Music Discovery: “Games Without Frontiers”
In today’s previous entry, I mentioned that Standish/Carlyon’s Deleted Scenes reminded me of Peter Gabriel’s early solo work. Fans of FX’s outstanding TV series, “The Americans,” will have noted that the season’s finale made fine use of Gabriel’s hit single “Games Without Frontiers.” That is, if those fans were already familiar with the song. I was not.
As I watched the tense closing scenes, with Ms. Little falling asleep beside me, I was struck by the song, its groove, mood, strange voice and lyrics, and the way it so perfectly complemented the show’s quiet action. The song was excellent, immediately gripping, and completely new to me.
And, so, as the show’s credits ran, I ran to the computer, typing into my YouTube search field the words she’s so popular. Up popped the official music video for Gabriel’s “Games Without Frontiers,” and, though the file had been uploaded in 2009, the many new comments revealed that I was not aloneneither in tracking down the song nor in mishearing those catchy words. Often mondegreened, the actual words I heard were jeux sans frontiers.
I also now know that the song was taken from Gabriel’s third eponymous album, often referred to as Melt, released in 1980, when I was three years old. Take a look at the video, which is completely radical, then compare the sound of the song to that of Standish/Carlyon’s “Yono/Nono,” from the band’s fine upcoming album, Deleted Scenes.
I had already planned on purchasing Deleted Scenes. Now I also have to find a copy of Melt.
I love it when that happens.