Man, you think you know someone and then you find out a little secret from their past and your entire image of them is blown. I, and most people living in Seattle go by the Space Needle every day, and after a while you think nothing of it. It’s just that flying saucer on stilts that was built for the 1962 World’s Fair. Well, yesterday I found out that the Space Needle used to be painted orange. At first I thought this was some well known thing that everyone new about, but after asking a few Seattleites, a couple had vague recollections of it being a burnt orange and some thought I was crazy. Space Needle, I’ll never look at you in the same way again.
This excellent photo was swiped from the equally excellent Vintage Seattle Blog. You can click over there to see another pic of the orange space needle and learn that it was re-painted orange not so long ago for it’s 40th anniversary.
So when I pulled out my Kurious Oranj cd by the Fall, I had forgotten about the picture of the band hanging out around a giant hamburger on the back sleeve of the album. I’m now convinced that Kurious Oranj was written about the Space Needle and not William and Mary. Mark E Smith must have known about the Space Needle being orange and how it looked like a giant hamburger, genius!