Cat Stevens: Classic Or Dud?

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Great singer, I think.

thirdalternative, Thursday, 29 January 2009 16:59 (twelve years ago) link

nine months pass...

he seems to exist independent of any particular scene (for ex. I don't recognize a single musician in any of his bands or anybody who worked on his records) and he doesn't quite fit any particular tag too well (he does stuff that's obviously too rock for folk, and is sorta too hippie-dippy to fit in with slicker singer-songwriters). He kinda fits in with Jim Croce I guess, except Croce is American and had quite a different approach, much more humorous... still can't make it through an entire album tho.

hoth as fuck (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 12 November 2009 23:47 (twelve years ago) link

Hard for me to imagine someone hating this:

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

Mark, Friday, 13 November 2009 01:18 (twelve years ago) link

five months pass...

love this guy so much. Teaser + the Firecat is all time classic.

Mordy, Wednesday, 5 May 2010 17:32 (eleven years ago) link

It varies. Early pop stuff: so-so
Teaser thru Buddah & the Chocolate Box: classic
Foreigner: OK-ish
The stuff after that: Dud
Izitso is among the most heinous Dudclumps I can think of.

ImprovSpirit, Wednesday, 5 May 2010 17:47 (eleven years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-WuDK8nU7g

Brio, Wednesday, 5 May 2010 19:00 (eleven years ago) link

wow that's a pretty shitty MoTown ripoff

the sound of a norwegian guy being wrong (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 23:08 (eleven years ago) link

ha - that's pretty inarguable, but it has a certain craptacular charm I think. the Cat version on Matthew and Son is a bit more polished. "When I Speak To The Flowers" is the real gem off that.

Brio, Thursday, 6 May 2010 13:49 (eleven years ago) link

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TWd3skb-Rw&a=i28oI7Dj_Sk&playnext_from=ML

really feeling the keyboard player here

NUDE. MAYNE. (s1ocki), Monday, 7 June 2010 19:51 (eleven years ago) link

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 (seven 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 (three months 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 (three months ago) link


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