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Portishead — Sour Times
Album: Dummy
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Released: 1994
Length: 4:08
Plays (last 30 days): 2
To pretend no one can find
The fallacies of morning rose
Forbidden fruit, hidden eyes
Courtesies that I despise in me
Take a ride, take a shot now
Cause nobody loves me, it's true
Not like you do

Covered by the blind belief
That fantasies of sinful screens
Bear the facts, assume the dye
End the vows no need to lie, enjoy
Take a ride, take a shot now
Cause nobody loves me, it's true
Not like you do

Who am I, what and why
Cause all I have left is my memories of yesterday
Ohh these sour times
Cause nobody loves me, it's true
Not like you do

After time, the bitter taste
Of innocence, descent or race
Scattered seeds, buried lives
Mysteries of our disguise revolve
Circumstance will decide

Cause nobody loves me, it's true
Not like you
Nobody loves me, it's true
Not like you do
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Went swimming in the lido at Portishead in the mid nineties, it was quite like this sounds.
What a masterpiece this album was...
When Trip-Hop was on charts, radios and TVs...

Am I getting old?!

Yes I am and it's not a bad thing

Anyway, 10
So you both are close. Its actually a sample of a Lalo Schifrin tune called Danube Incident from the original series Mission Impossible.

 
dubberdan wrote:
There's an even more Bond-like song on their 2nd album. Sounds like the theme that got away

 
SeriousLee wrote:


 

 akaike wrote:
now 26!  - still great

25!  
 

One of Portishead's most enchanting songs,
do I miss the 90's......
There's an even more Bond-like song on their 2nd album. Sounds like the theme that got away

 
SeriousLee wrote:
 Ahnyer_Keester wrote:
Anyone else think of Bond when you hear this? Great song but I have visions of women in bikinis pointing guns at targets off screen.
 

 

 moodfood wrote:
dang is this 20 years old already? {#Eek}
 

25!  
 Ahnyer_Keester wrote:
Anyone else think of Bond when you hear this? Great song but I have visions of women in bikinis pointing guns at targets off screen.
 

While I love the song, sometimes I wish I had the option to rate the ongoing mix. They are very much on point this evening.
I suggest breaking up with a girlfriend, then you'll get it.

randyblew wrote:
Portishead is just one of those groups that I know that, while I should like them based on all of the available intelligence, musical ability, indie chops, interesting subtle melodies, I never could get them in my head. Too baroque? Maybe if I saw them live it would blow my mind. Not closed off to them, just underwhelmed, though I appreciate the virtuosity.
 

 out_to_lunch wrote:
sutcliff wrote:
I always think of the Tindersticks when I hear this. Odd.
Yeah, I know what you mean. Its that instrument, what is it called again? Not a zither...or is it? Its a Eurasian string instrument you play with mallets. Well, anyway, Tindersticks use those alot too. Plus the general mood of the song... Good call
 
It's apparently a cimbalom, which is more-or-less an Eastern European type of hammered dulcimer.  The sample is from a Lalo Schifrin piece for "Mission: Impossible".
A very importand band for my build of musictaste and a must have for my CD-board.

 
SECA_Alan wrote:
What was is about the Bristol area in the nineties? 

jt1 wrote:


There were some very good pubs & live music venues?

I was there, but I strongly suspect that my presence was not the cause of the musical creativity.



 
It was just gurt lush.
 ShamanManu wrote:
superplusgood {#Good-vibes}

 
I like songs that feature (what sounds like) a telephone button tone (the 7 button?) and heavy on good drum beats, yup...that does it for me ;-) 8 rate!
Great song, bearing its specific atmosphere
Love this song, and also the "Civil Wars" version, particularly good live if you can find it..
superplusgood {#Good-vibes}
I like what this song portends for this set......
 SECA_Alan wrote:
What was is about the Bristol area in the nineties? 

 
There were some very good pubs & live music venues?

I was there, but I strongly suspect that my presence was not the cause of the musical creativity.


Wish I could enjoy this classic without the skips.  I thought it used to have just one, but now I've noticed multiple... {#Snooty}
please replace that corrupted file... it hurts me soooooo much
Disappointed that this skips and is obviously a faulty file, Portishead deserve more reverence!

(Android cache, has always done this)

What was is about the Bristol area in the nineties? 
Good girl.
This played cleanly for me all the way through on the RP pop-up player streaming at 192k.
 
Great song.  Bad file/copy.  {#Crashcomp}
 alkemyst wrote:
When this song plays, it skips toward the end and then there is a long pause at the end like something is not loading correctly. At first I thought it was just a one time thing but I keep hearing the same problems. I don't know if this happened before being able to cache on the smart phone.

