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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine months ago) Permalink

492. Pink Floyd, 'High Hopes'

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

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

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

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

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

Anthrax (UK) - One Last Drop

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

oops 489

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

488. Scott Walker - Farmer in the City

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

486. Alain Bashung, 'Je t'ai manqué'

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

485. Tom Waits - Hoist That Rag

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

484. Joe Strummer - Johnny Appleseed

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

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

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

481. Laurie Anderson - Another Day in America

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

480. Lou Reed & Metallica - Junior Dad

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

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

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

478. Curtis Mayfield - Here But I'm Gone

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

477 - vashti bunyan - across the water

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

475. Billy Corgan - "Processional"

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

Should I just list the tracklist for Blackstar now or what

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

lol

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

474. Motörhead, “Thunder and Lightning”

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

473. Leonard Cohen - Democracy

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

472. John Lennon - "Watching the Wheels"

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

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

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

465 linda perhacs - prisms of glass

(yeah austin)

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

464. Sonic Youth - “Rain on Tin”

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

463. Prince - “Baltimore”

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

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

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

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

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

330. Queen - Innuendo

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

326. Barry Gibb - In the Now

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

325. Metallica - "St. Anger"

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

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

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

341. Soft Machine - Soft Space

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

340. New York Dolls - Dance Like a Monkey

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

339. Talking Heads - Blind

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

338. The Beach Boys - Goin On

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

337. XTC - The Wheel And The Maypole

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

336. The Suburbs - Turn The Radio On

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

335. Modest Mouse - "Strangers to Ourselves"

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

334. Mavis Staples - If All I Was Was Black

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

Sorrow Knows by the Gun Club

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

325. buddy guy - i gotta try you girl

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

324. Elvis Presley - Moody Blue

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

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

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

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

campreverb, Sunday, 20 May 2018 02:59 (five months ago) Permalink

321. Janet Jackson - R&B Junkie

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

320. Superchunk - Break the Glass

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 20 May 2018 13:50 (five months ago) Permalink

319. brian eno - idea of order at kyson point

reggie (qualmsley), Sunday, 20 May 2018 14:11 (five months 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 (five months ago) Permalink

317. Gun Club - Cry To Me

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 14:46 (five months ago) Permalink

316. Talk Talk - New Grass

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 14:49 (five months ago) Permalink

315. The Smiths - Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 14:52 (five months ago) Permalink

can a band that only lasted five years qualify for this thread? seems like an artist needs to stick around long enough to pass thru their imperial phase and into the doldrums only to then come back with a late career success.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 16:11 (five months ago) Permalink

314. David Byrne - Strange Overtones

enochroot, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 16:19 (five months ago) Permalink

^^ Also agree that the Smiths never had a "late period"

enochroot, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 16:20 (five months ago) Permalink

313. Mary Hopkin - Gold and Silver
312. Roddy Frame - From a Train
311. Marianne Faithfull - Late Victorian Holocaust
310. Tom Zé - Atchim
311. Sonny Sharrock - Many Mansions
310. Duke Ellington - Thanks for the Beautiful Land on the Delta

the yolk sustains us, we eat whites for days (unregistered), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 16:50 (five months ago) Permalink

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?

he released these 11 free Long Ambient pieces two years ago: http://moby.com/la1/

we used to get our kicks reading surfing MAGAzines (sic), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 16:56 (five months ago) Permalink

can a band that only lasted five years qualify for this thread

Why not? For once those 5 years for me were an eternity as I was in my early 20s. And for them probably even more so. Secondly they evolved quite a lot, Strangeways is a much more produced album as the s/t for example. It sounds like a late period work to my ears, it always has. And anyways all great bands usually do not last much more than 5 or 6 years.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 20:49 (five months ago) Permalink

I know, still the premise of the thread hinges on artists who have lasted longer than a decade and have gone through a rough period of shoddy work/lack of commercial success. The comeback aspect seems crucial. Nirvana were a band for seven years, but I wouldn't call "Scentless Apprentice" or "Moist Vagina" examples of "late period" work.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 20:56 (five months ago) Permalink

I think the version of "Higgs Boson Blues" off of the Live from KCRW is one of the all time great Nick Cave tunes. The slower druggy feel the live one has just fits the tune way better than the studio version which to me now sounds rushed.

earlnash, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 21:11 (five months ago) Permalink

xp first post itt:

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

― trife's rich padgett (rip van wanko), Saturday, January 13, 2018 7:19 PM (four months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

flappy bird, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 21:17 (five months ago) Permalink

imo short-lived artists can totally have meaningfully "late" periods, but yeah, picking songs out of those isn't necessarily super interesting since with a small discography it's likely most fans know those tracks... just for me personally the fun thing is artists who have standout songs from deep in what most listeners would assume are the weeds, where you could plausibly be a "fan" of that artist and never checked out whole albums of dubious-looking late stuff. ymmv tho!

noel gallaghah's high flying burbbhrbhbbhbburbbb (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 22:13 (five months ago) Permalink

that's great topic. unfortunately a little difficult to search for beyond trying "deep cuts" or whatever, which still don't really capture what you describe

rip van wanko, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 22:17 (five months ago) Permalink

doesn't

rip van wanko, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 22:17 (five months ago) Permalink

309. Puff Daddy - Come with Me Feat. Jimmy Page
308. The Beach Boys - Kokomo

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 23:46 (five months ago) Permalink

307. Buddy Holly - Love Is Strange (Apartment Tapes)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Zb3DrMioVA

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 23:51 (five months ago) Permalink

(1998 is "late" puffy?)

noel gallaghah's high flying burbbhrbhbbhbburbbb (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 23:56 (five months ago) Permalink

306. Jackson Browne - You Know the Night (Full 15 minute version is best)

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:03 (four months ago) Permalink


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