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Catherine Wheel — Crank
Album: Chrome
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6.8

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Total ratings: 842








Released: 1993
Length: 3:37
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Love my superstitious games
Running circles round my brain when I'm left smiling

I love to steal this living steam
My head in someone's dream
I'm tired of sleeping

Call me crank, my idea
Crank, so super
Crank, my conscience clear

I build my canopy of steel
It fulfills my sense of real
A chrome protection

Call me crank, my idea
Crank, so super
Crank, my conscience clear
It's clear

In this small partition, like a prison
Explode time bomb
If you know where I come from

You call me crank, my idea
Crank, so super
Crank, my conscience clear
Please call me crank, it's what I need
Crank, my mind in seed
Crank, my dream complete

Lay down, lay down, lay down
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Crank, so soop-ear
Crank, my concious clear

Genius.
 ziggytrix wrote:
Oh, CRANK.... it sounded like he was saying CRAIG
 
Thanks! Now that's all I hear. It makes me smile. Ha!
One of my favourite college bands during the early 90s. Saw them live several times when they came to San Francisco. Much prefer their Ferment album but this one is not bad too.
Oh, CRANK.... it sounded like he was saying CRAIG
 vanillagorilla wrote:
Always liked this guys voice, very floydish sound...I think his brother is the singer for Judas Priest..totally different

 
Not that different, the IM cover of "The Green Manalishi" would have worked just as well if CW did it.
I'd give it a twenty if I could.  This is as good as popular music gets in my opinion.
 LowPhreak wrote:
Psychedelic eyeliner and crushed fur?
 
Oh, did you know her as well?  Surprisingly, she's got a regular 9-5 gig these days.
CW is right up there with the most fortunate introductions that I have had from being a member of the RP community. Thanks to all and in particular B & R. Without RP, I doubt I'd ever have had the good fortune of hearing this sort of talent.
So this is not the main track for the Jason Statham movie of a few years ago, same title? Sex at the racetrack. Electrocution. A lot of crude body bashing, gunfire and blood. You know, happy shit.  
one of my favorite songs from the 90s
This is the song that launched my strong affinity for Catherine Wheel and Rob Dickinson. It still holds up well and gives me a charge, especially when I haven't heard it in a while. CW was a heck of a band with a great catalog of albums that most people will sadly never hear. If in doubt, pick up "Adam & Eve," CW's masterpiece, and one of the best rock albums of the '90s.
Always liked this guys voice, very floydish sound...I think his brother is the singer for Judas Priest..totally different
Crank… me… back… Are the mid-nineties really 24 years ago… ? 

 
Have been trying to track down this song since earring it on RP years ago - I love it!
 MS_Anchor wrote:
Meh... A little safe, nothing edgy or exciting 
 

 
You should have heard it 23 years ago.
Meh... A little safe, nothing edgy or exciting 
 
Psychedelic eyeliner and crushed fur?
 1wolfy wrote:
sounds a bit like R E M crush with eyeliner     'pretty good'

 
I was thinking 'Psychedelic Furs'.   Pretty good indeed!
sounds a bit like R E M crush with eyeliner     'pretty good'
thank you for playing this one right now. 
Great band ...    jamming
 (former member) wrote: 
After carefully reading the lyrics, and this Marxian-based perspective, I need to give you beaucoup props on making that connection. Even when I don't take my medications, I usually can't go beyond 8 or so degrees of separation without adding a big hit of blotter acid.
And there was I, thinking that it was an abnormal heeling of a ship, only recovering slowly as the winds of change brought it about.


Well, I might still be right. 
 (former member) wrote: 
'Kinell! Deep Marxism in a song - that's the sort of thing I'd only expect from the likes of Durutti Column. It sure makes a change from the usual sorts of song lyrics. Thanks for the post.

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
..Wheel on over & consider it..
SPLENDID. 
 KurtfromLaQuinta wrote:

Well thank you Mr. tuma!

