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looking through the archives, i've seen a lot of general hate for AOR/MOR type stuff, but i totally love it. can we put together some of the best albums and singles?

some of my faves: Todd Rundgren, Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Hall & Oats, Player's "Baby Come Back", Wings, ELO, Chicago, Starlight Vocal Band's "Afternoon Delight"

noise dude gygax! even borrowed my first mix, so it can't be all bad, right?

JaXoN (JasonD), Wednesday, 4 August 2004 23:12 (fifteen years ago) link

the new one has some Gilber O'Sullivan, John Sebastian, Linda Rondsadt, Supertramp, Bread, Dan Fogelberg, Commodores, Ricki Lee Jones

JaXoN (JasonD), Wednesday, 4 August 2004 23:13 (fifteen years ago) link

tracklists, please!

I've just fallen in love with the ELO hits comp, and have been a lifelong Steely Dan fan. Other favourites include 10cc's 'Things We Do For Love', all Joni Mitchell(who barely fits here..?), Hall and Oates' 'Private Eyes' album... this sounds like the mix for me.

derrick (derrick), Thursday, 5 August 2004 04:49 (fifteen years ago) link

Fleetwood Mac
Carpenters

jaymc, Thursday, 5 August 2004 05:07 (fifteen years ago) link

God I love this shit. Two recent discoveries: Joni Mitchell's Court and Spark and Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" (not that I'd never heard it before but I'd never taken notice, really).

jaymc, Thursday, 5 August 2004 05:08 (fifteen years ago) link

ok, here's the beginning of my 2nd mix. i just recently downloaded all these songs, so i'm not sure about what i'm keeping, and it goes way over a regular cd length, but what do i care, i just got an ipod.

Baby Come Back - Player
Chuck E's in Love - Rickie Lee Jones
You're No Good - Linda Ronstadt
Saturday In The Park - Chicago
Easy - Commodores
Welcome Back Kotter - John Sebastian
Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O'Sullivan
Afternoon Delight - Starlight Vocal Band
Everybody is talking - Harry Nillson
Make It With You - Bread
Maggie May - Rod Stewart
Magic - Olivia Newton-John
Muskrat Love - Captain and Tennille
Long Way Home - Supertramp
I Keep Forgetting - Micheal McDonald
Angry Eyes - Loggins and Messina
Goodbye Stranger - Supertramp
Anticipation - Carly Simon
Can't Live (If living is without you) - Air Supply
Leader Of The Band - Dan Fogelberg
The Logical Song - Supertramp
leaving on a jet plane - john denver
Two Tickets to Paradise - Eddie Money
The Guitar Man - Bread
Claire - Gilbert O'Sullivan
One - Harry Nillson
Macarthur Park - Richard Harris

JaXoN (JasonD), Thursday, 5 August 2004 05:45 (fifteen years ago) link

You need some Firefall on there. "You are the Woman" or "Just Remember I love You". Or hell, both.

also check out-

Climax Blues Band - "I LOve You"
America - "Lonely People"
Little River Band - "Reminiscing"
Gary Wright - "Dream Weaver"
Jonathon Edwards - "Sunshine"
Al Stewart - "Time Passages"
Michael Franks - "Tiger in the Rain"
Gino Vanelli - "Stop"

Monetizing Eyeballs (diamond), Thursday, 5 August 2004 06:10 (fifteen years ago) link

thank you. will get to dl-ing soon

JaXoN (JasonD), Thursday, 5 August 2004 16:16 (fifteen years ago) link

Jeff Wright to thread.

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Thursday, 5 August 2004 16:21 (fifteen years ago) link

ambrosia
christopher cross

Velveteen Bingo (Chris V), Thursday, 5 August 2004 16:22 (fifteen years ago) link

DEAN FRIEDMAN - ARIEL (RJG would SOooooo agree)
ELO - the whole of the El Dorado LP
STEELY DAN - Peg

I've been rocking this mix0r in the am hours.

