BARBARELLA

“Barbarella” was based on a comic strip that was serialized in a French men’s magazine in the early 1960s, created by artist Jean-Claude Forest. When the collected strips were published as a stand-alone book in 1964, a scandal ensued when it was deemed pornographic even though it was, at best, slightly erotic. The book caught the attention of producer Dino De Laurentiis (who snapped up the rights) and director Roger Vadim, who adapted it for the screen in 1968. Vadim cast then-wife Jane Fonda as the titular character, an interstellar spy for the United Earth government on a mission to find scientist Durand Durand, who has created a weapon that could destroy humanity.

A track from Scott Weiland’s first solo album, this song is titled after a campy 1968 movie. The film was showing on a TV in the studio where Weiland was working on the album, which gave him the idea for the song. He said it was about “my desire for a strong, powerful woman to come along and cure me of everything”. There is a bit of self-loathing in this song, as Weiland takes accountability for the trail of destruction he left in his wake because of his erratic behavior. “I’m a selfish piece of s–t,” he sings, before alluding to his addictions: “Cant you see it’s a disease?”.

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“Barbarella” se basó en una tira cómica de una revista masculina francesa a principios de la década de 1960, creada por el artista Jean-Claude Forest. En 1964 se recopilaron los ejemplares y se publicó a manera de libro, al momento de su lanzamiento se produjo un escándalo cuando se le consideró pornográfico aunque, en el mejor de los casos, un poco erótico. El libro llamó la atención del productor Dino De Laurentiis (quien obtuvo los derechos) y del director Roger Vadim, quien lo adaptó para la pantalla en 1968. Vadim eligió a su entonces esposa Jane Fonda como el personaje principal, un espía interestelar para el Gobierno de la Tierra Unida, quien tiene la misión de encontrar al científico Durand Durand, creador de un arma con la cual podría destruir a la humanidad.

“Bararella” es un single del primer álbum en solitario de Scott Weiland, esta canción lleva el título de la película de 1968, que casualmente se mostraba en un televisor en el estudio donde Weiland estaba trabajando su album en solitario, lo que le dio la idea de la canción. Dijo que se trataba de “mi deseo de que una mujer fuerte y poderosa viniera y me curara de todo”. Hay un poco de odio hacia sí mismo en esta canción, ya que Weiland se responsabiliza por el rastro de destrucción que dejó en su estela debido a su comportamiento errático. “Soy una pieza egoísta de m—-a”, canta, antes de aludir a sus adicciones: “¿No ves que es una enfermedad?”.

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You play the game, I’ll masturbate and sing a lullaby
You run the race, I’ll pay the miles
You sing the pink love fuzz and dance the musty queer
I’ll stay at home cause I’m the mouse

So high that i can’t fly, more deep than space #9
Can’t tell time by telling time
She’s so ready, I’m so heavy, It’s so heavy on me
Can’t hold time by holding time

Barbarella, come and save me from my misery
Can’t you see it’s a disease
Shoot the bad guys and I’ll gladly sing a tune for you
Lost in Space – we could be free


Let go, let god they say, I do believe, but not in yours or yours
I just believe it’s all the same
Don’t know just who I am, Don’t know about the lamb
I’m the meat of the feast

Barbarella, come and save me from your misery
Can’t you see it’s a disease
Shoot the bad guys and I’ll gladly sing a tune for you
Lost in Space – we could be free


Na na na na na na, Na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na
Hoo ho ho, Huh ho ho huh ho ho

And all the tangerines, they taste like jelly beans
This must be boring by now
Grab a scale and guess the weight of all the pain I’ve given with my name
I’m a selfish piece of shit

Barbarella, come and save me from my misery
Can’t you see it’s a disease
Shoot the bad guys and I’ll gladly sing a tune for you
We’ll watch ‘Lost in Space’ on my TV

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