 

You are quite welcome, KurtfromLaQuinta...  thank you for uploading such great stuff...

this song was originally released in 1993...  love it...
This song does not make me want to bother checking out their other songs. Is this supposed to be a good song by them? BLEH
 GlassMan! wrote:
     CRANK it up to 11 !   Crank!

 
{#Yes} {#Clap}
 SlinkyJ wrote:
LOVE. Please play more CW!
 
yes, Yes, YES!!!  I agree  {#Music}
 BikeCoachDave wrote:
Looks to me (at least by the dates on the comments) that this song gets airplay on RP about once a year. Would love to hear it much more often.

 
But that's one thing that makes it so good — it's not overplayed.

Nice sound. 
Sounds a bit "Stone Roses-ey" to me, but I dig it.
Looks to me (at least by the dates on the comments) that this song gets airplay on RP about once a year. Would love to hear it much more often.

LOVE. Please play more CW!
Hmmmm.... I give it a 7 on first pass, Dick.
nirvana?
Yet another obscure band I've never heard of before RP, that I may need to check out.  I've LOVED everything I've heard so far on this album.  Hell, I think I'd buy just for the CD cover alone!

 SlinkyJ wrote:
Catherine Wheel was one of the best and most under-recognized/appreciated bands. Please give them a chance, listen to Chrome and Ferment... Black Metallic is possibly the greatest rock song of all time.
 
I agree. I didn't discover them until they'd broken up already but have greatly enjoyed both those albums since. I also love "Little Muscle" from one of the later albums.

     CRANK it up to 11 !   Crank!

Catherine Wheel was one of the best and most under-recognized/appreciated bands. Please give them a chance, listen to Chrome and Ferment... Black Metallic is possibly the greatest rock song of all time.
 gekkosan wrote:


Now this here is one of the very few that truly baffles me, from all the great selection at RP. I saw this band live at CU many years ago, opening for Belly. Didn't like it or get it then, and still feel pretty much the same. Just noise and dispirited singing, to my ears.
 
Thats what I thought my first couple listens!. CW songs grow on you more than any other band I think.  Maybe that's why theyre such a cult band.

Seasons don't fear the reaper....
 weevilkinevil wrote:
Totally!
 
Totally!

 gekkosan wrote:
Now this here is one of the very few that truly baffles me, from all the great selection at RP. I saw this band live at CU many years ago, opening for Belly. Didn't like it or get it then, and still feel pretty much the same. Just noise and dispirited singing, to my ears.
 
"Judy Staring At The Sun" is the best Catherine Wheel track I've heard, and it was made better because of Tanya's voice.

