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Re: The shred your cred thread

Post by matt_crisp » Thu Jul 25, 2013 13:01

Cloudy Cat wrote: Did Standard Fare ever have as good a song as Biology in their repertoire?
no other band does. Chemistry is an amazing album, The first two albums are 75% AWESOME 25% slower songs, but the third album - all killer. The last two albums have a few good songs on (Sexy No, No, No is ace) but Chemistry is lightening ina bottle! especially the 2 disc version with the Christmas songs and the way much, much better cover

Cloudy Cat wrote: the dullest dirge ELO ever recorded called Wild West Hero; I hated them then, I loathe them now
but... but... it's ELO! Jeff Lynne is a god! I f*ucking love Jeff Lynne. reforming the Beatles and all that, not his finest hour, but Wild West Hero is the final track of the four sides of fried gold that make up the classic Out of The Blue LP. However Jeff Lynne doesn't have a star on the Broad Street walk of fame i'll never know.

however. things that ain't so cool.... I quite like that "she's a good girl" song, as recent songs go...

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Re: The shred your cred thread

Post by kofi » Thu Jul 25, 2013 13:38

Girls Aloud are great! Not that familiar with their albums, but 'Sound Of The Underground' has to be one of the best pop records ever made, it's like a Blondie/Adam & the Ants/All Seeing I mash-up.

They also did an ace song called 'Hoxton Heroes' which was only a b-side but brilliantly slags off indie-rock bands for being fake and manufactured. You have to admire the cheek.

I almost prefer them to the Beatles. As for ELO, I only know that one they wrote for Paul Weller.

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Re: The shred your cred thread

Post by noLooking » Mon Mar 31, 2014 11:02

I just found myself really enjoying 'What is Love?' by Haddaway on the radio. I like the way it has an important philosophical question at the heart of the song; what is love?

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Post by RITH » Thu Oct 02, 2014 21:36

As a young teenager I used to listen a lot to U2's 'Live Under A Blood Red Sky' and I loved the energy of it. I also like some other U2 songs, even still.

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Re: The shred your cred thread

Post by leon » Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:11

I caught myself air drumming in the car at the traffic lights this morning to Cyndi Lauper, Partridge style, and then listened to Gwen Stefani on purpose. Do they belong in this thread?
"and Valley Parade is showing all its finery"

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Post by Dan Pop-o-matic » Fri Oct 03, 2014 11:50

I have "When You're Gone" by Bryan Adams and Mel C on my mp3 player. I think it's a great little pop song.

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Re: The shred your cred thread

Post by Ben » Fri Oct 03, 2014 12:30

Ok, brace yourselves folks, but it suddenly occured to me the other day that I really fucking love 'Sultans of Swing' by Dire Straits, no disclaimers / apologies needed.

That sort of smooth / choppy clean-toned guitar playing, the tight '60s r&b type backbeat and the central riff all appeal to me greatly, and all the casual, off-hand phrasing on the vocal and understated story-telling stuff in the lyrics is really neat too.

It's sort of legitimately rocking, but with a kind of subtlety and grand sweep to it.... not a million miles away from a group like The Feelies or The Bats even maybe. Admittedly, there's perhaps a touch of that kinda "real music mate" pub-bloke bolshiness creeping in to spoil the brew, but not enough for it to become toxic or ruin what's otherwise a really killer record, IMHO.

If it is socially acceptable to like Springsteen and Tom Petty and Blue Oyster Cult, then I see no reason not to throw this in too. It's a difficult one to enjoy in secret, so I'd like to do so in public from now on, if possible.

That said though, I hate 'Money For Nothing', and I recall the old Dire Straits tape my Dad used to play in the car sounding like crap, so I'm not going to extend my appreciation further until research has been carried out.

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Re: The shred your cred thread

Post by leon » Fri Oct 03, 2014 13:34

Sultans of Swing is ace, as is Tunnel Of Love.
"and Valley Parade is showing all its finery"

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Re: The shred your cred thread

Post by Ben » Fri Oct 03, 2014 13:45

Thanks Leon, glad I'm not alone on that one.

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Post by bulgariandisco » Fri Oct 03, 2014 14:23

Dan Pop-o-matic wrote:I have "When You're Gone" by Bryan Adams and Mel C on my mp3 player. I think it's a great little pop song.
If you feel any guilt about enjoying 'When You're Gone' you need to take a long hard look at yourself.

I like Sultans of Swing too. Walk of Life, however, may be the most hideous recording of all time (actually strike that, I've just remembered Dancing in The Moonlight by Toploader)

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Re: The shred your cred thread

Post by Dan Pop-o-matic » Fri Oct 03, 2014 15:46

bulgariandisco wrote:
Dan Pop-o-matic wrote:I have "When You're Gone" by Bryan Adams and Mel C on my mp3 player. I think it's a great little pop song.
If you feel any guilt about enjoying 'When You're Gone' you need to take a long hard look at yourself.

I like Sultans of Swing too. Walk of Life, however, may be the most hideous recording of all time (actually strike that, I've just remembered Dancing in The Moonlight by Toploader)
I never feel guilty for liking pop music.

