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    Trevor Horn - Vermillion Sands - The Buggles

    The Buggles - Vermillion Sands

    My heart is an alligator
    Better watch your step - watch your step
    This heat is an incubator
    Make a diamond sweat - wanna bet
    Live life like you're flying solo
    Never in the net - in the net

    Dancing in silence the orchestra late
    In the Essoldo or down by the lake
    I don't care

    Take me to Vermilion Sands
    Hold me in familiar hands
    Take me to Vermilion Sands

    Sandyacht on a thermal roller
    We were never there - never there
    Live life like you're flying solo
    Never in the air - in the air

    Dancing in silence the orchestra late
    In the Essoldo or down by the lake
    I don't care

    Take me to Vermilion Sands
    Hold me in familiar hands
    Take me to Vermilion Sands

    My heart is an alligator
    Better watch your step - watch your step
    This heat is an incubator
    Make a diamond sweat - wanna bet

    Take me to Vermilion Sands
    Hold me in familiar hands
    Take me to Vermilion, take me to Vermilion Sands
    Hold me in familiar hands
    Take me to Vermilion Sands, sands, sands
    "We all gotta climb mountains!" - Jon Anderson 2003

    #2
    Great song. The synth orchestra at the end sounds dated now, but was impressive back then.

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      #3
      I cannot now ever unread those dreadful lyrics...

      JG Ballard spinning in his grave!
      Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see.
      Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.

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        #4
        It's hard to see any relation to Ballard in those lyrics - unless you count any disjointed, surreal imagery as Ballardesque.

        I think any song that has alligator and incubator as rhymes is asking for trouble...

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          #5
          Originally posted by Chris2210 View Post
          It's hard to see any relation to Ballard in those lyrics - unless you count any disjointed, surreal imagery as Ballardesque.

          I think any song that has alligator and incubator as rhymes is asking for trouble...
          I don’t care if they rhyme it with big generator!

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            #6
            wish yes woud of done this song

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              #7
              The second greatest car honk in a song in history, behind Don't Go!

              Swelling, woozy,genre busting electro-pop-prog masterpiece.

              Sail the sandyacht across the sweating diamond...

              https://youtu.be/8hYzpW6SVdc

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                #8
                A great track from a great album. TH honing his talents after having had a close shave with Yes. Laid the foundations for a decade or more of top drawer work, Art of Noise, Pet Shop Boys, Frank ie...

                ​​​​​​... Oh and, YES!

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Ash Armstrong View Post
                  I cannot now ever unread those dreadful lyrics...

                  JG Ballard spinning in his grave!
                  Like your Pilp Fiction then?? 🙄

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Yorkshire Square View Post

                    Like your Pilp Fiction then?? 🙄
                    I don't follow?
                    Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see.
                    Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Ash Armstrong View Post

                      I don't follow?
                      Well he's hardly Dickens or Shakespeare himself, is he?

                      That's Entertainment.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Yorkshire Square View Post

                        Well he's hardly Dickens or Shakespeare himself, is he?

                        That's Entertainment.
                        Do you mean Ballard? No. Dickens and Shakespeare are Dickens and Shakespeare, so obviously he can't be. I really don't see the point you're trying to make?
                        Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see.
                        Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Yorkshire Square View Post

                          Well he's hardly Dickens or Shakespeare himself, is he?

                          That's Entertainment.
                          I'm guessing you've never read Empire of the Sun [for example]. Ballard is as far away from pulp fiction [I assume that's what you mean] as it gets. The referenced isn't science fiction, but he's one of a handful of writers in that genre that give it literary credentials.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Chris2210 View Post

                            I'm guessing you've never read Empire of the Sun [for example]. Ballard is as far away from pulp fiction [I assume that's what you mean] as it gets. The referenced isn't science fiction, but he's one of a handful of writers in that genre that give it literary credentials.
                            His, and Ray Bradbury's, short stories are wonderful!
                            Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see.
                            Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Chris2210 View Post

                              I'm guessing you've never read Empire of the Sun [for example]. Ballard is as far away from pulp fiction [I assume that's what you mean] as it gets. The referenced isn't science fiction, but he's one of a handful of writers in that genre that give it literary credentials.
                              Well I've tried. The first couple of chapters are like someone shot him in the head and everything in there just spewed out onto the pages in a random fashion. If that's "literary credentials" you can keep them, I'd rather read my missus' shopping list.

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