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E-Bow the Letter
An E-Bow is an interesting little device for your guitar that uses electromagnets (hence the "E"-Bow name) to vibrate the strings, making a sound not unlike an underwater violin. That's what Buck uses to play the main guitar part. [jlunger] * Check out http://www.ebow.com for more info. [greg@ebow.com]

"Dreaming of Maria Callas"
Maria Callas was a singer. She has a famously deep throated voice, and limited vocal talent, but incredibly emotive style. She has often stated that she considers the emotional interpretation of music more important than the vocal form. She formerly was the mistress of Aristotle Onassis. [ericosuave] * There was an interview in the last year with either Patti Smith or Stipe in which it was said that in her youth, Smith aspired to be an opera singer like Maria Callas. [ez040694]

"Aluminum tastes like fear"
People smoke crack off of aluminum... Also they smoke heroin... And I'm pretty sure thats a way to speedball too... River Phoenix was speedballing when he died... He was drunk and he was speedballing and hitting downers... [jroemer] * Speaking from a psychology background, the emotion centres of the brain send messages to the conscious bit using the same neural pathways that deliver sensory input (especially pain) -- it means that important messages (in the case of fear "get the hell out of there") can be made stronger by mimicking bodily sensations. Anyway, against that background, its quite feasible for fear to invoke a taste of aluminum. [jrwhyte] * I mean, fear is adrenaline, and adrenaline has several byproducts, one of which is adrenochrome. Does Michael know that? Probably not. But maybe he just found a way to say that Adrenochrome is very similar to what your body produces when you're under the influence of psychedelics. It's in The Doors of Perception -- Aldous Huxley. When I started taking drugs as a teenager -- psychedelics and stuff -- I was really interested in what they were actually doing, as opposed to what I was feeling. [Buck, from a Rolling Stone interview]

"Adrenaline, it pulls us near"
Adrenaline is a hormone the body releases when stressed that increases metabolic rate. [Chris Piuma]

"Seconal, spanish fly, absinthe, kerosene"
Seconal (secobarbital) is a sedative-hypnotic from the group called barbiturates. Sedative-hypnotics are drugs which depress or slow down the body's functions. They are often referred to as tranquilizers and sleeping pills or sometimes just sedatives. They CAN cause dependence. Combining sedatives with alcohol can be especially dangerous. [Mitja Benedicic] * I personally don't think it would enhance sex, but the use of barbiturates might lower your inhibitions (and standards) to the point where you might sleep with someone you would ordinarily reject if you were not under the influence. [Antoinette M Niebieszczanski] * Spanish fly - aphrodisiac preparation of crushed green beetle. [macrae] * Also known as cantharsis. [Chris Piuma] * Absinthe: a green liqueur made from wormwood and other herbs, 70-80% alcohol, supposed to taste like bitter licorice; all those French existentialists used to sit around in their cafes sipping the stuff until it was discovered to cause nerve damage, and it's now banned in most western countries. [dawne] * Known for its hallucinogenic properties. [macrae]

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