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Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing

Emma B 17 Apr 02 - 06:20 PM
Bill D 17 Apr 02 - 11:47 AM
Bill D 17 Apr 02 - 11:44 AM
Midchuck 17 Apr 02 - 11:15 AM
Bullfrog Jones 17 Apr 02 - 10:55 AM
KingBrilliant 17 Apr 02 - 05:31 AM
greg stephens 17 Apr 02 - 04:47 AM
Jon Bartlett 17 Apr 02 - 04:35 AM
53 16 Apr 02 - 10:42 PM
toadfrog 16 Apr 02 - 10:03 PM
Steve Latimer 16 Apr 02 - 10:02 PM
Little Hawk 16 Apr 02 - 09:57 PM
Midchuck 16 Apr 02 - 09:43 PM
Celtic Soul 16 Apr 02 - 09:28 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 16 Apr 02 - 09:18 PM
Little Hawk 16 Apr 02 - 09:06 PM
Jeri 16 Apr 02 - 08:35 PM
Bullfrog Jones 16 Apr 02 - 08:14 PM
Celtic Soul 16 Apr 02 - 08:09 PM
DonMeixner 16 Apr 02 - 07:57 PM
Bullfrog Jones 16 Apr 02 - 07:53 PM
Stephen L. Rich 16 Apr 02 - 07:38 PM
Hilary 16 Apr 02 - 07:38 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 16 Apr 02 - 07:35 PM
X 16 Apr 02 - 07:32 PM
Hilary 16 Apr 02 - 07:23 PM
michaelr 16 Apr 02 - 07:15 PM
GUEST,Just Amy 16 Apr 02 - 07:07 PM
Ebbie 16 Apr 02 - 06:32 PM
Lanfranc 16 Apr 02 - 06:06 PM
Little Hawk 16 Apr 02 - 05:37 PM
Harry Basnett 16 Apr 02 - 04:09 PM
GUEST 16 Apr 02 - 04:01 PM
SharonA 16 Apr 02 - 03:41 PM
Clinton Hammond 16 Apr 02 - 03:02 PM
GUEST,greg stephens 16 Apr 02 - 02:53 PM
Sorcha 16 Apr 02 - 10:19 AM
Skipjack K8 16 Apr 02 - 10:18 AM
MMario 16 Apr 02 - 10:15 AM
SharonA 16 Apr 02 - 10:02 AM
GUEST 16 Apr 02 - 09:45 AM
KingBrilliant 16 Apr 02 - 09:37 AM
GUEST,Geordie 16 Apr 02 - 09:12 AM
alanabit 16 Apr 02 - 09:09 AM
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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: Emma B
Date: 17 Apr 02 - 06:20 PM

Oh Hilary - I've just got back from the National where I heard Louis Killen sing a superb version of "The Leaving of Liverpool" It's NOT necessarily the song but how it's sung (although I do make an exception for that truly awful Fields of. . ..) By the way does anyone know just how many tunes The Wild Rover can be sung to ? Some friends were once requested to 'do' it in a session - after 24 versions, including the Laughing Policeman, it was equally enthusiastically unrequested. I recommend this policy


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From: Bill D
Date: 17 Apr 02 - 11:47 AM

oh, yeah!,,and "Fox on the Run" and whatever that bluegrass thing is about the dying rebel soldier! "will my soul pass thru the southland"


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: Bill D
Date: 17 Apr 02 - 11:44 AM

well, there are some good choices noted that are either over-done, or should never HAVE been done (I also weary of "The Heart of the Appaloosa")....but

my all time favorite to NOT hear again.."Circle of the Sun" by Sally Rogers..an 'almost' catchy little tune-like thing for half a verse, but the lyrics say nothing, and say it badly and with lousy meter...


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: Midchuck
Date: 17 Apr 02 - 11:15 AM

Prior post condemns....all of Stan Rogers' oevre. All of it is sentimental or violent (or perhaps I should say, sentimental and violent, because the two characteristics travel together

YES! Isn't it GREAT! The man was a genius!

But Tom Russell's stuff is even more violent and more sentimental. He's my current favorite by a long shot.

