But you can't hear the words! The instrumentals thread

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But you can't hear the words! The instrumentals thread

Post by a layer of chips » Mon Aug 23, 2010 12:34 pm

I was listening to 'Louder Than Bombs' on the train this morning and, my word, isn't 'Oscillate Wildly' a belter, eh? IThat song makes me a bit emotional and you almost forget there aren't any lyrics.

What are you favourite instrumentals?

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Post by linus » Mon Aug 23, 2010 12:40 pm

the harbour master by cee bee beaumont



mind you, I think most of their stuff is instrumental

but never incidental

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Post by tompony » Mon Aug 23, 2010 12:44 pm

Oscillate Wildly is a lovely instrumental, yes! I pinched the title for a lyric once, thus FORCING it into words.

Most of my favourite instrumentals are leftover from my post-rock phase (1998 - 2003) - Moya by Godspeed You Black Emperor probably being my favourite - or noodly synth / krautrock nonsense from my current noodly synth nonsense phase (2008 - present). Metropolis by Kraftwerk, Alexander Square by Tangerine Dream, Aguirre pt 3 by Popol Vuh. Yeah!

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Post by Klove » Mon Aug 23, 2010 1:17 pm

I like all those post-rock and kosmische instrumentals too, but maybe it is cheating if you pick instrumentals by people who mainly do instrumentals.

What's that instrumental on the B-side of Legal Man? Judy is a dick slap, or something? I like that too.

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Post by carney » Mon Aug 23, 2010 1:31 pm

A fairly obvious choice, but I really like Pavement's 5-4=Unity, and it turns up in just the right place on Crooked Rain Crooked Rain.

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Post by tompony » Mon Aug 23, 2010 1:41 pm

Klove wrote:maybe it is cheating if you pick instrumentals by people who mainly do instrumentals.
Fair point!

For me, instrumental tracks on otherwise vocal albums often seem to flow really nicely - Our Turf by Pants Yell! and A Couple of Instruments by SKWBN for example - but possibly don't stand up that well on their own.

Oscillate Wildly is definitely an exception to that though.

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Post by darvé » Mon Aug 23, 2010 2:08 pm

Is This Music? closing out Bandwagonesque is an absolute delight of a track, i guess it helps that the album itself is pretty wonderful, but i always get goosebumps when it really gets going.

I've also got a massive soft spot for Summer (Reprise) on the first Specific Heats album too, even if it just an instrumental version of Summer, it's just got this real laid back feel to it and again, really fits the album nicely.
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Post by String Bean Jen » Mon Aug 23, 2010 2:24 pm

Both Je Suis Animal and Still Corners did at least one instrumental each at their gig here in London this past Friday. I don't know the names of the songs but I think the JSA one is on their 'Self-Taught Magic From a Book.' Both bands have got that woozy, sensual wash of sound best heard in barely lit rooms where you don't know who you're standing near or possibly touching! And that's just the feeling that was running through that hot, hot room on Friday.
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Post by linus » Mon Aug 23, 2010 2:26 pm

talking of summer... summer madness by kool and the gang is pretty solid gone



as is mystic brew by ronnie foster



in fact mystic brew may be one of my favorite pieces of music ever

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Post by tompony » Mon Aug 23, 2010 2:32 pm

davo wrote:Is This Music? closing out Bandwagonesque is an absolute delight of a track, i guess it helps that the album itself is pretty wonderful, but i always get goosebumps when it really gets going.
I'd forgotten about that, what a brilliant song! Wow, I've not listened to Bandwagonesque in YEARS! I think that's my car CD sorted for tomorrow :)

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Post by moopind » Mon Aug 23, 2010 3:18 pm

Quiet Room by Babes in Toyland is just brilliant. It is surprisingly Zeppelinesque for a)Babes in Toyland and b) me to like it quite so much.
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Post by islandhopper » Mon Aug 23, 2010 3:41 pm

I do like a bit of Dan Dare by the Wedding Present.

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Post by anders » Mon Aug 23, 2010 4:37 pm

To me, the word instrumental sort of implies that it is a pop song (or rock song or whatever) that just happens not to have any singing in it. I like an awful lot of music that was never meant to have lyrics, but I think my favourite instrumentals (in my vague definition of it) are mostly Ira Kaplan guitar noodling with the volume turned up high, exemplified here by:



There's also lots of cooool 60s instrumentals, exemplified here by:


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Post by aorta » Mon Aug 23, 2010 4:41 pm

David Bowie - Speed of Life
Pixies - Velvety (Instrumental Version) [Frank Black eventually wrote lyrics to this song.]
The Smiths - Draize Train

http://www.passionsjustlikemine.com/lyr ... ths-dt.htm
Answering journalist Len Brown's question "But you did refuse to write lyrics for 'Money Changes Everything'?" in the 13 February 1988 issue of the NME, Morrissey said "Yes, but I was also asked to write words for 'Oscillate Wildly' and 'The Draize Train', which I thought was the weakest thing Johnny had ever done. Geoff Travis came to see me one day with the tape of it and said, 'It's the best thing Johnny's written and it's a Number One single if you put words to it.' But I said, 'No Geoff, it's not right.' So yes, there was pressure to write lyrics, but I thought they were better as they were."
Money Changes Everything was used for The Right Stuff by Bryan Ferry.
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Post by timahall » Mon Aug 23, 2010 6:16 pm

Some favourites I can recall off the top of me head...

Kitted Out by The Pastels (the sound of happiness)
Judy Is A Dick Slap by Belle & Sebastian (ditto)
Fleetway by Blueboy (just gorgeous)

All those instrumentals on Imperial by Unrest are neat too.

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Post by DefenderOfPants » Mon Aug 23, 2010 9:01 pm

i like these:

"Only Success Can Fail Me Now" by Quasi
"Our Turf" by Pants Yell!
"That's How I Feel" by Jonathan Richman

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Post by linus » Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:22 am



'la moda' by ennio morricone

ginchy!

I also love 'the free life' by alan parker which plays on the opening credits of this clip from a long-forgotten tv series called 'moody and pegg'



it was also the music for a schools programme, which is probably where I remember it from... the go! team did a sort of reimagining of it called 'my world' on their last lp... I find it incredibly evocative, it reminds me so much of being a kid in the seventies I practically ache with queasy nostalgic feelings listening to it (it's gone midnight I can be a bit baroque if I feel like it), there was an air of decay about the seventies that was palpable even to me as a boy of 5 or 6... from 'pipkins' to 'rising damp' and beyond everything was slightly brown and threadbare, the last traces of the sixties only noticeable in the patterned wallpaper, the bellbottoms and the length of men's hair... there was a sense that something was over... that piece of music seems to be pregnant with that... a piece of music called 'the free life' shouldn't sound quite so sad

um, perhaps you need to hear the whole piece of music to get that rather than a one minute clip followed by a close up of a dirty eggy plate

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Post by aorta » Tue Aug 24, 2010 4:43 am

I think the name of the schools programme was My World because I have the same track that I downloaded off a tv theme song site ages ago labeled only as 'my-world'. This was before the Go! Team record came out, so I guess that's where the name came from. I never knew it was used for another show or even what the real title was. Lovely tune.

Another good instrumental is Associates - Arrogance Gave Him Up
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Post by linus » Tue Aug 24, 2010 9:10 am

aorta wrote:I think the name of the schools programme was My World because I have the same track that I downloaded off a tv theme song site ages ago labeled only as 'my-world'.
it appears on the 'girl in a suitcase' compilation

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I may have to track down that moody and pegg tv series, it doesn't look especially promising from that clip but the cast includes sheila keith from the pete walker films ('frightmare', 'house of whipcord' and 'house of mortal sin'), tony selby (he was sabalom glitz on doctor who, if that means anything to anyone? you'd know him if you saw him- he was in 'the witchfinder general' and 'villain' amongst many other things) and the lovely adrienne posta (from films such as 'here we go round the mulberry bush', 'to sir with love' and 'percy'- plus performer of the supersmash pop smashes 'shang a doo lang' and 'something beautiful')

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I've gone rather off at a tangent

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Post by humblebee » Tue Aug 24, 2010 9:12 am

fogofideas wrote:it was also the music for a schools programme, which is probably where I remember it from... the go! team did a sort of reimagining of it called 'my world' on their last lp... I find it incredibly evocative, it reminds me so much of being a kid in the seventies I practically ache with queasy nostalgic feelings listening to it (it's gone midnight I can be a bit baroque if I feel like it), there was an air of decay about the seventies that was palpable even to me as a boy of 5 or 6... from 'pipkins' to 'rising damp' and beyond everything was slightly brown and threadbare, the last traces of the sixties only noticeable in the patterned wallpaper, the bellbottoms and the length of men's hair... there was a sense that something was over... that piece of music seems to be pregnant with that... a piece of music called 'the free life' shouldn't sound quite so sad

um, perhaps you need to hear the whole piece of music to get that rather than a one minute clip followed by a close up of a dirty eggy plate
I dunno Andy - maybe the dirty eggy plate symbolises that sad, anticlimactic feeling about the 70s pretty well!

That's a beautiful bit of writing, by the way, in case you hadn't realised.

Alan Parker wrote loads of things that were used as TV themes, didn't he? Wasn't the Grange Hill music his?

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