|The Bangles - A Hazy Shade of Winter|
(Aug 25, 2008 - 14:19)
|I can only figure you're playing this in August because the weather this summer's been as crappy down in Paradise as it's been up here in Vancouver.|
|Elbow - One Day Like This|
(Aug 15, 2008 - 16:00)
|"It's looking like a beautiful day!"|
Yes. Yes, it is.
|Ben Folds - Fred Jones Part 2|
(Aug 15, 2008 - 14:14)
|What's with Mr. Jones? He keeps getting songs made about him. He's, like, this generic guy. But maybe those other bands are singing about someone other than Fred. |
But this whole album is great. The title song is particularly fun.
|Coldplay - Viva la Vida|
(Aug 15, 2008 - 14:07)
|"For some reason I can't explain, I know St. Peter won't call my name..."|
Weird, I thought only I felt that.
Extra points for using the famous "Liberty's Breasts Leading The People" as cover art.
|Sufjan Stevens - Casimir Pulaski Day|
(Jul 17, 2008 - 13:43)
Never have liked this guy, saw him at Sasquatch, still don't care for him...
I'll continue to hit the mute button when I hear him.
... And then come here and post a barf picture ...
|Richard Buckner - On Traveling|
(Jun 23, 2008 - 12:33)
|"I'll call you from Vancouver...
under this swollen, swampy sky..."
Man that describes the sky in Vancouver way too often.
|Flaming Lips - Fight Test|
(Jun 23, 2008 - 10:20)
|Flaming Lips are one of those RadioParadise bands for me. I've never heard them anywhere else, and I hear them a lot on RP.
But I must confess, I haven't heard much FL on RP lately...
|R.E.M. - Losing My Religion|
(May 04, 2008 - 11:11)
|Athens, Greece, 1992, a dingy flat with a bunch of scruffy wandering buskers sitting around on boxes, buckets, and piled pillows.
One guy starts playing this tune, everyone grabs their battered guitars and starts playing and singing in harmony.
You haven't heard this until you've heard it played live by at least five acoustic guitars and an impromptu busker choir. The bridge bit is especially spectacular.
|Metric - Rock Me Now|
(Apr 28, 2008 - 14:26)
This particular song is from an album of throw-aways that they decided to remix.
That statement doesn't make any sense. If they were throw-aways, why would they bother remixing them?
|Metric - Rock Me Now|
(Apr 28, 2008 - 14:19)
|"(clears throat) sing with me..."
(I see her tapping the ash off of her cigarette and taking another swig of her whiskey as the singer falsettos along)
|Andrew Bird - Scythian Empires|
(Apr 17, 2008 - 16:04)
Scythian empire, horsemen of the Russia steppe
Scythian empire, archers of an afterthought
Routed by Sarmations, thwarted by the Thracians
Y'uh-huh. I'm sure you figured that out just by listening very carefully. You didn't look that up on a lyrics website, oh no.
I'm with Honeyman on this one.
Simplet in empa
at tusee enka
sorta bout fusta
simplet in empa
siset in enfah
simplet in empa
|Sufjan Stevens - Casimir Pulaski Day|
(Apr 17, 2008 - 15:57)
If I modeled a butterfly collection after your song ratings
, the species selection would be small, predictable, and boring.
And you would only collect species you thought were ugly, just so you could remember how much you disliked them.
|Sufjan Stevens - Casimir Pulaski Day|
(Mar 13, 2008 - 14:49)
Oh the glory when he took our place
But he took my shoulders and he shook my face
And he takes and he takes and he takes
|Kathleen Edwards - In State|
(Mar 03, 2008 - 17:04)
Imagine being in the position of contemplating setting up someone you are close to for an arrest and long spell in stir?
Betrayal among thieves never sounded so good.
|Bruce Cockburn - The Whole Night Sky|
(Feb 14, 2008 - 10:35)
|Such beautiful lyrics. I love melancholy songs.
Derailed and desperate
How did I get here?
Hanging from this high wire
By the tatters of my faith
Sometimes a wind comes out of nowhere
And knocks you off your feet
And look, see my tears
They fill the whole night sky
|Mick Jagger - Memo From Turner|
(Jan 22, 2008 - 15:31)
This song has a very "Jagger channels Dylan" feel to it to me. Not sure why ...
It sounds more like a weak attempt to imitate Dylan. Sincerest form of flattery and all that aside, I must say that Jagger is no Dylan. But then, Dylan is no Jagger either. ;-)
|Andrew Bird - Scythian Empires|
(Jan 03, 2008 - 16:30)
|The pizzicato strings sound like Vivaldi.
The lyrics sound interesting, if only I could understand them. Sounds like scathing social commentary. I think.
|Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah|
(Jan 02, 2008 - 15:59)
|This is now my favorite cover of this song. Beautiful. I really like hearing Cohen's wry, sarcastic lyrics being sung beautifully by a talented singer; this is one of the best examples of that. |
|Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill|
(Jan 02, 2008 - 14:33)
|For most of the last 20 years, I always assumed she was singing, "I'd get God to smooth out places;" imagine my surprise when I discovered that she's saying, "swap our places!"
