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2020.09.18 19:08 jFalner[TOMT][Video][Pre-2000s] "High Hopes" with comically wrong lyrics
This is possibly from a television show, but can't rule out film. One character, while either inebriated or simply being silly, is singing a somewhat off-key rendition of the chorus of "High Hopes" where the lyrics sung are humorously incorrect. The character exuberantly sings something to the effect of: He's got high hopes!He's got high hopes!Piece of pie!Stick a knife in my eye! With the last line, the actor imitates sticking a knife in their own eye. For some reason, I find myself associating this with a black female comedian, perhaps Whoopi Goldberg or Kim Coles. Does this ring any bells for anyone?
Binging dissect has been really great I just made it to Runaway part 1 and I can't help but laugh at the juxtaposition of Rick Ross “gravely mob boss blow cigar smoke in your face” voice and then immediately hearing Cole's very normal voice explain the lyrics make me laugh every time PS of course I say this not to make fun of Coles voice or anything like that but it is something I wanted to share
While The awards themselves were a dumpster fire, the performances I'll admit were overall pretty good, and given the circumstances it could've been a lot worse. So I'll rank my personal opinion of every performance, I'm gonna go through this pretty quickly early on and for the better ones I'll go into further detail 24. Jimmie Allen It was pretty obvious this would be dead last, it was a dull performance, Jimmie can't really perform live very well, and I got really annoyed at the drum loop, this was a pandering southern lifestyle performance, that I straight up just skipped halfway through because I couldn't take it anymore. 23. Kane Brown Kane Brown has good intentions with this song, but the song itself is just not good. And Christ that opening was awkward. The Choir was a nice adjustment though but that couldn't make up for the trap beat, and awkward vocal performance. 22. Keith Urban With P!nk This was just plain weird, the vocals didn't blend together at all, and frankly the lyrics were pretty shallow, this sounds like a text message conversation I had with my friend the other day, it had the same awkward editing the DNC singers had. I couldn't care less for this one, and online most people agree. 21. Luke Bryan Luke Bryan is a decent live performer, there wasn't anything truly bad about this one, its just that this is a party anthem, and with no live audience, it doesn't really have the right feel, if you know what I mean, so I can't really rank it any higher. 20. Blake Shelton With Gwen Stefani This was a bitter sweet performance, it was nice and mellow but Gwen cannot blend at all with Blake, she stuck out like a sore thumb, they really need to stop dueting together they do not work like Tim & Faith. 19. Gabby Barret Gabby Barret was really stuck in a corner with this one and I don't personally blame her. People expected her to sing I Hope, which is the big bombastic production song, and while I respect her going acoustic, I simply didn't work, either way you go with this song its a dead end, but she had good sound so I'll giver extra points for that. 18. Morgan Wallen I don't know what happened to Morgan Wallen tonight, he couldn't really hit those notes right at all, and the band really carried him through this, his voice was just awkward throughout all of it and in a couple chats last night, people thought it as well. 17. Florida Georgia Line This was a terrible way to close out the night, this was just not a good song, recorded or live. I originally thought they would do an artist of the decade performance with a melody of their greatest hits, which made sense, they are the defining act of the 2010's so a melody of songs like Dirt, May We All and Simple would've been good, but no this wasn't that at all, it suffers from the same problem Luke Bryan has but I give bonus points for Tyler Hubbard performing with an injured leg so props to him. 16. Miranda Lambert I may be crucified for this but I don't like Bluebird sorry not sorry. It was nice to see a stripped back performance of this, I prefer it compared to the recorded version, it was nice to see her perform it with the song writers, but a dull song is a dull song. 15. Entertainer Nominee Mashup This was awesome, you had Luke Bryan playing Rain Is A Good Thing which I love, Eric Church stripping it down with an acoustic version of Drink In My Hand, Luke Combs with When It Rains It Pours, Thomas Rhett was whatever with It Goes Like This, and Carrie was phenomenal with Before He Cheats, the transitions were improper as they weren't in the same room but still I loved the throwback. 14. Riley Green While I do think this is still an overrated song. I think it was still pretty touching, he really captured that vibe I was going for in this song, and it was really clean and I don't really have much else to say. 13. Old Dominion Old Dominion did start this out annoyingly but when I found it was a greatest hits melody, I gave it a nod of approval. And they didn't suffer form the loud and heavy performance issues Luke & FGL did surprisingly, they seem like good live performers so I may check them out when we can go to concerts again. 12. Tenille Townes Some people disliked this one but I actually thought it was pretty good, I think the voice cracks showed sincerity, and with it being just her, it felt more honest, as Somebody's Daughter is one of those unique honest storytelling songs that I love. 11. Maren Morris Maren just missed the top 10, I really like To Hell & Back, half of Girl, were these haunting like production songs that I give a thumbs up to, and I think this was pretty clean throughout its entirely, I think this should've just been Maren with a guitar, because I wasn't really thrilled by it, this a personal issue with me, so I can see others putting it in the top 10. 10. Mickey Guyton With Keith Urban IDK why Keith was there honestly, he didn't sing at all so him on the piano didn't make sense. While Mickey has an outstanding voice and this was one of the best vocal performances of the night, this song was really repetitive, some will defend it by saying she changed it up each time, which is fine, but singing the same lyric 5 times, doesn't make it great. 9. Luke Combs I can get people's complaints that this song is too cheesy, but it was a beautiful ballad, and I hope this does well as it was announced this is the next single off his record, he really killed it and from here on out, the performances are pretty close to each other in terms of ranking 8. Tim McGraw This was sheer beauty, Tim really brought it tonight, I Called Mama is one of the best songs this year and hearing it live put a smile on my face, everything blended so well, from his vocals to the simple guitar chords to the steel, really touching, and proving Tim McGraw still has it in today's mainstream. 7. Dan + Shay Say what you want about them being not country, I agree, but damn these guys are excellent performers, this one of those songs that needed the pop production for it to be good live, but still, they really brought it tonight, with I Should Go To Bed, one of their best songs in their repertoire. I'm pretty annoyed at people directing all of their hate for mainstream country at them as they aren't the ones doing the bad job, that title goes to Chase Rice, Lee Brice and Cole Swindell. 6. Thomas Rhett With Jon Pardi Thomas Rhett & Jon Pardi really captured the stage, as they didn't go too light with their performance nor too big. It was perfectly balanced, the instrumentation was swell and that little dance in the bridge of the song was cool, this would've been perfect if they also did Tequila Little Time, then this would be number one. 5. Trisha Yearwood This legitimately made me shed a few tears, not so much for the song itself which was excellent, but for seeing all the artists we lost pop up on screen, it doesn't make sense but it happened, and I lost myself when I saw Charlie Daniels, I couldn't hold it in, Trisha definitely was a bit repetitive with this song but I'm really just skimming for issues with this one. 4. Kelsea Ballerini This was just plain awesome, this reminded me of a classic western swing, her Ballerini version of this is amazing, she has my respect for going with this version rather than bop version. Both are great but this was so much fun and I loved singing along to every minute of it. 3. Taylor Swift Ah yes the highlight of the night, after 7 whole years she came back to the country stage and it was glorious, Betty is one of the best country songs out of the entire year, not just in mainstream including indie and low level, right now I'd put it in the top 5. And with her just singing on a stool with a guitar was beautiful, country music at its simplicity is someone just singing honest stories with simple chords, that's what this was and it was masterfully done. People like to say she is overrated, but imo she is so well rounded in her skills as a performer, and is one of the greatest musical artists of all time. I kept flip flopping on who would go in the number one spot, and I really thought hard but I'd say this really comes down to who was best vocally: 2. Eric Church Eric really did steal the show, I didn't expect him to do a rendition of the great Johnny Cash's Ragged Old Flag, it was haunting and it captured me throughout all of it. Then we got to his latest single Stick That In Your Country Song, which was bad ass, I could tell he had trouble reach those high notes but it was amazing nonetheless, unlike most artists not just in country, they try to talk and sing about social issues and are honestly terrible at it, Kane Brown being the obvious choice, Eric on the other hand says it without really saying it, The Snake, the opening track on Desperate Man is evident of this, and this entire performance as well, you can disagree with me on this but that's fine. He was this close to stealing the night but I think most can agree on what seems to be the obvious choice for the best performance. 1. Carrie Underwood This performance was flawless, I literally screamed when she started singing Crazy by Patsy Cline, this dedication was beautiful, hearing Why'd You Come Here was a fun time, this had everything, party moments, thoughtful moments and showstopping ones, it was well rounded. My only complaint is that this should've been that final performance not FGL. Carrie would finally win an award and sing this master class of a performance as a dedication to women in country, it was amazing and if you couldn't see the show I recommend watching this performance on youtube more than any other performance from last night.
2020.09.17 09:04 askgamblers-official40 Best Songs of All Times About Poker, Dice, Cards and Addiction
40. Go Down Gamblin’ - Blood Sweat and Tears
Released in 1971, Go Down Gamblin’ by Blood Sweat and Tears is a song describing a gambler who is “born a natural loser.” He never wins, no matter what game he plays, but, he doesn’t feel like a loser. As the song goes – “Cause I've been called a natural lover by that lady over there, Honey, I'm just a natural gambler but I try to do my share.”
39. Gambler - Madonna
Gambler is a song written and played by Madonna, made for the film Vision Quest. Although the song reached the top 10 in the charts of the UK, Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, and Norway, Madonna performed it only once on her 1985The Virgin Tour. It’s a catchy song, we suggest you play it as you spin the reels of some of your favourite retro online slots.
38. The House of the Rising Sun - The Animals
Our list wouldn’t be complete without the 1964 hit song - The House of the Rising Sun by The Animals. Everybody knows the famous lines ”My mother, she was a tailor, sewed these new blue jeans, my father was a gamblin' man way down in New Orleans.” This single had a major success and made it to the top 10 songs on mainstream rock radio stations in the USA. Likewise, the hit was featured in the video game Guitar Hero Live.
37. The Winner Takes It All - ABBA
Whether we admit it or not, we all love at least some songs played by the very well-known Swedish pop group, ABBA. According to some sources, Bjorn Ulvaeus wrote the 1980 hit song The Winner Takes It All which was inspired by his divorce to his fellow band member, Agnetha Fältskog. The winner takes it all is a sort of a comparison to a divorce (especially the part ”I've played all my cards and that's what you've done too, nothing more to say, no more ace to play”), where one of them is the winner and the other one is left with nothing. And things are just the same when it comes to gambling, so we’ve decided to put the song on our list.
