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Old 09-20-2012, 12:38 AM  
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Name That Tune (Really Difficult One)

Greetings music lovers. It's FAX.

Listen, I am experiencing a serious predicament and if there's one thing I hate, it's a ding dang serious predicament. I much prefer the far less stressful postdicament which allows you some time to reflect on how you escaped.

In this case, though, I really need some assistance. Here's the deal ...

Last night I was in a grocery store and there was a song playing on the speaker system somewhere near the bananas and already-hunked-up watermelon in plastic boxes. I had never heard the song before, nor since, which is not unusual since I don't listen to the radio much. Sadly, the tune is stuck in my head and I've googled until I'm blue in the face as well as the ass and I can tell you right now, a blue ass is nothing to joke about.

The problem I'm having is that I couldn't hear the lyrics or the hook or anything, but I'm hopeful that you guys can help me because the song was very unusual and I'm guessing was probably released in the last 5 years or so due to the production techniques used. Also, it must have been somewhat popular or it wouldn't be included in the market's muzak rotation. Here's what I gleaned from the banana area speaker system ...

1. The song is kind of a drone deal utilizing maybe 2 or 3 chords total.
2. The vocal is male, predominant, and the singer has a very high tenor range.
3. I think I heard some saxophone. Maybe playing in a chorus type deal.
4. As I mentioned, only a couple of chords are used and they stay on the same chord for the entire verse except for a chord change at the very end ... this is the unusual part.
5. I don't recall hearing any percussion, although there may have been some. If so, it was not dominant at all. It's a dramatic, semi-slow tune. Love songish.
6. The singer's accent could have been British, but it could also be one of those Americans who try to sound British because it's cool. The "R"s were pronounced "Ah"s.
7. I reckon that the version I heard was probably 4 or 5 minutes long.
8. The meter is slow. Dramatic.
9. From what I could ascertain, there might have been strings in the background.
10. As I mentioned, I couldn't hear the lyrics, but the verse/vocal went "da da da daaaaa ... dada dada dada da daaaaa" ... like that. Assuming the thing was in D Major, the primary melody was "G F# D E ..... DD EE DD G A". The main theme was that first part ... the "G F# D E". It sounded like the lyrics in the verses repeated themselves over and over again. The word, "heart" may have been used several times.

Again, the main thing that is unique is the fact that the high tenor vocal works over a single chord for a long, long time. Then, at the end of the verse there's a minor change for a 4 or 8 count or so then it returns back to the tonic or root chord once again. Very unique. Not normal.

I know this isn't much to go on, but if you could help a brother out, I sure would appreciate it. I once had Dean Martin's "That's Amore" (the moon pie song) stuck in my head for about a month and a half and I've never been the same after that. I don't think I could withstand another similar episode.

There's rep and casino cash (assuming I have any - I don't really know) in it for the angelic being who can help me out on this deal.

Many thanks in advance.

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Old 09-20-2012, 01:12 PM   #61
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Wow. Do guys receive Planetbucks for creating 0 post threads or something? That seems like a lot. Considering I've lost billions at that poker game deal trying to hit a royal flush, I'm a little surprised. As for the song, no ... it is not called "$14057783 In Casino Cash" although that might make a darn good hook.

I've been busy, so I'm just checking in this afternoon. That song is still plaguing me awful so I hope one of you guys figured it out. I know my clues were bad, but that's all I have to go on. Nevertheless, thanks for the help one and all.

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Old 09-20-2012, 01:34 PM   #62
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If it were a Killers song, this would be my guess:

Nope. Thanks, Mr. NewChief, but that's not it. Typical chord changes, percussion, etc.

I'm sure this song has received some airplay ... otherwise it wouldn't be on that muzak CD. Maybe I could call a radio station and see if they know what I'm talking about ... or perhaps the manager at the market will let me look at the CD in the hope that it will include a song list. If there isn't, maybe there's a name or number of the compiler and I could find out from them.

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Old 09-20-2012, 01:41 PM   #63
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Also, it must have been somewhat popular or it wouldn't be included in the market's muzak rotation.
there you go.

return to the store and corner one of those can-stackers. find out from them wth they're playing. and while you're there, find out where the **** they keep the chili bricks...i can't find them anywhere.
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Old 09-20-2012, 01:46 PM   #64
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Good luck with this. I had a similar thread in 2008 and the song was stuck in my head (on and off) for THREE YEARS until by chance I heard it again and was able to retain enough of the lyrics to find it online. Of course, you're much more capable of describing music than I am, and also people generally seem to be making an actual effort to help you, whereas most people were just assholes to me:

http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?p=4891719

Turned out to be Dreaming of You by The Coral:

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Old 09-20-2012, 01:47 PM   #65
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Here's another possibility. Something from Alt-J.

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Old 09-20-2012, 01:49 PM   #66
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Being British, Mumford and Sons would also be a possibility, though I'd assume you'd recognize a song from them, as they're pretty damned popular.
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Old 09-20-2012, 01:49 PM   #67
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Try The Gaslight Anthem, the lead singer has a sort of The Killers vibe in some of their stuff.
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Old 09-20-2012, 02:28 PM   #68
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it's not this crappy Interpol song is it Fax? It better not be but it fits some of your clues; shitty british accent, 3 chords, the use of the word "heart"

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Camptown Races?
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Old 09-20-2012, 04:26 PM   #72
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there you go.

return to the store and corner one of those can-stackers. find out from them wth they're playing. and while you're there, find out where the **** they keep the chili bricks...i can't find them anywhere.
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Will do. In fact, if I can't find a chili brick, I'll make you one, Mr. seclark.

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Old 09-20-2012, 04:36 PM   #73
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Good luck with this. I had a similar thread in 2008 and the song was stuck in my head (on and off) for THREE YEARS until by chance I heard it again and was able to retain enough of the lyrics to find it online. Of course, you're much more capable of describing music than I am, and also people generally seem to be making an actual effort to help you, whereas most people were just assholes to me:

http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?p=4891719

Turned out to be Dreaming of You by The Coral:

Well, we know for sure we aren't looking for the same song, Mr. Thig Lyfe. Still, I am certainly pleased that you found yours.

As for people being nice on here, we have to remember that the human race is, essentially, evil. And, of course, the most evil of all humans post right here on ChiefsPlanet. And I must tell you, they certainly haven't always been helpful or nice to me.

Why, I remember when I was a mere N00b (sp?), I was demeaned, insulted, and chastised for taking up space in the universe. Mr. Phobia was the worst and Mr. Rain Man was no better.

Eventually, I realized that no one on this board was ever going to be nice to me. So, rather than continue to suffer their abuse, I decided to post the most inane, vacuous, mindless, and asinine things I could think of. Then, over time, I came to be accepted as one of them. Now they only post things like "Camptown Races" when I'm suffering a serious emotional breakdown and in legitimate need of assistance.

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Old 09-20-2012, 04:39 PM   #74
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Here's another possibility. Something from Alt-J.

That, my friend, is the closest yet.

You know, the more I think on it, the more I think that song was something that a truly alternative band would do. I mean, it was so unique in terms of the structure.

I figured that, on account of the fact that it only had one chord throughout most of the piece, that would be sufficient for you guys to nail it. I only wish I had more clues to offer.

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Old 09-20-2012, 04:42 PM   #75
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Being British, Mumford and Sons would also be a possibility, though I'd assume you'd recognize a song from them, as they're pretty damned popular.
Mumford and Sons is more of a folk group, I think.

This tune was far from that. More in the old Genesis or Yes genre, yet more pop-oriented in terms of production style.

This is killing me.

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