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Started by Steve, April 08, 2007, 08:56:52

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SueC

I really enjoyed that one, @Ulrich, thank you for posting it - very nicely put together. :cool

Here's a few more "L" highlights...

Great lyrics here I think...


The next one is rather interesting, especially if you listen to it before you get the back story, and see if you can pick this up...


...Brett had this song because he heard it on a TV series he was watching, where it was played back-to-back for an entire episode, as it was the tune a person who'd abducted a bunch of intelligent young people was playing in her house as part of the brainwash to dumb them down (if I've got this right) - it's used as a piece of sort of happy mediocrity, that Mozart would have never written etc.  I personally enjoy the tinkly bit, but not the background strings - they're "elevator music" to me - and this could be an interesting thing to consider:  What's elevator music, really?  But the way they're playing strings on this, and played it on Lassie etc, meant I didn't even consider playing a violin until I heard styles of playing I really liked, in my early 20s.  I think it's a much abused kind of instrument.

I've always had a soft spot for the B-52s - so infectious, and gorgeous intertwined singing.   :heart-eyes  Friends have seen them live recently and say they're still completely fabulous.  :cool


...and I love this traditional African singing... it sounds so beautiful.  I really enjoy getting to share in some people's cultural and spiritual traditions through their music.  Diversity is such a fantastic thing...


Though I didn't like it as a teenager - I was way too serious for this kind of thing back then - I really enjoy this song now... because thankfully our tastes can expand as we go down the road...


I'm afraid Siouxsie's Loveless didn't make it onto my highlights - it's there courtesy of Brett - I just find a lot of that stuff so icy...  but at least thanks to the "appreciation lessons" on this forum, I now don't skip the track, and can appreciate bits of it.

Suzanne Vega's Luka made a big impression on me when I was a teenager - and instead of the song, I'm posting the story behind it:



And I'm gonna skip Lovesong for the highlights here - just because I actually prefer Lullaby.  That song is on the iPod four times in a row when you play alphabetically through the song list - off Disintegration, off a best-of (nicer sound), and two live versions, of which I actually think their more recent is better played.  But this is the first Cure song I fell in love with, as a university student... and I'm going to pick the version off Trilogy, because I can't find the nicer-sound studio version on YT without the official clip which I actually don't like.  I've always enjoyed this performance of it though:


And that's the "L" highlights finally done.  It's fun to listen to your iPod in alphabetical song listing - nice mix of things.
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Ulrich

One of my faves from around 2003/2004 (and still good):
If only I'd thought of the right words...

piggymirror

I love the Depeche Mode instrumentals.


SueC

I've been doing stuff around the house and whipping out a Capercaillie CD I've not listened to in a while.  I forgot how much I love one track in particular on this - one I can put on endless repeat and happily enter the headspace of for hours.

The band, like @chemicaloverload, is from Scotland, and they went to a house in the Andalucian mountains in Spain to start off this album, writing, "Once we had come to terms with the noise of wild barking dogs, and had overcome the temptation to kick a ball about all day in the Mediterranean sunshine, we recorded most of the backing tracks and the ideas that came to be the songs of this album.  It was a great experience to record our traditional music while immersed in the way of life and culture in that part of the world."

Last night we finally watched the first half of the Cureation-25 gig, and listening to this Capercaillie track today, I noticed that like a lot of the tracks I love from The Cure, this track has so much backbone in the form of an excellent rhythm section - I love the drums/percussion on this track, and also the solidity of the bass underneath it all - and without such a rhythm section, folk music can sound really twee.  But this is the very opposite of twee, and the drums, percussion and bass create a fabric against which Charlie McKerron's lilting fiddle playing and Karen Matheson's velvety singing are so beautifully showcased.  I never tire of this track... (but you won't get the bass bits properly unless you listen on a good system; you should be able to feel it reverberating in your thorax... :cool)


This clip showcases the landscape of Sardinia, as a sort of bonus.
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SueC

I have a little secret, @piggymirror - I actually sort of liked this particular Depeche Mode track as a teenager:


...and I still kind of do, even though I generally prefer less synthy music.  ;)  I thought that instrumental you picked was enjoyable too - very moody.  It's nice to see some of the non-commercial stuff from bands like this, because it can bring pleasant surprises to non-fans, so thank you for posting this.  :cool


@Ulrich, I liked the next Mogwai track you posted too!  Thanks for sharing.  :)  There's some fringe benefits from talking to other people about music, it seems.  I have to admit I'm automatically well-disposed towards music that's over 8 minutes long - the opposite of "radio-friendly" - God only knows why that has to be short; is it the general human attention span?  Because personally I prefer longer tracks - why stop when you're just getting into something good...
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piggymirror

HAHAA!!! I think I now know what Stereolab were listening to? :lol: I find this track terrific.


piggymirror

Quote from: SueC on May 20, 2020, 08:31:41I have a little secret, @piggymirror - I actually sort of liked this particular Depeche Mode track as a teenager:


...and I still kind of do, even though I generally prefer less synthy music.  ;)

I see...  XD

Depeche Mode haven't played this song since... 1988 I think.
It seems it certainly is one of Martin Gore's least favourite songs of his own.

