Interpol: Turn On the Bright Lights poll

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Turn on the Bright Lights is the debut album of New York City indie rock band Interpol. It was released on August 19, 2002 on Matador Records to a great deal of critical acclaim and sold exceptionally well for an independent release; it has sold 499,000 copies in the U.S. so far. It was also ranked highly on the yearly lists of many music critics, and has to date sold 86,000 in the United Kingdom despite peaking at number 101.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
2. Obstacle 1 12
11. Leif Erikson 11
1. Untitled 10
4. PDA 8
3. NYC 7
8. Stella Was a Diver and She Was Always Down 6
7. Obstacle 2 3
6. Hands Away 3
5. Say Hello to the Angels 2
9. Roland 2
10. The New 2


Bee OK, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 04:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

untitled!!!

you! me! posting! (electricsound), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 04:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

it must have been quite a while since i heard this.. i don't remember how some of these songs go. i'm like oh, there's actually an obstacle 2???

you! me! posting! (electricsound), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 04:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

nyc is the best song on that album.

scott seward, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 04:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

the first 5 songs are pretty much all the interpol anybody ever needs (though i much prefer the version of PDA from the UK EP)

you! me! posting! (electricsound), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 04:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

even if it's a bit OTT i've always dug Stella

wilter, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 04:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

"NYC" def

geir ham, go (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 04:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

i also dig "leif erikson"

geir ham, go (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 04:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

i gave this album a rave review! kinda.

http://www.villagevoice.com/2002-10-08/music/romeo-s-tune/1

and then i never listened to it again. but it sounded pretty cool at the time. it reminded me of all the stuff i liked when i was a kid.

scott seward, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 04:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Leif Erikson" is in my top 5 songs of the decade!

Reading his posts is like watching The Ring (kshighway), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 04:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

I spent a lot of time over the past year listening to this and Antics. Our Love to Admire, "Pace is the Trick" excepted, is not too good. The new Julian Plenti is better, but still has problems. Check out "Only If You Run" or "Games for Days" for some of the good stuff.

Reading his posts is like watching The Ring (kshighway), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 04:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

Also wrote about "Leif Erikson" for the student magazine at my school. A++.

Reading his posts is like watching The Ring (kshighway), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 04:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

obstacle 1

(*゚ー゚)θ L(。・_・)   °~ヾ(・ε・ *) (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 04:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

did i make this up, or did the drummer of Saetia and Hot Cross drum on "Obstacle 1" (or he wrote it or something?)

(*゚ー゚)θ L(。・_・)   °~ヾ(・ε・ *) (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 04:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

CARLOS D INTERNET HERPES

(*゚ー゚)θ L(。・_・)   °~ヾ(・ε・ *) (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 04:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

the latter half of pda

mookieproof, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 04:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

great album.

obstacle 1 is the standout

Charlie Howard, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 05:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

god i loved this album in high school. it reminds me of falling in love with my girlfriend and starting to drive my own car. they toured the shit out of this album, we went to see them three times before we graduated (in FL no less) and the first time we saw them we were 15 wearing jeans and bright-colored t-shirts and literally everyone there was heroin-chic skinny in all black smoking cigarettes/cloves and looking at us like wtf are you doing here. it was great. indie seemed so cool back then, now i'm jaded and bored... ;_; but i still love my girlfriend :)

idk what i'll vote for, i guess i'll listen to it for the first time in years

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Wednesday, 19 August 2009 07:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

peaking at number 101 in the uk? really??

i still hate the cover. their website at teh time of this album used to be *gorgeous* however.

piscesx, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 07:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

isn't the cover a stanley kubrick photograph or something?

voted obstacle 1. it was the first thing that grabbed me about the album. i listened the fuck out of this when it first came out. don't think i ever need to hear it again though.

circa1916, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 07:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

Listened to this for the first time in years yesterday, coincidentally. Some really strong songs but it does dip in the second half and the lyrics are still a major, uh, obstacle. From the banal "Her stories are boring and stuff, she's always calling my bluff" to the ridiculous "
I feel like love is in the kitchen with a culinary eye" to the LOL moment of "Oh look it's stopped snowing!"

ledge, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 08:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

secret answer: hands away

Simon H., Wednesday, 19 August 2009 11:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

This is about Stella vs. Leif for me. And I think the latter will prevail eventually. Such a great album.

young depardieu looming out of void in hour of profound triumph (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 11:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

it reminds me of falling in love with my girlfriend and starting to drive my own car. they toured the shit out of this album, we went to see them three times before we graduated (in FL no less) and the first time we saw them we were 15 wearing jeans and bright-colored t-shirts and literally everyone there was heroin-chic skinny in all black smoking cigarettes/cloves and looking at us like wtf are you doing here. it was great. indie seemed so cool back then, now i'm jaded and bored... ;_; but i still love my girlfriend :

The album is this lifestyle condensed in musical form. Thankfully I was 29 when I first heard the album.

