Best one hit wonders

To qualify as a one hit wonder, the song must have been played a ridiculous amount more than anything else a group has ever put out, even if they had other decent or even "good" songs.

Popular music and I rarely see eye to eye, but for whatever reason, I've loved this stupid song for 30 years. Couldn't name another song by the band if you held a gun to my head.

Xprimentyl:
Popular music and I rarely see eye to eye, but for whatever reason, I?ve loved this stupid song for 30 years. Couldn?t name another song by the band if you held a gun to my head.

Yeah, now that I think of it I don't know of any other songs they do. It pretty much is unmistakably synonymous with 80's pop - especially that intro and hook -and it put a big grin on my face when I heard it playing on a radio in MGSV while I snuck through a base in the dead of night. Plus it's another one that is used to great effect in more contemporary works like The Leftovers and Deadpool 2 of all movies.

I always liked this one. Helps that it's a simple but fun song to play.

I know about a Youtuber (Todd In The Shadows) who has a series specifically dedicated to that ("Take On Me" was the pilot), so I'm gonna cheat with... Scatman!

Todd In The Shadows video...

OK, one legit I remember

Since my first choice was already taken (love "Take on Me", I also recommend the acoustic version), so here's another good choice:

CaitSeith:
I know about a Youtuber (Todd In The Shadows) who has a series specifically dedicated to that ("Take On Me" was the pilot), so I'm gonna cheat with... Scatman!

OK, one legit I remember

You know, I'm pretty sure calling Falco a One Hit Wonder is a jailable offense in most German speaking countries.

Xprimentyl:
Popular music and I rarely see eye to eye, but for whatever reason, I?ve loved this stupid song for 30 years. Couldn?t name another song by the band if you held a gun to my head.

They also did this one;

;)

Whilst am harassing you, there was another track you mentioned a whiles ago that had too much memory attached, I think, it was the original of this;

was wondering if a distinct enough cover version makes it any easier to appreciate the song without as much emotional trickery.

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For own examples;





^one of the primer examples of getting their album only to find out all their other tracks are basically sound like one track. And is shit.^

I've no idea if these were ever one hit wonders, or even hits. But theys the only ones I remember standing alone.

Neurotic Void Melody:

Xprimentyl:
SNIP

Whilst am harassing you, there was another track you mentioned a whiles ago that had too much memory attached, I think, it was the original of this;

was wondering if a distinct enough cover version makes it any easier to appreciate the song without as much emotional trickery.

Oh, you bastard, Lol. Actually that cover itself does NOT stir up the old emotions, but it does bring the original to mind and sad face. But I like it. On topic, though, the original "Teardrop" is by Massive Attack and they are far from one-hit-wonders. They're actually quite popular, but the genres they dabble in tend to not be very main-streamy.

Xprimentyl:
Popular music and I rarely see eye to eye, but for whatever reason, I?ve loved this stupid song for 30 years. Couldn?t name another song by the band if you held a gun to my head.

Oh lordy. It might be country dependent as a band may have lots of hits in one country and barely any in another, but A-ha had a very successful career generally. "The Sun Always Shines on TV" would be the most obvious other hit; "The Living Daylights" (theme tune to the James Bond movie) is another well known one.

In a similar way many people might mention something like "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell and it's by far their most famous song, but Soft Cell had at least 3 top ten hits (UK). People might really struggle to name them in comparison (I can think of "Say Hello Wave Goodbye") but I don't think any band that has more than one big hit can truly be called a one hit wonder, even if one is much better known than the others.

CrazyGirl17:
Since my first choice was already taken (love "Take on Me", I also recommend the acoustic version), so here's another good choice:

Ahh 90s music videos. I wish we could go back to those days of weirdness.

PsychedelicDiamond:
You know, I'm pretty sure calling Falco a One Hit Wonder is a jailable offense in most German speaking countries.

Just don't tell on me. I'm just an average man, and I already feel like somebody's watching me

I submit this, Bran Van 3000 may have released other songs, but this is the one that always gets played. The album, Glee, that this came from and the follow up, Discosis, are both really good.

