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The Shins — We Will Become Silhouettes
Album: Such Great Heights (Postal Service single)
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Released: 2003
Length: 3:00
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I've got a cupboard with cans of food
Filtered water and pictures of you
And I'm not coming out until this is all over
And I'm looking through the glass
Where the light bends at the cracks
And I'm screaming at the top of my lungs
Pretending the echoes belong to someone
Someone I used to know

And we become silhouettes when our bodies finally go
Ba ba ba...

I wanted to walk through the empty streets
To feel something constant under my feet,
But all the news reports recommended that I stay indoors
Because the air outside will make
Our cells divide at an alarming rate
Until our shells simply cannot hold
All our insides in, and that's when we'll explode
(and it won't be a pretty sight)

And we'll become silhouettes when our bodies finally go
Ba ba ba...
And we'll become silhouettes when our bodies finally go
Ba ba ba...
And we'll become silhouettes when our bodies finally go
Ba ba ba...
And we'll become silhouettes when our bodies finally go
Ba ba ba...

And we'll become
And we'll become
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Like this,but must say I like P.S. better.
Interesting take on this track. Like the pop version of, what was it, "Gin and Juice"?
Lameo - just for the preadolescent!
Laugh out loud funny.

 window wrote:

Yeah, you're right dude.  It sucks when musicians are friends with other musicians.  And what it makes it worse is when when they make music together! 

{#Rolleyes}

 


nice low-fi rock'n'roll!
 iggam wrote:
Is it just me, or is there just too much commraderie among all the emo bands (or whatever the blanket genre the Shin's and Death Cab are in). It's like a co-marketing thing or something.
 
Yeah, you're right dude.  It sucks when musicians are friends with other musicians.  And what it makes it worse is when when they make music together! 

