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but you really like that song! and you are always happy to hear it. i am ALWAYS happy to hear beck's "loser" or "burnin' down the house" by talking heads and "pump it up" by elvis costello but i don't really need to ever hear more. i know "pump it up", right? what can i say, it always makes me happy. i don't own any albums by these three either. oh and blur's "girls and boys" i actually held on to a best-of cd just so i could hear that when i felt like it (i don't listen to any other song on the cd). i'm sure there's more. wait, i actually have an everclear album in the back of the store in case i want to hear "father of mine"! it's okay, you can laugh.

scott seward, Sunday, 23 December 2012 23:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

while i love'em, i suspect there are those that would suggest that Madness fit this criteria with the song of choice being either 'baggy trousers', or 'our house'.

mark e, Sunday, 23 December 2012 23:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

oh the selector too. speaking of 2tone era. only need to hear "too much pressure" and then i'm done.

scott seward, Monday, 24 December 2012 00:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

r.e.m. - the one i love

Iago Galdston, Monday, 24 December 2012 00:05 (1 year ago) Permalink

the clash - train in vain

Iago Galdston, Monday, 24 December 2012 00:06 (1 year ago) Permalink

blondie - heart of glass

Iago Galdston, Monday, 24 December 2012 00:06 (1 year ago) Permalink

coldplay - viva la vida

So: The Answers (or something), Monday, 24 December 2012 00:14 (1 year ago) Permalink

psbs handily covered it so i wouldn't have to listen to that one coldplay but, i dunno, i still like it.

So: The Answers (or something), Monday, 24 December 2012 00:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

chumbawamba - top of the world

'Separate Lives', by Phil Collins & Marilyn Manson (PaulTMA), Monday, 24 December 2012 00:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

Limp Bizkit - N 2 Gether Now

los blue jeans, Monday, 24 December 2012 00:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

10000 Maniacs / Natalie Merchant - The Weather

los blue jeans, Monday, 24 December 2012 00:39 (1 year ago) Permalink

artist/band with large catalog and you only really need to hear one song by them: the stereolab thread

kristof-profiting-from-a-childs-illiteracy.html (schlump), Monday, 24 December 2012 00:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

I disagree with all of the examples so far on this thread regarding bands with which I'm familiar.

But anyway, my suggestion: Cabaret Voltaire - "Nag Nag Nag". I keep trying with them (I have *Red Mecca* and *The Living Legends* among others), but that's the only track that really does it for me.

ernestp, Monday, 24 December 2012 00:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

"large" may not apply here but: atari teenage riot

curly moe shempsen (donna rouge), Monday, 24 December 2012 01:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

i only ever listen to "livin on a prayer" but i listen to it all the time

flopson, Monday, 24 December 2012 01:47 (1 year ago) Permalink

Sorry, make that "Like the Weather".
I just happened to see the video on VH1 after work one day back when I was working second shift. I was pretty bummed out at the time, and her dorky dancing in the video really affected me.

los blue jeans, Monday, 24 December 2012 02:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

Killing in the Name is the king of this thread.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Monday, 24 December 2012 02:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

and for the record, i might not listen to talking heads records but i've heard a LOT of talking heads in my life. since i was a kid. in the 70's. but that song gets me every time. especially on the radio in the car. my brother loved elvis costello. he had all his stuff. i listen to nick lowe and dave edmunds to this very day. but elvis, nope. and those first two albums are still great but i never need to hear them. maybe i've heard them enough. i still want to play Look Sharp! every once in a while. that album is tops.

scott seward, Monday, 24 December 2012 02:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

Slow Ride - Foghat

kornrulez6969, Monday, 24 December 2012 14:46 (1 year ago) Permalink

I disagree hugely with the Coldplay one. The correct amount to listen to is zero. Ithankewe.

Chewshabadoo, Monday, 24 December 2012 15:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

Scott, The Selectors "On My Radio" is on the phone.

Chewshabadoo, Monday, 24 December 2012 15:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

*ter's*

Chewshabadoo, Monday, 24 December 2012 15:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

Iago has managed a clean sweep of wrong but especially with Blondie. Like all three of those acts have such diverse back catalogues and it's not like those three songs are either their pinnacle or the record that best encapsulates them.

Matt DC, Monday, 24 December 2012 15:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

"Summer Breeze" is the only Seals & Crofts I ever really need to hear.