I like my version better. I still hear those words, not the real ones.
|Okkervil River - A Girl In Port|
(Jan 02, 2008 - 09:48)
|The reference to a record being played with a needle in a groove was surprising... Only us old-timers know what that's about anymore... |
|Elsiane - Vaporous|
(Dec 06, 2007 - 14:54)
|Her vocal style sounds like a contorted Bjork. It certainly caught my ear!
That stuff she does to her voice; that's natural, right?
|Suzanne Vega - Gypsy|
(Nov 21, 2007 - 10:28)
|My (former) baby turned 2 a couple of months ago. One of the things I miss most is holding her as she fell asleep. But you can't do that past 6 months old, or they don't learn to fall asleep on their own.
So this has a certain poignancy to me, too, although it probably wasn't the "lyrical intent" to make a daddy get nostalgic.
|Apocalyptica - Unforgiven|
(Nov 21, 2007 - 09:59)
|See, this is why I listen to RP.
I bought a Nokia N800 mainly so I could listen at work.
|Metallica - Nothing Else Matters (symphonic)|
(Nov 07, 2004 - 22:34)
I'm kinda surprised to hear this as well. If Lars had it his way, Radioparadise wouldn't exist.
Let's just hope Metallica never finds out about RP... ;-)
Or the fact that listeners can digitally record RP using one of many progams on the Internet.
Crap, now I hope they don't read this... Maybe they think streaming audio can't be recorded or something...
|Cowboy Junkies - Simon Keeper|
(Nov 04, 2004 - 22:26)
What was it that Jesus did for a living?
Carpenter. Joseph , too. Thus the analogy of nailing to a WOODEN cross, I think.
Actually they don't know what Jesus did for a living. Isn't mentioned. At all.
The Bible only concentrates on his last year(s), and during that time, he was a radical wandering rabbi living on others' hospitality and making lots of enemies among the religious establishment.
But it is often assumed that since Yeshua's father Yusef was a carpenter, he was too.
|Liz Phair - Uncle Alvarez|
(Aug 13, 2004 - 15:44)
|I like this song. It's cool. Alvarez must be quite the tall tale teller:
He's not really part Cherokee Indian
He didn't fight in the Civil War
He's just Eugene Isaac Alvarez
We feel sorry for the wall
|Neil Young - Cortez The Killer|
(Aug 13, 2004 - 10:23)
I think this is Neil's most self-righteous and stupidly revisionist songs. Not that Cortez was a saint, although given enough time and effort I suppose he might become one, but the Aztecs and Montezuma in particular were not anymore peaceful or closer to the "earth" than their conquerors. I know that one of the jobs of an artist is to explore different themes and evoke a mood. And in that exploration an artist is not responsible for being balanced. However, this art just really bugs me whenever I hear it.
I totally agree. Cortez was a killer, there's no argument about that. The conquistadors were brutal men. But when they came to the Aztec city-on-the-lake that is now Mexico City, they were astounded by the pillars made of human skulls (from human sacrifices) that towered over them as they came into the temple courtyards...
In the Aztec religion, children were often sacrificed, the priests danced in the flayed skins of the sacrificial victims... ugh...
|Moby - First Cool Hive|
(May 18, 2004 - 19:07)
|I'm sure that's a sample from Kate Bush's "Sensual World" in there... that wavering "mmm"...|
|Bryan Ferry - Goin' Down|
(May 15, 2004 - 13:18)
Even slickboys get the blues. Imagine him singing this in a roadhouse down in Mississipi.
Mississipi, or Avalon... ;-)
|Death Cab For Cutie - Lightness|
(May 13, 2004 - 23:13)
|The interesting, oddball background loop with that weird coo-coo sound is what makes this song. It really adds a lot of character... I love the way it goes past the end of the song, too|
|Taj Mahal - Mercedes Benz|
(May 13, 2004 - 22:24)
|I was just singing this one to myself as I cut my lawn...
...Thinking about how the church totally freaks out about sex but sees very little wrong with people wanting more money. You hear that God will bless you with all the luxuries if you give to the church...
Jesus said almost nothing about sex.
He was too busy making scathing remarks to self-righteous religious types ("You brood of vipers! You white-washed tombs!") and telling rich folks they've got about as much chance getting into heaven as a camel getting thru the eye of a needle...
|Tom Waits - Chocolate Jesus|
(May 13, 2004 - 22:17)
|I like it. So much Tom Waits sounds like he is drunk or a stroke sufferer or something. This is really old-style bluesy. |
|Adiemus/Karl Jenkins - Adiemus|
(Mar 21, 2004 - 22:08)
|All Music Guide wrote:|
...a piece Jenkins penned for Delta Airlines television commercial...
It is so beautiful! It's a shame it had to have such ...common... commercial roots.
But on the other hand, I think corporate sponsors of beautiful music are no more repulsive than record companies. In fact, the more I think of it, I would rather have beautiful music (like this) originate from a commercial than have a record company create a pop band like the BackStreet Boys...
|Mark Knopfler - Wild Mountain Thyme|
(Mar 20, 2004 - 23:18)
Oh now that was GOOD!! I only wish I was outside when I heard it...
I agree. Too bad I'm tied to my DSL connection in order to listen to RP.
|Lyle Lovett - Bears|
(Mar 20, 2004 - 23:02)
|So, like, you have a wacky Lovett song about a putting a horse on a boat, and now an oddball one about bears.
