Fishhead

Fishhead

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A great blending of 60’s Mowtown girl group and 80’s freestyle, this is an utterly infectious, catchy piece of dance pop. Full Force keeps the production tight and concise. The beat, mechanical though it may be, drives the song and keeps the dance floor moving. It’s the songs main hook to me. The guitar solo comes out of nowhere and is a nice surprise addition. I really like Lisa Lisa’s girlish vocals, they fit the music perfectly. That heavy beat and her voice combine to make this song a monster jam. 9.
This is one of those songs I didn’t recall until I heard the chorus. This type of song isn’t my cup of tea but I’m pleasantly surprised at how I found myself singing the chorus over and over in my head. It may have been written to appeal to as broad an audience as possible but it is well crafted. The melody is easy and memorable to sing. I really like the chorus. The arrangement is simple and breezy, the synth strings swell at just the right time, coming out of the trumpet/horn solo. Barbara Weathers and David Lewis’s vocals blend nicely together. 6.
Just a quick thank you for all the kind words, support, and love you all gave on Wednesday!! TNOCS is truly the best and so are all of you!! Cynical take alert: when your career needs a boost what do you do? Pull out a Mowtown cover. It’s not fair to compare this with the original version as it obviously pales in comparison. As a piece of 80’s Hi-NRG dance pop it works just fine. This type of music and production never did anything for me. For me it zaps out all the soul and emotion rendering it cold. The glittering synths, skornking beats, programmed horns, and a wannabe vicious guitar all make this song sound horribly dated. The source material keeps it from being cringe bad and the harmonies in the chorus still sound great. I’ve always liked Wilde’s voice ever since I heard Kids in America. They fit the icy production perfectly. This song is above the “lazy remake” level, it just leaves me hangin’ on wanting to hear the original. 5.
(In reply to PorgMania) That’s great to hear! There’s really not much else to do but try to turn a perceived negative into a positive! Keep up all your hard work!
(In reply to lovethisconcept) Oh yeah that was a nightmare, down by the stadium and the warehouse district there’s no easy way to get out of downtown.
(In reply to PorgMania) Way to go!!! I had my issue at 36, way to early to have that. I hope that you’ve recovered fully!!!
(In reply to dustrock) My favorite U2 song is Streets and I agree that it's one of the best songs of all time.
I’ll preface my comments with a quick story. I’ve been a huge U2 fan since I got The Joshua Tree. Until the 30th anniversary tour of The Joshua Tree I had never seen them live. The closest I did before then was in 2011 when one of my all time favorite swim families (I still miss them so much!) offered my two free tickets to see U2 in Toronto. I was so excited to go. Unfortunately, years of neglecting my health (blood pressure, poor eating habits, no exercise) caught up with me. About a month before the show I went into the hospital with congestive heart failure. I was in the hospital for about 10 days while they drained 50 pounds of fluid out of me! I’m doing great now, got my BP under control, love to workout out everyday, my heart function is pretty close to normal. In some weird way it was the best thing to happen to me. Back to the story, the week before the show I went to see my doctor and asked him if I could go. I knew the answer was gonna be no so I made a vow then and there that the next time U2 came anywhere close to Cleveland, come hell or high water I was gonna be there! Flash forward to 2017 and they played Browns stadium. I snapped up four of the best tickets I could afford and went with three other very close friends. As corny as it sounds it was one of the most amazing nights of my life! It truly felt like a spiritual moment. We meet so many other people we all knew that day, partying before the show, I will always remember it as one of the best days of my life. I’m not going to hide the fact that I’m a huge U2 fan and it’s gonna be near impossible to be objective about their two number ones. Moody, atmospheric, and understated, this was an interesting choice to be the lead single. It didn’t sound like anything on pop radio at the time in a good way. The intro is instantly recognizable and sets the stage for the slow burn build to the cathartic final. The synth line perfectly compliments Edge’s eerie guitar. I love how Bono starts in a low register and builds to a falsetto, pushing the band and song to a higher level. His vocal performance here is honest, raw, and passionate. The drums get heavier as Edge’s famous Infinite Guitar chimes in with a simple but memorable riff. The bass line builds in intensity, keeping pace with the drums. Maybe the best part of the whole song is the tastefully restrained guitar on the outro. A master class in how to build a song, from soft to loud, to build and release tension. 10.
A very apropos song for the day after Valentine’s Day. 12 year old Fishhead didn’t have a clue that Just Died In Your Arms was really a sexual metaphor, I figured it was just a romantic sentiment. The song opens with that instantly recognizable tooting synth line before the synth strings come in. The drums and guitar lend the song a melancholic but upbeat feel. The guitar solo and outro is stock but I like the little arpeggiated part were he sings about “loving by proxy”. Eede’s vocals are solid, but the effect added on when his vocals first come in sound super dated. The chorus is memorable and easy to sing along to. It’s got that 80’s production that puts you right back to where you were when you first heard this song. A solid 7.
The star power on display here is blinding, Franklin, the Queen of Soul, one of the best singers of all time, period, teamed with Michael, who was on the verge of becoming a huge star too. I wasn’t sure I remembered the song till I heard the opening beats. After giving it a few spins I enjoyed it more each time I heard it. This is a straight up jam. A strong tip of the cap to Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, this song has that same kind of infectious, positive energy. The guitar riff is nifty and compliments the beat nicely. The real stars of the songs are Franklin and Michael’s vocals and the insanely catchy chorus. To me, Michael’s doesn’t try to out sing Franklin, he compliments her performance perfectly. Franklin sings with her normal power and gets to cut loose at the end. The chorus is so good it’s been stuck in my brain for days. Ive been really enjoying this song, playing it on repeat often. A very pleasant surprise to rediscover this song! 9.
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Bix knocks it out of the park! Just knew he'd have a killer story to relate to both the song and the movie.
(In reply to sooth) Ah, the foils of youth, uh... that's it!
I guess if you’re gonna sell out go all in. That must’ve been Starships mission/vision statement in the 80’s. There’s nothing really wrong with this song per say, I just find it to be a commercialized product (I know all music is in reality) like a toaster or a TV. This could be the most soulless of their three number ones. It’s got sparkly synths, gated reverb drums, chiming bells, a standard wannabe hard rock guitar solo, and a huge catchy sing-a-long chorus. Weirdly I like how Grace Slick sings the opening lines of her verse. A standard paint by numbers 80’s soundtrack rocker, this song is uninteresting and inoffensive. 5.
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(In reply to rollerboogie) IMO Watchtower is the best cover song period.