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Some might think I'm crazy for this, but I have this hard rock gem rated higher than anything by Led Zeppelin or The Who. It's got everything I want in a hard rock song: great energy, riff, solo, and vocal performance.
UFO - Rock Bottom
One of my favorite songs from 1997, from a band I was shocked didn't receive more critical acclaim. This combined with the fact I was on a bit of a Streophonics kick earlier this week and when I listened to "Local Boy in the Photograph", it made me think of this competition.
Stereophonics ~~ Local Boy in the Photograph
a little r&b would be good, so there's this track by India.Arie from Acoustic Soul called Strength,Courag & Wisdom and i just love the track and the album
The Verlaines - Death And The Maiden
can't get enough of that guitar lick in the chorus...
Lindsey Buckingham - "Trouble"
Moonbeam, please re-include my Walker Brothers "Electrician" nomination...thanks!
(Also, good calls for "Dazzle" and "Sinnerman"...)
My second nomination is "Behind the Lines" by Genesis. This song was on the "Duke" album, which does not appear to on the AM top 3000 or bubbler list.
This song has an unconventional meter (7 beats per measure) and includes a long but interesting instrumental introduction with Tony Banks' considerable creative talents on display as well as skillful Collins drum work. The Collins vocals and lyrics are also captivating.
The song can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1Vxf9bN6eo
Thought of some band we talked about in the "non acclaimed artists" thread, mostly Beat Happening and Electrelane.
Also thought of Tribute by Tenacious D and Issues by Flight of the Conchords to bring some laughters in the game (+ they really are great songs musically speaking... the whole Flight of the Conchords video is just hilarious)
But I will end up all Pitchforky, hesitating between 2 "Pitchfork 500" songs : Bright Eyes - The Calendar Hung Itself, and the one I finally choose to nominate :
Stereolab - French Disko
And here is a great live performance of that song.
I just tried my link, and it looks like it's broken. Could you replace it with this youtube link? Sorry about that...I couldn't actually view the original link at the time... :(
new link for Jars of Clay, "Liquid"
i'm somehow a multiple legged sucker for Nirvana (love & hate & love 2 hate & stuff, you know), so Rainbow Chaser's on my menu card, at the bottom of the fruit de mer section..
I already love that Nirvana more than Cobain's nj, great song.
Can't wait to see this tournament organized and start listening.
I'm glad there's space for a second selection (or am I too late... maximum 64 right?).
My second choice is something that I think would sound a little off-kilter to those not exposed to Deerhoof, but it touches a really happy place inside of me.
Deerhoof - Milk Man
Deerhoof built up enough buzz to have their 2005 album Runners Four and 2006 Friend Opportunity get to the bubbling under level, but this title track from their 2004 album serves as what I think is their most fundamental musical statement. I'll save more thoughts for later when it's put into competition. Enjoy!
p.s. The youtube clip was cut off at the end so I provided a Hype Machine link
for my second nomination i'll try Lisa Germano's Puppet from 1993's Happiness.
after seeing a larger amount of rock tracks, i prefer now switch India.Arie's (maybe next time) to Liz Phair's Slave. i saw someone cite her over here,so i'll nominate this track
I also though of nominate a Girly Sound track! Especially: White Babies, 6 DIck Pimp, Ant in Alaska, Gigalo, Love Song and In Love With Yourself. I'll save some of them for the next round! It's pretty hard to me to pick underrated songs, because almost everything i have is AM certificated, the artist, song or album (bubbling under counting)
If there's room for my second nomination, it's Mark Joseph's Lady Lady
Like my first nomination, I have a better version in my music collection. The original version I have preserves the song's authenticity with every sound on it made and arranged by Joseph. This version I found on Youtube is after some American producer has got hold of his album and made him change the lyrics, rearrange and rerecord it.
I am really happy that i ended up being to late to nominate "Sinner Man" as my second nominee. This means that i will have the chanse for yet one more of my unacclained favorites.
The Decemberists - "A record year for rainfall"
This is just one of my all time grey fall day favorites.
Now that we have our songs, please let me know how you feel the tournament should be run here.
I was going to post about I'd Love to Change the World too, but must have lost track. I instantly warmed to it as soon as I heard it. So good for its post-let's-all-hold-hands-to-feel-like-we're-helping time as well.
The link for 'Faces- "Ooh La La": Nominated by Jackson' sends us to a Youtube clip of Nirvana's Do Re Mi.
And 'Dressy Bessy- "California": Nominated by Tim E' sends us to the song listed directly above as well.
Thanks for catching the errors! I hope there aren't any more.
The link I provided for Milk Man actually goes back to a link to this discussion thread!
Hopefully that works.
Here's a spotify playlist with most of the songs: