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Least Favorite Spoon Song?

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  • Started 10 years ago by kickingeapoe
  • Latest reply from Gabriel

  1. kickingeapoe
    kickingeapoe
    (33 Posts)

    For me, it's a tie between "Chloroform" from A Series of Sneaks, and "Infinite Pet" from Gimme Fiction. Your thoughts?

    Posted 10 years ago #
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    maffew
    (3 Posts)

    I've never been able to get in to "Two Sides/Monsieur Valentine" and I've also always felt a bit conflicted with "The Way We Get By", in that I like the song, but I just feel as though it doesn't really seem like a 'Spoon' kind of song—just the lyrics and the way Britt sings it... I'm not sure exactly what it is though. Maybe that it kind of lacks the depth that's usually found in Spoon songs? Or it could just be that I'm missing it.

    Posted 10 years ago #
  3. kickingeapoe
    kickingeapoe
    (33 Posts)

    Hmmm.... "Two Sides/Monsieur Valentine" seems to be pretty hit and miss with people. I really like it, though. "The Way We Get By" I see as almost excessively poppy. And it may've been written around the single piano riff.

    Posted 10 years ago #
  4. Gabriel
    Gabriel
    (192 Posts)

    "Two Sides" never did anything for me either. It's good to hear that I'm not the only person who feels that way.

    My least favorite Spoon song (discounting some of their insubstantial B-sides or Get Nice! material) is probably "Was It You?" Either that or "Take The Fifth". Both songs just seem to go on and on without ever doing anything special.

    Posted 10 years ago #
  5. janikphoto
    janikphoto
    (34 Posts)

    wow, you all are picking some GREAT spoon songs. I love Infinite Pet and The Way We Get By and Take The Fifth... I used to have Sister Jack for some reason. When I had to go to Jim's studio to take pics of the band rehearsing, they were practicing Sister Jack. It totally changed the way I view that song, and now I love it.

    I think if I had to choose something, maybe 10:20am or one of the really experimental songs...

    Posted 10 years ago #
  6. kickingeapoe
    kickingeapoe
    (33 Posts)

    "Infinite pet" wasn't experimental?

    Posted 10 years ago #
  7. wantsarevolution
    wantsarevolution
    (144 Posts)

    Not particularly, no.

    Posted 10 years ago #
  8. LaBritt
    LaBritt
    (36 Posts)

    Take A Walk, All the Pretty Girls Go the City & You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb are my top contenders.

    Posted 10 years ago #
  9. Tyler Darling
    Tyler Darling
    (678 Posts)

    Wow I'm going to have to disagree. I love The Two Sides Of Monsieur Valentine and You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb. I agree with infinite Pet....drags with no purpose. And agree with Chloroform, it's more of a sound clip than a song. Also Staring at the board. Just like clips to break up the songs on the album. For me it's between "Wanted to be your Friend" from Telephono- weird vocals and worse lyrics, OR "Something to Look Forward To" from Kill the Moonlight. If that was removed from Kill the Moonlight, it'd be a flwaless album through and through, 11 songs of perfection. Smae with Girls can tell, make 1020 am a b side, excluded from the album, and you'd have a perfect album. And Gimme Fiction, take off Infinite Pet, and re arrange some of the songs. (I feel the strongest are in the beginning 1-7). That's why GA GA GA GA GA is the best Spoon album. No filler, gets to the point. 10 well crafted great songs.

    Posted 9 years ago #
  10. monkfishblues
    monkfishblues
    (250 Posts)

    Ha! That's funny because I love the vocal on "Something to Look Forward To".

    As for GaGaGaGaGa, I would throw "The Underdog" in the pit. I've tried and tried but I just can't bring myself to like that song. The fact that Britt's been working with Jon Brion makes me a little apprehensive because "Underdog" was the result of a Brion/Spoon meld and the result was a BillyJoelOnlytheGoodDieYoung sounding tune. The rest of the album was so well crafted and unique - typical McCarthy/Spoon fare. Who knows, maybe they'll prove me wrong this time!

    I'm surprised that more people didn't nominate "The Ghost of You Lingers". I LOVE the song (especially in concert!) but it seems so many people have dismissed that song as the runt of Ga.

