Sunday, November 05, 2006

kickin back

who is your favourite lyricist?

off the top of my head, some suggestions:
  • billy bragg
  • evan dando
  • lloyd cole
  • leonard cohen
  • nick cave


noise said...

Michael Sembello. :)

lukery said...

i dont know him

noise said...

Flashdance :)

lukery said...

lol - that's why i dont know it.

did he write some clever lyrics?

noise said...

"She's a maniac, maniac on the floor
And she's dancing like she's never danced before
She's a maniac, maniac on the floor
And she's dancing like she's never danced before"

Clever is an understatement. :)

lukery said...


i'd previously missed the nuance. my apologies.

apparently i was too focussed on jennifer warne to notice...

noise said...

I'm a Springsteen fan.

I think he writes good lyrics. IMO, he has an exceptional ability to write serious songs without drifting into pretentiousness.

His songs resonate.

lukery said...

brooce does have some good lyrics.

i was actually thinking more along the lines of really clever stuff - e.g. bragg:
"How can you lie there and think of England
When you don't even know who's in the team"

but that's just cos i appreciate that sort of turn of phrase. the others in my list all do the same.

noise said...

John Wesley Harding

"The Truth"

It all made the news but the story was wrong
And the photo wasn't even of me
And the great god I love, he intoned from above
You shouldn't sniff at free publicity
But it wasn't the voice I'd expected to hear
it was thin and unclear like Richard Gere
And somebody said "God's had a bad fall
That's his manager taking his calls"

I always liked this song. His reviews always mentioned his clever writing.

Don said...

For turns of phrase, Jim Steinman, writer of Meat Loaf's Bat Out Of Hell I, II, and part of III.

Also Steinman's:

- Celine Dion's "It's All Coming Back To Me Now"
- Barry Manilow's "Read 'Em and Weep"
- Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart"
- and (for Aussie flavour) Air Supply's "Making Love Out of Nothing at All"

No matter what he writes or who sings it, it'll be a rock song. I can't name a favourite line, there're too many good ones, but Bat I & II are a good primer (I can only imagine Christopaths twisting over "hose me down with holy water if I get too hot" from this one, a rare confluence of music that's popular and well written).

My .02 (Cdn)... :)

lukery said...

don: Steinman has quite the resume.

dion is .ca right?

lukery said...

it was thin and unclear like Richard Gere

lol - that's hysterical

rimone said...

the Brothers Love (Alabama 3), of course (silly Luke):

i'm in a lonely room...
Hank Williams sings the lovesick blues,
winter's walking up the avenue
i ain't seen the sunshine since the 6th of june,
but i'll tell you this...
don't call a doctor,
i'm gonna get better,
don't run for the priest,
gonna find some faith,
just because i burnt my bible baby,
it don't mean...i'm too sick to pray...

one o' the live versions of too sick to pray (original off La Peste is much better).

i could go on...and on...and on...all their lyrics have a lot of meaning for me (above's about a junkie trying to clean up).

rimone said...

forgot to say (mostly for Luke's edification), they're not just about drugs and partying. they're very political, started MOJO (miscarriages of justice organisation; linked in my left-hand reservoir dogs column) which got Paddy Hill (wrongly accused as an IRA bomber) out of prison, after he'd spent 20+ fucking years in there, for nothing.

Ron Brynaert said...

The Boss


S. Carter

Chuck Ridenhour

Nasir Jones

Kanye West


Talib Kweli

Joe Budden

Anonymous said...

my vote is for the man in black - johnny cash

- Jiminy Cricket

Anonymous said...

Elvis Costello

lukery said...

i'm so late to this thread. thnx everyone.

Elvis costello i like.

Jiminy - I must admit, i'm not much familiar with JC - shame on me.

Ron - I hardly even know ANY of those names.

rimone - ok ok! - i'll get my hands on some alabama3

rimone said...

christ on a crutch, luke, all you need to do is go over to (even though not all of them are by A3; they also adore Johnny Cash and there's a few remixes of their UK hit 'hello i'm johnny cash' on that page).

i put up the original 'too sick to pray' for my post today (which is still not up yet at my site but will be ASAP) as today is exactly six years ago; that day that changed my entire life (and made me a happier grrl than what tomorrow, six years ago, made me).

Kathleen said...

Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights!!!!

John Trudell and The Graffiti Man Band:

Spirit Woman, your love has spoken and somewhere a wild horse won't be broken.