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New Listener - Need Advice Please

(25 posts)

  1. dameinde
    dameinde
    (2 Posts)

    Okay. I purchased the 7" 30 Gallon Tank for $3. I have the song, and it is amazing. SO far I have been hooked on what I imagine are the "favorites" due to a search of You Tube and these boards. Don't Make me a target, I turn my camera on, Jealousy, You got Yr.Cherry Bomb, not to mention my first song (I could be underground). I now have a few albums? now and am looking for a sort of progression I may want to listen to the songs in. What drew me in was the pop nature of some of the songs I listed. Are there any other pop type songs I should hear that compliment these? I want to know what are YOUR favorites and why. Thanks, and I will take a listen.

    Posted 10 years ago #
  2. Gabriel
    Gabriel
    (193 Posts)

    Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga has their poppiest stuff, in my opinion. It's also my favorite of theirs, so there you go! Basically everything from Girls Can Tell onward counts as their most "pop" music. All the albums have classics on them and are all highly recommended. After some of that, I suggest A Series of Sneaks, then Telephono/Soft Effects EP. SOS is a good bridge between late Spoon and young Spoon.

    Posted 10 years ago #
  3. drop dead ed
    drop dead ed
    (192 Posts)

    you can't go wrong with "anything you want" "me and the bean" "metal Detektor" and um "everything hits at once" oh I like "paper tiger" and "My mathematical mind"

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

    I think it's really fun to listen to the albums in the reverse order of their release. There's a very clear progression, plus you can start with the poppiest stuff and work your way back.

    Don't worry, there's great stuff for you back at the beginning of their career too. Check out "Utilitarian" and "No You're Not" from SoS, for example.

    Posted 10 years ago #
  5. middlenamewayne
    middlenamewayne
    (30 Posts)

    It's also fun and useful to read reviews of SPOON albums (in magazines and on-line), which tend to be almost universally positive. Beyond that, they vary greatly -- I remember how 1/2 the reviews for GIMME FICTION (including mine, in my SPOON cover story for Texas Music magazine) lauded it for its lushness and compared it to Sgt. Pepper, while the other half applauded it for being so stark and spare and not overproduced -- the reviews were split between polar opposites and yet were all "thumbs up"!

    - mnw

    (I wonder when we'll see a "best-of" album? Merge certainly has enough of the material under their banner to make one -- I suppose it'll happen either a) if and when the band has a "proper' chart super-hit, b) if and when the band jumps to another label, or c) if and when the band splits up. That's typically the way it works.

    Posted 10 years ago #
  6. Gabriel
    Gabriel
    (193 Posts)

    I don't see Spoon leaving Merge, and the only way Spoon could break up is if they retire or if Britt suddenly can't stand Jim Eno (seeing as how those two are the only two necessary to be Spoon), and I don't see that happening either. Guess we'll just wait for the hit. Problem is, that would result in a tragically lopsided compilation, with probably just poppy stuff from Girls Can Tell onward to appease fans of the hit.

    But perhaps there will be a Spoon rarities compilation some day? They could call it Fish Fingers.

    Posted 10 years ago #
  7. middlenamewayne
    middlenamewayne
    (30 Posts)

    > But perhaps there will be a Spoon rarities compilation some day?

    That's mighty likely. Bands who issue lots of extraneous tracks that are good and typical of the band inevitably issue some kind of non-album cut compilation or compilations (Elvis Costello and R.E.M. are good examples), and SPOON falls into this category.

    On the other hand, in the case of people like Tom Petty or The Damned, who tend to use their B-sides as a place to let their silly side out, you have to wait for a box set to come out because they figure noone will buy JUST the goofy stuff!

    -- kwl aka ndj aka mnw aka etc.

    Posted 10 years ago #
  8. Gabriel
    Gabriel
    (193 Posts)

    It's funny you mention that, because my favorite Tom Petty song is a B-side - "Sweet William". I know virtually nothing about Tom Petty and know very few of his songs, but my aunt got my family tickets to see him, so we went. I remember being bored by most songs but floored by "Sweet William". It was definitely a different side of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

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

    I'd have to say "Girls Can Tell". Definitely Get on Viynl. It's my favorite album (and the last of all the Spoon albums I got). It's got a bit of all their styles, and I just love it. Also because Britt writes about realtionships and love and stuff. He's never wrote about that stuff before this album, or after this album. So in that way it's unique. I say get in on vinyl because I love it on vinyl, and you also get free mp3 download of the whole album. But also "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga" and "Kill The Moonlight" are very accesible. It's somewhat "Poppy". Gimme Fiction is good too (it's the first album I bought) but the second side of the album is kinda hard to get into. I'd save Telephono/Soft Effects and Series of Sneaks for last. They're very good albums, but more heavy and abrasive.

    As for the Spoon "Best of" theory
    I don't think Spoon is a kind of band that would release a best of album. Unless they stop dealings with Merge and the label pulls a "Radiohead" move. Radioheads best of album was a compilation of songs on their capitol albums. The band had NOTHING to do with that release. They did not want to release a best of. They wanted to keep each album an album. I think that's how Spoon is too. Each album is so definitive and unique. It's inteded to be listened to as a whole album. Spoon takes a lot of pride in their recordings. So I think they want to keep them that way. But thst's just my opinion on what I know of Spoon.

