"If I Can't Have You" - Yvonne Elliman

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I agree with hstencil. The Bee Gees nailed it.

SoHoLa (SoHoLa), Tuesday, 26 July 2005 03:19 (8 years ago) Permalink

mariah carey's part syrian tho right?

is she? iirc she's irish, puerto rican, and a quarter black.

badass porcelain knives (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 26 July 2005 03:31 (8 years ago) Permalink

mariah carey's part syrian tho right?

I think you're thinking of Paula Abdul. And isn't she part Lebanese?

Candicissima (candicissima), Tuesday, 26 July 2005 03:48 (8 years ago) Permalink

some kind of middle eastern. but she's jewish too.

badass porcelain knives (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 26 July 2005 04:36 (8 years ago) Permalink

And isn't she part Lebanese?

I've heard those rumors, too.

jaymc (jaymc), Tuesday, 26 July 2005 05:00 (8 years ago) Permalink

hstencil, with all due respect, there's something wrong w/ the Bee Gees' version of this song. I haven't A-B'd the two, but I think there's actually a wrong chord in the chorus -- "wrong" in the sense that it kind of sounds like what happens when you're plunking around on a guitar and think you have the chords...but don't

no way.

hstencil (hstencil), Tuesday, 26 July 2005 17:30 (8 years ago) Permalink

Way

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Tuesday, 26 July 2005 19:16 (8 years ago) Permalink

Is this pretty much the only American #1 hit sung an Asian-American?
-- Michael Daddino (epicharmu...), July 24th, 2005 5:55 PM. (epicharmus)

Not an Asian-American but "Ue O Muite" by Kyu Sakamoto is the only US #1 (1963) sung in Japanese.

gygax! (gygax!), Tuesday, 26 July 2005 19:23 (8 years ago) Permalink

Why do you like Japan so much?

The Amazing Jaxon! (jaxon), Tuesday, 26 July 2005 19:30 (8 years ago) Permalink

Why do you like The Phillipines so much?

gygax! (gygax!), Tuesday, 26 July 2005 19:33 (8 years ago) Permalink

I was just searching for the name of that Kyu Sakamoto song.

Pleasant Plains /// (Pleasant Plains ///), Tuesday, 26 July 2005 19:36 (8 years ago) Permalink

xpost - HAHAH

The Amazing Jaxon! (jaxon), Tuesday, 26 July 2005 19:37 (8 years ago) Permalink

There are a few Pacific-Asian artists who have had number one's, but I'm still searching for any from the continent.

Pleasant Plains /// (Pleasant Plains ///), Tuesday, 26 July 2005 19:37 (8 years ago) Permalink

"Tiny Bubbles" only hit #8
The Jets "Make It Real" only hit #4 !!!!

gygax! (gygax!), Tuesday, 26 July 2005 19:42 (8 years ago) Permalink

Seriously, hstencil, check it out.

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Tuesday, 26 July 2005 19:44 (8 years ago) Permalink

dude you do understand THE BEEGEES WROTE THE SONG, right?

hstencil (hstencil), Tuesday, 26 July 2005 21:18 (8 years ago) Permalink

Did Ofra Haza's "Galbi" chart well in the U.S. circa 1988?

donut ferry (donut), Tuesday, 26 July 2005 21:30 (8 years ago) Permalink

As for "If I Can't Have You".. i mean, I don't worship the song, but I can't understand how it could be so irritating. The SNF soundtrack is pretty nice that way.. the "worst" songs are as offensive as water.

I still think that "Calypso Breakdown" and "Jive Talkin'" are the best songs on the soundtrack.

donut ferry (donut), Tuesday, 26 July 2005 21:32 (8 years ago) Permalink

dude you do understand THE BEEGEES WROTE THE SONG, right?

Of course I do. I'm just saying, something's off with that arrangement harmonically.

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Tuesday, 26 July 2005 23:36 (8 years ago) Permalink

you're crazy.

hstencil (hstencil), Wednesday, 27 July 2005 01:44 (8 years ago) Permalink

no no no no no dude YOU'RE CRAZY

see like, ok, you play the chorus "if i can't have you" backwards vvvveeeerrrrryyyyyyy sssssllllooooowwwwllllyyyyy and it sounds like "OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOEH YAH NICK KNIFE!"

