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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Wezzo » Wed Dec 18, 2019 12:46 pm

341. The Dukes of the Stratosphere - My Love Explodes - 6
342. The Replacements - Little Mascara - 8

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Hymie » Wed Dec 18, 2019 1:34 pm

Rob wrote:
Wed Dec 18, 2019 8:58 am
342. The Replacements – Little Mascara
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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Wed Dec 18, 2019 6:38 pm

The Replacements - Little Mascara: 7
Thanks to the Moderately Acclaimed albums game this year I quite got to like the parent album, Tim, and Little Mascara is quite typical of its pleasures, with it simple approach, good lyrics and memorable guitar riffs.


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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Brad » Thu Dec 19, 2019 2:24 am

335. U2 – The Refugee 7.25
336. The Heavy – Short Change Hero 7.25
337. Raul Seixas – Metamorfose Ambulante 8 Great tune!
338. The Beach Boys – I’ll Be Home for Christmas 5
339. TV on the Radio – Golden Age 8 (#5659 on my all-time list)
340. Haddaway – Fly Away 4
341. The Dukes of the Stratosphere - My Love Explodes: 7.25
342. The Replacements - Little Mascara: 7.5

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Thu Dec 19, 2019 9:14 am

343. Oneohtrix Point Never - Ezra
Year: 2015
Album: Garden of Delete
Biggest Fan: Nassim (#846)

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Hymie » Thu Dec 19, 2019 2:20 pm

Rob wrote:
Thu Dec 19, 2019 9:14 am
343. Oneohtrix Point Never - Ezra
1

I'd rather be water boarded than to have to hear this all day.

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Thu Dec 19, 2019 6:28 pm

I'm shocked to learn that Hymie doesn't like this dissonant, avant-gardish, disruptive, glitchy, electronic song!

Oneohtrix Point Never - Ezra: 5

Then again, I have heard better from Oneohtrix. Sometimes they create truly transcendent music; hear the experiment is main meal. That is allowed and the album is Garden of Delete, so I was warned. But I feel only the last 'movement' of the song.

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Fri Dec 20, 2019 9:37 am

The second appearance of Yo La Tengo:

344. Yo La Tengo – My Little Corner of the World
Year: 1997
Album: I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One
Biggest Fan: Brad (#479)

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by spiritualized » Fri Dec 20, 2019 12:07 pm

334. Mathématiques Modernes – Disco Rough 2
335. U2 – The Refugee 4
336. The Heavy – Short Change Hero 8
337. Raul Seixas – Metamorfose Ambulante - 5
338. The Beach Boys – I’ll Be Home for Christmas - 5
339. TV on the Radio – Golden Age - 7
340. Haddaway – Fly Away - 4
341. The Dukes of the Stratosphere - My Love Explodes: 7
342. The Replacements - Little Mascara: 6
343. Oneohtrix Point Never - Ezra - 6 - A controlled mess, full of surprises.
344. Yo La Tengo – My Little Corner of the World - 8 - Love this little pop song, very VU-influenced (I'm sticking like Glue)

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Fri Dec 20, 2019 1:43 pm

Yo La Tengo – My Little Corner of the World: 7

Last time we got a very relaxed song by Yo La Tengo, from the same album. This time they are still relaxed, but also super sweet. It feels like a butterflies-in-the-stomach song and life is good.

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Hymie » Fri Dec 20, 2019 2:14 pm

Rob wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 1:43 pm
Yo La Tengo – My Little Corner of the World:
This is pretty good, 5.

