favorite singer songwriter other than finns

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Originally posted by lee rutle:
[qb] now phil collins, he's about as much use as a chocolate teapot !!!! (lol)


agree about old paul westerberg though [/qb]
At least the chocolate teapot is edible.

As for the question at hand Ryan Adams and Paul Weller are always up there on my favorites list, oh and Natalie Merchant too.
I consider Joe Jackson my favorite singer and the Finn's something like my favorite "duo" (although I do like when they sing individually as well). I also like:

Ben Folds
Graham Parker
Marshall Crenshaw
XTC
Steely Dan
Tood Rundgren

and others that I'm too lazy/brain dead to think of at the moment
'I defend my democratic right to think that James Blunt is a steaming pile of dog poo...

A heavily marketed steaming pile of dog poo...

Who takes his clothes off in videos to appeal to housewives... (All housewives run and start hitting me with various household items).

Who sounds like a squealing rabbit... and will probably make a lot of money for his record company.'


Have you heard the 'b-side' of You're Beautiful? It's a very commercial song called Fall At Your Feet...
actually I don't think that someone who is just a marketing product plays a crowded house song where he also could put another james blunt song. or is it another creepy marketing stunt???

Eeker Confused
Amazing what marketing does, i'd rather listen to
britney spears in reverse than listen to his squeling voice. I am jealous? Maybe i am, truth is i won't take his CD even if they pay me the full price to take it. I think i've made my point. Come on everyone, let's look around and smell the real talent.
*Cough* A few of us knew of Mr Blunt's talents before he was grabbed by the marketing wheel. The problem is that he has been judged by a lovesong with a video in which he takes his kit off.....which although very nice indeed does NOT sum up his talent.

For every person that's written him off as a songwriter because of his sudden rise to fame I would like a few minutes for them to listen to the rest of the album, especially tracks like 'No Bravery' which covers the subject of war and distruction. He doesn't just write love songs.

As for his voice, I can't argue with anyone on that point, it's a matter of personal taste.

*steps off JB soapbox*
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Originally posted by Florance:
[qb]Have you heard the 'b-side' of You're Beautiful? It's a very commercial song called Fall At Your Feet...
actually I don't think that someone who is just a marketing product plays a crowded house song where he also could put another james blunt song. or is it another creepy marketing stunt???[/qb]
In most cases, a Crowded House cover would be closer to a marketing stunt than an uncommercial means of paying tribute (think Kasey Chambers, Donny Osmond, Dove, Paul Young, Sixpence None The Richer, Busted, Vitamin C, Peter Andre, etc... ok I'm going to be sick...!).

However considering James Blunt's lo-fi version of Fall At Your Feet was kept to a b-side (and the a-side to it was a nice 'breath-of-fresh-air' song which I believe he wrote himself), I think we can forgive him.

However if you were to ask my opinion (no, nobody did...) on his FAYF cover, I'd tell you it was a pretty poor effort � It was poorly produced, and sounds like it was written to the CD single @ 30% of the regular volume or something (?)... OK, it's not as bad as Kasey Chambers' demolition job of BBHS, but coming from someone who wrote High, You're Beautiful & Wisemen, not what I expected...
Yes you can�t forget the legendary Irving Berlin, Rogers & Hammerstein II, Arthur Freed, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter and Andre Previn - just to name a few

Singers � Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Gordon Mcrae, Shirley Jones, Gene Kelly, Dick Haymes, Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe, Fred Astaire, Howard Keel (I love the musicals soundtracks)
Good news!

It seems it will be possible to hear Jason Mraz in the UK without having to hear James Blunt!

He's to do four headlining gigs in Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham and London in Feb/March 06. Tickets are an absolute snip at �8.50 so if you're in the vicinity and really enjoy some quality songwriting....... All the details are on Jason's website. www.jasonmraz.com

Back on topic........
Reading through all the suggestions above just reminds me how difficult it is to have a favourite.
I'd have to agree that all the artists suggested are wonderful songwriters. Just goes to show that Finn fans have impecible taste in music!!!!!!
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Originally posted by Lorrie:
[qb]
Have no idea who Blunt is--a British group/person?
[/qb]
British singer/songwriter who spent 5 weeks at number 1 in the singles chart (UK singles chart) with You're Beautiful and who's album is still kicking around the top 5 after about 20 weeks or something stupid. Biggest selling album so far this year...

http://www.jamesblunt.com
Andy Partridge of XTC is someone I find a bit hit or miss, but when he does 'hit' he's fantastic. He's also been getting better and more interesting as the years have gone by. Or maybe I'm just getting older & more appreciative. Or just older Razzer

For an entertaining & interesting glimpse of how he writes, he's recorded a few spoken word tracks, loosely known as the "How They Came to Be" series. They're basically Andy sat in his shed, with his daughter's acoustic guitar, recounting the circumstances and thought processes that went into the writing & recording of some random XTC tracks.

