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Raetsel_Lapin
10/11/18 8:11:14 PM
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Song Name: shira
Song Origin: Glassjaw
Song Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vr_FgfF7u4" data-time="

Nominator: Bane_Of_Despair (4/15)


Hey, another band described as being "post-hardcore". I'm still not completely clear on what that is, but let's not go back down that rabbit hole. Good song, I'm also amused by how everyone seems to have a radically different theory on what it means:

One person arguing that, since the song is named after the guitarists third daughter, that has to be significant (it's about parenthood, or infancy, or both simultaneously, or whatever).

The standard 'improper pleasures has to be talking about kinky sex' theory.

And at least one person theorizes it's about gun control because someone in the band said there was a bit about gun control somewhere on the album and this song has the words 'killing field' in it, so maybe it's here??



Well,even if I don't completely get what it's about or what the genre is or why all of their song titles are in lower case, it's still a good song and I may regret having it this low. [NOTE: This song started in the bottom 20, but has jumped up to 139th place as of this writing. We'll see if it gets moved any higher.]

[FINAL NOTES: And the song with the most improved ranking finally drops. I have no idea how I ever had this at the bottom of the list, but this was the mythical song that I referenced moving up over a hundred places in the ranking. ]

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Bane_Of_Despair
10/11/18 8:18:39 PM
302
Man I'm gonna be out before the top 50 at this rate

Glad to see shira raised so much in your rankings from the beginning though
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Raetsel_Lapin
10/11/18 8:21:24 PM
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Song Name: Fake Happy
Song Origin: Paramore
Song Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8vsuOXZBXc" data-time="

Nominator: Bane_Of_Despair (3/15)


Why did I think there could be a song by a female artist without 90% of the comments being about her ass?

Why did I think there was no way anyone could take this song as a political statement?

Blech... sometimes you find insightful comments, sometimes incoherent gibberish like back at Red Sam's ranking, but usually you get the dumpster fire that is this video's comment section. Ah well, my fault for wondering what people had to say.

[FINAL NOTES: Anyone else getting Paranoia Agent flashbacks due to this song? ....No? Alright then.]

[FINAL-ER NOTES: I did enjoy the song, since I doubt that properly came across what with me not referencing the song itself at any point there. And I'm pretty sure I didn't let the comments influence the placement; I feel like it's too low, but then, I feel that way about...everything being eliminated tonight and tomorrow? We're at a point where I don't really want to cut anything.]

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Bane_Of_Despair
10/11/18 8:22:38 PM
304
wowowowowowow
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Raetsel_Lapin
10/11/18 11:50:24 PM
305
Last two of the night.

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Song name - A Wolf Descends Upon the Spanish Sahara
Song origin - Fair to Midland
Song link
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okuVxBgp-pI" data-time="

Nominator: Murphiroth (4/15)


I think I like this song, but I don't come anywhere close to understanding it. Amusingly enough, TV Tropes accuses the band of having "Word Salad Lyrics" all over the place with no attempt given to explain any of it. So I'm apparently not the only one completely lost by this band.

Considering that I like this more than Short-Haired Tornado, I wonder if it's because it's so much harder to understand or if it's just that much catchier than the other song? *shrugs*

[FINAL-ER NOTES: Probably both. Like every song coming, I don't like eliminating it so early, but... well that's what I say for every song now.]
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Song Name: We All Lift Together
Song Origin: Keith Power
Song Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwSB1x26ExM" data-time="

Nominator: IhatethisCPU (8/15)


Every time I see how high up on the list this song is, I have to ask myself if I really want a prison work song from a game I've never heard of to be ranked above so many songs I've praised.

Then I listen to it and remember that yeah, I really do want it up here.

[FINAL NOTES: Even on the fourth trip through all the songs, I still look at this song and feel "that song wasn't that good" until I click the video again. It's weird.]

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Murphiroth
10/11/18 11:59:23 PM
306
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Song name - Loud Twin Stars
Song origin - DOLL$BOXX
Song link
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2itu5KEvG0" data-time="

Nominator: Murphiroth (5/15)

This song reminds me that I should replay Tokyo Mirage Sessoins at some point. It would be easier if the game wasn't stuck on the Wii U. So few games I care about on that system, just getting everything hooked back up would be a bit of a pain... and since it relied on the Gamepad (err...didn't it?), I seriously doubt it's ever going to get ported anywhere. Which is too bad, since it deserved better than that.

It's unrelated, I know, but the Japanese Idol scene was integral to the plot and themes of that game, so it's not as random a connection as it seems. And I also have nothing to say about the song itself (it's good, but no specifics or other adjectives come to mind), so rambling about TMS is the best I can do. And I don't recall that game vividly enough to even do that.

[FINAL NOTES: MewTwo.]

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If I'd known it'd make you think of TMS and the idol scene I would've chosen Take My Chance instead, just because the intro leans into and parodies idol tropes super hard.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mu2z4Uf9Tgc" data-time="

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Murphiroth
10/12/18 12:00:06 AM
307
Fair to Midland having Word Salad Lyrics is totally fair.

I'm still not sure what that song is really about, I just know it's cool.
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NBIceman
10/12/18 12:01:24 AM
308
Speaking of FtM again, I just now noticed the post where you said how much you loved The Greener Grass. Glad to hear it - like I said, I think it's their best song by a mile and that's saying something.
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Raetsel_Lapin
10/12/18 12:03:50 AM
309
Murphiroth posted...
Raetsel_Lapin posted...
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Song name - Loud Twin Stars
Song origin - DOLL$BOXX
Song link
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2itu5KEvG0" data-time="

Nominator: Murphiroth (5/15)

This song reminds me that I should replay Tokyo Mirage Sessoins at some point. It would be easier if the game wasn't stuck on the Wii U. So few games I care about on that system, just getting everything hooked back up would be a bit of a pain... and since it relied on the Gamepad (err...didn't it?), I seriously doubt it's ever going to get ported anywhere. Which is too bad, since it deserved better than that.

