Educating Peter # 4

July 15, 2012

Michael has sent me a tough one this week, because I honestly don’t know what to say about Big Audio Dynamite‘s “E=MC²“. I remember the song fairly well when it was first released in 1985, and mildly enjoyed it back then. After hearing it again a few decades later, I’m feeling pretty much the same way as I did then. It’s still mildly enjoyable. And that’s about it.

Because I don’t have anything substantial to say about this song, I’ll try to pad this post out.

Here’s the song:

Big Audio Dynamite – “E=MC² (1985)


These are some of my responses to the song having heard it again. But they’re the same responses I had when I first heard it in 1985:

  • The repetition of the music makes the song slightly hypnotic (for me it’s what I liked most about it – along with the horn melody).
  • The lyrics are a series of unrelated phrases that masquerade as profundity (otherwise known as The Bob Dylan Effect).
  • The singing’s moderately dreadful.
  • The film dialogue extracts are pointless.

And that’s about it. I hope I can say something a little more enlightening for the next instalment of Educating Peter.