Now of course they are not a one hit wonder, These guys were actually pretty cool and I was able to meet them, but at one time here locally this song would be playing every time I turned on the car radio:

IS anyone else having trouble with Youtube videos displaying atm? They were working when I opened the thread and then nodda after I posted. :O

Edit: added Link to video since video embedding isn't working:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04F4xlWSFh0
Drowning Pool - Bodies

Need to be clear on the perimeters. One of my favorite bands of all time is Jamiroquai. I learned from them by the 'One Hit Wonder' Virtual Insanity.

As an American, this blew my mind away. Canned Heat was in "Napoleon Dynamite", but the group was really known for Virtual Insanity more than anything else, and forgotten about by the average citizen. However, I've always been following them, and they were always doing things in the UK. The Return of the Space Cowboy is a club stable. Even more so the Remix.

Also, Jay Kay looks like Electronic Music Jesus. And I've always dug that.

So, are they an One Hit Wonder?

Lil devils x:
Now of course they are not a one hit wonder, These guys were actually pretty cool and I was able to meet them, but at one time here locally this song would be playing every time I turned on the car radio:

IS anyone else having trouble with Youtube videos displaying atm? They were working when I opened the thread and then nodda after I posted. :O

Was about to respond. I see nothing that any of you people posted in this.

ObsidianJones:
Need to be clear on the perimeters. One of my favorite bands of all time is Jamiroquai. I learned from them by the 'One Hit Wonder' Virtual Insanity.

As an American, this blew my mind away. Canned Heat was in "Napoleon Dynamite", but the group was really known for Virtual Insanity more than anything else, and forgotten about by the average citizen. However, I've always been following them, and they were always doing things in the UK. The Return of the Space Cowboy is a club stable. Even more so the Remix.

Also, Jay Kay looks like Electronic Music Jesus. And I've always dug that.

So, are they an One Hit Wonder?

I think the connectivity of the world and the nature of the radio has made this a pretty hard question. I really want to call Florence + the Machine a one hit wonder group, but the fact is I know for sure they've made other stuff and are generally liked, its just that the radio only ever played the one song of theirs so I know nothing else of them.

Its easier to talk about the classics in terms of one hit wonderism just because if it wasn't on the radio in as late as the early 90's chances are you had no opportunity to hear them or their other stuff without seeking it out, and at times it was damn hard to even do the seeking because that devil music might not get stocked at the one record shop you had access to. Right now I'm listening to all of what Florence has done - I've never heard most of it and I never would if I didn't have the internet to find it. The fact that she is alive and producing is evidence enough that people like her and give her money, but I dunno if enough do for Dog Days to be more than a one hit wonder.

Just now I was digging up old bands for other examples and I found out Fastball still exists and is slated to release an album this year in spite of the fact that I've never heard a single other thing they made and assumed they got desk jobs in like 2005. And Wolfmother is working on an album too! This is madness. And information that would never have been found by me even a decade or two ago.

Xprimentyl:
Oh, you bastard, Lol. Actually that cover itself does NOT stir up the old emotions, but it does bring the original to mind and sad face. But I like it. On topic, though, the original "Teardrop" is by Massive Attack and they are far from one-hit-wonders. They're actually quite popular, but the genres they dabble in tend to not be very main-streamy.

Oh for sure, Massive Attack wasn't meant to be intended as part of the one hit wonders here (there's like 2 thirds of their discography on this phone at mo as dark trip hop is one of the more effective audio-induced painkillers these days). Kinda just remembered a past thread out of the blue while typing, probably should've brought it up back then but am annoyingly weird with communication at the best of times.

We are going to have to start naming these things, because a few of us can not see videos at all.

Neurotic Void Melody:

Xprimentyl:
Oh, you bastard, Lol. Actually that cover itself does NOT stir up the old emotions, but it does bring the original to mind and sad face. But I like it. On topic, though, the original "Teardrop" is by Massive Attack and they are far from one-hit-wonders. They're actually quite popular, but the genres they dabble in tend to not be very main-streamy.

