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Re: General Music talk
« Reply #250 on: September 15, 2016, 12:33:36 AM »
That wasn't the question. Is it one of the 20 best songs of the decade, apart from being The Who's best song? From this early period; Substitute and My Generation are both more interesting, and iconic before you get to the more subjective question of whether it's a better song. This seems clear for Gimme Shelter as well. The only doubtful one is The Beatles one since the only other really strong song on Sgt Peppers is LSD.

The question what are the greatest debut singles of the 60s? Different answer.
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Re: General Music talk
« Reply #251 on: September 15, 2016, 12:48:28 AM »
I mean, your initial question was whether those three songs were the best from those three bands. Tomorrow Man is pretty clearly answering that.

But beyond all of this, there's never ever gonna be a list that satisfies everybody. The list doesn't become invalid because one disagrees with it. It just becomes a list you disagree with. I wanted a way of making sure that I heard most of the canonical songs of a decade alongside some of the more obscure things and it was good for that.

Despite the title given to things like this, I'm not sure anybody who actually makes a list like this thinks that they are definitive.
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Re: General Music talk
« Reply #252 on: September 15, 2016, 12:56:52 AM »
The Mercury Prize is awarded tonight. Like the radio is saying this morning; it's difficult to look past the artistic statement of a man directly addressing his own demise and death. It's a strong lineup but Blackstsr is the clear favourite
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Re: General Music talk
« Reply #253 on: September 16, 2016, 12:44:15 AM »
Skepta wins the Mercury Prize.

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Re: General Music talk
« Reply #254 on: October 05, 2016, 01:01:24 PM »
It's Shocktober so how about a ghoulish playlist. Stick your most devilish horror related songs here!

http://youtu.be/I_BixyTrY7o

[an excuse to get the amazing Wytches into people's ears but the video is very videodromish)
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Re: General Music talk
« Reply #255 on: October 05, 2016, 01:32:31 PM »
Two from Barbara Manning come to mind. The first is "Burnsite", from her early band 28th Day. What makes this extra chilling (besides the blood-curdling scream) is that, IIRC, it's based on a true story of Manning seeing a friend of hers jump into a fire.

The other is "Someone Wants You Dead", which has a playful sense of the macabre that reminds me of Edward Gorey.

And since we lost Rod Temperton today, this seems like a good place to honor his most famous song.
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Re: General Music talk
« Reply #256 on: October 05, 2016, 02:43:45 PM »
She's got the right voice for the tone of the songs.

One more;

Dracula's Wedding - Outkast

, which sent me on a long Outkast trip; whatta band!
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Re: General Music talk
« Reply #257 on: October 05, 2016, 07:38:30 PM »
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Re: General Music talk
« Reply #258 on: October 06, 2016, 03:25:21 PM »
New Album of the Week; No.1

All Your Happy Life- The Wytches (release date: 30/09/16)


A Halloween timed release? They are leaning on a ghoulish theatricality, appropriate to their name. They also use old school Radiohead like a crutch; tempos lapsing to a slow drawl and guitar squeals; equally as powerful; they aren't concerned with keeping a beat; tracking down a thought and dragging it into the bushes, for their pleasure; before its rotting corpse rises from the crypt transformed into a new song-beast. Thom Yorke is similarly unconcerned with centring his voice; letting it skew in the direction the music takes him. The guitars take a slow stroll down the foggy cobbled streets of Victoriana; swing-a-long-a-sixpence; before meeting a screaming, howling fiend in a feedback alleyway; delicious sharp switchblades. "Ghost House", "Bone Weary", "Crest of Death", "A Dead Night Again". Not quite a theme but a frame of mind, certainly.

Top tracks; C-Side/ Bone Weary

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Re: General Music talk
« Reply #259 on: October 12, 2016, 12:43:52 PM »
New Album of the Week; No.2

Toy- Yello (release date: September 30, 2016)




I think, if you had never heard a Yello album before this would be a great place to start; even 30 years past their central work. Equally, if you know their big, beefy, bouncy work then this is a welcome, joyful revisiting; rather than a retread; because the Yello sound is so complexedly layered, by producer-first artists, that it is timelessly tuneful. A band from Zurich leaning on latin beats of salsa, combined with electronic trills in cascading layers; a sense of fun, never in love with their own sophistication; halfway between eurotrash leather bars and the casino on the shore, darling. Sense of fun, demonstrated thus;

Limbo

, with the same deep nonsense of "Oh Yeah". I can say it's all so fresh, but I can't say it's innovative because, I already said, it hasn't moved a long way North from the 80's.

Yello are producers first, when they surgically scalpel out a guitar lick and splice it to another Frankenstein's monster of a track; when voices are transplanted in. Two of the best tracks are sung by Malia, a singer from Malawi, I haven't heard before; in the miasma of a Yello song, they can isolate a beautiful voice; an operating theatre sterility to the cleanliness of the production. Swiss clock. Yello can move to ballads or trancey soundtracks, which have gravitated towards an Aphex Twin ambivalent ambience.

A grown up sound from a couple of old geezers.

Top tracks; Cold Flame & Give You The World- both featuring Malia

 
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