User Memory
Formaldehyde Fan Memory
With thanks to the B52s
From : Lemming
Like an old car in winter, Formaldehyde was slow to get going. Arriving on Editors' 4th album The Weight of Your Love in 2013, the track had already been a sonic thorn-in-the-side for 4 years or more by then. The band had struggled to create an identity for it, unable to bestow it with a musical personality. It would be an unsolvable riddle for a long time until Ed approached it with a B52s style drum beat. Suddenly the cylindrical chambers that sat adjacent to each other for so long clicked into alignment, the lock opened, Formaldehyde became. It's subversive, a pop a song you can sing but whose tenebrous words you might not fully register. Also, "Formaldehyde" is a chemical ingredient in embalming fluid used to preserve the dead. Luckily the video was more upbeat...except it wasn't. A spaghetti western backdrop where a cowboy drags a coffin around. Perhaps the song was a very knowing in-joke to troll everyone who accuses them of persistent melancholy? I can only hope that's true.
The Black Gold Archives

Welcome to the Black Gold Archives. Explore the timeline as it chronicles sixteen tracks that make up the Black Gold greatest hits record and discover stories from each song. Videos, photos and memories written by the band and people who lived through every era of Editors. And, most importantly, add your own memory to the archives and let the whole world share in it. Every memory that is shared will be added to the archive. A photo of a tiny, sweaty gig in the early 2000s… A grainy video taken from your old camera phone thrust in the air while you lived out your favourite festival moment… Or maybe words. A story, a moment, a memory.

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