You're trying to make us think Lyle is a goofball, right, Bill?
|Placebo - Running Up That Hill|
(Mar 18, 2004 - 23:39)
|I really liked this new take on the song.
Interestingly, I always thought she was saying, "I'd get him to smooth out places" rather than "swap our places"...
Hey, everyone thought she was saying "she's so popular" when she was actually saying "jeux sans frontier" ... so Kate's got a history here ;)
|Steve Earle - Jerusalem|
(Mar 13, 2004 - 22:43)
|The lyrics are quite poignant as we helplessly sit and watch the Israelis build the Wall through Israel.
Do they shoot people who try to get over the wall? The East Germans did. Do they also say that they're just following orders?
|Ray Charles - What'd I Say (Parts I & II)|
(Mar 07, 2004 - 22:40)
|Um, "The Very Best of James Galway" ??? There's something wrong with the album link... :-D
I'm sure the original record was mono. When stereo hit the big time, a lot of stuff was remixed crazy like this. See also: the Beatles.
Oh ya, the Beatles' stereo is so wacky that there are several tracks where you could use one of the channels for Karaoke, because the vocals are all on one side, and the band's all on the other side.
|Cake - Mahna Mahna|
(Mar 07, 2004 - 22:35)
|Oh! Sesame street!
That takes the Cake!
I'm sad they didn't have that bit in it like in Sesame Street, where the muppet goes nuts in a scat session before he calms down and goes back to the song...
|Bruce Cockburn - Bone In My Ear|
(Mar 06, 2004 - 23:25)
I'm sorry. I can't hear you; I have a bone in my ear.
Actually it's the little bone in your ear hitting the the little drum that lets you hear anything!
|Elvis Costello - Pump It Up|
(Mar 06, 2004 - 20:55)
|Ha ha! Elvis has become a local boy now that he's gone and married Diana Krall. Everybody knows that you always end up living where the girl is from!|
|Air - Run|
(Mar 01, 2004 - 19:01)
|Oh man, cheezy electronica... old sampling tricks... dated patches...
Why do I like it so much?!
I guess sometimes music slips below the rational part of the brain, and gets you in the viscera...
|XTC - Dear God|
(Feb 29, 2004 - 23:11)
|re: conservatives and liberals and changing the world
Liberals are people who don't have much to lose the way things are, and they have much to gain if things changed.
Conservatives are people who have a lot to lose if things changed.
That's why we tend to be more liberal when we're young, and more conservative when we're older. As we age, we tend invest in the current system, and changes become more and more likely to be negative for us. More social programs will mean more taxes, and we're in a much higher tax bracket...
That's why Jesus didn't have a place to lay his head. That's why he challenged the rich young ruler to sell his possessions. That's why the temptations of Christ, last or otherwise, were not sexual, they were about gaining prestige and power, the things that a revolutionary leader wants to advance the cause, but actually end up corrupting the revolutionary. Like the One Ring in LotR...
That's also why the church has corrupted so many times in the past. Contrary to many people's thinking, as you accumulate wealth and power, you become the establishment, and you lose the ability to change it. The establishment can hold you hostage if you keep fighting it.
|Chords - Sh-Boom|
(Feb 29, 2004 - 13:01)
I'm renovating my old house, listening to RP, and realizing that the last time they renovated this place, the top 40 radio station could have been playing this song...
|Geoffrey Oryema - Land of Anaka|
(Feb 25, 2004 - 23:54)
|You should play Leonard Cohen after this, something like "Hunter's Lullaby" or "Suzanne".
It would flow very well together with this...
|Led Zeppelin - Houses Of The Holy|
(Feb 25, 2004 - 20:57)
|Ha! I knew it! I heard "When the Levee Breaks" by Magic Slim and James Cotton, and I thought, "Now, if I were Bill, I would play some Led Zepplin after that one. It's just begging for the Zep."
... and sure enough ...
I also thought I'd hear some Elvis (Presley or even Costello ;-) ) after "Nu Suede Shoes" by Back To Base... but I was wrong there...
|Carbon Leaf - American Tale|
(Feb 10, 2004 - 22:05)
|This is the best song by Carbon Leaf that you've played.
I like it! It reminds me of a band that a friend of mine had in university.
|Joni Mitchell - Dreamland|
(Jan 27, 2004 - 21:49)
It's a long, long way from Canada
A long way from snow chains
Sing it sistah. Oh for a coconut vendor or two.
|Paul Schwartz - Dido|
(Jan 27, 2004 - 21:46)
"Hey lets mix opera, techno and classical elements into one piece."
The result is oustanding. Beautiful.
It is amazing, isn't it? Although I'm not surprised by the negative comments. I could see this as a "love it or hate it" kind of thing.
I'm a real fan of this whole "21st century meets 17th century" stuff. A kind of temporal equivalent of World Music.
I wonder what a Palestrina mass would sound like given this treatment?
|Joseph Arthur - Redemption's Son|
(Jan 16, 2004 - 21:09)
Yeesh. This kind of blatant volunteering of Christian sensibilities in song just makes me squirm..
.. his favorite corrupt Baptist church.
Um, this song shows no "blatant volunteering of Christian sensibilities" at all. It sounds like the sad, scared, confused song of a man for his messed-up father.
