I Can't SUFFD, Accidents WH, Good YFTR, Every DIWTB, P&S

Pretty self-explanatory

you prefer:

I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down
7
29%
Accidents Will Happen
10
42%
Good Year For The Roses
3
13%
Every Day I Write The Book
3
13%
Pills And Soap
1
4%
 
Total votes: 24

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I Can't SUFFD, Accidents WH, Good YFTR, Every DIWTB, P&S

Postby bambooneedle » Sat Jul 05, 2003 12:52 pm

Time for another song poll. Again, there's no real logic as to the choice of songs, other than that I didn't think there was an obvious favourite. There is a connection between these songs, however -- that they all appeared on 'The Man -- The best of EC'.

Go.

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Postby A rope leash » Sat Jul 05, 2003 2:26 pm

I have to go with "Everyday I Write the Book", because that's what I do.

If I recall correctly, there are two videos for this song, one featuring royal look-alikes, and another with "three token black girls in it".

I get that quote from Graham Parker's "That Thing is Rockin'", and I've always thought it might be a reference to that video. The verse goes something like this: "The video's on to the limit (?) / Three token black girls in it / Some little creep from England / Thinks that he's Mr. Soul-bender".

Ever heard it?

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Postby Gillibeanz » Sat Jul 05, 2003 2:35 pm

Hard choice for me between 'Accidents will happen' and 'I cant stand up'.....but 'Accidents' it has to be!
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Postby Watching_Detectives » Sat Jul 05, 2003 2:59 pm

I had to go with...Pills and Soap... :D
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Postby sulkygirl » Sat Jul 05, 2003 3:39 pm

Sorry, but "I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down" would have to be my favorite...kind of my very own "theme song", so to speak...

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Postby so lacklustre » Sat Jul 05, 2003 4:08 pm

Accidents for me, almost made my top ten.

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Postby PlaythingOrPet » Sat Jul 05, 2003 5:37 pm

Accidents by miles.
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Postby Mr. Misery » Sat Jul 05, 2003 8:29 pm

Accidents is in a class by itself, brilliant complex lyrics and a timeless melody. I prefer the piano based version culled from the Hollywood High shows of yesteryear found on the Armed Forces reissue, because one can hear every golden word.

Every Day I Write the Book is clear second, I have such a fondness for this simple charming pop classic. The original version was the closest thing he came to a hit single in the states, and I also love the guitar-based rock arrangement on the underrated Goodbye Cruel World extended play. Graham Parker is a talented songwriter but his line about the backup singers (quoted by A Rope Leash) is foolish. They sang on the record and so appeared on the video, there was no tokenism involved.

"A Good Year for the Roses" has a sad and understated beauty, "I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down" is fine but doesn't bear comparison with the amazing eighteen Costello-penned songs on Get Happy!!, and "Pills and Soap" is menacing and unpleasant, and though that may be the point I simply don't care for it.

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Postby sulkygirl » Sat Jul 05, 2003 9:09 pm

I absolutely LOVE E.C.'s "Good Year for the Roses". God love George Jones...

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Postby oily slick » Sat Jul 05, 2003 10:02 pm

accidents...this one ain't gonna be close
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Postby jack of parades » Sat Jul 05, 2003 11:54 pm

Accidents is an undeniably great song, but I think Pills and Soap is one of his greatest songs ever. Influenced by rap- early rap anyway- and containing his most biting, politically direct lyrics, this songs is an amazing one-off of what Elvis can do. All horizons are open to him. I think it is the musical equivalent of Jonathan Swift. But what the hell do I know? The other songs are easier to hum.

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Postby bambooneedle » Sun Jul 06, 2003 11:27 am

I just tried humming Pills And Soap, and it's quite hummable.

Hmm-Hm-Hm .... Hmmmmmm

I recently read the story about how they rushed to record it (almost sure it had to do with Thatcher and The Falklands) and release it as a single immediately (just a few days, from conception to release), and I'm remembering EC's menacing but ironic facial expressions on the 'A Case For Song' version with The Brodskys... if you have this, next time check out how he sings, "we're going to melt them down.."

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Postby costellopunk » Sun Jul 06, 2003 7:49 pm

i'm all about can't stand up. it's my favorite cover he ever did and it just always seemed so right for him to coer it. i love the way he does it live and i fully feel it when he sings the "vow that we made..." line.

coming in second is accidents will happen. i always thought that his greatest set would begin with this song "i just don't know where to begin..." commence rocking, and end with i want to vanish.

next is pills and soap. it is indeed hummable i catch myself humming it quite a bit and it has that cool little da dump da dump do do do do do groove going. i read that bit about the recording also. interseting stuff. i really wuold like to hear a funky remix of this song. but then i like remixes. has anyone heard him do this with the brodsky's? it translates very well.

good year for the roses is fourth. it's a heartfelt cover of a sad sad song. someone once told me that elvis's version is a bit uplifting but i don't see how. it's one of those songs that you always cry to when you're really really drunk. "at least you wanted it, that's more than i can say for me." i love the ennunciation and the way he almost sounds casual about the whole thing.

everyday i write the book is dead last. i never really dug the studio version. the live version at least is tolerable. it's not that the song isn't well written it's the whole hit single bullshit politics of the whole deal that turns me off of it. not a good excuse i know but than i'm a little retarded (this coming from the guy who really loves veronica).
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Postby ReadyToHearTheWorst » Mon Jul 07, 2003 11:00 am

bambooneedle wrote:I recently read the story about how they rushed to record it (almost sure it had to do with Thatcher and The Falklands) and release it as a single immediately (just a few days, from conception to release) ..."


If I remember it right, Pills & Soap was released during a general election. The BBC were concerned that it might be seen as a 'party political' song, so they didn't play it much on the radio, and didn't want it on Top of the Pops!

However, common sense prevailed, and The Imposter appeared on TotP when the record made it to the Top Twenty (for 1 week?), although I don't think they announced who he really was.
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Postby noiseradio » Mon Jul 07, 2003 12:04 pm

I have enormous respect for wat he did with Pills & Soap, acknowledging the reacent (then) birth od hip hop, especially "The Message" by Grand Master Flash. that EC appreciated the depth of that track when so many others had written rap off as a novelty trend is gratifying to me.

Bur it's Accidents Will Happen, by leaps and bounds for me. One of the most perfect three minutes of pop ever constructed.

And it was in E.T.
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Postby bambooneedle » Mon Jul 07, 2003 10:30 pm

ReadyToHearThe Worst, so he played Pills And Soap solo on TotP... on guitar, or piano? (did search, no mention of piano but thought I'd ask)

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Postby SweetPear » Tue Jul 08, 2003 12:19 am

It was a tight one for the top spot.
Accidents is classic and a really great song.....but I chose I Can't Stand Up.
I love his emotional delivery...as always, it cuts so deeply.
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Postby ReadyToHearTheWorst » Tue Jul 08, 2003 3:25 am

bambooneedle wrote:ReadyToHearThe Worst, so he played Pills And Soap solo on TotP... on guitar, or piano? (did search, no mention of piano but thought I'd ask)


I'm pretty sure that he stood alone and mimed, no instruments to be seen (but my memory is no longer what I remember it to have been, so I could be wrong).
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Postby bambooneedle » Wed Jul 09, 2003 3:02 am

Thanks RTHTW. If his miming and general acting performance on the Chelsea video is anything to go by, it would be a good cack.

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Postby lipstickvogue » Tue Jul 15, 2003 4:48 am

every other day I would choose a different bubble ... today i vote with can't stand up although accidents is amazinf and pills and soap is such a moving work ... magic eight ball says answer unclear please ask again later :)
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