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Why is U2 so popular?

Imagine you’re a middle-aged, upper-middle class male.You live in a large metropolitan area. You have a good job. Your wife does Pilates.  Your oldest just started Kindergarten. Yes, you’re an adult but you’re still cool! Your jeans cost $125. Sometimes you wear sneakers with a blazer!

...

On the way, you listen to the “early stuff”. Joshua Tree pumps through the speakers of your Lexus SUV (no judgement - you have two kids!). The harmonies soothe. The lyrics are straightforward. You recall a simpler time before car seats and prostate exams. The nostalgia is so thick you have to wipe it from your face. You haven’t looked at your phone in nearly 11 minutes.

...

And the kicker: not one but TWO encores, the ones you know best – the ones you first heard that summer you painted houses or kissed Katie at the beach party. You’re closing your eyes now. This is sad and sweet. You put your arm around your wife. You’re wondering if Katie ever got married. A third of the crowd departs after the first encore.  It’s no big deal – some of us have work in the morning!  Anyway, the traffic will be better if everyone doesn't leave at once.

http://www.quora.com/Why-is-U2-so-popular/answer/Daniel-Rosenthal

(Disclaimer: I looooove U2. I am totally the target of this, and I own it!)
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What was I thinking deciding to build a poll this big?
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No, this isn't a post about being stuck in a job I don't like or anything.

And no, this isn't a sex post. Ew!

Actually I'm finally ripping all my CDs into iTunes. Wooo! And they're being automatically labelled and classified by whatever wonderful Internet database it is that Apple uses. But it's a bit odd sometimes. Genres are assigned by album it seems, rather than by song. So while "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette qualifies as Rock on the original album, it's Pop when it's included on "Oh What A Feeling!" (a four-disc 'isn't Canadian music awesome' compilation that we all mock but we all secretly love too even if it does include "Tears Are Not Enough"). I thought this was a blip, but Kim Mitchell's "Patio Lanterns" has the same problem. The Alanis track is actually bleeped on the compilation, but "Patio Lanterns" is the original. Hmmm. Oh, and Rush too.

Other oddities:
  • Ashley MacIsaac, who lives in the same building as some friends of ours, is classified as "World". Maybe that's true when you're somewhere else in the world, but not from where I'm sitting. (The dining room.)
  • There's a genre called "Alternative & Punk" which includes both Pansy Division and one Sarah McLachlan album. !!!
  • Moxy Fruvous has six albums in my collection. Each album is assigned a different genre. Says my helpful husband: "I would say it's time for a LiveJournal poll, but probably nobody else knows what the hell Moxy Fruvous is." I suspect about 30% of you do. I went with Folk, which is wrong but at least now it's consistent.
  • Sarah McLachlan actually ranges from Rock to Pop to Alternative. Hardly.
  • Sting singing "It's Probably Me" with Pavarotti suddenly becomes "Classical".
I'm approaching half way and I have 14 genres, 154 albums, and 323 artists. Damn compilations ruining the curve.

How do you organize your music?
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Find out in six minutes! I scored 77.8%, but on my laptop's tinny (and tiny) speakers, this may not be a true number. Still, it was better than I expected.
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My friend Joel ([livejournal.com profile] iambic_cub) is a master of the perfect generalization:

Folk music has always been around. That's because Hippies have always been around, and Folk Music = Hippies. Canada needs to crack down on pot. Otherwise all the hippies are going to move to Canada, and because of Canadian content regulations, we'll be stuck listening to Folk music. The Juno awards will be nothing more than 20 different subcategories of Folk music. As a result, Canadians will somehow discover a way to care even less about the Junos.
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I just thought up a silly website idea, but I can't figure out how it could make me any money.

Six Choruses of Separation, just like Six Degress of Kevin Bacon, is all about connections. My site (which needs a snappier name) would connect movies based on songs contained within them.

Like this: Lost in Translation --> "More Than This", Roxy Music --> 200 Cigarettes

Well, it amuses me anyway.

Really Gay

Jan. 25th, 2007 08:38 am
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Courtesy of Ernie*: What do all these artists have in common?

  • Elton John (listed twice)
  • kd lang
  • Scissor Sisters
  • The Indigo Girls
  • Pet Shop Boys
  • Rufus Wainwright

...obviously the answer is they're popular, well-adjusted (well maybe not Elton), and OK for your kids to listen to. Well, maybe not these people's kids. But whatever.

What I wonder about is these artists who appear on the same list:
  • The Doors
  • Metallica
  • John Mayer (probably due to this blog post)
  • Barry Manilow
  • Eminmen (a Freudian slip if I ever read one)
  • Nirvana
  • The Killers
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Panic! at the Disco

* Ernie's blog appears on LJ at [profile] lilyellowdiffer.
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More details on Microsoft's Zune, meant to be an iPod competitor:
The software maker said Thursday that its portable Zune media player, scheduled to be available around the holiday season, will include wireless technology to let people share some of their favourite songs, playlists or pictures with other Zune users who are close by.

Those users can listen to the songs three times over three days before deciding whether to purchase it themselves.
Three times over three days. Seriously? I know at least three people (one being me) who, when they get a new song, listen to it over and over and over again. I don't know if three times would make me buy the song (probably not) or hate the Zune (probably).


[Poll #821404]
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http://www.exn.ca/dailyplanet/

Scroll down to "Blue man acoustics"

Note the helpful behaviour of the Blue Man Group during the physicist's conversations.
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Curse you, [profile] thrasymachus! Nick Lachey is in my head for good!

(I found the passengerz remix. wheeee!)

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