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  1. This is about Chuck Poole's New Slackz. When watching on myspace, the title moves back and forth to the beat. Now that's cool! :happybanana:
  2. I like it A LOT. You know, a lot of artists have to do all the work themselves--Prince & Moby notably. Tommy James had to perform almost all of Crimson and Clover himself, and Steve Winwood performed the entire Arc of a Diver album singlehandedly.
  3. Sia is Sia Furler a singer-songwriter from Australia. Her voice, sound and style are much akin to Nelly Furtado. Only I don't really care for Nelly Furtado, but I adore Sia. Her pop songs are catchy, her deeper songs are touching, her oddball songs are great. There are 200 reviews on iTunes with an average rating of 4.0. I give it 5.0, since I think every song is a winner. Most of the songs feature the typical set: acoustic guitar, bass guitar, drums with cello (perhaps other strings) and piano on the softer tracks. The following are the tracks, not in order: I Go to Sleep is a cover of the Pretenders, who covered the Kinks. If I had to pick a "worst song," this would be it, simply because it is a cover, even though this version is excellent. The sad, mournful sound of Sia's voice matches the song's theme and mood perfectly. Lentil, Soon We'll Be Found, and Beautiful Calm Driving are all softer songs about relationships. The Girl You Lost to Cocaine and Electric Bird are counter-themed songs... that is, the music is uplifting when the theme is dark. (I'm assuming here that Electric Bird alludes to the death penalty, though I could be wrong). Little Black Sandals is a song about walking away from a bad relationship, much like These Boots Are Made For Walking. You Have Been Loved is a slow, sad song about being dumped but moving on. Academia (featuring Beck) is an quirky, uptempo song about unrequited love, apparently with somebody who's fairly intelligent. Both Lullaby and Death by Chocolate are "building" songs... that is they start very soft and end strong. Both have the theme of accepting what is bad and taking the good from it. Playground and Buttons (hidden track) are the most upbeat, catchy tunes of the album. I caught onto Sia's music because somebody on YouTube claimed the Buttons video is one of the worst ever. The album is set up as a roller-coaster, much like Journey's early albums. That is, you won't hear four sad songs in a row, but a sad song then a catchy tune, then another sad song. This formula works very well to emphasize each song and its meaning. And just about every song has real meaning. Each song reaches into you and touches a chord of humanity. So, with that said, give it a listen. I'm very glad I did.
  4. Death by Chocolate by Sia is pretty good.
  5. Yeah, I pretty much detest U2 as well, but "With or Without You" was alright.
  6. Song seems to be about waiting for one's lover to come home when that person is out partying without you. Love gone awry.
  7. They couldn't completely ruin this excellent song. But, hey, that's just like my opinion man.
  8. Sounds like allusion to prostitution and insanity, and perhaps this girl he cared for is now locked away? Perhaps abused while locked away?
  9. It sounds like a TV theme song to me. Also, since it sounds familiar, I'd guess late 80s, early 90s era. I haven't watched enough TV since then.
  10. That's so ironic, I heard she's going back into the studio to re-record the song with that added.
  11. Did I yet mention "Ironic" by Alanis Morrisette? I mean, English teachers the world over cringe whenever they hear that song. so do people with perfect pitch
  12. Um, no Saturday Night Fever? We can't try to understand the New York Times' effect on Man.
  13. Dear edna: Drugs kill. Well, everybody but Keith Richards, but I digress. Put the crackpipe down!
  14. Lonelyday asked for "piano songs" and "drum songs" and there's one for best basslines. I listened to Funeral for a Friend / Love Lies Bleeding today on the way home, and I realized that this song has it all: great bassline, great keys, great percussion, excellent singing, and it just plain rocks. Oh yeah, and it fits the "longer than 10 minutes" category.
  15. Today's Daily Top 10 has another candidate: Bohemian Rhapsody This song espouses murder and apathy. And the songwriter couldn't even figure out which style of music he wanted... is it rock? opera? ballad? I'm confused. This song definitely has to go.
  16. When I worked at the University of Texas, I saw a lot of very pretty girls at the nursing school. But not so many pretty nurses graduating. I suppose many of them got their MRS. degree and quit. DAMMIT
  17. Love Is, by Brian McKnight/Vanessa Williams The Rose, by Bette Midler (my personal fave)
  18. What about "Into the Night" by Benny Mardones? "She's just sixteen years old, leave her alone they said..." And they were right, you perv! Lock him up.
  19. The following list is songs (with which I am familiar) that are (1) not instrumentals; (2) not dance songs; (3) not love songs. I Ran A Flock of Seagulls Time Alan Parsons Project Roll on Down the Highway Bachman-Turner Overdrive It's Still Rock and Roll to Me Billy Joel Still the Same Bob Seger Shakedown Bob Seger Wanted Dead or Alive Bon Jovi Lowdown Boz Scaggs Smoke on the Water Deep Purple Hotel California Eagles Rocket Man Elton John Gypsy Fleetwood Mac American Woman Guess Who Wheel In the Sky Journey Escape Journey Rubicon Journey Immigrant Song Led Zeppelin Red Barchetta Rush Available Light Rush By-Tor and the Snow Dog Rush Turn the Page Rush The Sound of Silence Simon & Garfunkel Bridge over Trouble Water Simon & Garfunkel Crystal Ball Styx Come Sail Away Styx Snowblind Styx Take the Long Way Home Supertramp He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother the Hollies Eminence Front the Who Best of Both Worlds Van Halen For bands like Rush that have many, many songs that fit the category, I chose the ones I like most. Some artists, like Neil Young, I left out just to piss off other SF users.
  20. I think he (or somebody) would have to compile all of his poetry into one collection and then have that nominated. It's too late to nominate him for a song written in 1968, for instance.
  21. Topaz by Journey is excellent. (Neal Schon @ 21)
  22. So, following up on Dobie Gray brought me to discover that songwriter Jonnie Barnett ("The Chain of Love") did not have a wikipedia page. Now he does.
  23. Loving Arms Since it's Dobie Gray day, his version. It also happens to be the most depressed version, IMHO.
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