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 5 August 2004 16:25 (fifteen years ago) link

i love this kind of stuff like i love bubblegum ice cream - proudly, passionately, and sugarly

stevie (stevie), Thursday, 5 August 2004 16:26 (fifteen years ago) link

i almost added some christopher cross (it reminds me of being in preschool or kindergarten or something and taking naps and the teacher would play it for us), but alas, it's from the 80s

i have Hall & Oate's "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" on my first mix because it's only my favoritest song in the entire world, but a friend made me cry when she told me it's from 81. booooooooooo

JaXoN (JasonD), Thursday, 5 August 2004 16:28 (fifteen years ago) link

Pablo Cruise, "Love Will Find A Way." One of those songs everyone knows, but not everyone realizes they know.

phil d., Thursday, 5 August 2004 16:30 (fifteen years ago) link

http://www.asseenontvmusic.com/tv56.html

Has many of the essentials.

mike a, Thursday, 5 August 2004 16:48 (fifteen years ago) link

"Love Will Find A Way" has a very odd faux-Stax feel to its chorus. It's as if Booker T & The MGs hired Skunk Baxter and signed on to play cruise lines.

mike a, Thursday, 5 August 2004 16:50 (fifteen years ago) link

pablo cruise lines?

JaXoN (JasonD), Thursday, 5 August 2004 17:04 (fifteen years ago) link

afternoon delight is great because its by two couples and its about sex

Sir Chaki McBeer III (chaki), Thursday, 5 August 2004 17:19 (fifteen years ago) link

"Afternoon Delight"! YES! YES!! Not just sex but AFTERNOON sex. An underrated and eccentric downright BIZARRE - smash hit, and one of the first songs I downloaded when I first had the chance.

(I confess to liking "Seasons In The Sun" a lot too but I'm not going to defend that one so passionately. I know when I'm on shakier ground.)

Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Thursday, 5 August 2004 17:58 (fifteen years ago) link

This seems as good a time as any to mention the legendary Have a Nice Day series by Rhino...

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 5 August 2004 18:27 (fifteen years ago) link

Ned beat me to it. If you have a tape deck in your car go to Tower & pick up some Have a Nice Day casettes. 3 for $10, you can't go wrong.

Mark (MarkR), Thursday, 5 August 2004 18:46 (fifteen years ago) link

"I Go Crazy" and "Into The Night" - I forget the artist for both of them.

Also "Don't Pull Your Love" and "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight" - I know one of them is Hamilton Joe Frank and Reynolds, and the other is England Dan and John Ford Coley, but I don't know which is which.

billstevejim, Thursday, 5 August 2004 19:08 (fifteen years ago) link

Little River Band
Boz Scaggs
Ace
Gerry Rafferty (woo-mah-un!)
Poco

Pleasant Plains (Pleasant Plains), Thursday, 5 August 2004 19:24 (fifteen years ago) link

billstevejim, you got it in respective order.

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 5 August 2004 19:30 (fifteen years ago) link

10cc's "I'm Not in Love" is a must. ("Big boys don't cry, big boys don't cry...") How about "The Pina Colada Song" (though isn't it titled differently?) and Maria Muldaur's "Midnight at the Oasis" ("Send your camel to bed...")? America's "Tin Man", too. And what's-his-name's "Wildfire" - Michael something Murray?

A buddy made several '70s comps and kindly copied them for me - great stuff.

Chris Hill (Chris Hill), Thursday, 5 August 2004 20:04 (fifteen years ago) link

10cc's "I'm Not in Love" is on the first mix. love that song

JaXoN (JasonD), Thursday, 5 August 2004 20:30 (fifteen years ago) link

"The Pina Colada Song (Escape)"

Not to be confused with the sixth song off of Ride the Lightening.

Pleasant Plains (Pleasant Plains), Thursday, 5 August 2004 20:35 (fifteen years ago) link

oh my god. i've just been rocketed back into the past, back into my mom's maroon impala. i think we're going to pick up the drycleaning.

lauren (laurenp), Thursday, 5 August 2004 20:39 (fifteen years ago) link

"Love Will Find A Way" has a very odd faux-Stax feel to its chorus.

At first I read this as "faux-Styx feel" and thought, "Huh?" Then I tried to think of bands who do have a faux-Styx feel.

