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That episode is so good!!!
It's amazing on multiple levels, you'd think it would have at least been nominated for an Emmy. I guess the committee just isn't ready for a musical allegory for its illiterate paint-huffing composer's childhood molestation by his uncle.
 
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I've heard this song so many times on the radio but never knew it was Smokey Robinson until today. I also pegged it as late '70s. Never would have guessed Smokey even did a music video for it.
 

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Haven't heard this in a long time, but it's always fresh no matter when of how often you hear it:

And this I had never heard before today:
Would never have guessed this was the same band if I'd heard it on the radio.
 

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Holy crap, who knew the Osmonds rocked this hard? This is blowing my mind:
 
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Haven't heard this in a long time, but it's always fresh no matter when of how often you hear it:

And this I had never heard before today:
Would never have guessed this was the same band if I'd heard it on the radio.
'Tighten Up' is a 100 Percent Happy Pill. You gotta be dead inside to not dig it.
 

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WTF? That's amazing.
I may have to track down a copy of their hard rock album Crazy Horses. Check out this wild album cover:
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Apparently this and its predecessor Phase III are the new direction they wanted to go.
 

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Currently obsessing on Sturgil Simpson and Colter Wall. My current Edge of the Empire game already has a very "Firefly" feel to it... More fuel for the fire(fly)...

 

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Nice! Love me some Sturgil Simpson. Never heard of Colter Wall before, but I'll have to check him out now.
 

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Amazing Penecostal gospel.

 

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Never heard this before my wife showed me this video today:
 

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I listen to this song almost everyday day. It's pretty hard to describe. I listen to a lot rock, punk, metal, prog rock and psychedelic music, but this is something I never heard before. It doesn't resemble anything else I ever heard and it's the most epic thing ever. It's just slowly evolving, majestic sounding music and I am really happy I discovered this mix of pop, prog, punk, ska and new wave music. It's catchy, energetic and very complex compositionally. A very underrated band. It's Cardiacs.


And an amazing a capella cover of the same song.

 
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I'm so vain, I bet I thought this song was about me... until I realized what the title was referring to.
 

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Features one of my favorite lyrical couplets, which Sting reused multiple times over the years...

"Do I have to tell the story
Of a thousand rainy days since we first met
It's a big enough umbrella
But it's always me that ends up getting wet"
 

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I bought the album this is from (Whatever) when it was first released in 1993 and didn't realize Aimee Mann had been in 'Til Tuesday before. The voice would've been a giveaway but it had been a good while since "Voices Carry" was a hit. I bought the record after happenstance allowed me to see the music video on MTV on one of those late-late shows where they still played music videos. Coincidentally I saw Michael Penn, her future husband, give a free concert at Union Square only a few months earlier. I still think Whatever, her solo debut, is Aimee Mann's best album, track for track, and without doubt her most varied and melodic.

I especially love the bass-heavy fake-out intro that suddenly turns Byrdsy, and how the sound changes at the middle section when she sings "Your pattern is different from what it implies/The words may be true but I realize/It isn't description so much as disguise."

 
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Speaking of bass-heavy intros, I always liked this one from the third and last 'Til Tuesday LP:
There's some interesting guitar in there as well, although the keyboard sound is a bit dated.

Cowritten with Elvis Costello, who sings backup:
He did a version of his own on All This Useless Beauty, which I don't think is as good due to some lyrics he changed and his voice not being up to the task. (Still a good record--one of the last of his I liked enough to buy.)

And the best song from the second 'Til Tuesday album, where they veered away from the electric pop with keyboards template, is pretty much perfect:
 

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Since I'm on the topic of women who sing, write songs, and play the bass: Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde has one of the greatest rock'n'roll voices ever. "Joey" is a killer tune:

This TV performance of "Heal It Up" may be even better than the LP version, and either way proves she's got the goods:

Here's the studio version from the Mexican Moon LP, so you can compare and contrast:
 

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Never knew until today that (1) this was Mike & the Mechanics, (2) this was titled "Silent Running," (3) Paul Carrack sang it, or (4) the lyrics were controversial in the U.K.

Take the children and yourself
And hide out in the cellar
By now the fighting will be close at hand
Don't believe the church and state
And everything they tell you
Believe in me, I'm with the high command

Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?
Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?

There's a gun and ammunition
Just inside the doorway
Use it only in emergency
Better you should pray to God
The Father and the Spirit
Will guide you and protect from up here

Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?
Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?

Swear allegiance to the flag
Whatever flag they offer
Never hint at what you really feel
Teach the children quietly
For some day sons and daughters
Will rise up and fight while we stand still

Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?
Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?
 

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Not many bands could afford to leave a song of this quality off an album and relegate it to a B-side. From what I understand, Andy Summers had this unusual chord progression that needed a lyric and Sting had a set of lyrics with no music written and, chocolate into peanut butter, this was the result. Also recorded in one take with a live vocal, or so I have heard, which is why you hear a rare bum note on the bass in a Police recording. But given the weird time signature it's amazing they got it down in one take. Try snapping your fingers to it and find where the downbeat is. How Sting knew where to come in on vocals before any bass or guitar cue is a tribute to his sense of time.
I can never hear it without thinking of the Northstar-centric Alpha Flight story from Marvel Fanfare #28:
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I have her first two albums on vinyl as well as CD, bought the viny records way back in '93 and '94, respectively, when everyone around me was indulging in "grunge," a movement I never grokked, but never got to see her perform until circa 2003 when I was seeing this Chinese-Filipina semi-hipster gal who also liked Liz Phair. Haven't liked anything she's done in the past 20 years enough to buy it, unfortunately, but this was one of the best tunes on her double-LP debut:

Another good one, this time from Letterman back when late-night TV was worth staying up for:
 

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Charlie Parker...Police...Liz Phair...Pointer Sisters (in the other music thread)...now Plimsouls...yep, I've been playing the P section of my record collection. :shade: :music:

Southern California at night...poolside party...1980s...cruising the main drag in a convertible...two guitars, bass, and drums...it doesn't get any better. Note the ad on the side of the bus: "We're everywhere at once," a subtle reference to the album* this song is from:

* Everywhere at Once (1983)
 

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The Plimsouls deliver the goods in concert:



 

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Some top tracks from their debut LP*:



Couldn't find the studio version of this one without linking to an entire compilation album, so start at 14:23 for "Hush, Hush" (not the Deep Purple song):

* The Plimsouls (1981)
 

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1966 was a heck of a year for pop, rock, and soul music, and nobody put out a better single than this that year.
 

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My all-time favorite guitar instrumental:
 
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