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satchee



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PostSubject: Band or artists' definitive song   Sun Mar 01, 2009 11:59 pm

This should probably be in the stolen topics thread because i heard it on ron and fez, but i love getting into discussions about the definitive songs by an artist or band.

For instance, it's the song that culminates the essence of the band. It's what you tell someone to listen to if they've never heard the band before to get an idea of what they're in for. This can also be done with albums, but they are usually too obvious.

Here are some bands to start you off:

Grateful Dead - Dark Star
Pink Floyd - Breathe (no, not another brick in the wall)
Nirvana - Teen Spirit (sorry but it is definitive)
Pearl Jam - alive

what have you got?
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PostSubject: Re: Band or artists' definitive song   Mon Mar 02, 2009 12:15 am

I must diagree with your grateful dead selection. now i agree that seasoned dead listeners will say darkstar. but the casual fan would probably say something like Truckin' or Friend of the Devil. i think that definitive means what defines them to the music listening public, not what defines them to their fans. but thats why these threads rule!!!!

Kinks--Lola
Smashing Pumpkins--Today
Rolling Stones---Satisfaction (not sure why i included this i hate this song)
Radiohead ----Tough they are one of those bands that does not really have a song that defines them. People may ridiculously claim Creep. Creep cannot be said to define Radiohead, so i'm thinking they are a the rare exception where album trumps song and go with OK Computer.
Simon and Garfunkle ---Bridge over Troubled Water or Mrs. Robinson or Sounds of Silence?? scratch So Hard
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PostSubject: Re: Band or artists' definitive song   Mon Mar 02, 2009 12:15 am

oh and pearl jam is really tough too you could also go with jeremy or evenflow
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PostSubject: Re: Band or artists' definitive song   Mon Mar 02, 2009 1:01 pm

Ok, i get truckin. But i don't think it's necessarily the peoples' choice. it has to be the proper mix of accessibility and heart-of-band essence.

I would make the case for alive instead of evenflow and jeremy is not in the running.

further, i would say disarm trumps today.

I used to be a little boy.

Phish - I guess would be antelope. i don't think slave hits it on the head. NO YEM.
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PostSubject: Re: Band or artists' definitive song   Mon Mar 02, 2009 1:22 pm

ok but its not darkstar its so unaccessible even for me at times and i love the band.

sorry but i'm not sure if you remember the 90's but today was a way bigger hit than disarm and its their definitive sound more so than disarm. while disarm is great its an acoustic song with cello backdrop, not exactly the definitive smashing pumpkins sound.

phish's definitive song? they are another tough one but i go with YEM. its is their definitive sound and oddly enough it is actually accessible. its not the distorted jazz drivel that darkstar often turns into. YEM actually is a totally composed song with distinct parts and movements like a classical piece. anyhoo
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PostSubject: Re: Band or artists' definitive song   Tue Mar 03, 2009 12:16 am

here's my list:
Rolling Stones: Sympathy for the Devil
Pink Floyd: COmfortably Numb
Pearl Jam: Courderoy
Radiohead: Karma Police
Smashing Pumpkins: Bullet with Butterfly Wings
Nirvana: Smells Like Teen Spirit
Sublime: 40 oz to freedom
Aerosmith: Dream On
Metallica: Enter Sandman
Phish: Fluff head
Bruce Springsteen: Born to Run
Led Zepplin: Stairway to Heaven
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Give it Away
Weezer: Say it aint so
U2: One
Tool: Sober
Nine Inch Nails: Head Like a Hole
Green Day: Welcome to Paradise
Dave Matthews: What would you say
Alice in Chains: Rooster
Beck: Loser
The Killers: Somebody Told me
I could go on...
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PostSubject: Re: Band or artists' definitive song   Tue Mar 10, 2009 5:32 pm

i still think stash for Phish. its really tough though they have such a specific audience
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