Hamilton Joe Frank and Reynolds

Anybody but me think "Don't Pull Your Love" always sounded like Elvis singing a much better song than what the actual Elvis was actually doing at the time?

phil d., Thursday, 5 August 2004 23:11 (fifteen years ago) link

miracles - jefferson starship

lauren (laurenp), Thursday, 5 August 2004 23:16 (fifteen years ago) link

I tried to think of bands who do have a faux-Styx feel

Saga to thread!

sundar subramanian (sundar), Thursday, 5 August 2004 23:58 (fifteen years ago) link

Dream Theater to thread!

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Friday, 6 August 2004 00:04 (fifteen years ago) link

Van Morrison - Tupelo Honey
Bee Gees - How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
Ace (Mentioned above) - How Long Has This Been Going On
Rolling Stones - Wild Horses
America - Ventura Highway
Todd Rundgren - It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference
Lobo - Don't Expect Me To Be Your Fiend
Emerson Lake & Palmer - From The Beginning
Hurricane Smith - Oh Babe, What Would You Say
Gladys Knight & The Pips - Midight Train To Georgia

My contribution.

jim wentworth (wench), Friday, 6 August 2004 00:33 (fifteen years ago) link

But phil, at the time, Elvis was singing "Burning Love"!!! That's even better than "Don't Pull Your Love"!

Two that haven't been mentioned but should:
Orleans - "Still the One"
crap, what was the other one I was thinking of?

Mike Ouderkirk (Mike Ouderkirk), Friday, 6 August 2004 00:42 (fifteen years ago) link

Lauren very much OTM about the bulk of the music "rocketing you back into the past." More than this music's surface sheen, it's those kinds of indelible impressions, formed upon those who grew up in its midst, that comfort and soothe. I was reading this recent blog post by Jess and thought of this thread. He pretty much nails it there. I find it maddening when I that Daft Punk album is labelled ironic or worse, silly. That record is all about feeling. It's in love with sound. Sometimes I think "Nightvision" is my favorite piece on the whole record! I wish it went on for like 6 minutes instead of 2. It's that endlessly warm Fender Rhodes, a brief meditation on that wonderful 10cc sound.

Monetizing Eyeballs (diamond), Friday, 6 August 2004 00:48 (fifteen years ago) link

I don't know, Mike . . . given a "Taking Sides," I'm tempted to choose "Don't Pull Your Love"

phil d., Friday, 6 August 2004 00:59 (fifteen years ago) link

Badfinger - "Day After Day"
Minnie Riperton - "Loving You"
America - "Sister Golden Hair" [only just realised they were responsible - they almost owned the thread already, geez]

Nag! Nag! Nag! (Nag! Nag! Nag!), Friday, 6 August 2004 08:03 (fifteen years ago) link

Rose Of Cimmaron - Poco
Uptown Uptempo Woman - Randy Edelman
Living On An Island - Status Quo (so help me God)
Howzat - Sherbet (as mentioned in today's Guardian!)

But the greatest of all these is:
Couldn't Get It Right - Climax Blues Band

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Friday, 6 August 2004 09:18 (fifteen years ago) link

"Magnet and Steel" - Walter Egan
"Fooled Around and Fell In Love" - Elvin Bishop
"Moonlight Feels Right" - Starbuck
"With Your Love" - Jefferson Starship
"Right Down The Line" - Gerry Rafferty

John Fredland (jfredland), Friday, 6 August 2004 09:35 (fifteen years ago) link

"Sundown" and "If You Could Read My Mind" - Gordon Lightfoot

John Fredland (jfredland), Friday, 6 August 2004 09:38 (fifteen years ago) link

Dig that second Lightfoot song. Would also add Jim Croce - "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" or "Don't Mess around with Jim", Harry Chapin - "Taxi" or "Cats in the Cradle" (title?), and Frankie Valli - "My Eyes Adored You" ("carried your books from school...").

Now fighting to get Minnie Riperton's "Lovin' You" out of my head. "La la la la la, la la la la la ...".

Chris Hill (Chris Hill), Friday, 6 August 2004 12:50 (fifteen years ago) link

don't forget

seals and crofts - summer breeze
Michael martin murphy - wildfire
Henry Gross - Shannon

Also, I would really love a copy of this.

