Darn Floor-Big Bite

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Darn Floor - Big Bite is the title of an album by rock band Daniel Amos, released in 1987 on Frontline Records.

DA followed the critically acclaimed ¡Alarma! Chronicles four part album series with this album which left many scratching their heads. Although it was praised by many fans and critics, it became one of DA's worst selling albums, rejected by an industry which didn't understand what it meant.

The title of the album came from an incident involving Koko the gorilla, who had been trained to understand limited amounts of American Sign Language. Koko reacted to an earthquake with the words "Darn darn floor bad bite. Trouble trouble." The general lyrical theme of the album is comparing Koko's limited and inadequate understanding of the earthquake, to man's limited and inadequate understanding of the nature of God.

The album is also heavily inspired by the works of Czesław Miłosz, especially in songs like "The Unattainable Earth" (which was named after one of Miłosz' books), "Safety Net", "Pictures of the Gone World", "Divine Instant", and "Half Light, Epoch, and Phase". Taylor also incorporated several lines from the book Little, Big by John Crowley into his lyrics, including the line "I drink you endlessly toward my hollow heart" in the song "Earth Household." Taylor's love for Annie Dillard comes through strongly with the final song, "The Shape Of Air", which features an all star choir.

The unique album cover was designed by Dave Perry. In 2007, the DVD Instruction Through Film was released which included the never-before-seen video footage of the band taking the album cover photos. Also that year, work began on a 20th Anniversary Edition of the album that was expected to be fully remastered and to include bonus material. That deluxe reissue, which was released by Arena Rock Recording Co. with help from Stunt Records, hit record store shelves on November 25, 2008.



Track listing

Side one

Side two

Deluxe Edition Bonus Disc


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