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Cat From Japan - Big Brother Is Watching You


BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU
Digital: Stronger Than Paradise STP-4891, 26 January 2016

Big Brother Is Watching You / My Death (CFJ Remix) feat. David Bowie

Produced and remixed by Cat From Japan
Big Brother Is Watching You contains elements from "1984", "Big Brother", "Future Legend", "Sweet Thing", "Sweet Thing (Reprise)", "Diamond Dogs", "Rebel Rebel" performed by David Bowie; "The Thrill Of It All" performed by Roxy Music; "Nineteen Eighty-Four" directed by Michael Radford.
My Death (CFJ Remix) contains elements from "Bring Me The Disco King" performed by David Bowie; "My Death" performed by David Bowie at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on 20 October 1972; "Générique" performed by Miles Davis; "Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars" directed by D. A. Pennebaker.


A free single to salute David Bowie who died on 10th January 2016. His death reminded me of these demos which I made for fun a long time ago, back in 2004, and I decided to release them as a little tribute to him.

"Big Brother Is Watching You" is sort of a mashup that combined songs from the Diamond Dogs album. I remember that my idea was to make a track that tells the whole story of George Owell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four" in five minutes in the manner of Scott Walker's "The Seventh Seal" and Prince's "Batdance" by mixing the Diamond Dogs tracks with dialogues from Michael Radford's film starring Jonh Hurt. This was on my former YouTube channels for some time around 2008-13 with a pic of Big Brother's face, and, as far as I remember, got 2,000-3,000 views in total. Few people liked it.

"My Death" is also a mashup. I loved a little twisted jazzy version of this old Jacques Brel song that DB was doing in the mid 90's and I tried to update it with one of his latest songs "Bring Me The Disco King". In 2004, DB and automobile company Audi held a mashup contest where fans competed to take one track from his then album "Reality" and another track from his other albums to create a new mashup track. So I came up with this "Bring Me My Death" but it was too late for the contest, and the track has remained unposted until now. It sounds a bit ironic now, because he died of cancer just like Brel, leaving us with one amazing album.

I used to be a huge David Bowie fan. I don't listen to his music enthusiastically now - perhaps because I don't need a hero anymore - but, quite honestly, his death devastated me. That was exactly the funeral of my youth. So I just want to say good bye. Thank you, David Bowie. You were my youth. You were my light. You were my best hero. Rest in paradise.

Cat From Japan (aka Abeja Mariposa)


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Big Brother Is Watching You

There is truth, and there is untruth.
To be in a minority of one doesn't make you mad.
I understand how. I don't understand why.
My love, we are the dead.

You are the dead.

WE WANT YOU, BIG BROTHER

We are the dead.
We are the dead.
We are the dead.

WE WANT YOU, BIG BROTHER
WE WANT YOU, BIG BROTHER
WE WANT YOU, BIG BROTHER
WE WANT YOU, BIG BROTHER
WE WANT YOU, BIG BROTHER

Do you think the Resistance is real?
Do you think the Resistance is real?
Does Big Brother exist?
Does Big Brother exist?

WE WANT YOU, BIG BROTHER

Adult literacy amongst the proletariat has risen by 56 percent.
Improved diet has been responsible for a dramatic decrease in rickets.
Incidences of leukemia, tuberculosis, and meningitis have dropped considerably.
State rodent operatives report a 50-percent reduction in the number of vermin in the central proletarian zones.


WE WANT YOU, WANT YOU

This is no longer war.
This is cold-blooded murder.
Death!
Death!
Death!
Death!

You are the dead.
You are the dead.
You are the dead.
You are the dead.

To be in a minority of one doesn't make you mad.
Do you think the Resistance is real?
It's not so much staying alive.
Staying human is important.
There is truth, and there is untruth.
Does Big Brother exist?
Does Big Brother exist?

Of course.
Only the disciplined mind can see reality.
Humanity is the Party.
There's no loyalty, except loyalty to the Party.
Humanity is the Party.
You are mentally deranged.
We control life at all levels.
We create human nature.
Humanity, humanity is the Party.
It's not enough to obey him.
You must love Big Brother. You must love.
It's not enough to obey him.
You must love Big Brother. You must love.

WE WANT YOU, WANT YOU

In honor of this massive overfulfillment of the ninth three-year plan,
it has been announced that chocolate ration is to be increased to 25 grams per week.


You are the dead.
You are the dead.
You are the dead.
You are the dead.
You
You
You
You
You
You
You
You are the dead.

There's no love, except love of Big Brother.

I love you.


My Death (CFJ Remix)

My death waits there among the leaves
In magicians' mysterious sleeves

My death waits there among the flowers
Where the blackest shadow cowers
Let's pick lilacs for the passing time

My death waits like a beggar blind
Who sees the world through an unlit mind

My death waits to allow my friends
A few good times before it ends
Let's not think about the passing time

My death waits there in a double bed
Sails of oblivion at my head
Let's not think about the passing time

My death waits there among the leaves
In magicians' mysterious sleeves

My death waits to allow my friends
A few good times before it ends
Let's not think about the passing time

My death waits there among the flowers
Where the blackest shadow cowers
Let's pick lilacs for the passing time

How long have we got?



Related posts:
I heard the news today, oh boy (12.01.2016)
Stromae - Quand c'est ? (15.01.2016)
David Bowie - My Death (25.01.2016)

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