Velveteen Bingo (Chris V), Friday, 6 August 2004 13:31 (fifteen years ago) link

Poco - Crazy Love

Velveteen Bingo (Chris V), Friday, 6 August 2004 13:33 (fifteen years ago) link

Wasn't there a comp put out by the people who did the Velvet Tinmine one called like "70s AM Gold" or something?

Daniel DiMAGGIO (Daniel DiMAGGIO), Friday, 6 August 2004 13:44 (fifteen years ago) link

Carole King _ "I Feel the Earth Move"
Carly Simon - "You're So Vain"
Roberta Flack - "Killing Me Softly"

OH AND WAHT ABOUT DESE

Nicolette Larson - "Lotta Love"
Rita Coolidge - "Your Love (Keeps Me Lifting Me Higher)"
Dave Mason - "We Just Disagree"

Pleasant Plains (Pleasant Plains), Friday, 6 August 2004 13:51 (fifteen years ago) link

I'll see your "Afternoon Delight" and raise you one Alan O'Day's "Undercover Angel." A song about wet dreams!

We were talking about bad spoken word bits recently. I think this has to be counted among them:
"I said 'wha?'
She said 'oo-oo-oo-wee'
I said 'alll riiiight!
She said 'love me, love me, love me!"

mike a, Friday, 6 August 2004 14:15 (fifteen years ago) link

God, I love this stuff. Not only for the comfort-food angle (is it any surprise that it still sounds great on a car radio?), but also for how WEIRD so much of it is. It's fascinating, as an adult with fairly diverse tastes, to hear how many riffs are stolen and sanitized from folk, country, soul and R&B. And the lyrics and vocals (often sung by some macho-but-smarmy dude) are often case studies in '70s mating rituals. Listening to "Sharing The Night Together" or "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight," can't you just see the mirror balls, the period hairstyles, the wine and cocaine, the wife-swapping negotiations? Or "Into The Night," where Benny Mardones is serenading an underage girl? You couldn't even get away with singing this stuff today...

mike a, Friday, 6 August 2004 14:30 (fifteen years ago) link

The first two christopher cross records are genius. As is Gary Wright's Dreamweaver. The whole records, that is.

This stuff is one of my obsessions:

Some of the playlists when I ran Lite Nite or Easy ... Saturday nights dedicated to soft rock and other soft sounds:

http://home.earthlink.net/~davidday/eavesdrop/EASY.SAT.08.03.02.htm
http://home.earthlink.net/~davidday/eavesdrop/EASY.SAT.09.27.02.htm
http://home.earthlink.net/~davidday/eavesdrop/EASY.SAT.10.12.02.htm
http://home.earthlink.net/~davidday/eavesdrop/EASY.SAT.11.30.02.htm
http://home.earthlink.net/~davidday/eavesdrop/EASY.SAT.12.07.02.htm

I think this is my all time lost favorite:
Climax Blues Band - Couldn't Get It Right

cheers.

david day (winslow), Friday, 6 August 2004 14:58 (fifteen years ago) link

I keep forgetting to second and third "Couldn't Get It Right". I just never thought of it as being soft rock, though.

I'm also surprised that no one has mentioned the Atlanta Rhythm Section yet.

Pleasant Plains (Pleasant Plains), Friday, 6 August 2004 15:07 (fifteen years ago) link

Angry Eyes - Loggins and Messina
Al Stewart - "Time Passages"

Yes x10000 for those two classics.

Not sure if this fits because this is a legitimately great song, no camp value at all:

Murray Head--Say It Ain't So Joe. Yes, it is the One Night In Bangkok guy.

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 14 January 2014 01:57 (six years ago) link

Here are two with plenty of camp value:

Maureen McGovern - The Morning After

And this is one is going hit your soft rock spot: The love theme from Same Time Next Year. Johnny Mathis and Jane Olivor - The Last Time I Felt Like This

Crank the Mathis song.

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 14 January 2014 02:04 (six years ago) link

Daniel, Scott Seward posted a very special version of that Rupert Holmes song last year on this thread:

A thread for Rupert Holmes, the Pina Colada song dude

It's ... it says a lot.

