Murr: wtf is this? Is this real life? Is this chick even seventeen??? I don't even know why, but I kind of like this. Cherry is gonna tease me so much. I feel like I'm really stoned and want to just sit at home watching Survivor, or my hand, and someone dragged me out into the world, but it's all kind of fascinating for some reason, but I also am worried I'm gonna puke on the dude on the bus in front of me. Ya know?
Cher: English and French dance music mixed together, with lots of chanting I am a bitch. I imagine this is literally your themesong, probably play it everywhere you go. I mean âIâm recording a track for the bitched out there, shaking their asses like they just donât careâ is pretty lulz. This isnât what I would consider a good song exactly, but the French actually does enhance it. As I mentioned, the English lyrics leave a bit to be desired, but the French balances it and makes it sound sort of edgy as opposed to just really lolztastic.
Murr: Holy sht, I need drugs for this round. But this is kind of amazing. What the hell is happening here??? Why is this person dressed like a wooden soldier from the Nutcracker via anime via acid via some serious issues that we won't get into? Why is this so cool??? SAVE US!!!!
Cher: This is from that Mask show youâre always talking about! Omg, it begins with some HIGH pitched noises. Okay, obviously I canât understand a word heâs singing, but musically this sounds like Queen, which is kind of interesting. His mask is kind of terrifying, btw. What is the point of the masks, anyway? These are like, unknown people on the show, arenât they? Is it just so they arenât judged on their looks, and also, the masks make it WEIRD AND STAND OUT? Anyway, the song wasnât bad, kinda liked it.
Murr: lalala. I might not be a little drunk, but I also might be. This is pretty and warm and fuzzy and stuff. Oh wait, they're about to rock out. Oddly not that impressive of a rocking out moment. The rest of the song is actually really nice, though. Almost twee, but with enough self-awareness to not actually be twee.
Cher: Iâm not a massive Arcade Fire fan like some people are, and I donât think Murr is either, but they have some cool songs. I actually really like this one. The two languages blend together nicely, and the music as a nice build-up.
Murr: I feel like this would be better if it were either reverb-laden and Cocteau Twins-like, or if it were recorded in the first half of the 20th century and on some record I inhereted from my grandfather. Something about the schmaltz kills what it could be... ths overstated quality to it. It's fine.
Cher: I am kind of surprised that not only was Celine sent, but it is a song that doesnât feature her singing in French. Honestly, this seems like a bit of a strange choice to submit. I mean you know the judges are me and Murr, not Kathy and Mark. I have some nostalgia for her mid-late 90âs songs, but in general, not like, a big fan. As for Andrea...I kind of hate opera, like I understand that he is talented, but like, his voice is not really pleasant to my ears. I donât know. Like if I heard this song on Christmas I probably would find it touching, and I mean, itâs not BAD but itâs just...not something I would listen to for enjoyment. Voices are too high pitched for my uncultured ears.
Murr: Hell yeah! I wish you had sent the music video for this, so I could oggle Regina. But whatever, it's fine... whatever. I legit used to "mistakenly" forget an ex girlfriend's name and "accidentally" call her "Regina" all the time. We broke up, btw. "They say, 'sir, do you got a light? And if you do, then you're my friend / and if you don't, then you're my foe / And if you are a deity of any sort, then please don't go'". Basically sums up how every social interaction should go. I would've preferred the stripped down earlier version from Songs, because I'm a snob, but this is amazing.
Cher: Murr will probably have a murr-gasm over this. To me, itâs just okay. Regina has a nice voice, but her songs are always kind of hit or miss with me, I like the slower ones better. This just sounds SO bouncy. I mean itâs cute, but like, I feel like I am in a scene of a chick movie, driving with the window open and my hair blowing around, after just meeting a new guy. And like, lolz that is not me, so...yeah.
Murr: When I was a kid, at my dad's house I used to hear ghosts talking. But every time I'd try to find where their voices were coming from, their location would change. True story, bro. idk why, but this reminds me of that a little. Anyway, this is kind of awesome. Goodbye, Hare Krishna. Goodbye, Patricia Nixon's breasts.