    Posted 9 years ago #
  10. kerron
    kerron
    (3 Posts)

    Pride in recordings! That's why we wait so long between albums. Why are all my favourite performers perfectionists?

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

    Yeah but it's TOTALLY worth it isn't it? I wouldn't want to hea

    Posted 9 years ago #
  12. Tyler Darling
    Tyler Darling
    (686 Posts)

    Yeah but it's TOTALLY worth it isn't it? I wouldn't want to hear what a halfway Spoon album sounded like! They're not delaying anything if they don't have to, just want it to sound great. Fine tuning and production is what makes a good song great. The material can be good but the presentation of it is what makes it great.

    Posted 9 years ago #
  13. Mr.minionman
    Mr.minionman
    (5 Posts)

    All Spoon Albums are "The Best Of..." I can't get into Telephono or Soft Effects, but I'm a huge fan of everything following that.

    -Cheers
    Posted 8 years ago #
  14. kickingeapoe
    kickingeapoe
    (33 Posts)

    Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga and Kill the Moonlight are poppiest albums, in my opinion. The Way We Get By, Jonathan Fisk....good stuff.

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

    Everyone is talking about their favorite albums but I remember being a new listener not long after Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga came out, I was really intimidated by the full albums, especially their earlier stuff.

    I started with The Underdog, I turn My Camera On, Finer Feelings, All The Pretty Girls Go to the City, Don't you Evah, Sister Jack, and Everything Hits at Once. Every single one of these songs floored me the first time I heard them. I love all of Spoons stuff but it took me a while to really get into it with a few albums, I'd start with these and work your way through the albums after your in love with the basics. Also, My First Time Volume 3 is a good one, I listened to it for weeks after I first heard it.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  16. kickingeapoe
    kickingeapoe
    (33 Posts)

    I didn't get into Spoon until they released Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. I simply worked backwards. It worked out well for me. If you haven't gotten Transference (the new album), maybe get that somewhere in the middle? Like...
    GaGaGaGaGa
    Gimme Fiction
    Kill the Moonlight
    Transference
    Girls Can Tell
    Love Ways
    A Series of Sneaks
    Telephono/Soft Effects

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

    kickingeapoe, I totally agree with you that new listeners should start with Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. I had Gimme Fiction for a year or so before I got Ga, and while Fiction didn't really excite me, I was fanatic about Ga. That was when I started looking into their older music.

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

    Same here! I bought Gimme Fiction on a whim. The first Spoon album I bought. Had it for a long while, didn't really get into it at first. I owned it for a while, then saw them perform "The Underdog" on Letterman. I said hey I have an album by that band!!! Then went immediately to the record store in my town and bought Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. Listened to it and loved it immediately. Then I went back listened to Gimme Fiction and loved it.

    It's weird looking back because besides a few exceptions Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga isn't that drastically different than Gimme Fiction. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga Just might me the PERFECT starting album for Spoon.

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

    My order was:

    Gimme Fiction
    Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
    Telephono/Soft Effects
    Don't You Evah EP
    A Series of Sneaks
    Kill the Moonlight
    Girls Can Tell
    Got Nuffin EP
    Love Ways EP
    Transference

    Weird order....I liked getting Telephono and Soft Effects right away actually. Right after Gimme Ficton and Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. I like fast punk rock stuff anyway so maybe that's why I liked it. It wasn't really "Spoon" like their other albums. But I like it nontheless (my favorite 3 words in one).

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

    I think the main difference between the two albums is that Gimme Fiction becomes less compelling and starts to drift near the end while Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga is completely made up of tight, exciting songs and feels like it's "going somewhere" for the entire album. But that's just me.

    Random thought: if two of your three favorite words are "none" and "less"... well, seems ripe for interpretation. But nonetheless, "nonetheless" is certainly a cool word.

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

    I meant a 3 word combo like "nonetheless" and "nevertheless". My favorite "3 words in one". My favorite word of all time is "vestibule".

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

    That's my band name - The Vestibules

    Posted 8 years ago #
  23. Mr.minionman
    Mr.minionman
    (5 Posts)

    @Captain Arz: I don't know, I can't really imagine most spoon songs seperated from their appropriate album, and I basically started straight off by listening to whole albums. The songs seem to mesh so well together, y'know?

    -Cheers
    Posted 8 years ago #
  24. Tyler Darling
    Tyler Darling
    (686 Posts)

    Well middlenamewayne, you were right about a rarities/bonus track compilation.

    Posted 8 years ago #
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    Topher
    (2 Posts)

    Regardless of the poppiness, I don't think there is a more SPOON song than "They Never Got You",brilliant indie alternative pop rock,and I love everything since '98,can relate as contemporaries.Gimme Fiction is at age 34ish for the band.It really resonates with me,can feel that age myself,mid 30s.Music is perfection in recalling what was going on and where your life was.....

    Posted 5 years ago #

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