Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The Festival of Circus Animals: Letter to Alan

The best song on the whole Circus Animals album in my humble opinion. A heartfelt song with surprising harshness. "Alan" was a roadie who died in a truck accident and the message about death being just around the corner - that's real. From car accidents to street riots and one punch hits to ilnesses that you didn't expect - death really is our constant companion.

The reflection moment about "sitting in a hotel room along Rue St Louis and dialling old phone numbers down the line" reminds me of The Angels "Am I ever gonna see your face again?". Another song about lost friends, and how every battle that we fought together is all just history now because one of us is dead.

Explosive and harsh. And probably one of Cold Chisel's best, ever.

About the Festival of Circus Animals
I was 15 years old when the "Circus Animals" album came out, but I only really started paying attention to it had about 18 as I entered the workforce. It was the fourth of about five studio (original) albums. It wasn't the only musical influence on my early adult life, but I did grow up and start working around the same sort of places as Jimmy Barnes. As an 18 year old angry young man (aren't we all in some way?) this music was talking my language.

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