It's unrelated, I know, but the Japanese Idol scene was integral to the plot and themes of that game, so it's not as random a connection as it seems. And I also have nothing to say about the song itself (it's good, but no specifics or other adjectives come to mind), so rambling about TMS is the best I can do. And I don't recall that game vividly enough to even do that.

[FINAL NOTES: MewTwo.]

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If I'd known it'd make you think of TMS and the idol scene I would've chosen Take My Chance instead, just because the intro leans into and parodies idol tropes super hard.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mu2z4Uf9Tgc" data-time="


Presuming I remember, I'll listen to that tomorrow and let you know what I think.
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Se7enthrust
10/12/18 12:59:31 AM
310
Raetsel_Lapin posted...
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Song Name: We All Lift Together
Song Origin: Keith Power


Damn that was really cool. I haven't heard that before but I'm thinking that could really test the Bass in my car.
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Raetsel_Lapin
10/12/18 11:27:03 AM
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Song Name:
Song Origin: Sam Hui
Song Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzk7QJtHxec" data-time="

Nominator: handsomeboy2012 (3/15)


Am I crazy enough to put this song up this high solely because they included a barking dog to illustrate how their boss barks like a mad dog?

Yes.

...though to be fair that's not actually the reason. It's pretty catchy and quite funny (the bit with the gun is even funnier than the dog), so no, it's not up here just because there was a dog; but also, yes, I am crazy enough to do so and the addition of the barking certainly didn't hurt the ranking...

[FINAL NOTES: BARK BARK BARK!]

[FINAL-ER NOTES: This song gets stuck in my head on a regular basis... not sure if it's happened more than every other song, but it's probably in the top 3.]

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Song name - Devil Trigger
Song origin - DMC5 OST - Casey Edwards f/Ali Edwards
Song link
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YV5IheNfK54" data-time="

Nominator: Murphiroth (3/15)


I don't even like Devil May Cry, but this song is just ludicrous enough that I have to love it anyway. Also, I'm going to hell for putting this above that song about surviving genocide.



[FINAL-ER NOTES: Well that was unjustifiably short for a writeup, but it's difficult to properly praise the song because while it does a lot of things I like, it's all things I've praised before.

The voices seem to have some autotune or light distortion going on; not as much as I might like, but it's something.

It's cheesy and funny, so it always makes me smile.

Saying "I don't like Devil May Cry" is accurate, but doesn't quite do it justice; I had a friend who really liked the series and DMC 3 came out at the best time in my life, so while I wasn't too fond of the game (or more accurately: "too terrible to play it", wasn't there something with Capcom raising the difficulty so that our Normal was Japanese Hard or something?), it and the series do bring back some truly amazing memories.]

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Tokoyami
10/12/18 11:53:08 AM
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handsomeboy2012
10/12/18 2:19:54 PM
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I always like how the lyrics say straight up says things like 'My boss sucks' and 'I'm really poor'. A lot of his songs are about society and especially relatable to my parents/grandparents generation.
Raetsel_Lapin
10/12/18 3:16:00 PM
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Song Name: Empty Walls
Song Origin: Serj Tankian
Song Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CxKA1uETxE" data-time="

Nominator: NFUN (5/9)



9/11 and the War on Terror, huh?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaEtveez2wo" data-time="


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Song: Guile's Theme
Origin: Street Fighter II
Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGw8DWctAts" data-time="

Nominator: Se7enthrust (1/10)

[Not related to anything, but this is a note reminding me to look for more songs by Vektroid later. YouTube suggested something from her MACINTOSH PLUS alias after Guile's Theme played and I think I need more of...whatever this is.]

It is a good song and I love the sound fonts here (I should listen to more 90s arcade game soundtracks), and I do still like Street Fighter... but it's just too common. I've heard this constantly on so many ports, remakes, rereleases, and mods of Street Fighter 2 that it's almost omnipresent. Add in the Guile's Theme meme and the multiple Guile stages I have for MUGEN and...yeah, this song is everywhere.

Don't get me wrong, it's still good, but like Radio Ga Ga before it... there's just nothing new here.

FATAL K.O.!

In Memoriam

Lowest Ranked Song: Word Crimes (194th Place)
Highest Ranked Song: Guile's Theme (57th Place)

Well, I can see some attempt to stick with things I like. 80s nostalgia, kids TV, comedy songs, fighting games, animals, classic gaming. The guesses didn't pay off and I feel you might have played it too safe, but I appreciate the attempt.



[[ZA'LIST

1.Alice Cooper

2.OSTs from games published by Ocean Software.

3.Something by The Mars Volta.

4.Some more Kindo music.

5.Vektroid]]

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Raetsel_Lapin
10/12/18 7:54:25 PM
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Running late tonight, sorry.

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Song Name: Like a Butterfly
Song Origin: Yakuza 6
Song Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOf49157pFo" data-time="

Nominator: handsomeboy2012 (2/15)


I initially dismissed this as just being a joke nomination that I didn't get, but then I looked up a translation of the lyrics and this song is...way more emotional than the goofy "Kiryu does metal-eqsue screaming over a jpop song" premise the song seemed to be going with. If the lyrics had been as stupid as I expected, the song probably would have come in dead last; now, I question if I should have it up even higher.

[FINAL NOTES: It's a coincidence, but as soon as one competitor leaves the zone due to elimination, someone else stumbles right into THE DANGER ZONE.

