Last week I stumbled onto a video by a band I'd never heard of - which isn't surprising because they're Norwegian, and, unfortunately, bands don't achieve lasting popularity in the US unless they sing in English. I'm not counting one-off hits like "Gangnam Style," which IMO only took off here because of the video. Anyway, I guess the band Kaizers Orchestra will be familiar to a lot of my European readers. If so, you have my envy.
My introduction to Kaizers Orchestra came through the video below. Not only does it sound great even if you don't understand the lyrics, but the video has all kinds of fetishy goodness from gas masks to hints of mind control to prominently displayed cleavage...okay, well, cleavage isn't fetishy, but bear with me here. I liked this song so much that I downloaded it - and a lot of other music by the band - and listened to it several times last week. In the end, the song below wormed its way so deeply into my head that one night while I was trying to work on "Sleepwalkers," I couldn't concentrate on anything but "Knekker Deg Til Sist." It was like it was playing right inside my head, drowning out every other thought.
Well, naturally, once I could think again (the next day) I started thinking about MC. The first thing that occurred to me was Sara H's story Hiss, in which a woman puts on a pair of ear buds and then can't get them out, which eventually leads to her being brainwashed by subliminal messages (Tabico's New Tunez follows a similar pattern). A little later, I started thinking how appropriate it was that the song stuck in my head was sung in Norwegian, because how better to hide subliminal messages than in words the listener doesn't understand? I could build all kinds of interesting EMC stories around this idea. Maybe the words really aren't in a known language, but they've been scientifically designed to hit certain receptors in a listener's brain. Or maybe the words that don't make sense are covering the words that do make sense, on a subliminal level. Or maybe the music comes from an alien technology.
Run with it. Have fun.
As for me, I now have to get this music out of my head again so I can keep working on "Sleepwalkers" today. Wish me luck.