Peter.


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: Bullfrog Jones
Date: 17 Apr 02 - 10:55 AM

You're not alone Jon, that song about raising our child with dignitee is The Fields of Athenry that everyone else is complaining about!


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: KingBrilliant
Date: 17 Apr 02 - 05:31 AM

Well, I am moved to defend "Streets" - but only since I heard it at Easter sung by Ralph Mctell & it really did make a difference.
There seemed to be a hell of a lot more tune in it when he sang it - whereas most singers of it produce something very flat & bland. He gave it life - whereas most renditions give it terminal vomity-ness.
And what is this about singing "two carrier bags" strangely? In what way strangely? And in what way obliged?
Kris


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: greg stephens
Date: 17 Apr 02 - 04:47 AM

Jon G Bartlett raises the interesting question of distorted emphasis in bad songs.I think the really repellent feature of Streets of London(not that the whole thing isnt repellent in the extreme) isthe strange way you're obliged to sing "two carrier bags" (not that I've ever sung it myself I'm glad to say).


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: Jon Bartlett
Date: 17 Apr 02 - 04:35 AM

This thread addresses songs supposedly good once but overdone. I'd like to address APPALLING songs, appalling when they were written (and they were all WRITTEN, this century: all of the traditional stuff we know has already been winnowed) and appalling now. First, all of Stan Rogers' oevre. All of it is sentimental or violent (or perhaps I should say, sentimental and violent, because the two characteristics travel together). Then, all of Ralph McTell's oevre (or at least that portion of it I've been unfortunate enough to hear) for the same reason. And for a treat that most appalling and banal song about "lonely prison walls", and "lonely harbour something something", and suggesting witlessly that we "raise our child with dignity" (with the em-PHAS-is on the wrong Sy-LAB-ble). My 2c.


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: 53
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 10:42 PM

My Girl by the Tempations. If I had a dollar for every time I played this song, I would have some cash on hand.


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: toadfrog
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 10:03 PM

Mostly Britishers in this thread. If they sang Fields of Athenwry - say - once every two months over here, I'd agree that this was far too much. I've never heard "Wild Rover," and don't mind one bit. My nominees:

"Rolling down to old Maui" (which must have been written for a Chamber of Commerce).
Mary Ellen Carter.
Blowin' in the Wind


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 10:02 PM

My Brother is a Rock drummer. He's looking to play with a band who refuse to play Mustang Sally & Sweet Home Alabama. He hasn't found one yet.


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: Little Hawk
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 09:57 PM

Yep, that's it, all right, Jerry. They're endlessly reliving the wild and carefree days of their youth...the "hungry years", so that's why they listen to the same old songs over and over again. It's kind of sad.

One thing about folk music though...the songs range more widely in theme and subject matter than is the case with "radio" music, and that gives folk music more depth. The radio couldn't care less about folk music. It "doesn't sell". (C)RAP sure does though, doesn't it?

What a world we live in....the sheep all line up obediently at the till, and wait to get fleeced. They mostly buy exactly what they're told to. It's a closed loop. I detest commercial radio stations.

- LH


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: Midchuck
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 09:43 PM

Here's another way to deal with Streets of London, courtesy of Mike Agranoff:

McDonald's Kitchen
Lyrics: Carol McNelly
Music: Streets of London by Ralph McTell

Have you seen the young girl who serves McDonald's burgers,
Stacking them in boxes in their dry little piles?
In her eyes you'll see no pride,
'Cause she knows what they've put inside.
When she sees us eating it's the only time she smiles.

(1st verse rewritten by Mike Agranoff:
Have you seen the young man at the fast food counter
Stacking one more Big Mac box 'longside the other ones?
In his eyes you see no pride cause he knows what they put inside
It's yesterday's burgers on yesterdays buns.

Chorus:
So how can you tell me you're hungry,
And say a snack you'd like to find?
Let me take you by the hand and lead you through McDonald's kitchen,
I'll show you something to make you change your mind.

Have you seen the old girl in the closed up Wendy's,
Scraping off the pieces from the tables and the floor?
In an effort to disguise them she takes them back and fries them,
But you still recognize them when they come round once more.