"Obstacle 1."

post-contrarian meta-challop 2009 (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 12:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

Voted Obstacle 1. I haven't listened to this album in years, but watching the Obstacle 1 clip I realized I had forgotten how wicked a drummer Sam Fogarino is.

righteousmaelstrom, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 15:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

i like stella a lot, because it's so memorable.

i also like untitled a lot.

I love rainbow cookies (surm), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 15:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

"PDA" all the way!

jaymc, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 15:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

lots of good choices but i will probably go obstacle 1 or nyc cause they really are the best.

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 15:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

We have 200 couches! Where you can sleep toniiiiight!

jaymc, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 15:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

I voted "Obstacle 1" but "The New" is also really great. It's probably for the best that I can't say how it goes, lyrically.

afternoon "delight" (Euler), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 15:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

untitled

teabaggers, birthers, flat-earthers (will), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 15:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

god it seems like ages ago when i listened to the shit out of this album. it's great but i kind of associate it with a really shitty period when i was in college. i haven't really listened to it since then.

first glance at the track list and i'd say either track 1 or 2

mark cl, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 15:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

NYC sounds too boring, doesn't really do much for me

I love rainbow cookies (surm), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 15:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

The New is HEART

BREAKING

I love rainbow cookies (surm), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 15:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

c'mon--"i know you've supported me for a long time / somehow i'm not impressed" !!!

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 15:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

eh. maybe it'll grow on me.

might vote for Obstacle 1, it really gets the adrenaline going.

I love rainbow cookies (surm), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 15:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

Stella was a diver!

a being that goes on two legs and is ungrateful (dyao), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 15:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

also, what kind of filter is this guy singing through?

a being that goes on two legs and is ungrateful (dyao), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 15:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

The end of "Leif Erikson" is one of the greatest endings to ANY indie rock song of the 2000s. Seriously, I cannot think of many moments I love more than the part when Banks sings, "You come here to me, we'll collect those lonely parts and set them down, you come here to me," and then the controlled "solo" comes in right before he finishes those lines and Banks just keeps singing.

Reading his posts is like watching The Ring (kshighway), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 15:31 (eight years ago) Permalink

We have 200 couches! Where you can sleep toniiiiight!

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Samuel (a hoy hoy), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 15:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

my best friend's from poland and um he has a beard

mark cl, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 15:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

i don't know how many plays i'll ever give this album again tho. the lyrics are really terrible.

mark cl, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 15:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

her love's a pony

Reading his posts is like watching The Ring (kshighway), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 20:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

Wakeboarding legend Steve Shasta OTM.

Fetchboy, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 20:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

the lyrics are really terrible.

Yeah, but in a camp sort of way.

jaymc, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 20:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

NYC

second the opinion that for the most part the lyrics are really terrible

go Nick go! Scrub that paint! Scrub it!! Yeah!! (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 20:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

would you care about the lyrics if they weren't delivered so ponderously?

mookieproof, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 21:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

I love NYC because interpol are kinda that band that you've decided you've basically already heard after you see the press shots, but NYC was lusher and more beautiful than that. And yeah, um, stately. It wasn't really Joy Division with better haircuts, it makes me think a little of hearing an INXS covering the Shangri Las, this mossed over nostalgia, wind-tunnel 80's ambience. It basically portrayed a world-weary metropolitanism I was sure I would cultivate when I finally got out of this two bit town, and a quick glance at my CD collection around that time was like a dash snow photo shoot, all these glamorously (I thought) vacant run down pretty boys with hollow eyes, so yeah this song is a bit of a monument to that time for me.

❊❁❄❆❇❃✴❈plaxico❈✴❃❇❆❄❁❊ (I know, right?), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 21:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

the first 5 songs on the s/t record are fucking tremendous though, especially "Summer Well," which is just as good as anything on Antics (their best record imo).

I almost saw them in March 2005 but my family was going to be out of town, then the trip was cancelled and by then tix had sold out. Ugh. Fuck. They were so much better when they were all still coked up and drunk.

flappy bird, Tuesday, 1 August 2017 17:10 (three months ago) Permalink

xp No way, the lyrics are fucking great

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 1 August 2017 17:12 (three months ago) Permalink

I'm curious to see how the TOTBL XV shows go. Paul's voice is just... awful now. it's all nose. I would post a video of them playing "The New" from 2015 but it makes me so sad. he sounds just awful... out of breath... weirdly ironic that Mr. Baritone only got more and more nasally as they went on, starting in 2005 and especially 2007.

flappy bird, Tuesday, 1 August 2017 17:12 (three months ago) Permalink

& im not gonna go on anymore about how Paul is my favorite lyricist ever and there isn't a bad line on this album or Antics but we've had that discussion before, turrican... agree to disagree

flappy bird, Tuesday, 1 August 2017 17:13 (three months ago) Permalink

At least the lyrics aren't boring and stuff.