No one knows how he felt
Hung himself in the county jail
There were those who said he would burn in hell
I don't think they knew him very well
In his heart the bad beat the good
Many Baptists, corrupt or otherwise, would probably believe that someone who hung themselves in jail would, as the song says, "burn in hell". And yet, this man feels that he is "Redemption's Son". I wonder why? It certainly is something to think about.
You probably think Leonard Cohen's song's are blatant volunteerings of Christian sensibilities, too, just because he uses words like "Hallelujah" and "Jesus"...
Fortunately, some artists challenge all of us to think. Unfortunately, some of us just aren't up to the challenge.
Oh and by the way, intolerant stereotyping isn't appreciated in polite society. It makes you appear vulgar.
|Michael Miller - Gracetown|
(Jan 01, 2004 - 02:46)
|He (she? ;) ) mentions Tarifa. That's a great little town in southern Spain, almost touching Africa it's so close. Is that his Gracetown?
|Peter Gabriel - Mercy Street|
(Jan 01, 2004 - 02:43)
|As Kate Bush would say,
This song fascinated me as a teen. Not only is it a beautiful song, it is great for testing out sound systems. The tingy percussion and the great bass line (which are pretty much the entire instrumentation) are great for finding out the range on a speaker...
|Howard Jones - Like To Get To Know You Well|
(Dec 31, 2003 - 18:38)
Although it's probably a different song and maybe a different artist, I have this horrible vision of Howard and some idiot in a mask prancing around him. It's like I'm remembering some nightmare... was there a video like that.
No, that was Howie, although it was a different song...
"Throw off your mental chains..." :)
|Rufus Wainwright - Hallelujah|
(Dec 23, 2003 - 19:00)
|After hearing the other cover of this tune that RP plays, I can say that this is the best cover of Cohen's "Hallelujah" that I've heard. It's nicely rough, as suits Cohen's lyrics, without making you want to make sure you're not playing the 78 at 33 or something (as can happen when Cohen himself dredges his voice from the cryptlike depths)...|
|Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah|
(Dec 22, 2003 - 23:34)
|The Rufus Wainwright III cover is better. Jeff's voice is a little too thin and fluttery for the lyrical content. The guitar is nicely done, however.
However, it IS a Cohen tune, which means it cannot get below 7.
|Colin Hay - Beautiful World|
(Dec 19, 2003 - 23:38)
exactly! I LOVE the lyrics to this song... they're unpretentious and poignant and lovely.
Yes. Exactly. Poetic. Sad.
|Flaming Lips - In The Morning Of The Magician|
(Dec 19, 2003 - 22:58)
|I just realized as I listened to this song tonight that if there could be such a thing, this IS Radio Paradise's "signature tune", if ever there was one. More than any other song, this one has been on the playlist, and in regular rotation, for the entire time that I've been listening...
Way better than the silly fibre-optic Jesus song that Bill always plays.
|Dolly Parton - Shine|
(Dec 17, 2003 - 21:57)
Besides, it could never be as bad as what Whitney did to Dolly's song.
AND IIIIIIIIIIIIIII EEEEEEEEEEEEEE IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII EEEEEEEEEEEIIIIIIIIII WILL ALWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYS... LOVE YOOOOOOOOOOOOOO EEEEEEEEEEEEEE OOOOOOOOOOOO EEEEEEEEEE OOOOOOOOOOO
Hahaha! Hilarious! The problem is that the original song was kina silly and Dolly just isn't a great singer... But Whitney... Uhgh.
|Tornadoes - Telstar|
(Dec 17, 2003 - 19:58)
|Wow, quite the story behind this!
It sounds like someone cut the brakes on a pink Caddy with fuzzy dice, then hit the gas and let the monsterous car careen down the strip in Las Vegas, ending by driving at 80mph right through a casino and floor show...
|Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - Get Down Moses|
(Dec 17, 2003 - 19:50)
I do now!
UNCUT magazine wrote:
Joe Strummer's sudden death last December seemingly brought the career of one of our greatest rockers to an abrupt end. But what makes Streetcore, the album he'd all but completed at the the time of his death, so thrilling and fulfilling is that it brings both closure and new meaning to the man's life and work...
...bruising punk collides with reggae-inflected prophesy on 'Get Down Moses', presenting an activist call to arms ('Who's sponsoring the crack ghettoes?/We got to take the walls to Jericho')
|Willie Nelson - Maria (Shut Up And Kiss Me)|
(Dec 17, 2003 - 19:40)
|Um, I thought I was imagining it, but no, it says right there, this is Willie. I just can't believe it.
Good career choice on his part to do this one.
|The Hooters - All You Zombies|
(Dec 15, 2003 - 20:52)
Yuk. Boring over done mythology.
Ironically, if you know the Bible stories they're referring to, you'd know they get them wrong. Weird huh? You'd think they'd do their research, rather than trying to remember vague Sunday School flannelgraph stories about guys in bathrobes...
Sounds good on headphones, tho.
|Peter Gabriel - Biko|
(Dec 14, 2003 - 21:28)
|Wow, um, three pages of arguing about Bush in a song about Biko?!
Ironically, I think we'd all agree that there is a lot of truth in the statement that one man's freedom fighter is another man's terrorist.
How 'bout we leave it at that?
