Not just a song--an entire album based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Tales of Mystery and Imagination (1976), the first release from The Alan Parsons Project, includes musical versions (some of them instrumental) of "A Dream Within a Dream," "The Raven," "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Cask of Amontillado," "(The System of) Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether," "The Fall of the House of Usher," and "To One in Paradise." A remixed version of the album, with narration by Orson Welles that had been dropped from the original edition, was released in 1987. After leaving the band, founding member Eric Woolfson produced his own follow-up album, Poe: More Tales of Mystery & Imagination, in 2003. (A later APP release featured an instrumental called The Gold Bug--a leftover...?)
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Something creepy's going on in this song from Sting’s first solo album The Dream of the Blue Turtles (1985), and it all seems familiar somehow: the New Orleans setting; the narrator who "was trapped in this life like an innocent lamb" and can only come out at night; his conflicted feelings about the young girl he has his eye on. . . The clincher is in the CD's liner notes: "'Moon over Bourbon Street' was inspired by Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice."
This Lolita-inspired tune appeared on Freedy Johnston's 1994 album This Perfect World. It is filled with references not only to Vladimir Nabokov's novel (Dolores was her middle name/She'd read the book and everything) but to Stanley Kubrick's 1962 film version (Have you ever seen that film? and I look like James Mason's ghost). The title refers to Lolita's real name, Dolores Haze.
Monday, April 27, 2009
This song, from Zenyattà Mondatta (1980), the third album by The Police, tells of a young teacher pursued by--and attracted to--an underage student. The allusion to Vladimir Nabokov's 1955 novel Lolita is found in the lines: It's no use, he sees her/He starts to shake and cough/Just like the old man in/That book by Nabokov. "The old man" is a reference to Humbert Humbert, the book's middle-aged protagonist, who develops an obsession for the 12-year old title character.