Oh for sure, Massive Attack wasn't meant to be intended as part of the one hit wonders here (there's like 2 thirds of their discography on this phone at mo as dark trip hop is one of the more effective audio-induced painkillers these days). Kinda just remembered a past thread out of the blue while typing, probably should've brought it up back then but am annoyingly weird with communication at the best of times.

People mentioned Massive Attack. I've been into them since I was a moody teenager trying to figure out how I could best make a outfit that would blend in Hackers, Snatch, and Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines, all the while I was working out to get Jacked and practicing Martial Arts.

... I was complicated.

Anyway, listen to Paradise Circus. I know people know it from Luther, but it's just wonderful on its own.

Now, what do you people know about Thievery Corporation?

Best one I can think of is also one of the most heartrending covers I've heard of this song. By Jeff Buckley, I give you "Hallelujah".

Stan Ridgeway when he left Wall Of Voodoo.


I LOVE Ridgeway-era Wall Of Voodoo. (Dark Continent, Call Of The West). Then he left and had this song. It has really similar guitar work to Wall of Voodoo, but the rest of his solo work is just okay for me.

And Wall of Voodoo themselves had an awesome one-hit wonder after he left, which is how I first discovered them. Love this song.

ObsidianJones:
Jamiroquai ... So, are they an One Hit Wonder?

Not in the UK, they were pretty popular. Personally, I hated them. (At the time they were on all the time; these days I'm quite ambivalent.)

ObsidianJones:
We are going to have to start naming these things, because a few of us can not see videos at all.

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People mentioned Massive Attack. I've been into them since I was a moody teenager trying to figure out how I could best make a outfit that would blend in Hackers, Snatch, and Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines, all the while I was working out to get Jacked and practicing Martial Arts.

... I was complicated.

Anyway, listen to Paradise Circus. I know people know it from Luther, but it's just wonderful on its own.

Now, what do you people know about Thievery Corporation?

So the music went away for everyone else too? Had assumed it was just the browser being difficult again, but maybe there's nefarious forces at play this time. *Burrows frow accusingly towards nearest redhead*

Paradise Circus is a good'n! Up there amongst their best. That quirky, scrappy fashion period then is pretty endearing the more I look back on it, though can remember being a bit of a weirdo when it came to clothing experimentation in youth in a way that did attract perhaps less-than-positive, sometimes aggressive reactions from certain types of strangers, while old hippy ladies seemed suspiciously way more receptive about it. So no judgements here. :)

Hadn't heard Thievery Corporation before (the name is faintly familiar), but they do appear to be making themselves quite at home in this phone's playlist all of a sudden. It's always appreciated to be introduced to new artists, yet it's a genre (subgenre?) that's hard to find other people into it around local areas here.

thebobmaster:
Best one I can think of is also one of the most heartrending covers I've heard of this song. By Jeff Buckley, I give you "Hallelujah".

Out of the million covers for that song brought into existence by now, that one's definitely the one most emotionally tuned to the lyrics so far. There was this acquaintance once who was watching some reality singing contest show where this lady did a cover for the song, but was so focused on solo-ing like a thousand notes after every line that the words sounded like a mere obligation instead. Which, while technically impressive, ultimately felt hollow. Some performers forget to connect to what they're actually saying when they're trying to prove themselves so much. (Jeff Buckley has a pretty respectable blues/soulsy back record besides that one, though can't remember any of them being played anywhere mainstream, let alone any being chart hits. Could be wrong however).

Sleeping Satellite by Tasmin Archer.

As far as I know this was her only hit. I associate the song so strongly with my childhood it still gives me warm and fuzzy feelings. It's a fantastic song and I still really like it.

hanselthecaretaker:

[spoiler]Hmmm Hmmm Hmmm by the Crash Test Dummies definitely comes to mind that I keep being reminded of through movies like Dumb and Dumber and more recently from the brilliant credit scene of Tag than from ever hearing it played on the radio since the early 90?s. It?s incredibly simple and strange but it has an atmospheric, somber and peculiar tone to it that really hasn?t been duplicated since.