    Posted 9 years ago #
  11. Tyler Darling
    Tyler Darling
    (678 Posts)

    Sorry, meant "I Wanted to Be your friend" had a weird vocal I don't like. I think "Something to look forward to" doesn't have a bad vocal, I just think it's kinda an empty song. It's not bad, just doesn't go anywhere for me. Kinda boring. It took me a long time to like "The Ghost of You Lingers, but I do like it now. As far as The Underdog I love it!!!! It's in NO WAY Billy Joel. To me it sounds like an early Clash tune. Always thought that. With the horns and everything, The Underdog would fit great on London Calling.

    Posted 9 years ago #
  12. monkfishblues
    monkfishblues
    (250 Posts)

    Tyler, I'm using my 100th post to say: London Calling? Are you serious??? You crazy.

    J/K :)

    We agree to disagree, then.

    London Calling's one of my FAVORITE albums ever and it's hard to measure up to perfection.

    Posted 9 years ago #
  13. drop dead ed
    drop dead ed
    (192 Posts)

    I never liked You Was It.

    Posted 9 years ago #
  14. Tyler Darling
    Tyler Darling
    (678 Posts)

    One of my favorite albums too. It's totally a post punk Clash song. Listen to the Underdog with Clash in mind. You'll hear it.....if you listen. Haha hear it if you listen. Kinda like "Stay Until You Leave". A saying I like. Joe Strummer could sing this song....RIP

    Posted 9 years ago #
  15. Tyler Darling
    Tyler Darling
    (678 Posts)

    One of my favorite albums too. It's totally a post punk Clash song. Listen to the Underdog with Clash in mind. You'll hear it.....if you listen. Haha hear it if you listen. Kinda like "Stay Until You Leave". A saying I like. Joe Strummer could sing this song....RIP

    Posted 9 years ago #
  16. monkfishblues
    monkfishblues
    (250 Posts)

    Joe Strummer could sing the song, yes. I can easily hear him front Underdog.

    It's the horns.

    Every time I listen to this song, especially live, I keep thinking, "If only the horns would play LOUDER and more crazily...". If the horns part could be BIGGER!, BRIGHTER!, MESSY!, more INSANE!, that would push the song away from Piano Man, for me. Their energy needs to, at least, match Britt's voice. If Spoon could figure out a way to punch up that part live, then I think I could finally make peace with the tune.

    On another note, Valentine's one of the best on Gimme Fiction, in my opinion. There's a story to it, with a twist, and I love the line, "Every mornin', I pull on them pants".

    Posted 9 years ago #
  17. Tyler Darling
    Tyler Darling
    (678 Posts)

    I see what you mean. But I like the horns, especially when played with people dressed as a mariachi band. But hey when I saw them live there were no horns. Just the 4 members of Spoon. So if you don't like the horns hear it live! I agree I like Valentine too. He steals the whole show in his last dying scene!!! I like it alot. It works perfect with the flow of the album.

    Posted 9 years ago #
  18. merchants of soul by far

    Posted 9 years ago #
  19. devilsdishes
    devilsdishes
    (88 Posts)

    Merchants of Soul / You Was It / Back to the Life / Wanted to Be Your

    I tend to skip past those songs whenever they come up on my iPod nowadays.

    Posted 9 years ago #
  20. Tyler Darling
    Tyler Darling
    (678 Posts)

    I used to NOT like I wanted to be your Friend...now I like it a lot!

    I used to not like back to the life either, but I LOVE the daytrotter session version. It's great.

    Merchants of Soul isn't the best song, but it's not my least favorite. It's a weak closer, if it was in the middle of the record somewhere. Every album has a GREAT closing track, besides Merchants.

    Ok my least favorite?

    3.) Was it You -long an repetitive

    2.) Get out the State -terrible sludge riff, with barely ant melody

    1.) Tweakers -just a lame instrumental that appeared twice on the Got Nuffin EP/single. I love the Got Nuffin, and Stroke Their Brains, but I actually had to pay for tweakers......

    Posted 9 years ago #
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    jp
    (106 Posts)

    Hi...just joined the forum so I could participate in this question. First...man, I love this band. That said, there are a few songs that I could do without (though I've listened to them all so many times, even the bad ones sound ok to me now):

    Japanese Cigarette Case
    All the Pretty Girls Go to the City
    Wanted to Be Your
    Chips and Dip (can't believe how many people REALLY like this one)

    There was a time when I wasn't crazy about anything on the Soft Effects EP. Boy was I wrong about that. Tyler...do yourself a favor and listen again to Get Out the State. The terrible sludge riff is a nasty, low growling groove that resolves into an equally nasty and ragged guitar break at the end. It took me quite a while to get that song, but now I turn it up! Makes it all the more compelling when you work for it.

    jp

    Posted 9 years ago #
  22. monkfishblues
    monkfishblues
    (250 Posts)

    Welcome, jp!

