Six PicksTime

NeilBy | posted on 25th October 2015

Not only have you been granted an actual, real extra hour with the clocks going back (subject to geolocation) but this week you also get a bonus Six Picks. Unlike the extra hour you spent asleep last night, this is not literally a waste of time.

Oh, and it was a significant date in time travelling movie history this week as well, apparently. Presumably it was the date Bill and Ted actually gave their history assignment talk or something. Excellent.

Max and the Moon - "Modern Love"

Not to be confused with the Bowie track of the same name, "Modern Love" sees Max and the Moon compare love today with love yesterday and come out broadly in favour of whatever works best for your epoch.

can I take you back in time with me
to the edge of the world
with the devil and the odyssey?

Ride - Time Machine

Classic post-shoegaze that is doubtless used as the theme tune for some alternative timeline's Doctor Who equivalent. Bit of a noob time-travellers error in the lyric, though:

Losing control
I'm landing back in this year
Did I ever move?
Did I disappear?
If I could move through time
I'd go back and put it right

Meddling in the past is the sort of wanton stupidity that leads to…

Johnny Foreigner - Alternate Timelines Piling Up

Indeed. Have you ever seen the movie Primer? It probably has the highest ratio of storyline confusion and unravelling cost to actual shooting cost of any movie ever made. Despite only costing around $7000 to make, Shane Carruth's film manages to pack in more ideas, threads, timelines and intrigue than those costing thousands of times more.

Marching Band - Travel in Time

When will people learn? Sweden's Marching Band used this track on their debut album Spark Large to announce their plans for rewriting history. Where (or indeed "when", or even "wheres" if you're into all that multiverse stuff) will this all end?

And I'm learning how to travel in time
All to make right the things I've done wrong
And when I do, I will open my mouth
I'm going back, back, back in time

Courtney Barnett - "History Eraser"

If you're going to mess with reality, best to do it drunk and within the confines of your own imagination. Especially if it's as brilliant and poetic as the one belonging to Courtney Barnett. If you want to know how difficult erasing history really is (in a loose sense of the word "really" obviously), read Stephen King's "11.22.63" and you'll get an idea of the perils and travails involved.

We caught the river boat downstream and ended up beside a team of angry footballers.
I fed the ducks some krill then we were sucked against our will into the welcome doors of the casino.
We drank green margaritas, danced with sweet senoritas, and we all went home as winners of a kind.
You said "i guarantee we'll have more fun, drink till the moon becomes the sun, and in the taxi home i'll sing you a triffids song!"

Idlewild - Take Me Back In Time

For a band that were once described as "the sound of a set of stairs falling down a set of stairs", Idlewild have come a long way.

There's a nice ambiguity in the lyric to this closing track from Post Electric Blues - is Roddy Woomble looking forwards or backwards?

But I won't try to live side by side
And I won't try when you can take me back in time