Oh yeah that's a great one. Also very nostalgic. It's still regularly played today on radio stations.

Neurotic Void Melody:
So the music went away for everyone else too? Had assumed it was just the browser being difficult again, but maybe there's nefarious forces at play this time. *Burrows frow accusingly towards nearest redhead*

Paradise Circus is a good'n! Up there amongst their best. That quirky, scrappy fashion period then is pretty endearing the more I look back on it, though can remember being a bit of a weirdo when it came to clothing experimentation in youth in a way that did attract perhaps less-than-positive, sometimes aggressive reactions from certain types of strangers, while old hippy ladies seemed suspiciously way more receptive about it. So no judgements here. :)

Hadn't heard Thievery Corporation before (the name is faintly familiar), but they do appear to be making themselves quite at home in this phone's playlist all of a sudden. It's always appreciated to be introduced to new artists, yet it's a genre (subgenre?) that's hard to find other people into it around local areas here.

For the sake of your sanity, don't try to ever pin down the Genre of Thievery Corporation. It is all over the place. Lo-Fi, Electronica, Ethnic, and Downtempo. That will be your best description.

And I feel you on not finding people into the same music you are. I'm an American Drum and Bass fan. Most Americans I ever met don't even know what Drum and Bass is.

But if you're into hard to pin down Groups, can I interest you into a little 4hero? A group that changes genres as readily as we breathe.

Les Fleurs to Look Inside to Super Woman... that last one changed styles in the middle of the track!

ObsidianJones:
For the sake of your sanity, don't try to ever pin down the Genre of Thievery Corporation. It is all over the place. Lo-Fi, Electronica, Ethnic, and Downtempo. That will be your best description.

And I feel you on not finding people into the same music you are. I'm an American Drum and Bass fan. Most Americans I ever met don't even know what Drum and Bass is.

But if you're into hard to pin down Groups, can I interest you into a little 4hero? A group that changes genres as readily as we breathe.

Les Fleurs to Look Inside to Super Woman... that last one changed styles in the middle of the track!

Drum n bass you say? What you been doing hanging about in that country?? It's been thriving here for decades! Look under any cushion or in any corner here and you'll find a dnb remix of any popular or niche song. In fact, the last group of humans I spent most available spare time with before moving elsewhere were very dnb focused, some being amateur to intermediate mixers themselves. Had always preferred the more engaging beats and rhythm of it as opposed to the simplicity of mainstream trance, the way it can blend so effortlessly with reggae, dubstep, funk, glitch-hop etc and create some very exciting drops and mixes with the right creative minds. It was often a party scene though, that's where the experience flourished the most and indeed was expected to. What kind of artists tickle your fancy in that regard? There's a wide array of different sounds to find agreement or disagreement with. Hadn't considered it being a niche thing in the US before now.

4Hero sounds good so far, and Les Fleurs is insanely familiar...god knows where that's been played before. They been added for imminent headphone listening, as some water appears to have been spilt on phone speaker earlier during hasty cooking, giving it a disappointingly tinny sound, and journeys must be made very soon. Variety is a highly respectable element for any artist, as it implies greater avenues of inspiration with broader appreciation and understanding of the art and willingness to experiment. :D

Neurotic Void Melody:

ObsidianJones:
For the sake of your sanity, don't try to ever pin down the Genre of Thievery Corporation. It is all over the place. Lo-Fi, Electronica, Ethnic, and Downtempo. That will be your best description.

And I feel you on not finding people into the same music you are. I'm an American Drum and Bass fan. Most Americans I ever met don't even know what Drum and Bass is.

But if you're into hard to pin down Groups, can I interest you into a little 4hero? A group that changes genres as readily as we breathe.

Les Fleurs to Look Inside to Super Woman... that last one changed styles in the middle of the track!

Drum n bass you say? What you been doing hanging about in that country?? It's been thriving here for decades!