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Song Name: Leaving the City
Song Origin: Joanna Newsom
Song Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keke7BGzJPI" data-time="

Nominator: kateee (4/13)


This song's ranking has fluctuated so much since my first listen.

I don't like how high-pitched her voice is and whatever this genre is (folk metal is what I'm calling it) it's a step too far for me.

It's unlike anything I've ever heard, one of the best nominations this contest, I love it.

I am far too poorly educated to even remotely grasp the song, I'm not a fan.

I love it because I'll never understand it.

And so on, and so on. It's placement fluctuates wildly, almost at random. I hate everything, I love everything.

https://www.thestranger.com/music/2016/03/23/23825152/the-deeper-you-dive-the-more-there-is-to-joanna-newsoms-music

""['Leaving the City'] has the rhyme at the end of each line and the internal rhymes that follow one meter, and a secondary set of internal rhymes that sort of quietly annunciate a contrary meter that's overlaid on the first meter." She also said she "overlaid a contrary musical meter" on top of all that, and that I had to be "conscious of the sublimated contrary meter in order to trace the rhyme.""

Those are words I've heard, but...uhh...never in any combination even vaguely similar to those sentences and I have the feeling it would take years of classes from an actual teacher before I could even start to understand...anything. Like, a lot of these songs go over my head, but none so completely as this one.

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BlackDra90n
10/12/18 10:14:50 PM
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Oh man is my last song gonna hit top 50.

I didn't expect any song of mine to be this high.
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Raetsel_Lapin
10/12/18 10:21:22 PM
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Song Name: Numb
Song Origin: Witt Lowry
Song Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt7usaTX8aA" data-time="

Nominator: Snake5555555555 (2/15)


This is another song that is a bit too advanced for me, as I have no frame of reference to even start trying to understand these lyrics. He says people tell him he won't be successful because his songs are too angry, but...uhh...is that a problem in the industry? I mean, obviously, he would know, but I know nothing about the industry or what type of lyrics bring popularity.

And don't even get me started on the whole "Panda" interlude. Who the heck are we making fun of? Is there a rapper out there singing about turning people into pandas? If so, why am I not listening to them instead? Pandas > Heartfelt speeches that I am unable of comprehending.

It's not about Donald Glover/Childish Gambino, right? He has a show named Atlanta and Panda Man has some connection to Atlanta even though he's not from Atlanta, much like how pandas aren't from Atlanta. ...Yeah, I'm totally lost here.

*goes to look up information*

...Well that song wasn't an interesting as I had hoped. There aren't even any pandas in it. so now I feel cheated.

[FINAL NOTES: YOU LIED TO ME, PANDA MAN! HE LIED TO US THROUGH SONG! I HATE WHEN PEOPLE DO THAT!

PRETEND TO TALK ABOUT PANDAS, BUT IT'S ACTUALLY ABOUT CARS! BOO!



DANGER ZONE!!

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...wow, I don't have enough room to fit both writeups in one post. How rare.
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Raetsel_Lapin
10/12/18 10:23:16 PM
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Song name - Rivers in the Desert
Song origin - Persona 5 OST
Song link
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaIo82uT0qs" data-time="

Nominator: Murphiroth (2/15)


I almost got the Platinum trophy on Persona 5. I did two full playthroughs, the first on the hardest difficulty (...almost. I didn't realize Super Hard Mode was free DLC until after the second palace, I think?), but I made one stupid mistake on the second playthrough. I somehow missed one text message--which just so happened to unlock one specific mission, which would award you with one specific book.

No message=no mission=no book=impossible to get the "read all books" trophy. Requiring a third playthrough. It's my fault, but I'm still bitter.



This song got a lot of support at the most recent VGMC, but I never really got why. Last Surprise is obviously the best song in the game; Beneath the Mask is also a good choice, as it's very relaxing and I love the lyrics to it... not something I'd listen to often, but something that fills a very specific niche on my playlist, unlike every other song I listen to.

Rivers in the Desert isn't bad, but it's no Last Surprise. It has some nice lyrics, but I've just never been a fan of the chorus--the verses get me pumped up for a song about vengeance, with a bit of darkness ("I'm ready to strike him down now" isn't the most heroic line)... then as soon as she yells A RIVER IN A DRY LAND!!! I stop caring about the song entirely.

Then there's another verse and I start getting back into it again, only for the chorus to pull me out of it. The chorus is too happy and metaphorical to follow the more explicit vengeance lyrics from the verses. Still a good song, but I still don't get all the hype built up around it.

[FINAL NOTE: The fact that rivers in the desert is a biblical reference does absolutely nothing to help the song. And now things are getting really crowded in the DANGER ZONE!1!!


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Raetsel_Lapin
10/12/18 11:01:34 PM
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Raetsel_Lapin posted...
Murphiroth posted...
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Song name - Loud Twin Stars
Song origin - DOLL$BOXX
Song link
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2itu5KEvG0" data-time="

Nominator: Murphiroth (5/15)

This song reminds me that I should replay Tokyo Mirage Sessoins at some point. It would be easier if the game wasn't stuck on the Wii U. So few games I care about on that system, just getting everything hooked back up would be a bit of a pain... and since it relied on the Gamepad (err...didn't it?), I seriously doubt it's ever going to get ported anywhere. Which is too bad, since it deserved better than that.

It's unrelated, I know, but the Japanese Idol scene was integral to the plot and themes of that game, so it's not as random a connection as it seems. And I also have nothing to say about the song itself (it's good, but no specifics or other adjectives come to mind), so rambling about TMS is the best I can do. And I don't recall that game vividly enough to even do that.

[FINAL NOTES: MewTwo.]

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If I'd known it'd make you think of TMS and the idol scene I would've chosen Take My Chance instead, just because the intro leans into and parodies idol tropes super hard.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mu2z4Uf9Tgc" data-time="


Presuming I remember, I'll listen to that tomorrow and let you know what I think.