You can download some of them through his Ape Records site - www.ape.uk.net
Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb.. I think their early songwriting was fantastic: NY Mining Disaster, Got to get a Message to You, To Love Somebody. Love their harmonies too! Let's not mention the disco phase though!

And how about Paul Kelly, he really knows how to tell a story..Australia's answer to Bob Dylan really.
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Originally posted by Lorrie:
I would have to say Eros Ramazotti is my all time fave.


Wow, I am rather amazed that you know him! I thought he was more of an Italian/German favourite Smiler When I played some of his stuff to my Kiwi boyfriend he said he had never ever heard that before - and he's really into music.

Personally, I like the following guys (and I'll try to not repeat all the ones you rbought up already Wink

Elliott Smith *sob*
Emiliana Torrini
Lou Barlow
Shon Sullivan ("Goldenboy" wrote some really really good songs for his band Moonwash)
Steven Wilson (of Plasticsoul)
Bic Runga
Anika Moa
Joni Mitchell
Dave Dobbyn
David Bowie (master!)
Farin Urlaub & Bela B (lol, don't ask)
Rio Reiser

phoah... etc etc
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Originally posted by Silke:
quote:
Originally posted by Lorrie:
I would have to say Eros Ramazotti is my all time fave.


Wow, I am rather amazed that you know him! I thought he was more of an Italian/German favourite Smiler When I played some of his stuff to my Kiwi boyfriend he said he had never ever heard that before - and he's really into music.

Personally, I like the following guys (and I'll try to not repeat all the ones you rbought up already Wink

Elliott Smith *sob*
Emiliana Torrini
Lou Barlow
Shon Sullivan ("Goldenboy" wrote some really really good songs for his band Moonwash)
Steven Wilson (of Plasticsoul)
Bic Runga
Anika Moa
Joni Mitchell
Dave Dobbyn
David Bowie (master!)
Farin Urlaub & Bela B (lol, don't ask)
Rio Reiser

phoah... etc etc


Awwww! Thanks Silke -- You rock! Merry Christmas
Well apart from the 2 headed monster that was Lennon/McCartney....................... Cool

Brian Wilson. Smiler

Jimmy Webb.
Burt Bacharach.
Joni Mitchell.
Carol King.
Gillian Welch.
Little Richard. Eeker
Tom Petty.
Art Garfunkle.
Roger McGuinn.

David Gates.
Rufus Wainwright.
Martha Wainwright.


Shane Nicholson.
Alex Lloyd.
Paul Kelly.
Steve Kilbey.
Marc Hunter.

& The Red Wiggle (Anthony??)
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Originally posted by BFine:
Billy Joel.


(Seany--FYI the Red Wiggle is Murray. As in, "Play the Guitar with Murray." I favor him as well!)

Beth


Ahh, Murray. Thanks Beth. Don't know where i got Anthony from. I'll log off quietly, so as not to wake Geoff up! Big Grin
Most of my faves have already been covered somewhere in theis thread. But, a big one missing:

Sarah McLachlan! I saw her when she was first starting out, just her & piano, guitar - absolutely mind blowing voice! Unbelievable.

Also:

Carly Simon
Janis Joplin
Natalie Merchant
Al Green
Don Henley/Glen Frey
Lou Gramm
Freddie Mercury
Pete Ham
Gary Louris/Stephen McCarthy/Bob Ezrin - (The Jayhawks)
Ann Wilson
Jim Morrison


Tracy
Ben and Jamie Cullum (brothers in music eh... Roll Eyes I go weak in the knees Razzer )

Bic Runga
Anika Moa
Eddi Reader
KT Tunstall
Kate Rusby
Marie Daulne

aah, and I really used to like Phil Collins.. he used to write some great songs in Genesis time and early solo work. But I do agree about him being a Chocolate Teapot now Big Grin

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