It's tricky because I want to say something like "Jackie Blue" by Ozark Mountain Daredevils, but you kinda need to hear other songs by a band as diverse as they are. There isn't gonna be a single song that best encapsulates them, but there isn't a single song that best encapsulates Beck either, so I dunno.

Also, there are bands like Soundgarden where I'd be perfectly content if someone were to put on one of their records, there are tons of their songs that I like a lot, but if it were up to me, 99% of the time I'm just gonna rock "Pretty Noose" and be good to go.

xanthanguar (cwkiii), Monday, 24 December 2012 16:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

"Little Wing." There are other Hendrix songs I like okay, but that's the only one I really love.

Rocking Disco Santa (Dan Peterson), Monday, 24 December 2012 16:26 (1 year ago) Permalink

The Walkmen - The Rat.

ledge, Monday, 24 December 2012 16:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

Orange Juice - Rip It Up And Start Again.

Actually I suspect that a lot of post punk and new wave bands qualify here.

Matt DC, Monday, 24 December 2012 16:47 (1 year ago) Permalink

The Damned - "New Rose"

WilliamC, Monday, 24 December 2012 16:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

I think the Undertones might actually be the platonic ideal of this kind of band. Six albums and countless singles but I'm never going to be motivated to listen to any of them no matter how much I loved Teenage Kicks.

Matt DC, Monday, 24 December 2012 16:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

Crowded House, 'Weather With You'

I saw three shi*s come sailing in... (snoball), Monday, 24 December 2012 16:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

Boston - More Than a Feeling

MarkoP, Monday, 24 December 2012 17:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

Electric Six - Danger! High Voltage!

MarkoP, Monday, 24 December 2012 17:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

Kiss - "Love Gun"

NINO CARTER, Monday, 24 December 2012 17:20 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yo MattDC, thanks for the shout out. These just go for me personally, I'm not playing god here! Happy holidays though!

Iago Galdston, Monday, 24 December 2012 17:28 (1 year ago) Permalink

Dinosaur Jr. - "The Lung" or "Freak Scene".

Mike Dixn, Monday, 24 December 2012 18:06 (1 year ago) Permalink

Julian Cope "Sunspots"

Tho' I really appreciate his curatorial efforts and writing.

bendy, Monday, 24 December 2012 18:14 (1 year ago) Permalink

Eagles - Hotel California
Steely Dan - Reelin' in the Years

my father will guide me up the stairs to bed (anagram), Monday, 24 December 2012 18:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

Elvis Costello almost works for me but I like Radio Radio as well.

Just noise and screaming and no musical value at all. (Colonel Poo), Monday, 24 December 2012 18:20 (1 year ago) Permalink

James Taylor - Fire and Rain

kornrulez6969, Monday, 24 December 2012 18:39 (1 year ago) Permalink

lol@ steely dan. one for the headz there.

So: The Answers (or something), Monday, 24 December 2012 18:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

i dunno, beck and elvis costello and talking heads have lots of songs that i need to hear... i knew i'd disagree with everything in this thread before i opened it.

billstevejim, Monday, 24 December 2012 18:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

Foreigner - Dirty White Boy
The Toadies - Possum Kingdom

Steampig, Monday, 24 December 2012 18:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

oh man soundgarden forgot about them. "black hole sun" all the way for me. and then i am so done. but i love that song.

scott seward, Monday, 24 December 2012 19:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

The entire Beach Boys discography can be boiled down to a 7" with "Don't Worry Baby" on one side and "Good Vibrations" on the other, and honestly I can take or leave "Good Vibrations."

誤訳侮辱, Monday, 24 December 2012 19:26 (1 year ago) Permalink

Electric Six - Danger! High Voltage!

i'm not a big E6 fan but this is really their worst song

frogbs, Monday, 24 December 2012 19:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

The entire Beach Boys discography can be boiled down

no

If I was a carpenter, and you were a douchebag (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 24 December 2012 19:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

lol@ steely dan. one for the headz there

no idea what you are talking about. that one dan song is more than enough for me.

my father will guide me up the stairs to bed (anagram), Monday, 24 December 2012 21:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

Hi Iago! Happy Christmas as well, I feel a bit bad about jumping on you on this thread even if you are unjustly depriving yourself of the Blondie back catalogue.

Matt DC, Monday, 24 December 2012 23:38 (1 year ago) Permalink

The entire Beach Boys discography can be boiled down to a 7" with "Don't Worry Baby" on one side and "Good Vibrations" on the other, and honestly I can take or leave "Good Vibrations."