I really miss Belly.
{#Sad}
8->9
Ntropy wrote:
Is it possible to give this more than a 10? More more more more more Catherine Wheel. One of the most underrated bands,ever.
Now this here is one of the very few that truly baffles me, from all the great selection at RP. I saw this band live at CU many years ago, opening for Belly. Didn't like it or get it then, and still feel pretty much the same. Just noise and dispirited singing, to my ears. :eh:
I remember seeing them at the second HFFestival in DC way back when. Great band.
Is it possible to give this more than a 10? More more more more more Catherine Wheel. One of the most underrated bands,ever.
...More CW please.... :guitarist:
CW songs should not be rated until after a few listens.
Waugh! Not sure what they're going for on the album art, but the song rocks.
8 :arrow: 9
Can anyone explain why this stands out from the mass of alternative-post grunge bands that all sound exactly alike?
Doesn't sound bad at all. It's quite likeable! Maybe this disc will find it's way to my car's stereo.
One of my favorite bands... play more Catherine Wheel!
The rest of the album insert is just as pretty. Mmmm. Swimmingly good !
jennywho wrote:
Amen to that... I just saw Rob Dickinson solo acoustic in Ferndale, Michigan a couple of weeks ago. He blew me away. His voice is amazing, and he gave it everything he had - it was really inspiring.
Yeah, I was pleasantly surprised by Rob's solo album. It was much better than I expected, stronger overall than the final CW album. Luckily I saw CW two times toward the end of their run, but I missed Rob's solo show earlier this year. -Synth80s
Forgot to add: whenever I pickup the old electric guitar and I feel a bit rusty, this is the first song I launch into to warm up. Anyone else? If you've never heard CW's album "Adam & Eve," you're really, REALLY missing out on something special -- it's one of the best rock albums of the '90s. -Synth80s
davin wrote:
this is great "swimming pool" rock. you know, that rock they have on during the late night swims that echoes throughout the rec center. fun.
That explains the album cover.
this is great "swimming pool" rock. you know, that rock they have on during the late night swims that echoes throughout the rec center. fun.
When my friends were listening to CW back in the day I was never into them .. but I like them now
i always liked this band.
Synth80s wrote:
Please play more CW! They're one of the most unnderrated bands of the last 20 years. -Synth80s
Amen to that... I just saw Rob Dickinson solo acoustic in Ferndale, Michigan a couple of weeks ago. He blew me away. His voice is amazing, and he gave it everything he had - it was really inspiring.
Black Metallic! :jump:
Synth80s wrote:
Please play more CW! They're one of the most unnderrated bands of the last 20 years. -Synth80s
Yes indeed make sure I'm listening next time you play it. -Adrian
Please play more CW! They're one of the most unnderrated bands of the last 20 years. -Synth80s
milchschnitte wrote:
reminds me in "the psychedelic furs". anyone else? :meditate:
ja, veilleicht ein bischen, aber etwas mehr melodisch.
cool cover photo and great song
did rob dickinson lose weight or something? when i saw these guys live i thought this dude was fat.
milchschnitte wrote:
reminds me in "the psychedelic furs". anyone else? :meditate:
Totally!
This band is pure bliss. Ethereal and rockin'.
reminds me in "the psychedelic furs". anyone else? :meditate:
Any band that would name itself after a medieval torture device is a-ok with me.
play all the catherine wheel you want, please! How about 'black metallic'?
Started off with a bang - but now, not so inspired :yawn:
maybe an influence for the nevermind album cover?
sounds good , a little like THE CHAMELEONS
buck-arkansas wrote:
a most excellent tune. kinda heard of them at some time or another. is the rest of the album like this? any other recommendations from any fan-atics out there?
Really good stuff. Catherine Wheel is very distincitve. FERMENT is a solid album. I think it captures them at their best.
a most excellent tune. kinda heard of them at some time or another. is the rest of the album like this? any other recommendations from any fan-atics out there?
:cool:
catmaven wrote:
With the rock instrumentation, is it right to call this "shoegazing"? What is really meant by "shoegazing"? This must be rock to some extent, or I wouldn't be liking it. :question: :ask: :dance: I love the lyrics, they are so opaque!
SHOEGAZING (shu-ga-zing) verb; the act of staring at ones shoes while performing a song. see groups such as...Ride, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Stone Roses, Joy Division, New Order, Lush, Charlatans U.K., Doves, My Bloody Valintine, The Catherine Wheel and the ever popular And More. My definition of groups I love and enjoy.
I'm not sure why, but I really like this album and this song in particular. I find it lodged in my head at odd moments - and that's really not a bad thing.
Kurt_from_La_Qui wrote:
there's nothing like some shoegazing music in the morning.
With the rock instrumentation, is it right to call this "shoegazing"? What is really meant by "shoegazing"? This must be rock to some extent, or I wouldn't be liking it. :question: :ask: :dance: I love the lyrics, they are so opaque!
"Love of two is one..."
Nice to hear this forgotten band. And yeah, I'm not awake yet either!
there's nothing like some shoegazing music in the morning. My second Catherine Wheel song to get uploaded! TAA DAA!
The album cover is just like the one for Nevermind only with adults and no dollar bills.
I've like bits and pieces of Catherine Wheel - I like this one... s