27.9.06

Help me to breathe


Some years ago, I stumbled onto an anime series called Serial Experiments: Lain. The series, which lasts for 13 episodes, revolves around a 13 year old girl called Lain. There was a scientist, Masami, who uploaded his consciousness to "the wired". Lain represented the barrier between the wired world and the real world. Masami tried to get Lain to upload herself as well so he could achieve his dream of breaking down the barrier between the virtual and real worlds.

It's kinda convoluted and sometimes difficult to follow, but I feel it's worth watching. There's lots of discourse on religion, memories, thoughts, and consciousness. Anyway, I enjoyed it even though I got lost at times, having to go back and rewatch scenes or entire episodes. The internet helped out a lot as well. This is a pretty comprehensive fansite, if you're interested.


So by now, you're wondering where the hell I'm going with this. Well, I absolutely loved the theme song. I just happened to think about it tonight so I put it on. It's done by a british band called BOA (no relation to the Korean singer, BoA). BOA's lead singer is Jasmine Rodgers. Her brother, Steve also plays guitar for the band. They happen to be the children of Paul Rodgers, who you may remember him as the singer for Free, Bad Company, The Firm, and now Queen. If you don't remember him, I'd say you're not missing much, and I also think the Queen thing is a huge joke. That, however, is a whole other story.

So their song, Duvet, from the Race of a Thousand Camels album (1998), was used as the opening theme for Serial Experiments: Lain. I think the song is utterly gorgeous. The chorus is such a cry for help, it makes me wonder what Jasmine Rodgers could have been going through at the time. Sadly, the rest of the album is not nearly as good as this track. BOA had a release last year, but I haven't heard it as of yet, but I might give it a try if I can track down some samples. In any case, here you are...

BOA > Duvet

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ooh no. That sounds like the theme to Dawson's Creek or something. Very Lilith Fair. I bet Rick would love this. ;o)

jennifer said...

Gah. That was me! Yr comments were bein' bitches.

robot_hero said...

lol, what'd you say about my momma?

Stef said...

This is a really nice track. Interesting pedigree as well... You're right about their dad's role in Queen being a joke but his early career had some fantastic high points. He is a brilliant blues/rock (not pop!) vocalist.

Example

Stef said...

Ooh, yeah! Meant to say. That Lain thing sounds really cool.

I just wish western animation would sometimes try and be a bit more challenging. Alas...

robot_hero said...

Thanks for that track. Yeah, I can see (or hear) why people really like Paul Rodgers, it's just my preference. Free and Bad Co. never really did anything for me, and I wasn't much into that side of rock anyways.

Maybe you can d/l SE:L from a torrent site after you're done moving house.

Stef said...

"Maybe you can d/l SE:L from a torrent site"
Yer what?

robot_hero said...

D'oh, just saw yer last comment. Translation = "Maybe you can download Serial Experiments: Lain from a torrent site"

^_^