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Album of the Week: Old 97s “Fight Songs” (12/1/19)


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#1 wpr

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Posted 30 November 2019 - 09:02 PM

All songs written by Rhett Miller, Ken Bethea, Murry Hammond and Philip Peeples.

https://www.youtube....caYOGljF4pVjdMG

I think this album plays well front to back, and I tried to take into account the audience and demographic here when choosing. This is an old favorite that I can still enjoy 20 years later. If you just want to sample, asterisks mark my recommendations below.

"Jagged" – 3:27 *** great album opener
"Lonely Holiday" – 4:08 *** catchy
"Oppenheimer" – 3:28 *** catchy
"Indefinitely" – 3:41
"What We Talk About" – 4:10
"Crash on the Barrelhead" – 2:39 *** cute little diddy about self destruction
"Murder (Or a Heart Attack)" – 3:41 *** super catchy
"Alone So Far" – 4:17
"Busted Afternoon" – 3:11
"19" – 3:41
"Let the Idiot Speak" – 3:43
"Valentine" – 3:08 ***one of my favorite songs about not knowing what you have until it’s gone.
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#2 Julius H Gardetto

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Posted 01 December 2019 - 10:02 AM

This is a great album. I love the band in general. Hard call, but I think Murder or a Heart Attack is my favorite on this album.

Satellite Rides and Too Far to Care are great albums as well.
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#3 the_stain

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Posted 04 December 2019 - 10:09 AM

Not the worst. Not my favorite. The music is decent enough but something about the vocals has an amateur/karaoke feel to it.
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Posted 06 December 2019 - 07:33 PM

Is it weird that this reminds me of Gin Blossoms?
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Posted 06 December 2019 - 08:19 PM

Yes.
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#6 Julius H Gardetto

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Posted 07 December 2019 - 06:00 AM

Yes
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Posted 07 December 2019 - 07:19 AM

Not musically, so much, but the lazy "sing talking"
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Posted 07 December 2019 - 10:25 AM

I know what you mean by “sing talking”, but that’s not what I’m hearing here.
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Posted 07 December 2019 - 02:14 PM

It was OK. That girl ventriloquist in the Liberty commercial has the biggest forehead I've ever seen, tho.
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Posted 07 December 2019 - 03:33 PM

I know what you mean by “sing talking”, but that’s not what I’m hearing here.


Maybe that's not quite the right characterization but it's like... unpolished, maybe? It sounds like the singer isn't a professional singer, just some guy doing karaoke at the bar.
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#11 wpr

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 06:48 PM

Omg please unpin this thread and put it out of its misery!

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 10:29 PM

LeftyMPfrmDE is up next

TonyBrown after that or if Lefty doesnt show
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#13 TonyBrown

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Posted 09 December 2019 - 01:09 PM

LeftyMPfrmDE is up next

TonyBrown after that or if Lefty doesnt show

i already got one in mind


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#14 Genesee Ted

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Posted 09 December 2019 - 03:14 PM

I say just make the thread Tony.

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Posted 09 December 2019 - 06:02 PM

I got one in mind. I'll post.
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