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thesweetcheat
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Re: Horrors
Sep 15, 2013, 15:07
I shan't go to youtube in search, there's already far too many make-me-want-to-go-puppy-strangling songs in my head, as this thread is sadly reminding me.
thesweetcheat
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Re: Horrors
Sep 15, 2013, 15:08
Didn't know that. The Toploader one truly appalling and still played on the radio now, just to make any given day take a turn for the shite.
thesweetcheat
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Re: Horrors
Sep 15, 2013, 15:09
That's a great CD.
Vybik Jon
Vybik Jon
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Re: Horrors
Sep 15, 2013, 15:11
It's the vocal equivalent of guitar-wankery. Obvious technical ability, but utterly soulless.
Lawrence
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Edited Sep 15, 2013, 15:13
Re: Horrors
Sep 15, 2013, 15:13
The original was a one-hit wonder from the 70s and one I remember from childhood so it's implanted in my memory. Not just a one-hit-wonder, it was a total freak hit that this upstate New York band recorded, not even on a reel-to-reel but a cassette(!) Everyone now tries to imitate that drum sound...
thesweetcheat
thesweetcheat
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Re: Horrors
Sep 15, 2013, 15:15
Oh, that's reminded me of another - Cher's "Believe". Vocoder-tastic.
Lawrence
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Re: Horrors
Sep 15, 2013, 15:18
I think that was an Autotune they were using. That's another thing, bloody Autotune is fucking annoying -- it's destroying the natural sound of the human voice, making today's pop music sound even more plastic and artificial.
Sin Agog
Sin Agog
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Re: Horrors
Sep 15, 2013, 15:20
Moon Cat wrote:

I Just Called to say I Love You - Motown genius cruelly inflicts one of the worst Butlins-band/karaoke/wedding-song songs upon the planet. Why, Stevie, why?!



I think you might have been there, but that this actually elicited non-ironic lighters in the air at Glastonbury was...disappointing.


Others, Eric Clapton's non-Yardbirds repertoire, let's say Tears In Heaven and Wonderful Tonight in particular. I find it hard to sympathise with a dude's emotive ballads when they've been known to make pro-Enoch Powellian anti-immigration rants on occasion. I know that's got little to do with the songs themselves, but they're pretty much little more than drippy, contrived puffs of ugly nothings so there's that, too.

I find blues rock in general, like many of the songs mentioned already and that one recently cited as "the best 9 minutes you'll hear this month", actively irritating in its blokey naffness. And yet I adore Les Rallizes Denudes. Must be they're either two very different strains, or I like my Blues mixed with a bit of Yellow.


I think maybe with Barbie Girl it's the fact that there's an insidiously memorable song underneath its eurotrashy aesthetics that makes people hate it so much. I like that campy, soulless europop stuff in short spells me'sen so it doesn't bother me- that song alone has more melodicism in it than the entirety of Deep Purple's career; the type of timeless simplicity which songwriters spend years fruitlessly trying to extract from their pianos- but I can still grok people who hate it as it's so damn upfront and unavoidable.
thesweetcheat
thesweetcheat
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Re: Horrors
Sep 15, 2013, 15:21
Apologies, I'm in the wrong decade! Mind you, if the "natural sound of the human voice" = Mariah and Whitney, perhaps a load of Vocoder might be an improvement.
thesweetcheat
thesweetcheat
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Re: Horrors
Sep 15, 2013, 15:24
This is a great post on all points.

Clapton is another producer of music-to-make-you-want-to-kill-people-in-non-premeditated-murder-spree.
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