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5 hours ago, CaledonianGonzo said:

You could make a pretty dope REM playlist by ditching all the grandstanding rock tracks (e.g. The One I Love) and focusing on their more wistful, minor key Byrdsy moments (Fall On Me, Don't Go Back To Rockville, Perfect Circle, Near Wild Heaven and so on).

Very much so. I love REM from start to finish, but IRS years >>> Warner Bros years. That sound was way more prevalent in their earlier work.

Fall On Me remains probably my favourite track of theirs.

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6 hours ago, dentalplan said:

They scratch different itches. As much as they were remarkable at their most jangly, the stadium-balladry is good to tuck into now and again.

All of it sounds pretty aged nowadays though. Mardy would hate it.

Tracks like Everbody Hurts, Losing My Religion, End Of The World, Man On The Moon, etc are good songs - but so overplayed for so long that I still wouldn't actively seek them out.

But they're not the full story. Automatic For The People may be emblematic of a certain type of serious and thoughtful "real" music, but its got some beautiful moments on it like Nightswimming and Find The River.

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7 hours ago, Mimo said:

Saxophones solos are cringe. That’s right I said it. 

Sacrilege. I’m a sucker for more or less any music which has brass involved. 
 

The number of early 2000s run of the mill UK ska bands I could sing along every word to is crazy. Some of them will never have played to more than a couple of hundred people. 
 

I guess this goes back to the whole “music you listened to on your formative years” thing. 
 

 

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17 minutes ago, CaledonianGonzo said:

Reminds me of Courtney Love's claim that saxophones don't belong in rock'n'roll.

Though I think she backtracked on that, presumably after someone played her some Little Richard.

Courtney Love doesn’t belong in rock ‘n’ roll.

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7 hours ago, CaledonianGonzo said:

They're all John Coltrane ever did and he's the GOAT.

I’ll accept that there are exceptions to the rule 🙂

However 99% of saxophone solos consist of some over-complicated highly technical screechy nonsense ending on a big long note at which point the crowd goes wild. I hate it lol

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On 5/2/2021 at 11:39 PM, dentalplan said:

They scratch different itches. As much as they were remarkable at their most jangly, the stadium-balladry is good to tuck into now and again.

All of it sounds pretty aged nowadays though. Mardy would hate it.

He would. Miserable bugger.

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I feel I should clarify my dislike of saxophone solos a little...

Having a saxophone playing on your record - absolutely fine, can sound good 👍

That bit at a live gig where the saxophonist take centre stage and does a big OTT solo whilst everyone laps it up - I die a little inside 👎

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19 hours ago, Mimo said:

I’ll accept that there are exceptions to the rule 🙂

However 99% of saxophone solos consist of some over-complicated highly technical screechy nonsense ending on a big long note at which point the crowd goes wild. I hate it lol

Just about every Capdown song has sax on it, and they are great. 

 

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35 minutes ago, Mimo said:

I feel I should clarify my dislike of saxophone solos a little...

Having a saxophone playing on your record - absolutely fine, can sound good 👍

That bit at a live gig where the saxophonist take centre stage and does a big OTT solo whilst everyone laps it up - I die a little inside 👎

I pity you.

For you've clearly never been in attendance when this happens:

 

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