― 誤訳侮辱, Monday, December 24, 2012 2:26 PM (4 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

lol now do the beatles

iatee, Monday, 24 December 2012 23:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

It's OK, Matt DC. I must say, I know Blondie the least of the three so I am going to give them another shot. Merry Xmas to you too!

Iago Galdston, Monday, 24 December 2012 23:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yeah I'm a bit confused on the intent of this thread. For example I think "Clint Eastwood" by Gorillaz is a bad pick since their other stuff really isn't like it, but if you're saying "this is their only good song", well I guess I'm kinda on board. But then "Hallo Gallo" is named which makes sense but the Neu!/La-D discography is pretty stellar so it also feels wrong.

frogbs, Wednesday, 26 December 2012 18:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

I think this is essentially for bands you don't really care for but you like one of their songs--thus, fans of said band will be disappointed because you're usually choosing something atypical or peripheral to what fans like about them (cf. my picks like "Train in Vain" above)

Iago Galdston, Wednesday, 26 December 2012 18:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

Muse, 'Supermassive Black Hole'

earth of (snoball), Wednesday, 26 December 2012 18:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

I guess that would have a different answer depending on what you like best about The Clash. Lots of their best elements are all in "I'm So Bored With the USA" but I dunno if I would choose that as "only need to hear one song"

billstevejim, Wednesday, 26 December 2012 19:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

although "Guns of Brixton" might work

billstevejim, Wednesday, 26 December 2012 19:20 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yeah this is a subjective discussion, obv.

With "How soon is now" as my first and repeated exposure to The Smiths it was more of a deterrent, not that it's a bad song, but that it's so non-indicative that it held me off a few precious teen years from investigating a band that I would later love to death (see also "Never met a girl like you before" Edwyn/OJ)

capital in ruins, thousands dead (flamboyant goon tie included), Wednesday, 26 December 2012 19:30 (1 year ago) Permalink

So far I haven't read another example that's made me say "yeah" as much as Scott's original mention of "Pump it up" I could listen to that song five times in a row

capital in ruins, thousands dead (flamboyant goon tie included), Wednesday, 26 December 2012 19:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

yeah i recall being disappointed in myself for not having gotten into the smiths sooner/earlier in my adolescence, too

flopson, Wednesday, 26 December 2012 19:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

Oh I definitely feel this way about "Love is a stranger" re: Eurythmics and Annie's entire catalog

capital in ruins, thousands dead (flamboyant goon tie included), Wednesday, 26 December 2012 19:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

i see this question as being like, i get the right amount of x every time i hear x by x. like, one or two vodka red bulls is good for me, maybe four or five if i feel like going nuts, but it's not going to lead me to explore the world of clear alcohol + energy drink pairings, though there is absolutely nothing wrong with that world and its enthusiasts.

Tome Cruise (Matt P), Wednesday, 26 December 2012 19:46 (1 year ago) Permalink

i was just thinking about bands that i NEVER listen to on my own. ever. not cuz i hate them or anything but just because...i don't know could be lots of reasons. but even with those bands there is usually at least one song that i'm always happy to hear. it COULD be the most representative/distilled song in their catalog, but not always. like i said about "ace of spades" i could definitely see people loving that song and never listening to a motorhead album. and with that song you do kinda get all of what makes motorhead great in one short sharp package.

scott seward, Wednesday, 26 December 2012 21:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

i mean there are other talking heads songs and elvis costello songs that i like but i am always in the mood for the two songs i mentioned. they always sound great. doesn't mean i would change the station in the car if psycho killer or allison came on the radio. (that's the only way i hear their songs pretty much. car radio. unless they are playing in a movie or something)

scott seward, Wednesday, 26 December 2012 21:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

Starlight is obviously the right pick for Muse. As a bonus, it makes Keane superflous as well.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 26 December 2012 22:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

ok, that description is pretty much how i chose the stuff i posted earlier. xp

billstevejim, Wednesday, 26 December 2012 23:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

Cream - Badge

Rocking Disco Santa (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 26 December 2012 23:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

I wondered whether Rick Springfield would qualify as having a "large catalog," and when I looked it up it said he has 17 studio albums, which is ridiculous, but also allows me to add "Jesse's Girl" to this list without any trepidation.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Wednesday, 26 December 2012 23:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

