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Alpinestars — Hotel Parallel
Album: White Noise
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6.4

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Total ratings: 625









Released: 2002
Length: 4:07
Plays (last 30 days): 1
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Underrated
 LaurieinTucson wrote:

The straps will hang in the direction opposite their acceleration. At rest or when there is no acceleration (no change in velocity or direction), they will point toward the center of the earth. If there is any acceleration (change in velocity or direction of movement), the straps will point in the opposite direction. So, if the helicopter is not accelerating, the horizon is not level. If the helicopter is banking hard, that horizon could be in any orientation—including horizontal—and the straps would still look like they do. Am I overthinking this or what?


How about this explanation... in level flight in a helicopter or plane the straps would hang down vertically in respect to the windows. When the helicopter or plane tilts its orientation the straps would change away from the vertical. So far so good.

However, if there was heavy banking taking place centrifugal force would counteract that scenario and could make the straps look vertical to the windows inside the cockpit again.

For example... a static flight simulator with no G force and a fighter jet with big G forces acting. In those examples  looking out the 'window' would be the same in each case but the straps would be at different angles depending on real or simulated - if heavy banking was involved.

I don't think we are still any the wiser as to solving the picture on the album cover.  I suspect it is trick of the camera or perspective or simply just an inside cabin photo superimposed on a stock outside scene.

Who knows, it is just a bit of a brain teaser!
I always thought it was a snow-buggy in the photo; seems to me there would be instrument panels, etc., different style chairs if chopper
 Pjesnik wrote:

And gravity is central symmetry force. 

 
The straps will hang in the direction opposite their acceleration. At rest or when there is no acceleration (no change in velocity or direction), they will point toward the center of the earth. If there is any acceleration (change in velocity or direction of movement), the straps will point in the opposite direction. So, if the helicopter is not accelerating, the horizon is not level. If the helicopter is banking hard, that horizon could be in any orientation—including horizontal—and the straps would still look like they do. Am I overthinking this or what?
 oldman wrote:

Actually I was thinking of some of the spacier Shaun Phillips stuff from the late seventies. 

 
Buckaroo Bonzai Across the Eighth Dimension!
{#Drunk}
 OlderGentleman wrote:
Sounds a bit like 801 to me. Anyone else?
 
Actually I was thinking of some of the spacier Shawn Phillips stuff from the late seventies. 
 SmackDaddy wrote:


The straps are going to hang vertically with respect to gravity, not the horizon.

 
And gravity is central symmetry force. 
 rdo wrote:


Oh god, do you know what melody is??  WTF???

 
I have to agree with stingray, this song makes the Psychedelic Furs sound melodious.
 OlderGentleman wrote:
Sounds a bit like 801 to me. Anyone else?
 
Yup! Like 'em both.
Sounds a bit like 801 to me. Anyone else?
 unclehud wrote:
Actually, Alpinestars is the name of motorcycle protective clothing rather than a motorbike manufacturer.  (Protection for car and bicycle racers, too, and Nero urban fashion chic biker wear.)

The cover art looks like the view from a heli-skier's back seat.  The horizon is skewed, but the dangling straps aren't dangling vertically with respect to the horizon ... what's that all about?


 

The straps are going to hang vertically with respect to gravity, not the horizon.
 Stingray wrote:
boring with no melody whatsoever!
 

Oh god, do you know what melody is??  WTF???
 auburntigerrich wrote:
Pretty good.  I'll allow it!   7.

I hear the Ian Brown in there too.

 

..i'm just glad tigerrich allowed it, so i could glom a listen..8!..
Like it.  This reminds me of background music to the Blinx video game that came with the first version of the Xbox.  (In a good way, I miss that game!) 
Always loved this...these guys have such a cool sound...so many other good songs on this record, too!  A couple years after this came out, I was on a ski holiday in Germany and Austria, and jamming this through my early iPod while skiing through stuff like the snow-buggy scene on the cover made me feel ABSOLUTELY TRANSPORTED, and whoah, I gotta love that, and even the memories are WOW.
boring with no melody whatsoever!
Always after romeotumo, but this one sounds like Charlatans UK
Actually, Alpinestars is the name of motorcycle protective clothing rather than a motorbike manufacturer.  (Protection for car and bicycle racers, too, and Nero urban fashion chic biker wear.)