Not heard Sultans of Swing for years, but Ben's write up makes me want to listen to it again.

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Re: The shred your cred thread

Post by leon » Fri Oct 03, 2014 16:01

Dan Pop-o-matic wrote:I never feel guilty for liking pop music.
THIS!
"and Valley Parade is showing all its finery"

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Post by sweepingthenation » Fri Oct 03, 2014 17:05

Ben wrote:Ok, brace yourselves folks, but it suddenly occured to me the other day that I really fucking love 'Sultans of Swing' by Dire Straits, no disclaimers / apologies needed.
One of my favourite TV performance clips is the telly debut of Sultans Of Swing on ATV's Peter Cook-fronted sort-of-punk show Revolver, largely because when it cuts to the shot of ver Straits appearing via the show's revolving stage it seems a good number of the audience are expecting an altogether different kind of sound.


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Post by humblebee » Sat Oct 04, 2014 14:35

sweepingthenation wrote:One of my favourite TV performance clips is the telly debut of Sultans Of Swing on ATV's Peter Cook-fronted sort-of-punk show Revolver, largely because when it cuts to the shot of ver Straits appearing via the show's revolving stage it seems a good number of the audience are expecting an altogether different kind of sound.
HEHEHEHE!

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Re: The shred your cred thread

Post by noLooking » Sat Oct 04, 2014 15:35

Just looking up Joyride! on youtube (to no avail, alas), I find that I'm reminded of how very good 'Joyride' by Roxette is, especially the chorus.

'HELLO, YOU FOOL, I LOVE YOU' may well be the best chat up line in history.

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Re: The shred your cred thread

Post by Jay » Sun Oct 19, 2014 12:33

I like Fix You by Cold Play. The lyrics are some of the most patronising guff I've ever heard ("So I'm broken am I and it's you that's going to fix me? I see." Try that approach when you're having an argument with a loved one, see where it gets you.) but the chords are lovely. When the guitar comes in I still get one of those goose bumpy feelings. I like the way it sounds like it speeds up, but actually it doesn't. I play it on my guitar regularly and it makes me feel better.

I also think Romeo and Juliet by Dire Straits could well be the most beautiful piece of music I've ever heard. It's only competition being Song to the Siren by This Mortal Coil.

I own every Queen album released before the death of Freddie Mercury and a lot of the singles, most of them bought contemporaneously. I saw them live at Knebworth in '86. Having said that, I doubt any of their albums have made my turntable since Freddie died, other than the original Greatest Hits.

I think Lloyd Cole's first half dozen singles (when he was with the commotions) are excellent and I don't understand the animosity towards him.

I don't particularly like Belle and Sebastian (a few songs aside) and don't associate them with indiepop. Although I do like their early artwork and marketing policy.

These days I listen almost exclusively to indiepop. What I call indiepop anyway. It seems to me that the cool thing to say is that you have a broad taste in music, but I have no idea how anyone finds the time for that. I've got more free time than most, not having a regular full time job, and I'm fortunate enough to be able to spend time every day listening to music. I'm not even making an impression on the vast catalogue of indiepop releases available, which is just a tiny little scene, so I don't know how I could venture in to other genres and claim to have a broad taste in music. I don't have the time to listen to and really get to know the albums I buy, to let them sink in to me, so I love them, never mind the hundreds and thousands of indiepop albums I would love but can't afford.

Over the last decade I've come to realise that I get a much better hit rate when it comes to music that I connect to emotionally if I stick to what is loosely defined as indiepop. I like the vast majority of stuff I buy in this genre. I have no doubt I would like some things in other genres, but I'd have to wade through a lot of stuff that does nothing for me at all before finding it. I haven't got the time for that, or the inclination to do it any more, so I stick with what I know can push my buttons. I have an extremely narrow taste in music; that's about as uncool as you can get with no cred at all, but it suits me fine.

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Re: The shred your cred thread

Post by everard » Mon Oct 20, 2014 00:18

Jay wrote:I like Fix You by Coldplay. The lyrics are some of the most patronising guff I've ever heard ("So I'm broken am I and it's you that's going to fix me? I see." Try that approach when you're having an argument with a loved one, see where it gets you.) but the chords are lovely. When the guitar comes in I still get one of those goose bumpy feelings. I like the way it sounds like it speeds up, but actually it doesn't. I play it on my guitar regularly and it makes me feel better.


it's used to tremendous effect in young@heart. such a great film.

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Re: The shred your cred thread

Post by humblebee » Fri Oct 24, 2014 09:34

I've only just admitted this to myself, Anorak, so you're getting it while it's hot:

I like the idea of Sleater-Kinney, and I love 'You're No Rock 'n' Roll Fun', but none of their other songs have ever done it for me, really.

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Re: The shred your cred thread

Post by northernlight » Fri Oct 24, 2014 10:44

Quite a lot of folk share your opinion, I think!

Of the folk that I know who go to similar gigs up in Scotland, I'd say about 30% are interested in going to see Sleater Kinney in Glasgow.

They just happen to be incredibly interested, so are being pretty vocal in their enthusiasm about their tour, new album, box set, etc.

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