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The perfectly written pop/rock song.
tikitortured
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Posted: 2004-12-20 2:16 pm   Permalink

I had this discussion at work the other day (yes I have a job, the kind where I can sit around and discuss trivial things like this), and I'm curious what you think is the perfectly written pop/rock song. I don't really count the Beatles 'cause most ALL of their songs are perfect. Here's 3 that top the list for me:

Cheap Trick - "Oh Caroline"

XTC - "Ten Feet Tall"

Tom Jones - "She's a Lady"

Nothin' fancy, no rippin' leads, no drum solos, no 15 minute opuses, just perfectly executed, "tight", 3-minute masterpieces.
(I'm kind of a prog-rocker myself, but I'm a sucker for a well crafted pop song).

PS I promise not to insult your choices......too much.


 
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congatiki
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Posted: 2004-12-20 2:39 pm   Permalink

for perfectly crafted pop songs...almost
anything by Sam Cooke...especially
"Another Saturday Night"..."Needles and
Pins" by the Searchers...and on the
edgier side..."Gloria" by Them. So there.


 
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tikitortured
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Posted: 2004-12-20 3:12 pm   Permalink

I just heard "Gloria" on an oldies station and thought how great that song was. I also love the Ramones version of "Needles and Pins"...good call.

 
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FreakBear
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Posted: 2004-12-20 3:42 pm   Permalink

Needles and Pins is pretty swell! Especially the Ramones!

I'm not much for any of the modern Pop-rockers, but Hoobastank's The Reason is You always pleases me for some reason. Weezer's "Buddy Holly" and "Say it Ain't So" are great too! It may be a stretch to call it pop, but the late Jeff Buckley's version of "Halleluya" by Leonard Cohen is quite sublime. I also love Patti Smith's "Pissin' in a River" (Power Pop?)
-FB

P.S.
Greg Brady's "The Day I Found You" is perfect in terms of it's gleeful ridiculousness!

[ This Message was edited by: FreakBear on 2004-12-20 15:44 ]

Oh, and "Brown Eyed Girl" !

[ This Message was edited by: FreakBear on 2004-12-20 15:46 ]


 
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Geeky Tiki
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Posted: 2004-12-20 3:54 pm   Permalink

Trying to think of the classic pop verse-chorus-verse style songs...not too long, not too many tempo or timing changes

Alison by Elvis Costello

Story of My Life by Social Distortion

Save It For Later by English Beat

Pop Goes the World by Men Without Hats

Overkill by Colin haye

That song by Blink 182 about his car being in the front yard and sleeping with his clothes on.

Stacy's Mom is pretty pop-slick, by Fountains of Wayne

Radar Love by Golden Earring

Rocky Mountain Way by Joe Walsh

Happy, Tumblin' Dice, Sway, Gimme Shelter, You Can't Always Get What You Want, Brown Sugar, Honky Tonk Woman, etc...by the Stones.

Anything by Nick Drake

OK, better stop.












 
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Geeky Tiki
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Posted: 2004-12-20 3:55 pm   Permalink

DIXIE CHICKEN!!!!!

 
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Doctor Z
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Posted: 2004-12-20 4:45 pm   Permalink

My Sharona

 
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Dack Sambo
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Posted: 2004-12-20 4:47 pm   Permalink

Rock around the clock, Bill Haley and the comets...

No matter how many times I hear it, I still get goosebumps from it..and absolutely perfect song!!

Either that or "the great deceiver" by king Crimson!

(for you prog rock fans!!)


 
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Dack Sambo
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Posted: 2004-12-20 4:48 pm   Permalink

Oh, I forgot a real classic!

Tom Sawyer, by RUSH..right, Dr. Z?????


 
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Chongolio
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Posted: 2004-12-20 5:02 pm   Permalink

Windy by the association has a great lick and a catchy melody. Same with "I can see clearly now the rain has gone."

Social D good call for Punk Pop. Another great "mainstream" tune is Ball and Chain"

The Sweater song by Weazer always has me singing about my unravelling wardrobe. I too think Weazer writes great pop tunes.

Tequila is a great Instro tune with minimum vocals.

The Tra la la song from the Banana Splits show and the Monkees theme are long time favorites. ( Randy scouse git was aways a rebellious favorite of mine as well but maybe a wee bit subversive to be considered pop)

So many great tunes and only two ears to put them in.

Chongolio

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tiki mick
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Posted: 2004-12-20 5:12 pm   Permalink

Rock me Amadeus!!!

 
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congatiki
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2004-12-20 6:24 pm   Permalink

GeekyTiki jarred my memory with his
mention of Save It For Later by The English
Beat...I have always thought "Mirror
In The Bathroom" has the greatest sax
ever....other than Coltrane. It has been my
long standing belief that occasionally
marginal musicians (not the Beat specifically) are touched by the music
gods and they create something beyond their ability....the guy playing the sax on
that tune was probably touched by the
devil...it sounds evil!


 
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RevBambooBen
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Posted: 2004-12-20 7:06 pm   Permalink

Pretty Vacant!

 
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aquaorama
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Posted: 2004-12-20 7:08 pm   Permalink

I'll Melt the World - Modern English

Gotta love "Valley Girl"!


 
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FreakBear
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Posted: 2004-12-20 7:36 pm   Permalink

Geeky,

Another great, possibly overplayed, Costello song: "Peace, Love, and Understanding"

-FB


 
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