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CC Round 6 Match 2 *Penk 14- Thang-y 4*

Postby never/ever » 18 Oct 2017, 12:17

A

Saint Etienne - Only Love Can Break Your Heart





B

David Byrne - I Wanna Dance With Somebody

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Re: CC Round 6 Match 2

Postby Moleskin » 18 Oct 2017, 13:32

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Re: CC Round 6 Match 2

Postby Count Machuki » 18 Oct 2017, 16:37

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Re: CC Round 6 Match 2

Postby Jumper K » 18 Oct 2017, 16:46

Utter shit. Both of em. A.

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Re: CC Round 6 Match 2

Postby sloopjohnc » 18 Oct 2017, 16:56

Jumper K wrote:Utter shit. Both of em. A.


Pretty much.

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Re: CC Round 6 Match 2

Postby Darkness_Fish » 18 Oct 2017, 17:18

St Etienne just seem to have used a generic backing track with no relation to the original, or the vocal line here. Sounds so much like every other indie-dance track from 1990. Sounds like it's being played at the wrong speed though, somehow.

Couldn't Dave have afforded a few more people on stage? It's like Slipknot have hit middle-age hard. This is less cheesy than some of the risible Chi-lites-like efforts that have been in this cup, but it does have an air of comfy slippers and a big mug of smugness. The key change at 3:00 is almost physically painful.

I'm struggling to justify the existence of either of 'em. Nah. Abstain, unless I change my mind.
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Re: CC Round 6 Match 2

Postby toomanyhatz » 18 Oct 2017, 17:56

Once again the fishy one nails it. B is just so "Public TV Arts Show" that I want to apply a condition to my donation that they never, never show that again. Byrne generally radiates smugness, but occasionally there's flashes of humor. Not here.

A is dull, but a lot less annoying.
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Re: CC Round 6 Match 2

Postby PENK » 18 Oct 2017, 19:05

I've never really got into Saint Etienne. They're obviously (based on Stanley's writing at least) very intelligent and knowledgeable about their music and they put a lot of thought and craft into it, but it's just too smooth and twee for me most of the time. 'Hobart Paving' is great, though; and I've always liked this lo-fi indie-house version of the Neil song, too.

I do like some Talking Heads things and indeed the occasional bit of Byrne's solo career, and his label Luaka Bop has put out some good things.

It also put out a record entitled The Soul of Black Peru which featured a song by Byrne himself. That alone ensures that this is not a career low.

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Re: CC Round 6 Match 2

Postby The Modernist » 18 Oct 2017, 22:25

Two artists covering someone you wouldn't expect.
I've always loved the Saint Etienne track, which I seem to remember was their first single. It's a radical reinterpretation which transforms Young's original into something mysterious and sultry.
B isn't quite as bad as I feared. It's a lively arrangement, but it can't disguise how ill-suited Byrne is to the song. He's like a dancing policeman pretending to have a good time for the camera at The Notting Hill Carnival.

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Re: CC Round 6 Match 2

Postby Copehead » 18 Oct 2017, 22:48

B because no one else will
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Re: CC Round 6 Match 2

Postby Osgood » 19 Oct 2017, 08:32

For the first 30 sec I thought I was gonna like A, but then it became a big disappointment. Please put your dirty hands on somebody else's songs.
I liked B in spite of the dreadful original. Maybe because unlike most people here, I do like Byrne.

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Re: CC Round 6 Match 2

Postby fange » 19 Oct 2017, 08:40

I'm having a hard time choosing one here.

I may have to come back.

Ok, i am going with


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Re: CC Round 6 Match 2

Postby Ranking Ted » 19 Oct 2017, 09:41

The Saint Etienne - not my pick - is better than 95% of the dross in this Cup. B is entertaining but blown away.

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Re: CC Round 6 Match 2

Postby never/ever » 20 Oct 2017, 11:37

Always loved A. B makes me horrifyingly sad.

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Re: CC Round 6 Match 2

Postby Loki » 21 Oct 2017, 04:39

Don't like anything about B. A was pretty monotonous.


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Postby Hugh » 22 Oct 2017, 12:03

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Re: CC Round 6 Match 2

Postby echolalia » 22 Oct 2017, 22:43

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Re: CC Round 6 Match 2

Postby Rayge » 23 Oct 2017, 16:30

A is familiar, and far better than the original, B is David Byrne.
Another one where I don't have to listen, hurrah

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Re: CC Round 6 Match 2

Postby Thang-y » 23 Oct 2017, 19:33

What a dull fucking song A is - by anyone.

B makes me laugh.

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Re: CC Round 6 Match 2

Postby clive gash » 26 Oct 2017, 21:56

Whitney’s version is a fine record, Byrne’s take justifies my not taking interest in any of his post-Bush of Ghosts efforts.

I take Saint Etienne as tastemakers (English Weather/The Trip comps) over their music but this is one that they blast out of the atmosphere.

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