Single by Mi-Sex
which also appears on their 1979 record Graffiti Crimes
, released by CBS
and slightly paranoid
song from the New Zealand New Wave
rs, with strong echoes of Devo
. Their only hit single, (which was only a hit in Australia
, in case you're wondering), 'Computer Games' was backed with 'Wot Do You Want?
' a just as strong, but not nearly as enjoyable song. There is very comely mastery of synthesizer
s and electronic instrumentation
present in the song (which soon become a target of derision), and Steve Gilpin
's voice wavers between Mark Mothersbaugh
's nerdy inflexion and David Byrne
's strangled paranoia
. Clearly, both must have been big influence
s on the song, in both style and subject matter.
s are quite confusing, the song not seemingly relevent to any computer
games, but the feel of playing
computer games seems to be conveyed quite well, although the lines 'As a million angry citizens / Looking down their tubes at me
' seem quite ominous
and not fitting with the theme, or perhaps a spooky prediction
of internet gaming
This song was suitably perform
ed at New Wave Karaoke
at the Empress
by a guy who knew it very well, and the song might well make some kind of mini-anthem
. Then again, maybe not.
re Computer Games: At the risk of drawing bad attention to myself, just had to point out that Mi-Sex also had success with a song called People
and Blue Day
was a beautiful ballad (of course, none of their success reached the US)
I figit with the digit
And cry an anxious tear
As the xui(1)
connects the spot
The matrix grid
Get a message to my mother
What number will she be
As a million angry citizen
Looking down their tubes at me.
There's safety in numbers
'Cause the figures never lie
No perfect persons ever notice
One computer die.
med to a schedule
What will the answer be
It's a suicide
run 'till the work gets done
But the matrix grid don't see.
Jammed up tight by red traffic light
Advance one level on green
These opportune commuter
They're blasting on their hooters
I'll figit with the digit dots
rules out there
As the xui connects the spot
The matrix grid don't care.
: Pronouced X-U-I I think - I'm not actually sure what this is, but i'm guessing it's another word for a crosshair
This song is one that makes up my almost unholy obsession (No! Not what you're thinking!) with cheesy 1979 7"
's (see.). I am always looking for more - see my homenode
Is anyone else surprised this is the only writeup here?