si_fuller (si_fuller) wrote,

Hottest 100 - Augie March, One Crowded Hour

Ranked #59 hottest song of all time. Released in 2006. Another Australian Band. That's why I love Triple J, they give the locals a go. This song is inspired by celebrated photographer Neil Davis, who has a biography by that name. The biography in turn is named for a line from the poem "The Call", by Thomas Mordant (and not Walter Scott, as that lying Google will try to tell you):

"Sound, sound the clarion, fill the fife!
Throughout the sensual world proclaim,
One crowded hour of glorious life
Is worth an age without a name."

Now Neil Davis made his name, and met his death, as a wartime photojournalist (his last act was to film his dying reporter as he himself died). The poem is about soldiers at war. But the actual song doesn't have anything to do with war. From what I can tell, it's about meeting a kindred spirit in a shitty bar, who actually has a bit of depth and heart to her, but the love turning sour because there's no respect there. Nevertheless, I suspect this to be good legopener music. It's a lovely and emotional song.

Augie March is the tiular character in a classic American piece of literature that I've never heard of.

And that's the end of disc one! When I get around to it, we start disc two.
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