Gabriel makes us think and argue. I like that.
|Galactic - Bongo Joe|
(Dec 13, 2003 - 23:27)
|Ah, Japanese Anime. They always sound so sincere and excited about everything. The sample is probably from a cartoon where they are discussing the colour of their shoes. Excitedly.|
|U2 - All I Want Is You|
(Dec 13, 2003 - 21:43)
|I find it strange that some people consider this to be such a romantic song. It's a heartbreaking, sad account of a breakdown in communication.
I think of a relationship that went bad many years ago in my own life every time I hear this.
"Listen to me! Forget all that crap you say you want. You're losing me! Is it worth it? And please, let's stop making empty promises and start keeping them... before it's too late!"
... but then again, Sting recounts how people kept coming up to him and saying how "Every Breath You Take" was the romantic song that they and their partner shared, etc. His reaction was, "Eww, creepy! That's a song about a stalker!"
|Elvis Costello - Spooky Girlfriend|
(Dec 13, 2003 - 14:49)
|Thanks for the lyrics, but I still don't know what you think it's about, and it still sounds creepy... :-k :oops: |
|Alpinestars - Carbon Kid (w/ Brian Molko)|
(Dec 13, 2003 - 13:02)
|I'm a silicon kid with a sinister sketchbook, myself.
BTW, "sinister" means "left" ... so I guess he's saying that the diagram is somehow very "left"? Maybe drawn with his left hand?
|Leonard Cohen - Who By Fire (live)|
(Dec 13, 2003 - 12:12)
|Cohen live tends to be disappointing. He changes his own lyrics, simplifies them, and generally does a bad cover version of his own stuff...
I have a live version of "Hallelujah" by Cohen and he totally trashes it, turns it into a maudlin love song...
BTW Cohen is a Montreal Jew that has, in fact, turned Zen (by way of Christianity)... A byproduct of moving to that wacky state of California you guys have down there...
|Rufus Wainwright - Hallelujah|
(Dec 13, 2003 - 12:09)
The best versions of his songs ARE covers... I can only take Cohen in small doses, and I prefer to hear others sing his songs. (I feel the same way about Waits, for the most part, but Waits does not make me want to stick my head in the oven.)
Cohen is an astonishing composer, so his songs can be covered with far more success than many pop jingles. I really do like the covers of his tunes, but he has a great voice, too, and I love listening to him sing songs like "Take This Waltz" and his new "Alexandra Leaving".
On the other hand, his voice singing his music is like Gregorian Chants... Small doses are all most people can take.
|Tori Amos - Smells Like Teen Spirit|
(Dec 13, 2003 - 11:36)
On the positive side, finally I know what he was actually singing...
Ya, I always thought it was "mraaa ghzzza mbmle... here we are now, entertain us!"
|Live - Lakini's Juice|
(Dec 13, 2003 - 10:18)
Whole lotta hollerin'. Not even good hollerin' neither. Nine Inch Nails hollers way better.
I'm not a fan of hollerin' music. It has to be mighty good hollerin' for me to like it. This unfortunately isn't.
|Calexico - Crystal Frontier (Widescreen)|
(Dec 13, 2003 - 09:56)
|Dec 13, 2003:
I so much prefer the widescreen version of songs. Do you have the director's cut as well?
Update, a month later:
I like this song! I turned it up when it came on, which is a Good Sign!
|Warren Zevon - Bad Karma|
(Dec 11, 2003 - 21:57)
|I was walking on a local beach-side walkway, on a crowded summer Saturday evening, with some friends.
A lady walked in front of us, with a tiny, tiny "rat-dog" on a leash. The little thing had to walk so quickly to keep up its legs were blurred.
I commented casually to my friend that the dog could easily fit under the sole of my shoe if I took a sudden step forward...
"Whoa, man," a passing, scruffy fellow commented, "That's bad karma for you!"
I would love to have a dog named Karma. "Good Karma!" "Bad Karma!" "Karma, come to me!"
|U2 - In God's Country|
(Dec 11, 2003 - 21:39)
|Joshua Tree was the defining album of the 80's. The pinnacle of that decade that loomed so large in my own personal history.
I mean, just look at that hat on the cover of the album! That hat symbolized all that was good about the 80s!
Just like Boney M's Night Flight To Venus was the highwater mark of the 70's. Ra Ra Rasputin!
|Al Stewart - Nostradamus|
(Dec 08, 2003 - 20:07)
Lots of aimless riffing on that twelve-string. Of course everyone was high as kites, so it probably sounded just fine.
Someone pass the spliff over here and lemme see how that song sounds now...
I looked into Nostradamus, only to discover that he predicted this won't last long on RP :)
|Lumin - Hadra|
(Dec 06, 2003 - 00:56)
Reminds one of being at a turkish bazar.
Yes! Very fine carpet! Very fine! And for you, only three thousand!
|Remy Zero - Gramarye|
(Dec 05, 2003 - 20:40)
|The best bit is the echoey piano notes dropped in. Takes it beyond the electric-guitar-pop feeling of much of the rest of it..|
|Fairport Convention - Matty Groves|
(Dec 05, 2003 - 20:27)
|"This album paved the way for dozens of bands and hundreds of albums, by introducing the combination of electric rock instruments and traditional British folk music."
