1. "You're not the Only One that I Know," Gavurin / Wheeler (The Sundays)
2. "Chega de Saudade," Jobim (Joao Gilberto)
3. "Things Mean a Lot," Kozolek (Red House Painters)
4. "Tous les garcons et les filles," Hardy / Samyn (Francoise Hardy)
5. "Alison," Halsted (Slowdive)
6. "Love Song for the Dead Che," Byrd (United States of America)
7. "Makes Me Wanna Die," Tricky / Barrier / Griffin (Tricky)
8. "Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)," Score (A Flock of Seagulls)
9. "You Send Me," Cooke (Sam Cooke)
10. "Soon it will be Fire," Youngs (Richard Youngs)
Runner up: "Does this Hurt?" Boo Radleys (Boo Radleys)
― Nitsuh, Tuesday, 1 January 2002 01:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Clarke B., Wednesday, 2 January 2002 01:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Nitsuh, Wednesday, 2 January 2002 01:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Tom, Wednesday, 2 January 2002 01:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
My definition of perfect wistfulness: the Kinks' Days.
― Ellie, Wednesday, 2 January 2002 01:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
Tom: You're right about the Youngs, and I hesitated before including
it. But: I sort of road-tested it myself, and even in a hacked-out
rendition that sense of longing seems to carry through. Again,
technical stuff: each vocal note is held so long over so much
harmonic material moving underneath it, and then the intervals
between the notes of the melody are so small ... there's
almost a sense of flight (insofar as the instrumental "ground" rushes
by while the melody hangs still, above it), which I think is fairly
built-in. I'd like to hear it as a drone piece, though.
Naturally I approve of naming the authors of songs.
― the pinefox, Wednesday, 2 January 2002 01:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Mickey Black Eyes, Wednesday, 2 January 2002 01:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
Some of the others are too obscure (to me) for me yet to know whether
I would like to know them or not.
Boo Radleys: as I've said on an earlier thread, their callous
treatment of their ex-school-friends biases me against them. (So does
most of their music.)
I don't really know Flock of Seagulls, but there's an early 80s synth
tune I've vaguely liked for ages without knowing who did it. And the
other day (on NYDay 80s was it?) I saw FoS playing it. Still don't
know what it's called, but it could be their biggest hit for all I
know. I really like it, anyway.
― the pinefox, Thursday, 3 January 2002 01:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
Interesting discussion, too bad it fell flat so early because I really would have liked to see Nitsuh break things down so thoroughly as he always is good at doing. I have a piano rendition of "Wondering Boy Poet" by Guided By Voices (peel session) and it is so incredibly gorgeous and wistful. Very moving to me. Stripping down songs like this can easily explain their strength on a contractual level, and I love insight into what techniques create certain feelings with melody alone.
― Evan, Monday, 27 August 2012 03:46 (8 months ago) Permalink