Not a bad song, though I prefer Loud Twin Stars by a fair margin. Intro was quite amusing.
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Raetsel_Lapin
10/12/18 11:23:04 PM
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Don't like dropping two more songs so close to the last two... but it's already late and I have to post them sometime.



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Doobie Brothers - What a Fool Believes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exnHAdopRxA" data-time="

Nominator: Seginustemple (1/10)


Yet another song that I knew really well before the topic went up. Like I said, I grew up with oldies stations and this song was a constant fixture on the playlists. Still gets a decent amount of play.

Actually, I never looked into the band, so they have more songs that I recognize than I expected. Listen to the Music, China Grove, Takin' It To The Streets... didn't know all four songs were actually by the same band, since I'm not terribly observant. So the song gets a bit of a pass because while I do know the song, I really didn't know it as well as I should have.

...though it also loses points because I almost always kept it on the Classic Rock station in GTA V and this song was frequently played on it, so I heard it constantly when I played that game not too long ago.



DESTROYED!

In Memoriam

Lowest Ranked Song: Conception(189th Place)
Highest Ranked Song: What a Fool Believes (52nd Place)

Your nominations covered a lot of ground, from classical music by Chopin to experimental modern music by LCC and, while that didn't translate into very high scores, I actually do appreciate the variety more than it may have appeared.

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10/12/18 11:24:33 PM
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Song Name: Canvas
Song Origin: Rezonate
Song Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0Ew3cl1gyc" data-time="

Nominator: MC_XD / DireKrow (1/3)

You see, it's just a simple symphony
Or a painting
Whatever


Sometimes a mixed metaphor can work well, like here, where the singer changes metaphors in the middle of the song and then apathetically dismisses them. Everything about this song is considerably above-average, but I don't truly love any part of it...which makes it awkward to place anywhere, but I think it winds up here.



CINEKILL!

In Memoriam

Lowest Ranked Song: Titanium(156th Place)
Highest Ranked Song: Canvas (51st Place)

I'm kinda disappointed that you only got three nominations in. Canvas & Watching stood out more than the average nomination and you made me realize Titanium isn't actually a bad song. I think with a full set of nominations, you probably would have managed to find something that would have hit the top 20.

And so, we move on to the top 50 with two fewer participants who just barely missed the cut. It's a sad coincidence, but I'm not rearranging the list just to make it less sad.

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BlackDra90n posted...
Oh man is my last song gonna hit top 50.

I didn't expect any song of mine to be this high.


Yes, yes it did.
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Anagram
10/13/18 12:20:11 AM
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I'm astonished Dagothwave is in the top 50, I nominated that one because it was the lowest bookmark in my folder of Weird Music.
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IhatethisCPU
10/13/18 12:49:40 AM
323
...I'm honestly not sure which of my songs is gonna be my best ranked one at this point. If I were to guess I'd say Room of Angel. ...But I still didn't expect the Mentos jingle to make top 50, so what do I know. ^_^'
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NBIceman
10/13/18 1:11:47 AM
324
Nice, 8 in the top 50. That's probably one of the better ratios I've ever had in a ranking topic. May as well hazard a guess at the order for fun.

Violet Hill > Tap Dancer's Dilemma > Last Ride > Graves > Point/Counterpoint > Godspeed > Astronomy > Thunder Road

Let's see how far off I end up being.
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NFUN
10/13/18 1:22:03 AM
325
I have like a few left, but with the KING gone, what's the point?
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Se7enthrust
10/13/18 2:17:55 AM
326
Aw damn. I am out of nominations. *kicks can down the street
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kateee
10/13/18 2:49:10 AM
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Raetsel_Lapin posted...
Song Name: How Simple
Song Origin: Hop Along
Song Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOZx5T1zDf0" data-time="

Nominator: mcflubbin (13/15)

holy shit i love this
Raetsel_Lapin
10/13/18 10:36:55 AM
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kateee posted...
Raetsel_Lapin posted...
Song Name: How Simple
Song Origin: Hop Along
Song Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOZx5T1zDf0" data-time="

Nominator: mcflubbin (13/15)

holy shit i love this


Yeah, I've been regretting that one's placement since it got permanently stuck in my head after trying to remember Dinner. Not sure how high up I wish I'd put it, but probably somewhere in the top hundred.
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10/13/18 11:14:06 AM
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Song Name: Real World
Song Origin: Matchbox Twenty
Song Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwJazZIWNgg" data-time="

Nominator: Dragon66116 (4/15)


An anthropomorphic arctic fox wearing a black cloak like a third-rate Organization XIII cosplayer paces around aimlessly, swishing her tail and twitching her ears.

"Oh, how many years has it been since I took this form? It's always bunnies, ponies, and wolves these days. Not that I often get a chance to use any forms, you know how normals are. You make one reference to your tail, they're just going to freak out. Even most of the furry community start looking at you weird when you can't be bothered to stay with one specific fursona for any length of time. And don't get me started on otherkin and therians..."

Since she hasn't even looked in your direction, you have the distinct impression that she isn't even talking at you anymore, having retreated to a dream world within a dream world in which you probably don't even exist.

"Not that I'm saying I've ever associated with such groups, of course. As for what we're actually here for:

I never knew this band started in the 90s. Since I hadn't really heard any of their songs until a couple years ago, I kinda thought their hits were all...ya know, recent. Which is stupid, of course a song wasn't created at the time I heard it, but I never really thought about it.

I'm sure I've heard this song a few times, but probably not all that many. Unwell & 3 A.M. get a good amount of play on the radio (well, mostly just 3 A.M. these days, now that I think about it), but I can't recall the last time I actually heard this one. It's familiar enough that I definitely have heard it, just, very hard to associate it with a time or place.

