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Archive for the ‘2004’ Category

Before you start sending hate mail at the fact I’ve got a Fall Out Boy song in here, please understand, Fall Out Boy mean a lot to me. I’m not kidding either, I got into Fall Out Boy in 2006 after they released From Under The Cork Tree, it was around this time I went through one of the hardest times of my life. I listened to these guys on repeat for roughly three months, and in the end I found out that I had become drawn towards the acoustic version of Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner.
Maybe it’s the lyrics that make me love this song. I do believe that the lyrics in the bridge; “So wear me like a locket around your throat, I’ll weigh you down, I’ll watch you choke, you look so good in blue, you look so good in blue”, are utterly amazing. Or maybe it’s the fantastic acoustic guitar and the unorthodox, but utterly inviting, chords that manage to make the song work. But whatever makes this song so awe-inspiring is done with perfection. The vocals don’t overshadow the rest of the song, the guitar is clean and well played and the lyrics are beautiful.
What’s not to love?

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Dance, Dance

The first Fall Out Boy song I heard. I was amazed at how great a song that was essentially a cliched emo-punk song could be.  And Patrick Stump even gave me hope that the nerdiest looking guy (I mean how nerdy he looks in real life, no just the film clip) could be a great musician. All I knew when I heard this song was that I wanted to write songs like this and make catchy tunes as well as they did.

Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down

I first saw this song title and saw the word ‘sugar’ in it. I instantly assumed it was some shitty rap song, so I avoided it. But then, the same night I heard “Dance, Dance”, I heard this song, and I was massively blown away! I was shocked at how good these guys were. The inspiring, indirect lyrics, the guitar, the catchyness and the chorus. Oh man, the chorus! I STILL get chills listening to it.

I’ve Got A Dark Alley And A Bad Idea That Says You Should Shut Your Mouth (Summer Song)

Again, this song is beautiful. The lyrics make this song. Theway that Pete Wentz writes songs is inspiring. If I can somehow write songs as well as he does, I will be happy. The lyrics are not only powerful, but they truly show a sense of desperation that goes well with the minor key of the song. And again, I still get chills from the chorus.

Note: As I said, I was obsessed with Fall Out Boy for 3 months, so I can’t write ALL the songs that made my shortlist. But I was hooked on their 3rd album, which is why all the songs here are from that album.
Other songs in my shortlist were:

  • XO
  • Hum Hallelujah
  • Our Lawyer Made Us Change The Name Of This Song So We Wouldn’t Get Sued
  • Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy?
  • Of All The Gin Joints In All The World

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    By now you should have realised my penchant for strange and deliciously alternative bands. Well, they don’t get much stranger than Machine Gun Fellatio. MGF are Australia’s answer to Ween, who have been commonly referred to as a ‘jack of all trades’ band, whereby they can change genres with ease. Well this song is a more rock orientated departure from their previous songs; the sombre Unsent Letter, the upbeat Rollercoaster and the a cappella (Let Me Be Your) Dirty Fucking Whore. Regardless of their history, in What The Fuck? MGF manage to essentially deliver an anthem for the apathetic people.

    The song discusses the art of not caring. To put it bluntly, the song is a about Pinky Beecroft (the singer) essentially saying “What the fuck do I care? I’ve got bigger problems.” However, the message is delivered with great eloquence, which is actually quite surprising. But the song’s upbeat and catchy atmosphere manage to overshadow the message of the song, and actually make the song seem to be of a totally different nature. But despite this, the song is able to be not only fun, but incredibly serious whilst raising a good point.

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    The Girl Of My Dreams (Is Giving Me Nightmares)

    Let me take you through a rundown of what the average listener might say when they listen to this song; “What?”
    That’s right. This song does not make a lot of sense, other than the obvious theme which is about how the perfect girl has turned into something other than perfection. But somehow, the strange metaphors and confusing sayings manage to make this song almost sensible. It’s strange, but the strangeness manages to make the song normal. If you can work out why the heck that is, you know where to find me.

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    83. Drop The Pressure – Mylo

    Generally, when songs consist of very few lyrics, you want them to be good. Generally, when songs tend not to stray away from the main beat and melody line, that melody and beat want to be good. Generally, when Mylo releases an aptly titled House album named Destroy Rock And Roll, the lead single, Drop The Pressure, is good. Coincidentally, that is what happened in 2004. Mylo’s single Drop The Pressure consists of very little variation musically, however it is generally the effects placed upon the vocals that leads to the song being a winner.