Well now we know who to blame. Bastards. Unplug! Unplug!
|Carbon Leaf - Mary Mac|
(Dec 05, 2003 - 18:42)
Exactly! Where's my Guinness? Oh at that crowded Irish Pub where the rain-spattered windows are fogged up and Carbon Leaf is playing...
|Thomas Dolby - She Blinded Me With Science|
(Dec 02, 2003 - 23:03)
|That guy who yells "Science!" etc. was on a british TV science show at the time this song came out. I remember all sorts of rumours that circulated in my junior high geek circle about how it was TD's father, how Dolby was somehow related to the guy who invented the Dolby audio technology...
Wow, nostalgia. And yeah, I'm getting old.
Good demographic bullseye for the big thirty-something chunk of your listenership...
|Nogu Svelo - Haru Mamburu|
(Dec 02, 2003 - 20:53)
|What a totally wacky, exotic song! It's great, since World Music tends to very Serious and Conscious Of Our Contribution To Humanity.
Is that a bear in a tutu?!? Oh jeez, here comes that little guy with the scythe-looking thing again, duck!
|Luka Bloom - Fertile Rock|
(Dec 02, 2003 - 19:32)
I like this song with reservations. The tune is good and the crowd singing with him is compelling, but the lyrics are a bit cheesy, and I'm not sure his voice is well suited to this style. Okay, I'm sure it's not, but it could be worse...well, that came out as less of a recommendation than I had planned, but the opinion stands.
I'm behind that. The wordless daaaa-daaa-daaa bit should be salvaged from this mediocre song and put into a really good song.
|Delerium - Terra Firma|
(Nov 28, 2003 - 23:54)
|The whole "Monks singing plainsong in a techno world-beat song" thing was cool when Enigma did it 15 years ago. Now it sounds derivative.
I must admit that it's a good derivation, however. Nice rhythm.
|The Tragically Hip - Pigeon Camera|
(Nov 28, 2003 - 18:45)
|This song was handsome on the album,
Oh, but when we heard it here,
It grew into something we could
no longer contain...
|XTC - Dear God|
(Nov 23, 2003 - 18:48)
|I love the child's voice at the beginning and the end... The music is excellent.
As for the lyrics, it's typical of "athiests" to be simply angry theists. From Sartre and Nietzsche onwards, people (even very intelligent ones) shake their fists at God and shout that they don't believe in him. The anger only thinly masks a tear-stained, desperate desire for reconciliation. A child, angry at Dad, disowning him, running away from home.
Be patient. Stop being angry, you're only hurting yourself. Listen.
Anger is so unproductive, especially in a long term relationship. I know, because even when I'm furious at my wife, I long for reconciliation even as I say hurtful things...
|Elvis Costello - Spooky Girlfriend|
(Nov 23, 2003 - 00:34)
Is this song about what I think its about? If so.... ewwwww.
Good song though,
Not quite sure what you think it's about... I'm trying to figure it out myself.
But hey, it IS Elvis Costello, so maybe we're not MEANT to figure it out.
But there's definitely some S&M overtones, eh?
|Lyle Lovett - If I Had a Boat|
(Nov 05, 2003 - 23:40)
NOt sure what it is about - Riding a pony on a boat ???
The lyrics are seriously surreal... boats and ponies don't usually mix...
|Starsailor - Born Again|
(Nov 05, 2003 - 23:24)
Diluted spirtuality pushing its way through a jumble of half-clever, half-baked lyrics. This song is a heart murmur on the aesthetic EKG.
That sure was some nice writing, although, like the song, it's a bit jumbled in its metaphors.
Still not sure if I like the song or not yet.
|Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here|
(Nov 03, 2003 - 18:45)
|No question, Floyd was a staple of the formative years of most of the 30-somethings that hang around RP. Hard to separate the nostalgia out of the appreciation. I have Dark Side of the Moon on vinyl. It came with stickers!
|Johnny Cash - Hurt|
(Nov 03, 2003 - 18:38)
|When Cash sings, this is simply a magnificent song.
I haven't heard this song performed by NIN, but from the other NIN performances I've heard, and others' comments, I'm glad Johnny took it and made it into the masterpiece it is here.
|Nada Surf - Inside Of Love|
(Nov 03, 2003 - 17:44)
|Poor, poor guy.
All the sex he wants, but no love.
Such a common problem. I always hear guys complaining about this. It certainly is a problem that we guys can empathize with.
So guys, you know what song to play when she starts saying, "you always just want to cuddle and talk about our relationship! You never want to get hot and heavy with me!" for the thousandth time...
|Chicane - Autumn Tactics|
(Nov 02, 2003 - 22:39)
|Chicane constructs these great architectures of sound. Great as background music, but if you turn your attention to the music, it flowers in your ears.
|Kasey Chambers - Captain|
(Nov 02, 2003 - 19:01)
|Wow. A great voice. Snarky man-hating lyrics, but I'll let it slide... 'Specially since that kind of woman turns me on for some reason :)
|The Highwaymen - Highwayman|
(Nov 02, 2003 - 18:59)
|Nifty! It's absolutely amazing how those guys all have such distinctive voices, and yet they work together.
