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Re: Recommend one song.

Post: # 9941Post Garrett Gilchrist
Thu Mar 21, 2019 3:08 pm

Let's talk about weird Beach Boys stuff from the later years, the early 90s especially.

"Smart Girls" is a song by Brian Wilson for his rejected 1991 album Sweet Insanity, part of when he was being exploited by creep psychologist Eugene Landy. It ends up being a goofy rap journey through Brian's Beach Boys career, with samples thrown in at random by Landy and company. A lot of, "hey, remember this one?"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sz0SnpN_O00

For awhile, Brian became fixated on recording "Shortenin Bread ..."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxs2mnrRgsA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCvOiwUMNW8

Here's Mike Love and company re-recording early Beach Boys hit "Surfin'" in 1992.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP_QXx4eUGM

And hell yes, it's time for Mike Love and company on Baywatch. Spooky stuff.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBFsJk6PWu0

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Post: # 10003Post Garrett Gilchrist
Wed May 01, 2019 11:16 pm

Emma Bunton - My Happy Place: The fourth solo album from Emma Bunton, alias Baby Spice of the Spice Girls, consists of two original songs and eight straightforward covers. For her first studio album since 2006, it's a pleasant listen but also feels like a low-effort piece of work, apart from the two singles.

There's a 60s (or early 70s) vibe to much of the album, and "Baby Please Don't Stop" and "Too Many Teardrops" are sultry throwbacks which sound like Bunton is singing about James Bond. If you're in the right mood they're the right tracks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68NM1axZ9XE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFHS1L4ntQk

The cover songs are fine but don't add a lot to the album. Bunton covers Madison Avenue's "Don't Call Me Baby," which was originally a house dance track, apparently because she couldn't resist the joke.

"I Only Want to Be with You" features Pop Idol favorite Will Young, who sounds bizarrely out of place here, throwing an otherwise fine Dusty Springfield tribute out of balance. When Bunton covers Norah Jones' "Come Away with Me" (featuring Josh Kumra), I wondered why she bothered, as the target audience for this album probably still has Norah Jones' original on their playlists.

"You're All I Need to Get By" features Bunton's partner Jade Jones, who certainly has the singing chops for this Marvin Gaye throwback. It makes the album a family affair, but is another example of Bunton singing with a man whose voice is higher than her own. Meanwhile the apparently obligatory Spice Girls cover "2 Become 1" features Robbie Williams.

"My Happy Place" accomplishes what it sets out to do. There's a couple of decent singles and it gets Emma Bunton back in the charts and in record shops in time for the Spice Girls reunion this month. It's a teaser for what Bunton could have done if she put more time and thought into recording new material.

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Re: Recommend one song.

Post: # 10028Post Garrett Gilchrist
Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:15 am

Sia is one of the biggest stars in pop, and one of the most iconic and recognizable, with her bold black and white wigs. But for the past decade she's been reluctant to actually show her face when performing. Those bold wigs tend to obscure her face entirely, and she heavily features child/teenage dancer Maddie Ziegler in most of her music videos and live performances, on television and otherwise. Both the music video for "Cheap Thrills," and many of its live performances, feature Sia in a "negative spotlight," darkening her in favor of the eccentric dancers.

She started recording in the 90s. Petty corporate disputes with Sony and other record labels kept her from any sort of big stardom in the mid-2000s, and she kept going as an indie artist. Reportedly around 2010 she decided to give up performing as herself, and work full-time as a songwriter. Many big stars had already rejected Sia's tracks when, in 2011, David Guetta released "Titanium" with Sia's temp vocals intact. The single was a huge success, taking Sia quite by surprise. Apparently she hadn't even authorized it.

It seemed that Sia didn't want that kind of stardom. She didn't want her appearance constantly picked apart by tabloids, and she didn't want performance anxiety, and the booze-and-pills lifestyle of a pop star, to push her to the brink of suicide, as it had in the past. She didn't want to be recognized on the street and be unable to live her life.

Today she works with pop's biggest artists, crafting lots of hits like "Chandelier" and "Cheap Thrills," and horsed around in the animated My Little Pony movie. No one seems too bothered with those wigs that cover her eyes, or the dancers that take the spotlight while she hides in the dark.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Hg_rIqOZHc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cKL60bFIVQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paXOkGMyG8M
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_RzBeC5ZJY

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Re: Recommend one song.

Post: # 10161Post Garrett Gilchrist
Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:21 pm

Nobody informed me the recent Beatles remaster albums are real remasters ...

So I asked Alex Douglas what the issues were with these:

"Off the top of my head? they fucked up Pepper (Reprise), Happiness is a Warm Gun at the chorus, and the bass in while my guitar gently weeps.
Pepper reprise didnt fix any of the issues with the original stereo (the crowd noise being nearly inaudible, removing Paul's screaming at the end)
Happiness is a Warm gun moved John's vocals to back right for the first half of the chorus
The bass in WMGGW is panned hard to one side throughout"

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Post: # 10210Post Garrett Gilchrist
Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:13 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAX5RzN5b0g

It's a quirk of the order they were released in, and it will always be strange that we, as a filmgoing culture, had to care so much about the almost offensively dull Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, and pretty much skipped over the Elton John musical "Rocketman."

This is the first I've seen of it, and, oh, it was THAT kind of musical. Might get some attention in retrospect round Oscars time.

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