Quote from: SueC on May 20, 2020, 08:31:41I thought that instrumental you picked was enjoyable too - very moody.  It's nice to see some of the non-commercial stuff from bands like this, because it can bring pleasant surprises to non-fans, so thank you for posting this.  :cool

Depeche Mode have many great songs, both as album tracks and b-sides (Sibeling is a b-side), and also many great "poppier" singles.

In the beginning they were a bit Hansa-ed by Mute Records, so some of their early stuff (1981-1982) is very cheesy.
Not all of it though, some early DM stuff is terrific.

Quote from: SueC on May 20, 2020, 08:31:41There's some fringe benefits from talking to other people about music, it seems.  I have to admit I'm automatically well-disposed towards music that's over 8 minutes long - the opposite of "radio-friendly" - God only knows why that has to be short; is it the general human attention span?  Because personally I prefer longer tracks - why stop when you're just getting into something good...

With me, it depends. There are good long tracks, and there are good short tracks.
So, as long as I like it...  :smth023

Ulrich

When I was young, I liked that Depeche Mode song too. (I'm pretty sure "People are people" was the first I heard by DM.)

Quote from: SueC on May 20, 2020, 08:31:41is it the general human attention span?

Nowadays with the i-net the average attention span is even shorter, most songs in the charts have to "come to the point" after 30 seconds... Compared to this "format radio" with its 3 minute songs was pretty good...

Anyway, now I wanna listen to:
If only I'd thought of the right words...

SueC

This is actually very nice:


Good hair too!  ;)

I am too comatose to type much this evening and will respond to previous posts when I don't feel like a piece of jelly!

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Ulrich

"There's too many kings wanna hold you down
and a world at the window gone underground
There's a hole in the sky where the sun don't shine
And a clock on the wall and it counts my time..."

If only I'd thought of the right words...

MeltingMan

Don Juan, malgré la pauvreté de la ma-
tière où il s'efforce, touche à l'Abstrait par
une conception de la femme que ni l'Orient
ni les modernes n'ont osé formuler.

TYPHONIA, XIᵉ roman de l'Ethopée

piggymirror

One of my favourite songs by Mr Davies.


piggymirror

Nice pics as well.
Fans sometimes have very good taste when they make a video for their fave artists songs.


SueC

Highlights from the letter "M" - as it's back to chores which are much improved by the presence of an iPod...

Here's a fun sketch from one of my favourite comedians, especially for anyone here who doesn't think they were "conceived in love"...   :evil:  :winking_tongue  :-D

Background:  He was 46 when he and his wife had their second baby.


And from this, with rather perfect placement, the iPod went to the following song:


:kissing_closed_eyes:  :-D  :angel

Do you sometimes get the feeling you've just hit the perfect thematic sequence?  Because the serendipitous placement continued...


A little later in the playlist came this fun number - one of Brett's - for those who like it loud...


...and you're right in what you said further up, @piggymirror - a good song can be any length.  :cool  I just don't like prescriptiveness about song lengths, as per most radio...  which is why something out of the mould automatically has my attention, but it doesn't necessarily mean it's going to be a better song than a "standard length" song... :)

However, if it's not in the standard software dictionary and comes back underlined, you know you've got a good word!  :winking_tongue

And because becoming an adult is so much fun... Something from Australia. I really have to take my hat off to Deborah Conway, it took a lot of guts to write and sing these words, especially given she did this back in 1985.


https://genius.com/Do-re-mi-man-overboard-lyrics

We're really in the thick of the human condition here...

And now, for a total change of mood and approach.  Sometimes people make music more for musical reasons than cerebral reasons, and that doesn't mean it can't work.  I used actually, as a young woman, not to like this song, because it seemed to me that it was another anti-woman, woman-as-predator song.  And OK, unpleasant women do definitely exist, I understand that; but according to the people who wrote it, this song is actually a metaphor about New York City.  This is from a concert we have on DVD, in a fabulous venue in Dublin, with an amazing Irish crowd singing along - and we thoroughly enjoy the musicianship in this concert, and the great atmosphere - not to mention another example of people 50+ making music and not looking or sounding out of place.  Because people are just people.   :cool


Staying in the US, the last one for today is an early number from Suzanne Vega.  We have it live as well but I want to post the version of the song she did as a young thing - and she was such a breath of fresh air in the 1980s - always doing her own thing, as she still does today.


A good day / evening to all!  :)

SueC is time travelling

MeltingMan

Don Juan, malgré la pauvreté de la ma-
tière où il s'efforce, touche à l'Abstrait par
une conception de la femme que ni l'Orient
ni les modernes n'ont osé formuler.

TYPHONIA, XIᵉ roman de l'Ethopée