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 1 August 2017 17:14 (three months ago) Permalink

"The subway she is a porno" is a shit lyric. Shit, shit, shit. Paul Banks has never been a great lyricist or a great singer, for that matter.

(Although, I guess that if The Subway were the title of a DVD that Frederik B owned, the lyric would kinda make sense.)

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Tuesday, 1 August 2017 17:17 (three months ago) Permalink

lol why bring fred into the interpol thread

what do you like about interpol, turrican. let's not rehash the PB discussion

flappy bird, Tuesday, 1 August 2017 17:19 (three months ago) Permalink

I like how they're never on my stereo!

What ultimately sinks this band for me is that I don't think they're good songwriters and I really dislike Paul Banks' voice and lyrics. I like the sound of the band but I've heard many do that sound better.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Tuesday, 1 August 2017 17:43 (three months ago) Permalink

nice, whats your fav song by them

flappy bird, Tuesday, 1 August 2017 17:48 (three months ago) Permalink

None of 'em.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Tuesday, 1 August 2017 17:49 (three months ago) Permalink

why are you posting in the Interpol thread then....

flappy bird, Tuesday, 1 August 2017 17:50 (three months ago) Permalink

Because I've heard this album, which this thread is a poll about.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Tuesday, 1 August 2017 17:52 (three months ago) Permalink

so is Carlos D doing this full album tour

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 1 August 2017 17:55 (three months ago) Permalink

no. they don't speak. he gave a really fuckin juicy interview last October detailing his whole history with the band and how it all fell apart in the late 00's.

flappy bird, Tuesday, 1 August 2017 17:56 (three months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XABnMW5k834

flappy bird, Tuesday, 1 August 2017 17:57 (three months ago) Permalink

Something about herpes.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Tuesday, 1 August 2017 17:59 (three months ago) Permalink

banks comes off really well in lizzie goodman's book

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 1 August 2017 18:05 (three months ago) Permalink

haven't heard this since it came out but probably "Hands Away"

Week of Wonders (Ross), Tuesday, 1 August 2017 18:07 (three months ago) Permalink

Saw them play a small bar in NYC the night before they went off to the UK to tour this album and...stardom! They had presence, I'll give 'em that. Can't believe it was so long ago now.

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Tuesday, 1 August 2017 23:36 (three months ago) Permalink

I was so obsessed with this album when it came out. It's definitely been tainted by what came after it. Antics is pretty solid, but didn't have the same urgency this did. Our Love To Admire was a heart-breaker for me. Such a halfhearted record. I'm surprised it got even worse with the self titled.

I would have voted for Untitled. Still one of my favourite openers of all time. Hands Away would be in second place. The way it builds until that bass appears still gets me. As for lyrics, this album is full of great lines. "I'm sick of spending these lonely nights, training myself not to care" is the obvious favourite.

kitchen person, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 02:58 (three months ago) Permalink

lyrically this album and Antics are flawless imo. even Hands Away, which is easily my least favorite songs from both records, has this fucking killer line: "homespun desperation's knowing inside you're cover's always blown."

and from NYC: "I had seven faces / thought I knew which one to wear." one of my favorite opening lines to a song ever

flappy bird, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 03:15 (three months ago) Permalink

as much as i love this album the lyrics often make me wince.

but i don't care because i saw them in a tiny capacity room twice around the time of this album's release and it was truly incredible and it was linked into a long distance relationship i was having and sharing this records. by the time i saw them in a large room less than a year later my interest had dissipated in both the band and the relationship... or so i thought at the time but i go back to this album over and over and sometimes i get a very sharp urge to listen to it RIGHT NOW.

Heavy Doors (jed_), Wednesday, 2 August 2017 03:46 (three months ago) Permalink

I found these guys so stupid. Yet I love Duran Duran.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 2 August 2017 11:07 (three months ago) Permalink

They are stupid. Duran Duran's lyrics aren't great either, but they're far more fun to listen to and I love the rhythm section on the first two albums.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Wednesday, 2 August 2017 12:11 (three months ago) Permalink

i'll bring my timing in, seagulls gather on the wind, lady screaming, lady leave me out
cuz sometimes people stare, sitting down in electric chair, steaming crowds they gather and they shout

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 2 August 2017 13:23 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

oh, Carlos...