Cher: I just mentioned cars in my last comment, and now this song title is telling me to talk about them. I see on the sidebar they also have a song called Jingle of a Dogâs Collar, which sounds cool. I actually know some French, I took it for 6 years, but like...I am much better at reading it than comprehensive listening. They talk way too fast, my ears process nothing. Anyway, this seems like some kind of deep, concept song. Not sure if I really get it, and not that appealing to me personally, but itâs alright.
Murr: Oh, this.
Cher: Eyeroll. Not surprised someone sent this, or that the someone was you, haha. I did like this a lot when I was a teenager when it came out. I do like the whole burlesque thing, and the song is annoyingly catchy, haha. Mya is by far the most attractive one. Like, this will totally be stuck in my head later, by watching Mya kind of makes it worth it. Maybe.
Murr: Was Ron Jeremy really a cultural icon that long ago? Kind of creepy. My little sister would've loved this a couple years ago when she was a stoner. Naw, this is good, for some fcked up reason.
Cher: Calling this song bilingual is pretty much offensive to the Spanish language, haha. I donât really like this, like, at all, sor. I already knew you kind of had terrible taste in music though, itâs fitting with you being terrible in general xoxo.
Murr: Pretty, I guess. Dude has an old school chanson kind of voice in parts of this, which is nice. The Sia part is oddly nice, even if it does sound a like a movie score/video game soundtrack. Eh, it's alright.
Cher: Damn Sia, bursting in here to interrupt another Survivor reunion before Cydney gets to speak. Itâs weird how most of you picked French, but I guess maybe not that weird, probably just has the most hybrid songs. Iâm not a Sia fan really, (also, did she seriously say she ALMOST GAVE KEITH SOME MONEY, BUT THEN DIDNâT? IF I WAS KEITH I WOULD BE IN T.EARS) but she sounds pretty good here, aka not annoying me.
Murr: I kind of love this. Her voice is amazing, and all the nice in the big climax is a huge plus. Like is just a dream, you know? It's never-ending. Hm. This almost sounds like something Lou Reed would've written in the '90s, but not, because of the female vocals and her being able to hold a note, raspiness aside. Blue is such a lovely color.
Cher: I liked the intro a lot, the Ave Maria sample is nice, but then the main part of the song started and I wasnât as much of a fan. The music is kind of cool and peaceful though.
Murr: Hey, Pete. Obviously this is Pete. Thanks for pandering to me, bro. This is obviously getting a great score from me. Best song of the round... even better than Regina. I mean, Regina is hotter than Eartha, but this song is just incredible, so that becomes irrelevant. "The vagabonds go there at night, to sleep all their troubles away..." Poetic way of saying they're drunk and passed out. Very sophisticated. Eartha Kitt's voice was incredible. Kind of a Marlene Dietrich or Juliette Greco thing going on - maybe more coquettish, safer... but that same sort of ebbing and flowing raspiness. Great pick.
Cher: Guys, I had sex with Eartha Kitt in an airplane bathroom. What, it came up organically! Anyway, this song is like, sweet and romantic, and I mean, I donât generally go for romantic, but I assume this is yet another way of you telling me that you are in love with me, in which case, duh, and also, yes, I will move to Paris with you, thanks for asking.
Murr: Oh, this. Naw, kidding. Better than the other version. The vocals seems to fit the music better, somehow... as opposed to being *over* the music. Definitely more soulful, less Christina Aguileraful.
Cher: Itâs always kind of fun when I get to judge a cover and the original in the same round. In this case, this song is obviously better than the cover, although there is no cute Mya, haha. Iâm sure Murr did not enjoy having to listen to this song twice, but thatâs okay, no one cares what he thinks, xoxo. Anyway, overall I wasnât crazily impressed with this round as a whole, and I am a bit disappointed that no one sent Damien Rice and Melanie Laurent.