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Sat Dec 21, 2019 9:55 am

Third song this week from the year 1985, for some reason:

345. Whitney Houston – You’re Still My Man
Year: 1985
Album: Whitney
Biggest Fan: Henry (#857)

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Schüttelbirne » Sat Dec 21, 2019 1:34 pm

343. Oneohtrix Point Never - Ezra: 6/10
344. Yo La Tengo - My Little Corner of the World: 7/10
345. Whitney Houston - You're Still My Man: 5/10

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Hymie » Sat Dec 21, 2019 1:55 pm

Rob wrote:
Sat Dec 21, 2019 9:55 am
345. Whitney Houston – You’re Still My Man
3

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Sun Dec 22, 2019 9:36 am

And now a song I would have expected to get more votes:

346. Elvis Presley – You’re the Devil in Disguise
Year: 1963
Released as a single
Biggest Fan: StevieFan13 (#389)

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by PlasticRam » Sun Dec 22, 2019 10:51 am

Elvis Presley – You’re the Devil in Disguise: 8

This is on my all-time list, but perhaps I added it later than the last poll.
I feel like that

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Hymie » Sun Dec 22, 2019 2:40 pm

Rob wrote:
Sun Dec 22, 2019 9:36 am
346. Elvis Presley – You’re the Devil in Disguise
7

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Sun Dec 22, 2019 7:38 pm

Whitney Houston – You’re Still My Man: 1
I never expect anything good to come from Whitney Houston - one of those artists who seems to be the antithesis of my taste. But it was only when the intro began that I noticed in what deep trouble I found myself. From second one this is schmaltz of the worst kind: extremely sentimental yet with a corporate feel to it and a cleanliness to every feeling that gives me the impression that everyone had to leave their actual emotions at the door. So it is just waiting until Houston inevitably yells the whole second half. Some people are impressed by the range of her voice, but I only hear the emptiness. Sorry, this is all not very nice, but songs I give a 1 are not nice to me either.

Elvis Presley – You’re the Devil in Disguise: 7
Like I said I expected this to have more votes. I always liked this one. Some criticasters said that Elvis didn't really rock anymore after, say, Jailhouse Rock, but although this doesn't have the spontaneity of the Sun Records this is an energetic hip swinger, with for this period rare lyrics with some nasty bite.

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Sun Dec 22, 2019 8:34 pm

spiritualized wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 12:07 pm
334. Mathématiques Modernes – Disco Rough 2
335. U2 – The Refugee 4
336. The Heavy – Short Change Hero 8
337. Raul Seixas – Metamorfose Ambulante - 5
338. The Beach Boys – I’ll Be Home for Christmas - 5
339. TV on the Radio – Golden Age - 7
340. Haddaway – Fly Away - 4
341. The Dukes of the Stratosphere - My Love Explodes: 7
342. The Replacements - Little Mascara: 6
343. Oneohtrix Point Never - Ezra - 6 - A controlled mess, full of surprises.
344. Yo La Tengo – My Little Corner of the World - 8 - Love this little pop song, very VU-influenced (I'm sticking like Glue)
Unless something went wrong somewhere, it seems you never voted for songs #324 to #333.

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by StevieFan13 » Sun Dec 22, 2019 10:18 pm

Rob wrote:
Sun Dec 22, 2019 9:36 am
And now a song I would have expected to get more votes:

346. Elvis Presley – You’re the Devil in Disguise
Year: 1963
Released as a single
Biggest Fan: StevieFan13 (#389)

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Hooray! Finally another one of my picks! This ones a straight 10 from me, quite possibly my favorite Elvis track.
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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Henry » Mon Dec 23, 2019 3:07 am

345. Whitney Houston – You’re Still My Man - 7
346. Elvis Presley – You’re the Devil in Disguise - 5

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by spiritualized » Mon Dec 23, 2019 7:52 am

Bizarre - I was positive I had voted for these.
Sorry about the numbering, it's a bit messed up ?