Yeah, here in the US, you have to work to find what you want to hear if you're not into the massively overplayed, radio-friendly popular music. I've been into Electronic music for decades, and before the proliferation of online shopping and streaming service, I had scour college campus record stores (DJ culture tended to land good music near, well, "DJs") and in lots of cases special order from overseas. Needless to say, I was quite put out when a book of 300 of my collected CDs was stolen from my car; a few thousand dollars snatched away by some piece of shit thief who probably didn't even like the music.

The upside? Though it's quite infrequent, whenever an artist or group I'm into comes stateside on tour, it tends to be small venues and ticket prices are relatively cheap. I saw Tricky, fucking Tricky, for like $25 at a joint that held maybe 150 people? I got to meet him, he signed a CD for me and gave me and my buddies invitations to the after-party. I would love to say I got to party with Tricky, but after the show, the bouncers kicked out everyone without after-party invitations, then invited the ladies with invitations backstage, then told all us guys with invitations to get the fuck out. I'd have been more upset, but couldn't help but laugh at all the guys who'd just been separated from their girlfriends. Don't worry, fellas; Tricky's only the godfather of Trip Hop; I'm sure he's back there teaching the ladies some music theory... XD

Neurotic Void Melody:
Drum n bass you say? What you been doing hanging about in that country?? It's been thriving here for decades! Look under any cushion or in any corner here and you'll find a dnb remix of any popular or niche song. In fact, the last group of humans I spent most available spare time with before moving elsewhere were very dnb focused, some being amateur to intermediate mixers themselves. Had always preferred the more engaging beats and rhythm of it as opposed to the simplicity of mainstream trance, the way it can blend so effortlessly with reggae, dubstep, funk, glitch-hop etc and create some very exciting drops and mixes with the right creative minds. It was often a party scene though, that's where the experience flourished the most and indeed was expected to. What kind of artists tickle your fancy in that regard? There's a wide array of different sounds to find agreement or disagreement with. Hadn't considered it being a niche thing in the US before now.

4Hero sounds good so far, and Les Fleurs is insanely familiar...god knows where that's been played before. They been added for imminent headphone listening, as some water appears to have been spilt on phone speaker earlier during hasty cooking, giving it a disappointingly tinny sound, and journeys must be made very soon. Variety is a highly respectable element for any artist, as it implies greater avenues of inspiration with broader appreciation and understanding of the art and willingness to experiment. :D

Languishing, really. I watch more "Would I Lie To You" and "QI" than anything on tv nowadays. Hell, I DON'T know what's on american TV nowadays. My Hopes is that with the ties to the UK, I will get more exposure when I move to Toronto. I remember the sound being bigger in Montreal when I studied there, but that was at 2004. We even had Electronica stations here in New York in 2004.

God, you're lucky. I wish I had that experience. I mention Bungle and people just look at me like I've grown two more heads. He is literally my favorite recording Artist ever. His music takes me to worlds. And if I'm allowed to dip into the terminology I never get to use, This Massive Chune right here is what gets me right and proper chuffed. Probably my favorite song of all time.

Xprimentyl:
Yeah, here in the US, you have to work to find what you want to hear if you?re not into the massively overplayed, radio-friendly popular music. I?ve been into Electronic music for decades, and before the proliferation of online shopping and streaming service, I had scour college campus record stores (DJ culture tended to land good music near, well, ?DJs?) and in lots of cases special order from overseas. Needless to say, I was quite put out when a book of 300 of my collected CDs was stolen from my car; a few thousand dollars snatched away by some piece of shit thief who probably didn?t even like the music.

