POLL: Best Track on Yes' 90125

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This is too hard, I think. This is just a really good album overall. (Although I haven't heard the two bonus tracks.)

mitya, Tuesday, 24 July 2007 10:10 (twelve years ago) link

Sorry about not including a capella "Leave It". Seems on these polls I always leave something out thinking probably no one will vote for it, and then it turns out everyone would have. :)

Joe, Tuesday, 24 July 2007 12:13 (twelve years ago) link

I am actually surprised "Leave It" hasn't yet achieved immortality on the a capella college group circuit. Seems like the perfect song for that kind of thing.

Joe, Tuesday, 24 July 2007 12:16 (twelve years ago) link

According to drummer Fogarino, this album was a key influence on the production of the latest Interpol album.

Haven't heard it yet, but I would imagine, given the source, that he means they're going for the Gary Langan drum sound also heard on Art of Noise's Who's Afraid Of... and ABC's Beauty Stab...

It's a beauty...

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 25 July 2007 01:21 (twelve years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Friday, 27 July 2007 23:01 (twelve years ago) link

"Changes". Because it sounds more like their earlier stuff, which was a lot better.

Geir Hongro, Friday, 27 July 2007 23:05 (twelve years ago) link

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

ILX System, Saturday, 28 July 2007 23:01 (twelve years ago) link

Populist choice wins again!

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 28 July 2007 23:06 (twelve years ago) link

two years pass...

"our song" has been in my head for a few days now : /

velko, Tuesday, 18 August 2009 04:41 (ten years ago) link

Missed this poll but would have voted for the amazing "It Can Happen" which blew my mind when this record came out. Funny album -- "Leave It," "Changes," "It Can Happen," "Our Song," and even (especially?) the bombastic "Hold On" are better than the big single.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 18 August 2009 11:58 (ten years ago) link

three years pass...

been going through the yes discography for the first time since college. trevor horn-era yes is some of my favorite music ever

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Monday, 12 August 2013 00:09 (six years ago) link

*orchestral hit*

I wanna live like C'MOWN! people (Turrican), Monday, 12 August 2013 00:16 (six years ago) link

two months pass...

It just occurred to me that 90125 would've been better if Jon Anderson had stayed away for one album longer and Trevor Horn was doing all the lead vocals.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 15 October 2013 17:36 (six years ago) link

i nearly agree

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 15 October 2013 17:42 (six years ago) link

This is basically the first Art of Noise track:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMM9rIRdrck

everything, Tuesday, 15 October 2013 19:24 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

A+

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 29 October 2013 21:17 (six years ago) link

Wau at those results...lurkers ftw! (I woulda voted "Leave It")

Sir Lord Baltimora (Myonga Vön Bontee), Tuesday, 29 October 2013 21:27 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

don't go toledo, toledo don't go!

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

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 23 October 2015 14:19 (four years ago) link

haha

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 23 October 2015 14:54 (four years ago) link

I still smile when I think about what Trevor Horn said during an interview once while retrospectively discussing this track: there's a gunshot sound during the "eagle in the sky" verse, this was apparently the part of the lyrics that Jon Anderson wrote because he wasn't happy about having sing lyrics that he didn't write, and he really disliked the song. Apparently he was so huffy about it, that Trevor Horn decided to add the gunshot sound so that he was "shooting the eagle", as a small gag to amuse himself.

Turrican, Friday, 23 October 2015 16:39 (four years ago) link

I actually wait for that part of the song to happen now that I know what it's all about... hehehehe!

Turrican, Friday, 23 October 2015 16:40 (four years ago) link

straight gangsta "shooting the eagle". can't spell "prog" without OG

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 23 October 2015 17:11 (four years ago) link

Argh, I meant 'Owner of a Lonely Heart', of course.

Turrican, Friday, 23 October 2015 19:24 (four years ago) link

he wasn't happy about having sing lyrics that he didn't write, and he really disliked the song.

That's so weird; why did he rejoin, then, if he didn't like the material? iirc, the "Cinema" project was pretty much in the can when someone said, "Hey, if we get Jon to sing, we can call it Yes!" Jon could've said...well..."no."