Murr said the new theme is ghost stories, both in sentiment and actuality of loss... grieving for the lost and missed person. Sorry if that makes no sense, I'm paraphrasing from what I recall.
I don't GET IT.
He wants songs about death? Or does it have to be death? Can it be heartbreak? Or insecurity? We all have different demons that haunt us in life.
The languages of man are of use no more. As the seas rise for the return of the Mermicorn race, the spirits of Nineveh pack up to leave, and the bodies of Atlantis float to distant shores. The ghosts of the Great Highway light their cigarettes and hop in their cars, heading through the fog toward some unknown destination - leaving the bay, flowing into the ocean, glowing. With them, their stories would slowly vanish to make way for the new, that was once the old. O! If not for you, dear children, at the behest of the Mermicorns who, in their infinite kindness and state of perpetual splendor, wish to unite the better aspects of our cultures. Cities will crumble and turn to driftwood, the evils of our time will be washed away, but warm memories of those we loved and lost will remain for every race to come! This round, you will be sending songs to be catalogued in the Great Mermicorn Library, to remember humanity for its pensive wonder and its more ethereal rituals, rather than our greed and excess...
Theme 4: Lost Verses
Like, basically send ghost stories put to song. But that's not quite what I'm going for here, though any ghost story will be accepted. My idea here is ghost stories, but in a more delicate, gracious way than violent or haunting.
It's something that Nat caught onto last season
Cherry: I'm in a really bad mood tonight, so I am hoping these songs will cheer me up, or distract me at least. I'm guessing this is Martin, I remember he sent this is another one of my games a long time ago, I think it was 60's idol. I'd never heard it before, and I've never seen this movie either, but I thought the song was amazing the first time I heard it, and I've listened to it several times since then. It's really short, but it's so eerie and haunting. Excellent choice, and a great start to the theme.
Murr: This is definitely eerie. No doubt about that. And quite lovely in its eeriness. This theme was quite difficult for a lot of people... the songs I had in mind were "Lost Verses" (Sun Kil Moon), "Sweet Thing" and "Astral Weeks" (Van Morrison), "Resurrection Mary" (Ian Hunter), a few Jacques Brel songs (you could've used this as an excuse to send Brel, bro). Tons of Church songs, but I think that already scarred everyone. heh. Lots of songs, really - maybe one of my favorite lyrical themes. Still, this round is pretty interesting - just the diversity of the different impressions of this theme. You're definitely the only one who took it in this direction, and... not my favorite of the round, by any means. But I do like it. Eerie, haunting, lulling... It works.
Cherry: We judged this song last season, the final three theme was to submit a full album to be judged, and Nat sent Carrie and Lowell. Both of us enjoyed the album and it won the theme, so you're in a good spot. Anyway, I Sufjan a lot, and one of the things I think is kind of cool is the music with his voice and lyrics together...like the music has a slight upbeat quality to it, but then his voice and lyrics are more somber, and it's a nice contrast. Anyway, I really like this.
Murr: Pretty sure I first listened to this last season of the game. I love how so many of the songs on this album are connected with these atmospheric intrumental passages - all of which are brilliant. Definitely an Elliott Smith vibe to this song, and most of the album... and a lot of Stevens' material from other albums. heh. For some reason I always love the part where he reminisces about being 3 (maybe 4). Something about it just always catches me. My one complaint about this song is that the vocal harmonies can get a bit much, over an already doubled vocal. But whatever, it's a beautiful song. The "ghostliness" here is vague at best - more generational, his brother's daughter being that continuation, etc... Good enough. Probably my 2nd favorite song of the round.
Cherry: I am not familiar with her, so I looked her up, and this is from the early 70's, which I kind of guessed, it has that cool sound of folksy songs from that era. I like how this song is styled, with her voice layered. This has a nice haunting sound too, and I really like her voice. If all the songs stay like this, it will be a really great round.
