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Thursday, December 08, 2005

No.34

Today's Best Song Ever - "Don't Let It Bring You Down" Neil Young (After The Goldrush)

i forgot how good neil young was! i watched american beauty again last night and was digging the soundtrack obviously (any film with All Along The Watchtower - Dylan version, The Seeker, American Woman, Cancer For The Cure, We Haven't Turned Around and Elliot Smith - one for you matt, is alright by me) also is the film named after the grateful dead album of the same name, if so, even more kudos.
anyway, the scene where spacey and suvari are about to get it on in the darkened room with that hard rain (not the morgan freeman/minnie driver/christian slater film of the same name)
banging on the window had this great song playing, i recognised it but couldn't place the singer, then i realised it was an annie lennox cover of young's "don't let it bring you down". I don't like lennox or eurythmics per se, in fact i think they're generally pretty awful, but this is a great cover version so i suggest you download it and the 1970 original from After The Gold Rush. Neil Youn's voice is an acquired taste obviously but so is that of billy corgan or serj tankian and i know you all love a bit of that (XX "I Love SOAD" i wish they were part of my syllabus)
I am a bit disappointed that none of you have gone to the effort of responding to my supergroup topic, either if you have a blog by putting up some pictures and annotations (it's not really that much effort for a beautiful and interesting effect) or if not by posting a comment with your aforementioned top 5/6/7 musicians in some sort of group format

please rectify this as soon as possible (or i will close this site for good)


p.s. sorry about the (shocking/noteworthy) omission of jeff buckley from the contemporary supergroup, alas he is a genius but unfortunately a dead genius so he didn't qualify. i plumped for 2 drummers instead)

7 Comments:

Anonymous Matt said...

Yo, supergroup then...

Drums - Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters/some other band). Say what you will about the Foo's, but he beats the skins somethin' special.

Bass - Pete Hook (Joy Division/New Order). Throbbing.

Guitar - The Edge (U2). Blah, blah, U2 are shit, 'tever...

Guitar/Backing Vocals - Jeff Buckley. Haunting, etc. Thom Yorke would be nothing without him *controversial*

Vocals - Ian Curtis (Joy Division/dead). Perfect contrast to Buckley's whispy tones.

Keep the grunge boredom alive.

11:42 AM  
Blogger Thepatient323 said...

Drums - hmm

Bass - Yeh peter hook is a legend, signature sound and all that, very influential, and he deserves to be there for his stance alone (sir stancelot and all that etc ect [sic])

Guitar - mr edge has a signature sound which (grudgingly) i suppose makes him influential but he hasn't got that rock and roll panache that the other members of your group have. as such he may be out of his depth when performing live or in the post-gig drug/sex binges

Buckley - yeh nuff said, wouldve been in mine if he hadn't forgotten his armbands

Ian Curtis - ditto, legend

11:47 AM  
Anonymous Matt said...

armbands, nice.

dunno 'bout Edge not being able to cut it live (not that i can confirm or deny this either way)

was thinking of putting Chris Martin in, tho...

12:49 PM  
Anonymous George said...

ah you're trying to gilbert ryle me. It won't work, as we were discussing earlier i already squander too much of my paltry existence talking about how much that man's live performance and shoddy lyrics bother me. alas no longer, he does lots for charity

1:47 PM  
Blogger bob said...

a ghost in the machine, george?

jeff buck - yesyesyes

3:49 PM  
Anonymous bill(y) - delete as/when/if(ever) appropriate said...

(1)
ahem, in classic essay style(cf rob) -
the topic of all time supergroup is beyond the scope of this post, therefore, i will focus the discussion onto the ultimate 'uber cool' supergroup(matt will be tempted to cite the strokes at this point). by limiting the post in this manner, i hope to acheive a more(if you are george, read fewer less) precise conclusion.


tom waits (circa swordfishtrombones era onward) on super-hardbaked-big easy style-american-cool lyrics. *
and 'i have smoked 5 million fags and my throat has been replaced with a lead pipe' vocals.

lou reed.
on 'i'm not a super genius but boy can i strum a riff (and inject smack)' rhythm guitar and 'i can't really sing so i will mumble/speak (generally about new york)' vocals.

jimi.
on 'im a sexy god and my fingers are an exten(s)ion (are exten(s)ions) of my brain' guitars.

charles mingus.
on 'yes thats right, my name is mingus. i have an album called 'mingus, mingus, mingus'. try saying it in a high pitched voice. having fun? ps i am black.' double bass.

keith moon.
on 'i am mental. somehow, in the context of rock n roll, this is a good and cool thing to be.' drums.


* eg.
"Well with buck shot eyes and a purple heart,
I rolled down the national stroll
and with a big fat paycheck
strapped to my hip sack
and a shore leave wristwatch underneath
my sleeve
in a Hong Kong drizzle on Cuban heels
I rowed down the gutter to the Blood Bank
and I'd left all my papers on the Ticonderoga
and was in a bad need of a shave
and so I slopped at the corner on cold chow mein
and shot billards with a midget
until the rain stopped
and I bought a long sleeved shirt
with horses on the front
and some gum and a lighter and a knife
and a new deck of cards (with girls on the back)
and I sat down and wrote a letter to my wife"

5:56 AM  
Anonymous George said...

Yes bill yes i love it!
yeh how ironic that the band is four fifths american. the others would sort of loll round on stage dragging their heels (and multiple cigarettes, 40 x 1 live show each for reed and waits) while mingus shouted at them for being shit while jimi plays star-spangled banner with the laser show from "won't get fooled again" playing, without the song but still with a solitary white light on Loon whilst the rest is blue lasers on all the others.
shore leave

6:16 AM  

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