500 standout songs from an(y) artist's "late period"

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which may be relatively unknown because most jumped ship years ago. get 2 work!

trife's rich padgett (rip van wanko), Sunday, 14 January 2018 00:19 (two years ago) link

500. "Driftin' Back," Neil Young. (Even though Neil fans tend not to jump ship--I did in a way--and even though he's probably just hitting the middle period of his career.)

clemenza, Sunday, 14 January 2018 00:21 (two years ago) link

499. "real love," yes. (anderson and rabin rekindle (already post-prime period) 90125 sublimity without horn)

reggie (qualmsley), Sunday, 14 January 2018 00:26 (two years ago) link

498. "Everything But You," The Undertones. (From their early aughts return to recording, this one's in my top 3-5 songs from their whole career.)

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 14 January 2018 00:27 (two years ago) link

497 - 496. “Mike Post Theme” and “Tea and Theatre,” the Who. From 2006, on their first studio record since 1982, the best songs they’d done since “Who Are You.”

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 14 January 2018 01:03 (two years ago) link

495. Coil - “Going Up”
I don’t know if Coil fans jumped ship, I don’t think so. To me it feels like Coil made their best music late in their history, starting with Musick To Play In The Dark. This is a cover of the theme song from the long-running British sitcom "Are You Being Served?” from Ape of Naples. It was reportedly the closing song of their final live performance.

“….First floor: telephones, gents ready-made suits, shirts, socks, ties, hats, underwear and shoes…going up…Second floor: carpets, travel goods and bedding, materials and soft furnishings, restaurant and teas…going up…” ….a recitation that became a beautiful elegy

Dan S, Sunday, 14 January 2018 01:13 (two years ago) link

Great thread idea, but question: what qualifies as an artist's "late period?" Like what if it's an artist that hasn't been around for that long (ie ten years) but hasn't been popular in years?

josh az (2011nostalgia), Sunday, 14 January 2018 01:14 (two years ago) link

sounds fitting. songs from works far less popular than previous ones

trife's rich padgett (rip van wanko), Sunday, 14 January 2018 01:17 (two years ago) link

494. "Me and the Bees," the Softies
493. "Baby Lee," Teenage Fanclub

trife's rich padgett (rip van wanko), Sunday, 14 January 2018 01:21 (two years ago) link

<3 Baby Lee, so good. rest of the album didn't do it for me at all

Colonel Poo, Sunday, 14 January 2018 01:30 (two years ago) link

492. Pink Floyd, 'High Hopes'

pomenitul, Sunday, 14 January 2018 02:11 (two years ago) link

491. Celtic Frost, 'A Dying God Coming Into Human Flesh'

pomenitul, Sunday, 14 January 2018 02:14 (two years ago) link

490. Gil Scott-Heron, 'Me and the Devil'

earlnash, Sunday, 14 January 2018 02:20 (two years ago) link

Anthrax (UK) - One Last Drop

Colonel Poo, Sunday, 14 January 2018 02:23 (two years ago) link

oops 489

Colonel Poo, Sunday, 14 January 2018 02:24 (two years ago) link

488. Scott Walker - Farmer in the City

kolakube (Ross), Sunday, 14 January 2018 02:32 (two years ago) link

487. Tracey Thorn — 'Swimming' (2010)

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Sunday, 14 January 2018 02:33 (two years ago) link

486. Alain Bashung, 'Je t'ai manqué'

pomenitul, Sunday, 14 January 2018 02:35 (two years ago) link

485. Tom Waits - Hoist That Rag

kolakube (Ross), Sunday, 14 January 2018 02:54 (two years ago) link

484. Joe Strummer - Johnny Appleseed

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 14 January 2018 02:57 (two years ago) link

483. The Fall - Weather Report 2
482. The Fall - Loadstones

cwkiii, Sunday, 14 January 2018 02:59 (two years ago) link

481. Laurie Anderson - Another Day in America

kolakube (Ross), Sunday, 14 January 2018 03:01 (two years ago) link

480. Lou Reed & Metallica - Junior Dad

cwkiii, Sunday, 14 January 2018 03:06 (two years ago) link

479. Merle Haggard - "Wishing All These Old Things Were New"

... (Eazy), Sunday, 14 January 2018 03:11 (two years ago) link

478. Curtis Mayfield - Here But I'm Gone

earlnash, Sunday, 14 January 2018 03:30 (two years ago) link

477 - vashti bunyan - across the water

kolakube (Ross), Sunday, 14 January 2018 03:37 (two years ago) link

476. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Babe, I'm On Fire

trife's rich padgett (rip van wanko), Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:08 (two years ago) link