It would be cool to follow this one ("I fly a starship across the Universe divide...") with a couple of rocket songs, like Space Oddity and Major Tom.
|Emiliana Torrini - Fingertips|
(Nov 02, 2003 - 18:52)
very nice... good music to eh hem please yourself with. very nice
That's what I think the song is about too... self-pleasuring.
|Sheila Chandra - Ever So Lonely / Ocean|
(Oct 29, 2003 - 23:58)
...makes me take a deep breath and enjoy life a little more...
When I read that, I discovered I was taking a deep breath too... wow... it was just right...
|Philip Glass - Opening|
(Oct 29, 2003 - 23:51)
|My wife thinks that this is from the Amelie soundtrack. Almost could be.
|Warren Zevon - Knockin' On Heaven's Door|
(Oct 29, 2003 - 23:42)
|Wow. He does a great job of this.
Weirdly prophetic, like J.Cash's last song that he ever got published (When The Man Comes Around) ending with "and his name was death" (or something, I'm not exactly quoting)...
...oooohhhhh WEIRD!!! The next song in the set is EXACTLY the JCash song I was talking about!!!
|Conjure One - Sleep (remix)|
(Oct 29, 2003 - 18:41)
|Oh, man. I don't care what they say about it being overplayed.
This is still one of the sexiest songs on RP.
|Burlap To Cashmere - Mansions|
(Oct 19, 2003 - 18:04)
|I'm always pleasantly surprised when some song-prayer gets on RP. Never happens anywhere else. Bill usually offsets it with some off-the-wall new-age piece (like "I'm a Pisces Fish and the river runs through my soul" ) right after, but hey, it's his station, and it's a small price to pay...
|Oingo Boingo - Weird Science|
(Sep 30, 2003 - 12:25)
|Suddenly, I'm a teenager again.
Oh how I wished I could make a love slave from a barbie doll...
|Ray Charles - I've Got a Woman|
(Sep 23, 2003 - 09:47)
|"She knows a woman's place is right there in her home..."
Another way to tell this isn't a recent hit. He's allowed to have a few girls, right?
|Cake - Never There|
(Sep 22, 2003 - 15:42)
|Ever since I first heard this, it's defined 21st century funk for me.|
|Johnny Cash - The Man Comes Around|
(Sep 19, 2003 - 10:18)
|What a strange twist, that the last phrase of the last original song Johnny got published is about Death.
The bit about the thorn tree and the whirlwind is NOT in the Bible. That's from a dream Cash had about Queen Elizabeth telling him he was a "whirlwind in a thorn tree"... I guess it was his own personal Revelation...
Another thing that confuses people about this song is the phrase "it is hard for you to kick against the pricks". That's some great King James right there. The best modern english equivalent would be: "it's bad for you to piss upwind" ... ie you're only hurting yourself.
Great song, the last from a great man with a looong career. In 1969, 1 in every 5 albums sold were Johnny Cash....
|John Campbell - Down In The Hole|
(Sep 17, 2003 - 21:32)
|Woo, way gritty for a gospel tune. Cool juxtaposition.
- "Heheh, come on down to my hole, I got lotsa nice girls... "
|Leonard Cohen - The Future|
(Aug 31, 2003 - 00:29)
|This particular copy of the track is definitely corrupted. The crackle is annoying.
Great song. I'd love to hear something off the new album, like "Alexandra Leaving"...
|Patti Smith - Summer Cannibals|
(Aug 30, 2003 - 20:15)
Originally Posted by ludwig7:
Wierd. For all of 2003 so far, this song apparently has been played only on dates that end in a zero, based on the comments below.
Again, another 0 day. Odd!
Odd. Like the song. It isn't a nice song. I don't like it.
|Van Morrison - Moondance|
(Aug 30, 2003 - 14:31)
|You MUST play this song in early October, maybe right after some harvest moon songs...|
|The Kinks - Come Dancing|
(Aug 30, 2003 - 14:29)
Originally Posted by RParadise:
One of my very favorite happy songs.
Love the spoken bridge.
Yes, his odd lilting voice is neat..
This truly is a trip down memory lane. I remember hearing it as a kid and wondering what it would be like to spend all that time dancing. Those of us who grew up Baptist have no idea what it's like to be a teenager who goes dancing every weekend...
|Rolling Stones - You Can't Always Get What You Want|
(Aug 30, 2003 - 14:25)
|Rolling Stones don't gather moss, but this one's crusty with decades of smelly stuff it picked up on regular rotation on baby boomer "classic rock" stations.
I want to not hear this song again on RP, but since I need to keep listening to this great station, I'll suffer through this old rolling chestnut.
No seriously, it was good the first two billion times I heard it. It's hard to believe there was ever a time when the Stones were young and still creatively potent.
|Peggy Lee - Fever|
(Aug 11, 2003 - 20:15)
|You should put this sultry classic beside Conjure One's "Sleep"... I would be sweating profusely by the end of THAT set...|
|Squirrel Nut Zippers - Hell|
(Aug 11, 2003 - 20:13)
|DAMN! This is a HELL of a HOT song!
The SNZ are a great band, and I've always liked this one, even though I never heard it on any radio station except RP...
|Tom Petty - Mary Jane's Last Dance|
(Aug 11, 2003 - 19:53)
|Oh my my, oh hell yes.
I can't believe I'm saying this about a "drug anthem", but this tune ROCKS.
