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Anything You Want

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  1. q_pid
    q_pid
    (33 Posts)

    So, after all this time listening to Spoon, one song sticks out to me the most (in concerns to lyrics, music, etc.) and that is Anything You Want. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the:

    "You're at your best when you got the guns turned a hundred eighty degrees, and finding out if adds all up right. We go through all the same lines or sell out to appease, but go to sleep in a bed of lies.. I made my own more than once or twice. And now time is my time, time is my own. And I feel so alive, yet feel so alone."

    Those lyrics strike a chord in me, and wow does it ring loud! I can relate to this song on so many levels...

    Posted 8 years ago #
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    Fandango
    (7 Posts)

    How do you relate to it? What does it mean to you?

    I know when I listen to certain Spoon songs I feel like they were written for me, but I know it is just a case of transference because it is so familiar in feeling. It is weird though because sometimes I won't even concretely know what the songs mean, but they resonate in me like I'm a hollow instrument.

    I could care less about accumulating a rare 7 inch. I’ve always just been more drawn to their evocation of something so intense and powerful (in both the negative and positive sense)that it is ineffable. Yet, they could just be putting on wax the poetic HA! I have a tendency to be grandiose…..

    Posted 8 years ago #
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    Fandango
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    I thought I would contextualize my prior post.

    For example, for me, “Ghost of You Lingers” always evoked my grandmother’s death in August 2005. She lived in Portland, I lived afar, and by the time I got there she was in an irrecoverable coma. I could not get over her death and it was impeding the flourishing of my own life. Years later, I went to a Spoon show and they played “Ghost” and I sobbed. The show felt like a clinic and the catharsis I experienced was immeasurable. I interpreted the lines “would you settle the score” as a challenge to the reaper concerning my own mortality and inability to thrive.

    This is just my own interpretation. I think the dexterity of Spoon songs is what gives them their universal appeal because the take away is not going to be the same for everyone. I always wanted to thank the band for that, but given the opportunity I exhibited maladroit behavior.

    I love so many of their songs that I have to keep from deconstructing them to the point of losing my initial visceral response. Perhaps, their music is emblematic of the tension between the gut and the brain?

    Posted 8 years ago #
  4. q_pid
    q_pid
    (33 Posts)

    Yes, yes, I suppose all the music that I connect with is a case of transference, just me transposing my past (but still present) problems and situations/experiences into defining and decoding the meanings of their lyrics... but with Anything You Want, I suppose I just feel like I've been living a life of lies for 21 years up to this point. And I feel like I've just always put up some sort of facade and had this sort of "image" that I saw myself and tried to uphold of, but I realized it was all just my ego and worrying about what other people thought of me. Now a days, I live a life that I want to live, not what I think other people expect me to do. I shouldn't have to hide or lie about myself to fit a certain "image", I can just be me and if people don't like that, then there loss. I won't be losing sleep over it. The lines "You're at your best when you got the guns turned a hundred eighty degrees, and finding out if adds all up right" just sums up the fact that when you are looking in the mirror and actually examining yourself and your life, finding YOURSELF and finding meaning in your life and who you are will only ultimately bring about the best in you. The lines "We go through all the same lines or sell out to appease..." reminds me of how I would just always use the same excuses and lame lies to people all the time, and I couldn't help myself but to. And I just feel that now that I've lied about so much and haven't put the "real" me out there, I'm alone pretty much? Haha, I know none of that probably makes a bunch of sense... I feel like I'm writing a damn paper!

    Posted 8 years ago #
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    Fandango
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    I know what you mean about writing a paper! You know at some University in Liverpool you can earn a MA in the Beatles? UT-Austin take note!!! LOL I can expound on Spoon here because for whatever reason my friends aren't into them, maybe they aren't obscure enough? Woe be to hipters:)

    Your interpretation of the song is really interesting given that you are in the developmental stage of emerging adulthood. Whereas in adolescence peers and establishing an identity take precedence, in emerging adulthood you begin to stand on your own. Your explanation made great sense!

    I think content analysis is inherently biased by the decoder and the meaning doesn't remain fixed. For example, next semester I'm interning with inmates and I think my understanding of "I summon you" will change. How will interacting with people actually locked up in cages and being summoned to court make me think differently about an alleged love song that alludes to such imagery? Like an inmate questioning "where were you tonight?" to an unincarcerated lover... Maybe I'll have them listen to Spoon as art therapy, yet the demographics of those in jail don't exactly mesh with their audience...