475. Billy Corgan - "Processional"

flappy bird, Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:15 (two years ago) link

Should I just list the tracklist for Blackstar now or what

flappy bird, Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:16 (two years ago) link

lol

Dan S, Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:20 (two years ago) link

474. Motörhead, “Thunder and Lightning”

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:23 (two years ago) link

473. Leonard Cohen - Democracy

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:35 (two years ago) link

472. John Lennon - "Watching the Wheels"

flappy bird, Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:43 (two years ago) link

In that case i shall post:

471: Hercules and Love Affair - Omnion [feat. Sharon Van Etten]

josh az (2011nostalgia), Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:43 (two years ago) link

mulling over the criteria, this really doesn't apply to artists that died young. also everyone knows "Watching the Wheels."

however, this song remained unreleased for 12 years after his death, so I'm including it, because it's a stunning song & recording and definitely under appreciated/lesser known:

470. Elliott Smith - "True Love"

flappy bird, Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:48 (two years ago) link

469. They Might Be Giants, "Can't Keep Johnny Down"

Righteous wax chaperone, rotating Wingdings (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:50 (two years ago) link

468. Stereolab - "Everybody's Weird Except Me"

flappy bird, Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:50 (two years ago) link


477 - vashti bunyan - across the water

― kolakube (Ross), Saturday, January 13, 2018 7:37 PM

Just, the entirety of Lookaftering and Heartleap, really.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:51 (two years ago) link

467. REM, "Supernatural Superserious"
466. Nilsson, "I'll Take a Tango"

Righteous wax chaperone, rotating Wingdings (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:55 (two years ago) link

465 linda perhacs - prisms of glass

(yeah austin)

kolakube (Ross), Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:57 (two years ago) link

464. Sonic Youth - “Rain on Tin”

flappy bird, Sunday, 14 January 2018 05:05 (two years ago) link

463. Prince - “Baltimore”

flappy bird, Sunday, 14 January 2018 05:05 (two years ago) link

462 - marianne faithfull - no child of mine

(also riffed on in a pj harvey uh huh her cut)

kolakube (Ross), Sunday, 14 January 2018 05:07 (two years ago) link

Technically not a song, but whatever:

461. Franz Liszt, 'Nuages gris'

Always got the sense that pop musicians (in the broadest possible sense) tend to burn out fairly quickly while classical composers' late works are often among their very best (cf. Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Wagner, Brahms, Debussy, Ravel, Sibelius, Nielsen, Berg, Webern, Shostakovich, etc.). There are exceptions, of course, but even those are debatable (Chopin, Schumann, Fauré, Schoenberg, Ives, Stravinsky, Messiaen, Takemitsu, etc.).

pomenitul, Sunday, 14 January 2018 13:47 (two years ago) link

Similarly in other areas of music: John Coltrane did some of his most significant and influential work in the last 1-2 years of his life. Bill Dixon made an absolute game-changer (Vade Mecum) at 67. Cecil Taylor’s legendary Berlin residency, which included arguably his most towering work (Alms/Tiergarten (Spree)), occurred when he was in his late 50s.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 14 January 2018 14:00 (two years ago) link

Also, Gyorgy Ligeti's Violin Concerto. Not numbering since it's not a song but it's my go-to answer for this.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Sunday, 14 January 2018 14:29 (two years ago) link

Yeah, that’s a good one. Love the Viola Sonata as well.

pomenitul, Sunday, 14 January 2018 14:30 (two years ago) link

"Always got the sense that pop musicians (in the broadest possible sense) tend to burn out fairly quickly while classical composers' late works are often among their very best (cf. Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Wagner, Brahms, Debussy, Ravel, Sibelius, Nielsen, Berg, Webern, Shostakovich, etc.). There are exceptions, of course, but even those are debatable (Chopin, Schumann, Fauré, Schoenberg, Ives, Stravinsky, Messiaen, Takemitsu, etc.)."

yeah i kind of want to omit classical musicians for that very reason, we could put in everything from Beethoven's Late Period here easy

460. robert wyatt - free will and testament
459. demis roussos - who gives a fuck

Arnold Schoenberg Steals (rushomancy), Sunday, 14 January 2018 14:50 (two years ago) link

458. jimmie rodgers - years ago
457. richard jose - when you and i were young, maggie (1930 electrical recording)

Arnold Schoenberg Steals (rushomancy), Sunday, 14 January 2018 14:53 (two years ago) link

456. Pet Shop Boys - Love is a Bourgeois Construct
455. XTC - Easter Theatre

frogbs, Sunday, 14 January 2018 14:53 (two years ago) link

in the spirit of this thread - is there anything worth checking out on the last two Cranberries LPs? Or the previous two for that matter?

