Re: Sex and the Songs

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God do I hate that song, but not as much as "Royals."


Posted by: Chopper | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 11:45 AM
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Well, I'm never going to find a song that involves neck-touching sexy and even having to write that is giving me the creeps, but I think I hear what you mean. For me, even the non-neck-related words get in the way of the sexiness because of inanity, but it has that same slow, langorous overlapping feeling as Mazzy Star or something that definitely has a sleepy sexy reverie vibe.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 11:47 AM
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There also seem to be a lot of songs that misunderstand sweater best practices. Sticking your hands in sweater holes will just make the holes bigger and then neither of you will be sweater-warmed, sex or no sex. And then there's Weezer being overdramatic because either one little missing thread destroys a sweater or they've got a seamless sweater that can be pulled apart in one tug or something, though I guess that doesn't have to be true and just a sweater with, say, its front pulled off would be destroyed. Nothing is as bad as Tony Kushner's "The sweater you've been knitting has unpurled," though, even though I want to like that song.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 11:51 AM
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1: Feel free to hate, haterz, but pony up your own pulse-quickener.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 11:52 AM
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Odisse odientibus est esse.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 11:55 AM
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I assume you're mocking me, nebbie.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 11:57 AM
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Not at all!


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 11:58 AM
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3: Also, maybe he means the intended holes? Not the moth-eaten ones. Put your hands up the sleeves of my sweater, which might stretch them out but in a sexy way, rowr.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 11:59 AM
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At the very least, mocking my inability to make sense of your strange hobbit-speak.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 11:59 AM
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It means, roughly, "haters gonna hate".


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 12:08 PM
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A more literal rendition would be "For haters, to be is to hate".


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 12:10 PM
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4. Moloko: Do you like my tight sweater? (Had to be said, sorry.)


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 12:10 PM
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Sticking your hands in sweater holes will just make the holes bigger and then neither of you will be sweater-warmed, sex or no sex.

That song makes no sense. Not only does he have a sweater with holes, but they have no shirt and no blouse and he apparently isn't wearing shoes.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 12:12 PM
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It's amazing you reproduced, Mobes.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 12:16 PM
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12: I really need to listen to more of her/their music, but haven't. Negative ease (a sweater knit to a size smaller than the wearer's measurements) is often appropriate in a sweater, probably especially for people who look like Roisin Murphy.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 12:16 PM
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Who has learned to die, has learned not to hate.


Posted by: OPINIONATED … SENECA, I THINK? I MAY BE MISREMEMBERING THE RELEVANT FLASHMAN NOVEL | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 12:17 PM
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14: It get that sex works better without clothes, they they are outside and he's complaining about the cold.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 12:18 PM
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4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGb5IweiYG8


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 12:18 PM
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It s/b I.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 12:22 PM
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One shudders to imagine the people who find the Black Keys' "Your Touch" more erotic by virtue of its association with Kenny Powers.


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 12:24 PM
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I'm sure someone's done a hierarchy of sexy songs that are just understated smoldering like peep's versus the nnst-nnst-nnst thrust-oriented versus slow maybe druggish grindy like heebie's original. I think Tori Amos's Raspberry Swirl is about equidistant between the last two points, for instance.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 12:37 PM
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I remember as a teen reading one of those Reader's Digest "spice up your love life" things in which a reader suggested playing Ravel's "Bolero".

Yeah, I don't see it.


Posted by: Klug | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 12:50 PM
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2: I am listening to the new (!) Mazzy Star and while it didn't totally grab me at first, it's growing on me. The main problem with it, if I'm being fair, is that listening to it doesn't make it 1993 again.


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 1:01 PM
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Lyrics are usually distracting to me. I like this beat and mood: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t67cjnVz_ew I guess slow and grindy.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 1:03 PM
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Here is a lovely video of Bolero with Sylvie Guillem! Yeah, not sure about its aphrodisiac qualities.


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 1:08 PM
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4: "Big Bottom" covered by Soundgarden.


