500 standout songs from an(y) artist's "late period"

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which may be relatively unknown because most jumped ship years ago. get 2 work!

trife's rich padgett (rip van wanko), Sunday, 14 January 2018 00:19 (four months ago) Permalink

500. "Driftin' Back," Neil Young. (Even though Neil fans tend not to jump ship--I did in a way--and even though he's probably just hitting the middle period of his career.)

clemenza, Sunday, 14 January 2018 00:21 (four months ago) Permalink

499. "real love," yes. (anderson and rabin rekindle (already post-prime period) 90125 sublimity without horn)

reggie (qualmsley), Sunday, 14 January 2018 00:26 (four months ago) Permalink

498. "Everything But You," The Undertones. (From their early aughts return to recording, this one's in my top 3-5 songs from their whole career.)

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 14 January 2018 00:27 (four months ago) Permalink

497 - 496. “Mike Post Theme” and “Tea and Theatre,” the Who. From 2006, on their first studio record since 1982, the best songs they’d done since “Who Are You.”

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 14 January 2018 01:03 (four months ago) Permalink

495. Coil - “Going Up”
I don’t know if Coil fans jumped ship, I don’t think so. To me it feels like Coil made their best music late in their history, starting with Musick To Play In The Dark. This is a cover of the theme song from the long-running British sitcom "Are You Being Served?” from Ape of Naples. It was reportedly the closing song of their final live performance.

“….First floor: telephones, gents ready-made suits, shirts, socks, ties, hats, underwear and shoes…going up…Second floor: carpets, travel goods and bedding, materials and soft furnishings, restaurant and teas…going up…” ….a recitation that became a beautiful elegy

Dan S, Sunday, 14 January 2018 01:13 (four months ago) Permalink

Great thread idea, but question: what qualifies as an artist's "late period?" Like what if it's an artist that hasn't been around for that long (ie ten years) but hasn't been popular in years?

josh az (2011nostalgia), Sunday, 14 January 2018 01:14 (four months ago) Permalink

sounds fitting. songs from works far less popular than previous ones

trife's rich padgett (rip van wanko), Sunday, 14 January 2018 01:17 (four months ago) Permalink

494. "Me and the Bees," the Softies
493. "Baby Lee," Teenage Fanclub

trife's rich padgett (rip van wanko), Sunday, 14 January 2018 01:21 (four months ago) Permalink

<3 Baby Lee, so good. rest of the album didn't do it for me at all

Colonel Poo, Sunday, 14 January 2018 01:30 (four months ago) Permalink

492. Pink Floyd, 'High Hopes'

pomenitul, Sunday, 14 January 2018 02:11 (four months ago) Permalink

491. Celtic Frost, 'A Dying God Coming Into Human Flesh'

pomenitul, Sunday, 14 January 2018 02:14 (four months ago) Permalink

490. Gil Scott-Heron, 'Me and the Devil'

earlnash, Sunday, 14 January 2018 02:20 (four months ago) Permalink

Anthrax (UK) - One Last Drop

Colonel Poo, Sunday, 14 January 2018 02:23 (four months ago) Permalink

oops 489

Colonel Poo, Sunday, 14 January 2018 02:24 (four months ago) Permalink

488. Scott Walker - Farmer in the City

kolakube (Ross), Sunday, 14 January 2018 02:32 (four months ago) Permalink

487. Tracey Thorn — 'Swimming' (2010)

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Sunday, 14 January 2018 02:33 (four months ago) Permalink

486. Alain Bashung, 'Je t'ai manqué'

pomenitul, Sunday, 14 January 2018 02:35 (four months ago) Permalink

485. Tom Waits - Hoist That Rag

kolakube (Ross), Sunday, 14 January 2018 02:54 (four months ago) Permalink

484. Joe Strummer - Johnny Appleseed

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 14 January 2018 02:57 (four months ago) Permalink

483. The Fall - Weather Report 2
482. The Fall - Loadstones

cwkiii, Sunday, 14 January 2018 02:59 (four months ago) Permalink

481. Laurie Anderson - Another Day in America

kolakube (Ross), Sunday, 14 January 2018 03:01 (four months ago) Permalink

480. Lou Reed & Metallica - Junior Dad

cwkiii, Sunday, 14 January 2018 03:06 (four months ago) Permalink

479. Merle Haggard - "Wishing All These Old Things Were New"

... (Eazy), Sunday, 14 January 2018 03:11 (four months ago) Permalink

478. Curtis Mayfield - Here But I'm Gone

earlnash, Sunday, 14 January 2018 03:30 (four months ago) Permalink

477 - vashti bunyan - across the water

kolakube (Ross), Sunday, 14 January 2018 03:37 (four months ago) Permalink

476. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Babe, I'm On Fire

trife's rich padgett (rip van wanko), Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:08 (four months ago) Permalink

