Cat Stevens: Classic Or Dud?

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Surprised at the amount of duds here. I just assumed everyone was okay with Cat Stevens. I second the 'he seems to exist independent of any particular scene'. Is that the block? That parents generally like Cat Stevens and he doesn't really have a narrative? But hating the songs? Not sure I get that.

He gets a classic from me, because while I might not actively listen to the guy, I can recall at least half a dozen of his melodies. And if I were drunk, and someone put on a Cat Stevens record, I'd happily sing along.

Popture, Tuesday, 8 June 2010 00:37 (eleven years ago) link

i'd say neither c nor d. i'm "okay with him", but am real fine w/out

If you can believe your eyes and ears (outdoor_miner), Tuesday, 8 June 2010 01:42 (eleven years ago) link

two years pass...

classic. he makes me sad and nostalgic in a way that I don't think any other singer consistently does.

Poliopolice, Monday, 21 January 2013 00:32 (eight years ago) link

just turn up the cat stevens and long for the days before bill gates put so many good polio policemen out of work

Rihanna Tootysalsafroyo (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 21 January 2013 01:05 (eight years ago) link

two weeks pass...

The first cut is the deepest is a great song, could've been a motown single.

Moka, Saturday, 9 February 2013 20:49 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

A letter from him was published in the Toronto Star the other day. Didn't read the piece that prompted it.

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editors/2014/12/01/cats_message_is_still_peace.html

clemenza, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 00:44 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

'Matthew & Son' is one of the most unheralded influences on British new wave, I think. The piano lick/chorus (lyrics aside) is something that Gary Numan could have come up with in the late '70s/early '80s. The middle-eight recalls the pre-chorus in Tears For Fears' 'Mad World'!

six years pass...

BABY I KNOW

brimstead, Thursday, 9 September 2021 22:43 (one month ago) link

“Sitting” is such an odd song, it almost reaches the intensity of those John Cale songs where he loses his shit a couple minutes in. And yet he ends a bunch of lines with this vague, half-hearted “or so”/“or something.” Weird songwriting choice!

JoeStork, Thursday, 9 September 2021 23:11 (one month ago) link


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