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:
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.