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7-6-08 Queensrÿche – Operation: Mindcrime

Posted by Sean on July 5, 2008

Well, since I’m in Seattle, it’d probably be appropriate for me to post something from a Seattle band.

But not that one Seattle band. That’s a bit too… obvious, don’t you think? Instead, let’s focus on another group, one that hasn’t had as much press as that one Seattle band… and that just happens to be one of the favorite bands of my friend RJ, the guy who’s nice enough to put me up while I’m here. That, of course, would be Queensrÿche (MySpace and album downloads here).

Your neat thing today is the first three songs from 1988’s Operation: Mindcrime: I Remember Now, Anarchy-X and Revolution Calling. This was recorded live during Queensrÿche’s Operation: LIVEcrime tour on May 1991.

You’ll probably like the plot of Operation: Mindcrime, Shanoah. It’s a concept album – that is, an album with songs telling a common story. The story in this case is that of Nikki who, according to the Queensrÿche site, was: “…a loser. A street kid, left to fend for himself at a young age. He was independent, and unpredictable, but harmless. Except now he had a philosophy, and that made him dangerous.” His philosophy was that of Dr. X, leader of the “revolutionary” organization Revolution-X, who brainwashes Nikki into a Manchurian candidate-like killer. Nikki is activated, Telefonlike, with the word “mindcrime”.

His only salvation is Sister Mary, who “worked the S&M shows in Times Square.” Someone kills her near the end of Operation: Mindcrime, and her murderer was one of the album’s biggest mysteries. Fans had to wait until 2004 and the tour An Evening with Queensrÿche to learn who killed her.

Courtesy of ilovesouthernrock, which an odd name for a guy with a Pacific Northwest band on his/her/its/their channel.

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