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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Rob » Sun Sep 08, 2019 8:02 am

241. The Pretty Reckless – Take Me Down
Year: 2016
Album: Who You Selling For
Biggest Fan: StevieFan13 (#879)

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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Jap123 » Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:51 am

Big Star - You Can't Have Me
7
Not a regular contributor to this but had to rate a track from my favorite album of all time - one of my least favorite out of the core fifteen or so songs on Third but still better than most bands could put out

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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Hymie » Sun Sep 08, 2019 12:50 pm

Rob wrote:
Sun Sep 08, 2019 8:02 am
241. The Pretty Reckless – Take Me Down
4

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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Rob » Sun Sep 08, 2019 3:42 pm

Big Star - You Can't Have Me: 6
I never understood what makes this band so special to many people and this is no exception. Still, I like the drums on this one a lot, which helps.

The Pretty Reckless – Take Me Down: 6
A bit like Garbage (the band, not the trash). It builds up to something great, but the chorus is too derivative of thousands of other songs to really make a deep impression.

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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by DaveC » Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:48 pm

234. Yo La Tengo – One PM Again: 4
235. George Thorogood and the Destroyers – Bad to the Bone: 4.5
236. Happy Mondays – Hallelujah (Paul Oakenfold - Club Mix): 3
237. Laura Nyro – Gibsom Street: 7
238. Chuck Person – A3: 5
239. King Tuff – Loser’s Wall: 6
240. Big Star – You Can’t Have Me: 5
241. The Pretty Reckless – Take Me Down: 7

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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Hymie » Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:45 pm

Rob wrote:
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Big Star - You Can't Have Me: 6
I never understood what makes this band so special to many people
Me either. The Box Tops are EASILY the best band that Alex Chilton was in.

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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Brad » Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:57 pm

ugh

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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Rob » Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:23 am

The next song ranks at #6226 on AM. It is also the second entry by Belle and Sebastian in this poll:

242. Belle and Sebastian – I Want the World to Stop
Year: 2010
Album: Belle and Sebastian Write About Love
Biggest Fan: JohnnyBGoode (#189)

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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by spiritualized » Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:00 am

238. Chuck Person – A3: 4 - I have no idea what vapourwave is about. but this is rather below average.
239. King Tuff – Loser’s Wall: 5
240. Big Star – You Can’t Have Me: 5
241. The Pretty Reckless – Take Me Down: 6
242. Belle and Sebastian – I Want the World to Stop - excellent song, I always had my reservations about Stuart Murdoch's voice, but in this mix, it's rather set back and I love the song for it. 8/10

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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Hymie » Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:41 pm

Rob wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:23 am
242. Belle and Sebastian – I Want the World to Stop
5

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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Honorio » Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:19 pm



1 | Belle and Sebastian | I Want the World to Stop | 9
2 | Laura Nyro | Gibsom Street | 8
3 | Big Star | You Can’t Have Me | 7
4 | Happy Mondays | Hallelujah (Club Mix) | 6
5 | King Tuff | Loser’s Wall | 6
6 | The Pretty Reckless | Take Me Down | 5
7 | Chuck Person | A3 | 4

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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Rob » Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:28 pm

Belle and Sebastian – I Want the World to Stop: 7

Never listened to this one before, or anything so back in the career of these guys, but this is a very appealing song. I feel that the band is less wordy here than they were before, which is a shame as I think some poetry is lost. That along with the hooky melody makes this a very poppy song, but at least it is a good one.

