Songs That Seemingly Have No Precedent

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by stanleynohj, May 13, 2022.

  1. PsychoBabble

    PsychoBabble Forum Resident

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    Both Devo's Satisfaction and B52's Rock Lobster hit my young ears like they came out of nowhere. Even more "out of nowhere" was Laurie Anderson's O Superman, but a previous poster beat me to that little gem.
     
  2. Brian Lux

    Brian Lux One in the Crowd

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    First one that comes to mind for me is Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone". First time I heard that song it blew open doors and blew my mind.

    I was writing the lines above your post here when I noticed the "other posts" and saw yours. Well said, great pick!
     
  3. stanleynohj

    stanleynohj Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    The chords and melody seem unlike anything ever (except for a police siren, of course). The forever descending major chords at the end...is there anything like that? Some classical thing maybe?

    I just read an interview with Martin where he talks about John telling him to do "something good", and he came up with not only the incredible string and brass arrangement (those sliding strings, just fantastic), but also the crazy vocalizations done by professional singers, which he said was hilarious watching them do it. I suppose his experience in comedy records, crazy sound effects, etc., came in handy.
     
  4. munjeet

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    “Blitzkrieg Bop”? I think so.
     
  5. Vangro

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    Parliament, "Flash Light"

     
  6. Hoover Factory

    Hoover Factory Old Dude Who Knows Things

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    “Tomorrow Never Knows” - The Beatles
    “I Can See for Miles” - The Who
    “Blitzkrieg Bop” - The Ramones
    “Marquee Moon” - Television
     
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  7. Vangro

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    Kraftwerk, "Autobahn"... among others.
     
  8. HfxBob

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    "The End" - The Doors
     
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  9. Monosterio

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    Prince's "When Doves Cry" sounds pretty unique to me.
     
  10. Station17

    Station17 Time to play B-sides...

    While driving into work this morning “Have a Cigar” came on...always loved its funkiness. Lots of Floyd’s music is unique, IMHO. “One of These Days”, “Time” etc. Aggressive and melodic, great guitars especially.
     
  11. If I Can Dream_23

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    For pop music at the time...

    - Eleanor Rigby
    - Tomorrow Never Knows
    - Good Vibrations
    - Strawberry Fields Forever
    - I Feel Love

    To name just five.
     
  12. EdwinM

    EdwinM Grumpy old man

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    Rock music had no raw edge like this before the Kinks recorded....
     
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  13. SPF2001

    SPF2001 prone to hyperbole

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    "Telstar" - The Tornados
     
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  14. Didn't hear this absolute Dylan classic until late '69.
    Wow! Was I impressed.
    Still one of the greatest songs ever, maybe the greatest.

    Some disagree though.
    Guy at work said it wasn't even a song. Just some guy talking over some dull music. Anybody could do that.
     
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  15. ATR

    ATR Senior Member

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    Tons of them, many or most sounding pretty dated within a few years. I think there’s not much controversy about those three Dylan albums in the 60’s though, if not in musical form but lyrical content. Nothing before or since in popular music to match it, not even Dylan. Listening to Blonde on Blonde right now and I still can’t figure it out.
     
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  16. Eleventh Earl of Mar

    Eleventh Earl of Mar Somehow got them all this far.

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    I can kind of see where it came out of - Sakamoto is the obvious thing, however it's remarkable how such a sparse vocal piece can work with electronics
     
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  17. Vangro

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    Velvet Underground, "Heroin"
     
  18. florandia

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    Their loss!
     
  19. Brian Lux

    Brian Lux One in the Crowd

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    Oh man, YES!
     
  20. Vangro

    Vangro Forum Resident

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    James Brown, "Think"

     
  21. Vangro

    Vangro Forum Resident

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    James Brown, "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag"

     
  22. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    Hocus Pocus- Focus!
     
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  23. If I Can Dream_23

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    Lol...I would never go that far. But I must admit I'm among the few, I guess, that just doesn't really hear anything special in the track. I think like most Dylan songs, the issue is that I respect it far more than I want to re-hear it. Which is never good...lol.

    Yet, like I always say, it's definitely my loss. The song's greatness and acclaim speaks far louder volumes than me. :)
     
  24. maui jim

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    Autobahn soso different on AM radio from anything else
     
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  25. soarer29

    soarer29 Forum Resident

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    Passion Pit copied nobody…and nobody copied them. (Which I’m frankly surprised about.)
     
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