:( sad to admit this but every time I put on Laura Nyro I actually just want to hear "Sweet Blindness". Her voice is too strident for me to enjoy her in anything other than short bursts and man "Sweet Blindness" has it all, I love all her songs yes but That's The Song

capital in ruins, thousands dead (flamboyant goon tie included), Thursday, 27 December 2012 00:12 (1 year ago) Permalink

Eagles - In The Long Run is probably the only song I *like* to hear from them, but I dunno if any of their catalog qualifies for 'wanting' to hear

Motley Crue - On With The Show
I actually like them up to Dr Feelgood but this is the only AWESOME song they ever did

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 27 December 2012 00:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

Led Zeppelin - Kashmir
to be honest i only listen to zepp for bonham. i abhor plant's vocal mannerisms and page's riffing doesn't do much for me either. but man, kashmir is the fucking bomb.

The who - I Can See for Miles
another shitty vocalist bringing diminishing returns to a bunch of songs that could've been great otherwise. this one works for me anyway, best chorus they ever made.

cock chirea, Thursday, 27 December 2012 01:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

For Beatles i would pick "Happiness is a Warm Gun".

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 27 December 2012 02:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

Psychedelic yet at times universal lyrics, 50s rock nostalgia, weird interlocking time signatures that somehow feel natural, cheeky humor, childlike singalongs, John Lennon trying out for the best rock n roll singer, immaculate Everly Brothers-style harmonies, R&B girl group backing vocals, all ending with a minimal Ringo drum solo (snare roll into a single kick drum hit).

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 27 December 2012 02:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

Great thread idea. Anyways:

Pastels - Nothing to be Done

formerly EDB (ed.b), Thursday, 27 December 2012 02:14 (1 year ago) Permalink

if i had to pick it would probably be helter skelter. there is probably a thread for that. man i have listened to the beatles sooooo much in the last 3 years. its frightening. they're fun to obsess over though. i can feel the obsessives. plus having kids who like them...its a whole thing. and i really didn't do that. they just had it in them. they are very easy to love if you are a kid. and i totally stood by cyrus during his Kiss phase. i didn't really want to listen to that much Kiss but i was nice. there's a good one actually. i never listen to kiss. i don't really have a favorite kiss song. i guess an ace song if i thought about it.

scott seward, Thursday, 27 December 2012 02:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

and oh yeah, still relevant lyrics! (xp)

Iago Galdston, Thursday, 27 December 2012 02:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

oops, you led with the lyrics, adam, apologies. it's just stunning here in america the pathology of the gun nuts in this country. and it won't change in our lifetimes.

Iago Galdston, Thursday, 27 December 2012 02:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

"Jessie's Girl" is not only not Springfield's best song, it's probably not even the best song on his greatest hits albums. I know you're not a power pop fan, NYCNative, but he's got a pretty underrated catalog IMO.

Gollum: "Hot, Ready and Smeagol!" (Phil D.), Thursday, 27 December 2012 02:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

Patti Smith - Because the Night
(i also dig Ask the Angels tho)

cock chirea, Thursday, 27 December 2012 02:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

re: Rick Springfield, "Working Class Dog" is a solid 10 songs IMO

billstevejim, Thursday, 27 December 2012 02:38 (1 year ago) Permalink

Probably have to split her into two eras, but:
PJ Harvey - "Dress"

Only Built For Cuban Linux (Leee), Thursday, 27 December 2012 07:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

I'll go with Janis Joplin - "Piece Of My Heart". I mean, of course there's plenty of other good stuff in her catalogue, but that one song neatly encapsulates what she was about.

Lee626, Thursday, 27 December 2012 09:14 (1 year ago) Permalink

Rod Stewart - Young Turks
The Chemical Brothers - Lost in The K-Hole
Billy Idol - Eyes Without a Face
Cabaret Voltaire - Nag Nag Nag
Hot Chocolate - Put Your Love in me
Ian Brown - F.E.A.R
Lenny Kravitz - It Ain't Over Til it's Over
Catatonia - Bleed
Yoko Ono - Walking on Thin Ice
Feist - My Moon My Man
CSS - Move
INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
Crystal Castles - Not in Love (with Robert Smith)
World Party - Is it Like Today?

Kitchen Person, Thursday, 27 December 2012 09:26 (1 year ago) Permalink

Cream - Badge

This is a good one.

