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the 1975
people
the end (music for cars)
frail state of mind
streaming
the birthday party
yeah i know
then because she goes
jesus christ 2005 god bless america
roadkill
me and you together song
i think there's something you should know
nothing revealed / everything denied
tonight (i wish i was your boy)
shiny collarbone
if you're too shy (let me know)
playing on my mind
having no head
what should i say
bagsy not in net
don't worry
guys


mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 12 October 2020 19:59 (one week ago) link

Too Shy!

Indexed, Monday, 12 October 2020 20:23 (one week ago) link

was listening to this record today and thought i might vote for "roadkill" in a poll and then thought the same thing about almost every successive song

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 12 October 2020 20:24 (one week ago) link

"me and you together song" remains perfect

bunny slopes, Monday, 12 October 2020 20:27 (one week ago) link

"Guys"

winters (josh), Monday, 12 October 2020 20:27 (one week ago) link

i never want to vote for singles in these polls but my gut reaction is "the birthday party"

J0rdan S., Monday, 12 October 2020 20:28 (one week ago) link

"me and you together song" remains perfect

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J. Sam, Monday, 12 October 2020 21:04 (one week ago) link

a lot of great songs that aren't quite as great as "what should i say"

covidiot wind (voodoo chili), Monday, 12 October 2020 21:10 (one week ago) link

Almost would prefer to vote for individual moments like:

- "Does it go through ya when I'm talking to ya? You know that I could sue ya if we married and you fucked up again"
- "And I took shit for being quiet during the election / Maybe that's fair, but I'm a busy guy"
- "I feel so seen and I can't dream / sleeping terrifies me, otherwise I'm fine"
- the first switch from "I've been in love with her for ages" to "I've been in love with you for ages"
- the transition to house in "having no head"
- "I'VE BEEN (wearing nothing every time I) CALL YOU (and i'm starting to feel weird about it)"
- The contrast between "She said, "They should take this pain / and give it a name"" and "She said, "I guess I'll take this pain / instead of your name""
- The instrumental "chorus" to "What Should I Say" and then the way the descending piano line comes in on the second "verse"
- "Started wetting my eyes / 'cause I'm soft in that department"

This makes it sound like I'm mostly into the lyrics but I think that for The 1975 there's a real world-building quality to their songs where the twists in the music and the twists in the lyrics really feel like they spur each other on.

Also Matt's very good at creating this sense that the events happening in the songs - and his realisations about those events - are happening in real time, like the narrator doesn't know what's coming next. This is heightened by how frequently these songs or parts of them are structured as dialogues between Matt and an interlocutor. But even when they're not (e.g. "Guys") it's as if the epiphany hits him while he's singing.

So I think that's a big part of why I tend to fixate on particular moments in these songs.

Tim F, Monday, 12 October 2020 23:22 (one week ago) link

Listening to their albums continues to be a frustrating experience, but I will almost certainly have "If You're Too Shy (Let Me Know)" on my year-end ballot.

A White, White Gay (cryptosicko), Monday, 12 October 2020 23:36 (one week ago) link

Boring answer but true: birthday party

flopson, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 01:10 (one week ago) link

Boring answer but true: birthday party

flopson, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 01:10 (one week ago) link

Boring answer but true: birthday party

flopson, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 01:10 (one week ago) link

oops didn’t mean to post it 3x lol

flopson, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 01:10 (one week ago) link

Didn’t mean to tootime the poll

Tim F, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 02:44 (one week ago) link

i think there's something you should know

ufo, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 03:11 (one week ago) link

"I always wanna die (sometimes)"

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 03:12 (one week ago) link

Picking out one song from the whole mad swarm of this will be tough. Due a full relisten mind

Chip-vill-A (imago), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 09:42 (one week ago) link

"Birthday Party" takes it for me, but it's still hard to fathom the incredible consistency of the run of songs from "Frail State of Mind" to the end. Just looking at the tracklist makes me feel a bit of awe! Debut will probably always be my favorite, but it's got more dull moments than this album

Vinnie, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 14:53 (one week ago) link

tim otm, and in fact i started this poll right after i heard "i took shit for being quiet during the election / maybe that's fair, but i'm a / BUSY guy"

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 14:55 (one week ago) link

ha that was the line that convinced me they are no longer For Me

my real vote is probably "People", the opening one-two promised (to my mind, anyway) a very different record from the one we got, though there are a handful of songs I like

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 15:14 (one week ago) link

the follow up line is “i get stoned nowhere and get paid there,” it’s funny simon

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 15:53 (one week ago) link

and in keeping with the möbius strip of self-reflexivity that has been matty's writing voice over the past four records

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 15:55 (one week ago) link

It’s not really how babies get made, though.

Tim F, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 15:55 (one week ago) link

I'm just never gonna be in a position to do ironic lols about that subject matter, esp when juxtaposed against his/their supposed interest in climate change and social justice. but that's enough outta me

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 15:58 (one week ago) link

the subject matter of weighing in on an election on social media when you're a celebrity is a p inherent dark lol to me, and i don't think he's treating it with irony at all, like there's a kernel of "it sucked that i didn't do anything," the BUSY GUY is sarcastic not ironic

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 16:01 (one week ago) link

band has put their money where their mouth is regarding climate change and i find that way more interesting than a record about climate change

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 16:02 (one week ago) link

See also:

I never fucked in a car, I was lyin'
I do it on my bed, lyin' down, not tryin'

Tim F, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 16:21 (one week ago) link

something broke in me on this one (probably as a result of my own shifting priorities) and matt's ain't-I-a-stinker persona just bugs the fuck out of me now. hoping for better vibing next time.

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 16:32 (one week ago) link

I remain immune to this band but Me and You Together Song is undeniably dope.

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 16:48 (one week ago) link

i almost can't believe they made an album this good again lmao

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 14 October 2020 06:57 (one week ago) link

“we went to winter wonderland and it was shit but we were happy” is the no 1 lyric that has stuck w me this year ... portrait of domestic bliss in 2020

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 14 October 2020 16:47 (one week ago) link


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