    Sorry for my drivel! I'm stuck in a waiting room on my birthday....but it was the best year ever because I got a letter published in the NY Times and Tuesday I met(and made laugh) Mrs. Rosalynn Carter, plus the great November bonus track:) I'm such a nerd....

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    jp
    (106 Posts)

    I like how Britt talks about drinking beer.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  7. Tyler Darling
    Tyler Darling
    (686 Posts)

    I like how everyone posts long comments on what means what to who, and JP says "I like beer".

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    jp
    (106 Posts)

    Ha. No disrespect to anybody. Anything You Want is really the song that got me started on Spoon, and still one of my absolute favs. I was just kind of taken aback at the intellectual level of this thread (maybe the rest of us need to step up our game!). Plus, I'd had a few beers.

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    Fandango
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    We have to keep it from getting threadbare up in here or in other words..... mmm beer!! I promise not to abuse the forum as respite from writing my term paper(s)..... I listened to Gimme Fiction for 6 months after it came out (I heard it at work) before I knew it wasn't their first album LOL Girls Can Tell was my next step! Anything You Want is certainly a stellar track!

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  10. Gabriel
    Gabriel
    (193 Posts)

    I feel weird here, because somehow this is a song that's never really resonated with me as a whole. The whole album GCT has that problem in general for me (with some glaring exceptions).
    He has a lot of stellar one-liners and themes in the lyrics though. I particularly like the part where he talks about how people "sell out" their values to prevent conflict but can't sleep on it because it bothers them ("go to sleep in a bed of lies"). Also, "Feel so alive yet feel so alone" nails the complex emotion associated with becoming an adult.

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    jp
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    To me, Anything You Want just seems like the perfect little pop nugget. So simple musically, yet it says something and adds texture as it goes along. Sometimes, especially when a Spoon song is new to me, my main complaint is that it doesn't go anywhere. Set up a groove, repeat, add a frill or two and repeat again. I usually get over that. But AYW was never like that for me. When I first heard it I thought, man, if there was any justice, this song would be all over the radio...and it might have been 30 years ago. It just seemed so simple and catchy and right. Plus, I'd never heard a song lyric end like this. The words are nice and perfectly metered through the whole song, then suddenly on the last line you get "since you were nineteen and still in school waitin' on a light on the corner by Sound Exchange."...that's at least two and a half times as many words as you would think fit in that space!

    What a great song.

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  12. Tyler Darling
    Tyler Darling
    (686 Posts)

    Anything you want is a great song. I think it fits perfectly in "Girls Can Tell". It is definitely my favorite Spoon album. It works perfectly. On vinyl Side A is 5 songs and the greatness never stops. Everything hits at once all the way through The Fitted shirt. Rock 'n' Roll perfection.

    Then Side B Starts with "Anything You Want". It's a continuation, and a change in a sense. The song is a perfect transition within the album. The somber tones and imagery, even the sound effects paint a picture. Everyone has felt the way this song describes. Longing, not even necessarily for a person, just for anything. That felling is conveyed in the song. The instrumentation also fits perfectly. It really is a great great song. Within the album it works great too.

    The B side of the album takes a different approach. It's a bit scatter brained, in a good way. "Take a walk" is an early sounding Spoon rocker (it was written back during Telephono era). Then "1020 am" is a slow acoustic song that breaks it up a bit. "Take the Fifth" is a slow burning rocker with a McCartney driven bass line. Then "This Book as a Movie" is a building instrumental, leading to the closer. The album closes with "Chicago at Night". Which is another early song. But it's such a great closer. It has many associations with other references in Britt's lyrics, and just a fine closing track.

    So whether it's in the context of the album, or by itself, "Anything You Want" is a great Spoon song. Very "Spoon-ish" and the lyrics are moving. It's classic Spoon.

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  13. Gabriel
    Gabriel
    (193 Posts)

    I've never thought about how Spoon might have split their albums on vinyl. Using Anything You Want to kick off Side 2 actually makes a ton of sense; it really does feel like you're headed somewhere new after all the drama of Side 1. I always just heard it as the sunny pop song that comes right after the oh-hell-yes groove of Fitted Shirt.

    Personally, I could fawn over the music-lyrics interplay of The Ghost of You Lingers or Small Stakes all day and night... I never imagined AYW would make for such discussion.

