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The Mares Nest • Eat it up worms hero
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Eat it up worms hero

Posted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 16:52
by eadric
In the 'things you've always wanted to know but were too afraid to ask' category:

What the heck is going on in 'Eat it up the worms hero' - specifically from about a minute in?

(this may be too vague a question and I should sit down and figure it all out, but there are people here with both better ears and music theory than I)

Posted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 17:39
by Made Of Worms
Mr Smith certainly got a bit carried away with the cut-and-shut knob twiddling on them albums, for sure. This track and Angleworm Angel in particular.

Re: Eat it up worms hero

Posted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 18:14
by i love sarah
What do you mean with cut and shut?

The melody is played with dissonant intervals (mostly minor 2nds) over a 4/4 punk beat, but the meloldy itself is very irregularly placed, carrying away from the 4/4 beat. So the result is a rhythmic minefield. And to confuse the listener even more: The phrase ends not in a 4/4; it has a beat more, so this slpas you off

I love this track to death...

Re: Eat it up worms hero

Posted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 20:56
by eadric
Thanks for the info, I love the effect here. At first listen (it's one of the first Cardiacs tracks I heard) it sounded like he plays a riff massively out of tune, and then 'pulls' it back into normalcy ; but the more I listen, the more bloody complicated it looks.

It's an incredibly confident bit of songwriting.

Re: Eat it up worms hero

Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 00:25
by North Sea Radio SOS
eadric wrote:Thanks for the info, I love the effect here. At first listen (it's one of the first Cardiacs tracks I heard) it sounded like he plays a riff massively out of tune, and then 'pulls' it back into normalcy ; but the more I listen, the more bloody complicated it looks.

It's an incredibly confident bit of songwriting.



One of my all time favourite tracks too :) What amazes me even more is that the band Ocenasize manage to pull off a perfect cover live ( it's on youtube somewhere ) !!!

I mean,.... where does one even BEGIN to work that particular song out ?!?!

Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 18:51
by Made Of Worms
i love sarah wrote:What do you mean with cut and shut?

Oh, well, let's just say it's very much a studio album isn't it. Apparently the drums are all made out of Leith Lego.



Thanks for mentioning the Oceansize version, what a good fist they made of it. I was there but I don't remember. :oops:

Re: Eat it up worms hero

Posted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 02:41
by Sterbus
I always thought the starting riff was some kind of quote to the start of Watcher of the skys by Genesis, when the drums come in....