― pplains, Monday, January 13, 2014

can't . . . stop . . . crying . . .

Daniel, Esq 2, Tuesday, 14 January 2014 02:10 (six years ago) link

that maureen mcgovern song is great.

Daniel, Esq 2, Tuesday, 14 January 2014 02:11 (six years ago) link

Trying to think of something a bit obscure (from 1970):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAdiSPcAVqQ

clemenza, Tuesday, 14 January 2014 02:12 (six years ago) link

that maureen mcgovern song is great.

The Podeidon Adventure wouldn't be the same without it. The Johnny Mathis one is my favorite.

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 14 January 2014 02:13 (six years ago) link

that bells song is 'saright.

Daniel, Esq 2, Tuesday, 14 January 2014 02:29 (six years ago) link

anyone know an obscure song that has that chevy van vibe? now that's 70s skeevy soft-rock.

Daniel, Esq 2, Tuesday, 14 January 2014 02:30 (six years ago) link

i think this counts, too: bob welch (with stevie nicks) -- ebony eyes

Daniel, Esq 2, Tuesday, 14 January 2014 03:02 (six years ago) link

This one's from 1981, but I think this kind of genre really had no boundaries when it came to what decade it belonged to. (Rupert's "Escape" was the last U.S. No. 1 song of the 70s, after all.)

I would've posted the longer version because it has that scary fade-out, but man, an Australian band – complete with instrumentless lead singer singing back-up – playing on a German music show with a Confederate flag hanging on the wall was too much to pass up.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbXqgtcrbyY

pplains, Tuesday, 14 January 2014 03:28 (six years ago) link

little river band had great vocal harmonies.

Daniel, Esq 2, Tuesday, 14 January 2014 03:29 (six years ago) link

boz scaggs - what can i say? (the "other" single from silk degrees)

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 14 January 2014 06:33 (six years ago) link

"Moonlight Feels Right" - Starbuck

This is really nice. Great synth lead through the verse. And the marimba (?) solo is fun. Vocals are a little sleazy, I can picture singing "me and moon are itchin' to play" while winking at the audience with an unsettling grin.

brimstead, Tuesday, 14 January 2014 06:55 (six years ago) link

^I can picture **the vocalist**

brimstead, Tuesday, 14 January 2014 06:55 (six years ago) link

rod stewart - tonight's the night

spread your wings and come inside this one, which will hook you from the paul mccartney & wings guitar chord that opens it and hold you through the cooing french spoken word that ends it, with a stop in the middle for some soft strings and silky saxophone.

also, the video is a pre-mtv lost treasure.

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 14 January 2014 07:07 (six years ago) link

smooth as fuck

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TU2mfK-maSQ

christmas candy bar (al leong), Tuesday, 14 January 2014 07:08 (six years ago) link

I love Little River Band, Ambrosia, and Leo Sayer! Also this guy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fCzfO18Rh4

JacobSanders, Tuesday, 14 January 2014 07:21 (six years ago) link

Just to throw out a few more:

Dave Mason - We Just Disagree
Dave Loggins - Please Come To Boston
Looking Glass - Brandy
Michael Murphy - Wildfire

It's almost an endless genre...

that's not my post, Tuesday, 14 January 2014 08:11 (six years ago) link

surely bread qualify for this love ?

picked up their catalogue last year and alongside, elo, moody blues, and 10cc, find their smooth aor country rock pop is joyous ear candy.

mark e, Tuesday, 14 January 2014 10:40 (six years ago) link

Al Stewart rules this genre, Time Passages as mentioned upthread is a good'un but Year of the Cat just edges it

my father will guide me up the stairs to bed (anagram), Tuesday, 14 January 2014 10:42 (six years ago) link

This isn't soft-rock, but if we're mentioning Boz Scaggs in the same breath, we've got to include George Benson:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iey3CZFg-KE

This was playing in your dad's Cutlass as he was driving back from the apartment of that chick he met at the racquet club.

pplains, Tuesday, 14 January 2014 14:37 (six years ago) link

oh yeah. that song soundtracked a summer of mine as a young teenager, while i was desperately in love with a girl who wouldn't give me the time of day (no girl in her right-mind would've, but that's another story).