As someone who spends as little of her time in reality as possible, I'm obviously drawn to most of the lyrics. Sadly, it kinda deteriorates into a generic love song towards the end with its repeated "please don't change" refrain. It never gets annoying, but it does pull me out of my dream sequence and holds the song back from greatness; I'm here for fantasies and camels in bowling alleys, not generic messages about how your generic love interest is the only thing in your life that works, blah blah blah. I know that's the entire point of the song, but I already have plenty of generic songs with similarly generic messages."

[FINAL NOTES: I didn't intend to start the top 50 with a write-up in which I went full furry, but I guess that's appropriate for me.]

[FINAL-ER NOTES: I was going to flip to a different account for this post since it felt odd being a fox in my bunny identity, but... eh, I prefer staying with this account, regardless of what I'm being that day. Not like I insisted Se7en invite my secret wolf account to Games N Things so I could be a wolf over there.]

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49:

Song Name: Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Song Origin: Against Me!
Song Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFgFGgjNQ4E" data-time="

Nominator: kateee (3/13)

[REDACTED]

[FINAL NOTES: I spent several hours typing something up here, chaotically bouncing between serious topics and nonsense more irreverent than that one write-up, but have elected to delete the entire thing. The nonsense had no place around this sort of song and the serious parts were more than I wanted to discuss here.

...which I suppose is almost exactly the same write-up that other song got, so I have to try to say at least a little something.

The short answer: I support everyone's right to be whatever makes them happy and I don't feel right trying to critique a song that is so important to the creator and to the transgender community. Song wasn't created for me and I have no place in the discussion.

Truthfully, it reminds me a bit of a story about the recording of Elton John's "Someone Saved My Life Tonight":

"...A recollection from producer Gus Dudgeon. During the recording of the song's lead vocal, Dudgeon said he was pushing John for more in terms of his delivery of the vocal, not paying attention to the lyric. According to Gambaccini, guitarist Davey Johnstone leaned over and told Dudgeon, "You know he's singing about killing himself." Dudgeon was apparently mortified by the revelation and relented."

There's this sense that even though he was a music producer and critiquing Elton John's work was literally part of his job, the song was so emotional and significant to John that you just couldn't comment on it. And that's how I feel towards this song--due to its nature and the subjects it's dealing with, I don't have any place in the conversation, nor should I.]

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10/13/18 2:14:22 PM
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Two more surprisingly short write-ups.



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Song Name: Godspeed
Song Origin: The Contortionist
Song Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcpJejOv5WU" data-time="

Nominator: NBIceman (8/15)


It's much prettier than I would have expected for a metal song (is this even considered metal? I know they're a metal band--or some subgenre of metal anyway--, but this seems mostly too tame), but it feels like it's missing something... dunno what though.

[FINAL NOTES: A very nice song, even though it doesn't inspire any specific commentary.]

[FINAL-ER NOTES: Just listened to it again and I still don't have anything to say about it. It's great, obviously, but I find nothing further I want to say about it.]

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47:

Song Name: Big Empty
Song Origin: Stone Temple Pilots
Song Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqyposaQWnI" data-time="

Nominator: Dragon66116 (3/15)


I really should hate this. Too many drug references from someone who killed themselves with drugs... like, I doubt this song was super fun to listen to while he was alive, but now?

But... he does have a great voice and I find myself enjoying the song, in spite of...everything.

[FINAL NOTES: Song is still much better than it has any right to be.]

[FINAL-ER NOTES:

Too much walking shoes worn thin
Too much trippin' and my soul's worn thin


Legitimately one of the best lines of any song in this contest.]

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10/13/18 4:27:19 PM
332
Bit early, but I'm about to get something to eat, so I'm just going to get this update out of the way while I'm still at the computer:





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Song Name: Thunder Road
Song Origin: Bruce Springsteen
Song Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jte9PzIu9T4" data-time="

Nominator: NBIceman (7/15)


I've heard this a few times, but not as often as you would expect. While the radio plays quite a few Spingsteen songs on a regular basis--Dancing in the Dark being the most common, followed by Glory Days, with a scattershot of Pink Cadillac, Born in the USA, Hungry Heart, and Born to Run playing at random times--I'm not sure I've ever heard this one play on any station.

Rather, this is a song I actively sought out on my own, briefly. I had a short-lived obsession with Streets of Philadelphia, a song so great that it proved to be an exception to my general reluctance to listen to songs with exceptionally heavy subject matter, and tried listening to some of his other hits. I quickly decided I just wasn't ever going to be a Springsteen fan outside of that one specific song and moved on.

Listening to it again now, I've apparently developed a greater appreciation for the song than I had years ago. I'm unsure what changed, but now I kinda get it. I like how the song ditches the traditional verse-chorus-verse-chorus structure, which helps it stand out. Also enjoy the way the song gradually builds, very nice.

[FINAL-ER NOTES: I think this is a bit too low, would probably move it up...three spaces, I think?]

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Raetsel_Lapin
10/13/18 4:28:51 PM
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Song name - Knight of Sword
Song origin - Unlucky Morpheus
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiQdl2toBtg" data-time="

Nominator: Murphiroth (1/15)


I can't find any lyrics to this song, but it seems pretty great.

DRAMATIC FINISH!

In Memoriam

Lowest Ranked Song: Soul of Cinder (195th Place)
Highest Ranked Song: Knight of Sword (45th Place)


There wasn't too much variation with your nominations, mostly alternating between current VGMs and Metal Songs, but there were some interesting things there. Nekrogoblin is something I definitely would have never found on my own; having to actually think about BFG Division forced me to realize its high points instead of dismissing it outright as I wanted to on my first listen; and Lives was certainly interesting on multiple levels.