475. Billy Corgan - "Processional"

flappy bird, Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:15 (four months ago) Permalink

Should I just list the tracklist for Blackstar now or what

flappy bird, Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:16 (four months ago) Permalink

lol

Dan S, Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:20 (four months ago) Permalink

474. Motörhead, “Thunder and Lightning”

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:23 (four months ago) Permalink

473. Leonard Cohen - Democracy

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:35 (four months ago) Permalink

472. John Lennon - "Watching the Wheels"

flappy bird, Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:43 (four months ago) Permalink

In that case i shall post:

471: Hercules and Love Affair - Omnion [feat. Sharon Van Etten]

josh az (2011nostalgia), Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:43 (four months ago) Permalink

mulling over the criteria, this really doesn't apply to artists that died young. also everyone knows "Watching the Wheels."

however, this song remained unreleased for 12 years after his death, so I'm including it, because it's a stunning song & recording and definitely under appreciated/lesser known:

470. Elliott Smith - "True Love"

flappy bird, Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:48 (four months ago) Permalink

469. They Might Be Giants, "Can't Keep Johnny Down"

Righteous wax chaperone, rotating Wingdings (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:50 (four months ago) Permalink

468. Stereolab - "Everybody's Weird Except Me"

flappy bird, Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:50 (four months ago) Permalink


477 - vashti bunyan - across the water

― kolakube (Ross), Saturday, January 13, 2018 7:37 PM

Just, the entirety of Lookaftering and Heartleap, really.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:51 (four months ago) Permalink

467. REM, "Supernatural Superserious"
466. Nilsson, "I'll Take a Tango"

Righteous wax chaperone, rotating Wingdings (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:55 (four months ago) Permalink

465 linda perhacs - prisms of glass

(yeah austin)

kolakube (Ross), Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:57 (four months ago) Permalink

464. Sonic Youth - “Rain on Tin”

flappy bird, Sunday, 14 January 2018 05:05 (four months ago) Permalink

463. Prince - “Baltimore”

flappy bird, Sunday, 14 January 2018 05:05 (four months ago) Permalink

462 - marianne faithfull - no child of mine

(also riffed on in a pj harvey uh huh her cut)

kolakube (Ross), Sunday, 14 January 2018 05:07 (four months ago) Permalink

Technically not a song, but whatever:

461. Franz Liszt, 'Nuages gris'

Always got the sense that pop musicians (in the broadest possible sense) tend to burn out fairly quickly while classical composers' late works are often among their very best (cf. Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Wagner, Brahms, Debussy, Ravel, Sibelius, Nielsen, Berg, Webern, Shostakovich, etc.). There are exceptions, of course, but even those are debatable (Chopin, Schumann, Fauré, Schoenberg, Ives, Stravinsky, Messiaen, Takemitsu, etc.).

pomenitul, Sunday, 14 January 2018 13:47 (four months ago) Permalink

Similarly in other areas of music: John Coltrane did some of his most significant and influential work in the last 1-2 years of his life. Bill Dixon made an absolute game-changer (Vade Mecum) at 67. Cecil Taylor’s legendary Berlin residency, which included arguably his most towering work (Alms/Tiergarten (Spree)), occurred when he was in his late 50s.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 14 January 2018 14:00 (four months ago) Permalink

Also, Gyorgy Ligeti's Violin Concerto. Not numbering since it's not a song but it's my go-to answer for this.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Sunday, 14 January 2018 14:29 (four months ago) Permalink

Yeah, that’s a good one. Love the Viola Sonata as well.

pomenitul, Sunday, 14 January 2018 14:30 (four months ago) Permalink

"Always got the sense that pop musicians (in the broadest possible sense) tend to burn out fairly quickly while classical composers' late works are often among their very best (cf. Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Wagner, Brahms, Debussy, Ravel, Sibelius, Nielsen, Berg, Webern, Shostakovich, etc.). There are exceptions, of course, but even those are debatable (Chopin, Schumann, Fauré, Schoenberg, Ives, Stravinsky, Messiaen, Takemitsu, etc.)."

yeah i kind of want to omit classical musicians for that very reason, we could put in everything from Beethoven's Late Period here easy

460. robert wyatt - free will and testament
459. demis roussos - who gives a fuck

Arnold Schoenberg Steals (rushomancy), Sunday, 14 January 2018 14:50 (four months ago) Permalink

458. jimmie rodgers - years ago
457. richard jose - when you and i were young, maggie (1930 electrical recording)

Arnold Schoenberg Steals (rushomancy), Sunday, 14 January 2018 14:53 (four months ago) Permalink

