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Poll Results

OptionVotes
3. You Got Yr Cherry Bomb 17
7. The Underdog 8
9. Finer Feelings 7
10. Black Like Me 6
2. The Ghost of You Lingers 6
1. Don't Make Me A Target 4
8. My Little Japanese Cigarette Case 3
4. Don't You Evah 3
5. Rhthm and Soul 0
6. Eddie's Ragga 0


Bee OK, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 04:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

Underdog but this whole album is quite good

Courtney Love's Jew Loan Officer (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 04:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

cherry bomb but ^^^^^^

iatee, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 04:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

Love lots of stuff on this, but I think Finer Feelings might be my favourite.

Millsner, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 05:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

Great album, I'll take the shuddery feedback in "Ghost" over any of the soul/pop tracks, though.

ilxor, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 05:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

this is one of those kind of albums where every song will probably get a vote. really want to go with the cocaine induced "My Little Japanese Cigarette Case" or the Neil Diamond sounding "The Underdog" but my vote is going to "Don't Make Me A Target."

Bee OK, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 05:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

Finer Feelings, but could've been Ghost, Cherry Bomb, Rhthm & Soul or Black Like Me. Fucking brilliant album.

nate woolls, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 08:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

Have voted for Don't You Evah as I luff it, but suspect it will do fairly poorly compared to others as it's a cover.

Sickamous Mouthall (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 08:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

Also, what's the guy on the cover doing? Where is he?

Sickamous Mouthall (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 08:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

Its cover art comes from a portrait of artist/sculptor Lee Bontecou, taken by Italian photographer Ugo Mulas in 1963.[1] The completed sculpture on the right is now in the collection of the Honolulu Academy of Arts.

nate woolls, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 08:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

from wiki

nate woolls, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 08:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

Aha; I was always torn between the idea that he was a painter / sculptor, or about to refuel an airplane.

Sickamous Mouthall (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 08:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

Have only heard this and Gimme Fiction, and this blows that out of the water imo. Much love for almost every track... except Don't You Evah. Great sequencing, especially the rock/art/pop triple punch of the first three tracks. Miserablist me would prob go for Black Like Me but I'll be upbeat today and vote Cherry Bomb.

talk me down off the (ledge), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 09:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

which is the track that sounds like dexys?

the next grozart, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 09:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

except Don't You Evah

... which is actually a cover of a Natural History song.

Millsner, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 09:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

Gimme Fiction has some great minimalist grooves, like bits of Can cut into really neat edible Texas garage chunks.

My most listened lately is Series Of Sneaks, the sound quality is amazing, especially on headphones.

Sickamous Mouthall (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 09:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

I love all the Spoon albums I've got, but A Series Of Sneaks is just incredible.

ASOS > GaGaGaGaGa > Gimme Fiction > Girls Can Tell > Kill the Moonlight

nate woolls, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 09:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

Giving it a go, and yeah it's got something. Liking the 14 tracks in 33 mins aesthetic.

talk me down off the (ledge), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 10:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

A Series Of Sneaks is a weird one to get your head around. It took me 2 or 3 listens to really "get" it, because it seems like every song has got one really catchy verse, one really catchy chorus, and that's it.

nate woolls, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 10:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

Girls Can tell & Kill The Moonlight are both really good, too. Think I might prefer KTM over GCT, but only just. I own Telephono but haven't listened enough to it, or Soft Effects & Love ways.

Sickamous Mouthall (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 10:31 (eight years ago) Permalink

Everything they've done since Telephono (which is like an apprentice record) is great, and worth your time, honest.

I'll probably go Cherry Bomb, but Eddie's Ragga is a wicked track that will probably not get the love here--but that bassline!

Safe Boating is No Accident (G00blar), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 10:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

Soft Effects is really worth a listen if you dig their earlier stuff. I haven't heard Love Ways or Telephono though.

davek_00, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 12:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Don't You Evah."

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 14:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

i really liked KTM, and to a slightly lesser extent GCT, but this is the one that finally made me a believer. underdog, target, black like me, don't you evah, finer feelings (Commercial Appeal shout out lol), are all awesome, but i gotta go with cherry bomb.

now is the time to winterize your manscape (will), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 14:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

finer feelings for the double claps

rent, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 14:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

Underdog

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 14:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

threw a vote to 'black like me'

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 14:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

Love Spoon! What most impresses me about them is that they seem much more competent in the studio than other bands. Their recordings always sound amazing, and they know how to use the studio as an instrument.

Uhh...Japanese Cigarette Case.

brightscreamer, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 14:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

after 547 listens, the ghost of you lingers.

Zeno, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 15:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

It's not my favorite, but "Rhythm & Soul" sounds great right now (literally and figuratively).

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 16:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

Black Like Me.

Simon H., Wednesday, 4 February 2009 16:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

I own Telephono but haven't listened enough to it, or Soft Effects & Love ways.

Speaking as an Austinite who got into Spoon around the time Telephono was released, Soft Effects is head and shoulders above the other two here. Great all the way through, not a second wasted.

I saw a Spoon show a couple years ago where the first encore was Soft Effects, front to back, it was fucking great...

ilxor, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 16:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

This is an easy one for me Don't You Evah.

