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#21 Mad Bowl Hoo

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 06:16 AM

It is a shame that Hunter isn’t as well known as Dylan as a lyricist.

Wish I had the money to get all the post Grateful Dead projects he has contributed to, he has been pretty productive.

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 06:40 AM

Crowded House - Four Seasons in one Day

Four seasons in one day
Lying in the depths of your imagination
Worlds above and worlds below
The sun shines on the black clouds hanging over the domain

Even when you're feeling warm
The temperature could drop away
Like four seasons in one day

Smiling as the shit comes down
You can tell a man from what he has to say
Everything gets turned around
And I will risk my neck again, again

You can take me where you will
Up the creek and through the mill
Like all the things you can't explain
Four seasons in one day

Blood dries up
Like rain, like rain
Fills my cup
Like four seasons in one day

It doesn't pay to make predictions
Sleeping on an unmade bed
Finding out wherever there is comfort there is pain
Only one step away
Like four seasons in one day

Blood dries up
Like rain, like rain
Fills my cup
Like four seasons in one day

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 08:53 AM

Bob Mould.

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Posted 18 June 2018 - 11:03 PM

Billy Corgan

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Posted 19 June 2018 - 05:05 AM

24 posts, and no one has mentioned Gene Summons or Paul Stanley?  

Examples are too many to list, but they give Hagar a run for his money.  (Sorry, can't mention Simmons without using a cliche or mentioning money)

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Posted 19 June 2018 - 07:50 AM

I've always loved Ian Anderson's lyric writing.  Thick as a Brick and Baker St. Muse are two great examples.  

I think in J.T.'s entire body of work, I'd only consider a handful to be weak lyrically.  Ian was on top of his game 95% of the time.

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Posted 19 June 2018 - 11:39 AM

Tom Verlaine - solo and with Television

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Posted 19 June 2018 - 06:56 PM

Collingwood and Schlesinger - Fountains Of Wayne

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Posted 19 June 2018 - 07:35 PM

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Posted 19 June 2018 - 07:43 PM

Peter Garrett and Co. of Midnight Oil.

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Posted 20 June 2018 - 05:28 AM

Great choices in this thread. I'll add a few not yet mentioned:

Al Stewart is excellent.
Colin Hay is very underrated.
Greg Graffin and Brett Gurewitz of Bad Religion are fantastic, well heralded in punk.
I'd say Waits, but he's pretty heralded whether people listen to him or not.
PJ Harvey is great.
Mirel Wagner is pure poetry.
I'm missing many, hope someone gets the rest. Lyrics are by far the most important part of music to me.

Glad Ian was mentioned, as well as Earle and Marley.
On the Crowded House note, I'll add Neil's brother Tim and Phil Judd from Split Enz, their seventies material gets overlooked by Neil's later (deserved) success with crowded house.

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Posted 20 June 2018 - 05:31 AM

View Postgoose, on 19 June 2018 - 07:43 PM, said:

Peter Garrett and Co. of Midnight Oil.
Jim Moginie is a musical genius, and with Hirst this band was so important to me. Good call.

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Posted 20 June 2018 - 09:18 AM

View PostMosher, on 20 June 2018 - 05:28 AM, said:


Colin Hay is very underrated.

He came to mind immediately for me.

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Posted 23 June 2018 - 11:19 AM

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Posted 28 June 2018 - 10:05 AM

Summer of '69 by Bryan Adams

The rest of his stuff is pretty so-so but that song, fantastic!

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Posted 28 June 2018 - 01:22 PM

View Postdriventotheedge, on 28 June 2018 - 10:05 AM, said:

Summer of '69 by Bryan Adams

The rest of his stuff is pretty so-so but that song, fantastic!

Great song.

I do love me some 80s Bryan Adams every now and then.

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Posted 28 June 2018 - 05:15 PM

View PostJ2112YYZ, on 28 June 2018 - 01:22 PM, said:

View Postdriventotheedge, on 28 June 2018 - 10:05 AM, said:

Summer of '69 by Bryan Adams

The rest of his stuff is pretty so-so but that song, fantastic!

Great song.

I do love me some 80s Bryan Adams every now and then.

Same here for 80s childhood nostalgia.  My mom had Reckless when it came out and I even had Waking Up The Neighbors when I was 11.  Run To You is a fave of mine and It’s Only Love with Tina Turner is one of the best duets ever.

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Posted 28 June 2018 - 11:22 PM

Mark Hollis, Paul Webb, Lee Harris, and Simon Brenner of Talk Talk

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Posted 29 June 2018 - 12:38 PM

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Posted 01 July 2018 - 10:49 PM

is Bowie under-appreciated.

If he is, ever, he shouldn't be... at all.

Dylan may be a poet, but Bowie always has me at hello.




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