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« on: November 10, 2012, 05:42:29 PM »

What is the one piece of recorded music that you draw the greatest musical inspiration from?  It can be an individual track, a single, an EP, an LP, a CD album, anything goes.

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Strawberry Fields Forever (the individual track)
This song became a part of my life when I was pretty young, probably 5 or 6.  I remember that for a couple weeks, I listened to the 1993 Blue Album CD set every night in bed.  Usually I would fall asleep near the end of disc 1, but every night after my routine bedtime prayer, I would hear the unique 1993 stereo version of Strawberry Fields Forever.  Everything about that recording saturated my subconscious and shaped the way I hear and play music.  The drumming, the recording technique, the lyrics, the chord progressions, the melody, the orchestration, the bass playing, the groove, the backwards tag at the end, the singing, the vocal harmony...  When I listen to SFF, it triggers a profound response of creative energy and "spiritual love", as BW might say.
Now that the original mono mix is accessible to me, I prefer listening to that for reasons that have been discussed ad nauseum across the internet.
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« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2012, 06:52:38 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2012, 07:01:31 PM »

Wouldn't It Be Nice

It has been my favorite song ever since I first heard it in 1966. I doubt that there is one day that I have not played it at least once.  Well, there may have been a few days over the past 46 years that I didn't listen to it, but you get where I'm coming from.
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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2012, 07:14:59 PM »

Halah by Mazzy Star
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« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2012, 09:41:49 AM »

Wouldn't It Be Nice (stereo track w/ background vocals)

The beauty of the harmonies, the complex chords, the complex arrangement....I mean, the lead instrument is an ACCORDION and Brian makes it sounds like an instrument that came straight from the hands of God! Cheesy

Brilliant song that inspires me all the time.
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« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2012, 01:16:48 PM »

Hmmm. I'd have to say Getcha Back, the THICK harmonies are really like nothing else.
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« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2012, 02:43:21 PM »

The work of Spiritualized. The best sounding, best arranged modern records. And I am making modern records by virtue of the date. He also says so much bang-on stuff in interviews and has so much good taste.
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« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2012, 07:50:27 AM »

Does Brian like; Be My Baby, or Rhapsody In Blue more?
That is the question!
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« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2012, 07:22:40 PM »

The Beach Boys - All I Wanna Do

It takes me to another place, away from the world.
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« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2012, 07:50:42 PM »

The Beach Boys - All I Wanna Do

It takes me to another place, away from the world.
Well, that's pretty much explains why of all the BBs songs you chose this exact for covering. Iirc, you did an instrumental.

I'm a backround singer, too scared to sing lead.  Grin

I also listen to Husker Du's "No Reservations" a lot too.
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« Reply #11 on: November 20, 2012, 07:27:42 PM »

Don't laugh...

Dancing Queen - ABBA
The Winner Takes It All - ABBA

I get chills up my spine just hearing the opening chords from both of these songs.
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« Reply #12 on: November 20, 2012, 07:35:19 PM »

Don't laugh...

Dancing Queen - ABBA

SAME!

I can sit replaying this song at max volume on my studio headphones for hours at a time (yes, I've done this before). Just over and over and over again. Everything about this song is pure perfection.
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« Reply #13 on: November 21, 2012, 01:45:01 PM »

Great topic!

For me it would be 'You Get what You Give' by the New Radicals. It floored me when it was a minor hit in 98 (or was it 99) and I've listened to it (and their lone Maybe You've been Brainwashed Too? album) ever since...
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« Reply #14 on: November 21, 2012, 01:57:06 PM »

Great topic!

For me it would be 'You Get what You Give' by the New Radicals. It floored me when it was a minor hit in 98 (or was it 99) and I've listened to it (and their lone Maybe You've been Brainwashed Too? album) ever since...

Totally love that song!
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« Reply #15 on: November 21, 2012, 11:31:21 PM »

Cool posts!  I was hoping to get some responses like these - a great variety of styles.

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Yea this is pretty accurate the more that I think about it. The piano triplet and percussion overdub are staples for me.
nice pick, what a great production!

Wouldn't It Be Nice

It has been my favorite song ever since I first heard it in 1966. I doubt that there is one day that I have not played it at least once.  Well, there may have been a few days over the past 46 years that I didn't listen to it, but you get where I'm coming from.
Wouldn't It Be Nice (stereo track w/ background vocals)

The beauty of the harmonies, the complex chords, the complex arrangement....I mean, the lead instrument is an ACCORDION and Brian makes it sounds like an instrument that came straight from the hands of God! Cheesy

Brilliant song that inspires me all the time.
Haha, I am definitely familiar with WIBN - amazing song, I've certainly been inspired by it (I'll try listening to the backing track with backing vocals more, too)

Halah by Mazzy Star
I hadn't heard of Mazzy Star before - definitely going to keep listening to that song, sounds great so far

