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Deep Cuts from the Song Fight! Archive

Postby Lunkhead » Fri Aug 22, 2008 1:01 pm

How about a thread dedicated just to pointing out gems buried in the SongFight! archives? I've been posting these in the "What are you listening to now?" thread, but I think it'd be fun to have a dedicated space for them.

Anyway, I was just enjoying "Snow Fort" by Eight Legged Oedipus. It's got a good beat, melody, and lyric(s?).
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Postby Paco Del Stinko » Fri Aug 22, 2008 2:28 pm

Heh, good tune!
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Postby Lunkhead » Fri Aug 22, 2008 3:05 pm

Who was Grumpy Ball? I have no idea, but I do think that their one and only entry, "Accelerator" rocks. Check out the awesome shredding guitar solo in particular.
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Postby Paco Del Stinko » Fri Aug 22, 2008 6:27 pm

The singer sounds like the guy on some of the Klownhole songs.
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Postby Niveous » Fri Aug 22, 2008 7:53 pm

Great thread idea. Just yesterday, I was riding in the car with a friend of mine and she asked me to throw in a CD. I had a bunch of CD and all of them unlabeled. The first one I put in was full of old SF songs. I had forgotten just how great Michael Maas' Sincerity Machine was until that moment. An excellent SF Deep Cut.
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Re: Deep Cuts from the SongFight! Archive

Postby Billy's Little Trip » Sat Aug 23, 2008 10:23 am

My music moods change day to day. One day Klownhole, the next Ross Durand. I've got random play lists on my ipod and every so often I'll hear a song that makes me bounce. There's one that I like with the chorus, "that's what she said" with a simple style, like fountains of Wayne, kind of. I normally don't care for clapping, but the clapping is so out of time in spots that I love it, lol. Plus it has horn and acoustic guitar. Any ideas?
I'll try to look it up. I think I've seen that chorus as a title here once.
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Postby jimtyrrell » Mon Aug 25, 2008 5:33 am

Roy - Red Zero

This is one of several outstanding songs from this fight. Abominominous and Dylan Nau turned in fantastic pieces too.
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Postby Lunkhead » Tue Aug 26, 2008 2:47 pm

Hear JB do an all too accurate (for my tastes) Laurie Anderson impression in his "Birds of Our Own":

http://www.songfight.org/music/birds_of ... -birds.mp3

I'm not so into that style, but some of you may be...
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Postby Lunkhead » Tue Aug 26, 2008 2:52 pm

jimtyrrell wrote:Roy - Red Zero

This is one of several outstanding songs from this fight. Abominominous and Dylan Nau turned in fantastic pieces too.


Wow, great song. I love that guy Roy/Roy Castle/Martin Chitty/etc. I wish he would do more. His cover of "Pancho and Lefty" for the Country/DEVO Cover Fight is really awesome, and is kind of similar in feel to "Red Zero", including the trumpet.

EDIT: Shnap, the link to his cover is dead. :( Sad. I have it at home, though, so maybe I can get it into the right hands to have it hosted on SongFight or something...
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Postby Lunkhead » Tue Aug 26, 2008 3:03 pm

By a very odd coincidence, I just listened to "Across the Dusty Plains" by Farmer in the City and who should it actually be, but the very same Roy/Roy Castle/man of many aliases. And it's also a good one, though a bit short.
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Postby Lunkhead » Tue Aug 26, 2008 3:20 pm

Speaking of aliases, it sounds like State Shirt also once went by the name "Caldor", for this entry for "Butterfly Massacre", featuring some typically great instrumentation, melodies, and singing, as well as some screaming that would make Jute Gyte and Mike Patton proud.
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Postby Lunkhead » Tue Aug 26, 2008 3:35 pm

Hopefully I'm not posting too much/often here, but I really enjoyed "Dinner for One" by Hostess Mostess. I mostly want to post about it here so I remember to try to learn how to play it later when I'm home. It's a good guytar tune, with nice intricate lyrics.
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Postby Billy's Little Trip » Tue Aug 26, 2008 3:48 pm

Billy's Little Trip wrote:My music moods change day to day. One day Klownhole, the next Ross Durand. I've got random play lists on my ipod and every so often I'll hear a song that makes me bounce. There's one that I like with the chorus, "that's what she said" with a simple style, like fountains of Wayne, kind of. I normally don't care for clapping, but the clapping is so out of time in spots that I love it, lol. Plus it has horn and acoustic guitar. Any ideas?
I'll try to look it up. I think I've seen that chorus as a title here once.

