366TAS: 3:19 – Rainbow – Since You Been Gone

This is the cover of the Rainbow album Down to Earth, on which their recording of “Since You Been Gone” appears. See anything wrong with that? How about a rainbow in outer space! As far as I can tell, you need liquid water to make a rainbow and in outer space, that liquid water would just boil off into the vacuum. I guess that’s just how metal Rainbow was, though: so metal that the laws of physics didn’t apply to them!

A more cynical viewpoint might be that the audience isn’t smart enough to know the difference, but we know that at least some rock stars are pretty smart cookies. Besides, it’s a good idea to never underestimate your audience. They’re generally sensitive, intelligent people who respond positively to quality entertainment. And yes, that’s a quote that I stole from this scene from the excellent 200th episode of “Stargate SG-1” where they lampoon lots of popular sci-fi tomes and franchises. It’s just a shame that Rainbow couldn’t have had a cameo in there to clarify that the first explanation was in fact the one they had in mind, because “too metal for physics” just sounds cool.

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One Response to 366TAS: 3:19 – Rainbow – Since You Been Gone

  1. James says:

    Talking about “Since U Been Gone” covers, the best one for the Kelly Clarkson version is by DC’s own Ted Leo & The Pharmacists. Very different from this 70’s song, but still the pop gem of the 2000’s.

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