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    Well, I have a skewered perception of genres personally... for example, this is MY pop music:

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    @Aurora Borealus

    I've been privy to a lot of Japanese guitar pop this past year after the love affair of the Polysics and Melt Banana, my favorite outside them has been Dustar 3...



    Between Noisy's voice, the sugar-candy guitar bass and song titles like "Toilet Paper" and albums like "Pants not Deadly", what's not to laugh with?
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeSep 17th 2009
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    I fell in love with it. Radio hadn't forced it upon me, my parents didn't point it out to me nor had I any idea how popular it had been when it had first come out in the 60s. It really made me realize the power music had when I did learn of it's popularity. The ability to touch just the right spot in so many consciousnesses, to bring their brains to the same tempo and groove. Few things are that magical, are they?


    I'm hearing that. I hadn't even heard of Cream until I was flicking through my Dad's old LP's one day. Listening to them and then reading up on their glory days was kinda revalatory.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeSep 17th 2009
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    Okay, not pop, but as this is the only music thread going, I just have to say;

    Rammstein WTF?!!
    • CommentAuthorJonny Ho
    • CommentTimeSep 17th 2009
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    I had a weird feeling when listening to the latest Coverville podcast. It's a Beyoncé/Destiny's Child Cover Story (all the tracks are covers of songs by she who is better than Taylor Swift and her cohorts) and I really, really liked one of the songs. Not the reinterpretation of the original version, but the song itself.

    Modern pop - in my thinking, that's the whole shadowy cabal of producers and impressarios hidden behind winsome girly smiles - has always been good at producing well-crafted songs but I guess it needs to be filtered through a slightly scuzzed-up indie cover to appeal to me.
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    Clapton, Baker and Bruce demonstrating that it's possible to perform live while monumentally stoned.

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    Just thought I'd point this out because some people might find it interesting, and this thread seemed the best place to do it.

    Kid Kudi, who you'd probably call chart pop to some extent and who I mentioned in my post a couple of pages back: has got a lot of hype behind him at the moment, appears on the New Jay-Z record, is kind of a protege of Kanye West, released his debut album Man on the Moon: The End of Day this week and Bill Sienkiewicz painted the cover:

    kid kudi

    I don't think Sienkiewicz did that little box in the... oh never mind.
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2009
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    Heh, Ginger looks like his face might just melt off his skull at any moment!
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      CommentAuthorGreasemonkey
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2009 edited
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    Ginger Baker was high so often that it was probably a novelty when he did straighten up. I've heard he could smoke a quarter ounce of weed in one sitting.
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      CommentAuthorrickiep00h
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2009
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    @Oddcult - The video is solely stir up controversy. It will never get played anywhere ever, it's just something to say "Oh, check out how controversial we are!" They've been teetering toward unlistenable self-parody for a while, and unless the rest of this album is 100% killer, I'm probably done with them.

    Also, there's another, quite appropriate music thread here, in which metal stuff is getting discussed. Sporadically.
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      CommentAuthortexture
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2009
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    Re-contextualised pop - YES.

    An oldie but a goodie - Joel Vietch's video for Elbow's cover of Independent Woman

    Absolutely blimming marvelous.
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeSep 19th 2009
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    Re-contextualised pop - YES.


    Yes indeed. I saw an acoustic cover of Paris Hilton's 'Stars are Blind' being performed a few years back, and it really, really worked. As the singer said at the time, she knew there was a good pop song somewhere in there.

    On the flipside, though - I expect we've all had a "How dare they cover that?" moment in our musical lives. I remember people getting really worked up about some manufactured singer covering Halelujah, because "Daniel Johnson did it first". No, Leonard Cohen did, and he also knows how to swim.
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      CommentAuthorVaehling
    • CommentTimeSep 21st 2009
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    I once heard Hallalujah is one of the, if not the, most-covered song ever.

    On the other hand, maybe whoever told me that mistook it for Händel's. But there sure are a lot of versions around, and I've yet to find one that sucks. (If you know one, keep it to yourselves, please.)

    I like cover versions. If done right, they offer a new perspective, a new approach to the song that brings you closer to its core. If done wrong, it's unlikely they'll ruin the original for you because that one's still there. Of course, it can happen. (With a little help from my friends comes to mind.)
    • CommentAuthorBoga_
    • CommentTimeSep 21st 2009
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    On the flipside, though - I expect we've all had a "How dare they cover that?" moment in our musical lives. I remember people getting really worked up about some manufactured singer covering Halelujah, because "Daniel Johnson did it first". No, Leonard Cohen did, and he also knows how to swim.


    Histrionics ruin legitimacy.
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    Rolf Harris's cover of Stairway To Heaven on the digeridoo and wobbleboard was the best cover of anything, ever.
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2009
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    I still remember seeing that performed on TV when I was wee. Does he do that thing where he sort of sings by sounding like he's having breathing difficulties?