And I'm not being Petty about this... :D
|Jefferson Airplane - Lather|
(Aug 11, 2003 - 19:19)
|I don't usually flame on RP's musical choices, but, geez!
* That is an incredibly LAME song *
The music and instrumentation are incredibly dated sounding (Moody Blues anyone? :D )... and the lyrics...
Most of JA's lyrics are borderline as it is, but I know I would need to be on some sort of chemical for that one to sound deep. The line: "The young call famous what the old call insane"
I think it's the other way around this time.
Bill, if you're playing this for the nasal "guitar" solo in the middle, may I recommend Bobby McFerrin's tongue-in-cheek rendition of Cream's "Sunshine Of Your Love". He does a great vocal imitation of a guitar solo at the end...
It seems to inspire nostalgia in some, so please understand that I'm not putting down a whole era of music. There was a lot of great music back when I was burping on my mom's shoulder after breastfeeding.
|Conjure One - Sleep (remix)|
(Aug 11, 2003 - 00:04)
|Hot in here...
Is it the heat wave or is it this song?
No it's the song...
"no, no, it's not late... kindred mind"
|John Hiatt - Angel Eyes (live)|
(Aug 10, 2003 - 14:03)
|I also didn't realize that this is Hiatt's song.
In this case, Hiatt, unfortunately, is a better composer than a singer. He's clearly struggling to hit the higher notes in this recording.
I prefer Healey's version. His voice is better.
It happens occasionally that a cover is better than the original, at least to many people. Nothing wrong with that.
|Conjure One - Sleep (remix)|
(Jul 21, 2003 - 13:47)
|"Sleep with me tonight"
Man, what a great thing to hear a woman say. "Let me pack a toiletry bag, and I'll see you in ten minutes!"
... Unless she literally means "sleep," in which case, I would have to recommend she gets a dog, maybe a Lab. They like sleeping on the bed.
|Lionrock - Fire Up the Shoesaw|
(Jul 21, 2003 - 00:28)
very cool take on a genre that has had its day in the sun. They have managed to capture the zing that made people like this style in the first place...
keep this one in rotation for a while.
|Filter - Take A Picture|
(Jul 09, 2003 - 13:13)
|I don't tend to dislike many songs, but this one has such totally inane, annoying lyrics that I can't listen to it. I hated it on the pop radio stations -- please don't play it here!|
|MUM - Green Grass Of Tunnel|
(Jun 26, 2003 - 10:04)
|Ah, found some info at sub:strata records' site
"Fat Cat's first release by Icelandic four-piece wonders Mum, a preview single from their highly anticipated second album 'Finally We Are No One'. 'Green Green Grass Of Tunnel' beautifully meshes some dense but intricate programming with gorgeous vocal and instrumental melodies, richly textured, hypnotic and unashamedly sumptuous, this is a stunning, emotive single whose pop surface belies a deep sense of exploration."
Not sure about "unashamedly sumptious" but cool.
|MUM - Green Grass Of Tunnel|
(Jun 26, 2003 - 10:00)
|weird but cool -- anyone know anything about this song?
It's kinda a 21st century spin on the 1960s style of breathy girl singers...
|Robert Palmer - Why Get Up|
(Jun 20, 2003 - 19:38)
|Somehow this resonates with me, especially as I try to find gainful employment and the months stretch on and on... :(|
|Four Tet - No More Mosquitos|
(Jun 20, 2003 - 11:27)
|Ok that has to be the first techno/ambient tune I've ever heard with a sample from a kids camp song!
Update: I just noticed that the link to the camp song lyrics has scrolled off the bottom of the comments page. Here's the link again. Itchy Flea Lyrics
|Frou Frou - Shh|
(May 11, 2003 - 23:03)
|The tune reminds me of an old 80's song, "Time after Time"|
|Leonard Cohen - I'm Your Man|
(May 08, 2003 - 12:19)
Originally Posted by rgrace:
This is like Philip Marlowe as a lounge singer.
Hey, cool way to put it. Cohen tends to rasp out deep, noir, wry, and clever lyrics to sparse (yes, even cheesy) instrumentation...
I'd love to hear some cuts from "10 new songs", like Alexandra Leaving..
|Super Furry Animals - Run! Christian, Run!|
(May 02, 2003 - 16:27)
|Some background explanation (?) for the song found at http://www.angelfire.com/rock/sfalyrics/christian.html:
"The Ministry of Truth were discovered whilst researching material for Rings Around the World on the Internet. The band came across a cult checklist banner belonging to the MiniTru, and were suitably intrigued. First attempts to contact the head of the organisation Dr Barbi Geddyn were difficult. Gruff, front man for the band, managed to get through to the man himself, only to be told that he wasn't at home and therefore the conversation they were having over the phone wasn't happening. The Geddyns are presently encamped deep in the American Bible Belt, suffused in Pornological Research and the Leisure Sciences. The Geddyns' religious and academic foundation, the Ministry of Truth, has been called the "world's sexiest and UFO suicide mind-control cult." They can be reached at email@example.com."
|Bruce Cockburn - When You Give It Away|
(May 01, 2003 - 13:15)
|ceiling fan as "lazy mandala" and a slow hand stroking the air... Never thought of ceiling fans as religious or sensual before...|