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Hard News: One man’s Meat Puppets is another man’s Poison

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  • Martin Lindberg, in reply to Richard Grevers,

    Talking of earworms, Nothing Compares 2 U was mine the other day - totally out of the blue.

    Weird, I found myself humming a song the other day that I had no idea where it came from. The supermarket or the service station maybe. In the end I had to look up who did actually sing it. To my horror it was this song by Cat Stevens.

    I'm not a fan.

    Lower Grey Lynn • Since Jul 2009 • 782 posts Report Reply

  • Scott Chris,

    Be Afraid!

    Problem is, having not heard it for so long, I actually rather enjoyed it.

    Auckland • Since Feb 2012 • 167 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington, in reply to Ngaire BookieMonster,

    Any song which includes a spoken word interlude.

    Isaac Hayes "By the Time I get to Phoenix"? No, say it ain't so!

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 868 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand, in reply to Peter Darlington,

    Oh, Peter. How can you possibly say that about Arcade Fire???

    I think there is quite enough to wince over already but if you reassess some older music, it just doesn't sound as it good as we once thought it was. Janis Joplin, for instance. Bellowing rather than singing.

    What about alt.country, Jackie? A different kettle of country fish ie Lucinda Williams. Wilco, Steve Earle etc. Currently reading an MA thesis from VUW about alt.country and it is really interesting.

    To talk of good stuff, I had The Punch Brothers Who's Feeling Young Now? recommended to me. It is thrilling music. There is also good stuff on The Hunger Games soundtrack (believe me!)

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2219 posts Report Reply

  • JoJo,

    I was in a [multi-national chainstore] the other day, and the staff were bitching about the music playing. Every month, some philistine in head office sent them a DVD with ten 'popular' songs on it, and they had to play that DVD every day, all day. Ten songs, eight hours a day, seven days a week. For a month. Talk about Management Music Torture.

    Torture for me would be a Dire Straits/Simply Red medley. Although it might bore me to death before I confessed to whatever the bastards wanted.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 95 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Martin Lindberg,

    To my horror it was this song by Cat Stevens.

    And it was news to me that it's his composition. Dude must have some publishing income!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 17967 posts Report Reply

  • Scott Chris,

    Worst vocal performance, and most over-rated band of all time:

    Auckland • Since Feb 2012 • 167 posts Report Reply

  • Lew Stoddart, in reply to Scott Chris,

    In these parts, this seems likely to make you even more of an unperson than the reggae-haters.

    (I agree, but it just ain't my genre.)

    L

    Wellington, NZ • Since Aug 2010 • 105 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington, in reply to Scott Chris,

    Worst vocal performance, and most over-rated band of all time:

    Boom!

    That Hendrix was rubbish too. All fingers and thumbs...

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 868 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    You people are breaking my f^&*#g heart.

    You brought it up.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2071 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Oh, Peter. How can you possibly say that about Arcade Fire???

    Hey, plenty of people seem to love them and all power to them. I just don't seem to get it.

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 868 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,


    P. P. Arnold. First to have a hit with First Cut, never bettered IMHO.

    Any song which includes a spoken word interlude.

    Isaac Hayes "By the Time I get to Phoenix"? No, say it ain't so!

    Fair enough, just lay off Barry White OK?

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3291 posts Report Reply

  • Ngaire BookieMonster, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    You all heard me!
    :)

    At the foot of Mt Te Aroh… • Since Nov 2009 • 173 posts Report Reply

  • Ngaire BookieMonster, in reply to JacksonP,

    Anything with Piggy in it: instant classic. I mean, just look at that snout.

    At the foot of Mt Te Aroh… • Since Nov 2009 • 173 posts Report Reply

  • Scott Chris,

    Sorry guys…was never a fan of anti-prog naive pop. Don’t ‘get’ the Smiths either. Morrissey’s poncy voice and one dimensional melodies curl me toes:

    Auckland • Since Feb 2012 • 167 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Geoff, you know that I am very fond of you. But, no. Just no.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3112 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    While we're in that neck of the woods, how about Demis "Songs of the Humpback Whale" Roussos?

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3291 posts Report Reply

  • Martin Lindberg, in reply to Scott Chris,

    Worst vocal performance, and most over-rated band of all time

    Back in the day, my 16 year old self would have introduced you to my Doc Martens for saying that.

    Lower Grey Lynn • Since Jul 2009 • 782 posts Report Reply

  • Hans Versluys,

    Come on Eileen Dexy's Midnight Runners: The rhythm is perfect for drunk morons who can't dance even when sober. The lyrics shouted by said drunk morons at dreadful parties give me a worse hangover than cheap liquor.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2011 • 29 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Ngaire BookieMonster,

    Any song which includes a spoken word interlude.

    I seem to be partial to the odd spoken interlude. This one is Yeats after all.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2071 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    .P. P. Arnold. First to have a hit with First Cut, never bettered IMHO.

    And mine.. Whatever happened to her?

    Never got Morrissey, with his bloody gladiolis and his flat, bordering-on-out-of-tune voice.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2219 posts Report Reply

  • Roger Lacey,


    This is the gorgonzola of cheese.

    Whatakataka Bay Surf Club… • Since Apr 2008 • 107 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Peter Darlington,

    Isaac Hayes "By the Time I get to Phoenix"? No, say it ain't so!

    Or Ike's Raps #s I to VI for that matter.....

    And if anybody disses the above tune, they're instantly blocked.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3185 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Scott Chris,

    Sorry guys…was never a fan of anti-prog naive pop. Don’t ‘get’ the Smiths either.

    Can I just ask, are you actually trolling, or is it just you happen to hate everything that defined my youthful musical taste?

    What's next? Let me guess, Cocteau Twins and The Jam?

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2071 posts Report Reply

  • Ana Simkiss, in reply to Russell Brown,

    you've just reminded me of part two of the AWESOME "Whatever Happened to Alternative Nation?" series by the AV Club's Steven Hyden: Axl vs Kurt.
    I really recommend the whole series especially to those who grew up in the 90's Here is a link to all of it.

    Freemans Bay • Since Nov 2006 • 113 posts Report Reply

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