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I love "Riot Gear" because it's another one of those songs where Reg pretends to be somebody else and convincingly. Does anyone else in the business do this as well? I mean 99% of the songs out there are relationship/break-up/love songs.

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Reg pretends to be somebody else and convincingly. Does anyone else in the business do this as well?

I do that sometimes. In a couple of my songs...ones that you guys haven't heard yet!

But she does it a LOT.

I wish she did more love songs though. When she does, they break my heart.

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Originally posted by MusicLover_2007:

Reg pretends to be somebody else and convincingly. Does anyone else in the business do this as well?

I do that sometimes. In a couple of my songs...ones that you guys haven't heard yet!

But she does it a LOT.

I wish she did more love songs though. When she does, they break my heart.

Like Braille & Samson huh? What makes the character songs work are the details:

smoke jacket, tuna dress, going down to the pub, riot gear. This verse gets me:

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Stay out

Drinking into the night

And they are saying those same things

And I'm like "Ha, ha, ha, hee, hee, hee"

'Til half-past three

And then it's time for me to go

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Here's a nice analysis of Riot Gear:

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jazzy06792

06-30-2009

Rated 0 wow. maybe i'm way off, but i got the impression that this was another futuristic song, like Machine and Consequence of Sounds.

the sound of this song is happy, but the lyrics aren't. The narrator can't even leave the house without armor!

in these lines:

"But in the library of my house I have a laugh

Medieval jokes are just as funny now

If you've got a degree"

nothing's allowed to be funny unless you have an education to explain why it's entertaining. Either that, or everything is over-analyzed. Even timeless jokes like "why did the chicken cross the road?" require a degree in order to be justified as funny.

"The night comes

Time to go on the town

And in my best

Sashimi dress

And marble arch supporting shoes

I am a vision in my horse-drawn tank"

Everything is so calculated. Once it's night, the narrator knows it's "time to go" out to have a good time. She puts on her best dress (that sounds like some sort of sushi, though i don't know what Sashimi really is.)

and the last line here is ironic, illustrating how there's no point to paying attention to your appearance when you can't even leave the house without entering armor and an army tank.

there is also a comparison of the past, and the assumed future (or the present, in the case of this song).

Rather than an old-fashioned horse and buggy, people need to travel in tanks. Regina spends a substantial amount of interview time on this subject: everyone's scared, nothing's safe, and the world is trying very hard to, well, suck. Ghost of Corporate Future, Consequence of Sounds, Machine, and arguably Pavlov's Daughter all support this.

"Stay out

Drinking into the night

And they are saying those same things

And I'm like "Ha, ha, ha, hee, hee, hee"

'Til half-past three

And then it's time for me to go"

clearly, this good time isn't s enjoyable. the woman is just going through the motions, creating the image of someone enjoying their time in the bar (or wherever). The speaker isn't the only one faking a good time-she's hearing the same old jokes from more than one other party. This passage is ironic, too, because most people don't plan from early on in the day to stay out until 3:30 am. this is the result of having so much fun that you forget the time, not a calculated item on a strict schedule.

"Heaven help the ones who know

What makes the world go slow

What makes the world go slow"

i'm still working this out, but i think this person is basically calling attention to the fact that they're oblivious to why they're unhappy. time moves rather quickly when you're having fun, when you're passionate about what you're doing. Time moves slowly when you're waiting, when you're bored, and when you're not stimulated. It is implied in this passage that time is moving slowly for a vast majority. But "the ones who know" are those who are, presumably, on the "outside"--those who can see what the problem is with leading this shell of a life.

"Come home

Take off my tuna dress

Put on my collard greens

And in my sleep

What dreams may come

Before I'm woken by alarms

Put on my riot gear"

This final stanza shows that this is a cycle. Day in and day out, this woman lives the same meaningless, impersonal life.

NOTE: Just re-read, and noticed a couple of overlooked lines:

"what dreams way come

before i'm woken by alarms"

These lines say that people aren't meant to be this way. their brains seek out stimulation in the only way they can: dreams. everything is structured: sense of humor, literature, entertainment, travel, work. Even human interaction is staged and shallow. But the highlight of the day (or night) is during sleep. The only interest the narrator shows in her own life is her wondering about her dreams.