Murr: ... and this is my favorite song of the round. What an amazing song, and so bizarre someone sent it for this game. There was that time in the '00s/early '10s when everyone was rediscovering these forgotten '60s/'70s impressionistic sort of folk singers... Vashti Bunyan, Sibylle Baier, and of course Linda Perhacs herself. In the dude category, Mandu got some attention. Great era. It's funny, because I think from that spike in popularity, they all seem more like '00s artists than '70s/late '60s. Sorry, rant. This song is seriously gorgeous. It's tough for me to wite about it, or type while listening. Probably the closest to what I was going for in this theme. Your explanation in the thread is interesting - I feel like it's not just things fading away, but also this sense of creation, in a naturalistic way (which is part of what I wanted from this theme)... I just looked up the lyrics. I always thought she was singing "sciences", not "silences". Sort of this feeling of not fading away, but fading into everything, as everything is kind of purified. Which is "ghostliness" at its finest.
Cherry: Lol can tell this one is country before I even click it, with the names Bobbie and Billie Joe. To me classic country is different than current, I actually like some classic country songs. Anyway, the song is kind of nice, I like how she's just pretty much telling a straight-forward story. This one doesn't necessarily have a ghost quality to it, but the death is clear, and it's effecting the narrator, so it seems fitting enough. It's interesting how not only is she the only one in her family who seems effected by this, but that her mother actually seems baffled at the idea of her losing the appetite when hearing that a friend (I'm guessing she had feelings for him as well) died.
Murr: Great song. I arranged these in a sort of haphazard playlist, btw. Figured we'd need a lift after the last 3 songs. heh. This song didn't even occur to me for the theme... probably for a few obvious reasons, like not really being at all ghostly, and this kind of cold indifference throughout the song (everyone's just eating and gossiping about the death of this kid, presumably the narrator's boyfriend... and she seems only marginally bothered). It's kind of a creepy song for that, but also pretty entertaining. Still, it's definitely a great song, and her voice is incredible.
Cherry: I like this song a lot, I have it on several of my playlists. It seems a bit literal for what Murr is probably looking for, but whatever. This is so upbeat and charming for a song that is pretty much about death. I like it.
Murr: This song is Cherrytastic. I'm betting she loves it. It's actually really good. I love the narrative here... Cynical, but celebratory, kind of this claim to one's own ghost and body, useless as they can be. It's actually a nice sentiment. Lots of "na na na"... that's fine. Definitely a different take on this theme, but one that I think fits the theme really well. Well done.
Cherry: Lolz song title. IS THIS KATHY? I've never really listened to Sonic Youth much, but I'm pretty sure Murr likes them. This has a really long, kind of weird noisy intro. I kind of like it when she starts singing, just because like, it almost sounds like a ghost talking. Then I sort of started to get a bit like "meh, I'm over this" and then it ended abruptly, haha.
Murr: Did you even listen to this? I'm thinking not. I can't picture Cherry liking this at all. Once it picks up, it's actually one of the Kim songs I like (I love SY, but mostly for Thurston's songs)... nowhere neat "Shadow of a Doubt" (which actually would've worked really well for this theme), but it's definitely one of her better moments. The beginning/all the noise is actually cool, though. idk. I like it for what it is, but it's really more of a spoken word piece with some noise than it is a song... I'll be shocked if Cherry gives this higher than a 2.
Cherry: Lollllll. Seriously, lol so much. Making Murr listen to a boy band, and not even one that was relevant. I remember listening to this when I was like, idk 16 or something. Okay like...this is not a ghost song, AND YOU CAN TELL BY THE TITLE. He's literally just crying about a girl leaving him. So you know, this is exactly the opposite of what Murr said he wanted. NOT SURE IF YOU ARE TROLLING, OR JUST GENERALLY TERRIBLE. I mean this is pretty lulztastic, but considering all of the songs have been great so far, and then...there's BBMak. Btw, random BBMak story. They performed here at the state fair like...idk, a year or two after they were popular, and two of my sisters went to see them, and anyway, these guys are British, and my sister told me one of the guys in the band announced to the audience "I like the festival food, I had a corndog" and like, <3 lmao. I get a corndog at the fair every year too!
