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Post by Brad » Thu May 07, 2020 3:29 pm

481. Randy Newman - It's a Jungle Out There: 6
482. Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Barstool Blues: 7.25
483. The Smiths – That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore: 8.25 (#4063 on my all-time list)

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2020

Post by Rob » Thu May 07, 2020 5:05 pm

The Smiths – That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore: 8

I'm not laughing either, but this is meant to be one of the least funny Smiths songs. More of a mixed-feeling songs and these tend to be their best.

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Post by Schüttelbirne » Thu May 07, 2020 5:29 pm

483. The Smiths - That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore: 8/10

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Post by Safetycat » Thu May 07, 2020 10:17 pm

479. Blind Blake – Georgia Bound - 5
Why were so many blues musicians blind? ...Anyway, this is a bit more placid than the blues I like.
480. Harry Nilsson - One - 7
481. Randy Newman – It’s a Jungle Out There - 8
I remember my parents watching this. I was a little young for it but I remember enjoying the theme song. Holds up well.
482. Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Barstool Blues - 7
483. The Smiths – That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore - 9
This is a very good song that is completely incongruous with who Morrissey is now as a person.

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2020

Post by StevieFan13 » Fri May 08, 2020 1:29 am

That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore gets a 9 from me. Ah, irony. Moz knew about that once.
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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2020

Post by madzong » Fri May 08, 2020 1:33 am

482. Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Barstool Blues - 7/10
483. The Smiths - That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore: 8/10
"On a mountain range, I'm Dr. Strange"

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Post by mileswide » Fri May 08, 2020 3:53 am

The Stone Roses - Begging You 6 (Love Spreads is a 9 and most of the debut at least an 8)
Stormwitch - Sword of Sagan 7
Blind Blake - Georgia Bound 5
Harry Nilsson - One 5
Randy Newman - It's a Jungle out There 4
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Barstool Blues 8
The Smiths - That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore 8
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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2020

Post by Rob » Fri May 08, 2020 8:36 am

This song ranks at AM at #5005:

484. The Wombats – Let’s Dance to Joy Division
Year: 2007
Album: A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation
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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2020

Post by Akhenaten » Fri May 08, 2020 9:47 am

484. The Wombats – Let’s Dance to Joy Division - 9.5 [#998 AT]
Brilliant fun song.
Who put the bomp in the bomp ba bomp ba bomp?

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2020

Post by madzong » Fri May 08, 2020 12:14 pm

477. The Stone Roses – Begging You 10/10
fasbjd wrote:
Sat May 02, 2020 1:02 pm
I was a senior in college when Second Coming was released. I was (and am) such a huge fan of their first album and all the singles of that time. I skipped class so I could get the album when the record store opened...and man was I disappointed when I got home. But within all the classic rock riffing, there was this gem. It seems a much more logical progression for the band - a coked-infused version of their ravey 60s psychedelic pop (somewhat similar to what Jesus and Mary Chain had done a few years earlier with Honeys Dead). Unfortunately, there was nothing else like it on the album. But despite the circumstances of it’s release, I still love the song and can always dream of what if.
Couldn't agree more with your assessment!

An absolute classic! This was my also favourite track from the album.
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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2020

Post by Hymie » Fri May 08, 2020 1:12 pm

Rob wrote:
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484. The Wombats – Let’s Dance to Joy Division
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Post by StevieFan13 » Fri May 08, 2020 1:17 pm

Let’s Dance to Joy Division is a 10
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Post by Wezzo » Fri May 08, 2020 2:41 pm

483. The Smiths – That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore - 7.5
484. The Wombats – Let’s Dance to Joy Division - 8

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2020

Post by Rob » Fri May 08, 2020 2:55 pm

The Wombats – Let’s Dance to Joy Division: 3
Surprised to see this doing so well here. Then again, I was surprised that this became a (minor) hit back then. Just the fact alone that the words of the chorus (Let's dance to Joy Division and celebrate the irony) don't fit the melody is something that annoys me greatly. The guy also has a voice I find irritating. The peppy sound seems like a thin version of thousands of indie pop songs that came before and after.

