to be gotten soon.

 

It's an excellent CD, I highly recommend it. Especially since Lone Rhino was out of print for so long.

ScottFromWyoming and I agree on something!     /faints        {#Jump}
Love it!!!!!!
nope nope, I like the electric cat -
thanks for this 80s slice of tastiness
2 - brilliant yet unpleasant.
This is weak! Please stop the pain
reminds me of what it sounded like in my head at a party once after someone slipped acid in my drink (in college)
Annoying and it Sucks TOO!
I may be the only one to deliver a ten. Geez, this is so awesome!
i was digging this this morning—-noise....good.
Dammit, got a phone call, missed Big Electric Cat. Never again! *cuts phone line*
 
That 2-in-1 CD might need to be gotten soon.

Wow, two 1's in a row.  At least Bill has a sense of humor!
Looking at the dates on the comments, has it been 2+ years since this was played?  This tune is not bad, I prefer another album, Mr Music Head.
This is rather painful.
....Um, sorta like David Byrne without the eccentric charm?

small hybrid kitten
Trying verrryyyy hard to be open minded.... :eek:
...wow!..i have never heard adrian belew on the radio before, other than as a session musician - shades of love and rockets in this track...
dmax wrote:
AS A SEGUE FROM THE PINK PANTHER THEME??
I think he meant it to go with the savvy beat.. :ask:
AS A SEGUE FROM THE PINK PANTHER THEME?? :naughty: Mancini was a full fledged genius. Please don't do that again.
Cruithne3753 wrote:
How about "small gas-powered dog"? :propeller:
Or "large hydraulic feline" Or "small pneumatic canine" Or "medium solar-powered .... :bounce:
The is one of the great guitar songs ever written...on a level with Hendrix. Belew is the best living guitarist in the ProgRock tradition. He even outshines Fripp. 10
There's more than one way to skin a cat. 3
Suddenly I'm back in the dorm, hanging out, drinking beer and wondering if I should start working on that history paper.... nah.
Frater_Kork wrote:
This reminds me of the Transporter accident in the first StarTrek movie... A 5 for bizarreness. :drunk: (My first post on RP btw, howdy all)
LOL! Nicely put. I'll echo your 5.
tripleearth wrote:
This is one of my all-time favorite songs..go figure.
I dig it too.
This is one of my all-time favorite songs..go figure.
Adrian is wonderfully eclectic. Just like this station!
This reminds me of the Transporter accident in the first StarTrek movie... A 5 for bizarreness. :drunk: (My first post on RP btw, howdy all)
oh god, make it stop. :stop:
How about "small gas-powered dog"? :propeller:
Did someone slip me a tab of orange sunshine in my doughnut this morning? I can feel the colors, man... :shifty: :ask: :yawn: :rolleyes: :propeller: :question: :arrowd: :arrowl: :arrowu:
I seem to be odd in sitting on the fence on this one. I actually got Twang Bar King but have to be in a very odd mood to put it on.... or be on something very odd :lol: :lol:
Now I realize the inspiration for the band named 'Big Electric Cat'...
either a 1 or a 10, still deciding....
Is he saying "big electric cat"...? Oh, yes he is.
ahoylola wrote:
how can you not dig it?!
Indeed. Weird and wonderful.
how can you not dig it?!
always loved this song. awesome to hear it played at my favorite music listenting place.
Nice segue from the Afro Celt piece - excellent use of theme, RP. Then again, given my name, I kinda have to like it you know.
The fact that this made the cut is one of those wonderful small miracles in life.
I love Kit-Kats too!
and then, they started chanting ... :stop:
Ow! Ow!! Stop that! Pain!
Excellent!! I'm sooo happy that RP is playing Adrian. Just another reason why this Internet station is the best. :roflol: :drummer:
artmarcia wrote:
The rhythms in this song are mesmerizing.
.... for me to poop on!
Sweeet!
Thrills me that this song made the cut. This guy's playing is like, supernatural.
Weird and wonderful. I saw him play with Bowie too back in the 90's, very talented guy.
The rhythms in this song are mesmerizing.
Way cool. Anybody tried to upload "Lone Rhino" or "Momur" from the same album?
The video for this is also pretty cool. Way back when MTV would show anything because there just weren't that many videos to choose from. Adrian Belew is a godlike guitar player in my book. I don't know of anyone with the kind of versatility he has on the instrument. Thanks for playing this
ouch.. like too many litres of beer on a Friday night and 'pinballing' all the way home...
8) great noise & cool set of tunes
This set is certainly separating the men from the boys... ;) U2 into Eno into Belew... should've run it right on into Talking Heads but hey. Awesome. I could never play Big Electric Cat without segueing into George Clinton's Atomic Dog. So? Nothing.
Adrian! Too cool. One of the very few players I know who has a fretless guitar. Saw him in 90 with Bowie... wowsers. :clap:
:notworthy: Adrian is an amazing guitarist with an equally amazing sense of humor. I saw him live back in '83 outside at Buffalo State College. A great show. His Crimson stuff is great as well.
Love this song. This is a good record too. If you like this look at his work with King Crimson - Beat, Discipline, Three of a Perfect Pair.
Incidentally, the official mascot of Adobe Photoshop (and the code name of version 4) is Big Electric Cat. Once, at an "Acoustic Adrian" show (just him and an acoustic guitar), someone yelled out "Big Acoustic Cat." He thought about it, for a few moments at least.....
Dang, missed it! This takes me back to my days in Atlanta, hearing the Georgia State radio station play this regularly. So, driving with this one is quite the unnerving experience, especially at night, of course. An eerie classic, and as evidenced by the comments here, not for all tastes.
I think the real problem with this song is that it is out of context for most of us right now. Better to picture yourself listening to it while on the dance floor at some cool club. Most of us I suspect are sitting at our computers at work or home still trying to get the morning cobwebs out of our heads. Try to think what you might rate it if you were in an atmosphere more conducive to acceptance of wild experimental stuff like this.
the man is a genius, but this one kinda hurts my wee little head
Oh yeah, I remember when Ross played this song on that one episode of Friends.
Man this guy is so good. So strange too, but in a good way. This is the kind of experimental stuff that gives me faith that music may not go stagnant. Not something I would have wanted to pop up on my radio late at night driving down a quiet country road though.
OK, so I feel ike a uncultured slob for rating Arian Belew less than a 6, but good heavens! And, again, I say 8O !!
This is eclectic. Feel free to move along if it gives you a headache. s shevek wrote:
What is this? :beat:
Ok, getting pretty odd this morning. I will check in later. Can't work to this stuff.
What is this? :beat:
I've always enjoyed this tune... s
cool, I loved this back in the day :bounce:
This is so wierd. The jury is still out on whether I like it or not. I DO think Belew is a MASTER on his guitar.