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The perfectly written pop/rock song.
tikiskip
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Posted: 2005-12-31 3:55 pm   Permalink

''Beat on the brat, beat on the brat, beat on the brat, with a baseball bat! hey hey, hey oh ho''.

 
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Suffering Bastard of Stumptown
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Posted: 2005-12-31 5:25 pm   Permalink

Ah yes, thank you DonHo for my bad.
I get my numerically oriented 80's bands mixed up.

--SBiM


 
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Gigantalope
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Posted: 2005-12-31 5:33 pm   Permalink

"Downtown Train" by Tom Waitts

 
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alohabros
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From: westernus
Posted: 2006-01-04 08:32 am   Permalink

... 50 cent - in da club... here is a sample of pure pop genius...


Go, go, go, go
Go, go, go shawty
It's your birthday
We gon' party like it's yo birthday
We gon' sip Bacardi like it's your birthday
And you know we don't give a f--k
It's not your birthday!

... pure genius...



 
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mbonga
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Posted: 2006-01-04 5:46 pm   Permalink

"Starship Trooper" by Yes


 
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tikitortured
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Posted: 2006-01-10 10:27 pm   Permalink

"I think I love you" - Partridge Family
"Time to change" - Brady Bunch
"H.R. Puffnstuff theme song"
"the Lidsville theme song"
"Ocean spray" - Manic Street Preachers
"Monday" - The Jam
"Limit Club" - The Damned
"Follow the leader" - Red Kross
"China Girl" - David Bowie(Iggy Pop)
"From the floorboards up" - Paul Weller
"100,000 Years" - Kiss
"One is the loneliest number" - 3 Dog Night
"Walk on by" - Burt Bacharach
"The Raven" - The Stranglers
"Superstar" - The Carpenters
"She's not there" - The Zombies
"Gone, Gone, Gone" - The Everly Brothers
"Wendy" - The Beach Boys
"The Cheat" - The Blue Hawaiians
"The Hideout" - The Weirdos
"Candy-o" The Cars
"Pity" - Mind Over Four

...and damn near every song XTC ever wrote.


 
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HelloTiki
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Posted: 2006-01-10 11:41 pm   Permalink

Mad Magazine's "Nose Job", and whatever the belching song was called. "My Old Flame" as done by Spike Jones.

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Hakalugi
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Posted: 2006-01-11 12:11 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-01-10 23:41, HelloTiki wrote:
Mad Magazine's "Nose Job", and whatever the belching song was called.



"It's A Gas"


 
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mrs. pineapple
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Posted: 2006-01-11 09:41 am   Permalink

I think NIck Lowe writes the best pop! Pure Pop For Now People!
I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass has been one of my favorite songs forever, also I was happy to see Marshall Crenshaw, Someday Someway on the list!

September Girls, Thirteen - Alex Chilton/Big Star
Cruel Summer - Bananarama

oh lord, don't get me started....

oh nooooo, I can't stop -
Waitress in the Sky - Replacements (how about the entire Tim album?)


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Shipwreckjoey
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Posted: 2006-01-11 6:51 pm   Permalink

More songs that spring to mind that are more in the "pure pop" vein than my previous entries:

Popsicles & Icicles - the Mermaids
A Million Miles Away - the Plimsouls
It's Not Unusual - Sir Tom Jones
I Got You - the Split Enz
Don't Fear The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
San Francisco Nights - Eric Burdon & the Animals
Modern Love - David Bowie
Where Were You (when I needed you) - the Grassroots
Buy For Me The Rain - the Nitty Gritty Dirtband
The Passenger - Iggy Pop
Allison - Elvis Costello


 
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Suffering Bastard of Stumptown
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Posted: 2006-01-11 7:39 pm   Permalink

In the "how did that become a pop hit?" category would be the Breeders' "Cannonball".

Have you ever heard a song become a hit that went against so many pop music rules?

Granted, it still has something of a verse chorus verse structure. But it's such a strange song to be so catchy.