You also hear an "accidental" playing of the devil's tritone

Moral: DO NOT FUCK WITH ELLIMAN

donut ferry (donut), Wednesday, 27 July 2005 01:58 (8 years ago) Permalink

This one and the other ones on Side A of SNL seem a bit magical to me in that the structures of the songs seem seemless -- there is a chorus, and a verse, and a little instrumental part, but I never know which is which, and I don't care, since the production is like a silk pillow.

57 7th (calstars), Wednesday, 27 July 2005 18:02 (8 years ago) Permalink

2 years pass...

Great song in the movie and out of it. Did she ever do anything else as good?

"Love Me" is def. a contender

tremendoid, Monday, 18 February 2008 09:34 (6 years ago) Permalink

yeah.

Did she sort of pack it after SatFev? She probably had enough money to...

Mark G, Monday, 18 February 2008 09:51 (6 years ago) Permalink

well, fresh from her wiki let me answer that for you. She took like 20 years off and had an ep in 04'. I like "Everything Must Change" too, kind of Melissa Manchesteresque hamming over proto-Anita Baker arrangements, oddly involving. She's got some elegance to her.

tremendoid, Monday, 18 February 2008 10:09 (6 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Good god this song is so C.L.A.S.S.I.C.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Do14z5ycic&

Bimble, Sunday, 9 March 2008 08:02 (6 years ago) Permalink

Also does anyone happen to know how well this might have fared in the charts in European countries?

Bimble, Sunday, 9 March 2008 08:11 (6 years ago) Permalink

yeah classic. even her lipsyncing is lovely.

tremendoid, Sunday, 9 March 2008 08:13 (6 years ago) Permalink

Is this pretty much the only American #1 hit sung an Asian-American?
-- Michael Daddino

not really

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hU8vOQNvd3c

gershy, Sunday, 9 March 2008 08:32 (6 years ago) Permalink

also, yvonne rules

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDFRVWMA8wY

gershy, Sunday, 9 March 2008 08:35 (6 years ago) Permalink

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3_2RNf_RaI&NR=1

tremendoid, Sunday, 9 March 2008 08:50 (6 years ago) Permalink

Good god, gershy's link of "Can't Find My Way Home"...yikes. Is she in her own private Stairway to Heaven there or what? Bloody brilliant.

Bimble, Sunday, 9 March 2008 09:52 (6 years ago) Permalink

Ah! I just realized the opening riff for that reminds me of "Naked Eye" by The Who!!! Must rip it to iPod forthwith!

Bimble, Sunday, 9 March 2008 09:55 (6 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

This song is better than all your grandmother's 78 records. Nominate this one for "best song ever".

Where's All The Hippies? Fuck off! (Bimble), Friday, 3 July 2009 11:10 (5 years ago) Permalink

No, I'm serious. I want 3000 page essays on why that song isn't the best thing that ever happened to your life. Dave Segal, don't let me down. Haha.

Where's All The Hippies? Fuck off! (Bimble), Friday, 3 July 2009 11:13 (5 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

I don't know if I could have fulfilled Bimble's request for a 3000 pg. essay on the subject matter but damn this really is one of my favorite songs of all time. <3

ENBB, Wednesday, 12 August 2009 18:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

I think I'm the only one in the eorld what truly hates a Yvonne Elliman.

cosmic abbigong (Abbott), Wednesday, 12 August 2009 18:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

She does sing v pretty on the verses tho.

cosmic abbigong (Abbott), Wednesday, 12 August 2009 18:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

:-( Abbott.

ENBB, Wednesday, 12 August 2009 18:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

the French horn is nice on this song, too...it's just Jesus Christ Superstar is one of my fave albums & I hate her character & songs in it SO MUCH (this will probably make you sad too)

cosmic abbigong (Abbott), Wednesday, 12 August 2009 19:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

but this has been a beneficial thread insofar as it reminded me to listen to the JCSS OST

cosmic abbigong (Abbott), Wednesday, 12 August 2009 19:02 (4 years ago) Permalink

fuck "I Don't Know How to Love Him" and its cloying ersatz longing

cosmic abbigong (Abbott), Wednesday, 12 August 2009 19:04 (4 years ago) Permalink

I forgot she had a bit in "What's the Buzz," my self-protection mechanisms must have erased this bummer memory

cosmic abbigong (Abbott), Wednesday, 12 August 2009 19:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 years pass...

French horn is nice on this song, too..

classic brothers gibb touch.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 01:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's basically a first draft for "Heartbreaker."

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 01:39 (2 years ago) Permalink


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