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 15 January 2018 22:47 (two years ago) link

340. New York Dolls - Dance Like a Monkey

kornrulez6969, Monday, 15 January 2018 22:57 (two years ago) link

339. Talking Heads - Blind

Badgers (dog latin), Monday, 15 January 2018 23:07 (two years ago) link

338. The Beach Boys - Goin On

Badgers (dog latin), Monday, 15 January 2018 23:08 (two years ago) link

337. XTC - The Wheel And The Maypole

Badgers (dog latin), Monday, 15 January 2018 23:08 (two years ago) link

336. The Suburbs - Turn The Radio On

... (Eazy), Monday, 15 January 2018 23:39 (two years ago) link

335. Modest Mouse - "Strangers to Ourselves"

flappy bird, Monday, 15 January 2018 23:53 (two years ago) link

334. Mavis Staples - If All I Was Was Black

iCloudius (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 17:16 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

333. caetano veloso "não me arrependo"

332. arthur lee "somebody's watchin' you"

331. grant hart "you're the reflection of the moon on the water"

330. lou reed "egg cream"

329. mayo thompson "plekhanov" (w/ sven-åke johansson)

328. paul simon "once upon a time there was an ocean"

327. junior parker "taxman"

budo jeru, Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:07 (two years ago) link

326. Tom Waits - "Day After Tomorrow"

never been able to get into Tom Waits but I saw him perform this song on The Daily Show in late 2006 and it's stuck with me for 11+ years, I don't think I've actually heard it since then.

flappy bird, Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:11 (two years ago) link

does "saint of me" by the stones belong here? i think maybe it does?

budo jeru, Monday, 5 February 2018 00:33 (two years ago) link

Sorrow Knows by the Gun Club

Stevolende, Monday, 5 February 2018 00:36 (two years ago) link

325. buddy guy - i gotta try you girl

mookieproof, Monday, 5 February 2018 01:14 (two years ago) link

324. Elvis Presley - Moody Blue

earlnash, Monday, 5 February 2018 01:16 (two years ago) link

323. Tom Zé--Pour Elis (from 2014's A Dog in the Milky Way.

eddhurt, Monday, 5 February 2018 01:30 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

I don't think I've heard a Moby song since Play, or that one from Miami Vice (one of the mornings... etc). Can anyone recommend anything?

salt sugar fat, that's where it's at (rip van wanko), Sunday, 20 May 2018 02:22 (one year ago) link

322. American Music Club-'Patriot's Heart'

campreverb, Sunday, 20 May 2018 02:59 (one year ago) link

321. Janet Jackson - R&B Junkie

josh az (2011nostalgia), Sunday, 20 May 2018 03:02 (one year ago) link

320. Superchunk - Break the Glass

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 20 May 2018 13:50 (one year ago) link

319. brian eno - idea of order at kyson point

reggie (qualmsley), Sunday, 20 May 2018 14:11 (one year ago) link

318. Neil Young - Bandit (although plenty of fans were still on board as of Greendale)

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Sunday, 20 May 2018 17:15 (one year ago) link

317. Gun Club - Cry To Me

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 14:46 (one year ago) link

316. Talk Talk - New Grass

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 14:49 (one year ago) link

315. The Smiths - Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 14:52 (one year ago) link

can a band that only lasted five years qualify for this thread? seems like an artist needs to stick around long enough to pass thru their imperial phase and into the doldrums only to then come back with a late career success.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 16:11 (one year ago) link

314. David Byrne - Strange Overtones

enochroot, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 16:19 (one year ago) link

^^ Also agree that the Smiths never had a "late period"

enochroot, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 16:20 (one year ago) link

313. Mary Hopkin - Gold and Silver
312. Roddy Frame - From a Train
311. Marianne Faithfull - Late Victorian Holocaust
310. Tom Zé - Atchim
311. Sonny Sharrock - Many Mansions
310. Duke Ellington - Thanks for the Beautiful Land on the Delta

the yolk sustains us, we eat whites for days (unregistered), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 16:50 (one year ago) link