--SBiM


 
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Shipwreckjoey
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Posted: 2006-01-12 12:09 am   Permalink

Suffering Bastard, you've opened up a whole new can of worms. What is the criteria for determining a pop hit? Back in the olden days of AM radio, a pop hit was determined by it's position on "the Charts" (which consisted of 30 or 40 songs). If your song spent X number of days on the charts as No. 1 with a "bullet" you were pretty cool. Then along came "FM RADIO" that played all the "loooonngg" versions of songs you couldn't hear on AM stations because they didn't have to suck off all the sponsor's every five minutes. Remember Bill Bored Magazine? Very influential piece o' shit back in the day. What is No. 1 on the Hit Parade today? I couldn't tell ya 'cause I'm outta touch with the "record industry". For all I know it's a 16 year old kid from the South Side of Chicago doing an Eminem cover and takin' his money to the bank in a new Escalade.

 
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tikivixen
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Posted: 2006-01-12 12:58 am   Permalink

I love the stuff that's coming up...stuff I love and figured no one would think of, like the Breeders and My Bloody Valentine and World Party and "Beat on the Brat"!! Will I be the first to mention PJ Harvey? "To Bring You My Love", specifically.

Nick Lowe...he sure is the quintessential pop/rock artist, isn't he? The whole album "Dig My Mood" is awesome--I could listen to it forever. Likewise "Time Wounds All Heels". And of course...his masterpiece...

"Shting Shtang".

My favorite Nick Lowe song is probably "What Lack Of Love Has Done", though.

Some songs that really stick with me through the years:

1. "The Big Heat" Stan Ridgway
2. "El Paso" Marty Robbins
3. "London Calling" The Clash
4. "Major Tom" Peter Schilling
5. "People Are People" Depeche Mode
6. "Sweet Dreams" Patsy Cline
7. "Deep Song" Billie Holiday
8. "Heartbreak Hotel" Elvis
9. "Heart of Glass" Blondie
10."These Boots Are Made For Walking" Nancy Sinatra
11."Moon River" by anybody, any version
12."Wicked Game" Chris Isaak
13."Invisible Sun" The Police
14."Holding Back The Years" Simply Red
15."Running Up That Hill" Kate Bush
16."Great Balls of Fire" Jerry Lee Lewis
17."Back on the Chain Gang" The Pretenders
18."Brown-Eyed Girl" Rolling Stones
19."Nothing Can Change This Love" Sam Cooke
20."The Future" Leonard Cohen
21."Sweet Dreams" Eurythmics
22."Night and Day" Frank Sinatra (I am sure he recorded
this more than once, but the version I'm thinking of is an
old 40's one, probably with Dorsey)
23."Ghost Riders In The Sky" Tennessee Ernie Ford
24."From This Moment On" Ella Fitzgerald
25."Begin The Beguine" Artie Shaw

OK, I went into Big Band there, which is more pure pop than pop/rock, but hey. "Begin The Beguine" exhilarates me more than the best rock song I've ever heard, and in a not dissimilar way. Talk about rhythm!!!!!!!


I second the vote on whoever it was mentioned Jeff Buckley's version of Cohen's "Hallelujah". It's sublime. So's his take on the Nina Simone classic "Lilac Wine". Those are two perfect recordings. Literally. Perfect. I still can't believe that guy's dead. So weird.

Virtually every song the Beatles did was some kinda perfect pop/rock. How to pick one???

Last but not least, "Sea of Heartbreak" by Don Gibson is another totally perfect pop/rock song. Like Nick Lowe, Gibson was a genius of that particular genre. I wonder if he ever wrote a song that wasn't hopelessly catchy...




 
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mrs. pineapple
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Posted: 2006-01-12 09:45 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-01-12 00:58, tikivixen wrote:

I second the vote on whoever it was mentioned Jeff Buckley's version of Cohen's "Hallelujah". It's sublime. So's his take on the Nina Simone classic "Lilac Wine". Those are two perfect recordings. Literally. Perfect. I still can't believe that guy's dead. So weird.




I third it.


also -
Ben Folds - the entire Rocking the Suburbs record. The poppiest depressing album ever.


 
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thejab
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Posted: 2006-01-12 10:33 am   Permalink

Too many to choose from, but off the top of my head:

"All Kindsa Girls" - Real Kids
"Ever Fallen in Love?" - Buzzcocks
"Teenage Kicks" - Undertones
"Life Begins at The Hop" - XTC
"Starry Eyes" - The Records
"I Saw Her Standing There" - The Beatles
"Walk Away Renee" - Left Banke
"It's All Over Now", "Satisfaction", "The Last Time", and "Paint it Black" - Rolling Stones

And every song by The Who before Tommy




 
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