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I bought The Good The Bad and The Queen's album today. 10/10

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OzzyCFC   

I got to see Muse on Sunday night and they are a phenomenon. One of the best I have seen. When they cut into Hysteria the place went Crazy.

Tool were on afterwards and raised the bar again, what a performance!

Off to Kasabian tomorrow, missed them on the weekend so I am up for this one.

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Ted,

I agree about Morrissey. I used to think he was a bit of a god but after the split he did not exactly endear himself to me. I was so upset when Marr left and then they all split up. I remember the letters page of the NME carried virtually nothing but Smiths letters for two years. Morrissey's only decent solo effort was 'Viva Hate', after that everything he made was dreadful. I made the mistake of reading an interview with him about a year ago - made me wonder what I ever saw in him as a human being all those years ago.

I love all the Doors work althought 'Soft Parade' needs me to be in a very generous mood to bother listening to it. He definitely was no poet but then lyrical content has never really bothered me greatly. I am always more about the music and the mood it conveys. Let's face it Ian Brown could be singing about his grocery list in some of the Stone Roses songs and no one would know. By the way if you want to hear some truly dreadful lyrics pick up the new Killers album.

Some of the Syd Barrett stuff was okay I agree but I just cannot accept how they are so popular and yet so dull.

I have most of those bands you mention in my collection except for a few:

Tricky I never really got into, and Massive Attack literally did send me to sleep on the two occasions I tried to listen to that big album they had in the mid 90s.

Never heard Brel and only know the 'Je t'aime' hit from the 60s by Gainsbourg.

Never took to Joan Baez much.

I can cope with some Motown. The only stuff I listen to by choice is Marvin Gaye though - what a voice the man had. In fact if I had to pick two amazing voices would be him and Nat King Cole.

A colleague of mine here was lucky enough to interview Marley twice on the radio over here and got to know him a little. The guy used to produce a few lesser known reggae acts including Roots Radics. An old neighbour of mine over there was Nina Simone's drummer for a summer or two in Casablance in the late 60s. He's been in the music industry for 40 years mostly in post-production but he said that the most impressice character he met in all that time was Simone (and he's worked with everyone).

Blondie I gladly admit to enjoying. Saw them live once - dreadful performace. She had to read the lyrics from a sheet of paper for a couple of songs. And yes I was a big fan of Belinda Carlisle back in the day hahaha. I had forgotten all about her.

Elton John... all I can say is 'foh real, playa'?? I have a very good friend here who never likes anything but rap or R&B. However, he also really likes Phil Collins. I still think it's for some bizzarre bet which has been running for years and years.

Cheers,

Alexi Lalas

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Dano   
I got to see Muse on Sunday night and they are a phenomenon. One of the best I have seen. When they cut into Hysteria the place went Crazy.

Tool were on afterwards and raised the bar again, what a performance!

Off to Kasabian tomorrow, missed them on the weekend so I am up for this one.

I went to the Auckland Big Day Out and Muse were by far the best act there in my humble opinion. I liked them before this but now I regard them as awesome! The sound is so much more massive live. As you say, It was going crazy when they played hysteria. I missed Kasabian too at BDO but mates who saw them thought they were brilliant.

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Alright Alexi,

You really should purchase Tricky’s Maxinquaye.

Here is his band performing Black Steel live:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTTSesU9aKY

and what the song actually sounds like with a cheesy video that I assume somebody has made: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ItykmLhdQs

As for Gainsbourg here is the song that got him into so much trouble: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAMh_DpTDus...ted&search=

His drunken moment with Whitney Houston that gave him even more notoriety in America:

Him with Bridget Bardot who’s looking very attractive. She’s a bit of an ugly, mad, old pouffiace (French word meaning slag) now though: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHQkYYIYue4

And my favourite Gainsbourg song. I left my girlfriend after a heated argument and sat in a Paris bar by the Gare du Nord (before returning to England), playing this song on repeat on the jukebox, chain-smoking Gitanes and drinking red wine. I always play this song when I’ve argued with her: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_bGxQ5zqss

The chorus means:

I came to tell you I'm leaving

And your tears can't change that

Like Verlaine says so well on an ill wind

I came to tell you I'm leaving

As for Brel, Bowie cites him as his biggest musical influence and Nina Simone loves him too. In fact she sings this song, but nothing will ever compare to the intensity of Brel’s performances. Ne me quitte pas means, don't leave me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJIZu37Hfr0

And this is my favourite Brel song, it’s in my opinion the most beautiful love song ever written: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTokvxPuxKI I couldn’t find the actual video in which he’s singing it as he’s climbing the steps of Montmartre in Paris.

Ian Brown should have been singing about his shopping list. It would have been better than “I pop pop pop blow blow bubble gum, you taste of cherryade." But in general I agree if a band has a good sound then you can ignore what they’re singing about.

The Killers are dreadful in my opinion, which is a shame because musically they have potential.

As for Elton John, I mainly like his old stuff before he started wearing his bum on his head, like Tiny Dancer, Candle in the Wind (before the Diana version) and Rocket Man, even if Crocodile Rock and I’m Still Standing are very annoying. His new album was excellent and I thought I Want Love was the pick. It was also a touch of genius to get Robert Downey Junior to mime the singing in the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OT-389DnME

Despite the fact the Elton’s a freak he does an incredible amount of charity work and gives a small fortune every year to various charities.

Blondie were never supposed to be good live. Didn’t Debbie Harry just stand there looking awkward?

What impressed your neighbour so much about Nina Simone? I really am going to go to the Nice and Juan les Pins jazz festivals this yearb (Up there with the World Cup, the Beaune Auction and the Cannes Film festival in terms of things's I like/would like to attend). She’s often at both.

I really think Marvin Gaye is great.

Most of the time though I actually listen to classical music over songs. Beethoven's symphony number 9 being my favourite. Benard Haitink conducting the London Symphony Orchestra is a particulalry notable, recent version.

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I must agree Ted, Tricky is excellent, and Maxinquaye has to be one of the most underrrated albums of the 90's. The Massive Attack/Tricky/Portishead triumvirate always get the thumbs up from me.

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Yes I like Portishead too.

I also forgot the greatest musical talent of all time ever: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p55YD8QhQ3o

Is this the greatest musical performance in history?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN3MGN899yE...ted&search=

I don't know what this weird cartoon is, but it's the only clip I could find with the music:

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hanuma   

Shatner's last album was actually pretty good....co-written by Ben Folds.

Had a really good cover of Pulp's 'Common People'.

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The Shat is a legend. He really doesn't give a s**t does he?

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