poll for Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk by Jeff Buckley

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i mentioned wanting to do a Grace poll on Jeff Buckley Classic or Dud? but since more of the posts there lately have been about Sketches songs it might be more fun to do this first instead

Poll Results

2. "Everybody Here Wants You" – 4:46 9
9. "Vancouver" (Jeff Buckley, Mick Grondahl, Michael Tighe) – 3:12 4
8. "Morning Theft" – 3:39 4
2. "New Year's Prayer" [Original Mix] – 4:10 3
4. "Nightmares by the Sea" – 3:53 3
5. "Yard of Blonde Girls" (Audrey Clark, Lori Kramer, Inger Lorre) – 4:07 3
5. "Murder Suicide Meteor Slave" – 5:55 2
8. "Your Flesh Is So Nice" – 3:37 1
9. "Jewel Box" – 3:37 1
4. "I Know We Could Be So Happy Baby (If We Wanted to Be)" – 4:27 1
3. "Haven't You Heard" – 4:07 1
1. "The Sky Is a Landfill" (Jeff Buckley, Michael Tighe) – 5:09 1
10. "Satisfied Mind" (Red Hayes, Jack Rhodes) (recorded 1992.10.11 WFMU) – 6:00 1
3. "Opened Once" – 3:29 1
10. "You & I" – 5:39 0
7. "New Year's Prayer" – 4:40 0
6. "Back in N.Y.C." (Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford) – 7:37 0
7. "Demon John" (Jeff Buckley, Michael Tighe) – 5:13 0
6. "Witches' Rave" – 4:40 0
1. "Nightmares by the Sea" [Original Mix] – 3:49 0

raggett doll, livin' in a rovi (some dude), Monday, 9 May 2011 00:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

voting for "I Know We Could Be So Happy Baby (If We Wanted to Be)," which is so amazing that it's the foremost reason i'm glad they included some rough home recordings on here and why it really makes me sad that he didn't get to finish the record

raggett doll, livin' in a rovi (some dude), Monday, 9 May 2011 00:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

Voted "New Year's Prayer" from disc 2. There are maybe 4 or 5 songs I don't like on this thing.

crabbbittts (Abbbottt), Monday, 9 May 2011 00:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

imo disc 2 is kind of a waste of space aside from the song i just mentioned and the last 2 tracks

raggett doll, livin' in a rovi (some dude), Monday, 9 May 2011 00:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

Genesis cover is nice too, i guess

raggett doll, livin' in a rovi (some dude), Monday, 9 May 2011 00:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

My intro to J. Buck was my best bud in the high school really stoked to drive me home from school so she could play "Murder Suicide Meteor Slave" on the car cassette player for me. So that's what I expected all his stuff to sound like.

crabbbittts (Abbbottt), Monday, 9 May 2011 00:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

so I guess I should probably listen to this, then?

Challops Never End (Pillbox), Monday, 9 May 2011 00:48 (seven years ago) Permalink


raggett doll, livin' in a rovi (some dude), Monday, 9 May 2011 00:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

voted "Morning Theft", which is somehow even more beautiful and languid and chiming and sorrowful than anything on Grace, and shows that even the most straightforwardly "poppy" elements of dude's art had so much room left to grow. RIP :'(

"Hungry clouds swag on the deep." — William Blake (bernard snowy), Monday, 9 May 2011 00:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

"New Years Prayer [Original Mix]" for me.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 9 May 2011 01:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

didn't know people like that song, total zzz for me

raggett doll, livin' in a rovi (some dude), Monday, 9 May 2011 01:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

i mean "The Sky Is A Landfill," "Vancouver," "Jewel Box," that's the good shit imo

raggett doll, livin' in a rovi (some dude), Monday, 9 May 2011 01:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

My gut says "Everybody Here Wants You" but it's been so long since I've listened to Sketches, so I'm going give both discs a spin before I make a decision.

Alex in Montreal, Monday, 9 May 2011 01:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

And yeah, "The Sky Is a Landfill" is fucking massive.

