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Though this would be off limits here :) Was going to post in the best live tracks thread the rendition of Round Here on the electric disc of Across A Wire which was pretty much the soundtrack of being 17 for me. It's my favourite piece of live music in all it's melodramatic glory. The whole of the Storytellers disc is a stunner too, the version of Anna Begins is just killer.
Huge fan back in the day, have actually been listening to Recovering the Satellites loads as it's been getting colder. Can't see there being too many fans on here like I say, but for what it's worth as a band I really don't think I've seen many others with such intuition and connection with each other. The way they approach their material live is astonishing.
Have listened to the new one a couple of times with my bud, sounds OK. Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings was OK ish bit had Cowboys on it which was absolutely KILLER.
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I think Children In Bloom.
excluding the above mentioned live Round Here.
plus there's a problem with an out of tune piano. I didn't notice it at first but then someone pointed it out to me and now I can't unhear it.
Must've heard that song like a million times, is the piano out?
it's at about 5 mins I think. It's a long song so maybe it's a different take of the piano spliced in at slightly the wrong speed or something. I'll have a listen later to find the exact point it happens.
I listened to the second album a little bit
I heard their cover of put up a parking lot and threw up
Where to start with Vanessa Carlton?
because I don't know who she is
didn't mind that thousand miles song, was better than the double speed Proclaimers cover I was expecting
ABSOLUTE genius ;)
Loved the first album
Really liked the second album
After that, I thought This Desert Life was pretty good but not bothered with anything else.
Best songs: A Long December, Catapult, Anna Begins, Round Here, Children In Bloom, some others.
Radiohead's Morning Mr Magpie has nothing to do with superstitions or magpie related hi-jinx , but is actually about how Thom likes to listen to August and Everything After first thing when he wakes up.
but would never really feel the need to defend them. I get the reasons why they extract so much hatred and angst from people but I don't care. Their first two albums are masterpieces and the new one is really cool. Mixxxed results in the middle there for sure.
August and Everything After is a top ten album for me. I know that thing front to back all the lyrics/melodies/fills/solos. It's woven into the fabric of my existence.
Do you have Across A Wire?
around I didn't really care any more. Was too deep into hip hop by then.
It was how I discovered them which might influence my thoughts on this, but what with all the above love for the first two records, I really do think that those 2 live discs contain the definitive versions of those songs - AD says as much before they start (a scorching) Anna Begins on the Storytellers set. Not that I don't love the studio versions, particular in terms of the way they structure them - they *really* know how to finish an album eh?
Cool article too, that's 2 good things I've read on there this yr, (the other being the brilliant War On Drugs long form thing. I do think he's capable of being more artful as a lyricist than he's given credit for in there though - especially something like the opening of Rain King...
They wouldn't extract anywhere near the level of disdain if that song did not exist. 'Recovering the Satellites' was their best album.
Two things though:
He's completely misinterpreted what Anna Begins is about
His central point seems to be that we now see Counting Crows and Nirvana as being two very different bands due to 'other events' but in reality they are not that different. Even in 1993 I saw them as very different but maybe that's just me.
but I'm legitimately surprised at their longevity as I assumed people mostly stopped listening to them after their second album despite a hit or two popping up since.
and see them every time they come through town.
like Train's ongoing success... but, you know, not as bland.
On a similar note, my friend's favorite band is Live. I don't really have anything against them and even like some of their stuff... but it's just so odd; it's like, "really, that's what does it for you?"
or forgotten about that still sell out big tours and loads of albums. Train appeals to a lot of people and they've been at it for a long time. Always have had a place on pop radio.
Live! I owned those two albums from the 90s that were big. Lakinis Juice is kinda cool still, weird ass video. People like what they like, most stop caring past their teenage/college years and stick with what they know and dig their heals in.
Simple as that for me. I think their music speaks fairly directly to young people and the pain of adolescence, coupled with the fact that he was 30 something when he wrote a lot of those songs means it carries some of that weight as you grow older.
Just the same old walkaways.
I'll defend 'August...' till my dying days. It was a hugely important album to me in my mid to late teens. I liked the follow up, but lost interest after that.
As mentioned above, I also have about six different live versions of Round Here, all different and all amazing.
who cares what a bunch of bed wetting hipster jabronis think
we all say fuck off, mate
Where no one notices the contrast of shite on shite.
it's actually really good :3
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