The upside? Though it?s quite infrequent, whenever an artist or group I?m into comes stateside on tour, it tends to be small venues and ticket prices are relatively cheap. I saw Tricky, fucking Tricky, for like $25 at a joint that held maybe 150 people? I got to meet him, he signed a CD for me and gave me and my buddies invitations to the after-party. I would love to say I got to party with Tricky, but after the show, the bouncers kicked out everyone without after-party invitations, then invited the ladies with invitations backstage, then told all us guys with invitations to get the fuck out. I?d have been more upset, but couldn?t help but laugh at all the guys who?d just been separated from their girlfriends. Don?t worry, fellas; Tricky?s only the godfather of Trip Hop; I?m sure he?s back there teaching the ladies some music theory? XD

Xprimentyl, we are friends now. I thought you were a great guy before. We are now officially friends. I've signed the forms and everything.

I'm telling you, the second I heard "She Makes Me Wanna Die", I was changed forever. I was going to go around playing that song to people and if they knew it, I would become a part of their group and we were just going to do everything so cool and in slow motion.

... Oh My God, this thread has shown me I was even more of a geek than I originally thought. I think this feeling in my chest is embarrassment? It's been a while since I felt that.

ObsidianJones:

Xprimentyl:
Yeah, here in the US, you have to work to find what you want to hear if you?re not into the massively overplayed, radio-friendly popular music. I?ve been into Electronic music for decades, and before the proliferation of online shopping and streaming service, I had scour college campus record stores (DJ culture tended to land good music near, well, ?DJs?) and in lots of cases special order from overseas. Needless to say, I was quite put out when a book of 300 of my collected CDs was stolen from my car; a few thousand dollars snatched away by some piece of shit thief who probably didn?t even like the music.

The upside? Though it?s quite infrequent, whenever an artist or group I?m into comes stateside on tour, it tends to be small venues and ticket prices are relatively cheap. I saw Tricky, fucking Tricky, for like $25 at a joint that held maybe 150 people? I got to meet him, he signed a CD for me and gave me and my buddies invitations to the after-party. I would love to say I got to party with Tricky, but after the show, the bouncers kicked out everyone without after-party invitations, then invited the ladies with invitations backstage, then told all us guys with invitations to get the fuck out. I?d have been more upset, but couldn?t help but laugh at all the guys who?d just been separated from their girlfriends. Don?t worry, fellas; Tricky?s only the godfather of Trip Hop; I?m sure he?s back there teaching the ladies some music theory? XD

Xprimentyl, we are friends now. I thought you were a great guy before. We are now officially friends. I've signed the forms and everything.

I'm telling you, the second I heard "She Makes Me Wanna Die", I was changed forever. I was going to go around playing that song to people and if they knew it, I would become a part of their group and we were just going to do everything so cool and in slow motion.

... Oh My God, this thread has shown me I was even more of a geek than I originally thought. I think this feeling in my chest is embarrassment? It's been a while since I felt that.

Glad to find I'm in good company; friendship happily accepted!

Agreed, that is an incredible song; had we met and you played it for me, I most certainly would have recognized it and matched your enthusiasm for it. Martina Topley-Bird and Tricky were an amazing duo; her achingly beautiful voice, his brooding, whiskey voice and all set to the often nigh-schizophrenic, dark, off-tempo music, ugh, this is the kind of music I listen to mentally fade away.

We're all geeks here; some of us just have better taste in music than others!

Xprimentyl:

Yeah, here in the US, you have to work to find what you want to hear if you're not into the massively overplayed, radio-friendly popular music. I've been into Electronic music for decades, and before the proliferation of online shopping and streaming service, I had scour college campus record stores (DJ culture tended to land good music near, well, "DJs") and in lots of cases special order from overseas. Needless to say, I was quite put out when a book of 300 of my collected CDs was stolen from my car; a few thousand dollars snatched away by some piece of shit thief who probably didn't even like the music.

