THIS IS BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE
medicine show = a staple of the Old West, where
travelling charlatans would ply bogus
cure-alls and "snake-oil". A statement about the British health care
"Get three coffins ready..." Clint Eastwood
in A Fistful of Dollars (1964).
Santa Fe = capital of the state of New Mexico, USA and
in the Old West, a likely stop for a medicine show
Timbuktu = a town in Mali, West Africa, and a general
term for any out-of-the-way place
flares = bellbottom trousers
"You makin' some kinda joke?!" and "I
don't think it's nice, you laughin'..."
>From A Fistful of Dollars (1964).
"Who the hell is that?! One bastard goes in and
another comes out...I'm innocent of everything!"
Eli Wallach as Tuco in The Good, The Bad & The
"Duck, you sucker!"
Spoken by James Coburn, from the film Once Upon A Time
In A Revoultion (aka Duck You Sucker or, more appropriately, A Fistful of
"Wanted in fourteen counties of this state...Tuco
Benedito Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez...known as the Rat..." Judge
addressing Tuco in The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (1966).
"We don't have to show you no steenkin'
>From the film The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
The laughing at the end of the song is also sampled
from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
Features a brief sample from the theme to "The
Good, The Bad & The Ugly" by Ennio Morricone.
Various references to Japanese culture:
Ginza Strip = district of Tokyo famous for its
nightlife - clubs, brothels, etc.
chainsmoking = popular Japanese past time!
"Western girls on Lexington Queen" =
reference to the non-Asian women who find work as "hostesses" in
singalong bar = karaoke bar
rice wine = commonly known as sake
sukiyaki = Japanese meal of meat, bean curd and
vegetables often cooked at the table
hari kari = ritual suicide/martyrdom
kamikaze = name given to Japanese "suicide
flyers" in World War II
massage cab = popular among Japanese businessmen!
Godzilla = popular Japanese movie monster
bullet train = high-speed Japanese commuter train
"Papa jumped the gun back in '41..." = this
verse refers to Japan's sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
"Following the flag of the Rising Sun..." =
reference to the imperial Japanese flag
A song written about the films of director Nicolas
Roeg. Each verse alludes to a Roeg film:
First verse: reference to Walkabout (1971)
aborigine = Native Australian
Second verse: Performance (1970)
"Pop star dyed his hair" = Mick Jagger as
Turner (or Bowie as the Man Who Fell To Earth?)
Third verse: Don't Look Now (1973) (dwarf dressed as
little red riding hood, etc.)
Fourth verse: The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976) and
"Space Guy fell from sky" = David Bowie as
The Man Who Fell To Earth
"Scientist eats bubblegum" = Albert Einstein
"Hall of Fame baseball" = Joe DiMaggio
"Senator's a hoodlum" = Joseph McCarthy
Fifth verse: first half: Bad Timing (1980); second
half: Eureka (1982)
Sixth verse: Insignificance (1985)
"King of Brains - Queen of the Sack" =
Albert Einstein and Marilyn Monroe respectively (Insignificance)
"I don't like music..."
Mick Jagger as Turner in Performance (1970).
"He's an ignorant boy, an out of date
boy..." Johnny Shannon as Harry Flowers in Performance (1970).
Heard on the 12" remix and seen/heard in the
video, this is Theresa Russell as Marilyn Monroe from Insignificance.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Melodic elements appropriated from "White
Lines" by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five.
"Give us this our daily bread..." = Biblical
reference, St. Matthew 9 and Luke 11:2.
"perchance to dream..." = reference to
William Shakespeare's Hamlet: "To sleep: perchance to dream: ay there's
"Romeo" = reference to the character Romeo
(Montague) from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
"I'm gonna take you to part two..." = A
teaser at the end; the extended remix of this song, which features additional
The Bottom Line is also a New York City nightclub.
Sudden Impact is the title of a Clint Eastwood
"Dirty Harry" film.
References to the ills of heavy metal music,
glorification of Satanism, drugs, etc.
A song about AIDS, the title is a pun on Rock Hudson,
who was an AIDS-afflicted actor.
The Hudson River flanks the western side of Manhattan;
The Thames River flows through London.
"Jerry Lee Lewis had a child bride..." =
reference to Lewis' marriage to his 13-year-old cousin
"Clint Eastwood starred in 'Rawhide'..." =
an American Western TV show from the 50s/60s.
"Hawaii 5-0" = US TV cop show set in Hawaii
"Reagan won in a landslide / Which brings us back
to 'Rawhide'" = reference to Ronald Reagan's 1984 landslide re-election in
1984, and his past career as an actor (including cowboy roles) in the 1950s
"...this is so fucking bad..." Al Pacino as
Tony Montana in Scarface (1983)
THIS IS B.A.D. (B-SIDE TO MEDICINE SHOW)
"Do you like music?" "Yes."
"Why don't you put a record on...Mozart." Michael Caine and Julie
Walters from Educating Rita.
"The ayatollah of rock 'n' roll-a!" >From
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1984)