Daily Archives: March 22, 2014

Radio XXXIII, side A, track 3: “Voices Of Babylon” by The Outfield

The Outfield - Voices Of BabylonOh, The Outfield, THIS is why I not only loved the Hot New Music Hour back then, but why I still love it now.  Once I hit “Play”, I immediately remembered this song, but I don’t think I’d heard it since it was a hot new track on the Hot New Music Hour.  It didn’t even occur to me at the time that you were the same guys who sang another song I loved called “Your Love”.  In fact, if you would have told me even today that it was the same band, I don’t know that I would have believed you, because to me it kinda sounds like Sting, both in sound and lyric.

I realized as I was listening to this particular track that I could have maybe shaped my own music destiny back in the day, The Outfield.  At the beginning of this track, my beloved Vic St. John told his loyal listeners (including me) to call him and tell him what we thought of this track.  I never did, The Outfield, so maybe I’m partially responsible for the fact that this song didn’t get a lot of airplay.  Maybe if I’d taken the time to let Vic know that I thought this was a great song, maybe we’d have heard it more.  And MAYBE, and this would have been so awesome, maybe I’d have even heard my own voice on the radio!

In all the years that I listened to the radio, I never actually called in to KISD FM.  Probably because we only had one phone right next to the kitchen, and Pipestone was long distance and I would have gotten in TROUBLE if I’d made a long distance call just to say that I thought “Voices of Babylon” was pretty neat.  But you know what, The Outfield, maybe I should have faced the wrath of my parents and dialed in (and that’s what I’d have had to do, DIAL in, because we had a rotary phone) and told Vic St. John to keep playing this song.

But I didn’t.  And this song faded into obscurity.  Whether the two are connected, I won’t guess.  But I apologize anyway, The Outfield.  Just in case.

“Voices Of Babylon”

Hit the message I can hear you calling calling calling calling

No one’s going anywhere toniiight

We conceived a modern generation

It was free but now we pay the priiice

We’re the victims of our own creation

Chasing rainbows that are painted black or white

Watch the struggle of our own temptation

Instincts barely keeping us aliiiive

(Oh oh oh) Back to the rhythm that we all came from
Voices of Babylon, streets of Londooon

(Oh oh oh) Back to the people that we know so well
Space in time removed too soon to tell

<awesome The Outfield jam>

Just a product of imagination

Patiently we wait for our turn toooo come

Small collection of the population

By the time our number’s up, we could beeeee goooone

Back to the rhythm that we all came from
Voices of Babylon, streets of Londooon

(Oh oh oh) Back to the people that we know so well
Space in time removed too soon tooo tell

(Oh oh oh) Back to the rhythm that we all came from
Voices of Babylon, streets of Londooon

Back to the people that we know so well
Space in time removed too soon tooo tell

(Oh oh oh) Back to the rhythm that we all came from
Voices of Babylon, streets of London town

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