Ha, I just found the song I mentioned here. That's What She Said. I've never met this Evil E guy, but I like his bouncy style. Sounds like the kind of song that the Ramones would trash, in a good way.
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Postby Lunkhead » Tue Aug 26, 2008 3:51 pm

This "Red Skates" entry by "Loose Laces" must really be by High Density, aka Moboid and Future Boy. It's a fun little tune.
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Postby Niveous » Tue Aug 26, 2008 4:37 pm

From my Top 200 of 2004:

“Red Skates is the collision in creative inclination between Future Boy, widely known for his post-theatric electro-pop singalongs, and Randy Smith, who wanted desperately to inject some noise, venom, and malice into the toothache-inducing sweetness of Future Boy's work. Moboid usurped the vocals in a desperate attempt to reconcile the miscommunicated lyrical intent between the two composers.”- Loose Laces
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Re: Deep Cuts from the SongFight! Archive

Postby melvin » Tue Aug 26, 2008 5:15 pm

Location Location Location's Leaf Blower remains one of my very favourite SF songs of all time. Who's in that band? I know it involves some well-known fighter(s), but I'm not sure who.

EDIT: Heh, having just re-listened to this track for the first time since NE3, I am now willing to bet that's Ken on lead vox. Right?
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Postby Niveous » Tue Aug 26, 2008 5:24 pm

Location, Location, Location is Ken Mahru + Ryan of the Mosswoodians.
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Postby glennny » Tue Aug 26, 2008 5:42 pm

Ahem,

Leaf Blower by Location Location Location was my Song Fight debut.

Ken and I wrote the music together at our old rehearsal space, I play rhythm guitar on the track. Ryan from our old band (I don't think he was in the mosswoodians, but I should ask Ken about that) plays bass and backing vocal tracks. The female backing singer is not Erin, but one of those other Berkeley female singers Ken seems to know so many of.

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Postby HeuristicsInc » Tue Aug 26, 2008 6:06 pm

Lunkhead wrote:Hear JB do an all too accurate (for my tastes) Laurie Anderson impression in his "Birds of Our Own":


heh, so accurate it actually has direct quotes from the original in it!

What's the definition of a deep cut?
i really enjoy the goofiness of TV's Kyle's "Baba Ganoush" but I just went to get the link and he actually won... however maybe all songs are deep cuts with the number of songs we have in the archives :)
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Postby Niveous » Tue Aug 26, 2008 6:07 pm

Sorry about that. I knew the L,L,L was just Ken & Ryan back in 2004. I had interviewed Ken about it back then:

190. “Brother in Law” by Location, Location, Location

“Oh my, Brother in Law was a collaboration between me and Ryan. He plays the fancy guitar in Mosswoodians. We wanted to get a School of Fish sound on that one. Remember 3 Strange Days? Anyway, we started with drum loops and distorted guitar. Then started writing lyrics. Ryan came up with the basic story about taking your sister's fiance to a strip club before they got married because he was kind of a geek. We then started thinking about how perhaps this was part two of MC Frontalot's Yellow Lasers, as if your sister was the Princess Leia character and the fiance was the good MC. Se we added in some references and MC Frontalot samples. I think that is about it. I guess it could have just as easily been a Freedom Fries song. I originally wanted to call the band Freedom Friends, but decided to keep things simple for the archive.”- Ken Mahru


I had forgotten that you joined up (though I knew that). What I didn't know was that Ryan was on "Control Yourself".
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Re: Deep Cuts from the SongFight! Archive

Postby glennny » Tue Aug 26, 2008 6:25 pm

Yup, I just read all 12 of Ryans posts, and apparently he was in the Mosswoodians. I should listen to that band. You may not know that my brother Woody of "Grace of a Car Crash" drumming fame, was roommates with Ryan back in those days. With a name like Mosswoodians, I wonder if Woody is playing drums on the track.

EDIT- nope, just listened to those tracks. I was a little shocked to find out Cancer was an old Song Fight tune.
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Re: Deep Cuts from the SongFight! Archive

Postby jb » Wed Aug 27, 2008 8:02 am

The stereo version of my "Birds of Our Own" is more fun to listen to, as all the sounds are spread over the spectrum.
http://johnorama.com/songs/weird/birds_of_our_own.mp3

I've always loved this song. I made it using some piece of software that was basically an early step sequencer. I had to record the song by looping my Creative soundcard's output through some doohickey that would record it to .wav.

You could set the program to play a whole chord at once, and then move that chord up and down the scale. Everything you hear is the General MIDI soundset of that Creative card. The "song" (if you want to call it that) is actually a performance-- I started recording, and then turned things on and off, and at points moved this little pitch controller up and down. There's no way to ever do this piece the same way again.

The Laurie Anderson quote is there because that song of hers, "Big Science", is about armageddon, and so is my "Birds of Our Own". And I loooooooooooove Laurie Anderson. Hence all the distorted voiceover and repetition in addition to the quote.

My deep cut choice is "Frannie" by Narwhal: http://www.songfight.org/music/frannie/ ... rannie.mp3

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