Posted by: Chopper | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 1:08 PM
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Reasons why I'm an idiot:

Small: posting a music thread right before going to proctor a final exam.

Oh so much larger: Failing to notice that the copier thought my 9 page document was 1-sided. But it printed 2-sided. So I handed my students pages 1,3,5,7, and 9, for a total of three sheets: 1-3 were front-back, 5-7 were front-back, and 9 by itself.

Error noticed when I passed it out. They are all nervous and should be working, so I want them to be able to work on what they've got while I xerox the rest.

So I get back with the remaining pages 2,4,6, and 8, ALSO double-sided because I'm an idiot, so they are 2-4 front-back, and 6-8 front-back.

So the students have no way to actually put the pages in order, and several of the problems straddle more than one page. I apologized VERY PROFUSELY and diagrammed the crap out of the situation on the board.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 1:09 PM
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I'm also fond of the Jay-Z-Justin Timberlake Holy Grail song, if anyone was wondering.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 1:11 PM
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God do I hate that song, but not as much as "Royals."

My brother.


Posted by: gswift | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 1:17 PM
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I like the song where the guy keeps saying "We're up all night to get lucky."


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 1:17 PM
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I really like the "tigers on a gold leash" line in Royals.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 1:17 PM
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"Royals" is the only good song on top-40 radio since "Skyfall".


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 1:20 PM
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32: nooooo!


Posted by: Annelid Gustator | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 1:23 PM
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Sorry, that "I've had a _________ day! You've had a ____________ day! We've had a ____________ day!" song by Pink is good too.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 1:26 PM
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30: Dear God, I hate that song even more than "Royals", and thanks to my daughters' radio-listening-while-in-the-car habits, I've heard it a million fucking times. Now I feel like I need to find out your real identity so I can play it outside your house endlessly in revenge for your putting it in my head.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 1:39 PM
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It wouldn't be in your head if your subconscious didn't like it.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 1:41 PM
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Oh! Pink. I love the (obviously terrible) "It's been written in the stars and it's written in the scars of our hearts, that we're not broken, just bent, and we can learn to love again!"


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 1:41 PM
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Also I always want to offer her counseling about when it's time to go ahead and break up.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 1:42 PM
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Let me be the first to mention "Cygnus X-1" by Rush.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 1:44 PM
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I don't even know what that is. At least not by the title.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 1:45 PM
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Anyway, these days for sexytime songs all you have to do is type "Serge Gainsbourg" into Pandora. I mean, that's what I've heard.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 1:58 PM
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I really enjoyed Why Get Lucky is Catchy. I think someone linked it here. It's right on the edge of what I understand about music theory and what I want to learn.


Posted by: k-sky | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 1:58 PM
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It's sort of the opposite of sexy to the point it's kind of sexy, but I'm fascinated by the new Beyonce track that samples Chimamanda Adichie on feminism, Flawless. I haven't listened to the rest of the album and probably won't, but I couldn't resist this.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 2:35 PM
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UGH SO BORED.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 3:03 PM
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25: Pretty awesome. Agreed on lack of aphrodisiac qualities, though the dancing would certainly be an interesting way to get down with one's partner.


Posted by: Klug | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 3:16 PM
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44: ME TOO


Posted by: Chopper | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 5:02 PM
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44, 46: HI, GUYS! Lee says this is the best birthday she can remember, but she's going to spend the rest of it out at a bar because supposedly it's her last night or smoking, which is good since the excessive smoking leading up to the quit has given me a migraine all week. But I'm stuck at home with the kid who's watching Tom and Jerry in French. I should read a book or work on my sewing, I guess.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 5:18 PM
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Small children and a partner quiting smoking. Ugh. Tough week.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 5:40 PM
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Small children love to smoke.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 5:43 PM
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maa, i desperately need attention