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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Brad » Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:07 am

238. Chuck Person – A3: 4
239. King Tuff – Loser’s Wall: 7.5
240. Big Star – You Can’t Have Me: 9 (has since dropped to #1336 all-time)
241. The Pretty Reckless – Take Me Down: 4
242. Belle and Sebastian – I Want the World to Stop: 7.5

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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Rob » Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:45 am

I think it’s been a long time since we had a song with over 100.000.000 streams on Spotify, but here is one. The second Disney song in this poll:

243. Phil Collins – You’ll Be In My Heart
Year: 1999
Album: Tarzan (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Biggest Fan: kaue (#263)

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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Wezzo » Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:21 am

239. King Tuff – Loser’s Wall - 5.5
240. Big Star – You Can’t Have Me - 6.5
241. The Pretty Reckless – Take Me Down - 7
242. Belle and Sebastian – I Want the World to Stop - 8.5
243. Phil Collins – You’ll Be In My Heart - 6.5

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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Romain » Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:18 am

236. Happy Mondays – Hallelujah (Paul Oakenfold - Club Mix)
Not my thing at all. 3/10

237. Laura Nyro – Gibsom Street
The voice sounds very aggressive to my ears but I still like the whole thing. A ballad at the piano is always welcome. 5,5/10

238. Chuck Person – A3
Uhuuuuuuu... are you sure this is the right song in the playlist? 2/10

239. King Tuff – Loser’s Wall
An all time favourite, don't ask why, I don't know. 10/10

240. Big Star – You Can’t Have Me
I've always been perplexed about BigStar. I like their songs and albums, but I don't understand their status as a cult band. 7/10

241. The Pretty Reckless – Take Me Down
The voice is great. The little Hammond organ make the job. Maybe a little too "American teenager" for me. 5,5/10

242. Belle and Sebastian – I Want the World to Stop
This group knows how to create superb ballads... here is more proof. 8/10

243. Phil Collins – You’ll Be In My Heart
It's so cheezy that I don't even know how to rate it! Pffff... 3,5/10

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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by andyd1010 » Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:49 am

Belle and Sebastian – I Want the World to Stop: 7.5

...

Avenged Sevenfold - Fiction: 9.5
Nick Drake – Saturday Sun: 9.5
Middle Kids - Edge of Town: 9.5
KT Tunstall – Suddenly I See: 9
Blink-182 - Stay Together for the Kids: 9
Empire of the Sun – Walking on a Dream: 8.5
Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know: 8.5
Ray Charles - (The Night Time) Is the Right Time: 8.5
Prince - Free: 8.5
Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue: 8
Big Thief – Shark Smile: 8
Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dollar: 8
The Heavy – How You Like Me Now: 8
Elvis Costello – Hand in Hand: 8
Radiohead - The Numbers: 7.5
Big Thief – Mythological Beauty: 7.5
Dusty Springfield - Goin' Back: 7.5
The Libertines – Up the Bracket: 7.5
The Coral – In the Morning: 7.5
Beyoncé – Pray You Catch Me: 7.5
The Band – King Harvest (Has Surely Come): 7
The National - Ada: 7
Sarah McLachlan - Adia: 7
Blurry - Puddle of Mudd: 7
Rush - YYZ: 7
The Rolling Stones – Soul Survivor: 7
Rickie Lee Jones - Chuck E.'s in Love: 6.5
Bob Dylan – To Ramona: 6.5
Orelsan – Suicide social: 6.5
Gillian Welch – Elvis Presley Blues: 6.5
Eminem - Drug Ballad: 6.5
Belle and Sebastian – The Act of the Apostle (I): 6.5
My Chemical Romance - Famous Last Words: 6.5
Green Day – In the End: 6
The Notorious B.I.G. – Suicidal Thoughts: 6
Minnie Riperton - Inside My Love: 6
Adele – Hometown Glory: 6
Otis Redding – Rock Me Baby: 6
Vampire Weekend – I Think Ur A Contra: 5.5
Muddy Waters - Good News: 5.5
JJ Cale - Magnolia: 5.5
Fiona Apple - Limp: 5
David Axelrod - Holy Thursday: 5
Traffic – The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys: 4.5
Fleet Foxes - Kept Woman: 4.5
Simple Plan – Welcome to My Life: 4.5
The Jam – English Rose: 4.5
Tom Waits – Johnsburg, Illinois: 4.5
Elton John - Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock & Roll): 4
The Spaniels - Baby It's You: 4
AC/DC – Who Made Who: 4
Slick Rick – Hey Young World: 4
"Weird Al" Yankovic - Hardware Store: 3.5
Los Saicos - Demolición: 3.5
R.E.M. – Little America: 3.5
Janet Jackson - If: 3.5
Chainsmokers & Coldplay - Something Just Like This: 3
Queen - Good Company: 3
The Stooges - Fun House: 3
Fergie, featuring Ludacris - Glamorous: 3
Aphex Twin - On: 2