The cover art looks like the view from a heli-skier's back seat.  The horizon is skewed, but the dangling straps aren't dangling vertically with respect to the horizon ... what's that all about?



Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...
 
yaaaah !!
 romeotuma wrote:


This has got a really cool groove...  I dig it...


 

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{#Whistle}
Made me turn up the volume to 11 {#Sunny}
 cathenley wrote:
Made me stand up and walk over to my computer to see who it was! {#Jump} I likey...
 
Me too!
It sounds a little like it belongs on that Sucker Punch soundtrack. Maybe this is where some of those bands snatched their sounds from.
Made me stand up and walk over to my computer to see who it was! {#Jump} I likey...

I love this song - romeotuma's right - it has a really great groove!  {#Dancingbanana}{#Sunny}
Awesome! More Alpinestars!


This has got a really cool groove...  I dig it...


 fluffybum wrote:
what the shit is this??
 
Ever hear of Wikipedia?

 coloradojohn wrote:
Has a nice groove...THANKS, RP!
 


 fluffybum wrote:
what the shit is this??
 Alpinestars was a electronica-rock duo based in Manchester.

The Beginnings (1995-1999)

Richard Woolgar and Glyn Thomas met each other in 1995 as a result of being in separate bands that shared the same rehearsal space. They found they had more in common with each other than with their respective bands, so they broke away to form their own ephemeral electro group, which they named "Maxim."<1>

Although Maxim never produced anything, it brought Woolgar and Thomas to the attention of the promoter of a Manchester club called "Homoelectric." The pair was invited to create an hour-long set to perform live within a week. They finished mixing 20 minutes before they were scheduled to perform, and took the name "Alpinestars" after a mountain bike Thomas owned.<2> The gig was successful for the pair, who were reputedly shocked at the crowd's response.<1>


 

Pretty good.  I'll allow it!   7.

I hear the Ian Brown in there too.

Like it.   Alot.  And other cuts on the album are good too.
what the shit is this??
 wenatchee wrote:
Ian Brown meets Porcupine Tree that meets . . . ?
 
...Depeche Mode.  Very nice mix.
Ian Brown meets Porcupine Tree that meets . . . ?
I just ordered this - thanks for the introduction, RP!  {#Bounce}
One of the best road-trip CDs ever recorded.