(chorus)

Have you seen the businessman outside Colonel Sanders,
His appetite is fading as he stops and peers inside?
All around the city, little voices cry: "Have pity
On one more forgotten kitty who's now Kentucky Fried."

(chorus)

Peter.


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: Celtic Soul
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 09:28 PM

Well said, Jerry, and thanks for the answer. I guess down deep I already knew why, but it's still puzzling why people would *want* to hear the same songs over and over when there is a world of music out there.

And now, I think it's time to start a different thread!

Thanks for the inspiration, Jerry!


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 09:18 PM

Celtic Soul: A few years ago, I was in the office of the manager of an oldies station, asking if they'd do a public service announcement. The manager asked me if I listened to their station, and I answered "No, I love the old songs." He looked a little puzzled, and I said, "I don't want to hear the same songs endlessly.. I've already gotten sick of most of them." I asked him why they play the same songs, over and over again. He said that they have a "rotation" of 300 songs that they play (and they're on the air 24 hours, seven days a week. You can imagine how many times you have to repeat each song, in one week. Figure it out. I asked why they didn't play a bigger variety of songs by artists, instead of just one or two, and he said, "That's what sells." And I imagine he's right. I told him that he'll never have me as a listener, but that if I took over his job, I'd make the programs far more interesting, and run the station into bankruptcy within three months.

My theory is that with 90% of people, if you ask them to name ten favorite songs, you can figure out within a couple of years, how old they are. It's all got to do with the onset of puberty. Once the hormones start raging, popular music becomes the soundtrack for fantasizing about, or eventually actually making out. As soon as they get married, life becomes an endless repetition of "oldies." Music to wash your car by.

I still like the old rhythm and blues and early rock and roll... even the music of the 40's. But, I didn't lose interest until the 90's when rap finally killed the melody.

Just my opinion....

Jerry


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Subject: Lyr Add: STREETS OF BRECHIN (parody of "..London")
From: Little Hawk
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 09:06 PM

I am also sick of "Streets of London"! I got revenge finally by writing a parody of it, based on a very small town that is not far down the highway from Orillia, Ontario. It's called "Brechin".

Streets of Brechin

Have you seen the sidewalk kids
Who hang out on the streets of Brechin?
Baseball caps upon their head and nothing much within
Vacant faces, witless poses
Nose rings dangling from their noses
Killing time and dreaming about the seven deadly sins
And how can you tell me you're lonely?
And say your life's a waste of time?
Let me take you by the hand
And lead you through the streets of Brechin
We'll do some checkin' that'll make you change your mind

Have you seen the daily gathering
Of the Brechin lionesses?
With their bulging shopping bags and their gossip magazines
Catching up on local scandals
Staring down the teenage vandals
If you run afoul of them, you'll know just what I mean
And how can you tell me you're lonely?
And say your life's a waste of time?
Let me take you by the ear
And lead you through the streets of Brechin
We'll do some checkin' that'll make you change your mind

And, have you seen the closet queen
Who minces down the streets of Brechin
Past the scowling rednecks and the jeering kids
No one there to peck or pinch him
Come sundown they'll prob'ly lynch him
Then get drunk and wreck the place just like their daddies did
And how can you tell me you're lonely?
And say your life's a waste of time?
Let me take you by the nose
And lead you through the streets of Brechin
We'll do some checkin' that'll make you change your mind
Let me take you by the nose
And lead you through the streets of Brechin
We'll do some checkin' that'll make you change your mind

* Brechin is pronounced BREK-in, rhymes with neckin'....

Feel free to sing it anywhere, but it's only around the Orillia area that it really cracks people up, cos they KNOW about Brechin! :-)

- LH


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: Jeri
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 08:35 PM

I get fed up with overdone songs, but I find when they're put away for a bit, I enjoy hearing them again - IF I liked them in the first place. "Country Roads" is one I got mightily sick of, but I rather like hearing it now. I also can like hearing an old "standard" when somebody different does it well and with feeling.