 

Skipped for me about 40% of way into song just now. Then finished fine with no gap to next song. Using iPhone cache
 Tim_in_N_FL wrote:
I never tire of hearing Portishead's greatest hits here on RP. Their work has aged well.  THIS is from 1994?!  It could have been released in the past 6-mos if you ask me.  Nice! At once, trippy {#Dance} and {#Chillpill}

 
Roger that.
When this song plays, it skips toward the end and then there is a long pause at the end like something is not loading correctly. At first I thought it was just a one time thing but I keep hearing the same problems. I don't know if this happened before being able to cache on the smart phone.
 Jesus ! Came to to the rescue with singing.
I like the James Bond/Marilyn Monroe vibe. A 7.
An 8.1 rating? Really?
 
Most of us have been given the gift of hearing. Let's not abuse it!
 stunix wrote:
Portishead.    ... because Clapton-in-Gordano sounds more like an STD.
 
An STD...or a musician's holiday. 

But there are 348 good souls (as of 2011) who probably beg to differ. It's all happening in Clapton-in-Gordano!

The church is very old, The Black Horse Pub looks quite nice, and Whizz the lifesaving dog is more interesting than David Hasselhoff.

pic of Whizz the lifesaving Newfoundland dog posing with David Hasselhoff

Yes, that really is Hassi, who loves C-in-G. Whizz was hoping for Pamela Anderson, but what can you do...
Portishead.    ... because Clapton-in-Gordano sounds more like an STD.

We likey like!
{#Group-hug}
{#Wave} jnhashmi wrote:
ABSOLUTELY!!!

 


Oh, I always pronounced it "porti-shead"!
Not a bad song but over–played.
dang is this 20 years old already? {#Eek}
 This moves it from kinda boring and repetitive to downright cheesy.

Ahnyer_Keester wrote:
Anyone else think of Bond when you hear this? Great song but I have visions of women in bikinis pointing guns at targets off screen.

 


Anyone else think of Bond when you hear this? Great song but I have visions of women in bikinis pointing guns at targets off screen.
10, next
Portishead is just one of those groups that I know that, while I should like them based on all of the available intelligence, musical ability, indie chops, interesting subtle melodies, I never could get them in my head. Too baroque? Maybe if I saw them live it would blow my mind. Not closed off to them, just underwhelmed, though I appreciate the virtuosity.
Nothing like a hammered dulcimer.
 dave_porter wrote:
I'm getting 1970s TV series flashbacks. The Persuaders theme tune, anybody (damn, I loved that show - and most of John Barry's themes of that era).

 
I vaguely remember that program.  I believe the main sample used in this tune is from incidental music for an episode of "Mission: Impossible", composed by Lalo Schifrin.
 dave_porter wrote:
I'm getting 1970s TV series flashbacks. The Persuaders theme tune, anybody (damn, I loved that show - and most of John Barry's themes of that era).

 
So totally agree
I never tire of hearing Portishead's greatest hits here on RP. Their work has aged well.  THIS is from 1994?!  It could have been released in the past 6-mos if you ask me.  Nice! At once, trippy {#Dance} and {#Chillpill}
I'm getting 1970s TV series flashbacks. The Persuaders theme tune, anybody (damn, I loved that show - and most of John Barry's themes of that era).

Good - sure. Still I prefer the TROGGS "Wild Thing" now...

I assume it's easy to understand why - is it not?


Love this song - although I wish I didn't want to immediately throw on "All Day" every time I hear it while I'm at work (because then all I wanna do is dance)
HAHAHAHA
GREAT!
{#Lol} 




govna wrote:

I hear they're opening for PearlTemple of the CreedPilots.  Jam.

 


By all accounts one of the highlights of this year's Glastonbury..
The array of different guitar tones on this song is amazing.
 MojoJojo wrote:
GoldHooverPortisFrappPhonicHead! My favorite! 

 
I hear they're opening for PearlTemple of the CreedPilots.  Jam.
GoldHooverPortisFrappPhonicHead! My favorite! 
best ever ... ;-)
Yeah, nobody loves a whiner.
This track on Roseland Live is fabulous. DVD is an essential purchase.

DoctorHooey wrote:
Yes! PNYC is amaaaazing!
 


Still so good {#Biggrin}
Yes! PNYC is amaaaazing! 

1wolfy wrote:
This band has some outstanding live tracks...we need to hear some on RP.
 


{#Angel}
{#Dance}
:) againnn :)
This band has some outstanding live tracks...we need to hear some on RP.
Just bought the album...can't wait to listen
everyday is a good day for Beth
 TerryS wrote:


Sounds like a Cinnabon with planks to me.....
 
Plankton?
Sheldon
For my bro SSG :)
love this!
 Proclivities wrote:

I believe it's a cimbalom - which is a 'concert' hammered dulcimer.

(Oh, someone mentioned that several posts below.)


 

Sounds like a Cinnabon with planks to me.....
 Misterfixit wrote:
Sounds a lot like Blossom Dearie from the 1970's ..... Just sayin'
 
Damn, I thought that was my little guilty secret......
Sounds a lot like Blossom Dearie from the 1970's ..... Just sayin'
Got this disc the day it was issued based on the recommendations of my local music store... loved it from day one and still listen to this entire disc regularly... awesome stuff ! 
 Mandible wrote:

she smokes during their concerts
 
"Do you smoke after sex?"