[FINAL-ER NOTES: Hey, I found a video with a translation of the lyrics immediately when I tried to Google it now. Like, first thing that came up. It's nice to have some idea of the lyrics, but I don't think it would have helped the placement any--there's nothing wrong with them, but they don't make me regret the placement any.]

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NBIceman
10/13/18 6:26:53 PM
334
The Contortionist is definitely a metal band - prog metal, to be exact. Clairvoyant is by far their least heavy album, though, and it leans towards the "post-rock" end of the spectrum as much as anything. The album is more than the sum of its parts if you ask me, but since you're not a full album person I don't know that you'd actually get a whole lot more out of it.

Cool to see a mention for Streets of Philadelphia. That's such an underrated Springsteen offering. And as far as Thunder Road goes, I've come to appreciate it in large part because it's one of two or three songs I can think of that really capture the whole rock 'n' roll "spirit." The Born to Run album kind of has that feel to me overall, actually. I'm kind of surprised you don't hear it on the radio at all, because it seems to come on all the time for me.
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Raetsel_Lapin
10/13/18 8:55:23 PM
335
NBIceman posted...
The album is more than the sum of its parts if you ask me, but since you're not a full album person I don't know that you'd actually get a whole lot more out of it.


Well, I mean, it's possible. It usually only happens with concept albums, but there's a few non-concept albums that I enjoy listening to as a whole... Leonard Cohen's "You Want It Darker"...

...well, maybe just that one, actually. Kate Bush's "The Sensual World" & Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" are things I listen to on a regular basis, but I've never bothered trying to analyze them as a whole--they're just albums filled with songs I like.





Huh, with that response, I don't actually have enough room to get the next write-up into this post. Neat.
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Raetsel_Lapin
10/13/18 8:56:39 PM
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Song Name: The Rising Sun (Orchestral Version)
Song Origin: Dillon Spears
Song Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VQIO9i4Vkw" data-time="

Nominator: IhatethisCPU (6/15)


And so we come to the second and last wrestling related nomination. A bold choice; between my hatred of current WWE & general dislike of orchestral music, this could have easily fallen into last place. Luckily, this is actually a good song and I have no complaints about Nakamura himself, so this gets a much higher ranking than I had anticipated.

I want to like WWE, but I just can't these days. I've been burned too many times:

I supported Zack Ryder from day one of his YouTube series, marking out whenever he was on screen for even a second. I knew he could never be the top star of the company, but he was funny and popular and surely could have worked in the midcard scene... but they decided to bury him and his show to punish the fans for cheering for him.

I loved The Miz and marked out so hard when he got to main event Wrestlemania...only for him to be an irrelevant afterthought. He somehow managed to main event the biggest show of the year -and- defeat the top star of the company -and- still get trashed in the process, as the only focus was on Cena and The Rock. Because it doesn't matter how awesome you are, you'll never be as good as washed up novelty acts from the Attitude Era. ((To be fair, Miz has fared much better than Ryder. He's still on TV, he has that Miz and Mrs. show, and what not. And I do try to pay attention when he's on screen, but that Wrestlemania still stings.))

I used to love Ziggler, but after that Survivor Series crap, I can't bring myself to care. For one brief shining moment, I thought his years of service to the company had paid off. He fought through all the dumbest gimmicks possible, putting on the best matches of the night, day in and day out, and finally was going to hit the big time. He survived a 3-on-1, saved the company from The Authority, and things were going amazing... only for him to drop off the face of the planet because LOL ONLY STING & TRIPLE H MATTER. Like Miz, it doesn't matter what you do, you will never compare to broken old men that can't wrestle anymore.

And then there's Reigns... always Reigns... over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over, AND OVER, AND OVER, AND OVER AGAIN.

HATE.

...HATE>

.......HATE




NXT is good, I try to keep up with it (mostly in hopes of seeing Kairi Sane). Nakamura is good? I've never been blown away by him, but I've never regretted watching him perform. I'd probably care more about him if I had any reason to suspect having the support of fans meant anything on the main roster.

Song is quite good, I'd say I even like it better than the original version of his theme.


[FINAL NOTES: I still need to start watching Chikara at some point, but no one can ever agree on which season is best for a total newcomer to jump into...]

[FINAL-ER NOTES: Speaking of old men from the Attitude Era that can't wrestle, DX has reformed since I wrote that! Uggghhh... I want to cancel my subscription because of how horrible that is. But I also want to support NXT, so I guess I'll remain part of the problem and stick with the company anyway.]

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Raetsel_Lapin
10/13/18 8:58:17 PM
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Song Name: Last Ride of the Day
Song Origin: Nightwish
Song Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuYT1goZPOI" data-time="

Nominator: NBICeman (6/15)


Good song, loses points for repeating its chorus three times in a row at the end. Definitely want to hear more from this band and the symphonic metal genre in general, but this song isn't in the absolute top tier of songs on this list.

On the plus side, it's time update ZA'LIST!


[[ZA'LIST

1.Alice Cooper

2.OSTs from games published by Ocean Software.

3.Something by The Mars Volta.

4.Some more Kindo music.

5.Vektroid

6.One or two more songs by Nightwish]]


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Mega Mana
10/13/18 10:17:26 PM
338
Wow, missed quite a bit! I'll do some listening later on, but just skimming and skipping around at the moment, jotting thoughts when I have them.

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Oh, wow... I really like what you did with quote choices and the ninja bunny. I should go back and listen to the bill and Ted you linked, and not upset you in your fantasy world by clicking the second quote.