As far as tunes go, I can tire of them a lot faster. There are some we do in our session that I got sick of before I even managed to learn them. And don't even mention Feckin' Billy In The Feckin' Lowground. I liked it when we first started playing it, but after 2 feckin' years of feckin' doing it every feckin' friday...


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: Bullfrog Jones
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 08:14 PM

....oh, and Every Time We Say Goodbye sung by someone who's learnt it from the Mick Hucknall version. They always sing 'I can hear a lark somewhere WAITING to sing about it'. What does a lark sound like when it's waiting to sing? Does it clear its throat? Gargle? Practice its bloody scales? But I don't let it get to me.


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: Celtic Soul
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 08:09 PM

Here's a question that has long perplexed me, my 'Cat friends...

Someone *please* tell me *WHY*, when there are decades upon decades of "oldies" music to select from, do "oldies" stations only play the same 10 songs over and over again, day after day??? I cannot listen to an oldies station for long, as eventually, you hear the same Billy Joel song, the same Aerosmith song, and the same Rolling Stones song. No matter that each of these people/groups have put out many many albums in their day, you will still only hear one or two songs from their repetoire, and *never* any deep cuts (in my opinion, the stuff that makes #1 is not necessarily the best a band has to offer). Add to this that there are a huge amount of artists that have come and gone over the years, but they only play a handful of them.

What's with that?

But, to answer your question, if I *never* heard or had to sing "Drunken Sailor" again, it would be a happy thing. Or "Roll the Chariots". And as beautiful as "The Boatman" is, I could do without that one for a year or two...or twelve...as well.

*But*, we *will* do them...if the crowd wants 'em, and many times they do. C'est la vie...it is a small price to pay for being able to do what we do.


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: DonMeixner
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 07:57 PM

"Streets" is a song I never tire of doing so when I come to Ireland/Scotland/England I promise not to go near it. Many of those songs that have died in the Isles are gaining new life over here. Galway Shawl is popular over here even by the performers. I almost hope I never have to play The Rattlin' Bog again. But I do it to keep my wind up.

But I'd stick Flight of Earls, When New York Was Irish, The Sick Note and (No offense meant or social or racial disparagement intended) every single Tin Pan Alley Irish song I've ever heard that were writen by real Irish people with "itz" "erg" "sen" "ski" "ein" "ien" "yne" or "ini" on the end of their last name.

Don


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: Bullfrog Jones
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 07:53 PM

Pete J --- if you're in Bedford and I'm in Stony, I think we're seeing the same bands doing Mustang Sally! Anyway, back to the thread... Dirty Old Town...You've Got A Friend...That advert for MacDonalds and Campbells Soup -- you know, the Glencoe song (funny both clans went into catering...)


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: Stephen L. Rich
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 07:38 PM

Most of the songs I'm tired of have been mentioned. Allow me, however, to add "Sweet Home Chicago" to the list.

Every blues band non-Chicago-based blues band that I've ever heard does it -- usually poorly.


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: Hilary
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 07:38 PM

...'The Leaving of Liverpool' I count myself lucky to get through a night without hearing that one.

A local amateur guitarist/singer (the only person I refuse to call a musican) used to have bets put on which order he would come out with 'Leaving of...' / 'Fields of ...'. Other players who were sick of all-the-above would sometime do them so at least the song would be done well.

Just to be awkward, I'm very fond of 'Columbus Stockade Blues' - but isn't sung very often around here.

Is there a song you think you'll NEVER tire of hearing ???

Hilary


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 07:35 PM

This thread seems heavily tilted toward the British Aisles. The only songs I can think of over here (which have gracefully faded from popularity) are Come Together by the Youngbloods (which I liked for a long time, when the only place I heard it was out of my stereo) and Michael Row the Insipid Boat Ashore. I guess I'm getting a little tired of "I'm a Rover, Seldom Sober."... whatever it's called. I also get sick of singing some of my own songs if they get requested too much. Some have gone on the back burner for years. Anyone else get sick of THEIR OWN SONGS?

Jerry


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: X
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 07:32 PM

Duelling Banjos, Foggy Mt. Breakdown, Jed Clampett.