Jim, Thursday, 5 February 2009 00:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

Sooooo wrong. It's just a nice little ditty! Everything else on this album is either fraught with emotional tension, or buoyant and air-punchingly fun.

talk me down off the (ledge), Thursday, 5 February 2009 00:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

Nah, "Don't You Evah" and "Black Like Me" are the only ones that hint at something dark.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Thursday, 5 February 2009 00:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

Really don't hear it in Don't You Evah. What About Japanese Cigarette case? The long long instrumental build up to the chorus which just ratchets up the tension? And then 'let all my memories be gone', something that would rather be forgotten = something dark.

talk me down off the (ledge), Thursday, 5 February 2009 00:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

Just listening to Rhythm and Soul and heard a great little detail I hadn't noticed before, at 2:55 (and a few times before but not as clearly), two tiny snippets of cut up and cut off vocal echoes. Barely noticeable in passing but now I hear them I think they provide a little sinister edge.

talk me down off the (ledge), Thursday, 5 February 2009 00:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Finer Feelings," but for me this album is a total A+, I adore every second of it, gets better w/every play, etc.

Matos W.K., Thursday, 5 February 2009 02:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

^^^ yes, this.

nate woolls, Thursday, 5 February 2009 07:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

Finer Feeling & Black like me are by far the most played songs on my ipod, with playcounts in the high 40s. I've had times, when listening to the album in my car, that I've replayed those last two songs 5 or 6 times in a row.

nate woolls, Friday, 6 February 2009 12:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 8 February 2009 00:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

Lee Bontecou (the cover star) is actually a woman, FYI. Awesome sculptor.

stringbot, Sunday, 8 February 2009 01:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Ghost" vs "Black Like Me" imo

voted "Black Like Me"

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 8 February 2009 01:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

i decided to be boring and vote "you got yr cherry bomb" - this is maybe my least favorite album by them but pound-for-pound maybe the best band of the decade? best produced rock band of the decade at least

your infinity in you is mad lifted (J0rdan S.), Sunday, 8 February 2009 02:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

great thread, a good example of why ILM is the best music board on the net.

Bee OK, Sunday, 8 February 2009 06:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

did you think they were good not great until you realized that you had been listening to them way too much for you not to be a mega spoon fan?

cuz that's what im at right about now.

― Jordan Sargent, Saturday, September 29, 2007 7:13 PM (1 year ago) Bookmark

still happens to me w/ them

your infinity in you is mad lifted (J0rdan S.), Sunday, 8 February 2009 07:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

Underdog video is a great brag on this band's style and talents:

Voting the minimalist The Ghost Of You Lingers.

dad a, Sunday, 8 February 2009 09:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Monday, 9 February 2009 00:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

Wow, didn't expect such a blowout here.

ilxor, Monday, 9 February 2009 05:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I'm really surprised by that.

Sickamous Mouthall (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 9 February 2009 09:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

On an album as good as this, it's a shame any song has to come last.

nate woolls, Monday, 9 February 2009 09:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

wtf?
rhythm and soul is awesome!

Zeno, Monday, 9 February 2009 12:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

^Yeah, and I like Eddie's Raga a lot too. I can't believe 3 votes for "Cigarette Case" (my only meh moment on teh awesome rekkid) and none for those two.

staggerlee, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 02:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

Spoon are in the queue number 74: Thread for coordinating the order and timing of ILM ballot polls

...sometime in the future

Bee OK, Saturday, 24 November 2012 08:15 (four years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

Turns 10 years old today:

http://www.stereogum.com/1950234/ga-ga-ga-ga-ga-turns-10/franchises/the-anniversary/

Bee OK, Tuesday, 11 July 2017 04:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

fuck.

Shat Parp (dog latin), Tuesday, 11 July 2017 09:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"The Underdog" turns up prominently in the new "Spider-man" movie, which is pretty, well, prominent placement for a Merge act.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 11 July 2017 11:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

GAx5 is on Merge, but Spoon are back on Matador these days.

DavidLeeRoth, Tuesday, 11 July 2017 13:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

And ... ?

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 11 July 2017 14:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

....so I wouldn't consider them a Merge act if they're signed to a different label.

DavidLeeRoth, Tuesday, 11 July 2017 15:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'm more shocked that it has been 10 years.

Bee OK, Tuesday, 11 July 2017 16:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Still such a great album and agree that it will still sound great after 50 years.

Bee OK, Tuesday, 11 July 2017 16:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

xpost That's splitting hairs. The album is on Merge, the song is on Merge, Merge getting paid, close enough.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 11 July 2017 17:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I owe Spoon for inspiring my blog title.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 11 July 2017 17:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Better that than experience.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 11 July 2017 17:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Damn, cherry bomb really ran away with this one. I would've picked don't make me a target, which has a truly masterful build, but i could've voted for like 6 or 7 others.

voodoo chili, Tuesday, 11 July 2017 17:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Rhthm & Soul wuz robbed.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 11 July 2017 18:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Love this album so much. Finer Feelings would've gotten my vote.

Marty8501 (Marty Innerlogic), Tuesday, 11 July 2017 18:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i think today i would pick "Black Like Me."

Bee OK, Wednesday, 12 July 2017 00:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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