{#Rolleyes}

Is it just me, or is there just too much commraderie among all the emo bands (or whatever the blanket genre the Shin's and Death Cab are in). It's like a co-marketing thing or something.
dogpound wrote:
love this song, interesting cover
Love it too, as well as many other Shin-songs. :tongue:
youngj wrote:
I suppose I'm the minority. I like this version better.
justin4kick wrote:
I'm with you.
Well that makes 3 of us.
youngj wrote:
I suppose I'm the minority. I like this version better.
I'm with you.
jadewahoo wrote:
It is rare that I even bother to rate a song on RP that is below par in my estimation. This song was just so-o-o-o Ho-Hum that it moved me... moved me to rate it a 3. Ho-Hum.
Uva grad here. Know what you mean. lol. moved me too, but not a 3. how 'bout a 5?
jadewahoo wrote:
It is rare that I even bother to rate a song on RP that is below par in my estimation. This song was just so-o-o-o Ho-Hum that it moved me... moved me to rate it a 3. Ho-Hum.
Ex-Uva grad here. Know what you mean. lol. moved me too, but not a 3. how 'bout a 5?
love this song, interesting cover
Hinkamp wrote:
I was pretty disappointed with their live appearance on Saturday Night Live. Other opinions?
Unfortunately, not many people sound good on SNL. Not sure why. :
Tight harmonies. They do a great job putting that \'Shins\' sound on this cover.
strick wrote:
Not familiar with the original... I just thought it sounded like the Kinks....
Agreed. Thought this song sounded pleasant enough, I guess, but now I want to hear the more edgy original. Bill?
not bad, just different...
Not familiar with the original... I just thought it sounded like the Kinks....
Hinkamp wrote:
I was pretty disappointed with their live appearance on Saturday Night Live. Other opinions?
Hmmm, sure made me sit up and notice! :think:
Hinkamp wrote:
I was pretty disappointed with their live appearance on Saturday Night Live. Other opinions?
Flip -- I thought it was great. I've seen a lot worse. They had smiles, the harmony was going. Oh, wait. I think I saw them on Letterman, come to think of it. Is that possible?
Hinkamp wrote:
I was pretty disappointed with their live appearance on Saturday Night Live. Other opinions?
I agree. They weren't very good live. I've seen them live before and they weren't great sounding but it was a fun show.
I was pretty disappointed with their live appearance on Saturday Night Live. Other opinions?
jubilantme wrote:
whoa, i wasn't expecting this one! i like this cover. it doesn't sound exactly like the original, and isn't that the point of a good cover?
That IS the point of a good cover, and this is a good one. I've always belived that if an artist tries to make a cover sound exactly like the ortiginal, then what's the point of even doing the cover?
I suppose I'm the minority. I like this version better.
The Shins get too much play time.
I agree the original is better, but I still like the Shins overall so I'll still listen to this one. Does anyone else think of The Martian Chronicles when they hear this song?
whoa, i wasn't expecting this one! i like this cover. it doesn't sound exactly like the original, and isn't that the point of a good cover?
Eh. It's not bad. But it's not special. The Postal Service version is special. It makes you take notice. This one is forgettable.
StellarSwarm wrote:
I've been trying to pinpoint what it is that I dislike about this version. I think it's the way they've changed the emphasis in the phrasing. Most notably in the phrase "Silhouettes when our bodies finally go". The Postal Service version seems more drawn out while the Shins version seems like they are trying to cram too many words into a measure. I understand that one of the hallmarks of a good cover is that you're not just replaying the original version but putting your own flare on it. I just don't particularly like the Shins "flare" on this song.
I agree completely. This one just doesn't have any emotion in it, to me. The idea of the song is a lovely one, and I'm not a big fan of the way the Shins have reinterpreted it. It's kind of too peppy for me. Personally, I prefer the Postal Service version to this one. The Shins should stick to their own music, which they do very well.
ndfan75 wrote:
why don't I like this band? I haven't figured it out yet, but I know it's there.
They come off as a bunch of prissy know it all snobs. Not that they are. Or aren't. Self-consciously unpretentious to the point it rubs you the wrong way, like a chick that playfully runs her hands through your hair, but it's just annoying.
why don't I like this band? I haven't figured it out yet, but I know it's there.
ChardRemains wrote:
Okay well let us hear the Postal Service version so we can vote!
YES PLEASE.
I've been trying to pinpoint what it is that I dislike about this version. I think it's the way they've changed the emphasis in the phrasing. Most notably in the phrase "Silhouettes when our bodies finally go". The Postal Service version seems more drawn out while the Shins version seems like they are trying to cram too many words into a measure. I understand that one of the hallmarks of a good cover is that you're not just replaying the original version but putting your own flare on it. I just don't particularly like the Shins "flare" on this song.
I adore the Postal Service original but this one is pretty good on it's own merits.
physicsgenius wrote:
No no no, the original by Postal Service was much better. MUCH.
A rarity - I agree with you. Especially the silly chanting at the end.
I'm going to say that I also like The Postal Service version better, though I do like this one as well. Maybe it's just that I like Ben Gibbard's voice better.
:bounce: :jump: :guitarist:
dwa375 wrote:
RP - these guys get a lot of air - why? :ask:
yes, RP, why?
not one of my favorite shins songs. There are so many better ones out there.
But a pale imitation of Tom Lehrer's "We Will All Go Together When We Go."
It is rare that I even bother to rate a song on RP that is below par in my estimation. This song was just so-o-o-o Ho-Hum that it moved me... moved me to rate it a 3. Ho-Hum.
I also like this version better than the postal service's, maybe its just because i like the shins more in general
Covering this tune is a great idea, I think, even though I love the original. That said, the voicing of the lyrics sounds sloppy to my ears, as though it was planned hastily with little thought lent to the nature of the lyrics/mood.
rainfairy wrote:
Overall I prefer the original by The Postal Service. There are moments of folkiness that I began to enjoy but it just wasn't satisfying enough.
See, on the other hand, I like this one better. In fact, when I heard the Postal Service version I was confused--didn't realize there was more than one.
RP - these guys get a lot of air - why? :ask:
Overall I prefer the original by The Postal Service. There are moments of folkiness that I began to enjoy but it just wasn't satisfying enough.
Now, my Cousin Kyrsten loves this and I suppose every generation re-discovers sounds and bands. To me they sound really derivative of the Balancing Act from years ago. They're good, but not new by any stretch.
Great track...more punch than the Service version...
gandalfbmg wrote:
OK, this is the second Postal Service cover I've heard in two days. Is their album a cover album and I've been hearing the originals, or have bands been rushing out Postal Service covers??
The Shins and Postal Service toured together for a while a few years back, and they've both recorded alternate versions of each others' songs. Just a friendly thing, I think.
I note from looking at the Radio Paradise Cam that it caught Bill in motion. Maybe he is working on fixing this song.
physicsgenius wrote:
No no no, the original by Postal Service was much better. MUCH.
You got that exactly right, except the other way 'round.
Okay well let us hear the Postal Service version so we can vote!
lowelltr wrote:
NOT EVEN CLOSE to Postal Service version. Which is the original? I'll give it a mediocre "5", cause it's a good song - PS's version gets a "9"
As the PS version grows on me, so does this one... It's just a great song, and I think the two versions are working together to drill into my brain.
lowelltr wrote:
NOT EVEN CLOSE to Postal Service version. Which is the original? I'll give it a mediocre "5", cause it's a good song - PS's version gets a "9"
precisely. and PS did it first.
Stevo wrote:
I've been wondering the same thing. Anyone know?
both of those are cover versions of Postal Service songs - 'b-sides' from the PS single for "Such Great Heights"
gandalfbmg wrote:
OK, this is the second Postal Service cover I've heard in two days. Is their album a cover album and I've been hearing the originals, or have bands been rushing out Postal Service covers??
I've been wondering the same thing. Anyone know?
OK, this is the second Postal Service cover I've heard in two days. Is their album a cover album and I've been hearing the originals, or have bands been rushing out Postal Service covers??
There's just something about the Postal Service that can't be imitated. I just doubt I would have ever fallen in love with this song if I heard this version first.
happy! happy! :wave:
No no no, the original by Postal Service was much better. MUCH.
NOT EVEN CLOSE to Postal Service version. Which is the original? I'll give it a mediocre "5", cause it's a good song - PS's version gets a "9"