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 5:48 PM
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Old music from a simpler time.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 5:49 PM
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48: She says she has to quit on a personally meaningful day, though since that didn't work the last four times I'm keeping my thoughts about it to myself. She's going to try those stupid-looking e-cigs this time.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 5:57 PM
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Those are probably a good idea. My bartender uses them. Anyway, I think it was probably my seventh or eighth time trying before I quit successfully.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 5:59 PM
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The e-cigs really are a good idea. I quit over and over and over before it took. Now I only smoke when I'm on vacation.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 6:01 PM
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Posted by: | Link to this comment | 12-13-13 6:02 PM
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Test


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12-14-13 10:57 AM
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I was running out of things to say to people in the house.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12-14-13 11:00 AM
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Oh look, the blog isn't dead.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 12-14-13 11:10 AM
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I was debating between buckling down and writing the recommendation letters I'm falling behind on, or reading Harry Potter fanfic linked at Crooked Timber, so the situation was getting pretty dire.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 12-14-13 11:11 AM
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Post your drafts of the recommendation letters here. I'm sure we'd all like to pitch in.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 12-14-13 11:15 AM
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Sexiest music is that well-played, live. When N'ssour N'dour toured with his Egypt album the violin section was soooooo sexy. Completely ensorceling.

Those looking for fun, check these out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yxJ1M4aK_w

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwM-Nq_Ivbo

First one is better theatre, but second is so sweet in how they managed to include the orchestra. Orchestras usually never get to do anything like this fun. And of course it sort of undercuts the whole surprise thing to have the giant temporary wings thing for them to hide in, but still, very fun.

Enjoy! Am off to continue stuffing high calorie items in the offspring before delivery to stage door, as it is ncracker Day Zero here.



Posted by: dairy queen | Link to this comment | 12-14-13 11:19 AM
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We made a snowman, but it is 36F. I don't think it will last.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12-14-13 12:19 PM
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Post your drafts of the recommendation letters here. I'm sure we'd all like to pitch in.

I already finished the one snarky one. Although in this one I'm wondering if the line about burrowing behavior in graduate students should be removed.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 12-14-13 12:25 PM
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Frist!


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 12-14-13 12:54 PM
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I find Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" (and the video) to fit the bill of the OP.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 12-14-13 1:03 PM
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Also various Kate Bush and PJ Harvey songs.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 12-14-13 1:04 PM
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Allow me to be the first to recommend GWAR.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 12-14-13 1:18 PM
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Back in the day, Bread was the go to makeout album (I think they won some poll on that.)


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 12-14-13 1:23 PM
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62: that's pretty big tits for a snowman.


Posted by: dsquared | Link to this comment | 12-14-13 1:32 PM
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62: that's pretty big tits for a snowman.


Posted by: dsquared | Link to this comment | 12-14-13 1:32 PM
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dsquared!


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 12-14-13 1:37 PM
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The boy insisted.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12-14-13 1:37 PM
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Orchestras usually never get to do anything like this fun. And of course it sort of undercuts the whole surprise thing to have the giant temporary wings thing for them to hide in, but still, very fun.

That video is good, but this one is better in that respect.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 12-14-13 4:19 PM
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65: oh, me too.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12-14-13 4:49 PM
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68, and "Baby I'm a want you" the go-to pickup line one assumes.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 12-14-13 4:54 PM
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This song does nothing for me. Ye Ol' Mazzy Star, OTOH, was awesome. For that. Which reminds me.


Posted by: turgid jacoban | Link to this comment | 12-14-13 6:08 PM
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I think turgid jacoban (sp?) just left to masturbate to Mazzy Star.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-14-13 6:11 PM
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Actually just to put that album on my ipod.


Posted by: turgid jacobian | Link to this comment | 12-14-13 6:48 PM
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Sure, sure.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-14-13 7:40 PM
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https://archive.org/download/HBRSB2005-06-24.flac16/HBRSB2005-06-24d02t01_64kb.mp3

I suppose this needs to be updated -- blog for song, for instance, and the venues and performers. But that sad SoCal sound can work with the right folks.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 12-14-13 7:43 PM
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