Alex in Montreal, Monday, 9 May 2011 01:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

"haven't you heard" is definitely one of his undersung "oh i am rockin' now motherfuckers" tracks. better than "eternal life" anyway.

Brad Nelson (BradNelson), Monday, 9 May 2011 02:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

anyway THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE but i'd probably pick "witch's rave" because it's a creepy and fundamentally ill soul song and i am down for that at all times

Brad Nelson (BradNelson), Monday, 9 May 2011 02:02 (seven years ago) Permalink


i remember being so confused by the time signature when i was 14.

Brad Nelson (BradNelson), Monday, 9 May 2011 02:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

also should be said that the japanese bonus track "gunshot glitter" is a fucking awesome home demo that should by right be on all versions of this collection. "thousand fold" too though i never remember how that one goes.

Brad Nelson (BradNelson), Monday, 9 May 2011 02:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

remember thinking "everybody here wants you" was from some female soul singer the first time i heard it

Michael B, Monday, 9 May 2011 02:22 (seven years ago) Permalink

morning theft, easily.

jed_, Monday, 9 May 2011 14:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

my most vivid memory re: Sketches for My Sweetheart was passing out late at night with the record playing "Satisfied Mind" over and over, then i had a dream about hundreds of dead bodies floating face down in a lake, and the dream went on FOREVER while Jeff crooned "Satisfied Mind" over and over and over. fucking scared the shit out of me

ilxor running, w/ laptop in hand, checking ILX as he sprints (ilxor), Monday, 9 May 2011 17:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

(voted "Satisfied Mind")

ilxor running, w/ laptop in hand, checking ILX as he sprints (ilxor), Monday, 9 May 2011 17:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

"Satisfied Mind" is really great but it always stuck in my craw a little that they tacked on a live cover from 5 years earlier than every other recording, you'd think they would've kept it for use as the crown jewel of some collection of earlier rarities

raggett doll, livin' in a rovi (some dude), Monday, 9 May 2011 18:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

I love "The Sky is a Landfill" but it still feels ...well ... unfinished. As much as I love his one-man cover of "Back in NYC," I'm going with "Everybody Here Wants You," as it's gorgeous.

Alex in NYC, Monday, 9 May 2011 18:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

Voted Opened Once

Per Yngve's having his brain out (MaresNest), Monday, 9 May 2011 18:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

Everybody Here Wants You is getting my vote as it's my favourite thing he ever did. I listen to this album a lot more than Grace these days. The Sky Is a Landfill, Opened Once, Morning Theft and Vancouver are all such beautiful songs.

I Know We Could Be So Happy Baby is my favourite from the second disc, it's one of the saddest songs I can think of and it breaks my heart everytime.

Kitchen Person, Monday, 9 May 2011 18:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

Another vote for 'Everybody Here...' even though 'Vancouver' and 'Morning Theft' always used to be my favourites. I love how effortless the first disc of this sounds e.g. the breeziness of 'Witches' Rave'.

Gavin, Leeds, Monday, 9 May 2011 20:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

'Morning Theft' was my favorite when i was younger, but the other day, i heard "Nightmares by the Sea" and i was like, "wow, i kind of like this song."

it is his "enigmatic signifier" (the table is the table), Monday, 9 May 2011 20:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

morning theft

akm, Monday, 9 May 2011 22:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

When I first bought the album, I woulda said "Nightmares by the Sea", because the "Stay with me under these waves tonight" line seemed so creepily prescient.

But these days I say "Everybody Here Wants You."