36. Shape of my Heart - Sting
We’re all aware of the fact that our gambling behaviour can be influenced by certain types of music and that's because online gambling and music go hand in hand. So, we suggest you start playing your preferred games with one of everyone’s favourite songs by Sting called The Shape of my Heart. It was released in 1993 and used for the end credits of the film Léon. In one of his interviews, Sting explained that the lyrics of the song tell the story of a card player who places bets not in order to win but to figure out something that’s been bothering him - “some kind of scientific, almost religious law.”
35. All I Wanna Do Is Play Cards - Corb Lund
“Well, I guess I really oughta be makin up songs but all I wanna do is play cards. I know it's dumb and sick and wrong but all I wanna do is play cards. Got the studio booked in Tennessee, and my record producer's callin me, the tape will roll in just three weeks and all I wanna do is play cards.” Does it sound familiar? It’s a 2005 hit by Corb Lund called All I Wanna Do Is Play Cards, once you hear it you’ll be playing it on repeat.
34. Gambling Man - The Overtones
When you’re falling in love, it’s perfectly normal to feel like you want to gamble everything just to attract that person’s attention to notice you and love you back. Well, Gambling Man is a lively 2010 song that tells a story of a guy fascinated with his love, so he places all his bets on her, as the song goes - “I played my hand, I rolled the dice, now I'm paying for my sins, I got some bad addiction.” This time, he feels that this love affair is different from any other – “Baby, it's you, yeah, yeah, that's right.” The song was released in 2010 and has been popular ever since.
33. Poker Face - Lady Gaga
Although the Poker Face song is more about the game of romance rather than the game of poker, the catchy refrain that starts with “Can't read my, no he can't read my poker face” kinda reminds us of winning at the tables, so we couldn’t skip it this time. Released in 2008, the song achieved worldwide success, topping the charts in the USA, the UK, Australia, Canada and several European countries.
32. Little Queen of Spades - Robert Johnson
Moving on to the Little Queen of Spades, a song title by the American blues musician Robert Johnson who recorded the song in 1937 and first released it in 1938. The first version of this gambling-themed song has a playing time of 2:11, whereas the second one lasts 4s longer (2:15), and is considered an alternate take and first appeared on Johnson's album The Complete Recordings, in 1990.
31. Train of Consequences - Megadeth
Another great song Train of Consequences is the title created by Megadeth, released as the first single from their sixth studio album Youthanasia in 1994. The song was later included on their compilation albums and its music video was the 26th most played video on MTV. There’s this part of the song “No horse ever ran as fast as the money that you bet, I'm blowing on my cards and I play them to my chest” – which is about a person’s gambling problem, who realises something’s wrong with this lifestyle, but it still hunts him down. Could be just the thrill, but he just can’t stop playing.
30. Gambler - Whitesnake
Released on the album Slide It In (1984) and appearing on the compilation album Gold (2006), Gambler is the song by the British hard rock band Whitesnake. These words may sound familiar - “No fame or fortune, no luck of the draw, when I dance with the Queen of Hearts, a jack of all trades, a loser in love, it's tearing my soul apart”. And in case you’ve never heard it, we think you should give it a shot, the chances are you’re going to love it!
29. Gambling Man - Woody Guthrie
Now here’s one single from 1957 - Gamblin' Man. The song was taped live at the London Palladium and published as a double A side, with Puttin' On the Style. Reaching #1 in the UK Singles Chart in the summer 1957, it was “the last UK number 1 to be released on 78 rpm format only, as 7' vinyl had become the norm by this time.” Written by Woody Guthrie and Donegan, this gambling themed song was produced by Alan Freeman and Michael Barclay.
28. Roll of the Dice - Bruce Springsteen
According to Songfacts, Roll of the Dice was the first Springsteen’s song he didn’t write by himself. In fact, E Street Band’s pianist Roy Bittan helped with the music, while Springsteen was in charge of the lyrics, starting with – “Well I've been a losin' gambler, just throwin' snake eyes, Love ain't got me downhearted. I know up around the corner lies, My fool's paradise in just another roll of the dice.” After he broke up the E Street Band in October 1989, Springsteen wrote lyrics for the Roll of the Dice (with two other songs) and liked them to the point where he began writing and recording more songs.
27. Queen of Diamonds - Tom Odell
Here’s one song about a gambling fanatic who’s trying to satisfy his own addiction but also someone else, hoping it’s going to save him. Released in 2018, Queen of Diamonds is Tom Odell’s song from the album Jubilee Road, based on the local characters that inspired this British songwriter to include the whisky-soaked gamblers who regularly visited one betting shop.
26. The Angel and the Gambler - Iron Maiden
Now, this song may divide Iron Maiden fans and it’s most probably because of its repetitive lyrics that can be a bit annoying. The release we’re talking about is The Angel and the Gambler. Truth be told, the melody in general is very catchy and, even a bit similar to The Who in some moments. As the song was released in 1998 while Blaze Bayley was its frontmen, it’s missing the well-known high-pitch vocals from Bruce Dickinson.
25. Ramblin' Gamblin Man - Bob Seger
We’re moving on to a rock single from 1978 - Ramblin' Gamblin Man by Bob Seger. The author meets an old acquaintance, a professional gambler who happens to be a swagger. As such, he attracts people’s attention whenever he bets. Putting so much of his faith in the cards (rather than in people), he walks away every time, just before avoiding loss. Along the way, the narrator realises that, if you scratch beneath the surface, you’ll find he’s a very cynical man, who will never change. Another gambling-themed song worth mentioning by Bob Seger is Still The Same.
24. Blow Up The Pokies - The Whitlams
Blow up the Pokies is the next song on our list, played by The Whitlams. It is the second single by the group from their 4th studio album, Love This City. Released in the year 2000, the song became a hit and made it to number 21 on the ARIA Singles Chart. According to several resources, the lyrics written by singer Tim Freedman were inspired by the destruction he saw in original Whitlams bassist Andy Lewis's life, due to his gambling addiction.
23. A Good Run of Bad Luck - Clint Black
Now here’s one 1994-song packed with gambling-related terms. As you listen to A Good Run of Bad Luck, recorded by American music artist Clint Black, you'll have a bit of fun as you try identifying what all these gambling terms mean. The song is a bit fast and is about falling in love by using gambling metaphors. The main character is willing to spend a lot of money to win his special lady over and, although he has had a period of bad luck, he is not giving up – “I've been to the table, and I've lost it all before, I'm willin' and able, always comin' back for more.”
22. When You’re Hot, You’re Hot - Jerry Reed
Jerry Reed won a Grammy for the song When You’re Hot, You’re Hot which was released in 1971. Most people remember it as it was a major hit, ranked as number 1 in the country charts, also making its way up the Pop Top 40. It’s an enjoyable novelty song about the ups and downs of the gambling life, about one’s winning streak caught in an illegal game of Crap. Country star Jerry Reed also came up with a version The Uptown Poker Club in 1973.
21. Lawyers, Guns and Money - Warren Zevon
Next one up - Lawyers, Guns and Money is a song by Warren Zevon, the closing track on his album Excitable Boy, released in 1978. An edited version of this song was distributed as a single and found itself on the A Quiet Normal Life best of compilation on the CD and LP. The song goes like this - “I went home with a waitress the way I always do, how was I to know she was with the russians, too? I was gambling in Havana, I took a little risk Send lawyers, guns, and money Dad, get me out of this, hiyah!”
20. The Lottery Song - Harry Nilsson
According to the man in the 1972 pop-rock song The Lottery Song by Harry Nilsson, there's more than one way to get to Vegas. Addressing his lover, the narrator mentions a few different options for buying a ticket and going to Sin City – “We could win the lottery we could go to Vegas,” and “We could wait till summer, we could save our money” as well as “We could make a record, sell a lot of copies, we could play Las Vegas.”
19. Casino Queen - Wilco
Now here’s one black-humoured gambling-themed song, released in 1995 and titled after a casino. Featuring a dirty electric guitar, Casino Queen was composed by an American songwriter, Jeff Tweedy, who wrote this song after playing a game in a riverboat casino accompanied by his dad. Inspired by the event, the author wrote: “Casino Queen my lord you're mean, I've been gambling like a fiend on your tables so green.”
18. Have a Lucky Day - Morphine
Another song on our list that you simply must check out starts like this: “I feel lucky, I just feel that way, I'm on a bus to Atlantic City later on today. Now I'm sitting at a blackjack table and swear to God the dealer has a tag says, "Mabel." Hit me, hit me! I smile at Mabel, soon they're bringing complimentary drinks to the table.” Check it out yourself - it’s called Have a Lucky Day by Morphine.
17. Kentucky Gambler - Merle Haggard
Written by Dolly Parton and released in 1974, Merle Haggard’s Kentucky Gambler is another song on our ultimate gambling playlist that you should pay attention to. It’s about a miner from Kentucky who leaves his family to gamble, under the bright lights of Reno. Unsurprisingly, his winning streak comes to an end, and he loses all his winnings. All broke, he decided to return back home only when he arrived, he found out his wife was involved with someone else.
16. The Jack - AC/DC
The next song on our list will give you some adrenaline boost, for sure. It goes like this - “She gave me the queen, she gave me the king, she was wheelin' and dealin', just doin' her thing, she was holdin' a pair, but I had to try…” Sounds familiar? This song from the 1975s is called The Jack and is played by AC/DC and there’s no way you can skip it.
15. Blackjack - Ray Charles
Moving on to something a bit different - a melody that blackjack lovers can listen to as they play is Ray Charles’ Blackjack. Apart from being a good quality song from 1955, it carries an important message with an emphasis on how brutal the game of blackjack can be. Some sources say that Ray Charles wrote it after beating T-Bone Walker at a blackjack game session. Yet another Ray Charles’ famous song about gambling is called a Losing Hand.
14. Ooh Las Vegas - Gram Parson
“Ooh, Las Vegas, ain't no place for a poor boy like me”... is a song-into for Ooh Las Vegas which was written by Gram Parsons and Ric Grech. It was first released by Gram Parsons with Emmylou Harris in 1974. Playing this song would be perfect for the beginning of the road trip (i.e. to Las Vegas), especially if you have the energy to sing along.
13. The Stranger - Leonard Cohen
Published in 1968 and performed by Leonard Cohen, The Stranger appears in the The Ernie Game movie about a man released from a mental asylum. More appropriately, it is the perfect opening song in the 1971 Western McCabe & Mrs Miller, in which Warren Beatty plays a gambler. As you listen to this song (without watching the movie), it makes you see fascinating images of card games, smoky dreams, and concepts of risk versus safety.
12. Desperado - Eagles
Written by Glen Frey and Don Henley, Desperado song is one of The Eagles’ greatest hits from their 1973 album of the same name. The song features a classic tune while the ballad tells the story of a lone wolf imprisoned by his loneliness. As for the lyrics, they have loads of card references mentioning the queen of diamonds, the queen of hearts, and so on.