The upside? Though it's quite infrequent, whenever an artist or group I'm into comes stateside on tour, it tends to be small venues and ticket prices are relatively cheap. I saw Tricky, fucking Tricky, for like $25 at a joint that held maybe 150 people? I got to meet him, he signed a CD for me and gave me and my buddies invitations to the after-party. I would love to say I got to party with Tricky, but after the show, the bouncers kicked out everyone without after-party invitations, then invited the ladies with invitations backstage, then told all us guys with invitations to get the fuck out. I'd have been more upset, but couldn't help but laugh at all the guys who'd just been separated from their girlfriends. Don't worry, fellas; Tricky's only the godfather of Trip Hop; I'm sure he's back there teaching the ladies some music theory... XD

It's established science that only women can translate the ancient parchments of Bristol sound theory; poor Tricky just wanted help with his revision. True, smaller venues are often the better experiences, more relaxed and intimate in a way, depending on the performers. That is a damn fine deal either way though. He does a fair bit of collaboration with another from the murky depths of the trip hop hole, Francesca Belmonte (vids still broke and no loady I see), you may have come across them at some point before. Am throwing them in anyway. :) Oh, that's a lot of prized music to disappear unceremoniously into the aether, like losing a loved one almost! Except with far less closure.

ObsidianJones:
Languishing, really. I watch more "Would I Lie To You" and "QI" than anything on tv nowadays. Hell, I DON'T know what's on american TV nowadays. My Hopes is that with the ties to the UK, I will get more exposure when I move to Toronto. I remember the sound being bigger in Montreal when I studied there, but that was at 2004. We even had Electronica stations here in New York in 2004.

God, you're lucky. I wish I had that experience. I mention Bungle and people just look at me like I've grown two more heads. He is literally my favorite recording Artist ever. His music takes me to worlds. And if I'm allowed to dip into the terminology I never get to use, This Massive Chune right here is what gets me right and proper chuffed. Probably my favorite song of all time.

Well as much as there is wrong with this island, politically speaking, at least the arts are given room to flourish thanks to a time where the people making decisions weren't outnumbered by career sociopaths and public funds were allocated uh oh, pining socialist opinions redacted for sanity's sake.
Had a louder listen to 4Hero over the weekend, to get a better angle on all the intricacies, and can say there is much more to appreciate now, lots of appealing jazzy instrument noises for the earbrain. They have a spot now.
Ooh, Bungle has a pretty respectable output so far. Good stuff! And yeah, the escapism to be found is definitely not to be underestimated. I tend to consume the music in binge form, like hour to 2 hour mixes when the mood demands though. Had the artist Spor doing a few appearances on local radio every now and then, given the reigns to do whatever for an hour or so which yielded some interesting results.

Edit: if you ever get the chance, check out a music rhythm game called Amplitude. Like guitar hero for DnB, but some intense tunes for sure.

Probably sounds a bit silly, but am usually a little cautious with sharing trip hop to others as there are not-insignificant number of those who would see it as depressing, which is understandable, but lowering the chances of sending a person into a despair cloud and potentially being responsible for a later suicide attempt is a mild concern, or a whispery voice of paranoid doubt like an omnipresent guilt demon snarling behind every thought at least. Paradise Circus seems a fair enough litmus test against it however, so will attempt to add a couple of noises that make sense sometimes.

Monophona - Thumb This one, damn, it burrowed deep.
Zhong Chi - I can't hide
Port Electric - Pollution
Canidas - Hold Has a note that repeats like a softer sounding heart monitor on life support, to these ears anyway.
Zero 7 - When it falls Usually vocals with their other tracks, but this instrumental is like a sensual massage of various pleasing vibrations.
Mattafix - Freeman
Morcheeba - Slowdown
Black Chamber - Other Days
Tor - Glass and Stone
Ours Samplus - Over
Alright, better stop there before getting all carried away again!

Neurotic Void Melody:
Probably sounds a bit silly, but am usually a little cautious with sharing trip hop to others as there are not-insignificant number of those who would see it as depressing, which is understandable,

Ugh, I truly am entirely unable to understand people who can't understand or at least appreciate that music is a medium of expression and not solely a shallow form of entertainment. I'm not a pretentious music snob, but I will argue at length the very real distinction between musical "artists" and musical "entertainers," and will always side with the artists. Can Artists entertain and entertainers be artistic? Absolutely, but for every Bjork there are 40 trillion Ariana Grandes, and frankly, it's tiresome. I personally prefer dark music, tracks in minor keys, anything that's introspective, "depressing." It's not that I objectively enjoy those things, but I can relate to them; we ALL can at some point in our lives, some more points than others. What I can't relate to is a stage with a dozen dancers swirling around a woman in a gauche outfit and too much makeup singing about how great life is in front of a crowd of 100,000 people.