Donovan - Sunshine Superman
Eurythmics - Never Gonna Cry Again
Chicago - 25 or 6 to 4

Gavin, Leeds, Thursday, 27 December 2012 10:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

> Patti Smith - Because the Night

For the purposes of the thread, I'd say "Gloria".

john. a resident of chicago., Thursday, 27 December 2012 10:06 (1 year ago) Permalink

i really like 3 patti songs. people have the power, because the night, and pissing in the river. so, can't pick one. always happy to hear those three songs. that's it though. any more than that is too much for me.

scott seward, Thursday, 27 December 2012 13:42 (1 year ago) Permalink

Would say New Sensation is the essence of INXS

Doesn't really explain earlier stand out stuff like Don't Change but is the template for every post-Kick single

Master of Treacle, Thursday, 27 December 2012 13:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

Or rather every post-87 single that people liked and wasn't a ballad.

Master of Treacle, Thursday, 27 December 2012 13:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

More than any other act on this thread, Patti Smith is one I'd walk five miles to see her sing live, and I'm only a casual fan, she's such a great performer with such a broad legacy I can't even think about reducing her to a single song she recorded many years ago

Unlike say Jonathan Richman who I love seeing live and have high-fived several of his latter-day records but everybody knows it's Roadrunner forever

capital in ruins, thousands dead (flamboyant goon tie included), Thursday, 27 December 2012 14:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

Thought it was "Ice Cream Man."

Albee Thousand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 27 December 2012 14:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

Donovan - Sunshine Superman

YES. Good one!

xanthanguar (cwkiii), Thursday, 27 December 2012 16:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

I own nothing by him, and radio has kind of forgotten him, but I would dig pretty much any Donovan cut that came on the radio.

Rocking Disco Santa (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 27 December 2012 16:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

Donovan - Sunshine Superman

;_; I love so many Donovan songs but this is so true. Peggy Lipton's cover of "Wear your love like heaven" even begins with a "Sunshine Superman" quote

capital in ruins, thousands dead (flamboyant goon tie included), Thursday, 27 December 2012 17:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

Unlike say Jonathan Richman who I love seeing live and have high-fived several of his latter-day records but everybody knows it's Roadrunner forever

― capital in ruins, thousands dead (flamboyant goon tie included)

Oh yeah, "Roadrunner" is perfect.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Thursday, 27 December 2012 19:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

Desmond Dekker - The Israelites

my father will guide me up the stairs to bed (anagram), Thursday, 27 December 2012 20:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

I love Sleater-Kinney to the ends of the earth, but I don't think they ever touched the perfection of Start Together.

Janis Joplin I also dig, but that famous live version of Ball And Chain is gorgeous, passionate, and probably better than Big Mama Thornton's (the only time I'll ever say that about a white rock band's cover of a black blues song).

And ignoring what a cultural behemoth Johnny B. Goode is, Promised Land is far and away the best song Chuck Berry ever wrote.

Everything You Like Sucks, Friday, 28 December 2012 06:38 (1 year ago) Permalink

Low - (other than a handful of their Christmas songs come the season) - Lazerbeam.

besides Sunny Real Estate (dog latin), Friday, 28 December 2012 09:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

Desmond Dekker has a surprisingly rich catalogue of songs. I'm always impressed when I listen to his stuff. Songs like 'It Mek', 'Problems', 'Dracula', 'Fu Manchu' are all just as deserving as the classic 'Israelites'.

besides Sunny Real Estate (dog latin), Friday, 28 December 2012 09:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

'Roadrunner' is no way my favourite Jonathan Richman song, but that will all depend on your threshold for his schtick. That song is a straight ahead blues/punk number that pulls no punches, but somehow I find something like 'Ice Cream Man', 'Abdul & Cleopatra' or 'The Morning Of Our Lives' far more indicative of his style (and ultimately more entertaining) than 'Roadrunner'.

besides Sunny Real Estate (dog latin), Friday, 28 December 2012 09:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

Roadrunner is a bit like Teenage Kicks in that it's a song that sounds so full, such a perfect capturing of an aesthetic, that you don't feel the artist could do any better. You really can get everything you want from that artist from that one song. I've actually had the same thing with Hallogallo, rightly or wrongly.

Matt DC, Friday, 28 December 2012 12:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

This is Will Oldham for me, I think. "I See a Darkness" is a great song, but I could take or leave the rest. I've got three or four of his albums (none of which feature the song I actually like) and I've never really been able to connect with his stuff.

spastic heritage, Friday, 28 December 2012 13:56 (1 year ago) Permalink

Os Mutantes - Panis et Circenses

Frederik B, Friday, 28 December 2012 14:30 (1 year ago) Permalink


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