Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The 13th sign

What's an Ophiucus?

Apparently, in addition to being one of the 88 major constellations, it's also the 13th sign of the Zodiac. I had no idea there were 13 Zodiacal signs until I googled the word 'Ophiucus', but there you go. I haven't paid much attention to astrology since I stopped reading Sydney Omarr, which happened around the same time I stopped believing in the Easter Bunny.

And what inspired my curiosity? Why, a single by a (French?) group of the same name, who recorded the remarkable single depicted above sometime in the very early 1970s. The A-side, Canadian Bar, is nothing to write home about, but the B-side is another matter entirely. Cette Chanson Vient d'Autrefois (This Song Comes From the Past, according to iGoogle's translating tool) will please anyone who's ever contemplatively grooved to the quieter moments of Spacemen 3. It's a bit like Transparent Radiation, which of course is a wonderful thing to be a bit like.

Apparently, an Ophiucus album was released on Barclay in 1972. Clearly something I need to acquire.

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