10 Oct 2012, 03:53 by AliGuz
9 Mar 2010, 22:03 by ctd55Wire's Pink Flag is a universally acclaimed classic, so I doubt there any many people out there clamoring for one more know-nothing to blather on about its meaning and significance. Nevertheless, this is an album I've loved for years, and its self-conscious construction makes it a good deal of fun to think about. So I decided to write down my ill-formed thoughts about it. (You may notice some overlap among the comments.)
Oh, and you may notice that my comments don't actually appear on the pages I've linked to for the individual tracks. For tracks that generate a lot of shouts, I sometimes choose to put my unusually long comments on a more obscure page. I'd rather not break up the conversation with a long comment; that does tend to annoy people.
On the album as a whole:
The album that lays the groundwork for post-punk experimentation. A formalist's wet dream, as carefully and self-consciously sequenced as albums get. Pink Flag is built from two basic building blocks (namely…
28 Dec 2009, 18:08 by LangungonLast.FM Milestones1st track: (19 Feb 2014)
The Smiths - Pretty Girls Make Graves
http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/252/20362441.jpg1000th track: (19 Feb 2014)
The Smiths - Miserable Lie
http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/252/20362441.jpg2000th track: (19 Feb 2014)
The Smiths - Miserable Lie
http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/252/20362441.jpg3000th track: (19 Feb 2014)
The Smiths - Miserable Lie
http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/252/20362441.jpg4000th track: (26 Aug 2009)
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Otherside
http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/252/2165053.jpg5000th track: (16 Oct 2009)
Pearl Jam - Alive
http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/252/139117.jpg6000th track: (14 Dec 2009)
Jay-Z - Empire State of Mind
http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/252/36150875.png7000th track: (07 Feb 2010)
Nirvana - Heart-Shaped Box
http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/252/153762.jpg8000th track: (08 Mar 2010)
Manu Chao - Bongo Bong
http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/252/391538.jpg9000th track: (01 Apr 2010)
6 Feb 2009, 14:22 by LustrousChemistIt can be fairly sick-making when parents extol the oh-so-wondrous exploits of their offspring, but I am now going to make an exception to my self-imposed rule.
Whilst in the car on the way to school this morning I happened to play Elastica by Elastica. Some way into the first track my 12 year old daughter picked up the case and glanced at the track listing on the back. She quickly put it back down with a disgruntled "Uhh?"
Imagining that she was going to make a scathing remark on my musical choice I asked her what the matter with it was.
"Nothing...." She replied "..er but isn't this a cover?"
I told her that no it wasn't, but maybe she had heard someone covering it.
"No" she insisted, "isn't it the one that goes "I am the fly. I am the fly"
And that is exactly the same conclusion that Wire themselves came to when they made an out of court settlement with Elastica for Line Up's potential plagiarism of I Am The Fly. …
25 Jul 2008, 03:44 by muteoffLATE NIGHT ALTERNATIVE
A weekly dose of the latest alternative and indie rock with old favorites mixed in.
Wednesday 11 pm - 1 am
1. Little Joy - The Next Time Around
2. Department of Eagles - No One Does It Like You
3. Annuals - Confessor
4. Brian Eno & David Byrne - Strange Overtones
5. Friendly Fires - In the Hospital
6. TV on the Radio - DLZ
7. Oasis - The Shock of the Lightning
8. Sebastien Grainger - Love Can Be So Mean
9. Conor Oberst - Gentlemen's Pact
10. Dr. Dog - The Ark
11. The Gaslight Anthem - Great Expectations
12. Port O'Brien - Close The Lid
13. Land of Talk - Death by Fire
14. Sonic Youth - Teen Age Riot
15. Broken Social Scene - Almost Crimes
16. ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - Bells Of Creation
17. Cloud Cult - Everybody Here is a Cloud
18. Fight Like Apes - Battlestations
21 Feb 2008, 00:42 by BadgerJohn31The description and playlist below are from the weekly radio show (A Brief History Of…) that my friend and I host on WSUM 91.7fm Madison (the University of Wisconsin's radio station). We selected songs we felt were either historically important or just representative of each specific topic. Please comment if you feel we missed something or just to give your opinion. Remember, however, that we do this show in an hour (about 50 minutes of music), so the shows will never be comprehensive. Track length is a major factor in our decisions (shorter is usually better). Thanks!
A Brief History of...Punk explains how important location was to the genre, from CBGB’s in New York to the famous Sex Pistols show attended by future members of The Buzzcocks, The Fall, and Joy Division. The show’s first segment explains that punk arose as a response to the pretentiousness of Progressive Rock – by the mid 70s there was a perceived need for a type music that anyone could play – and illustrates the proto-punk…
9 Feb 2008, 15:33 by marta014Hello! I would like your help to compile a list of songs that sound "suspiciously similar," songs that one artist has obviously copied another, not a cover... if that makes any sense.
Examples (first I list the copied song, then the original):
Elastica "Connection" - Wire "Three Girl Rhumba"
Elastica "Waking Up" - Stranglers "No More Heroes"
Garbage "Vow" - The Beatles "No Reply"
Sublime "What I Got" - The Beatles "Lady Madonna"
The Birthday Massacre "Movie" - The Cure "Plainsong"
Do you know any other examples?
24 Jul 2007, 22:42 by talking_animalIn the 1957 movie Love in the Afternoon, Gary Cooper has this four-piece Gypsy orchestra (I would say Band of Gypsys, but that is a reference that leads in a different, yet equally fulfilling, direction from the one in which I'm going) that he keeps on retainer to play live music while he woos an interchangeable sweetheart in his Paris hotel suite. (Maurice Chevalier plays a detective who blames Cooper for seducing about 99 44/100ths of the respectable-wife population of Paris; turnabout is fair play when his daughter Audrey Hepburn gets involved with Cooper.)
The band, with a hammer-dulcimer, a guitar, an accordion, and a violinist, plays the same repertory every night for Gary Cooper; neither the music nor the seductive approach ever changes. That repertory consists of these Gypsy-sounding arrangements of standard pop tunes.
The idea that I could banter flirtatiously with girls like Audrey Hepburn in a deluxe hotel to the romantic soundtrack of a real live Gypsy four-piece…
7 Apr 2007, 14:10 by GrindrodWell, clearly the best song intro ever is Boogie Nights - the spookiest, jazziest, harpiest (?!) opening to a song you could wish for, which then after noodling around for ages suddenly coalesces into the disco funk riff so beloved of 70s theme nights everywhere.
Two of my favourite Pet Shop Boys original album versions, Being Boring and Left To My Own Devices also have maginificently harpy and elongated intos which always succeed in whipping me up into a frenzy. They love the details of intros - every one on Actually is a corker, for example, from skittering drums to headsmashing orchestra hits.
Then there's Hounds of Love with the breathless 'It's in the trees - it's coming!' sample and collosal drumming which immediately makes me want to run through John Carpenter-esque forests. Too few song intros have that effect.
Wordy Rappinghood starts with a busy typewriter with a few bass notes sneaking around under it, only hinting at the bleepy boingy relentlessness to follow. …
26 Aug 2006, 03:11 by yen_pox