MP3 - Bloc Party - Helicopter
"Helicopter" is the kind of song that you hear once or twice on MTV2 while flipping through your cable channels desperately seeking another episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit". And though it may not have seemed as enjoyable as the dynamic chemistry displayed by the tandem of Richard Belzer and Ice-T, you probably muttered to yourself "oh, that's nice, a rock song."
Then there it is again, perhaps weeks later, filling out the tail end of "The Tonight Show". "Oh my," you ask yourself, "what is this from? How... How is this happening?" But before your brain is able to piece together the frazzled neurons you so desperately seek, the moment is over. "Hey great job fellas!" says Jay, and you think to yourself, "why yes Mr. Leno... I agree."
And before you know it, it encompasses your every thought. You sing it everywhere you go. It finds its way onto every mix CD you burn. You put a copy on all 4 of your iPods. You're missing work and class just so that you can spend more time with Helicopter. You pawn off your Playstation 2 so that you can buy the new Silent Alarm Remix album.
I was driving home from a late practice one night when this song came on my mix CD. About two minutes into it I looked down and realized that I was so pumped up I was doing 70 in a 35. Any song that inspires such a reckless disregard for the law has to be special.
My obsession with the song has been prolonged in part due to a number of really good remixes that add a different spin to an already great song.
This version comes from the remix album of Bloc Party's Silent Alarm. It's a more raw and stripped down approach, and it may even be catchier than the original.
The antithesis of the original, this remix transforms the song into a relaxing laid back walk along the beach. It's an entirely different song, but just as good.
This mix finds a way to kick the song up a notch by speeding up the drum beat and giving it an electronic feel.
This takes the electronic feel to the next level and morphs it into a techno song. Which means it's probably much easier to dance to. Give it a try.Posted by dts at January 16, 2006 5:01 PM