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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Hymie » Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:50 pm

Rob wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:45 am
243. Phil Collins – You’ll Be In My Heart
3

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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Akhenaten » Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:23 pm

234. Yo La Tengo – One PM Again - 4.5
235. George Thorogood and the Destroyers – Bad to the Bone - 8
236. Happy Mondays – Hallelujah - 10 (I love the groove of the whole thing, the Manchester swagger, and the monks!)
237. Laura Nyro – Gibsom Street - 5.5
238. Chuck Person – A3 - 2.5 ( The 8 second phrase is quite okay, but repeated constantly... no. Then halfway through a new (not so good) phrase is used, and, oh...)
239. King Tuff – Loser’s Wall - 3.5
240. Big Star – You Can’t Have Me - 4
241. The Pretty Reckless – Take Me Down - 8 (Never heard of this or them, but it's fab)
242. Belle and Sebastian – I Want the World to Stop - 8.5 (I didn't know this, but I like it alot. I've always thought Belle & Sebastian should be my kind of thing, but never really warmed to them much before.)
243. Phil Collins – You’ll Be In My Heart - 2 (I normally try and defend Phil Collins when people slag him off, but this really doesn't help his case!)


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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by StevieFan13 » Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:33 pm

Take Me Down is an 8 and You’ll Be in My Heart is a 6.
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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Zombeels » Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:37 am

241. The Pretty Reckless – Take Me Down 7
242. Belle and Sebastian – I Want the World to Stop 9 (Just missed my list)
243. Phil Collins – You’ll Be In My Heart 4

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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Rob » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:42 am

244. Billie Holiday – Don’t Explain
Year: 1946
Released as a single
Biggest Fan: bonnielaurel (#461)

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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Hymie » Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:13 pm

Rob wrote:
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244. Billie Holiday – Don’t Explain
4

As good as she was, the excessive violins kill it for me.

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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Rob » Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:18 pm

Phil Collins – You’ll Be In My Heart: 5
I'm probably somewhat milder than I normally would be for something like this, because I have the origin of the song vivid in mind. This song was written for the movie Tarzan and belongs to a song in which grieving mother dotes on her newfound song. It fits, but on it's own it is a lot harder too swallow, because there his hardly a schmaltzier song in the Disney canon.

Billie Holiday – Don’t Explain: 8
Very powerful. I think the violins are tasteful and not even that prominent in the 'mix'. They support Holiday very well and make it another strong showcase for her. Maybe singing-wise the best I have heard of her yet.

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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Safetycat » Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:20 pm

What a great week!

239. King Tuff – Loser’s Wall - 6
Good but never does anything interesting for me

240. Big Star – You Can’t Have Me - 7
A good band and a good song

241. The Pretty Reckless – Take Me Down - 7
Looked up the band and turns out the lead singer was the little girl in that terrible Grinch movie... good career move switching to music.

242. Belle and Sebastian – I Want the World to Stop - 8
Ok I really need to do a dive into this band, this is superb.

243. Phil Collins – You’ll Be In My Heart - 5
I know that this movie is mostly remembered for the Phil Collins soundtrack... but I assume it's for Two Worlds and Son of Man, which are both solid tracks. This is fine but not on the same level.

