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Mike [profile] has commented on 40 tracks.
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MMM MMM MMM MMM  performed by Crash Test Dummies  1993
Recommended by falicon [profile]

I just like the deep voice, the song gets old fast, but it's fun while it lasts...

from God Shuffled His Feet, available on CD




  01 Jun 08 ·Mike: I'm wondering whether you meant that the song seems particularly dated for its time (which I would not agree with) or whether you find you get sick of it after only a few plays, which might be true!
Ticket To The Moon  performed by Electric Light Orchestra  1981
Recommended by Goldtransam [profile]

The song is somewhat reminiscent of their earlier output, featuring grand piano and more strings than their past few singles. Beautiful song by a brilliant band.

"I've got a ticket to the moon, but i'd rather see the´╗┐ sunshine in your eyes"

from Time (Jet Records & Columbia Records)



  21 Oct 10 ·Mike: Nice to see this recommendation! Simple song with a pretty post-Beatles melody. I've just dug out my LP of Time and have been playing side 1. It really sparkles!
  21 Oct 10 ·Mike: My favourite song on the album is "21st Century Man" on side 2, which I thing rates highly among their overall output and is maybe the last great song they produced. The weakest song on the album has to be the single "Hold on Tight" which sounds as though they were trying to compete with Shakin' Stevens!
21st Century Schizoid Man  performed by King Crimson  1969
Recommended by SolarLuna96 [profile]

Nice and heavy, love the solo, the distorted vocals, everything.

from In the Court of the Crimson King



  21 Oct 10 ·Mike: I always liked Moonchild, also from the first album, and felt it influenced the early seventies Genesis sound.
The day I see you again  performed by Dubstar  1995
Recommended by Mike [profile]

Masterful. Musically beautiful and inventive from start to finish. Lyrically very clever.

from Disgraceful, available on CD



  28 Sep 18 ·delicado: It has been a long time since I heard a track that was more \'Mike\'!
  28 Sep 18 ·Mike: Yes. Dubstar had a few Miketastic peaks, particularly during the glory days of their career. This is one of the best examples. There are some gems on their B sides, too.
You Get What you Give  performed by New Radicals  1998
Recommended by Mike [profile]

Probably the only anthemic pop song I will ever choose to listen to. Was drawn to it the first time I heard it, as a piece of chart music at the end of the 1990s.

The first two chords of the verse are audacious, most unusual in pop music, and are what makes the song for me. Without them, or with conventional choices, the song would lose its tension and power. The lyric can be considered cheesy, but it kind of aims high in searching out some kind of universal truth, and it works. When in the right mood, it is even elevating. The last part is lyrically very pathetic, a lame series of insulting name drops. But it probably got the record heard - this was their first single.

I recently read that this song was much admired by U2, and I'm not surprised as I can hear them striving for something like this. But they never get anywhere even slightly close.





  28 Sep 18 ·Mike: An opera singer included this in her \"Desert Island Discs\" selection last week.
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