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You are the smooth little acorn that falls from an old and twisted oak.

There was a time in rock history when a band could release an entire vinyl LP consisting of just two tracks, and even if those tracks averaged twenty-two minutes in length and had names like Fish (Schindleria Praematurus), that band would be called "progressive" rather than "insane." This strange time was called the early 1970s, or at least it was for most of your Birthstar's ilk. Most prog rockers either faded quietly into obscurity or left their symphonic pretensions behind them when rock fashions changed, but the band called Yes just said no to that trend, and soldiered on well into the nineties as the sole survivors in an otherwise extinct genus of dinosaur rock. "But wait," you say, "my Birthsong is not a ponderous song-suite with a name like And You and I: Cord of Life/Eclipse/The Preacher The Teacher/Apocalypse." Okay, Yes did stray briefly from their tried-and-true formula at the time of your birth, and you could listen to your Birthsong and hear in its metallic shweeks and chunka-chunks the familiar broken-toy sounds of a lot of eighties synth pop. In fact, come to think of it, everything about Owner Of A Lonely Heart sets it apart from the oeuvre of your Birthstar, from its sound and its length to the total lack of punctuation marks in its title. And so, while it may be going too far to call you the simple-minded product of an intellectual bloodline, it is true that unpretentiousness and accessibility are not entirely out of your reach.
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Owner Of A Lonely Heart  Jan 15-28, 1984


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