244. Billie Holiday – Don’t Explain - 7
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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Rob » Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:51 am

The next song ranks on AM at #7687:

245. The Guess Who – No Time
Year: 1969
Album: American Woman
Biggest Fan: fasbjd (#964)

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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Safetycat » Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:08 am

245. The Guess Who – No Time - 7

Love American Woman so was nice to hear some more from this band. This one's a little stale, but the ending is great and the repeated title really resonates with me with my workload lately lol.
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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Hymie » Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:23 pm

245. The Guess Who – No Time - 7
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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Henry » Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:39 pm

245. The Guess Who – No Time - 7

My 1358th all-time favorite.

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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Zombeels » Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:45 pm

245. The Guess Who – No Time

There are 2 versions of this song.
First one appeared on the album Canned Wheat.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gzlq_aEJ008
The better known version appeared on the album American Woman.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPX48NpSRvo

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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Hymie » Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:16 pm

Henry wrote:
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245. The Guess Who – No Time - 7

My 1358th all-time favorite.
I think my #1358 is still a 9. Either that or a high 8.

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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Rob » Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:25 pm

The Guess Who – No Time: 7

I only knew American Woman by them, but even then I probably wouldn't be able to name the band behind it. But this is a very solid classic rock song, with a great second half.

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Chuck Pearson - A3 2 One of a kind (hopefully), gains an extra point for the 2nd half improving on Ian Van Dahl's original by default!

King Tuff - Loser's Wall 4 Should have taken notes from Bohemian Like You, a fellow Jumping Jack Flash rip-off, by adding pace and not having a singer who sounds like he's being strangled.

Big Star - You Can't Have Me 8 More experimental than I expected from Big Star, the free-jazz sax and synth bassline come across like visitors from another song but make it all the livelier for not fully fitting in with the other aspects of the tracks.

The Pretty Reckless - Take Me Down 6 The singer and her hickory-smoked vocals deserve a song, be it rock or country, where you can't predict every rhyme on first listen. Not even her passion can make the lyrics or the dynamics of the track interesting. My six points are genuinely all for her voice.

Belle and Sebastian - I Want the World to Stop 5 Over 20 years in the game has added welcome grit to Stuart Murdoch's usually cloying voice. The Motown leanings of the rhythm section on this tune don't do enough to inject some oomph, however.

Phil Collins - You'll Be in My Heart 2 A very listenable start driven by drama-anticipating synth strings and subtle splashes of 'tribal' drums is scotched by the most artificial-sounding crescendo of acoustic guitars you'll hear; the song then gets progressively worse long before it limps to its rote chorus.

Billie Holiday - Don't Explain 6 Clearly a work of quality but just doesn't affect me deeply.

The Guess Who - No Time 7 The opening riff makes you swear you're listening to some forgotten British Invasion classic and the ending is an appealing psych-out, the main bulk of the song is begging me to give it more perseverance to get the most out of it, though.
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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Brad » Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:47 am

243. Phil Collins – You’ll Be In My Heart 2
244. Billie Holiday – Don’t Explain 7.5
245. The Guess Who – No Time: 8.25 (#4991 all-time)

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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Henry » Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:45 am

Hymie wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:16 pm
Henry wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:39 pm
245. The Guess Who – No Time - 7

My 1358th all-time favorite.
I think my #1358 is still a 9. Either that or a high 8.
I'm a bit more constrained with my 8-10 ratings:

My 10's only go down to my 128th favorite.
My 9's end at my 350th favorite.
My 8's end at my 660th favorite.

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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Hymie » Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:21 am

I have about 450 tens and about 900 nines and about 1800 eights.

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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Rob » Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:52 am

Today the second appearance of Bruce Springsteen. Like the last time it hails from archival album Tracks:

246. Bruce Springsteen – Where the Bands Are
Year: 1998
Album: Tracks
Biggest Fan: Wezzo (#584)

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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by mileswide » Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:40 am

Bruce Springsteen - Where the Bands Are 6 It staggers out the gate from the outset with Springsteen sounding like he's trying to recontextualise his voice in an era of Boss-fans Joe Strummer and Elvis Costello, then hurtles along in a pleasingly ramshackle way until the chorus where it becomes clear that the song could still do with some work. It never really recovers for me after that and, while it could've been a contender with some tweaking, the track in its completed guise justifies its outtake status unfortunately.
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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Hymie » Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:26 pm