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: Hilary
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 07:23 PM

Most of the above, although I haven't heard anybody round here do 'The wreck of the E...' or 'Streets.. My heart sinks at the thought of 'Streets' 'cos my guitar teacher based ALL the lessons on it. I TRY not to whinge as it's usually the general public who ask, & it helps get them involved, & 'Fields of ...' is the faourite song of a friend who hasn't got the time to practice new songs ....

But it sure is time to go to the loo when they start.

Apologies for thread drift, but has anyone found out who actually wrote ' O no, not the fields of Athenry' ? ( which I LOVE.) Last I heard it was agreed it wasn't Les Barker.

Hilary


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: michaelr
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 07:15 PM

Danny Boy! Can't stand it! And everyone thinks it's an Irish song... (shudder)

Michael


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: GUEST,Just Amy
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 07:07 PM

My friends (Sheer Pandamonium) sing "Black Velvet Band" as a 50's Doo Wop song and it is much better that way.

I hope NEVER to hear "As Time Goes By" ever again (" Play it, Sam. You played it for her. You can play it for me."). There is always someone singing that song off key and badly phrased. It just makes me sick.

I wish our VP would stop whistling "If I only had a Brain" from Wizard of Oz. It makes us very nervous.


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: Ebbie
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 06:32 PM

I'm learning to lighten up just a bit in a song circle when it comes to a song or tune that I'm sick of- I remind myself that they are obvious favorites, and in any case, 3 to 5 minutes later it will be over.

That said, I'm TOTALLY tired of Columbus Stockade Blues, I Saw the Light, Amazing Grace, Me and Bobby McGee, Wildwood Flower (unless sung by someone who knows the version that makes sense){I'll twine with my mingles... indeed}, You Are My Sunshine-

In some cases, a song or tune has eventually come back into favor in my mind, so I guess there is hope for improvement. After all, people will persist in singing them.

Ebbie


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: Lanfranc
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 06:06 PM

"I won't/can't/can't bear to/* sing Streets of London/Fields of Athenry/Green Fields of France/Galway Shawl/Wild Rover/Will ye go, Lassie, go/The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald/Seven Drunken Nights/* but here is another song that uses some of the same notes and a few of the words!" (*=delete as appropriate)

If asked for House of the Rising Sun I do the Leadbelly version.

If asked for The Band Played Waltzing Matilda I do the Queensland version of Waltzing Matilda.

No-one's hit me yet!

Alan


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: Little Hawk
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 05:37 PM

There isn't enough room on this forum to list them all.

- LH


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 04:09 PM

Pleasant and Delightful done with popping noises, sharks playing melodeons, et al.


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 04:01 PM

Oh no not the fields of Athenry If I hear it one more time I think I'll cry they should ban the bloomin thing there are far better songs to sing I can't stand it, the fields of Athenry

'ere Micca, have you got the rest of that in your book somewhere? Cllr


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: SharonA
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 03:41 PM

My last post had a "Fed up with hearing..." section that seems to have disappeared into the ether. Let's see if I can reconstruct it:

Fed up with hearing... "Amazing Grace" (ever since Judy Collins's lifeless version); "Keep on the Sunny Side of Life"; "When I'm Gone"; "Joe Hill"; "Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream."


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 03:02 PM

I agree with a lot of the above and must add...

The frigg'n Wreck of the goddamn Edmund stupid over long undercrafted poorly written FitgFeckinGerald!!!!!

Gord once said, if he knew it was gonna be such a 'hit' he would a made it a much better song!

Boy, wouldn't that have been nice eh!

I'm also sick to frigg'n death of Barretts Privateers... in conversation with a Stan Fan at the pub a few nights ago, we fell to discussing Stan the the "What If..." factor... My major input was "Well, I'd like to hope he wouldn't still be singing that frigg'n 'God damn them all' song!"

(the inside joke there is that's what 90% of people who request it, call it...)

I'll also toss in 98% of the material of the band I'm side man for... Ya gotta really wonder about a band that hasn't even changed it's SET LIST in 2+years!!! The last time we learned anything new, we had a whole different bass player!