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Aww, poor Katie. That's fine. I'm not a big fan of the genre myself, but I know her and love her and hoped to give her song more views. I enjoy the song and the Pickings soundtrack quite a bit. Excited not to be bottom 10%! (Poor Word Crimes, though it's definitely more interesting and fun than good music)

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Ooooooooh, ooooooooh, yessss. I'm so so sad Snake's rankings dont cover 60s because Motown funk gonna give it to ya. I know I've got to find, some kind of peace of mind

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Wait, what? I didn't nominate friends for eternity honesty loyalty stick together through thick or thin?!?! Well played, se7en. Well played. *prepares to summon a biker gang with a sister who is dating one of your band members to attack you because you took my spot in the club. Also, cocaine ninjas.*

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Classical music over Joey. It must be tearin' up your heart! Also, agree. Joey's awesome, yet I still prefer Timberlake for bringing sexy back on to Omeletteville.

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Speaking of 80s tv themes and nostalgia...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZUFbEpSOCw" data-time="


Highly recommend this show. I wrote it off in the first season, but hearing this randomly attached to the beginning of a third season episode got me to try it again, and holy crap, what a fantastic show. Especially the second season.

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My sister listened to Regina Spektor to an annoying level in high school. I've since come around to enjoy a good chunk of them. Joanna Newsom too.

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Aw, almost made top 100 with my toonami nommi. I'm also super nostalgic for those, and it was the thing that probably hit me hardest for the one night only April Fool's Toonami. I dont remember the other two or three they did quite as well (Robots?).

That, and this bumper:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRRlZOWcwUc" data-time="


Top 100 to be saved for later. Including my remaining three, at the time, I only know 12 of the top 100 songs. Looking forward to it!
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Murphiroth
10/13/18 11:29:41 PM
339
Well now that I'm out I can point out that Light Bringer, DOLL$BOXX, and Unlucky Morpheus all have the same lead singer.

And in regard to an earlier conversation regarding Touhou, Unlucky Morpheus actually has a bunch of Touhou covers!
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NBIceman
10/13/18 11:42:23 PM
340
Oof. The 40s are not being kind to me.
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Raetsel_Lapin
10/14/18 12:18:44 AM
341
Quick responses:

I've never heard of The Leftovers... not usually into dramas, but I may look into that when I get a chance.

I love DBZ, but I can't really be nostalgic for it, as like Viva la Vida it's never gone anywhere. I've still got seasons of Super to watch as the last episode I caught was the first tournament for the Super Dragon Balls that introduced Hit, I could pop in FighterZ if I want a current game, and I still occasionally replay Tenkaichi 3 when I need to do something stupid like kill everyone as Babidi.

Embarrassing to admit, but I didn't realize the same singer did all of those songs. It wouldn't have impacted anything, for better or worse.





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Song Name: Futile Devices
Song Origin: Sufjan Stevens
Song Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaKXCrogzfk" data-time="

Nominator: mcflubbin (7/15)


After clicking one of YouTube's suggested videos (always a risky move), I am unsure if I should thank you or curse you for not nominating "The predatory wasp of the Palisades is out to get us!" instead. My feelings about the song, the debate about the song, and my feelings about the debate are all incredibly complex. I suspect that song would have scored incredibly highly, though I don't think I would have been prepared to actually say anything about the song.

Comparatively, Futile Devices is significantly less intense and emotionally draining. That is not to dismiss the song; it really is quite great. It's also amusing how quick people are to assign any type of meaning they wish to it; beyond the typical arguments over if the song is straight or gay, there's the comedy option about it being from the perspective of a dog (which I don't believe, but I appreciate the attempt), and at least one person suspects robots.

...no matter how many times I listen to this song, I cannot hear anything about robots.

[FINAL NOTES: While this is my first time hearing Sufjan Stevens music, I remember reading about him in a Cracked article. His Illinoise album originally had Superman on the cover, but for legal reasons, they covered him up with a sticker of balloons, before being removed completely.

Amusingly, you can find all three versions of the cover on YouTube by searching for the predatory wasp song. The most viewed video uses the Superman artwork, the official upload uses the balloons, and the lyric video has a clear skyline.]

[FINAL-ER NOTES: I hadn't added him to ZA'LIST at the time this was written, but I'm going to go back and edit him into the final version of it. I do want to give at least two more songs a chance and feel I ranked this one a bit too low... not sure how high up I wish I'd placed it, but higher than this at any rate.]

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Raetsel_Lapin
10/14/18 12:19:31 AM
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Song Name: New Man Theme
Song Origin: Mr. Lif
Song Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgFHonyHGdA" data-time="

Nominator: Dragon66116 (2/15)


Well, this is another good introduction to the genre like I was looking for. I was surprised to find out that this song was part of a concept album and that there are four songs before it; I'd dismissed it as being fairly simple and possibly autobiographical, but looking at Wikipedia's article on the album, I seem to be selling this song short.

And while I'd like to listen to the entire album (preferably with access to the liner notes that I'm told help explain things), that's a bit beyond the scope of this topic. After it's over, remind me that I need to go back and listen to that album.

[NOTE TO SELF: Make a list of all the follow up songs & albums you planned on listening to "some day" because if you don't have a list, you'll never remember what they are.]

[FINAL NOTES: First, the good news--something else is added to ZA'LIST!

[[ZA'LIST

1.Alice Cooper

2.OSTs from games published by Ocean Software.

3.Something by The Mars Volta.

4.Some more Kindo music.

5.Vektroid.

6.One or two more songs by Nightwish

7.The album "New Man Theme" came from.]]

And the bad news....the DEATH OMEN STAR has fallen over Dragon.

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Yes, now that we've entered the top 50, the Danger Zone has been replaced by Fist of the North Star references for no apparent reason.]