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2020

Post by Schüttelbirne » Fri May 08, 2020 3:14 pm

484. The Wombats - Let's Dance to Joy Division: 7/10

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Post by madzong » Fri May 08, 2020 8:01 pm

484. The Wombats – Let’s Dance to Joy Division - 6.5
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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2020

Post by DaveC » Fri May 08, 2020 8:33 pm

477. The Stone Roses – Begging You: 7.5
478. Stormwitch – Sword of Sagon: 6
479. Blind Blake – Georgia Bound: 7
480. Harry Nilsson - One: 4
481. Randy Newman – It’s a Jungle Out There: 3
482. Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Barstool Blues: 8
483. The Smiths – That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore: 7.5
484. The Wombats – Let’s Dance to Joy Division: 5.5

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2020

Post by Rob » Sat May 09, 2020 9:38 am

The second Fred this week:

485. Trettioåriga Kriget – Jag och jag og “jag”
Year: 2007
Album: Krigssång
Biggest Fan: Fred (#800)

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2020

Post by Rob » Sat May 09, 2020 2:24 pm

Trettioåriga Kriget – Jag och jag og “jag”: 5
Hard to rate, because perhaps the words matter a lot here. It oddly sounds like a gypsy song to me, but not one that stands out in particular.

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2020

Post by Schüttelbirne » Sat May 09, 2020 5:19 pm

485. Trettioåriga Kriget - Jag och jag og "jag": 6/10

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Post by Hymie » Sat May 09, 2020 9:48 pm

Rob wrote:
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485. Trettioåriga Kriget – Jag och jag og “jag”
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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2020

Post by Rob » Sun May 10, 2020 9:58 am

486. Van Morrison – Almost Independence Day
Year: 1972
Album: Saint Dominic’s Preview
Biggest Fan: fasbjd (#469)

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2020

Post by Hymie » Sun May 10, 2020 3:59 pm

Rob wrote:
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486. Van Morrison – Almost Independence Day
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Post by Schüttelbirne » Sun May 10, 2020 6:19 pm

486. Van Morrison - Almost Independence Day: 7/10

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Post by Rob » Sun May 10, 2020 8:28 pm

Van Morrison – Almost Independence Day: 7
It's surprising how short these ten minutes feel. Sometimes these long Van Morrison tracks can be mesmerizing or strange, but this one seems to be just an easy time. The lyrics aren't very deep, just waiting for Independence Day, but it with the music it takes on an almost spiritual level.

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2020

Post by Rob » Mon May 11, 2020 7:27 am

Yet another Fred. During our current Hymie draught, many candidates try to take the throne, it seems.

487. David Shire – Theme from “The Conversation”
Year: 1974/ 2001*
Album: The Conversation
Biggest Fan: Fred (#851)
* The film is from 1974, but the music was not released separately until 2001.

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2020

Post by madzong » Mon May 11, 2020 7:54 am

I'm going to have to agree with Hymie on this one:

486. Van Morrison - Almost Independence Day - 4/10
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Post by Wezzo » Mon May 11, 2020 8:43 am

485. Trettioåriga Kriget - Jag och jag og "jag" - 5.5
486. Van Morrison - Almost Independence Day - 5.5
487. David Shire – Theme from “The Conversation” - 7

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Post by fasbjd » Mon May 11, 2020 9:35 am

Rob wrote:
Sun May 10, 2020 8:28 pm
Van Morrison – Almost Independence Day: 7
It's surprising how short these ten minutes feel. Sometimes these long Van Morrison tracks can be mesmerizing or strange, but this one seems to be just an easy time. The lyrics aren't very deep, just waiting for Independence Day, but it with the music it takes on an almost spiritual level.
My favorite song on one of my favorite albums. The run from Listen to the Lion to this one is perfection. As for Almost Independence Day, I love the dreamy, meditative quality...even though it's nearly Independence Day, there seems to be a chill in the air as dusk approaches. I can't help but feel Pink Floyd also held the song in high regard as it clearly was an influence for Wish You Were Here - with the similar guitar lines and the passages where they both scat, mimicking the guitars (not to take anything away from Wish You Were Here which I believe rightly belongs amongst the greatest songs ever written).