11. Huck's Tune - Bob Dylan
The next song on our list is about the risks of poker, money, and relationships, which are precisely what the movie Lucky You is all about. Does it ring a bell? That’s right, this 2007 song is called Huck’s Tune and is performed by Bob Dylan. Each of us can all relate to lines "You push it all in, and you've no chance to win, you play 'em on down to the end." Play the song and you’ll enjoy more than 4 amazing minutes of Bob Dylan. Likewise, Bob Dylan recorded Rambling, Gambling Willie and Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts, both excellent and both inspired by gambling.
10. Four Little Diamonds - Electric Light Orchestra
A song by the British rock band Electric Light Orchestra Four Little Diamonds was released in 1983 and found itself on the album Secret Messages. The single wasn’t so popular in the US, being only 2 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, at number 86, and number 84 in the UK. This song refers to the singer’s cheating lover who tricked him out of a ring which had 'four little diamonds' on it.
9. You Can't Beat The House - Mark Knopfler
Moving on to our next choice for the day, You Can’t Beat the House. It’s the third song on the Get Lucky studio album released in 2009 by British singer-songwriter and guitarist Mark Knopfler. The album and the songs received favorable reviews with the album reaching the top three positions on album charts in Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, and Poland. The singer’s divine voice combined with beautiful music and lyrics goes like this – “You can't bear the house, you can't bear the house, tell the man somebody, you can't beat the house.”
8. Deck of Cards - Don Williams
Deck of Cards is a recitation song that tells the story of a soldier who gets caught while playing cards in church and then faces a sentence from a superior officer. The soldier defends his case, explaining he wasn't about to deal a hand of poker, but was rather confirming his faith with the cards. Performed by T. Texas Tyler, the song managed to become a major hit in the 1940s and 1950s. Also, Wink Martindale had an even bigger hit with his 1959 cover, with a successful version by Don Williams featuring Tex Ritter and Buddy Cole.
7. Gambler’s Blues - B.B. King
First recording of the song Gambler’s Blues by B.B. King was in 1966, and it was released in 1967. The song appears on the album Back in the Alley (1970). Some say gambling and blues go hand in hand, so if you (gambling fans) haven’t heard it, listen and see for yourself.
6. Tumbling Dice - Rolling Stones
One of our favourite songs on the list is Tumbling Dice, written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. It tells the story of a gambler who can’t remain faithful to any woman. Being released in the 1970s and featuring a blues boogie-woogie rhythm, the song was and still is one of the greatest singles of all time. Rolling Stones also recorded Casino Boogie, and it’s from their 1972 album, Exile on Main St.
5. Luck Be A Lady - Frank Sinatra
The next song on our list is about a gambler who hopes that he will win a bet, the outcome of which will decide whether he is able to save his relationship with the girl of his dreams. You probably know what song we’re talking about; it’s called Luck be a Lady released in 1965 and performed by one of the most popular musical artists - Frank Sinatra.
4. Deal - Grateful Dead
Next one up is the song Deal. It was first performed by the Grateful Dead in 1971, as a regular part of the repertoire through their 1970's tour. Although being less common to the fans during the 1990s, the band continued to perform it. The singer opens with the message: “Since it cost a lot to win and even more to lose you and me bound to spend some time wondering what to choose,” that later kicks off with a chorus: “Don't let your deal go down...” Loser is another song first performed by the Grateful Dead in 1971 as well, heavily played during 1971 and 1972.
3. Ace of Spades - Motörhead
Ok, the next song is loaded with some great gambling verses like "The pleasure is to play, makes no difference what you say, I don't share your greed, the only card I need is the Ace of Spades" will definitely set you in the right mood for hitting some winning combinations. Released in 1980, the song was inspired by slot machines that the lead singer Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister played in London pubs.
2. Viva Las Vegas - Elvis
As soon as you start playing the second song from our playlist “Viva Las Vegas,” you’ll probably picture a huge casino and a great gaming atmosphere. Performed by the legendary Elvis Presley, the 1964-released song brings the glamour of the city, and its beat will get you in the mood for some serious gameplay. This song was written for the movie of the same name starring Elvis Presley, in which he plays a race car driver waiting tables at a hotel to pay off a debt. There’s this famous scene when he performs this song at the talent competition alongside many showgirls.
1. The Gambler - Kenny Rogers
Performed by the legendary country singer Kenny Rogers, The Gambler song is our number 1 - it's full of some betting advice that are relevant today, even though it was released more than 40 years ago, in 1978. Here’s how it goes… “If you're gonna play the game, boy you gotta learn to play it right, you've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, and know when to run.” These classic chorus lines were told from the first-person perspective inspired by a conversation the author had with an experienced poker player on a train. Written in the form of poker metaphors, Schlitz wrote the tune in honor of his late father. Johnny Cash is also among other musicians who recorded The Gambler in 1978, on Gone Girl.
2020.09.15 15:00 liamdvdThis playlist is for those who only listen to lyrical rap (and hates mumble rap). It has the best lyrical rappers like Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Joey Bada$$ and more from different eras.
2020.09.15 03:22 fitzcreamsodaModern hip hop music gets a lot of unfair hate and is actually really good
I don't think this is an unpopular opinion irl but from what I've seen on reddit it kinda seems to be. I'm not talking about people who personally don't like modern rap. That's cool everyone has their preferences but I'm talking about people who actively go out of their way to complain about and hate on modern rap music. I've seen so many people call modern rap talentless and an extreme downgrade from rap from the 90's and music from that time period in general but I just don't think thats true. Music is meant to evolve and change over time and rap has done exactly that. If you want real deep lyrical content thats meant to really make you think and try to comprehend what the artist is saying theres amazing lyrical rappers like j cole and kendrick lamar who have put out incredible records. If you want a song that you can vibe to at a party or in the car with your friends theres so much rap for that too. Not every song has to have some kind of deep lyrical meaning for you to be able to enjoy it without someone saying "that takes no talent to make". Another criticism I see is how a lot of melodic rappers rely heavily on autotune which I also dont think is fair because these artists use autotune as its own instrument and a lot of these melodic rappers are actually decent singers as they've proven from live shows and things like that they just choose to use the autotune cus it fits the genre of music and they believe it sounds good. I get that that's personal preference but its not fair to denounce an artists talent because they use autotune and you're not used to that type of sound in music. I also hear people talking about how all rappers nowadays sound the same and everyone with "lil" in their name makes the exact same music but if you actually listen to a lil uzi vert song, lil peep song, and a lil dicky song and genuinely think they sound anything like each other you need your hearing checked because these people are all vastly different in both their lyrical content and their musical content as a whole. Even rappers like lil pump and tekashi 6ix9ine do actually have talent because while their music is probably fairly easy to make, they've managed to built an entire brand for themselves and monetize that incredibly well while keeping a easy to spot and widely known persona through the internet and even tho they're music itself might not necessarily take "talent", its catchy and a lot of people like listening to it so that's all that really matters at the end of the day. One more criticism I hear is that modern rap artists don't write their own songs or create their own instrumentals. Saying rappers don't write their music is just flat out not true because they do, but the criticism of rappers not making their own beats isnt fair either. Most rappers work with a producer to find a beat that they want to use for their song and they have input over what they want it to sound like while the producer makes it. It's a collaborative process where the rapper does what he/she is best at which is rapping and the producer does what he/she is best at which is producing to come up with something that neither could've dont on their own. There's probably other criticisms that I forgot to address but this is all I could think of and I get that modern rap music isn't for everyone, especially older people who aren't used to that whole sound in music, but I don't think it's fair to say that any kind of music is worse or takes less talent just because you don't personally find it appealing from the bits of it you hear on the radio or something.