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NFUN
10/14/18 1:31:05 AM
343
nom:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpl4rol6nZ0" data-time="

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Mega Mana
10/14/18 2:06:44 AM
344
Recommend:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V06DISKajss" data-time="


Dragonball Z Abridged is everything amazing ever.

And holy ****ing ****... The first episodes were TEN YEARS AGO
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Raetsel_Lapin
10/14/18 10:38:57 AM
345
NFUN posted...
nom:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpl4rol6nZ0" data-time="


I'll try listening to that later tonight.





Mega Mana posted...
Recommend:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V06DISKajss" data-time="


Dragonball Z Abridged is everything amazing ever.

And holy ****ing ****... The first episodes were TEN YEARS AGO


I recall seeing some of the first season back when it was new... it was funny and I've been saying I'd catch up eventually, but I hadn't realized it had been that long. </.<

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Song Name: Hellfire (Metal Cover)
Song Origin: Jonathon Young (Original by Tony Jay)
Song Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di1XUB0YIzw" data-time="

Nominator: IhatethisCPU (5/15)


There are so few villain songs on this list that I kinda have to take whatever I can. In fact, this song basically doesn't have competition, which guarantees it a decent spot by default.

That's not to say this isn't a good song, but I prefer the original. With the more modern instruments and music, Young just doesn't feel like an evil priest anymore. He's still a good singer, the lyrics are still great, I'm still excited to hear any villain songs... but he took a song I know by heart and made it slightly worse. I feel like I should have eliminated this song back around Viva la Vida & The Haunting...

...but it's still good, I've never heard this version before, and the options for villain songs are so incredibly slim, it winds up here.

[FINAL NOTES: I am a bit surprised this ranked 45 spaces higher than the song that I said drew direct comparisons to this one.]

[FINAL-ER NOTES: Yeah, I think I'd go back and drop this back at around Viva la Vida at around 151st place and move everything else up. It's still good, but so were a lot of things that have been cut a long time ago. Thankfully we're well beyond the point that I could do so, so it's high ranking stands.]

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Raetsel_Lapin
10/14/18 10:41:20 AM
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Song Name: Servants of the Scourge
Song Origin: Terraria Calamity Mod
Song Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dt30jWRMjLk" data-time="

Nominator: NFUN (3/9)


DM DOKURO may be the closest thing to a modern Tim Follin. They're not exactly the same, obviously, but the joy I feel listening to this song is comparable to the joy of any random Tim Follin song.

Interestingly enough, while I love Tim Follin for his work on computer systems with highly synthesized and digital sounds, he apparently hated them. He decried the very idea of computer music as being "silly", wanted the entire genre to die out, and prefers orchestral music for being "more human".

...Eesh, never read anything about your heroes, am I right? </.<



I think I want to hear more of DM DOKURO's work, at some point.

[FINAL NOTES: Nothing in this topic broke my heart quite like that Wikipedia article about Tim Follin. For one of my favorite artists to turn his back not just on all of his own works, but on the very concept of the genre existing at all? That stung.]

[[ZA'LIST

1.Alice Cooper

2.OSTs from games published by Ocean Software.

3.Something by The Mars Volta.

4.Some more Kindo music.

5.Vektroid.

6.One or two more songs by Nightwish

7.The album "New Man Theme" came from.

8.DM DOKURO.]]



[FINAL-ER NOTES: And don't even get me started on praising orchestral music for being more human. As if I needed more reasons to be biased against that type music!]

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Mr Lasastryke
10/14/18 10:46:34 AM
347
Raetsel_Lapin posted...
He decried the very idea of computer music as being "silly", wanted the entire genre to die out, and prefers orchestral music for being "more human".


reminds me of frank zappa talking in his autobiography about music critics disliking his album jazz from hell because it "wasn't human." he released london symphony orchestra vol. ii especially for them, because it's filled with "human" errors.
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Raetsel_Lapin
10/14/18 11:09:40 AM
348
Mr Lasastryke posted...
music critics disliking his album jazz from hell because it "wasn't human."


I literally cannot think of a better selling point for an album than that. I'm skeptical that I'd be a fan, but I'm pretty sure I'm obligated to listen to that whole album now. Adding it to the final version of ZA'LIST.
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Mr Lasastryke
10/14/18 11:50:45 AM
349
nice. it's a great album.

it does contain one track played by human musicians (st. etienne) but the rest is computer music.

according to frank, in the movie video from hell, he only included st. etienne (a guitar solo) because there had been "a number of requests to include some kind of guitar stuff on the album."
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Raetsel_Lapin
10/14/18 2:25:16 PM
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Song Name: A Tap Dancer's Dilemma
Song Origin: Diablo Swing Orchestra
Song Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osTu38yuuHo" data-time="

Nominator: NBIceman (5/15)


Swing metal? Well that's about as different as it comes, yes. And I do love bands with fictional backstories. It doesn't have robots, but it does have rebellion against a corrupt church, so I really want to give them bonus points for the story...

...but the songs above this are just so good that I can't bring myself to move this song even one rank further, regardless of how much I want to celebrate their backstory. '

*checks*

"Avant-Garde Metal", huh? Now that sounds like a genre with a lot of potential... though I'll have to wait to try to do any further research on that topic.

...also this song reminds me of Cuphead, but while I did not care for the Cuphead song that got into VGMC, I actually do like this. Since I haven't actually played Cuphead, I can't waste time speaking about the game even if I wanted to, but.... well but nothing, that train of thought was never going to go anywhere, kupo.

[[ZA'LIST

1.Alice Cooper

2.OSTs from games published by Ocean Software.

3.Something by The Mars Volta.

4.Some more Kindo music.

5.Vektroid.

6.One or two more songs by Nightwish

7.The album "New Man Theme" came from.

8.DM DOKURO.

9.Something else described as "Avant-Garde Metal".]]

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