Punned Sheerest, Monday, 9 May 2011 23:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

Everybody Here Wants You, easily. best song The Miracles never recorded....

starland vocal banned (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 10 May 2011 00:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

"morning theft" or "jewel box"

one day back in the summer of 2009 i was driving down the highway listening to a mix cd this girl had given me. it was july in texas and it should have been hot but for some reason it was clear and gorgeous enough that i could get away with rolling the windows down and letting myself feel the breeze. the girl was out of town for a few weeks, but she'd given me the CD right before she left and i was playing it for the first time, enjoying my day off by just driving aimlessly down the interstate. i was all about this girl, the kind of head-over-heels i hadn't been since i was 16, and the day was so bright, and i had just gotten paid, and the songs on this cd were all so good, and then 'jewel box' came on, and i was smoking a cigarette, and it was maybe one of the most perfect moments i've ever had.

"jewel box."

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Tuesday, 10 May 2011 00:49 (seven years ago) Permalink


"Hungry clouds swag on the deep." — William Blake (bernard snowy), Tuesday, 10 May 2011 01:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

I just listened to this again & realized Morning Theft is the one I always skip.

I just hope Jeff's music got people into William F. Buckley (Abbbottt), Tuesday, 10 May 2011 01:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 15 May 2011 23:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

Voted Haven't You Heard because it's great fun, but could have picked several. Opened Once & Morning Theft both so pretty. New Year's Prayer so spooky. Vancouver starts like the best song ever bit feels like the second half is unfinished. Landfill and Wants you both excellent. That So Happy Baby never got recorded properly is an enormous tragedy.

lol sickmouthy (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 16 May 2011 04:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

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

System, Monday, 16 May 2011 23:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

wow, i feel out of step, "Vancouver" is the only one of my favorites that got more than 1 vote. "Jewel Box" was surprisingly robbed!

"Everybody Here Wants You" is nice but as far as tracks that show how he could've gone in a more soulful direction i much prefer "I Want Someone Badly"

suggest ban the subbest man (some dude), Tuesday, 17 May 2011 00:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

I don't know which surprises me more: only two votes for "Murder Suicide Meteor Slave" (for me, the blueprint for what would've been his crowning achievement -- and it would have been recorded/produced the same way), or none at all for "Back in NYC."

shake it, shake it, sugary pee (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 17 May 2011 03:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

This thread has made me revisit Sketches for the first time in yeeeeears. I hadn't listened to any Jeff in years, really, and a recent encounter with Last Goodbye in a shop was most disappointing. I found it overwrought, overproduced. Much of Grace is like that. You can't fault his ambition, but he gets a bit carried away with the power of his voice and studio filigree. It's clearly a debut album, but one that's inevitably been pushed up into the pantheon as it's all we have. But really, Sketches is the one for the pantheon. It's cleaner, leaner, weirder. Far superior to Grace. I'd forgotten how good Morning Prayer is, Vancouver too. Really love the slightly gothy stuff like Nightmares By The Sea and Witches Rave - not best song on the record, but deserving of a vote surely? The songwriting is way more advanced. But perhaps the biggest difference is that he's learned to control his voice much more - Liz Fraser's influence?

Count Palmiro Vicarion (Stew), Tuesday, 17 May 2011 09:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

Anyway, I voted Everybody Here Wants You but having explored the album further I'd like to have gone for New Year's Prayer, Vancouver or Witches Rave p'rhaps...

Count Palmiro Vicarion (Stew), Tuesday, 17 May 2011 09:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

"Grace" always seemed like a "Introducing..." type album.

On the one hand, he could have made a vast amount of 'different category' albums, based on that one showcase.

Then again, there was a fair amount of time between that album and his death (while fussing over making album 2).

Another one of those guys that liked to prevaricate and act like there was all the time in the world...

Mark G, Tuesday, 17 May 2011 09:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

Not having heard Genesis as 17 year old I didn't have a clue what to make of his Back In NYC. It's fuckin' great though. That huge clunking bass and the spidery guitar parts. Aw yeah.

Count Palmiro Vicarion (Stew), Tuesday, 17 May 2011 10:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

(clarification) 13 years later, I think it's fucking great.

Count Palmiro Vicarion (Stew), Tuesday, 17 May 2011 10:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

six years pass...

pretend I voted for "Murder Suicide Meteor Slave"

billstevejim, Friday, 10 November 2017 20:36 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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