    The vocals consist of only one line that is repeated throughout; “Motherfuckers’ gonna drop the pressure“, but it is a powerful line that manages to entice the casual, immature listener through the use of swearing, whilst still maintaining an element of badassery in the way it is delivered.
    To be honest, there is little I can say about this song, as it is really a song that must be listened to so you can appreciate it. Many people dislike this song due to the repetitiveness, but the fantastic bassline and amazing vocal effects tend to make this song from a run of the mill electronic song into something amazing.

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    Destroy Rock & Roll

    Picture this; a young lad of 12 years old watching “Rage’ at 3 am on a Saturday morning. Now imagine this song coming on. Oh yes, that was me. This song and it’s spoken word vocals form a faux vendetta against rock music as it calls for all “perversions” to be destroyed. However, this song has a very repetitive beat and clever idea that somehow culminates into a monster of a song that is still played at clubs today.

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    Years ago when I first heard this song, I heard the original version. Instantly I was drawn into the beautiful orchestral melodies, the piano that drives the song and the vocals of James Walsh. However, after buying the single and listening to the b-sides, I discovered the Thin White Duke Mix. The Thin White Duke is Stuart Price, a British electronica musician who remixed this song amazingly. Now, I found that version found on the b-side is only half as long as a version someone sent me a couple of years back, and frankly that song sounds as if someone cut it in half and stuck it on the single. But the 8 minute version is a thing of great wonder. It starts with an orchestral arrangement that harks back to the original song which then changes into the vocals from the chorus, which become double tracked, before the song reaches legendary status.
    After the song’s introduction, the beat of the song become evident. This beat also inspires the name and the meaning of the song. The beat is commonly known as a Four To The Floor beat, which means that there are 4 beats per bar in a very common and straightforward rhythm. The song itself references this in the fact that the song is essentially about a man who thought he would be involved with a woman and that their relationship would be considered ‘four to the floor’, i.e, they would have a very common and straightforward relationship, but I digress. The beat of this song is the backbone. The straightforward beat and the strangely hypnotic bassline, and the ever-present snare drum transform this song from a typical mainstay of the ‘piano rock’ genre to a genre transcending gem that appeals to alternative rock enthusiasts and techno lovers.

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    Four To The Floor

    Yes, it may be a bit of a cop out having this song as a runner up, but to be honest, it was hard for me to choose between them. This song has so much soul, and the original version has an incredible raw vibe that defines the genre of alternative rock, or in the commonly accepted case, piano rock. While the song was not as popular as its remixed counterpart, the original deserves as much recognition for being so different yet so similar to the remix. Regardless, this is an amazing song that should not be forgotten to make room for the remix.

    In The Crossfire

    A couple of years ago I listened to a lot of talkback radio on Triple M. Before you judge me,
    Spoonman was an incredible host and he had a fantastic personality for radio. But anyway, when this song came out, he played it. Lots. That’s how this song got imprinted on my mind. The song focuses on the Iraq War and about how the singer doesn’t feel involved until he hears the crossfire on the radio. For a song that involves politics without becoming preachy, it’s a winner. Even the music suits the style for which the song is written and the meaning of itself. If Four To The Floor had never been written, this song would be in the list.

     

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    93. Breathe Me – Sia

     Breathe Me is an incredibly confusing song. The meaning of the song is ambiguous at best (however, it is commonly assumed that Sia is singing about being alone and needing someone to be with her), the instrumentation is incredibly beautiful and her voice is perfect for the song. Yet, the thing that confuses me is the how the song has remained relatively unknown throughout the world. The song was released in 2004 on Sia’s second album Colour The Small One, and gained popularity somewhat through the use of the song on the closing of an episode of Six Feet Under. However, this song, and Sia herself, remained relatively unknown until earlier this year and the release of her third album. The song had gained underground fame through the way that so many fans connected with what Sia was saying. However, since the meaning is greatly ambiguous, there is very little chance of finding out exactly what it was those fans connected with.

    The song itself has a very ethereal and fragile feel. Sia’s lyrics show a sense of loneliness (the opening lyric of “I have done it again” seems to hark back to a Sylvia Plath poem regarding suicide) and regret. A clever, but quite symbolic aspect to the song, is the opening. The song starts with a very straightforward piano melody which continues until the breath of Sia is heard, signifying the start of the song and adding another element to the mystery of the song’s name. The beauty of her voice and the fragility of voice becomes evident as the song progresses, however, the song reaches its high point at the start of the chorus. The chorus seems to start out with a call for help and asking people to “be my friend”, and continues to project a sense of beauty and despair as it continues. The song does tend to take depressing tones at times, however the overlaying themes of happiness (albeit mixed with depressive lyrics), seem to present a confusingly uplifting message to the listener. However, if you manage to work out what the heck that message is, and if you can somehow work out the enigma that is this song, don’t hesitate to enlighten me.

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