We should change the name of the band to Terminal Boredom


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: GUEST,greg stephens
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 02:53 PM

How can anyone claim that Streets of London is not naff? The word naff was specifically invented to describe the bloody dreadful abysmaland generally not very satisfactory song.And in no circumstances would i marry anyone who liked it. hell I wouldnt even


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: Sorcha
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 10:19 AM

Red Wing, Faded Love, Amazing Grace on anything, In the Garden, The Old Rugged Cross.......I've been to way too many funerals lately.


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: Skipjack K8
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 10:18 AM

"I'll tell me feckin' Ma", "The feckin' Black Velvet Band" and "Wild feckin' Rover". Any song that has gained 'feckin' in its nomenclature.

Tunes would be 'Winster feckin' Gallop' and 'Davey feckin' Nick Nack'

feckin' Skipjack


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: MMario
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 10:15 AM

Sometimes I think it's not so much a case of being fed up with a song - but the desire to play something, (somtimes ANYTHING)else.


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: SharonA
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 10:02 AM

Pete J: Yes, "fed up with" is a slang phrase in the US as well, and means the same thing.

Fed up with playing... "Streets of London", for sure. "Early Morning Rain" is getting to that point, too. Both are in the limited repertoire that I perform with my sometimes-duet-partner. He and I really need to work up some new material!

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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 09:45 AM

The Wild Colonial Boy


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: KingBrilliant
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 09:37 AM

The songs we get fed up with tend to be the ones that are fairly easy to do (to a not too apalling level) - and hence tend to be very popular when people are fledging folk-wise.
This means that people mostly sing them at an early point in their folkly development & hence the renditions are not of the most exquisite.
This theory is based on the fact that most renditions of Streets of London are fairly naff really - but if you hear Ralph McTell sing it then its a whole different thing altogether! The song is not naff - its just that most times you hear it it will be sung by someone with their musical L plates on (learner).
All of the songs mentioned here can be fantastic if performed really well.
So - don't blame the songs - its just a side-effect of how accessible they are, which seems to be a double-edged sword.

Kris


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: GUEST,Geordie
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 09:12 AM

Marrie's bloody wedding..I am sick to death of it. Also, Me and Bobby Magee anything that starts with "come all ye" and Amazing Grace on the bag pipes.


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: alanabit
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 09:09 AM

"Take Me Home Country Roads" turns this otherwise semi pacifist/vegetarian into a near psychopath...


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: Pete Jennings
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 09:07 AM

Bullfrog, I'm must be getting senile, not mentioning Mustang Sally. It makes me cringe when the singer holds the mic towards the audience and gets a ragged response, or worse, gets all the drunks singing in H Flat.

And every band in Bedford (England) does it every time they play. Ugh.

Pete


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: Bullfrog Jones
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 09:01 AM

Definitely Streets Of London...House Of The Rising Sun...American Pie...Annie's Song...I know what you mean about Athenry, but I've got a nice harmony to add to the chorus, so I don't mind...and not folk, but does EVERY r&b band have to do a crap version of Mustang Sally? Is it in the contract?


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Subject: RE: BS: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: greg stephens
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 08:58 AM

Well, I dont get fed up with playing stuff because as soon as that starts to happen i give the song a rest. But as regards songs I'm fed upwith listening to, some candidates come and go: green fields of France and fields of athenry have featured heavily on my list, but way out infront of the field, as it has been since the day it was written, is the 100% oh-my-god not-that-again I'm-going-up-to-the-bar classic: The Streets of London


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Subject: Songs you're fed up with playing/hearing
From: Pete Jennings
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 08:50 AM

This started life in a posting Don made to the How do YOU handle requests? thread. Don said anyone requesting Duelling Banjos gets to die...

I countered with Streets Of London. Thinking about it, I was probably being a little unfair as it is a great song and I detect (in the UK anyway) a bit of a comeback since Ralph appeared at the Albert Hall with Show Of Hands (and on the subsequent video) when he did a heart-rending unaccompanied version of it.

Here, it's replacement is fast becoming The Fields Of Athenry, another great song, but well overdone these days, even according to my Irish mates.

What are you fed up with playing right now?

Pete

PS. Is "fed up with" understood in the US? It means you've had enough of it.


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