2020.09.11 16:55 PaulPM1All Time Fantasy Survivor Series (Me (Paul) and My Best Friend (Rob) every few months are tackling a ppv event and doing our all time version)
Pauls Survivor Series: Dream Survivor Series Card – Paul (2020) –“WWE vs The World” (NXT, WCW, ECW, NWA, ROH, NJPW) Announcers: Jim Ross & **Jerry “The King” Lawler (**Unless Stated Otherwise) Referees: Mike Chioda (Mens), Jessika Carr (Womens) Opening Video Package Content:Splintered Timelines from the territories daysOpening Video Package Theme:Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes 1. (Womens Match 1 of 5). “Women Past vs Present” - Stipulation: Win= Point for Respective Team.(Announcers: J.R, M Ranollo, Beth Phoenix) Build:Sherri as Captain tells the opposition captain Paige, she and her team want to prove a point and not just beat them in one traditional 5 on 5 match, but beat them over 5 single matches, Sherri says the best Paige and her team can hope for is 3 wins out of 5, but it’s going to be a 5 match clean sweep for the sensational ones.Sherri says by some miracle should they need a decider, she will kick Paige’s ass like a true captain. Paige goes away to matchmake who faces who. “Sensational” Sherri Martel (C), Trish Stratus, Lita, Wendi Richter, Alundra Blayze vs Paige (C), Charlotte Flair, “The Man” Becky Lynch, “The Boss” Sasha Banks, Bayley 1.Alundra Blayze vs Sasha Banks Finish: Banks goes for the backstabber, Blayze holds on runs her back first into the corner as Sasha turns, Blayze hits the German Supplex. (Result -Past 1, Present 0) 2. “UK vs Canada” - Stipulation: Traditional 5 on 5 Elimination Match(Announcers: J.R, Bret, Regal) Build:(Anti-America) Bret Hartis injuredas says even if he wasn’t he would decide to not represent any organisation and said if it was truly vs the world, Canadian Wrestlers would dominate, and it shows how America and other countries have to either take Canadian talent or model themselves off them. As Bret talks on. William Regals Music hits, William Regalis also injuredbut says he doesn’t disagree with Bret, however he says that everything Bret stated should be said about British Wrestlers instead and that if Bret was honest with himself, he needed a lot of help to be a star whereas British Wrestlers work speaks for itself. Regal ends by saying that Bret and his countrymen are so consistently average that it is almost impressive. Bret says he will Captain a Canadian Team and that Regal better find 5 British Wrestlers to represent him, he adds good luck scrapping the barrel. 2.Nigel McGuinness(C),Pete Dunne, Tyler Bate, Zack Sabre Jnr, Will Ospreay vs Owen Hart (C), Sami Zayn, Tyson Kid, Christian, Lance Storm Finish: Sabre Jnr applies a complicated leg lock submission on Zayn and Nigel McGuinness applies the London Dungeon Submission, this forces Zayn to tap out. 3. (Womens Match 2 of 5). “Women Past vs Present” - Stipulation: Win= Point for Respective Team.(Announcers: J.R, M Ranollo, Beth Phoenix) 3. Lita vs Becky Lynch Finish: Becky moves out of the way of the moonsault as Lita crashes Lynch does the armbar for a submission win.(Result -Past 1, Present 1) 4. “WWE vs NJPW” - Stipulation: 5 on 5 tornado Tag Match(Announcers: M Ranollo, Funaki, K Omega) AJ Styles (C), Finn Balor, Vader, Seth Rollins, Ricochet vs Antonio Anoki(C), Hiroshi Tanahashi, Shinsuke Nakamura, Keiji Mutoh (Great Muta), Kazuchika Okada Finish: Nakamura hits Ricochet with the Kinshasa , as ricochet turns he gets hit with the rainmaker by Okada for the 1-2-3. 5. (Womens Match 3 of 5). “Women Past vs Present” - Stipulation: Win= Point for Respective Team.(Announcers: J.R, M Ranollo, Beth Phoenix) “Sensational” Sherri Martel (C), Trish Stratus, Lita, Wendi Richter, Alundra Blayze vs Paige (C), Charlotte Flair, “The Man” Becky Lynch, “The Boss” Sasha Banks, Bayley 5. Trist Stratus vs Bayley Finish: After several sequences of reversals, Trish Hits the Chick Kick and gets the win when the ref declares a KO finish.(Result -Past 2, Present 1) 6. “WWE vs ROH” - Stipulation: Falls count anywhere 5 on 5 Scramble Match 20 minute time limit (Last Pin/Submission Wins)(Announcers: M Ranollo, Jim Cornette) Kurt Angle(C), Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Chris Jericho, Cesaro vs CM Punk(C), Adam Cole, Samoa Joe, Bryan Danielson, Kevin Steen Finish: The Animosity between Punk And Cole has been building all match over a dispute who should be captain, when punk accidentally kicks Cole instead of Jericho, Jericho takes advantage and hits the codebreaker on Punk, goes to pin punk but punk kicks out at 2 ¾, but out of nowhere you see Benoit climb one top rope and Guerrero the other, Benoit hits his Top Rope headbutt, then rolls out of the ring holding his head, but runs into a submission from Danielson, in the ring however Guerrero hits the frog splash and gets the 3 count however, as Eddie celebrates, it is revealed by another ref, through action replay that as the ref started the count, benoit had tapped out on the outside of the ring with 1 second left, and therefore eddie’s pin was outside of the time limit, therefore the winners are the ROH team. 7. “WWE vs ECW” - Stipulation: Hardcore Falls Count Anywhere 5 on 5 Hell In a Cell Match(Announcers: J.R, P Heyman, J Styles)(Guest Referee:Tommy Dreamer) Mick Foley (C), (97) “Big Red Machine” Kane, Big Show, Rey Mysterio, Jeff Hardy, vs Shane Douglas (C), Rob Van Dam, Sabu, Bubba Ray Dudley, D-von Dudley Finish: Mysterio accidentally splashes into Kane when RVD moved out the way, Kane then chokeslams Mysterio, then Jeff Hardy, The Dudley’s 3-D Big Show onto a flaming table. Shane Douglas hits Foley with the Belly To Belly Supplex, Ref Tommy Dreamer, appears to do a slow count, as Douglas goes to confront Dreamer, dreamer just laughs, as Douglas Turns around he gets hit with a barber wire baseball bat, by the surprise debut of Brian Pillman, Foley then double-arm ddts Douglas onto the bat, and Dreamer does a very quick 3 count. 8. (Womens Match 4 of 5)). “Women Past vs Present” - Stipulation: Win= Point for Respective Team.(Announcers: J.R, M Ranollo, Beth Phoenix) Build:Paige realises they need the win here to make it 2-2 to take it to a decider, she secretly tells charlotte to prepare for the final match after Richter makes her entrance, to the surprise of everyone Paige’s music hits. 8. Wendi Richter vs Paige Finish: Richter goes for her Sitout DDT, but Paige reverses into the Rampaige for the 1-2-3.(Result -Past 2, Present 2) 9. “WWE vs NXT” - Stipulation:5 on 5 Iron-Team (30 Minute) Falls Count Anywhere Match(Announcers: M Ranollo, W Regal) Lesnar (C), John Cena, Randy Orton, Batista, Sheamus vs WALTER (C), Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano, Velveteen Dream, Aleister Black Finish: with 1 minute left, the score is 5 points to both teams, Gargano and Ciampa keep Cena and Orton busy, Velveteen Dream does a top rope body splash to the outside of the ring to take out Batista and Sheamus, this leaves Lesnar and Walter to finally come face to face in the ring, the crowd chant “This is awesome”, as they go nose to nose, Aleister Black enters the ring, eyeballs Lesnar, then turns and hits Walter with the black mass, then leaves the ring, Walter groggily gets up and gets hit with an f-5 for a 3 count, with 5 seconds to spare. 10. “WWE vs NWA” - Stipulation: Traditional 5 on 5 Elimination Match(Announcers: J.R and Gordon Solie) Build:WWE’s 5th Member Andre is a surprise and doesn’t show himself till there are no WWE Superstars left. Bruno Sammartino(C)Andre The Giant, Bob Buckland, Pat Patterson, “Superstar” Billy Graham vs Lou Thesz (C), Harley Race, Dusty Rhodes, Dory Funk Jnr, Terry Funk Finish: Bruno powerslams Race and pins him as he turns the Funks double team and pin Bruno, they think they’ve won, then the remember the surprise 5th WWE member. They look to the Titantron and Bobby Heenan walks onto the entrance and announces the 5th Member, Andre the Giants music hits, he enters the ring, Andre overpowers both Funks with a double bearhug, then slams dory, then slams terry on top and does a splash for the double pin to win. 11. (Womens Match 5 of 5)). “Women Past vs Present” - Stipulation: Win= Point for Respective Team.(Announcers: J.R, M Ranollo, Paige) (Guest Referee:Stephanie McMahon) Build: Sherri mocks the rookie charlotte, and tells her to enjoy her 5 minutes of fame, if it will even last that long. 11. “Sensational” Sherri Martel vs Charlotte Flair Finish: after toying with Charlotte for most of the match, she soon realises that charlotte is tougher than she looks and won’t stay down , after charlotte had attacked her knee one more time, Martel struggles to walk and decides it’s time for her to finally hits the sleeper hold on the floor, but charlotte rolls over the top and hits a natural selection, both too tired to cover, as they both get up Martel goes for a superkick, Charlotte ducks, sweeps the legs and hits a figure 4 leg lock, however she adds an extension to the figure four by putting her arms behind her head to the mat and raising herself up. The Ref Stephanie McMahon raises Charlottes hands as Paige enters the ring and raises Charlottes other hand.(Result -Past 2, Present 3) 12. “WWE vs WCW” - Stipulation: Traditional 5 on 5 Elimination Match(Announcers: J.R, Lawler, Tony Schiavone, Eric Bischoff) The Undertaker (C), Stone Cold, The Rock, Triple H, Edge vs Ric Flair (C), Sting, Diamond Dallas Page, Goldberg, Booker T Finish: Clean Sweep, Edge Pins DDP, Triple H Pins Booker T, The Rock Pins Sting, Strong Cold pins Goldberg, Ric Flair takes everyone’s finish, then gets picked by the rock and stone cold and pushed into The Undertaker who does a jumping tombstone to Flair, cross his arms and gets the 3-count pin win. Lawler can’t help rubbing it in Bischoffs face, Bishoff pushes Lawler off his chair and backs away laughing, but backs into Stone Cold, Bishoff turns around, see two middle fingers and gets stunnered. Stone Cold chucks beers all round. 13.7. “Past vs Present” - Stipulation: Last Man Standing Match(Announcers: M Ranollo, Funaki, K Omega) 13.