Re: The unrecognizable song to artist connection
posted at 11/15/2013 1:34 PM EST
In response to bombah's comment:
In response to yogafriend's comment:
In response to ZILLAGOD's comment:
I think when I first bought the LP Mirrors by Blue Oyster Cult in 1979 , I was thinking this is a joke. The opening track 'Dr. Music' is so unlike them that I still hate it to this day. the rest of the album has few bright spots, but at least the songs are recognizable as BOC.
I think 'Miss You' by the Stones is a change from their regular style as it is clearly their "disco" song....thankfully their only one. However , you could never mistake the song as anything but a Stones song becuase it is undoubtedly Mick, although he did do some solo work. The album Some Girls was released with so much hype , you couldn't not know it was a Stones song.
Led Zeppelin's In Through The Out Door contains a few unZeppelin -like songs 'Carouselarama' , 'All Of My Love'.....but opening track 'In The Evening' has the sledgehammer sound of vintage Zeppelin. Again, the Robert Plant vocals make it impossible not to know you are listening to LZ.
I am so familiar with the many great groups in Rock (and have been for a long time) that I would have trouble not recognizing a band rather quickly.
I think if I hadn't known 'Lay, Lady , Lay' was Dylan I might be thrown off, but I always knew that was one of his. It sort of has a different sound than most of his music of that time period.
I think I've nailed songs that relate to your first paragraph, but mostly I knew what band it was , just didn't believe my ears right away. The part about "not recognizing" doesn't apply to these because I knew beforehand.
I will post any others that might apply to the 2nd or 3rd paragraph of your post, if I think of any.
Great writeup. I know, it's a fine line between recognizing the band, and being surprised at either the song choice, or the sound output. It seems another rarity, however, for the regular "panel" here to be completely caught off-guard and not recognize the performing band at all.
I had to laugh (out loud, TBH) at the "disco" reference to "Miss You" -- I would *never* have associated that as disco, but now that you mention it, you make a good point. :)
You can add the song In Thee from the same B.O.C. album.Had no idea it was B.O.C. and a ballad on top of it.
Over all , that album Mirrors is B.O.C. not completely "on their game." Some people dislike the album Club Ninja, for the same reason. Those are not there best LPs. But, although poorer efforts still better than some groups on their best day. I find bright spots on both LPs , however I would rather listen to Secret Treaties or Fire Of Unknown Origin anyday.