My friend and I were having this argument...

Pretty self-explanatory

Which is better?

Pump It Up
Watching the Detectives
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My friend and I were having this argument...

Postby Watching_Detectives » Tue Jun 17, 2003 6:41 pm

My friend says that Pump It Up is much better than Watching the Detectives. Now, if you couldn't tell by my namey-thingy that I enjoy Watching the Detectives. Which do you think is better?
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Postby spooky girlfriend » Tue Jun 17, 2003 6:45 pm

I know how Elvis feels about Watching the Detectives - he says he thinks it was the first really good song he wrote. But I still like Pump It Up.

And so do all four of my kids. :)
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Postby jack of parades » Wed Jun 18, 2003 1:13 am

I've heard Elvis say the same thing about Watching the Detectives, but I've also heard him say that he believes Pump it Up to be as good a rock'n'roll record as ever came out of England. I don't know about that, but both songs are grand. I'd give it to Detectives, because its endlessly mysterious and challenging.

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Postby noiseradio » Wed Jun 18, 2003 2:04 am

Well, from a performance point of view, I like both songs so much, it's hard to say. We have played both songs every time we've ever played (along with Alison, Peace Love & Understanding, Veronica, and Oliver's Army). If we skip any of those, people throw things. While I'll admit that some nights Veronica and Alison feels like a lot of work, I never get tired of Pump It Up or Detectives. I think I like singing Detectives better, and I like playing Pump it Up more.

When I'm just listening to EC, I would probably say I like Pump it Up ever so slightly more.
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Postby Copenhagen Fan » Wed Jun 18, 2003 4:44 am

hmmmm I think Elvis solved this riddle at his concert in San Diego CA during the Spinning Songbook tour.......he grabbed the arrow and placed it between Detetctives and PUMP ...and then played them both...! :lol:

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Postby so lacklustre » Wed Jun 18, 2003 4:54 am

very hard to split them, wtd just for me.

So far on my 'top ten ec tracks ever' thread there have not been any votes for piu, and two for wtd with Watching_Detectives placing it first and ReadyToHearTheWorst placing it third.

Get over there and vote now!

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Postby bambooneedle » Wed Jun 18, 2003 5:21 am

Pump It Up is a great pop song that could be taken for granted here just because it hasn't aged as well as Watching The Detectives. I prefer it as an EC pop moment but, on an overall basis, I prefer WTD. It's close.

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Postby ReadyToHearTheWorst » Wed Jun 18, 2003 5:41 am

This is a close call - they're both excellent songs. However, I've voted for Watching the Detectives because that was the song that got into EC in the first place!
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Postby Copenhagen Fan » Wed Jun 18, 2003 7:06 am

The live versions of WTD are quite superiour, because there's so much room for improvisation and wackyness......I like the spookiness of the live performances...especially Steve's rinky dink weirdness and Elvis' wacko total heavy REVERB/DELAY interplay on the guitar.

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Postby cbartal » Wed Jun 18, 2003 9:15 am

Pump it Up, if only because the recording quality is so much better.

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Postby taz » Wed Jun 18, 2003 10:42 am

I know it's probably for the wrong reasons but I've gotta go with WTD just because I've actually become very sick of Pump It Up...maybe I listened to it too much and if I could remove myself from the annoyance I have for it right now I'd probably vote differently.
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Postby sulkygirl » Wed Jun 18, 2003 11:36 am

My vote has to go to "Pump It Up"...not because it's superior to WTD, but because it simply makes me want to get up & move!
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Postby Watching_Detectives » Wed Jun 18, 2003 1:15 pm

Thanks guys! I think this might put my friend in her place. :)
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Postby Gillibeanz » Wed Jun 18, 2003 2:24 pm

It has to be Watching The Detectives for me - it was just so very different from everything else at the time - although Pump It Up is a wonderful song!

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Postby Jackson Doofster » Wed Jun 18, 2003 6:01 pm

I have to say that whilst they are both old 'classics', I am sick up to my back teeth of both of them. If I never hear either of them live again, it will be too soon.

What is the bloody point of either of them in concert. Unless he plays a kipper with chopstick, he can't possibly do anything new with them!
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Postby King of Confidence » Wed Jun 18, 2003 6:42 pm

I think it's the stadium factor that has worn out Pump it Up. When you've heard it a few too many times between innings at a half-empty Kingdome in the early 90s (for example), it's hard to get the feeling of it back.

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Postby tokyo vogue » Wed Jun 18, 2003 8:53 pm

i always want pump it up to be just a smidge faster. i dunno, it sounds great in my head but the record itself drags a bit, IMHO. plus, i'm sick of it.

so, my vote's for WTD. i'd love to hear EC (or anyone, really) do a spazzy, avant-jazz-ish take on it.
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