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Creepy Love #2, "So fine": Jefferson Airplane, "Watch Her Ride" (1967)

I knew with my last post I’d taken at least one too many swipes at love in song, and it was past time to go positive on this topic. 765 more words

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The Creepiest Love Trope: The Philosopher Kings, "All To Myself" (1994)

This is not exactly a neglected topic, but you know how it is: you hear a song you really like and it starts you thinking again. 750 more words

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Classic Unique: Fiona Apple, "Extraordinary Machine" (2005)

Our words wait quietly in the dictionary with their meanings ready, paws tucked under. When we take them out,  sometimes we try to make them sit still there, there, and there, like in info-speak; or let them run, like in poetry; or we jerk on their leashes orally for a momentary effect, like in every third or fourth moment in live conversation. 254 more words

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The Thought of Wising Up: Aimee Mann, "Wise Up" (1996)

Claudia singing along with “Wise Up” in Magnolia

Aimee Mann’s “Wise Up” is a magnificent example of deep effects achieved by simple means.

At first the music seems to consist of nothing but a lovely G major 9th chord. 404 more words

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The Greatest Point: Nilsson, "The Most Beautiful World In The World" (1972)

Even joke music means something, right? Because otherwise, why go to the trouble of striking a jokey attitude? You’re making some kind of run at what you’re joking about. 432 more words

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The Ten-Year Hook: The Rolling Stones, "Rocks Off" (1972)

As the poetically inevitable result of my complaint about The Trouble with Horns, Matt Smith made me a mix of great horn parts in rock (posted now in… 392 more words

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Experimental: Pere Ubu, "30 Seconds Over Tokyo" (1975)

You’re in a hole-in-the-wall record shop rooting around in a singles bin and you find a release by Pere Ubu (Pere Ubu!) called “30 Seconds Over Tokyo.” That’s the hook, for starters: you don’t know why an underground Cleveland band in 1975 would pick up this shard of World War II history, and you’re ready for a cool juxtaposition or non sequitur, whatever it is. 684 more words

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