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

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

Post by indiansummer » Thu Aug 26, 2010 9:45 am

i saw The Fucking Champs with Trans Am and Kling Klang about 10 years ago, and it was one of the best shows i've ever seen*

3 largely/occasionally instrumental bands playing totally awesome variations on what i suppose you might call 'post-rock'. Dale Bozzio is my fave Champs tune and it rocks a mean 'un

i do quite like the metal GRRRSNARLSHRIEK though, i have to say

with al this in mind, i'm going to nominate Fuzzgun '91 by Mudhoney and Into The Lungs Of Hell by Megadeth because they're both gut-busting fists-aloft stormers and will probably open every compilation i ever make

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Post by tompony » Thu Aug 26, 2010 10:21 am

I am all about Brian May Guitar. And I hate 99.9% of metal vocals. Which reminds me of some more excellent instruMETAL - the first Capricorns album (Ruder Forms Survive) is absolutely BRILLIANT. There is one line of vocals on the album, which is brilliant and unexpected. Wonderful stuff.

I saw the Champs and Trans Am together as well! I can't remember who else they played with in Nottingham, but it was a really excellent gig.

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

Post by indiansummer » Thu Aug 26, 2010 10:30 am

tompony wrote:I hate 99.9% of metal vocals
i like some of the 80s singers (Bruce Dickinson's an obvious example) but i can't pretend i'm that into people like Jonathan Davies. i used to like Chino Moreno's voice but it just seems to be a constant whine these days

james Hetfield's voice is HILARIOUS, so i'm all in favour of it

um, that'll do for now

some of those old Blur instrumentals were great. i used to love The Debt Collector
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Post by westgatestreet » Thu Aug 26, 2010 11:00 am

Blur, yeah - "Eine kleine lift muzak" is great.
Trans Am is a band I had completely forgotten about, I think (no, I am pretty sure) I once saw them supporting Tortoise.

I don't like metal vocals at all, except maybe when it goes a bit further and turns to proper grindcore. Then the vocals become meaningless and the song is kind of instrumental again.



And then there is Exlosions In The Sky of course.
"First breath after coma" for example.

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Post by indiansummer » Thu Aug 26, 2010 11:16 am

perhaps i'm missing something with EITS, but they always struck me as treading the well-worn path of repetitive instrumentals that (e.g.) Tortoise and Mogwai have done to death.

do they do much else to which i'm thus far oblivious?

other just-remembered good ones whilst flicking through the ipod:

Magic Toy Missing - Meat Puppets
Introduction - Nick Drake
Cohesion - Minutemen
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Post by westgatestreet » Thu Aug 26, 2010 11:41 am

indiansummer wrote:perhaps i'm missing something with EITS, but they always struck me as treading the well-worn path of repetitive instrumentals that (e.g.) Tortoise and Mogwai have done to death.
I don't think you're necessarily missing something. My story goes like this:
The first song I heard was "First breath after coma" (used as a soundtrack at the end of the film "Close to home", and I thought it was brilliant, and also perfectly fitted the mood of the film). Then I went to a gig, and they started their set with this song, and it totally won me over.
There is nothing much to add, but they are an amazing live band, and they weren't boring or tedious at all, despite their other songs don't seem to be much different from this one.

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Post by indiansummer » Thu Aug 26, 2010 11:47 am

fair enough! i've not seen that film, or heard that song (probably)

has anyone seen Minion TV? they do that instrumental Mogwai (circa Happy People) sorta thing, and i can't make up my mind whether they're good at the atmospheric quiet/loud thing and deserve props, or are just a bit dull

hmm, this should probably be in the post-rock-and-associated-subgenres-(or-things-that-get-called-post-rock-at-any-rate) thread

if we have one
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Re: But you can't hear the words! The instrumentals thread

Post by aorta » Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:22 am

Dexys Midnight Runners - Dubious

They also do a smashing cover of The Horse.
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Post by Big Nose » Sat Sep 18, 2010 3:29 pm

fogofideas wrote:'loving is good' by the upsetters, the b-side to susan cadogan's 'hurt so good'

another piece of music that means so much to me



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Post by This Is Helena » Sun Sep 26, 2010 10:20 pm

Theme for Great Cities by Simple Minds.
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Post by graysonscolumn » Mon Sep 27, 2010 11:12 am

aorta wrote:
Another good instrumental is Associates - Arrogance Gave Him Up
Excellent call - a fine, fine opener to a stunning album.



Big thumbs up for some of The Field Mice's occasional instrumentals in this parish, too. "Holland Street" is a film soundtrack without a film to go to, in the nicest possible sense, whilst "Freezing Point" is Loop with four million volts put through them and even better than that sounds on paper.

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Post by graysonscolumn » Mon Sep 27, 2010 11:14 am

fogofideas wrote:
hawkshaw wrote the countdown clock music, by the way

And his daughter, Kirsty, was the vocalist in Opus 3, who scored a massive hit with their rave-up version of Jane / Edward Barton's "It's A Fine Day" all of - oh Christ - 18 years ago.

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

Post by Klove » Tue Sep 28, 2010 12:35 pm

Those of us of a certan age will remember that more as Halcyon by Orbital.

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Post by graysonscolumn » Wed Sep 29, 2010 10:21 pm

"Halcyon" came out later the same year as the cover of "It's A Fine Day" - September 1992 compared to February 1992.

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

Post by ezears » Fri Oct 22, 2010 7:00 pm

Superchunk side project Portastic's soundtrack to 'Who Loves The Sun" is fantastic.

The Smiths' 'Rank' version of the Draize Train is one of the best rocking instrumentals, much better imo than the studio version.

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

Post by Murray » Thu Nov 04, 2010 7:59 pm

Eels do a fantatsic line in short, beautiful instrumentals.




Arvo Pärt does this long, beautiful one... more classical than instrumental really, but wonderfully relaxing if you've got 10 minutes spare.

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

Post by Klove » Fri Nov 05, 2010 1:25 pm

graysonscolumn wrote:"Halcyon" came out later the same year as the cover of "It's A Fine Day" - September 1992 compared to February 1992.
I think I only heard Halcyon a couple of years later, during my rave shame years.
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Re: But you can't hear the words! The instrumentals thread

Post by Psychic_Yardsale » Wed Mar 02, 2011 7:45 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'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.

hey Thanks Davo! most reviewers responded negatively to that, but I love instrumentals and write far more of them than vocal tunes, but was discouraged from included them on heats records after that.

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

Post by RITH » Wed Mar 02, 2011 9:04 pm

Let's Whisper have a surprisingly nice intrumental ('When the snow falls') on their album. It sits exactly in the right spot of the record, just before the lovely finale with the 'Let's Whisper' theme song.

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