I don't think I've heard a Moby song since Play, or that one from Miami Vice (one of the mornings... etc). Can anyone recommend anything?

he released these 11 free Long Ambient pieces two years ago: http://moby.com/la1/

we used to get our kicks reading surfing MAGAzines (sic), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 16:56 (one year ago) link

can a band that only lasted five years qualify for this thread

Why not? For once those 5 years for me were an eternity as I was in my early 20s. And for them probably even more so. Secondly they evolved quite a lot, Strangeways is a much more produced album as the s/t for example. It sounds like a late period work to my ears, it always has. And anyways all great bands usually do not last much more than 5 or 6 years.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 20:49 (one year ago) link

I know, still the premise of the thread hinges on artists who have lasted longer than a decade and have gone through a rough period of shoddy work/lack of commercial success. The comeback aspect seems crucial. Nirvana were a band for seven years, but I wouldn't call "Scentless Apprentice" or "Moist Vagina" examples of "late period" work.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 20:56 (one year ago) link

I think the version of "Higgs Boson Blues" off of the Live from KCRW is one of the all time great Nick Cave tunes. The slower druggy feel the live one has just fits the tune way better than the studio version which to me now sounds rushed.

earlnash, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 21:11 (one year ago) link

xp first post itt:

which may be relatively unknown because most jumped ship years ago. get 2 work!

― trife's rich padgett (rip van wanko), Saturday, January 13, 2018 7:19 PM (four months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

flappy bird, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 21:17 (one year ago) link

imo short-lived artists can totally have meaningfully "late" periods, but yeah, picking songs out of those isn't necessarily super interesting since with a small discography it's likely most fans know those tracks... just for me personally the fun thing is artists who have standout songs from deep in what most listeners would assume are the weeds, where you could plausibly be a "fan" of that artist and never checked out whole albums of dubious-looking late stuff. ymmv tho!

noel gallaghah's high flying burbbhrbhbbhbburbbb (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 22:13 (one year ago) link

that's great topic. unfortunately a little difficult to search for beyond trying "deep cuts" or whatever, which still don't really capture what you describe

rip van wanko, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 22:17 (one year ago) link

doesn't

rip van wanko, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 22:17 (one year ago) link

309. Puff Daddy - Come with Me Feat. Jimmy Page
308. The Beach Boys - Kokomo

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 23:46 (one year ago) link

307. Buddy Holly - Love Is Strange (Apartment Tapes)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Zb3DrMioVA

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 23:51 (one year ago) link

(1998 is "late" puffy?)

noel gallaghah's high flying burbbhrbhbbhbburbbb (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 23:56 (one year ago) link

306. Jackson Browne - You Know the Night (Full 15 minute version is best)

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:03 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

I'm disappointed this thread died in its infancy. Mainly I was just hoping to uncover great post-2000 songs from the corny bands I listened to in the '90s. (I stopped being a regular consumer of music in 2000.)

Sonic Youth, Yo la, BTS, Will Oldham, Blonde Redhead, Wu Tang guys, Robyn, New Pornos, Broadcast, Chan Marshall, Mary Timony, Natalie Merchant, Thalia Zedek, Steve Malkmus, Pixies, etc etc

So many of us are now in our 40s and probably hopped off many bandwagons a long time ago and are missing out on some good stuff.

otm into winter (rip van wanko), Tuesday, 11 February 2020 23:42 (two weeks ago) link

Leonard fucking Cohen

otm into winter (rip van wanko), Tuesday, 11 February 2020 23:43 (two weeks ago) link

stones, dylan, fmac, scott walker

otm into winter (rip van wanko), Tuesday, 11 February 2020 23:47 (two weeks ago) link

305. The Breeders - Dawn: Making an Effort

cwkiii, Tuesday, 11 February 2020 23:53 (two weeks ago) link

(actually all of All Nerve)

cwkiii, Tuesday, 11 February 2020 23:53 (two weeks ago) link

cool ty

otm into winter (rip van wanko), Tuesday, 11 February 2020 23:55 (two weeks ago) link

listening now

otm into winter (rip van wanko), Tuesday, 11 February 2020 23:56 (two weeks ago) link

nice, my work here is done :)

cwkiii, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 00:12 (two weeks ago) link

Mary Timony? hope you're not sleeping on Ex Hex:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNe_xrmd28w

omar little, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 00:18 (two weeks ago) link

Robyn almost won the albums poll last year

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IxdQUpQjqc

omar little, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 00:22 (two weeks ago) link


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