Track of the Day: 'X-Ray Visions'

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

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“X-Ray Visions” by the band Clutch has great riffs, but it’s not over the top, a la most heavy metal today. The lyrics pay homage to Philip K. Dick, my favorite sci-fi writer of all time. The video has nice callouts as well—the briefcase with Marlboros (Dick’s smoke of choice), the token with New Frontier, while not exactly mentioned in “A Scanner Darkly” evokes it nicely, and the female in the #5 capsule recalls a character in “The Divine Invasion.”

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