Daniel, Esq 2, Tuesday, 14 January 2014 14:46 (six years ago) link

Oh man, I had completely forgotten about Alan O'Day! Love the way this one starts: Yeahhhh....Awright Baby.....Uhhhh....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7Xvf-L1wzo

German Disco Songsmith (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 14 January 2014 15:16 (six years ago) link

I started throwing stuff together, looked up and saw that it's almost 9:30. I've got work to do.

So do you – somebody add what I forgot here: http://open.spotify.com/user/pplains/playlist/0nwTuzF4shGGH4D9FjUtXT

Be careful because Good Lord, this genre is ate up with acts either re-recording new versions of their old hits or the dreaded "karaoke" version of everything.

Also, feel free to arrange these. I haven't gone through and said "no, we can't follow 'my maria' with 'take a letter, maria'" yet.

pplains, Tuesday, 14 January 2014 15:31 (six years ago) link

Just found out Alan O'Day died this year, and that he wrote "Angie Baby" for Helen Reddy. I've never paid any attention to the lyrics, but according to wiki:

In order to make the character ("Angie") more interesting, he based her on a neighbor girl he had known who seemed "socially retarded".[citation needed] O'Day also thought of his own childhood; an only child who was often ill, many of his days were spent in bed with a radio to keep him company.[citation needed] O'Day showed the unfinished song to his therapist, who pointed out that the character's reactions were not those of a retarded person; O'Day then switched Angie from mentally "slow" to "crazy."[citation needed] This expanded to her living in a dream world of lovers, inspired by the songs on her radio. When an evil-minded neighbor tries to enter her room to take advantage of the girl, he is instead drawn into her reality, literally shrinking him down into her radio, "never to be found".

German Disco Songsmith (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 14 January 2014 18:32 (six years ago) link

Alan O'Day's debut was a self financed sort of promo record that is really good! Originals can be expensive but Big Pink reissued it a few years ago on CD.

JacobSanders, Tuesday, 14 January 2014 18:41 (six years ago) link

I started throwing stuff together, looked up and saw that it's almost 9:30. I've got work to do.

So do you – somebody add what I forgot here: http://open.spotify.com/user/pplains/playlist/0nwTuzF4shGGH4D9FjUtXT

Be careful because Good Lord, this genre is ate up with acts either re-recording new versions of their old hits or the dreaded "karaoke" version of everything.

Also, feel free to arrange these. I haven't gone through and said "no, we can't follow 'my maria' with 'take a letter, maria'" yet.

― pplains, Tuesday, January 14, 2014

this is great.

Daniel, Esq 2, Wednesday, 15 January 2014 00:01 (six years ago) link

Yeah I know it's 1982 but it sure sounds 1970s. Strangely enough stripey t-shirt dude looks just like a Shoreditch hipster, unlike the bassist.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5Adx0RXpvg

bleak strategies (Matt #2), Wednesday, 15 January 2014 00:14 (six years ago) link

yeah. i think that counts, but it's right on the edge. america had that "middle-aged, alcohol-soaked guy making an unsettling pass at a woman half-his-age" vibe, which is the essence of 70s soft rock.

Daniel, Esq 2, Wednesday, 15 January 2014 00:17 (six years ago) link

Craig Ruhnke is one of Canada's soft rock greatest secrets. The Japanese pay a lot for his records, and with good reason. His first from 73 is pure easy and free.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9okhZ972m3s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lr7wn_Zyc6A

JacobSanders, Wednesday, 15 January 2014 00:50 (six years ago) link

oh wow, those are great.

Daniel, Esq 2, Wednesday, 15 January 2014 00:56 (six years ago) link

Hey Daniel if you'd like my soft mix I posted in the mixtape thread

JacobSanders, Wednesday, 15 January 2014 17:04 (six years ago) link

Hey Daniel if you'd like my soft mix I posted in the mixtape thread

― JacobSanders, Wednesday, January 15, 2014

missed this somehow. i'll check it out tonight. thx!