Good idea for the topic, Sonic Oasis (aka DiamondHead)!
I mentioned it plenty of times before & since then nothing changed - I still love At My Window like no other song by any artist, including The BBs themselves. Such a warm, homely, benign & just extremely beautiful song! Must admit, when I 1st heard AMW, I thought its lead vocalist - Bruce Johnston - was the best singer of The BBs. Now I don't think so, of course, but nevertheless I like his singing here. Though Brian could sang it no less good imo. Or even better. Anyway, the song is ideal on every side, mostly the harmonies. Every time I hear At My Window, I have very beautiful images in my head, like I'm in a some calm place where only horizon, meadows, the sun & no anger, evil etc. Generally, I like it when song creates such kind of atmosphere & brings good memories or transfers you to some picturesque place. So that's another reason of why I adore AMW. Btw, the melody isn't that simple & childlike as it may seem. To my ears, there's also some hint of psychedelia, sth. very whimsical about it. In short, undeservedly overlooked gem.
At My Window - YES!  Thanks, RangeRover, for getting me back into Sunflower... One of the greatest sounding albums I've ever heard (props to Stephen Desper)

Hmmm. I'd have to say Getcha Back, the THICK harmonies are really like nothing else.
Getcha Back - that's cool to hear, have you experimented with trying to produce vocals like that?

The work of Spiritualized. The best sounding, best arranged modern records. And I am making modern records by virtue of the date. He also says so much bang-on stuff in interviews and has so much good taste.

Cool, I'll check that out

The Beach Boys - All I Wanna Do

It takes me to another place, away from the world.
Another Sunflower track - that album is the bomb

Don't laugh...

Dancing Queen - ABBA
The Winner Takes It All - ABBA

I get chills up my spine just hearing the opening chords from both of these songs.
Dancing Queen is no joke - that is one solid record!  Especially the drums

Great topic!

For me it would be 'You Get what You Give' by the New Radicals. It floored me when it was a minor hit in 98 (or was it 99) and I've listened to it (and their lone Maybe You've been Brainwashed Too? album) ever since...
Wow, I wasn't expecting that one, but now that you say so, that was definitely one of the best singles of the 90s.  Listening now
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« Reply #16 on: November 22, 2012, 03:45:26 AM »

Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell Version (can listen to it over and over without ever tiring of it)
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« Reply #17 on: November 27, 2012, 05:38:43 AM »

Surf's Up.
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« Reply #18 on: November 28, 2012, 02:07:02 AM »

Good Vibrations or Paperback Writer
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« Reply #19 on: November 28, 2012, 06:53:20 PM »

Cool posts!  I was hoping to get some responses like these - a great variety of styles.

Hmmm. I'd have to say Getcha Back, the THICK harmonies are really like nothing else.
Getcha Back - that's cool to hear, have you experimented with trying to produce vocals like that?


My new album's lead single has some very "Getcha Back"-esque backing vocals!
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« Reply #20 on: November 29, 2012, 03:43:48 AM »

Sonic Oasis - Start with Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space, and if you prefer the noisier bits, head backwards in their discography, and if you prefer the sweeter stuff, head towards the present.
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« Reply #21 on: January 08, 2013, 08:03:58 PM »

I'd have to say the first set of Smile sessions I got hold of in late 1989 or early 1990.

It was listening to some Beatles rehearsal sessions in 1986 (Get Back sessions from Twickenham) that told me "You can do this," but it was those Smile sessions that said, "You HAVE to do this!"  

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« Reply #22 on: January 09, 2013, 01:29:05 PM »

Mine in reality probably becomes All Day And All Of The Night by The Kinks.

The actual reasons for this lie, less in the drumming on the track, but the importance it has played in my drumming life. It was the first song we actually set our sights on properly in my first band, and by jove we played that thing to death. I haven't played it exactly the same since I ditched the tab early on,(ah, early days), but it's loose enough for me to adapt my changing drumming style to fit it in every way. 

The song itself isn't half bad either - I remember the first time I found the single in my dads 45's (it was actually his sisters) I couldn't believe my luck!


However, the song I must say I've probably listened to on loop the most is probably, in truth, Lets All Make Believe by Oasis. The moment that vocal kicks in, you're somewhere else completely!
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« Reply #23 on: January 09, 2013, 06:44:46 PM »

I think I'd go with:
The Predatory Wasp Of The Palisades Is Out To Get Us by Sufjan Stevens. I think he's about as close as we're going to get to a young, modern day Brian Wilson. His arrangements are so wonderful, and there's always so much emotion. Definitely a gift to my life.
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« Reply #24 on: January 09, 2013, 08:10:43 PM »

I think I'd go with:
The Predatory Wasp Of The Palisades Is Out To Get Us by Sufjan Stevens. I think he's about as close as we're going to get to a young, modern day Brian Wilson. His arrangements are so wonderful, and there's always so much emotion. Definitely a gift to my life.
That is an amazing song.
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