You're too kind. I rarely share my music with others for a much more cynical reason. Someone asks what I like, I say "electronic music," they invariably say "what, like 'techno'?" I say no, and try to end the line of questioning there. It's clear further discussion is going to be less a conversation and more my trying to succinctly explain the oft inexplicable to someone whose "favorite songs" are whatever six are in heavy rotation on popular radio that week.

Gonna go with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones or possibly Ben Folds (who actually has created a giant amount of awesome music that nobody will ever associate with him).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVk_e31dnlE

LOL 90's

Xprimentyl:
Ugh, I truly am entirely unable to understand people who can't understand or at least appreciate that music is a medium of expression and not solely a shallow form of entertainment. I'm not a pretentious music snob, but I will argue at length the very real distinction between musical "artists" and musical "entertainers," and will always side with the artists. Can Artists entertain and entertainers be artistic? Absolutely, but for every Bjork there are 40 trillion Ariana Grandes, and frankly, it's tiresome. I personally prefer dark music, tracks in minor keys, anything that's introspective, "depressing." It's not that I objectively enjoy those things, but I can relate to them; we ALL can at some point in our lives, some more points than others. What I can't relate to is a stage with a dozen dancers swirling around a woman in a gauche outfit and too much makeup singing about how great life is in front of a crowd of 100,000 people.

You're too kind. I rarely share my music with others for a much more cynical reason. Someone asks what I like, I say "electronic music," they invariably say "what, like 'techno'?" I say no, and try to end the line of questioning there. It's clear further discussion is going to be less a conversation and more my trying to succinctly explain the oft inexplicable to someone whose "favorite songs" are whatever six are in heavy rotation on popular radio that week.

Definitely agree there. Life/reality seems naturally tuned to a minor key anyway. Unfortunately most people I see in this current location these days are well into their chart musics so if socialising is desired it always has the garunteed caveat of being accompanied with another update on the latest soul-devouring horrors usually on repeat thanks to radio stations committing to about a single album's worth of content. Thing is these people regularly admit to not liking a lot of it until hearing them for like the 1000th time whereupon Stockholm syndrome must kick in and the mind buckles under the pressure of all those cumulative drips. It's kind of worrying how the process so successfully conditions people who don't think about it all that much. Humans too often get told what to like, what to consume by the Eldritch publishing machine and they just do! I keep hinting (politely) to push the boat out more for their own sakes as well as one's own selfish threadbare sanity, but habitual humans can be tricky especially past a certain age.

Positive results have been yielded though, small signs of hope through a myriad of influential factors. Some credit is due to the folks who did the 4 Chord Song, as that has visibly caused change in how a few people who've seen/heard it have approached the music they inhale just a teensy little bit more critically. That hasn't stopped the producers making those songs still though. If I didn't know any better, I'd say they saw that track as less a criticism of popular music to learn from and more of a life hack to profit off. There's even a chart song out now that uses the exact same key for the chords...they didn't do the bare minimum to avoid the obvious comparison! Bloody hack frauds. (Ooh, accidental rhyme. *Jots down for later misuse*)

You mentioned being a musiciany person of sorts before, which I think does make it easier to observe such patterns, realise how simple and utterly dull it is to make a catchy, shallow feel-good song, and when other musicians are phoning it in too. It's understandable those who aren't won't usually be as keenly focused on these sounds, which is why I appreciate the comedic bridge-building like the 4 Chord Song group and Bill Bailey's general output that can help with basic understanding for the non-musician types without resorting to harsh condescension or contempt for those listeners.

Edit: in a meek attempt to stay on original topic, one more sneaky addition; The Coral - Dreaming of you

 

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