“Hollywood” Hulk Hoganvs (97) Shawn Michaels Finish: Late run in by the outsiders Nash and Hall, as they stand over Michaels they turn, Hall throws the toothpick and blinds Hogan, Nash hits the Jack-knife Powerbomb on Hogan then as Hogan scrambles up, Michaels hits the Sweet Chin Music and Hogan falls face down for the 10 count, Nash Sprays “KLIQ” on Hogan’s back. Hall, Nash and Michaels connect hands to do the Kliq Signal. Robs Survivor Series: Survivor Series: The Fight for the right to Survive The show opens with the usual “Then,Now,Forever” video package, before the sound of static is heard becoming louder as the words forever fade out to be replaced by the nostalgic roars of “This is Extreme.” The Promo package for Survivor Series starts with Vince McMahons proclamation that if ECW win they live on. The Promo Package begins accompanied by the song “Rumours of my Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated by Rise Against. Images of former glories for NXT, ECW and WWE periodically flash up during the video package, as footage plays of ECW talent jumping the barricades of NXT and WWE shows. A smiling Paul Heyman can be seen stood next to Brock Lesnar as the ECW stars storm the ring. At the point of the song you hear the lyrics “When we built these dreams on sand” an image of Shane Douglas throwing down the NWA championship can be seen, as it transitions into the closing doors of the old ECW arena as the lyrics become “How they all slipped through our hands, this might be our only chance.” As footage appears of the previous weeks Raw as Sandman storms the ring and cracks Seth Rollins in the skull with a Singapore cane, before Adam Cole slides into shot and Superkicks Sandman in the back of the head as the images fade to black as Sandman collapses in slow motion ending on the face of a smug Adam Cole. Commentary Team consists of Jim Ross (WWE), Mauro Ranallo(NXT) and Joey Styles (ECW). Howard Finkel is stood in the ring welcoming everybody to the latest annual Survivor Series. His voice is cut off however, as the sound of Taz’ dubbed Network theme is heard, to a chorus of booing from the crowd. Taz appears microphone in hand accompanied by Bill Alfonso as he blows into his whistle, as the booing becomes louder. Taz screams into the microphone cut the fucking [Censored} music. PLAY MY REAL MUSIC, Taz’ Survive if I let you theme plays as the booing become cheers, Taz storms the ring and chokes out Finkel with the Tazzmission. As Finkel is being attended to by medics Alfonso gets on the microphone and starts screaming NO ONE CAN STOP THE PATH OF RAGE repeatedly between blowing his whistle before it is cut off by the beginning of Kurt Angles music. Angle walks down to the ring and gets in Taz’ face before Pete Dunne’s music plays and he comes running down to the ring to get between the two of them. The Referee looks towards the ringside area and calls for the bell. The commentators inform everyone watching at home that all brand warfare matches will be held under triple threat rules. 1st Match Kurt Angle (WWE) vs Pete Dunne (NXT) vs Taz (ECW) Winner Taz: As the result of Tazzmission as he reverses Dunnes bitter end as Dunne becomes unconscious before Angle could break up the submission. WWE-0 NXT-0 ECW-1 2nd Match Women’s traditional survivor series match. Elimination Rules 5 vs 5 vs 5 In the weeks leading up to the match WWE team captain Charlotte Flair chastises Paul Heyman saying that ECW never cared about womens wrestling and that they never had a womens championship and that WWE and NXT will win by default. Heyman says his team will be revealed on the night and that he may have formed some dangerous alliances. WWE Team- Team Captain Charlotte Flair, Madusa (Early 90’s era), Paige, AJ Lee and Trish Stratus. NXT Team- Team Captain: Asuka, Shayna Baszler, Toni Storm, Rhea Ripley and Ivory (1999-2000 era) ECW Team- Team Captain- Sensational Sherri Martel, Bea Priestley, Awesome Kong, Mercedes Martinez and Meiko Satamura. Guest Referee- Stephanie McMahon Winners: NXT – The Final fall of the match happens as a result of Asuka being outnumbered 2 to 1 against both Charlotte Flair and Madusa. Charlotte has Asuka in the figure 8 as Stephanie goes to check on Asuka a scream is heard as Madusa deadlifts Stephanie into a german suplex and grabs a chair from ringside and decimates Charlotte with it. As Asuka goes for the cover on Charlotte, Madusa uses a knocked out Stephanie’s hands to count the pinfall. As she gets up she writes ECW in the air with her finger as Asuka celebrates. WWE-0 NXT-1 ECW-1 3rd Match Cruiserweight Championship Match Jushin “Thunder” Liger (Pre 1996 era) vs Ricochet Winner Jushin Liger. After a string of adverts in the ring is recent NXT signee Danhausen with a microphone fidgeting on the spot. Danhausen: “Good to see all of you here... Yes Danhausen likes, good to be here for Survivor Serieshausen. Yes.... This is Danhausen, love that Danhausen.” (Famous ECW fan Straw hat guy, can be seen in the front row as usual and audibly shouts fuck you Danhausen whilst pointing at him) Danhausen: “NO SWEARS!! We will be taken off the air....” (Doinks music hits and he starts walking towards the ring waving at the audience, who react in a mixed way due to the mixture of fans in attendance.) Danhausen: “Ooooooooooooh. Clownhausen!!” (Points at Doink) Doink gets in the ring and looks directly into the camera and smiles revealing a set of yellow teeth and a sinister smile. As the two stare down in the ring, a familiar sound is heard. WHAT DOES EVERYBODY WANT... Al Snow wearing an ECW shirt and with Head run down to the ring to join the other two. The Referee signals for the bell. 4th Match WWE: Doink the Clown (Matt Borne Era) vs NXT: Danhausen vs ECW Al Snow (1997-1999 era) Winner: Doink – After the Fiend appears towards the end of the match he applies the mandible claw to Al Snow as Danhausen runs outside to get his jar of teeth to pour onto Al Snows prone body the Fiend and Danhausen have a brief staredown before Danhausen shouts to the crowd saying WHO DO YOU LOVE as they shout DANHAUSEn before rolling back into the ring. Doink hits Danhausen with Head as he climbs back in the ring before pinning him for the win. WWE-1- NXT-1 ECW-1 5th Match Champions Challenge – No Titles on the line. ECW Television Champion: Rob Van Dam (Mr Monday Night- Era) vs NXT North American Champion: Aleister Black vs Intercontinental Champion: Chris Benoit. Winner: Aleister Black. Match ends after Benoit is hit midair with Black Mass after going for a top rope swan dive head butt onto a downed RVD. WWE-1 NXT-2 ECW-1 6th Match Men’s Traditional Survivor Series Extreme Rules Elimination Match. 5 vs 5 vs 5 Paul Heyman joins the commentary team for this match. Team WWE: Team Captain- “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Undertaker (American Badass Era) Edge and Christian (Attitude Era)and Shelton Benjamin. Team ECw: Team Captain: The Sandman with Woman, The Eliminators (Saturn and Kronus),Tommy Dreamer and Cactus Jack(Anti Hardcore 95-96) Team NXT: Team Captain: Drew McIntyre, WALTER, William Regal, Tomaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano. Winners WWE. In a match filled with twists and turns and defections from all sides the last two people left in the match are Austin and Tommy Dreamer, Dreamer will not stay down for the 3 count whatever Austin does, Dreamer desperate for the memory of ECW to survive. Austin eventually beats Dreamer senseless with a steel chair, as Dreamer again uses his famous line of “Please sir may I have another” whilst on his knees as Austin swings the chair and hits him square in the top of the head as Dreamer crumples to the floor his arms outstretched in the crucifx pose. Paul Heyman looks on shocked. WWE-2 NXT-2 ECW-1 7th Match: Special Challenge Match: An Enemy in Every Corner. Angelo Dawkins with Johnny Grunge vs Montez Ford with Rocco Rock. Winner: Angelo Dawkins via disqualification as both the Public enemy and Montez ford obliterate Dawkins, standing over him at the end of the match and doing the cabbage patch as they become a three man group. 8th Match Womens Championship Challenge: Extreme Rules Match In responds to Charlottes comments about Heyman never cared about women’s wrestling, weeks previously. A new ECW Women’s championship was created and a small tournament held in the weeks leading up to survivor series with Candice LeRae the eventual winner. WWE Women’s Champion: Lita vs NXT Women’s Champion: Kimber Lee vs ECW Women’s Champion: Candice LeRae. Winner: Candice LeRae- after a hard fought 20 minute match Candice hits Lita with a curb stomp before hitting Mrs LeRae’s Wild Ride on Kimber Lee through a flaming table to shouts of “OOOH MY GOD” from Joey Styles. WWE-2 NXT-2 ECW-2 At the commentary desk Heyman wipes his forehead in relief as its all square going into the main event. Main Event: Special Stipulation- Loser of the fall loses their title. WWE Champion- Shawn Michaels (2002-2005 era) vs NXT Champion Adam Cole vs ECW Heavyweight Champion “The Franchise” Shane Douglas (2003-2006 era) with Francine. Winner Shane Douglas- The match ends after a hard long fought contest. Cole tries to hit Panama Sunrise on Shane Douglas, just before he lands it he gets hit in the face with a superkick, Douglas sensing his opportunity musters all of his remaining energy to life Michaels as he delivers the Pitsburgh Plunge to Michaels for the 3 count. Final Score WWE-2 NXT-2 ECW-3 Douglas slowly gets to his feet with both the ECW and WWE Championships in his hands as an elated looking Heyman wipes tears from his eyes. Douglas gestures towards ringside audibly shouting “give me a fucking mic.” Douglas stares at his newly won WWE championship for a few moments before putting down the ECW championship and picking up a microphone that had been rolled into the ring. Shane Douglas: “Well here we go again, I told you this would happen McMahon. First things first haha. I stand here before God and my Father in Heaven tonight as I said I would once more become the heavyweight champion of the world in the tradition of Bruno Sammartino, Bob Backlund that asshole Dick Flair, and Steve Austin.. (The Crowd pop for each name mentioned) But wait Fuck [Censored] this and fuck [censored] all of you, you’ve heard all this before all the way back in 94, get in here Francine [Francine Enters the ring putting her arms Shane then picking up both belts.] I proved to all of you universal morons tonight that I am without a shadow of a doubt the Franchise, I have the titles I have the girl. [Shane looks at the WWE title for a moment before taking it from Francine contemplating it for a moment] Just like in 94 the Franchise Shane Douglas is the spark that lights the new flame of Extreme.” Shane grabs the ECW title and the WWE title and begins to leave before. YOU’VE GOT NO CHANCE... As Vince McMahon’s music starts to play and Vince begins walking to the ring, Shane and Francine walk past him and eyeball him the entire way with smiles on their faces as Vince stares straight at the WWE title on Shanes Shoulder horrified. The WWE logo starts to show up in the bottom corner before fading into a video package of all of the extreme events of the night, with Survive by Rise Against playing in the background. Opening with the lyric “Somewhere between happy and total fucking [censored] wreck.. The music pauses as Heyman flashes up on screen and says “No, no no McMahon no censors not anymore!! Restart the damn song”. The package and song restart from the beginning with no censoring. Ending on the lyric “How we survive, is what makes us who we are..” the final image seen is Shane Douglas holding both titles in a freeze frame, the last voice heard is Joey Styles cry of “This is Extreme” Fade to Black.