456. Pet Shop Boys - Love is a Bourgeois Construct
455. XTC - Easter Theatre

frogbs, Sunday, 14 January 2018 14:53 (four months ago) Permalink

380. Bobby Womack - Please Forgive My Heart

iCloudius (cryptosicko), Monday, 15 January 2018 04:58 (four months ago) Permalink

379 dr. john LOCKED DOWN

kolakube (Ross), Monday, 15 January 2018 05:47 (four months ago) Permalink

378. Pulp - Sunrise
377. The Blue Nile - High
376. Dusty Springfield - In Private
375. Prefab Sprout - The Best Jewel Thief In The World

kitchen person, Monday, 15 January 2018 05:55 (four months ago) Permalink

374. Kate Bush - Lake Tahoe

kolakube (Ross), Monday, 15 January 2018 06:01 (four months ago) Permalink

373. Grant Hart - It Isn't Love
372. Bob Mould - Lucifer & God

geoffreyess, Monday, 15 January 2018 06:14 (four months ago) Permalink

371. The Roches - Us Little Kids

geoffreyess, Monday, 15 January 2018 06:32 (four months ago) Permalink

370. Big Star "Lady Sweet"

billstevejim, Monday, 15 January 2018 06:37 (four months ago) Permalink

369. Michael Jackson "You Rock My World"

billstevejim, Monday, 15 January 2018 06:39 (four months ago) Permalink

368. Elton John "I Want Love"
367. Pixies "Ain't That Pretty At All"
366. Beastie Boys f/ Nas "Too Many Rappers"
365. Mariah Carey "#Beautiful"
364. Gil Scott Heron "New York Is Killing Me"
363. Scott Walker "Epizootics"
362. Swans "Oxygen"

billstevejim, Monday, 15 January 2018 06:58 (four months ago) Permalink

361. Beach Boys - Somewhere Near Japan

MarkoP, Monday, 15 January 2018 07:11 (four months ago) Permalink

369. Michael Jackson "You Rock My World"

― billstevejim, Monday, January 15, 2018 1:39 AM (forty-four minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

so otm

flappy bird, Monday, 15 January 2018 07:25 (four months ago) Permalink

360. Todd Rundgren - That Could Have Been Me [feat. Robyn]

Bloody Snail, Monday, 15 January 2018 08:20 (four months ago) Permalink

yesssss to somewhere near japan

Righteous wax chaperone, rotating Wingdings (Doctor Casino), Monday, 15 January 2018 12:56 (four months ago) Permalink

359. Love - “Gather ‘Round”

attention vampire (MatthewK), Monday, 15 January 2018 13:47 (four months ago) Permalink

358. Squeeze - Can of Worms

enochroot, Monday, 15 January 2018 13:49 (four months ago) Permalink

357. Rodney Crowell - I Don't Care Anymore

Simon H., Monday, 15 January 2018 13:53 (four months ago) Permalink

356. The Alarm - 45 RPM

kornrulez6969, Monday, 15 January 2018 13:56 (four months ago) Permalink

355. Steely Dan - Jack of Speed
354. Steely Dan - Cousin Dupree
353. George Harrison - Stuck Inside a Cloud
352. Mr. Fingers - Qwazars
351. Nas - The Don

hoooyaaargh it's me satan (voodoo chili), Monday, 15 January 2018 14:45 (four months ago) Permalink

could do a whole post for the Dino Jr. reunion, here's a few of my faves

350. Dinosaur Jr. - Ocean In The Way
349. Dinosaur Jr. - Said The People
348. Dinosaur Jr. - Pierce The Morning Rain
347. Dinosaur Jr. - I Know It All So Well
346. Dinosaur Jr. - We're Not Alone
345. Dinosaur Jr. - Be A Part

hoooyaaargh it's me satan (voodoo chili), Monday, 15 January 2018 14:48 (four months ago) Permalink

344. Killing Joke - The Great Cull
343. Killing Joke - Hosannas from the Basements of Hell
342. Killing Joke - Death and Resurrection Show

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Monday, 15 January 2018 15:28 (four months ago) Permalink

341. Gary Numan - Love Hurt Bleed
340. Thomas Dolby - 17 Hills
339. Devo - No Place Like Home
338. Underworld - Ova Nova
337. Yes - Homeworld (The Ladder)
336. They Might be Giants - Unpronounceable
335. Falco - Die Königin von Eschnapur
334. Gordon Lightfoot - Restless
333. OMD - The Right Side
332. Scooter - Close Your Eyes
331. Denki Groove - Fallin' Down

frogbs, Monday, 15 January 2018 15:52 (four months ago) Permalink

330. Queen - Innuendo

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Monday, 15 January 2018 16:39 (four months ago) Permalink