The decision to record Turn on the Bright Lights in Bridgeport, Connecticut was insane (we lived in New York City, for crying out loud), but the Metro-North trips on the New Haven Line did offer certain advantages. During one early-morning ride, I found myself scraping at the tattered remains of a carefully folded paper envelope holding the last dregs of a spot of damp cocaine I’d purchased the previous evening at a club. (It was really the same evening, since I hadn’t slept.) I assumed that by the time these moist clots of white powder found their ultimate destination in my nostrils, they’d been cut many times, and noticed that the final mix included some pocket lint and candy bar crumbs. The early sun and the train conductor made fishing for the final hit an act of such clandestine finesse that it would have made a 19th-century French pickpocket proud.

flappy bird, Friday, 22 September 2017 19:26 (two months ago) Permalink

that's good stuff but really doesn't make any sense. if you have the Pulp single "Sorted for E's & Wizz" it shows you how to make a little caring case to hold your coke.

Bee OK, Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:50 (two months ago) Permalink

if it's damp, it's no good

Week of Wonders (Ross), Saturday, 23 September 2017 01:04 (two months ago) Permalink

i mean it can be salvaged in some ways, but usually damp is best avoided

Week of Wonders (Ross), Saturday, 23 September 2017 01:06 (two months ago) Permalink

Speaking of damp, his prose is better than Paul Banks' lyrics.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 23 September 2017 01:10 (two months ago) Permalink

It's not a big deal to do something illicit on a metro north. Basically you just have to have the awareness of a 6 year old.

calstars, Saturday, 23 September 2017 01:16 (two months ago) Permalink

kind of entertaining. though of course it's some myth building aughts hip-uncle-with-the-cocaine stuff

hackshaw, Saturday, 23 September 2017 01:18 (two months ago) Permalink

that podcast is really entertaining though. holy shit.

hackshaw, Saturday, 23 September 2017 01:34 (two months ago) Permalink

What podcast?

Merry-Go-Sorry Somehow (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 23 September 2017 02:06 (two months ago) Permalink

Oh, I see

Merry-Go-Sorry Somehow (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 23 September 2017 02:10 (two months ago) Permalink

Carlos so regrets quitting it's so sad & kind of pathetic

flappy bird, Saturday, 23 September 2017 05:32 (two months ago) Permalink

Carlos D is an arsehole, cocaine is an idiotic drug, Interpol were/are a crap band and Turn on the Bright Lights is a steaming pile and one of the most overrated albums of the '00s and really should have faded completely into obscurity by now.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Saturday, 23 September 2017 07:13 (two months ago) Permalink

Turrican, stick to music and not drug opinions, sheesh

Week of Wonders (Ross), Saturday, 23 September 2017 07:48 (two months ago) Permalink

^ Spoken like a true drug aficionado.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Saturday, 23 September 2017 07:58 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah, sure.

Week of Wonders (Ross), Saturday, 23 September 2017 08:00 (two months ago) Permalink

whatever man, your declarations of what i may or not be don't mean shit to me

Week of Wonders (Ross), Saturday, 23 September 2017 08:02 (two months ago) Permalink

Stick to drug opinions, mate.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Saturday, 23 September 2017 08:07 (two months ago) Permalink

http://youtu.be/c3mGClZGEGg

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 23 September 2017 14:45 (two months ago) Permalink

Damn formatting. It's "Tell me about your drugs"!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 23 September 2017 14:45 (two months ago) Permalink

Does he make any money? How these guys live fascinates me.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 23 September 2017 16:47 (two months ago) Permalink

Idk about Carlos but Paul & Daniel come from money. They're also still in a successful touring rock band.

flappy bird, Saturday, 23 September 2017 18:05 (two months ago) Permalink

fwii carlos doesn't come from money and NYU was a real $tretch for him in a way that paul and daniel didn't have to really $tre$$ about

reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 23 September 2017 18:19 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah in that podcast he talks about growing up in an abusive household and is now completely estranged

hackshaw, Saturday, 23 September 2017 18:45 (two months ago) Permalink

i actually have a newfound respect for him after listening to that whole thing. and feel sort of bad that he's kind of out to sea with his psychological issues post-rock band or whatever. he kinda has that father john misty-syndrome but i'd rather get a beer with carlos.

hackshaw, Saturday, 23 September 2017 18:50 (two months ago) Permalink

hat father john misty-syndrome

because they both name-check Fleetwood Mac?

Merry-Go-Sorry Somehow (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 23 September 2017 19:29 (two months ago) Permalink


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