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2020

Post by Hymie » Mon May 11, 2020 3:37 pm

madzong wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 7:54 am
I'm going to have to agree with Hymie on this one:

486. Van Morrison - Almost Independence Day - 4/10
It would get a 5 if it was not so fucking long!

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2020

Post by Hymie » Mon May 11, 2020 3:39 pm

Rob wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 7:27 am
Yet another Fred. During our current Hymie draught,
The randomizer must think I have the virus!

Rob wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 7:27 am
487. David Shire – Theme from “The Conversation”
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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2020

Post by Rob » Mon May 11, 2020 4:17 pm

Hymie wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 3:39 pm
Rob wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 7:27 am
Yet another Fred. During our current Hymie draught,
The randomizer must think I have the virus!
I foresee a cure by Thursday.


David Shire – Theme from “The Conversation”: 8
Starts of jazzy, but turns into a rather obsessive melody. Not even as obsessive as the movie itself suggest, mind. Still, a very good track that sets the mood for one of the great paranoid movies of the seventies.

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2020

Post by Schüttelbirne » Mon May 11, 2020 5:45 pm

487. David Shire - Theme from "The Conversation": 7/10

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2020

Post by Rob » Tue May 12, 2020 7:42 am

488. Big Country – Fields of Fire
Year: 1983
Album: The Crossing
Biggest Fan: 9 (#618)

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Post by Schüttelbirne » Tue May 12, 2020 8:00 am

488. Big Country - Fields of Fire: 5/10

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2020

Post by madzong » Tue May 12, 2020 8:24 am

487. David Shire - Theme from "The Conversation" - 4/10
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488. Big Country - Fields of Fire - 6.5

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Rob wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 7:42 am
488. Big Country – Fields of Fire
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Post by Brad » Tue May 12, 2020 2:25 pm

484. The Wombats – Let’s Dance to Joy Division: 6
485. Trettioåriga Kriget - Jag och jag og "jag": 6
486. Van Morrison - Almost Independence Day: 7.5
487. David Shire – Theme from “The Conversation”: 7.5
488. Big Country - Fields of Fire: 7.5

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2020

Post by Rob » Tue May 12, 2020 2:50 pm

Big Country - Fields of Fire: 7

I feel it could have used a more clear production to make it really pop, but as it stands this is still energetic and bouncy fun.

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Post by madzong » Wed May 13, 2020 3:33 am

488. Big Country - Fields of Fire: 7.5
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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2020

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489. Kool & the Gang - Joanna
Year: 1983
Album: In the Heart
Biggest Fan: Renan (#531)

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489. Kool & the Gang - Joanna: 7/10

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Post by PlasticRam » Wed May 13, 2020 8:03 am

Kool & the Gang - Joanna: 6
I feel like that

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Post by Hymie » Wed May 13, 2020 12:26 pm

Rob wrote:
Wed May 13, 2020 7:53 am
489. Kool & the Gang - Joanna
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Post by Rob » Wed May 13, 2020 3:41 pm

Kool & the Gang - Joanna: 4

Not the worst song that has appeared here, but it still rather dull and too schmaltzy for my taste.

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2020

Post by Live in Phoenix » Wed May 13, 2020 4:59 pm

Kool & the Gang - Joanna

6

This is like narcotized department store music, but I suppose this is an above-average example of this sound. "Cherish" a year later, with a soft radio sound, is a 10.

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2020

Post by Rob » Thu May 14, 2020 7:37 am

I didn’t check, but I think this is the longest we went without a Hymie. Rejoice then, as he is back today to woo us!

490. The Valentines – The Woo Woo Train
Year: 1956
Released as a single
Biggest Fan: Hymie (#489)

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2020

Post by mileswide » Thu May 14, 2020 8:24 am

Rob wrote:
Thu May 14, 2020 7:37 am
Rejoice then, as he is back today to woo us!
Which is exactly what you predicted on Monday- spooky! :?
If I could hold on to just one thought...

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2020

Post by Hymie » Thu May 14, 2020 12:42 pm

Rob wrote:
Thu May 14, 2020 7:37 am
490. The Valentines – The Woo Woo Train
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Greatest sax break in rock and roll history!

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