"I don't know, I've never looked."

 ThePoose wrote:

Do I hear a hammered dulcimer?


 
I believe it's a cimbalom - which is a 'concert' hammered dulcimer.

(Oh, someone mentioned that several posts below.)


Do I hear a hammered dulcimer?


Nice...PJ to Portishead.....{#Meditate}
Was released in 1994. 

1994? No - can't be! It was only a couple of years ago surely?


What a classic album!{#Clap}
todo este álbum de Portishead es lo máximo y esta canción es espectacular!
This song is so cool {#Cool}. Love it 
This one is a 10  {#Notworthy}   And what a terrific segue today from this to Travis - Re-Offender

How on earth could I have had this on just a 6?! It's at least an 8!

Kwality! with a capital Q
This arrangement, along with the production is just slightly creative...almost genius.  {#Clap} 9+

 WonderLizard wrote: 
Yes indeed!  I have always LOVED this song since it came out, but hearing it paired with RJD2 is double the pleasure!  We did not get Massive Attack with it today.... 

1125 ratings can't be all wrong !  pandora pisses me off....
great set bill
we're hittin it on the hip 4 this groove...meet us in the champagne room.

 Wizzuvv_oz wrote:
 1wolfy wrote:
I dig their sound.
 yeah.  Seems to me to be all thir own.  But I'm sure somebody will straighten me out on that 
 
I have to agree. They have a unique sound and style. Very original. This whole album is brilliant. One of the best of the late 20th Century.

Timeless.

By the way, the sample here is, in fact from Lalo Schifrin's score for the American TV series "Mission: Impossible" (1966-73). The track called "Danube Incident" — excellent, moody track — when the sampled bit comes in at the end, it's like WHA?!

(More Wiki goodness: The jangly sample in "Sour Times" is a cimbalom, a form of hammered dulcimer from Central and Eastern Europe.)

 


loving it it it it it!!!! {#Dancingbanana}

Yea, this is a good'n.{#Bananajam}


 nmatavka wrote:
Sounds like an old James Bond theme song...
 

Totally agree.  Not that that is a bad thing. 
 1wolfy wrote:
I dig their sound.
 yeah.  Seems to me to be all thir own.  But I'm sure somebody will straighten me out on that 
Sounds like an old James Bond theme song...
the music and the song deserve a couple —-{#Notworthy}
 oceansoul63 wrote:
This song makes me want to be a 1960s cat burglar. You know, the black turtleneck, smoking jacket and Italian sports car.
 
lmao

Mandible wrote:
she smokes during their concerts

Yes she does.  Sometimes she has a cigarette too.


she smokes during their concerts
I dig their sound.
 

I'm sick of this group and the perpetually optimistic, sugary sweet, upbeat songs. It's winter and there's a recession, get depressed already!


 oceansoul63 wrote:
This song makes me want to be a 1960s cat burglar. You know, the black turtleneck, smoking jacket and Italian sports car.
 
What a great vision >>> totally captures the vibe here, me thinks.{#Yes}

p.s.
Wasn't this song used in a movie or two recently? {#Ask}
cinematic..atmospheric...downbeat yet uplifting.

 WonderLizard wrote: 
'kinell! Try saying that after a few pints :o)

For info, Portishead finally released their long-awaited third album a few months back to rave reviews in the Press, at least this side of the Pond. It's very, very different from their first two albums...

Great Set Bill. Perfect Monday morning  mood music.

Classic art class music
One of those songs and one of those albums that brings me back to rather turbulent years. Sour times, yes, but also good. And the song is still excellent.
aragon wrote:
I do have "Dummy" but you know what, could never really dig into them. Although I truely recognize their value. "Sour Times" is ok.
For the really sweet stuff, check out that live album that Green_Tea_RP was talking about. You'll be hooked from there.
The live version from the Roseland NYC Live CD is even better. You can also see it on y/t (I think).
This CD got me thru being divorced! All the songs related to what I was going thru.
love this!!! :music:
oceansoul63 wrote:
This song makes me want to be a 1960s cat burglar. You know, the black turtleneck, smoking jacket and Italian sports car.
Cute. I share your fantasy - or have a similar one of my own, I mean! I also like the vocals.
This song makes me want to be a 1960s cat burglar. You know, the black turtleneck, smoking jacket and Italian sports car.
I do have "Dummy" but you know what, could never really dig into them. Although I truely recognize their value. "Sour Times" is ok.
Yes. I know they're a bit dark but I enjoy them. This in particular.
BUSTED!! Get back under the bridge now. Shoo. designerGirl wrote:
there are a handful of songs on your Top Rated that are composed of looped percussion tracks and other looped audio. :think:
Jelani wrote:
THis drum loop crap makes me want to vomit. :puke:
there are a handful of songs on your Top Rated that are composed of looped percussion tracks and other looped audio. :think:
junebaby65 wrote:
Really love this cut...reminds me of Hooverphonic, who I like as well...
:yes: and me too !!