2020.09.10 16:12 IndieheadsAOTYAlbum of the Year 2014 #10: Azealia Banks - Broke With Expensive Taste
Hello everyone and welcome back to Album of the Year 2014, the daily series where the users of indieheads talk about their favorite albums of 2014. Up today, u/tropikhana makes their series debut talking about Azealia Banks' long-anticipated debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste. November 7th, 2014 - Self-Released/Prospect Park Listen: YouTube Spotify Apple Music Background Broke With Expensive Taste, the debut album from Azealia Banks, seemed like it would never arrive. After years of delays and label issues, and well after the release of the Fantasea mixtape and 1991 EP in 2012, Broke With Expensive Taste was finally born on the 7th of November 2014, in what could almost qualify as a surprise release. Both in the conventional Beyoncé’d sense of the word, and in the sense that: this album is real, and it’s here. I had never been so excited about the release of an album, and may never be again. And not only was the album finally here: it was also undeniably excellent, even for some of the most hardened Azealia Banks sceptics. Released independently, the album works not only as a showcase of everything Azealia had been in the years the album was recorded (2011-2014), but also of her capabilities as an artist. A multifaceted, immensely talented artist with an even more immense creativity. Across 16 songs, Azealia glides effortlessly between styles and tones - why so many continue to doubt her versatility is beyond me. There is one feature here, from Theophilus London, but you would barely notice. This was Azealia’s moment. And God, it was a long time coming. Even if only for a few days in November 2014, it felt as if Azealia’s talent and artistry was finally being recognized for what it was. Review byu/tropikhana The album opens with ‘’Idle Delilah’’, a theatrical, larger-than-life song which was (is?) supposedly part of a fable Azealia was writing, recounting the story of ‘’a slave master’s inquisitive daughter’’ (more about that here). It’s strange, it’s unconventional, it’s somehow a perfect opener to the first ever album from Azealia Banks. Next comes ‘’Gimme A Chance’’, a fan favourite from the pre-’’212’’ days, now revamped into some kind of hip-hop/salsa hybrid, with Azealia rapping in Spanish. This is probably the point where any casual listener realizes they have no idea what they’re in for. Track 3 is ‘’Desperado’’, maybe my personal favourite from the album. It’s Hot 97, my name is Peter Rosenberg, and, uh we're gonna get to some new music right now. This is a record called "Desperado". The production, taken care of by M.J. Cole, is perfect - the song, with samples from the New York City subway among other things, is chaotic, busy and fast. I do think this one is a bit underrated in Azealia’s catalogue. Possibly even better than the song itself is the transition into ballroom-esque ‘’JFK’’ - Azealia does not miss. God, I love nothing more than a good song transition, and these two songs are perfect. "JFK" contains a feature with Theophilus London, not that anyone’s presence was particularly necessary here - Azealia absolutely dominates this song with a confidence that even most of the rest of the album can’t match. Track 5 is ‘’212’’. Has a song so instantly timeless ever existed? Nine (oof) years after its release, this song continues being fresh, packing the same punch it did when it first came out. Every. Single. Time. It was the perfect introduction we could’ve gotten to Azealia Banks. It’s also undoubtedly one of the best songs of the 2010s, as we were kindly reminded in last year’s onslaught of lists. The bridge. The final chorus after the bridge. The way the song fades out. Whew! On a personal note, I’m consistently and repeatedly surprised at the crowdpleasing potential of this song. I don’t think I have ever been in a group of people where its presence isn’t enthusiastically welcomed. "212": Connecting People. I do however have to give an honourable mention to the mother who took it upon herself to angrily call into Irish radio station RTÉ in 2012, complaining that this was the most vulgar song she had ever heard and expressing her shock that this was the state of music in 2012. Hope she’s well! ‘’Wallace’’ is another whimsical, fun track where Azealia’s creativity shines through. Speaking of creativity, this song actually received an interactive music video back in 2015 - more about that here. The lyrics and flow here are meta-Azealia, in the best way. While it’s not my favourite on the album, it’s a very welcome addition. Track 7 decides to give the listener a jolt: ‘’Heavy Metal and Reflective’’, the single that finally indicated that maybe the album was coming, is two and a half minutes of pure energy. Azealia’s delivery here is unrelentless, with samples of scenes from Blade Runner giving some dramatic effect. Not to say ‘’it’s Azealia at her best’’, but... it’s Azealia at her best. Also, there is just something so fun about the lyric ‘’I'm in every city / They say hello to the head bitch’’, or maybe I’m just easily entertained… Maybe both. ‘’BBD’’ is another personal favourite of mine. It’s probably the most conventional song on the album, but that’s not a bad thing. One of the most gratifying things about Azealia Banks is her capacity to switch between more established hip-hop styles (here, a pretty standard trap backing) and the more experimental. Where this song really shines is the second verse. Whew, it’s maybe one of my favourite Azealia verses ever, actually. ‘’I’m bringing out the dyke in her’’ will always be a bit of a giggle. Fittingly, the song’s cold atmosphere segues into ‘’Ice Princess’’, probably one of the instant standouts from the album. And while I don’t love this song as much as I did in 2014, it’s an undeniably great track. Built over a sample of DJ Morgan Page’s ‘’In The Air’’, it’s another great example of Azealia’s propensity to effortlessly mix styles. Bonus points for the video, where Azealia is some sort of animated snow Medusa with backup dancers? I suppose? I don’t know, it’s cute, I like it. Now, let’s talk about ‘’Yung Rapunxel’’. Released in April 2013, still in the wake of ‘’212’’’s massive worldwide success, I feel like it was poised to be some kind of follow-up. And while it does have the abrasiveness of ‘’212’’, it could at best be some kind of evil cousin. This song is insane. Set over a choppy, industrial, almost gabber-esque beat, Azealia raps and shouts her way through four minutes of chaos. An oasis of respite comes in the bridge, complete with a little Mary J. Blige sample (‘’So tired… tired of all this drama…’’) before exploding back into the final chorus. The song never settles down, it just ends, still kicking and screaming. It’s just an immensely fun, great song. It also gave us this timeless GIF from Coachella 2015. Cultural patromony imo. Oh, and it has a great music video - she was lucky to release it in 2013, because that way it even got the whole ‘’illuminati imagery’’ analysis treatment that was raging at the time. Too relevant! Track 11, ‘’Soda’’, is an anomaly in Azealia’s catalogue. It’s easily the most raw, poignant song she’s released. The song uses the classic trick of putting sad lyrics to a cheery backing, all while Azealia addresses themes of drug abuse and mental illness. ‘’I'm trying to hide behind tired eyes, I sigh / I'm tired of trying to try not to cry.’’ It’s a key song in Azealia’s discography, a well-needed reminder that behind the internet beefs and scandals, Azealia Banks is a person, a person with bipolar disorder on top of the same personal struggles we all have. It shouldn’t need to be said, but unfortunately it does. The quickness with which people dismiss celebrities’ humanity is alarming, even moreso in the internet era, and scarily so in the case of Azealia Banks. ‘’Soda’’ has without a doubt earned its place as one of the all-time fan favourites. ‘’Chasing Time’’ is a house, Euro-popish number, and to be honest, my least favourite on the album. It is, though, a very decent song, and may have lured in some more pop-inclined listeners to the album. Despite this, it’s probably the only song on the album I would call non-essential. This is not the case of track 13, ‘’Luxury’’. Rescued from the 2012 Fantasea mixtape - it was too good not to make the album - it’s a welcome addition to Broke With Expensive Taste. It’s expertly produced, and probably one of Azealia’s songs with the most universal appeal. Honestly, it’s the kind of song where you forget how good it really is. I’m about to get up and listen to it now. A classic maybe. And again, great music video, under which I found the very accurate comment: ‘’she sounds how perfume smells.’’ Here? I get it. Aaand we’re back to the weird stuff. ‘’Nude Beach a-Go-Go’’ is a cover of an Ariel Pink song, whom Azealia always liked. It’s unexpected, it’s silly, it’s fun. I love it, I love that it’s here. It’s probably the kind of decision that would baffle a casual listener, but fans have known for years about Azealia’s long-standing admiration for this kind of white man indie rock (See: her great "Barely Legal" cover). Hope she liked the new Strokes album, the fans seemed to like it, so good for them I guess. Anyway, it’s a fun song, the kind of thing that few other hip-hop artists would dare. That’s why we have Azealia Banks: to do the things no one else is willing to try (also see: Yung Rapunxel II mixtape from last year - come back to me and let me know what you thought.) The album closes out with the sister songs ‘’Miss Amor’’ and ‘’Miss Camaraderie’’. They’re both great songs, although I do prefer ‘’Miss Amor’’, the extraverted, outgoing sister. ‘’Miss Camaraderie’’, though, is a firm fan favourite, and a perfect way to close the album. And what an album. I told myself before writing this piece that I’d try not to mention Azealia’s infamous internet presence - which is, I must say, near impossible. Azealia’s art is so eclipsed by this presence that merely the sight of this piece will probably shock or entertain more than a few. It’s understandable. If there’s one thing you take away from this write-up: give Azealia Banks a chance. If you want, of course. I’m not forcing anyone, nor do I want to. But this album and this woman’s music in general were such an important part of mine and many others’ formative years, and this album will forever be in my heart. No matter what Azealia says or does. We don’t choose these connections we make with music, and we don’t always get to choose to break them, even if we wanted to. Understand that Azealia Banks is a complex person, like us all. That she is a young American black woman raised in an abusive household. And most of all, consider taking away from this piece that she is an extraordinary artist, who despite endless obstacles and pitfalls, managed to deliver one of the best, most thrilling albums of 2014, and one of the very best albums of the 2010s. Will we ever get another Azealia album? Hopefully. I really am hopeful, even as the follow-up to Broke With Expensive Taste has itself been delayed countless times. But even if we don’t, would I be mad? With this album, Azealia left her mark on music, her mark on her era, her mark on millions of listeners, and maybe an even deeper mark on a few thousand like me who will treasure this album forever. Don’t dismiss Azealia Banks. Favourite Lyrics
Darling Miss Delilah While you're wasting your days alone All your friends are hired, all your friendships are fading.
Assassinate the look - murdering the gown Fashion-Killa, the body dipped in brown.
Why you procrastinating girl? You got a lot, but you just waste all yours and They'll forget your name soon (name soon) And won't nobody be to blame but yourself, yeah.
I’m in every city, they say hello To the head bitch.
"Heavy Metal and Reflective"
Tits out with your wife, n—, I’m bringing out the dyke in her.
I'm trying to hide behind tired eyes, I sigh I might survive the nighttime, I might die I say soda soda, I'm a high roller.
AZ stay talking that sick sadistic shit.
Did Broke With Expensive Taste get the credit it deserves?
Does Azealia Banks get the credit she deserves?
Had Azealia Banks been a man, could her career have taken a completely different trajectory?
Azealia Banks’ influence on 2010s pop culture and music - it’s bigger than many would like to think.
And finally, where does Broke With Expensive Taste land on your 2014 lists?
Thank you to u/tropikhana for their write-up! Up tomorrow, we've got u/kappyko scheduled to talk about another debut, Christine & the Queens' Ch\*aleur Humaine*. In the meantime, discuss today's album in the comments below where the schedule for the rest of the series and every write-up so far will be posted.
2020.09.08 19:15 7NTM61Ic7NTM61IcObscure Cole Porter lyric in the song "Anything Goes"?
I'm very impressed by Cole Porter's original lyrics to the song "Anything Goes," which can be heard sung by Porter himself on YouTube. They are amazingly clever. One only ever hears a few of them nowadays, because they were about contemporary events. However, years ago, I saw a dance production of the song on a TV variety show, and suddenly heard this at the end of the middle section: .. And those names we got Of all the dames we got For each hurricane that blows. --a reference to the fact that, at the time, tropical storms were customarily given female names. This struck me as one of the cleverest lines I had yet heard, not having yet seen that YouTube video. But try as I might, I can find no mention of such lines on the Internet. Were they written as special material for the TV show, or is this a "lost lyric"?
2020.09.05 18:47 hanads100Kanye West - Where does he rank in your top 10?
