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Old 09-20-2012, 12:38 AM  
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Name That Tune (Really Difficult One)

Greetings music lovers. It's FAX.

Listen, I am experiencing a serious predicament and if there's one thing I hate, it's a ding dang serious predicament. I much prefer the far less stressful postdicament which allows you some time to reflect on how you escaped.

In this case, though, I really need some assistance. Here's the deal ...

Last night I was in a grocery store and there was a song playing on the speaker system somewhere near the bananas and already-hunked-up watermelon in plastic boxes. I had never heard the song before, nor since, which is not unusual since I don't listen to the radio much. Sadly, the tune is stuck in my head and I've googled until I'm blue in the face as well as the ass and I can tell you right now, a blue ass is nothing to joke about.

The problem I'm having is that I couldn't hear the lyrics or the hook or anything, but I'm hopeful that you guys can help me because the song was very unusual and I'm guessing was probably released in the last 5 years or so due to the production techniques used. Also, it must have been somewhat popular or it wouldn't be included in the market's muzak rotation. Here's what I gleaned from the banana area speaker system ...

1. The song is kind of a drone deal utilizing maybe 2 or 3 chords total.
2. The vocal is male, predominant, and the singer has a very high tenor range.
3. I think I heard some saxophone. Maybe playing in a chorus type deal.
4. As I mentioned, only a couple of chords are used and they stay on the same chord for the entire verse except for a chord change at the very end ... this is the unusual part.
5. I don't recall hearing any percussion, although there may have been some. If so, it was not dominant at all. It's a dramatic, semi-slow tune. Love songish.
6. The singer's accent could have been British, but it could also be one of those Americans who try to sound British because it's cool. The "R"s were pronounced "Ah"s.
7. I reckon that the version I heard was probably 4 or 5 minutes long.
8. The meter is slow. Dramatic.
9. From what I could ascertain, there might have been strings in the background.
10. As I mentioned, I couldn't hear the lyrics, but the verse/vocal went "da da da daaaaa ... dada dada dada da daaaaa" ... like that. Assuming the thing was in D Major, the primary melody was "G F# D E ..... DD EE DD G A". The main theme was that first part ... the "G F# D E". It sounded like the lyrics in the verses repeated themselves over and over again. The word, "heart" may have been used several times.

Again, the main thing that is unique is the fact that the high tenor vocal works over a single chord for a long, long time. Then, at the end of the verse there's a minor change for a 4 or 8 count or so then it returns back to the tonic or root chord once again. Very unique. Not normal.

I know this isn't much to go on, but if you could help a brother out, I sure would appreciate it. I once had Dean Martin's "That's Amore" (the moon pie song) stuck in my head for about a month and a half and I've never been the same after that. I don't think I could withstand another similar episode.

There's rep and casino cash (assuming I have any - I don't really know) in it for the angelic being who can help me out on this deal.

Many thanks in advance.

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Old 09-21-2012, 06:06 AM   #106
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But...but...I love you...
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Didn't think you'd see that.

Hey. How did you see that so quickly?

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Old 09-21-2012, 06:07 AM   #107
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You didn't offend me, Mr. acesn8s. Not one bit. It was Mr. Mr. Flopnuts.

And, no. That's not the song. I'm going to find that damn thing, though. I'm going back to the market and hold the manager hostage with a bag of carrots until he gives me the answer I need. Then, it will be very interesting to post the tune so you guys can see what I was talking about ... and how closely my horrible clues were to the real thing (I only heard the song once in the midst of a din). God ... now that I think on it, I hope to hell I wasn't wrong about all of those clues I posted.

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What kind of vocalist was it. Did they sound like they gave a crap about hitting notes or were they just reciting words rythmicly? How would you grade the singer's ability to sing? BTW Bob Seger used sax in his songs.
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:10 AM   #108
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What kind of vocalist was it. Did they sound like they gave a crap about hitting notes or were they just reciting words rythmicly? How would you grade the singer's ability to sing? BTW Bob Seger used sax in his songs.
Tenor. Very high range. Great control. Almost as though classically trained, but definitely pop/rock stylization and annunciation. Based on what I remember, I'd give the guy an A+ and would love to work with him if the opportunity presented.

Yes, it sounded as though he gave a crap. Very controlled.

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Old 09-21-2012, 06:11 AM   #109
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Tenor. Very high range. Great control. Almost as though classically trained, but definitely pop/rock stylization and annunciation. Based on what I remember, I'd give the guy an A+ and would love to work with him if the opportunity presented.

Yes, it sounded as though he gave a crap. Very controlled.

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Was it close to the vocals in the previous video?
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:18 AM   #110
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Was it close to the vocals in the previous video?
Similar, Mr. acesn8s ... but only in the sense that they are both tenors. Your guy is more naturally "breathy" (of course, that could be the micking/production technique, but I don't think so). My guy is more like ... say ... Jon Anderson but not as thin on the high notes. More full and rounded than even say ... Robert Plant. Now, remember, I only heard this once in poor listening conditions ... but that's how I recall the vocal.