That's my take on it, and comparing it to what others have already said, i guess i wasn't completely off the mark: While i think this song has a futuristic, bleak vibe, rather than being about a certain social set in today's society, they /are/ rather comparable. Maybe the year is 2559 A.D., and maybe it's not, but the message is the same: wake up, be you, and enjoy your life.

Oh, and i just thought i'd add: FAR(T) ROCKS MY SOCKS!

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Originally posted by PilingAndTwisting:

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Originally posted by MusicLover_2007:

Reg pretends to be somebody else and convincingly. Does anyone else in the business do this as well?

I do that sometimes. In a couple of my songs...ones that you guys haven't heard yet!

But she does it a LOT.

I wish she did more love songs though. When she does, they break my heart.

Like Braille & Samson huh? What makes the character songs work are the details:

Actually...(I know I'll get virtual rocks thrown at me for saying this)...I'm not that big of a fan of Braille. Certain parts I like, but...it's not one of my favs.

Samson, on the other hand. It's not only one of my favs ever, from Regina - it's one of the most beautiful, amazing songs I've ever heard in my life.

It moves me. She does love songs so well. Yes, the character thing is great, and all the details and such, but it's how she delivers any of her songs is what makes them shine.

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^Haha, oh thanks!

About "Man of a Thousand Faces"

See, I have known people that are schizophrenic and while a lot of people on this board believe MOATF is about drugs, both meanings can be true...as people with schizophrenia and many other mental illnesses, self medicate with drugs. They feel there is no other way to escape from themselves.

There are too many things in the song that make me feel that's what it's about...

The strange behaviors and the reference that I think means not feeling yourself "He smiles at the moon like he knows her(a paranoid delusion, a psychotic state, etc.)" & "And the moon, to him was a stranger(those previous feelings being numbed by legal or illegal drugs)".

Especially the part where she sings, "He used to go to his favorite bookstores, and rip out his favorite pages" this is also like some strange behaviors I've seen schizophrenics do.

Also, I refuse to believe it's solely about a drug addict because of this part: "stains that are trying to cover for each other, or at least blend in with the pattern"

That also sounds like a struggle I've seen them go through, trying to be "normal", desperately wanting to feel "normal" and like they belong to the rest of society. It's a constant struggle, "Scrub till your fingers are bleeding..."

My mom also has a BA in Psychology, so she has studied these behaviors in people who suffer from schizophrenia as well.

It's really sad, the brother (who was schizophrenic) of a friend of mine died because the pharmacy didn't give him the right concentration of medication. They didn't even sue. I would have.

for me, this song is actually one of those that I don't attach a very specific meaning to, but rather just go with what it feels like... but once in a while I think about it and what it makes me think of is, not schizophrenia specifically, but serious mental diseases in general.

like that one line, "scrub til your fingers are bleeding" - that makes me think of obsessive compulsive disorder, or just being overly-perfect. it really makes me sad, cus I picture my friend, who has ADHD (and certain OCD tendencies), cleaning her room obsessively til she's pretty much about to collapse from exhaustion.

but this song really makes me think of everything from OCD, to ADHD (where your attention deficit can sometimes make you misjudge the social world around you as well as you might get stuck doing the same thing obsessively for hours), to performance anxiety, to paranoia, schizophrenia, being in a state of psychosis in general, or just depression even.

like you say, "stains that are trying to cover for each other, or at least blend in with the pattern" - to me this also shows a kind of trying to be "normal", trying to cover your weird behavior and mental disease, probably covering it with other weird behavior instead. like how maybe you can cover your confusion but then your paranoia shows instead. maybe you can cover your lack of understanding social situations, but only by being obsessive compulsive.

so, if drugs have been mentioned, yeah I can see how that could be involved, so why not add that as well, legal or illegal, a mentally sick person might use either or both. but in general, i agree with your take on the song, except it makes me think of mental diseases in general and not schizophrenia in particular, though I can definitely see it in there. there's all this confusion, trying to behave like a normal person but not knowing what normal behavior is, this making you uncomfortable, maybe even a little paranoid, gives you anxiety, makes life more complicated... feels like you've got a thousand faces. ^_^

but anyways, nice explanation, I think it's cool that we can both relate it to different yet similar things that we have observed in life. Smiler

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Yaya,

You really just delved into what I was saying even more...expounded upon it.

The only reason why I think Schizophrenia specifically because, like I said, I have known people who suffer from it...

But yes, you can put any mental illness in that place. You explained it beautifully. Thank you.

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