I started listening to rap because of Tupac. When i was young i did not like rap and listened to the stereotypes of rap being "not real music". one of my cousins showed me Tupac and made me read the lyrics in some of his songs, songs like dear mama, Brenda's got a baby, changes etc and i found my self to be searching for more and more Tupac songs. i listened to every single song by Tupac and i felt like i had a good understanding of him as a person. I loved his ability to story tell so well, his rhyme schemes, his flow, his voice, his vocabulary, how he shows the struggles he faces within himself just like any person would. I listened to many other rappers after finding out about Tupac... rappers such as Biggie, Nas, NWA, Drake, Lil Wayne, Eminem, 50 Cent etc. I couldn't find any rapper that matched Tupac's level. while they were all great, hence why they are mentioned. Eminem, on the other hand was the 2nd rapper which i listened to every single song of and i was somewhat obsessed with for similar reasons to Tupac, with some differences. At this time J Cole and Kendrick were not known. I started listening to both J Cole and Kendrick in 2009-2010, watching them release their first studio albums in 2011 until now, they have grown so much and for me they are easily both the top 2 rappers of all time in my opinion. I always thought Kendrick was better than J Cole but ive found my self to be listening to more J Cole than Kendrick because i found him to be more relatable. They do rap about similar things and have similar messages in their songs, where Kendrick would say it in a metaphorical way where you have to rewind multiple times to find the deeper meaning, J Cole would say the exact same thing but you would be able to vision it perfectly in one listen. I think both these things are skills which are difficult to master. Two rappers which are well respected in the rap game however i never seemed to like were Kanye West and Jay Z. I always thought Jay Z's songs had very little meaning or any substance it was always just pointless bragging. how ever i could not deny jay z's flow and delivery is great. Kanye West on the other hand i have always despised. His lyrics are weak, his delivery is weak, his stories and messages are OK but definitely not worthy which is the point of this post. Where do you rank Kanye? i've been seeing a lot of people putting Kanye as their greatest of all time or top 5 of all time and for me he is not even top 10. My TOP 10 btw: 1. Kendrick 2. J Cole
What is it about kanye am i just too dumb to understand his music or am i too smart for it? and where do you place him in your top 10 list if he is on it.
2020.09.04 18:13 DocobonbonI want to find a 'The Lumineers' song
I saw its music video on YouTube a few years back and it had an old couple dancing with cuts to the singer in a bar-ish atmosphere. Don't really remember the lyrics except for the "YOU". Edit: I can't find it. Maybe I remembered the name of the band wrong. Edit2: PlayMeOldKingCole found it!! It's Wish I knew you by The Revivalists
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2020.09.03 07:56 SensboysKendrick Lamar is Already the Greatest Rapper to Ever Live
Just to set it straight im not a Kendrick Lamar Super Fan I actually prefer J Cole's music more, I would listen to most J Cole tracks over most Kendrick tracks but he has a greater legacy than Cole which leads me to this. I will be listing my reasons in number form. 1.Albums, Kendricks albums are all almost near flawless the are all amazing Section.80 - Kendrick Lamar started his Legendary catalog of albums with Section.80. Section,80 blends amazing production with the voice of Kendrick the best out of all of the records, it shows a young Ken jumping into the game with is first jab at making a full length lp after making waves in the mixtape and ep world for a few years in which he dominated, This album gives me the chills thinking this is Kens first album when Good Kid MAAD City sounds more like a young Kendrick, but nevertheless its an amazing album with top production for the likes of Dave Free, Soundwave and fellow legend of the game J.Cole Section.80 is amazing. Good Kid MAAD City - Its true that a rappers 2nd album is almost always worst than their first due to the fact you have a long time to work on your first album but very limited to work on your 2nd, well Kendrick defies that saying more than anyone else dropping not one of the best hip-hop records of the decade but of all time. GKMC is full of classic tracks like MAAD City, Swimming pools, Bitch don't kill my vibe and of course Money Trees just to scratch the surface of this album as always this album has amazing production and people still jam its best tracks to this day and that couldn't be a more accurate reason why people love it, its aged the best out of all of the Kendrick albums. To Pimp a Butterfly - TPAB LITERALLY SAVED THE WHOLE GENRE OF JAZZ, WHAT MORE DO YOU NEED ME TO CONVINCE YOU WITH. TPAB is THE greatest rap album of all time, if not the greatest album of all time it fuses more genres than most artists do in a 10 year career and has the greatest interlude ever on it aswell its a masterpiece of story telling and amazing music and is the anthem of music I wouldn't pick a better album to represent if aliens asked us what our music sounds like. Untitled Unmastered - Its literally just "Leftover" tracks from TPAB and it still sounds like it took a whole 2 year process to make, It has amazing fusions of drum and trap bangers with amazing subject matter and lyrics Untitled Unmastered is an underrated Mastered record DAMN. - Damn is Kendricks most commercially successful album to date with hits like DNA, LOYALTY and HUMBLE being the bangers we come to know and love this was also Kendricks last studio albums as this is written, this album has songs that we go back a loom at like DAMN those were the days when we got a Kendrick project every year and he hasnt dropped since.
Kendricks single and feature games are some of the most iconic and rightfully so, when Ken drops a single its bound to hit when Kendrick is on a song hes bound to steal the show. He also has some iconic Mixtapes under the name Kendrick and K-Dot but his most notable being the brilliance of Overly Dedicated.
Accolades, Kendrick has accolades for days heres a list
Section 80 - Certified Gold GKMC - 3x Platinum, 5x grammy nomination TPAB - 2x Platinum, 11x grammy nomination 1x grammy best rap album Untitled - Certified Gold DAMN. - 3x Platinum, 5x grammy nomination, 5x grammy best rap album, best rap preformance, best rap/sung preformance, best rap song, best music video
Influence, Kendrick is the most influential artist because.
Kendrick is the most influential because nowdays his style is used across the planet and is either like copy paste or a hybrid of his already sore thumb sticking style. In conclusion this is why Kendrick Lamar is the G.O.A.T
Full album is here for your listening enjoyment! This is the second in a series of reviews on Genesis's albums spanning "Trespass" to "Calling All Stations". Click here for the "Trespass" review if you like this analysis on "Nursery Cryme". The Details: The third album released by the band and their second for the Charisma Records label, it was released on November 12th, 1971. Recording took place once again at Trident Studios in London featuring the classic lineup of Gabriel/Banks/Rutherford/Hackett/Collins for the first time. This is their second album produced by John Anthony and featuring sleeve design by Paul Whitehead. David Hentschel worked with the band for the first time here as an engineer, he'd go on to be their producer for four albums after Peter left. The album was not very successful similarly to "Trespass" in the band's homeland as it did not chart in the UK until May 1974 when it peaked at number 39. It eventually reached Silver certification in Britain on the 22nd of July 2013, almost 42 years after it was initially released. The album was however successful in mainland Europe, especially in Italy where it reached number 4. This meant the band started to play frequently in Italy (as well as continue playing in Belgium due to "Trespass" being popular there). Background: After the recording of "Trespass", Anthony Phillips left the band which almost caused the band to break up. When the band decided to continue on, they felt John Mayhew needed to be replaced as well. Auditions were held to find a drummer who could carry themself with the band and write, they settled on Phil Collins who could sing to a standard close to Peter's as well as provide a more Jazz feel to the pieces. They started playing in August, but played as a four piece due to an inability to find an acceptable replacement for Anthony. During the 1970-1971 tour (or "Trespass" tour), Mike started playing with bass pedals and rhythm guitar and Banks on double duty playing organ/piano with one hand and lead guitar on the other through a distorted fuzz box amplifier. In November, the band finally found a replacement in Mick Barnard who was recommended to the band by Friars Aylesbury's David Stopps. It became clear soon after his arrival that he was not fit for the band. Luckily, it didn't take too long for Peter to find an advert in an issue of "Melody Maker" about a "Imaginative guitarist/writer seeks involvement with receptive musicians, determined to drive beyond existing stagnant music forms". He recommended him to replace Barnard to the rest of the band. which they readily agreed to. This version of the band started touring in January, appearing at the Reading Festival in England and making their first overseas trip to Belgium. The band however could not record any satisfactory material during the tour, so they decided on a three month break starting in July for rehearsals. They moved to Charisma head Tony Stratton-Smith's Luxford House in Crowborough, East Sussex where anxiety in the band was high about writing without Anthony and the amount of involvement from Phil and Steve towards writing. An important note from these rehearsals is this is where Steve convinced Tony to buy a Mellotron, adding a new layer to the band's sound. Actual recording commenced in August and finished that same month. The sessions went well except for Steve's hard time deciphering Tony and Mike's language in the studio; for example calling a passage of music a "nice guy". Track by Track Review: "The Musical Box": The "true true" start to the band and what a fantastic opener it is. This is a dark fairy tale, one full of death and lust. Perfect for the whole family! The song starts in F# major as is very apparent in its opening notes, a tremendous attention grabber. It then leads to a very calm lyrical passage with Gabriel and Phil occasionally harmonizing. After Peter sings the chorus "play me my song", Hackett responds with a quirky guitar lick that sounds like a musical box.To be frank, the first three minutes sound like a lost track from "Trespass" in its atmosphere. It's very hypnotic and goes on in length like the instrumental acoustic passages in "White Mountain" did. I think this section is great with its creepy lyrics and use of flute, but its nothing outstanding. It is meant primarily to be set up though, so I have no complaints. Then the organ, drums, bass, and electric guitar come and man do they hit hard. The screech from Steve's guitar before he starts the solo adds so much intensity with Phil drumming harder than Mayhew could ever dream of. The "Old King Cole" section in general adds that "The Knife" rock vibe and makes it works incredibly well. A lot of crazy guitar sounds and some powerful playing from Tony. It has become vary apparent to me after listening to this section that this is the moment those fans who mourned Anthony and John's departure realized the better talent that joined the band in Steve and Phil. This is overall a really hair-raising experience that sikes the listener up for the concluding section. "She's a lady, she's got time!" is what Peter opens the closing section with, starting quietly and ending loud. The soft guitars echo the beginning of the song as it starts to come full circle. Then Tony's organ and Phil's drumming picks the section up a bit. Peter also gets louder and louder until he starts yelling full throttled to be touched, and now! Steve comes back in to deliver the most powerful moment on the whole album with Phil, Mike, and Tony supporting him as the song draws to a close. This is the best section of the song easily as the emotion can be felt more closely here than any other section; easy goosebumps for me. While it may be the most powerful moment on the album, it's not my favorite as the opening to "The Fountain of Salmacis" is (and the other sections it is expanded upon). This song is full of richness in its various musical passages; it definitely has the most variety out of any of the songs here. However, even though I have no real complaints with this song, I find maybe the first section could've been a bit more engaging than just trying to lure you into its tone. Overall though this is the first Genesis classic, a song that must be heard by any fan of progressive music. Heck, it was my introduction to the band, so for that it will always have