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Random Start #26: The Paragons – ‘The Tide Is High’

Yes! What an amazing song. Atomic Kitten probably still aren’t aware that this is originally a song by The Paragons, what with the band getting carried away with singing the word ‘Kerry’ instead of ‘The Tide’ and all. This original version just cannot be imitated; it is genuine Jamaican reggae of the highest order, and I love it. If you don’t already own one, I strongly suggest you purchase one of the Trojan Box Sets.

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Random Start #25: Jonny Greenwood – ‘Proven Lands’

Taken from the There Will Be Blood soundtrack, Jonny Greenwood did, in my opinion, an absolutely astounding job on the film score.

With the constant tapping of percussion and frantic, dissonant, pizzicato strings on top, it is poignant and restless. It reminds me of Schoenberg’s work with the 12-tone technique, could I call it ‘minimalist expressionism’ without being hung from the Music Snob’s noose? Whatever it is, it is one of many golden musical nuggets from one of the best films in years. Get the OST because the whole thing is worth a listen.

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Random Start #24: DeYarmond Edison – ‘Bones’

 

Good Lord. Notice the voice? Yeah, that’s Justin Vernon, the man behind Bon Iver, and this is his old band DeYarmond Edison. The voice is undeniably good, but it sounds like the perfect song for a sad scene in Scrubs or One Tree Hill. For some, I guess this could be a very emotional song, and it is still a good song, but it just comes across as unbelievably cheesy and ‘americana’ – dare I say – to me. The song should have it’s own special cheeseboard. Or maybe I’ve just watched too much Scrubs.

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Random Start #23: ‘Torches Together’ – mewithoutYou

Hmmmmmm. mewithoutYou seem to have praise showered upon everything they do within a certain scene in America. I know Hayley Williams is a massive fan of their music, and I saw them a few years back supporting Brand New, who obviously must also be fans. I actually met the lead singer and had a chat with him and he turned out to be a very nice man. But I don’t like the vocal. The music is great, however, he doesn’t sing as such, he ‘preaches desperately’ for want of a better description. When someone talks there is a natural flow of phrasing words and increasing and decreasing in pitch, such as increasing slightly when asking someone a question perhaps; Aaron Weiss throws all this out of the window and creates a really unnatural and almost off-putting vocal delivery which I’m not sure I like much. The lyrics are interesting especially knowing they are from a Jewish descent, listen for yourself, I would genuinely be interested to know what any readers think because I just can’t enjoy it that much. Sorry, Hayley. Interesting fact though, when they go on tour, they use a bus that runs on vegetable oil!

As a bonus extra I would like to add a little song that me and my brother found this evening that made my heart jump with joy. Did anybody play Sonic Adventure 2 either on the Dreamcast or the Gamecube? Me and my brother played this for probably a number of weeks if you added all the gameplay hours up, and the sound track to this game was the most hilarious and brilliant soundtrack OF ALL TIME. I mean, Taylor Swift just couldn’t top it. OF ALL TIME.This is my favourite song, you will literally feel like Sonic!

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Random Start #22: ‘You Are My Sunshine’ – Ray Charles

THIS IS AMAZING. I took a huge interest in Ray Charles after watching the film Ray, and I blame this on Jamie Foxx’s quite frankly brilliant performance. For me, he is one of the most important and most prevalant blues artists that has ever been. This song is a great example. A simple 12-bar blues structure, an awesome big-band feel instrumental, add that to some sweet, sweet female backing vocals and you have a basic formula to Mr. Charles’ undeniable genius. If you haven’t seen the film, then you must watch it right away. The version of the song above is live from Brazil way back in 1963.

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Random Start #21: ‘Hunter’ – Portishead

I have never given Portishead a proper chance to be honest. I heard great things about the album ‘Third’ which this song is taken off, but I am yet to sit down and listen to it. Unfortunately this song doesn’t seem to give the greatest impression. It sounds like something I would hear just before I woke up from a nightmare. Someone tell me the album is really worth listening to?

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Random Start #20: ‘Less Than Zero’ – Elvis Costello

I love Elvis Costello, he could sing on any song and you would instantly be able to recognize that voice. Add that to the fact that he could also take any song, re-arrange it and make it 100 times better, and you have yourself a bonafide musical legend. Listen to the lyrics of this song too, they are great. You may need to skip forward a bit in the video.

One thing that really is bugging me about this song though, is that the opening riff reminds me of another song, does anyone have any idea what it is? A gold star will be your reward if you can jog my memory.

 

I also just found this song from the Icelandic band ‘Retro Stefson’ thanks to Tim Jonze‘s Twitter feed. The FIFA ’12 soundtrack is calling, guys.

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