Daniel, Esq 2, Saturday, 18 January 2014 00:37 (six years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2s-KwsoZk0Q

nerve_pylon, Saturday, 18 January 2014 01:18 (six years ago) link

two months pass...

buddies of mine in philly made this: https://soundcloud.com/#the-dream-chimney/mix-of-the-week-darklord-soft-rock-for-hard-times . it's great.

jacob - can you share a direct link to your mix? not sure which mixtape thread you're talking about

hug niceman (psychgawsple), Tuesday, 18 March 2014 20:28 (six years ago) link

ten months pass...

future world orchestra - miracles

brimstead, Thursday, 5 February 2015 00:27 (five years ago) link

https://soundcloud.com/lexx72/lexx-symptoms-of-love

this mix is really good

really like this record:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nz8dtIruywA

Moyes Enthusiast (LocalGarda), Thursday, 5 February 2015 10:19 (five years ago) link

hell yea, stoked to listen to this lexx mix

btw soft rock for hard times vol 2 came out a while back on test pressing, link for anyone who might be interested: http://testpressing.org/2014/09/370-universal-cave-soft-rock-for-hard-times-vol-2/

hug niceman (psychgawsple), Thursday, 5 February 2015 23:26 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

hi I've been nerding out so hard on this stuff lately

(also early 80's easy listening hit machines like george benson, Peabo Bryson et al)

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 20 January 2017 03:07 (three years ago) link

but also this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0sTpZja6JQ

(and I always end up thinking about MST3K's riff on whether it's Hamilton, Joe, Frank, & Reynolds / Hamilton Joe, Frank & Reynolds / Hamilton Joe Frank, & Reynolds etc etc )

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 20 January 2017 03:13 (three years ago) link

seven months pass...

so although it was techically 1981, it was mentioned up thread - Paul Davis's "Cool Night".

one I loved as a kid, as an adult I hear it and think "ugh, relatable".

which is to say "classic"

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 23 August 2017 03:35 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

listening to the rhino 70s box and there seems to be a significant subgenre of 'dude runs into old flame, everyone's doing fine, but dude never in fact got over old flame (and sometimes sees her face when he's fucking his wife)'. kinda creepy!

are there more recent examples of this trope in pop lyrics?

mookieproof, Tuesday, 7 April 2020 16:41 (one month ago) link

I just spent 15 minutes contemplating the amazingness of the Pablo Cruise logo, as evocative of intent as any metal band's logo.

Julius Caesar Memento Hoodie (bendy), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 17:28 (one month ago) link

I have the "Have A Nice Day" series of 70s comps which cover all sorts of low-charting hits, very evocative of my childhood listening to the radio. Much of my early ideas of love and relationships came from those songs.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 7 April 2020 17:45 (one month ago) link

are there more recent examples of this trope in pop lyrics?

― mookieproof, Tuesday, April 7, 2020 9:41 AM (three days ago) bookmarkflaglink

steve winwood - "valerie" kinda?

brimstead, Saturday, 11 April 2020 03:04 (one month ago) link

yikes steve

mookieproof, Saturday, 11 April 2020 03:40 (one month ago) link

"What a Fool Believes" ??

I always figured this trope was because a lot of people were getting divorced in the 70s and because they had been off the market for a while, the people who spring to mind when romance became a possibility again were old flames
Also it seems like a distinctly cis male POV but I have nothing to prove that aside from a gut feeling

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 11 April 2020 14:24 (one month ago) link

i'm definitely fascinated by this strain of thought, which like you i think of as being particularly cis male. something like bill labounty's "livin' it up" or, i mean, earlier something like "flowers on the wall". the bitter regret of someone who took what he had for granted and treated "his woman" like shit but lacking in anything resembling real insight or personal accountability. that's the extra layer of tragedy of songs like that, you just know the protagonist of the song is going to pull that shit again and again until they finally die, alone and miserable.

Kate (rushomancy), Saturday, 11 April 2020 17:50 (one month ago) link

Whereas ladies are always singing things like "I'm happy for you. I wish nothing but the best for you both."

pplains, Saturday, 11 April 2020 21:31 (one month ago) link


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