    How can you not like Merchants of Soul? It's so stompy and clappy! I do agree that it wasn't the best song to close with, though. I would have gone with a Beast & Dragon sandwich and used it as both the opener and the closer.

    Posted 9 years ago #
  23. Tyler Darling
    Tyler Darling
    (678 Posts)

    JP-
    I have tried to get into it! It just lacks a great melody, and I dunno, I just can't get into it. But I wil try again, as long as you try again on Chips and Dip!!! That song is so so so great!!! It's one of my favorite Spoon songs! So that's the deal mmk?

    Posted 9 years ago #
  24. Tyler Darling
    Tyler Darling
    (678 Posts)

    Monk-
    I do like Merchants! I just mean it's not a powerful closer that sticks with you! I really like the idea of a "Beast and Dragon" sadwhich. Haha. I think that song is a very good closing though. With the outr of just the drum beat. It'd be great. My ideal track listing for Gimme Fiction is:

      A Side

    1. My Mathematical Mind
    2. The Two Sides of Monsieur Vaentine
    3. I Turn My Camera On
    4. Sister Jack
    5. The Delicate Place

      B Side

    6. The Book I Write
    7. I Summon You
    8. Merchants of Soul
    9. They Never Got You
    10. The Beast and Dragon, Adored

    Posted 9 years ago #
  25. devilsdishes
    devilsdishes
    (88 Posts)

    Tyler - I agree that "Tweakers" is pretty weak and it almost seems like filler to me, like they slapped it onto the single at the last minute.

    You should definitely listen to "Get Out the State" again, like JP suggested. I think the entire Soft Effects EP is so.... sexy! And dark (at points). That song is especially moody and sludgy, but in a very good way. Give it another go and let us know if you see it in a different light ;)

    On a different note, I HATED "Reservations" for the longest time. Every time the song would come on and I'd hear Britt's repetitious "she couldn't answer my, she couldn't answer my, she couldn't answer my reservations", I wanted to punch him in the face. :) But then I gave the song a fair shot and realized that the 2nd half of the song completely redeems the annoying 1st half. Yay!

    Posted 9 years ago #
  26. Tyler Darling
    Tyler Darling
    (678 Posts)

    Ok I'm going to give "Get Out the State" another chance. I'll get back to you on it.

    I love "Reservations"! I like it and "Metal Detektor" the 2 slowers songs on "A Series" alot. That album is totally underrated! "Quincy" ALWAYS gets stuck in my head!!!

    Posted 9 years ago #
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    jp
    (106 Posts)

    It's not required to like "Get Out the State". But it is really rewarding.

    Another one:

    Jealousy

    jp

    Posted 9 years ago #
  28. Tyler Darling
    Tyler Darling
    (678 Posts)

    Well I listened to it a few times, driving around, and I dunno it's ok. I like it more than before maybe. I like Jim's drumming a lot, and the riff is cool. But Britt's voice is so monotone, and doesn't stand out. And the lack of a great melody is what makes it just ok for me. It's still my least favorite on the Soft Effects EP. Waiting for the Kid, is my favorite.

    Wait, you don't like Jealousy? I just recently purchased Love Ways and it's my fav EP by far!

    Posted 9 years ago #
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    jp
    (106 Posts)

    Waiting for the Kid to Come Out is right up there at the top with me -- probably in my top 5. Yeah, like you on Get Out the State, I have a problem with the vocal on Jealousy. Actually, not the whole vocal, just the opening chorus (that's kind of weird in itself...having the chorus at the beginning of the song). Thinking about it, yeah, that's probably stupid of me. Just don't like the vocal gyration at the beginning...it kind of ruins it for me. And the tune seems awfully sing-song-y. Ack...what do I know? I could say the same thing about the tune on a whole lot of Spoon songs that I really...really...like. How about this? Not enough loud guitar?

    jp

    Posted 9 years ago #
  30. Tyler Darling
    Tyler Darling
    (678 Posts)

    Chorus at the beginning is not weird. "She Loves You" by the Beatles has that!

    I do know what you mean about vocal delivery. Either you love it or hate it. But I love Jealousy! And the video for it :)

    Posted 9 years ago #

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