325. The Beatles – I’ve Got a Feeling: 6
326. John Lennon – Nobody Told Me: 5
327. The Kidds – Down In Mexico : 5
328. Sturgill Simpson – Keep It Between The Lines: 5
329. Ghost Town DJ’s – My Boo: 3
329. The Rolling Stones – Lady Jane: 8
330. Ghost Town DJ’s – My Boo : 5
331. Four Tet – Smile around the face : 6
332. Steely Dan – Things I Miss the Most : 5
333. Beth Orton – Best Bit: 7

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by spiritualized » Mon Dec 23, 2019 7:58 am

345. Whitney Houston – You’re Still My Man - 1
346. Elvis Presley – You’re the Devil in Disguise - 8

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Mon Dec 23, 2019 10:01 am

As we edge closer to Christmas we still have time for one of music’s real cult figures:

347. Roy Harper – Twelve Hours of Sunset
Year: 1974
Album: Valentine
Biggest Fan: DaveC (#467)
YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZXPFkJX6xE

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Mon Dec 23, 2019 10:06 am

spiritualized wrote:
Mon Dec 23, 2019 7:52 am
Bizarre - I was positive I had voted for these.
Sorry about the numbering, it's a bit messed up ?

325. The Beatles – I’ve Got a Feeling: 6
326. John Lennon – Nobody Told Me: 5
327. The Kidds – Down In Mexico : 5
328. Sturgill Simpson – Keep It Between The Lines: 5
329. Ghost Town DJ’s – My Boo: 3
329. The Rolling Stones – Lady Jane: 8
330. Ghost Town DJ’s – My Boo : 5
331. Four Tet – Smile around the face : 6
332. Steely Dan – Things I Miss the Most : 5
333. Beth Orton – Best Bit: 7
I did fix the wrong numbering over a week ago, so I don't know why it is still wrong for you. Maybe because you still miss Love in Vain, the last song from November?

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Hymie » Mon Dec 23, 2019 2:13 pm

Rob wrote:
Mon Dec 23, 2019 10:01 am
347. Roy Harper – Twelve Hours of Sunset
3

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

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1. Yo La Tengo | My Little Corner of the World | 8
2. Elvis Presley | (You're the) Devil in Disguise | 8
3. The Dukes of the Stratosphere | My Love Explodes |7
4. Roy Harper | Twelve Hours of Sunset | 6
5. The Replacements | Little Mascara | 6
6. Oneohtrix Point Never | Ezra | 4
7. Whitney Houston | You're Still My Man | 3

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Mon Dec 23, 2019 7:11 pm

Roy Harper – Twelve Hours of Sunset: 5
This song is slow. Very, very slow. Every moment gets drawn out. Since I know this is a singer songwriter who can write great lines I want to concentrate on what he says, but in this case to no avail: the length between sentences, words or even the words themselves make it though going. I know this guy likes to take his time frequently, but here it becomes something of the undoing of the song, despite the appeal of it's hazy, somewhat psychedelic-in-the-seventies style.

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Tue Dec 24, 2019 9:24 am

Every now and then we get something that is just really obscure. If my information is correct Frankie Allen has released only one single of which this one is the a-side. Luckily YouTube has it, but otherwise many sources deny this artist’s existence (Discogs had some barren information). A real Christmas present to unpack with you family tonight!

348. Frankie Allen – Just a Country Boy
Year: 1977
Released as a single
Biggest Fan: Fred (#931)
YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4W574-Ff5c

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Romain » Tue Dec 24, 2019 10:15 am

336. The Heavy – Short Change Hero Once again, The Heavy stands out. They're exactly what I like. 8/10
337. Raul Seixas – Metamorfose Ambulante There you go, nice, melodic Folk. 7.5/10
338. The Beach Boys – I’ll Be Home for Christmas dripping with sugar. 3/10
339. TV on the Radio – Golden Age I like this band, this one is not the best but it's still good. 6.5/10
340. Haddaway – Fly Away But what is this horror? The worst of just about everything in one song. 1/10
341. The Dukes of the Stratosphere – My Love Explodes I really thinks it's from the 60s, it's very good, more than this please 8/10
342. The Replacements – Little Mascara An average song from a good band. 5/10
343. Oneohtrix Point Never - Ezra I let that tune flatter my ear. It's a strange but pleasant mixture. 6.5/10
344. Yo La Tengo – My Little Corner of the World Nico, is it you? Very good. 7.5/10
345. Whitney Houston – You’re Still My Man My Dylan female. 1.5/10
346. Elvis Presley – You’re the Devil in Disguise One of the Elvis songs that I really like. I like this change of rhythm. 7//10
347. Roy Harper – Twelve Hours of Sunset Well... well... very good even! 7.5/10
348. Frankie Allen – Just a Country Boy Not really my thing. 4.5/10

