Babylon

Babylon

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BACKGROUND

‘Babylon’ was the last track to make it on the album and was a bit of a first for Tea Party listeners, incorporating a more electronic, drum and bass, sound. Stuart Chatwood described them as “some of the most distorted sounds” the band ever made with Jeff Burrows playing a sped-up version of drums sampled from ‘Psychopomp’ and “most guitar sounds are in fact keyboards in disguise”.

At the risk of hitting you over the head with the obvious, “Babylon” is a reference to the Mesopotamian city of the same name. This city was legendary for both it´s magnificence and it´s decadence.

SPECIAL FACTS:

  • The video for Babylon was unique at the time of its release, having been created with one continuous shot, with a single camera.
  • The Tea Party stuck a hidden bonus track, an instrumental named ‘Embryo’, at the end of the track. The song lasts about two minutes.

LYRICS

Now that the thrill of the massacre is over
Isn’t it sweet when she sucks on your veins
I’ve waited so long

I roll back the stone
just to see what I’m missing
Glimpses of grandeur
now faced with defeat
I’ve waited so long

Now that your kingdom of babylon’s fading
Where will you turn when you can’t find your soul
I’ve waited so long

Salvation’s at hand,
it’s a matter of taste dear
Lost in ideals that you found in the trash
I’ve waited so long

BACKGROUND

‘Babylon’ was the last track to make it on the album and was a bit of a first for Tea Party listeners, incorporating a more electronic, drum and bass, sound. Stuart Chatwood described them as “some of the most distorted sounds” the band ever made with Jeff Burrows playing a sped-up version of drums sampled from ‘Psychopomp’ and “most guitar sounds are in fact keyboards in disguise”.

At the risk of hitting you over the head with the obvious, “Babylon” is a reference to the Mesopotamian city of the same name. This city was legendary for both it´s magnificence and it´s decadence.

SPECIAL FACTS:

  • The video for Babylon was unique at the time of its release, having been created with one continuous shot, with a single camera.
  • The Tea Party stuck a hidden bonus track, an instrumental named ‘Embryo’, at the end of the track. The song lasts about two minutes.

LYRICS

Now that the thrill of the massacre is over
Isn’t it sweet when she sucks on your veins
I’ve waited so long

I roll back the stone
just to see what I’m missing
Glimpses of grandeur
now faced with defeat
I’ve waited so long

Now that your kingdom of babylon’s fading
Where will you turn when you can’t find your soul
I’ve waited so long

Salvation’s at hand,
it’s a matter of taste dear
Lost in ideals that you found in the trash
I’ve waited so long

Babylon

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VIDEO

The rather untypical song “Babylon” was done justice with an equally atypical video. The clip is done without any cutting, which captures the restlessness so characteristic of the song.

Play Video

Director: Tyran George
Year: 1997
Location: Toronto

Babylon

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CD PROMO SINGLE, CANADA

Description:
The Tea Party
Babylon
Commercial CD Single
CDPRO 1611
Canada

Front & Back Picture Sleeve
[ Jewel Box – standard ]

Tracks:
Disc 1:
Babylon – radio mix ( 2:58 )

Babylon

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PPROMO CD SINGLE+3, USA

Description:
The Tea Party
Babylon + 3
Promo CD Single
PRCD 8224-2
United States

[ Jewel Box – standard ]

Tracks:
Disc 1:
Babylon ( 2:52 ),
Gyroscope ( 2:58 ),
Temptation – edit ( 2:36 ),
Temptation ( 3:25 )

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