Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
|Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven|
Cover art by John Arthur Tinholt
|Studio album by Godspeed You! Black Emperor|
|Released||9 October 2000|
|Recorded||February 2000 at Chemical Sound Studios in Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Genre||Post-rock, experimental rock|
|Godspeed You! Black Emperor chronology|
Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven (also known as Lift Yr. Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven! and Levez Vos Skinny Fists Comme Antennas to Heaven) is a 2000 double album released by the Canadian post-rock group Godspeed You! Black Emperor.
Structure and details
The inner panels of the vinyl edition released by Constellation contain a diagram used to illustrate the relative lengths of movements within the four tracks; each movement is drawn, by Efrim Menuck, as a rectangular block with its length determined by the proportion of the track it comprises. Some of the blocks are shifted slightly upwards to show an increase in intensity. The movement title and the numerical length are denoted either above or below the square. The same diagram is provided as a paper insert in the CD edition from Kranky.
The inside cover drawings were taken from William Schaff's "Notes to a Friend; Silently Listening No. 2", and the cover was a redrawn version of one of the pieces on "Notes to a Friend", by John Arthur Tinholt. The flip side of the vinyl contains various images taken by the band.
Magnet (1-2/01, p. 45) included it in its "20 Best Albums of 2000".
NME (12/30/00, p. 78) ranked number 16 in its "Top 50 Albums of the Year".
Sputnikmusic named it the 6th best album of the 2000s.
Pitchfork Media named it the 65th best album of the decade.
The album consists of four continuous tracks on the compact disc release. Time lengths of individual movements are taken from the official discography. Times for each movement appear in the album's cover art, but those times are very inaccurate. While the movements of the tracks are listed, the names of the four tracks that make up the album are unlisted on the CD.
- Disc one
|1.||"Lift Yr. Skinny Fists, Like Antennas to Heaven..."||6:15|
|2.||"Gathering Storm/Il Pleut à Mourir [+Clatters Like Worry]"||11:10|
|3.||"'Welcome to ARCO AM/PM...' [ L.A.X.; 5/14/00]"||1:15|
|4.||"Cancer Towers on Holy Road Hi-Way"||3:52|
|1.||"Terrible Canyons of Static"||3:34|
|4.||"World Police and Friendly Fire"||9:48|
|5.||"[...+The Buildings They Are Sleeping Now]"||5:25|
- Disc two
|1.||"Murray Ostril: '...They Don't Sleep Anymore on the Beach...'"||1:10|
|3.||"Broken Windows, Locks of Love Pt. III."||9:53|
|2.2: Antennas to Heaven|
|1.||"Moya Sings 'Baby-O'..."||1:00|
|3.||"[Glockenspiel Duet Recorded on a Campsite In Rhinebeck, N.Y.]"||0:47|
|4.||"'Attention...Mon Ami...Fa-Lala-Lala-La-La...' [55-St. Laurent]"||1:18|
|5.||"She Dreamt She Was a Bulldozer, She Dreamt She Was Alone in an Empty Field"||9:43|
|7.||"[Antennas to Heaven...]"||2:02|
- "Broken Windows, Locks of Love Pt. III" was originally named "3rd Part".
- "She Dreamt She Was a Bulldozer, She Dreamt She Was Alone in an Empty Field" was originally named "John Hughes", presumably after the film director.
- "Monheim" and "Chart #3" were recorded on 22 November 1998 (but not broadcast until 19 January 1999) for John Peel's radio show before the release of Skinny Fists as the first two movements of a piece called "Hung Over as the Queen in Maida Vale". The closing movement, which has never been officially released, was named "Steve Reich" after the minimalist composer, and is loosely based on his piece Violin Phase.
- Godspeed You! Black Emperor
- Thierry Amar – bass guitar
- David Bryant – electric guitar
- Bruce Cawdron – drums
- Aidan Girt – drums
- Norsola Johnson – cello
- Efrim Menuck – guitar
- Mauro Pezzente – bass guitar
- Roger Tellier-Craig – guitar
- Sophie Trudeau – violin
- Other musicians
- Alfons – horn
- Brian – horn
|UK Albums Chart||66|
- "Godspeed You Black Emperor! – Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven (artwork page)". Constellation Records. Retrieved 2009-05-03.[dead link]
- Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven. Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
- Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven. Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
- Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
- Official discography
- Godspeed You Black Emperor! Live at BBC Studios on 1999-01-19-->
- BBC - Radio 1 - Keeping It Peel - 22/11/1998 Godspeed You Black Emperor!
- Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven at Constellation Records
- Speech transcript of the track "Static" at SongMeanings.net
- Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven at Metacritic.com