Rob wrote:
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246. Bruce Springsteen – Where the Bands Are
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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Rob » Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:51 pm

Bruce Springsteen – Where the Bands Are: 6
mileswide wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:40 am
while it could've been a contender with some tweaking, the track in its completed guise justifies its outtake status unfortunately.
I was going to say the same thing. The Boss is one of those artists that can pretty much do no wrong for me, but after indeed a strong start it just doesn't develop quite into something essential. Just another Springsteen song. The River already has songs like this and this one as is wouldn't have added anything to what is already a double album. He covered this ground better on other songs.

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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by mileswide » Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:26 pm

Rob wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:51 pm
I was going to say the same thing. The Boss is one of those artists that can pretty much do no wrong for me, but after indeed a strong start it just doesn't develop quite into something essential.
I was coming to it from the opposite direction- never being into Springsteen myself, the track was surpassing my expectations but having it all build up to such a one-note chorus made the whole thing fall flat. Oh well, his best example of him reclaiming his own voice from Costello remains his version of Santa Claus Is Coming to Town for me!
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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Hymie » Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:11 pm

My fave Bruce is "Pink Cadillac."

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Post by mileswide » Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:15 pm

Didn't mean to suggest SCICTT was his best song! Just the one where he most clearly seems to highlight his vocal influence on Elvis Costello. No one I've mentioned it to agrees they sound at all alike though.

I'd say his best is either Atlantic City or The River itself, both really acutely observed portrayals of working-class desperation; the latter probably clinches it with the pained "Is a dream a lie if it don't come true or is it something worse?"
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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Rob » Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:18 am

mileswide wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:15 pm
Didn't mean to suggest SCICTT was his best song! Just the one where he most clearly seems to highlight his vocal influence on Elvis Costello. No one I've mentioned it to agrees they sound at all alike though.
I have to disagree too, Springsteen and Costello don't sound alike to me at all. If for no other reason that Costello seems to thrive on a deadpan, sarcastic delivery - two elements foreign to Springsteen, who sounds loud and larger than life to me - two elements foreign to Costello.

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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Rob » Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:18 am

The next song is bubbling on AM:

247. Cold Chisel – Forever Now
Year: 1982
Album: Circus Animals
Biggest Fan: SafetyCat (unranked)

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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Hymie » Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:46 pm

Rob wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:18 am
247. Cold Chisel – Forever Now
4

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Safetycat
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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Safetycat » Sat Sep 14, 2019 1:37 pm

246. Bruce Springsteen – Where the Bands Are - 7
It may be standard fare for Bruce, but it's still pretty good. Agreed on the weak chorus though.

247. Cold Chisel – Forever Now - 9
My debut!
One thing I like in a song is when they have a solo guitar rift with maybe some tasteful drums behind it, like they do here, and in many other Aussie/Kiwi pub rock songs. Here it's paired with Jimmy Barnes's rough, earnest vocals and a boppin chorus. Just some great stuff.
Don't you know there ain't no devil? That's just God when he's drunk.

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Rob
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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Rob » Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:06 pm

Cold Chisel – Forever Now: 7
Very eighties, but the schmaltz that is just waiting around the corner is held at bay by a tasteful restraint in the instrumentals and by a vocalist who equally knows how to keep things from going too far.

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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Rob » Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:58 am

248. Emmy the Great - MIA
Year: 2009
Album: First Love
Biggest Fan: Wezzo (#615)

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Re: Biggest Fan - September 2019

Post by Rob » Sun Sep 15, 2019 11:56 am

Emmy the Great - MIA: 7

Here is a line I don't use much to review a song, but it is inevitable here: "This song is damn cute." Cuteness tend to put me off more than not, but here it feels just right. Not an amazing song from an objective point of view, but this voice gives me butterflies in my stomach and the melody is appealing.

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