Hoppy New Year: UNKLE – Rabbit In Your Headlights

UNKLE: the collective of James Lavelle, Tim Goldsworthy and DJ Shadow, plus whoever they could rope in that week. The first song I heard by them, Celestial Annihilation, marries an 80s electro-techno sensibility with a 90s build-up-break-down structure of the type Fatboy Slim and Junkie XL were renowned for. Everything about it is meticulous without being cold, from the blissful percussive synth tinkles at the 2:58 mark to the “we came here to rock” vocal sample; a sheer delight from start to finish.

I was looking for rabbit-themed songs to herald in the Lunar New Year, which starts today, and was reminded of another UNKLE track, which won the MVPA’s Best International Video of the Year Award in 1999.

Rabbit in Your Headlights is inspired by a line from Jacob’s Ladder and co-written by vocalist Thom Yorke. It’s from UNKLE’s 1998 album Psyence Fiction and this video is directed by Sexy Beast helmsman Jonathan Glazer. Denis Lavant plays the apparently crazy protagonist. Turns out he’s muttering an equation. It’s not a song I’m particularly enamoured with, but the video is striking.

Not enough rabbit for you? Wikipedia contains the info on your favourite celestial bunnies (and other critters).

Apparently we have three animals: the outer (year), inner (month) and secret (hour). These are mine:

Outer (how we’re viewed)
Dragon – 龍 / 龙 (辰) (Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Wood): Magnanimous, stately, vigorous, strong, self-assured, proud, noble, direct, dignified, eccentric, intellectual, fiery, passionate, decisive, pioneering, artistic, generous, loyal. Can be tactless, arrogant, imperious, tyrannical, demanding, intolerant, dogmatic, violent, impetuous, brash.

Inner (how we see ourselves)
Dog  – 狗 / 犬 (戌) (Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed Element Metal): Honest, intelligent, straightforward, loyal, sense of justice and fair play, attractive, amicable, unpretentious, sociable, open-minded, idealistic, moralistic, practical, affectionate, sensitive, easy going. Can be cynical, lazy, cold, judgmental, pessimistic, worrier, stubborn, quarrelsome.

Secret (our truest selves)
Horse – 馬 / 马 (午) (Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed Element Fire): Cheerful, popular, quick-witted, changeable, earthy, perceptive, talkative, agile, magnetic, intelligent, astute, flexible, open-minded. Can be fickle, arrogant, childish, anxious, rude, gullible, stubborn.

Hmmm … that seems awfully like flinging a lot of contradictory descriptions and seeing how many stick. *shrugs*

Oh, and those all important bunnies?

Rabbit – 兔 or 兎 (卯) (Cat in Vietnam) (Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed Element Wood): Gracious, good friend, kind, sensitive, soft-spoken, amiable, elegant, reserved, cautious, artistic, thorough, tender, self-assured, shy, astute, compassionate, lucky, flexible. Can be moody, detached, superficial, self-indulgent, opportunistic, stubborn.

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One comment on “Hoppy New Year: UNKLE – Rabbit In Your Headlights

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