Mad Monday: Still Got Legs review

Mad Monday: Still Got Legs review

So, yesterday Chameleon Circuit’s CD, “Still Got Legs” finally arrived. Hooray! Amusingly, to those who know what I’m talking about, the postmarks informed me that the parcel had gone via France. Paris, in fact. It was posted from America – looks like it did a Michael Aranda.

Let me tell you about Chameleon Circuit. They are an incredibly nerdy band who write songs about Doctor Who. The name, Chameleon Ciruit, is referring to the part of the TARDIS that is supposed to help it blend in to any surroundings, but it’s broken, so the TARDIS is stuck as a police box. But who would want it to be anything else?

Though I think their nerdy lyrics are often better than the actual music, which can be quite repetitive, I still like them – even though my family are beginning to get sick of them already. The CD arrived yesterday.

The first track on the album is The Subwave Signal. It’s just that. It doesn’t have any words or anything and I’m not entirely sure why it’s there, but hey, it’s kind of cool anyway. Then we have a song Regenerate Me which I quite like. It’s not my favourite, but I like the lines: You will know me by the big blue box / But you may never know my face.

The third track is ‘Nightmares’, and I am actually in love with this song. Just look at these lyrics:

Hey old man / Rest your head / You’re breaking down inside / Your armour’s cracked / Set to collapse / Damn you, don’t you cry. / I’ve ended lives / And ended worlds / I guess I’ve done it all / Fire and ice / And rage inside / How long until I fall?

// Somewhere all my darkest fears / Are gathering / It’s not enough to / Save the day / I can’t escape my nightmares.

//Dreams have shown me / Who I am / A danger to myself / Trickster feared / Far from revered / So I must fear as well / Words and laughter’s / Wearing thin / Breaking this disguise. / Where do angels / Fear to tread? / How can I think to hide?

// Somewhere all my darkest fears / Are gathering / It’s not enough to / Save the day / I can’t escape my nightmares.

Anyway, before I end up writing out the whole album, I’ll move onto the next track: Travelling Man. Now I have to say, this isn’t my favourite song on the album. It’s all right, but it’s a bit too cheerful for me, ha ha. I like the darker songs on the CD! However, I have a feeling this is the one with the harmonica, which definitely redeems it.

We move on then to Everything Is Ending. This one is unusual because it has a female singer for a lot of it. Her name is Bryony, I believe, and she’s got a nice voice. It’s not my favourite style of singing, but it suits the song, I think. The whole thing is a duet between Bryony, who’s ‘playing the part’, for want of a better word, of Amy Pond, and Alex, who’s singing the Doctor.

Mr Pond is a great song. It’s a real look at Rory’s brain and how he feels about everything. I don’t really know what to say about it, so let’s move on. Kiss the Girl. It’s got the most lyrics of any of the songs, I think, and it’s very sweet. If you’ve seen the episode The Lodger you’ll know what it’s about. If you haven’t, go and look it up and watch it.

Knock Four Times seems to be a bit random. It’s the first verse of ‘The Doctor Is Dying’, as a separate track. Weird.

“Teenage Rebel” is Chameleon Circuit’s version of another song, and it’s funny, talking about the Doctor’s childhood etc. Then we’ve got Big Bang Two which basically tries to explain the last episode of series five … and yes, they repeat, “Oh my god, he’s wearing a fez” four times.

Eleven is a version of the Doctor Who theme tune.

And then we have my favourite track on the album: The Sound Of Drums. It’s also the longest, and it looks at the Master’s point of view. But it’s so beautiful! I’m trying to choreograph a dance to it, so I’ll let you know how that goes. I don’t know who sings the Master, but Alex Day sings the Doctor’s verse. I know that someone searched for that piece of information and ended up on my blog … so there you go.

Can you hear the drums? / Don’t try to fight them, it’s too late

// Every Time Lord child / Approaches the eye / Forced to behold the vortex / To be inspired or run / But as I gazed into / The vastness of time / I heard the sound of drums.

The next track, Silence and the end of all things, (which sounds like a track on the Lord of the Rings soundtrack, to be honest – The End Of All Things, featuring James Galway on tin whistle) is a lovely song, the Doctor speaking to Amy to try and trick the system. If she remembers him, he can come back. I think this is also one of my favourite songs.

Amelia, the girl who waited / No longer will you wait for me.

Then it’s The Doctor Is Dying, which for those who were fans of David Tennant is a great throwback to his last episode, especially the lines: I could do so much more and I don’t want to go.

Finally, we’ve got the closest thing the album has to a title track, Still Not Ginger. Actually, I’m not a huge fan of this track. In fact, it’s probably my least favourite on the CD, though perhaps I’ll like it more when I’ve listened to it a bit more.

But if you’re a nerd (the CD is released by DFTBA records, for goodness sake, they send you a sticker with it. I stuck it on my laptop) and you like Doctor Who, I’d buy this album. Just keep it away from non-nerds, non-Whovians or older siblings.

7 thoughts on “Mad Monday: Still Got Legs review

  1. Ha, Travelling Man and Still Not Ginger are two of my favorites… though I love the rest of Still Got Legs as well. I’m actually thinking of arranging Still Not Ginger for an a cappella quartet, see what happens. And let us know how Sound of Drums comes out as a dance!

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