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Tue Dec 24, 2019 12:36 pm

Romain wrote:
Tue Dec 24, 2019 10:15 am

345. Whitney Houston – You’re Still My Man My Dylan female. 1.5/10
I know you probably don't dislike them for the same reason, but it is an odd sentence to read, as Dylan's approach to music, lyrics and singing is pretty much the exact opposite to Whitney Houston.

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Tue Dec 24, 2019 12:59 pm

Frankie Allen – Just a Country Boy: 6

A tribute to Elvis. There are so many of them that they might be a genre unto themselves (this isn't even the first one to appear in this game: see Gillian Welch' Elvis Presley Blues; a much better song in my opinion). It is nice to have this one come along a few days after we actually did an Elvis track. This one, in contrast to the one by Welch, feels very much like an Elvis song on itself and with a release date of 1977 it has to be one of the first posthumous tributes to the King. The rockabilly shuffle and the doo-wop backing vocals win no originality points, but they work, while the poor production value has a Sun Studios charm.

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Romain » Tue Dec 24, 2019 1:21 pm

Rob wrote:
Tue Dec 24, 2019 12:36 pm

I know you probably don't dislike them for the same reason, but it is an odd sentence to read, as Dylan's approach to music, lyrics and singing is pretty much the exact opposite to Whitney Houston.
Indeed, it's just that absolutely all the songs I've heard from them sound so awful and I don't understand their huge success. It's another mistery for me about the music.
To tell you the truth, I still refer to Dylan through songs like Lay, Lady Lay.

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Hymie » Tue Dec 24, 2019 6:40 pm

Rob wrote:
Tue Dec 24, 2019 9:24 am
348. Frankie Allen – Just a Country Boy
Never heard of it before. It's nice, a 6.

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Wed Dec 25, 2019 10:26 am

Merry Christmas everyone. Santa Clause is coming to town and our own Santa – Hymie of course – brings the gifts on home to us!

349. Buddy & Ella Johnson – Bring It Home to Me
Year: 1956
Album: Rock ‘n Roll
Biggest Fan: Hymie (#996)

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By the way, during Christmas days, these postings may come at unpredictable times.

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Hymie » Wed Dec 25, 2019 2:11 pm

Rob wrote:
Wed Dec 25, 2019 10:26 am
349. Buddy & Ella Johnson – Bring It Home to Me
9

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341. The Dukes of the Stratosphere – My Love Explodes: 5
342. The Replacements – Little Mascara: 7.5
343. Oneohtrix Point Never - Ezra: 7.5
344. Yo La Tengo – My Little Corner of the World: 3
345. Whitney Houston – You’re Still My Man: 3
346. Elvis Presley – You’re the Devil in Disguise: 4
347. Roy Harper – Twelve Hours of Sunset: 9

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Thu Dec 26, 2019 9:32 am

You thought I was kidding when I called Hymie Santa Clause yesterday? Not at all, because he has another gift for us today:

350. Hank Williams – Mind Your Own Business
Year: 1949
Released as a single
Biggest Fan: Hymie (#459)

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

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346. Elvis Presley - You're the Devil in Disguise: 7/10
347. Roy Harper - Twelve Hours of Sunset: 5/10
348. Frankie Allen - Just a Country Boy: 6/10
349. Buddy & Ella Johnson - Bring It Home to Me: 6/10
350. Hank Williams - Mind Your Own Business: 6/10