Has a nice groove...and I love the other cuts on this record, too...
THANKS, RP! always and ever helpful to the musically inclined!
Alpine wrote:
"It's you girl, you're gonna make it." I heard it too! You're showing your age.
And my memory...but if I'm old, my memory should be shot...but there's so much *stuff* to remember...arghhhhhhhh!
maryte wrote:
My twisted brain heard the opening strains to the theme from the Mary Tyler Moore Show... :eek:
"It's you girl, you're gonna make it." I heard it too! You're showing your age.
My twisted brain heard the opening strains to the theme from the Mary Tyler Moore Show... :eek:
SmackDaddy wrote:
You want Foo Fighters? Go tune into any FM rock station, and for that matter buy their CDs like everyone else. The point of RP is not to play what everyone else plays, hence why people listen to it. Beside, FF is overrated, banal, empty, corporate rock. There is nothing subversive, clever, unique, poignant, or worthwhile in their crap. How's that for an opinion?
It's a great opinion--I, personally, might have said it in a slightly gentler way, but I do agree with you: the point of RP is to play what's not on regular radio and Foo Fighters can be heard on any mainstream FM radio station. And to the guy who asked why there isn't any Foo Fighters, there is. It's just very rarely played because there are so many better options to chose from on the RP playlist.
Nabla wrote:
It seems that you're completely right! Nice stuff, indeed! I never heard of those guys before. Ketchup Boys, go home... :dancingbanana: :music:
Nice stuff...so good to hear something different. It's reminding me of something, but I can't quite think of it...it's like having someones name right on the tip of the tongue and not being able to get it out.
ObsidianInfinity wrote:
one of the greatest CDs of late that has fallen completely under the radar. download this cd to test it out and im sure you will go buy it as I did.
It seems that you're completely right! Nice stuff, indeed! I never heard of those guys before. Ketchup Boys, go home... :dancingbanana: :music:
SmackDaddy wrote:
You want foo fighters? Go tune into any FM rock station, and for that matter buy their cds like everyone else. The point of RP is not to play what everyone else plays, hence why people listen to it. Beside, FF is overrated, banal, empty, corporate rock. There is nothing subversive, clever, unique, poignant, or worthwhile in their crap. How's that for an opinion?
as with most opinions and A**holes, it stinks.
Skeletor wrote:
Which reminds me, how come there's no Foo Fighters on RP?
Here
Skeletor wrote:
Which reminds me, how come there's no Foo Fighters on RP?
You want foo fighters? Go tune into any FM rock station, and for that matter buy their cds like everyone else. The point of RP is not to play what everyone else plays, hence why people listen to it. Beside, FF is overrated, banal, empty, corporate rock. There is nothing subversive, clever, unique, poignant, or worthwhile in their crap. How's that for an opinion?
mgfitz wrote:
I disagree--I thought that this CD really sucked. But seeing other positive postings here, I guess I need to listen to it a few dozen times to get the full effect.
Is the Hotel Parallel at an intersection?
When I hear the intro I think it's this.
ObsidianInfinity wrote:
one of the greatest CDs of late that has fallen completely under the radar. download this cd to test it out and im sure you will go buy it as I did.
Where would I go to dowmload it?
:dancingbanana: :music: :dancingbanana:
mikedill wrote:
definitely agree. this disc is one of my very favorites from the last five years or so.
As did I!!
I like it
the cd might be good but this particular song is noise pollution.
definitely agree. this disc is one of my very favorites from the last five years or so. ObsidianInfinity wrote:
one of the greatest CDs of late that has fallen completely under the radar. download this cd to test it out and im sure you will go buy it as I did.
Skeletor wrote:
Which reminds me, how come there's no Foo Fighters on RP?
The one song here is plenty enough. They're fine in my book, but all the songs sound the same in the latest album. I'm very impressed with Alpinestars so far.
one of the greatest CDs of late that has fallen completely under the radar. download this cd to test it out and im sure you will go buy it as I did.
I'm diggin that bass... (but the song ain't too bad either)
Skeletor wrote:
Which reminds me, how come there's no Foo Fighters on RP?
Good question, Skeletor. There is exactly ONE FF tune being played here. Bill, we need more, dammit! :whisper: Yeah, the a-stars get played a lot here, but they are good. Upload something else if you're not happy...
randomprime wrote:
Hmm.... It sounds like a collaboration between The Foo Fighters and Paul Hardcastle. Interesting.
Which reminds me, how come there's no Foo Fighters on RP?
DownHomeGirl wrote:
Overly sick of this band. Let's give it a rest.
Same here ...
Stayed at the Hotel Parallel once,....... oh, wait that was next door... Obtuse Inn.
Really like this song. Thanks for adding it to the playlist.
Booming bass and that doodlydoodle noise - repetetive. But it works, kinda. Neat.
Overly sick of this band. Let's give it a rest.
Deep.
Don't you people understand? This is a great album!
Hmm.... It sounds like a collaboration between The Foo Fighters and Paul Hardcastle. Interesting.
'Who can turn the world on with her smile....' It's in there somewhere.
This is just soo tangential.
I swear there is keyboard sequence on that song that is on one of my son's Playstation games. I get a kick out of it every time I hear it.
Much like a lesser, contemporary interpretation of the Beatles' Tomorrow Never Knows.
Very retro - sounds like early Chapterhouse. Nice, and I'll get the free s & h on Amazon because I order way too much. :cheers:
Yes folks, you can have this for the *low* price of only $18.98 plus shipping from Amazon.com. I think I'll go buy a case of beer instead.
it's ok, but i think i've heard it enough in the past few days. and i was just thinking about how nice it is that rp doesnt overplay marginal songs....
This is a 'stand out' song, gets better by the play. I'm bumping up my rating! :clap:
I like how it flows...
Nice song...