a special place in my heart. Thank you boys for this and so much more to come, as the fun has just started. I rank this 2nd. 10/10 ⭐ -symbol designating it as one of my favorites. "For Absent Friends": "For Absent Friends" is by far the most personal song on the album, a track so delicate I deny myself from using strong words to describe it. Steve's 12-string guitars have such texture to them (the wonderful "Trespass" sound!) as they perfectly compliment Phil's soft vocals. It's a melancholy song, but there's this sense of moving on that makes me think this was the band's closest attempt at a true farewell song to Anthony Phillips (and to a lesser extent Mayhew, Silver, and Stewart). "The Musical Box" was the last song to have any major contributions from Anthony (indirectly of course), so to follow it up with this song about losing people you love, it seems a little too coincidental to me. Ironic though this was Steve and Phil's as they never played with Phillips. Perhaps they took the feelings of uncertainty from their fellow members and made a song for them about how they felt. I can't imagine Peter, Tony, and Mike having the courage to write a farewell song anyways. Overall, "For Absent Friends" and its realism is much needed on an album full of tales. A slice of reality that both pays its respects to those we've lost as well as look forward to what comes our way. I rank this 3rd. 9/10 "The Return of the Giant Hogweed": I don't like weeds of any kind, so it should come as no suprise that I find "The Return of the Giant Hogweed" a bit of a pest on an otherwise great album. My biggest problem stems to every other problem on the track, it lacks energy. The song feels rehearsed to death, with the intro all the way to Tony's solo going through the motions. It certainly lacks the drive of the other two epics on this album. The tapping from Steve Hackett and Tony's keys are great, but are just too mechanical to really hook me. The verses with Peter are too over the top for me, from the lyrics to Peter's vocal delivary. I get they were trying to get a B-movie feel with this song, but if you don't any depth or realism or just a sense of calm the song itself becomes a B-song. The chorus is by far my least favorite part, expositional lyrics with Peter's most obnoxious performance in the song "seeking reveeeeeeeeennnnnnnnngggggggeeeeeee!!!!!!". Tony's keys thankfully come in to provide a much needed breath of fresh air from the chaos with Hackett and Phil supporting him and then eventually going off in their own unique paths. This is easily the most enjoyable point of the song, should've been attached to a more riveting song. Then the hogweed speaks... Peter, you really needed to put such a distracting vocal effect over your voice? It's so poorly executed I both love and hate it; full ridiculousness on display here. Thankfully a segment I unironically enjoy follows and it's great! Phil drums his sitzfleisch off for an actually great conclusion. However this doesn't save the song from just being ok. I don't hate it, but it's inconsistency is frustrating due to the genuinely great segments throughout being mixed with excessive camp that is fine on a first listen, but when heard repeatedly becomes more annoying. I rank this unsurprisingly 7th. 6/10 "Seven Stones": Tony Banks...all the description you need for this song. This is his track for sure, and it's great, but nothing I'd come back to often. The mellotron is incredibly prominent and it's nice to hear it when it hasn't been used much since the start of Trespass. The lyrics might be my favorite from this album due to the way they're formatted. Three tales each dealing with life lessons, they're nice and of course the lyric "and the changes of no consequence will pick up the reins from nowhere" is so prog, I honestly find it both hilarious and endearing in its pretentiousness. I like to think the old man in this song also is the narrator of the other songs on the album. My evidence to support this claim is its placement on the album being directly in the middle. Therefore, it's the centerpiece of the album, with the other songs on the album being like tree branches. Phil's drumming here is a great showcase of what he added to the group now that Mayhew was gone as well as his backing vocals. The "ahs" throughout make me feel like I'm drifting away from the shore. Great usage of Phil in general. Peter is another standout here, his performance in the chorus brings out emotions of pleading and desperation. His duet with Tony on the flute is another little delight here. However my one gripe is with its ending, which just peters out without much fanfare. The mellotron is the only instrument making the end feel large, otherwise it doesn't quite feel as grand as it could be before the mellotron settles to end the track. A weak ending for me. Overall, Seven Stones is probably the turning point in where Tony becomes the band's leader, which is definitely a good thing. I'd rank this 5th. 8/10 "Harold the Barrel": "Harold the Barrel" is a quirky bugger innit? A song full of wild sounds and different vocal performances for the various characters within it. Tons of fun hearing the different vocal performances behind the characters throughout, but it only works if you have a sense of seriousness to it. This can be found in Peter's interlude section with the piano supporting him and the end of the song when our Harold jumps to his death (my favorite parts of the song). I don't really find anything particularly bad in it except that the song feels a bit tight, not much room to breathe. Which actually works in context lyrically, but not for memorablity. In one word to describe it I'd choose eccentric, as it's fun, but just that. If I were to forget any of the songs on this album first, it'd probably be Harold. Without the end making me question my enjoyment of a man killing himself, I'd blink an eye and go "oooooo pretty guitars and harmony!" I'd rank this 6th. 8/10 "Harlequin": This is a lovely song that feels like a spin on the "Trespass" style. It's biggest strength is definitely Peter and Phil's harmonization. Their voices blend so well that it almost has the depth of something The Beach Boys would do. I think Mike is a little harsh on the lyrics of the song, while they're not great, they have a lot of character and still possess some great imagery. Tony's contributions (albeit few) add to making the song rise in the chorus, which is needed to make the song have any kind of point to it. While Mike and Steve's 12-string guitars are so light they make me feel as if I'm laying on a layer of flowers, incredibly beautiful. I honestly feel like "Harlequin" works well as a companion piece to"Dusk", both musically and lyrically. Honestly, "Harlequin" is practically an optimistic "Dusk." Overall, I feel Genesis's shorter songs get the short end of the stick, a piece of music doesn't need to have various complex sections with weird chord progressions and time signatures to be a fantastic piece of music. "Harlequin" gives me a warm enough feeling to place it 4th in my ranking. 9/10 "The Fountain of Salmacis": Awesome, a fitting word to describe the closing track on "Nursery Cryme". A track so confident and dynamic in its approach I find it the most adventurous track on the whole album. It always immediately hooks me by its intro, which is definitely in my ten favorite openings to a Genesis song ever. Tony's organ keys are entrancing, so perfectly complimentary to each other that when Tony adds a mellotron build up, I barely notice until it hits. When it does, I climax...in musical satisfaction of course! Everytime this section is reused it keeps building upon on it with Steve's guitar and some Phil action. Did I mention Mike has his first classic bassline here? Then we get the lyrics with Peter singing of the tale of Hermaphroditus, a fantastic topic for the band to cover on an album full of mythical tales. Peter delivers just what is needed for this song, embracing his theatricality but not going too far to where it becomes distracting. Phil adds a really jazzy element to the verses and chorus, which certainly add so much variety and nauence to prevent it from becoming stale. Did I mention Mike's bass playing is a vast improvement to what his playing had been and that he has officially solidified himself here as a fantastic player? The backing vocals feel like the closest thing to "Trespass" vocals that the band would ever attempt with again. Adding to the story and not just being used for harmonization. Oh! It appears a new challenger has approached as Steve decides to show off his guitar skills while allowing the others to step up to his level. Did I mention Mike's playing here is one of the key examples I'd use to explain why I picked up Bass Guitar because of its bouncy and driving feeling? The jamming in this song just feels so authentic, there is so much energy here it's honestly a little too much to handle. Unfortunately, Peter has to stop singing at some point. As we draw near to the song's conclusion (in a wonderful last vocal section by the way) Steve decides we need even more of his guitar work and gives his reason why he is not just "Anthony's replacement". Tony also swoops in with his organ and Phil his percussion to end this masterpiece. Did I mention Mike and his bass playing at all in this write up? This is an epic befitting of its lyrical content. Honestly, just go listen to it now and tell me how "The Musical Box" is better. It's not, sorry but not sorry. There is just so much to digest here its invigorating; a perfect closer to the album. While I love "The Musical Box", I REALLY love "The Fountain of Salmacis". I rank this 1st on my ranking and is one of my all time favorites by the band. 10/10 ⭐ Aftermath: The band went on tour from November 1971 to August 1972 in support of the album. During this tour the band recorded the track "Happy the Man" for single release backed by "Seven Stones" as the b-side. The crowds that went to see the band were very impressed and word of mouth spread to where the band started playing larger venues. They were finally on track to becoming one of the most iconic and praised prog-rock acts of all time. Final Thoughts: "Nursery Cryme" is definitely a transitional album from the folk rock found on "Trespass" to the more electrical and experimental work on "Foxtrot" onwards. As a result, we have a great yet inconsistent album that lacks an identity besides it having a running topic of the songs being presented as tales and it being the first with Steve and Phil. I prefer "Trespass" over "Nursery Cryme" for this reason, even if "Nursery Cryme" contains two 10/10 Genesis tracks where as "Trespass" contains none. But, "Nursery Cryme" contains my favorite artwork done by Paul Whitehead, so there's that. Definitely an easier time with this one to rank than "Trespass" as I didn't have to think twice on how to order the songs. This is a must listen for any classic Genesis fan and I'm giving this album an 8/10. "Nursery Cryme" Song Ranking:
"The Fountain of Salmacis"
"The Musical Box"
"For Absent Friends"
"Harold the Barrel"
"The Return of the Giant Hogweed"
"The Fountain of Salmacis"
"The Musical Box"
"Looking for Someone"
"For Absent Friends"
"Visions of Angels"
"Harold the Barrel"
"The Return of the Giant Hogweed"
Author's Note: This is the first time I'm ranking the songs from different albums onto one list, so this is certainly going to be a journey for me as I finally determine my favorite song by them (as well as a top 10).
Nursery Cryme: Survivor is complete. We averaged 132 votes per round for this series, an improvement of 29 from Trespass. If that kind of trend continues, we'll be averaging 150 per round in no time. Now for the results. As you could probably guess, it wasn't very close. As good as The Fountain of Salmacis is, it stood no chance. I'm not as in love with The Fountain of Salmacis as most people seem to be, and it would probably only barely crack my top 50 Genesis songs, but there is a lot to love about it: the bouncing rhythm of the verses, the mystical lyrics, and of course, Tony's iconic mellotron and its incredible swells that open the track. It's a great effort all around. But it was no match for the opposition. The unsurprising but also completely deserving victor is... THE MUSICAL BOX!"Play me Old King Cole..." I have to agree with this result. The Musical Box is a true piece of art and arguably the best song Genesis had released up to this point in time. Its alternation between the soft verses and explosions of sound is iconic, and Steve has one of his very best guitar performances of his career here. It's no wonder this one has become such a fan favorite. With that all out of the way, let's see how everything stacks up.
1st: The Musical Box (47/138 votes, 34.06%)
2nd: The Fountain of Salmacis (91/138 votes, 65.94%)
3rd: The Return of the Giant Hogweed (66/131 votes, 50.38%)
4th: Seven Stones (78/129 votes, 60.47%)
5th: Harold the Barrel (42/103 votes, 40.78%)
6th: For Absent Friends (52/149 votes, 34.90%)
7th: Harlequin (46/140 votes, 32.86%)
Quick turnaround for the next Survivor; we begin the legendary Foxtrot tomorrow. See ya then!
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