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Hymie » Thu Dec 26, 2019 1:55 pm

Rob wrote:
Thu Dec 26, 2019 9:32 am
You thought I was kidding when I called Hymie Santa Clause yesterday? Not at all, because he has another gift for us today:

350. Hank Williams – Mind Your Own Business
Never seen Clause spelled with an e before.

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Live in Phoenix » Thu Dec 26, 2019 2:07 pm

Hymie wrote:
Thu Dec 26, 2019 1:55 pm
Rob wrote:
Thu Dec 26, 2019 9:32 am
You thought I was kidding when I called Hymie Santa Clause yesterday? Not at all, because he has another gift for us today:

350. Hank Williams – Mind Your Own Business
Never seen Clause spelled with an e before.

9
I know someone who was doing that. I was like, "That was just a movie..."

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by PlasticRam » Thu Dec 26, 2019 3:57 pm

Hank Williams – Mind Your Own Business: 7
I feel like that

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Fri Dec 27, 2019 10:00 am

Hymie wrote:
Thu Dec 26, 2019 1:55 pm
Rob wrote:
Thu Dec 26, 2019 9:32 am
You thought I was kidding when I called Hymie Santa Clause yesterday? Not at all, because he has another gift for us today:

350. Hank Williams – Mind Your Own Business
Never seen Clause spelled with an e before.

9
Grammatical confusion from a non-native English speaker/ writer.

Today, the second appearance of Nirvana, one of only two songs from Nevermind not on AM:

351. Nirvana – Stay Away
Year: 1991
Album: Nevermind
Biggest Fan: Ordinaryperson (#599)

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Hymie » Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:30 pm

Rob wrote:
Fri Dec 27, 2019 10:00 am
351. Nirvana – Stay Away
3

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Post by Live in Phoenix » Fri Dec 27, 2019 2:05 pm

Grammatical confusion from a non-native English speaker/ writer.
I have great admiration for bilingual speakers...one side of my family tree is Czech, and can you imagine the utter confusion I feel when I look at a couple words like České Budějovice. I'm sure I'd speak or spell that one more wrong than you would get Santa Claus wrong...


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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by StevieFan13 » Fri Dec 27, 2019 5:07 pm

Nirvana's Stay Away is also a 10 from me.
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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Brad » Fri Dec 27, 2019 5:38 pm

Hymie wrote:
Thu Dec 26, 2019 1:55 pm
Never seen Clause spelled with an e before.

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by mileswide » Fri Dec 27, 2019 6:34 pm

Santa's Dutch, Rob can spell his countryman any way he wants!

Will catch up on lost songs when I can but for now, Nirvana - Stay Away gets a 6. I'm never particularly besotted by Cobain's laryngitic vocals but you can tell there's some craft amongst the carnage and that's a peach of a bassline from Novoselic.
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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Schüttelbirne » Fri Dec 27, 2019 6:53 pm

351. Nirvana - Stay Away: 8/10

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Fri Dec 27, 2019 7:14 pm

mileswide wrote:
Fri Dec 27, 2019 6:34 pm
Santa's Dutch, Rob can spell his countryman any way he wants!
Sorta, he is based on "our" Sinterklaas, but they have become separate entities in our culture, attached to different celebrations. Santa Claus is "Kerstman" (literally Christmas man) here. I think the spelling went wrong because there is also the completely unrelated English word "clause". A clause saint would be something.

Catch-up time:

Buddy & Ella Johnson - Bring It Home To Me: 5
Not bad, but I'll probably have forgotten about it in a few days.

Hank Williams - Mind Your Own Business: 7
Hank Williams always work for me. He rarely has big favorites, but there is something in his delivery that catches the attention.

Nirvana - Stay Away: 6
Now this sounds like grunge doesn't it. For better and usually worse, it doesn't get more nineties than a guy yelling "God is gay" on the top of his lungs. It does get the energy across, that is for sure, but I miss the real angle that sets the best of Nirvana apart.

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