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  14. Tyler Darling
    Tyler Darling
    (686 Posts)

    Yeah when you hear the albums on vinyl it really makes sense. For instance Kill the Moonlight ends side A with "Paper Tiger" and side B starts with "Someone Something". On Gimme Fiction Side A ends with "Sister Jack" and side B begins with "I Summon You". It makes perfect sense. On a vinyl album each side fits together as an album, but I always looked at the songs at end of side A and beginning of side B as a transition. All Spoons albums have that. I don't know if they consciously planned that out, but all their albums flow great, and on vinyl have that nice transition.

    I personally feel sequencing is very important. You can take a song good and make it great, by making it stand out depending on the song that becomes before it or after it. Or the opposite, if the song is OK, surround it with two stellar songs....you get what I mean. Whether it be my own music, or on music I listen I very analytical when it comes to sequencing. Never underestimate the power of sequencing!!

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  15. Gabriel
    Gabriel
    (193 Posts)

    Dude, sequencing is so important. You can totally kill a great song by sticking after one that doesn't make any sense. I'll spend hours on a mixtape just to make sure the song order "clicks." I've actually formed some rules about how that kind of thing is done (Ex: if a song has singing at the very end, don't put it before a song that has singing right at the beginning.). To me, the goal is to make it feel like there's some kind of emotional progression over the course of the album.
    Tyler, you do anything like that? I'd love to talk to somebody else about it. Nobody I know gives a hoot.

    The albums I most worship for their sequencing are The White Album, The Moon and Antarctica (Modest Mouse) and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

    Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga has some amazing sequencing (First four tracks flow so damn well). I actually think they really butchered the order on Transference though.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  16. Zman
    Zman
    (50 Posts)

    Love Yankee ^^. And Wilco in general, it's them and Spoon for best American band. Although Wilco is probably the best live act I've ever seen.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  17. Tyler Darling
    Tyler Darling
    (686 Posts)

    Of yes Gabriel I am VERY into sequencing. Especially for mixes. People always ask me "hey burn me a mix". That sometimes takes me a day or longer. I give it a lot of thought. I think about the person I am making it for. Like their type of interests, and what they'd like. Especially when you work with multiple artists and different types of music. I know exactly what you mean with songs going together. If the end of the song has vocals till the end. Use a song that has a bit if an intro or a build to get into the next song. Some singers are really intense, so you put a more laid back vocalist. Not that the singer is any better or worse, it just gives the listener a break.

    The Beatles are my favorite band of all time, and the White Album is my favorite album. I could talk for hours about it. George Martin wanted to make it a single disc album. The Beatles wanted to put on all the songs. I feel the sequencing was great, but at the same time very haphazard. They had so many songs that they HAD to make the sequencing work. I like the way the CD splits, but I love the way the vinyl is split up. Album opens with "Back in the U.S.S.R." which is a great Rock 'n' Roll song, a parody of sorts. Then the first side ends with "Happiness is a Warm Gun". Which has a great vocal outro. Then Side 2 Disc 1 Starts with "Martha My Dear" which has that great little 20 second piano intro. It works great. Julia is a great closer to Disc 1 for obvious reasons. It's slow and heartbreaking. "Birthday" is a great opener to disc 2. Then that side ends with "Long, Long, Long" which gives you a bit of a break from "Helter Skelter" which just melted your face. But a great closer. Then Side 2 opens with "Revolution 1". Which is a great slow Rock 'n' Roll number. Then of course the album ends with "Goodnight". Perfect.

    I also love the White Album because it was the last album to have a single released with it that had no songs on an album. I consider the single version of Revolution to be different than the album version. So after the "Hey Jude/Revolution" single every other single had an A Side be from the album. "Come Together/Here Comes the Sun" was their one and only double A Side single. Anyway I love the Beatles, haha. And sequencing is great.

    I will put my thought of Transference's sequencing in a separate post.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  18. captain_arz
    captain_arz
    (119 Posts)

    I do that too! I thought i was the only nerd who does that haha. I can spend weeks trying to get the sequencing just right for whatever songs i want on a list. I pick the songs i want, order them based on a few transition and mood rules i have, then listen to it see if its right. Its all about how it feels.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  19. Gabriel
    Gabriel
    (193 Posts)

    Man, it's nice to know this is a shared idea instead just my own idiosyncrasy.
    Do you guys have rules about songs that have segues in their original context? (think "The Ghost of You Lingers" going into "You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb") I always go into Audacity (audio editing program) and either fade the song in/out or create a new segue between the two songs I'm working with. I don't like for a song to just cut off at the end or start abruptly on a mix; it just bothers me if it sounds that out-of-context.
    This especially applies to songs taken from a live album where you have audience chatter during the transitions.

    Posted 8 years ago #

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