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Old 09-21-2012, 06:30 AM   #111
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Similar, Mr. acesn8s ... but only in the sense that they are both tenors. Your guy is more naturally "breathy" (of course, that could be the micking/production technique, but I don't think so). My guy is more like ... say ... Jon Anderson but not as thin on the high notes. More full and rounded than even say ... Robert Plant. Now, remember, I only heard this once in poor listening conditions ... but that's how I recall the vocal.

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Ok. Good info. This guy has some new(er) music out that is less "breathy" but they are a rock/pop mix kind of band that uses a violin frequently.

What kind of beat was it? Could one slow dance to it? Or does it get the women to bounce their boobies to it? Was it even danceable?
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Ok. Good info. This guy has some new(er) music out that is less "breathy" but they are a rock/pop mix kind of band that uses a violin frequently.

What kind of beat was it? Could one slow dance to it? Or does it get the women to bounce their boobies to it? Was it even danceable?
Slowish tempo. Kind of a contemporary ballad. Would remind me of the old, progressive rock in a way ... ala early Genesis, Yes, King Crimson ... that symphonic rock. That's what I hear in my head ... again, I heard this one time in a supermarket produce section with babies crying and people talking and some old lady squeezing a honeydew.

We're talking about a song that had one (1) chord throughout the verse except for a single minor chord change at the end of the verse for, maybe, 4 beats to serve as a turn-around back to the root or original chord.

The melody was really nice and served as the primary vehicle ... you could almost imagine the guy singing acapella because he was working over this single, droning chord.

I didn't hear much percussion ... at least, it wasn't predominant. I might have heard strings or synth in the background to carry the sustains. I might have heard electric guitar. If there was acoustic guitar, I didn't hear it.

Let's see ... what else can I tell you? ... Actually, that's about all I can think of in terms of clues.

I can't wait to find out what the hell this song was.

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Old 09-21-2012, 06:44 AM   #113
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Hey Fax, did you try The Shins links I posted? The way you describe it sounds like The Shins style.
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Hey Fax, did you try The Shins links I posted? The way you describe it sounds like The Shins style.
Yep. I did. No joy there, though.

This is actually an interesting exercise that's kind of like that "telephone game". It's fascinating to see how different people interpret my stupid clues differently.

To my mind, the main clue is the whole "single chord" deal. Yet, every song guys have posted has normal chord progressions. Some are slower paced than others, but they all have progressions. The song from Hell doesn't. That's what makes it so unusual and I know for a certain, absolute fact that there are very few songs ever recorded or released that use one chord throughout the verses. U2 has done it, but not many others.

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Nice tune. Kinda depressing. I feel badly for that guy and his sad state of mind.

But ERRRRNT!!!

The vocal range and subtleties are damn close to the one I'm looking for. Style-wise, I mean. Still, this isn't the vocalist. I can assure you of that.

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Okay ... I have to get some work done.

Thanks, Mr. acesn8s and everyone else for all your efforts to assist on this deal. Sorry my clues suck. I really am. But, eventually, we'll get this figured out. I can't wait for you guys to hear this tune ... you'll probably find it abhorrent.

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Old 09-21-2012, 07:17 AM   #118
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Nice tune. Kinda depressing. I feel badly for that guy and his sad state of mind.

But ERRRRNT!!!

The vocal range and subtleties are damn close to the one I'm looking for. Style-wise, I mean. Still, this isn't the vocalist. I can assure you of that.

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I tried.

I used to tell Joie that very same thing about him (she introduced me to them). I find myself enjoying their music when I need an emotion release (Razorblade for rage, She's my Ride Home to lose myself in a tune, Into the Ocean or X amount of Words if I feel the need for pop, Dirt Room or The End if I feel the need to get revenge).

Maybe next time Mr. FAX but i cannot...

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Based on your most recent description, I think it's a band called RA. Gorgeous high tenor. Sorry, embed is disabled.

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Yep. I did. No joy there, though.

This is actually an interesting exercise that's kind of like that "telephone game". It's fascinating to see how different people interpret my stupid clues differently.

To my mind, the main clue is the whole "single chord" deal. Yet, every song guys have posted has normal chord progressions. Some are slower paced than others, but they all have progressions. The song from Hell doesn't. That's what makes it so unusual and I know for a certain, absolute fact that there are very few songs ever recorded or released that use one chord throughout the verses. U2 has done it, but not many others.

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It is tough to find that. Some songs are close but they aren't close to the one you describe.

When I think of songs with one guitar chord over and over I think of March Of the Pigs by Nine Inch Nails but, even it changes later.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL72Tyxe1rc

It's hard to think of songs like that...
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