329. Depeche Mode - Going Backwards
328. OMD - History of Modern (Part 1)
327. Gary Numan - Lost

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Monday, 15 January 2018 16:40 (four months ago) Permalink

326. Barry Gibb - In the Now

Simon H., Monday, 15 January 2018 16:43 (four months ago) Permalink

325. Metallica - "St. Anger"

flappy bird, Monday, 15 January 2018 18:13 (four months ago) Permalink

324. Mark Eitzel - I love You But You're Dead

yugi ex, Monday, 15 January 2018 22:10 (four months ago) Permalink

344. Killing Joke - The Great Cull
343. Killing Joke - Hosannas from the Basements of Hell
342. Killing Joke - Death and Resurrection Show
― Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Monday, 15 January 2018 15:28 (six hours ago) Permalink

bendy honoring the fire

trife's rich padgett (rip van wanko), Monday, 15 January 2018 22:19 (four months ago) Permalink

I rate those tracks, and other on their 00s albums, above a lot of their prime time hits, eg "Love Like Blood", though for some reason I haven't caught up with their last two albums.

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Monday, 15 January 2018 22:28 (four months ago) Permalink

341. Soft Machine - Soft Space

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 15 January 2018 22:46 (four months ago) Permalink

in the spirit of this thread - is there anything worth checking out on the last two Cranberries LPs? Or the previous two for that matter?

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 15 January 2018 22:47 (four months ago) Permalink

340. New York Dolls - Dance Like a Monkey

kornrulez6969, Monday, 15 January 2018 22:57 (four months ago) Permalink

339. Talking Heads - Blind

Badgers (dog latin), Monday, 15 January 2018 23:07 (four months ago) Permalink

338. The Beach Boys - Goin On

Badgers (dog latin), Monday, 15 January 2018 23:08 (four months ago) Permalink

337. XTC - The Wheel And The Maypole

Badgers (dog latin), Monday, 15 January 2018 23:08 (four months ago) Permalink

336. The Suburbs - Turn The Radio On

... (Eazy), Monday, 15 January 2018 23:39 (four months ago) Permalink

335. Modest Mouse - "Strangers to Ourselves"

flappy bird, Monday, 15 January 2018 23:53 (four months ago) Permalink

334. Mavis Staples - If All I Was Was Black

iCloudius (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 17:16 (four months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

333. caetano veloso "não me arrependo"

332. arthur lee "somebody's watchin' you"

331. grant hart "you're the reflection of the moon on the water"

330. lou reed "egg cream"

329. mayo thompson "plekhanov" (w/ sven-åke johansson)

328. paul simon "once upon a time there was an ocean"

327. junior parker "taxman"

budo jeru, Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:07 (three months ago) Permalink

326. Tom Waits - "Day After Tomorrow"

never been able to get into Tom Waits but I saw him perform this song on The Daily Show in late 2006 and it's stuck with me for 11+ years, I don't think I've actually heard it since then.

flappy bird, Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:11 (three months ago) Permalink

does "saint of me" by the stones belong here? i think maybe it does?

budo jeru, Monday, 5 February 2018 00:33 (three months ago) Permalink

Sorrow Knows by the Gun Club

Stevolende, Monday, 5 February 2018 00:36 (three months ago) Permalink

325. buddy guy - i gotta try you girl

mookieproof, Monday, 5 February 2018 01:14 (three months ago) Permalink

324. Elvis Presley - Moody Blue

earlnash, Monday, 5 February 2018 01:16 (three months ago) Permalink

323. Tom Zé--Pour Elis (from 2014's A Dog in the Milky Way.

eddhurt, Monday, 5 February 2018 01:30 (three months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

I don't think I've heard a Moby song since Play, or that one from Miami Vice (one of the mornings... etc). Can anyone recommend anything?

salt sugar fat, that's where it's at (rip van wanko), Sunday, 20 May 2018 02:22 (two days ago) Permalink

322. American Music Club-'Patriot's Heart'

campreverb, Sunday, 20 May 2018 02:59 (two days ago) Permalink

321. Janet Jackson - R&B Junkie

josh az (2011nostalgia), Sunday, 20 May 2018 03:02 (two days ago) Permalink

320. Superchunk - Break the Glass

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 20 May 2018 13:50 (two days ago) Permalink

319. brian eno - idea of order at kyson point

reggie (qualmsley), Sunday, 20 May 2018 14:11 (two days ago) Permalink

318. Neil Young - Bandit (although plenty of fans were still on board as of Greendale)

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Sunday, 20 May 2018 17:15 (two days ago) Permalink


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