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 23 October 2015 19:46 (four years ago) link

If I remember correctly, 'Owner of a Lonely Heart' was one of the last things to be recorded for the album, and it only got recorded in the first place because Trevor Horn had heard the unfinished demo and practically begged the band to work on it. Horn had heard the demo, and apparently he was initially unimpressed by it until he heard the chorus alongside the main riff, which convinced him that the track had hit potential. From what it sounds like, Horn was really one of the only people who had enthusiasm for it and the rest of the band weren't keen, but he persisted and eventually got the band to work on it. Anderson loathed the track and apparently was sulky about it, and I remember hearing that Alan White wasn't thrilled about having his snare drum tuned like that. Horn just wanted a hit single, and got one.

Turrican, Friday, 23 October 2015 20:03 (four years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ceMZXi-mys

Turrican, Friday, 23 October 2015 20:10 (four years ago) link

Ha, that's pretty interesting, and he's otm about the snare tuning.

(And Jon Anderson's never been in a position to trash anyone else's lyrics.)

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 23 October 2015 20:24 (four years ago) link

I remember the video being super creepy. There were two versions, one with giant bugs and one without.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 23 October 2015 21:39 (four years ago) link

I remember watching that Trevor Horn interview for the first time ages ago and when he got to the part about the drum sound being influenced by Copeland's on Synchronicity I was like "oh, fucking hell, of course!" ... it's one of those things that should seem an obvious influence, but didn't really spring to mind. I've just been reminded of it after re-watching it again.

Turrican, Friday, 23 October 2015 22:06 (four years ago) link

"owner of a lonely heart" is the second lamest on the album after "city of love". trevor and john in excelsis on "hearts". all angels of the magic constellation, be singing us now

reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 24 October 2015 02:06 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

jigsaw puzzle traitors, sent to spill the beans
constitution screw up, shattering the dreams

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 9 August 2017 22:22 (two years ago) link

four weeks pass...

Funny album -- "Leave It," "Changes," "It Can Happen," "Our Song," and even (especially?) the bombastic "Hold On" are better than the big single.

Listening to this for the first time this century, and while "Hold On" in full isn't great, the a cappella bridge sure is something.

Eazy, Friday, 8 September 2017 17:01 (two years ago) link

This sent me back to the record – I had forgotten about the a capella bit in "Hold On." The chorus is pretty terrific as well. I love how prominent Squire's voice is on this record in general.

Also: Rabin's demo for "Owner of a Lonely Heart" is fascinatingly cheesy:

https://youtu.be/fhWHsgOy46g?t=1m31s

Trevor Horn's discussion of what he did to the song is also great:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ceMZXi-mys

Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, 9 September 2017 12:30 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmFuK-tdRpk

Hideous Lump, Saturday, 30 September 2017 16:34 (two years ago) link

Ha, that's pretty neat!

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Saturday, 30 September 2017 21:45 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

keep coming back to this album

hold on -> it can happen is one of the most heroic stretches of hero music ever. it is music to save planets to

imago, Sunday, 10 February 2019 12:28 (ten months ago) link

eight months pass...

who would believe you?
wise men do

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 8 November 2019 19:08 (one month ago) link

hold on -> it can happen is one of the most heroic stretches of hero music ever. it is music to save planets to

I read imago's stuff on the various poll threads and I say to myself, "here's a person who truly deeply cares about music and yet we have no common reference point at all, what an interesting experience," but no, this, this is what we have in common

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 8 November 2019 19:31 (one month ago) link

only such fools
only such jealous hearts
only through love changes come

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 8 November 2019 20:48 (one month ago) link

yes united us all

imago, Friday, 8 November 2019 20:55 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

i'm trying to write a poem but what i'm doing instead is playing HOLD ON at maximum volume and almost crying, maybe this is the poem

imago, Saturday, 23 November 2019 22:53 (two weeks ago) link

how could men have understood the 1980s so perfectly and intuitively in only 1983

imago, Saturday, 23 November 2019 22:53 (two weeks ago) link

eh, it can happen

Naive Teen Idol, Friday, 29 November 2019 05:58 (two weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhbfyP578oc

budo jeru, Friday, 29 November 2019 06:58 (two weeks ago) link

Come, old boy, you had much better have the thing out at once
That is exactly what dentists always do
Now, go on! Tell me the whole thing

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 29 November 2019 12:33 (two weeks ago) link


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