Murr: Ha! I'm curious how this will do. I listened briefly, before judging, and it's not as bad as I expected... but it is kind of, er, the "woah woah woah" type of song I was trying to avoid here. Lolz. Technically, by saying nostalgia with a small ghostly tinge is acceptable, this fits... when I realized that, I got excited and hoped someone would send the Psychedelic Furs' "The Ghost In You", but no one did. Would've worked for the theme in the same way this does. Anyway, the vocal melody is actually nice. If the arrangement were different, and probably the lyrics, I feel like this could actually be pretty good. Again, not as bad as I thought. If Cherry tolerates this and really hates Kathy's song, you might be fine.
Cherry: I see Evanescence get submitted sometimes in other idol games, but never in any of mine. I don't listen to them much, but I think Amy Lee has such a great voice. This is a nice song for the theme, too.
Murr: This song really lays it on thick, doesn't it? I've never liked Evanescence - in fact, I tend to hate them. That said, corny as this is, something about it is kind of nice. Maybe it's my mood, maybe it's her voice, maybe it's just lulling enough, or maybe it was Memphis. Uh, yeah. I feel like if I space out and don't give much thought to the lyrics, there's something very tranquil about it. Another song that's not as bad as I thought it would be. Please don't try sending Evanesence again, though. kthx
Cherry:Hmm. Coldplay is hit or miss. Their slower songs tend to be the better ones, and this is off to a slow start, so we're good so far. This is decent. His voice gets a little too high a couple times, but overall it was pretty good.
Murr: Pretty sure the "ghost" bit here is just a metaphor for some chick ignoring him. But hey, again... lax theme. And what else would you expect of Coldplay? That said, it sounds really nice and all pretty, if inoffensive... but what else would you expect of Coldplay?
Cherry: Another song that isn't really a ghost song per say, but I'd say the emotion/sentiment is right for the theme, so it fits. This is definitely one of those songs where the cover surpasses the original, I mean, Trent Reznor even says so himself, haha. I wish you had sent the actual video, because I think this is one of those cases where the video fits the song so well it actually enhances listening to it. Anyway, this was one of my favorite songs in college, and I still really like it. Just full of so much raw emotion from a man looking back at his life and all the things he's done wrong, haunted by all the reminders LIKE GHOSTS AND STUFF. I hope Murr doesn't lowball you and say this song is overrated, because it's not, it's actual perfection. I wasn't even originally planning to give you a perfect score, but by the end of the song I realized I had to.
Murr: I've always liked NIN's version better. Pretty sure this was my favorite song on Downward Spiral back in the day. Kind of this angry, suicidal, broken junkie's catharsis. Really powerful. Cash's version is beautiful, and given his illness/death, it makes it a really lovely sentiment. But I usually feel like that strips the song of a lot of its impact. But for this theme, it's oddly poignant, and I wasn't expecting that. I like how it seems like he's so aware of his own death, that he's really talking about himself being "right here" even after death... and "I would find a way" takes on a whole new meaning. Interesting pick - one I wouldn't have thought of, but it really works well.
Cherry: This was a great song when it first came out, then it got soooo overplayed that everyone kind of got really sick of it. I don't listen to The Fray a lot, but I used to love this album. I love piano songs. This isn't something that would have crossed my mind for this theme, but I guess it kind of fits. It's nice to listen to anyway, and will possibly be stuck in my head for the rest of the night. By the way, if anyone's wondering, this is what I would have submitted had I been playing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mobOHwb7Hng
Murr: lol, I really don't like this song, nor does it fit the theme. But, see some of the other songs submitted. It's actually not an awful song... I feel like there's part of me that likes it, but another part of me that finds it so mawkish and revolts against the part of me that likes it. For some reason, I thought this would be a great closing song for the "playlist" - hammy and OTT, but can't you just picture the credits rolling while the audience dries their eyes and gets up to leave?