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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 09-21-2012, 09:07 AM   #121
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Another shot, mostly check and see if this sounds like the singer. I've heard some Modest Mouse in the grocery stores around here lately.

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Old 09-21-2012, 09:49 AM   #122
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Another shot, mostly check and see if this sounds like the singer. I've heard some Modest Mouse in the grocery stores around here lately.

This is the first song that popped into my head after reading what FAX was looking for. It will stay in your head for days and the ba ba ba ba ba ba bahaha kind of fits his description.
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:06 AM   #123
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How about this radiohead song:
Not even talking about FAX's conundrum [sorry, Witty Mr. FAX], but that reminded me of the cover of Blower's Daughter on Covert Affairs a couple weeks back. It's the same group that covered Creep for The Social Network.



I heard the first couple of chords and started jumping around the room shouting 'Get OFF My Heartstrings!!!! Get This Dust Out of My Eyes!!!'
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:13 AM   #124
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Another shot, mostly check and see if this sounds like the singer. I've heard some Modest Mouse in the grocery stores around here lately.

Multiple chords.
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:59 AM   #125
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Oops.

Didn't think you'd see that.

Hey. How did you see that so quickly?

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Old 09-21-2012, 11:09 AM   #126
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Multiple chords.
Yeah, there are other inconsistencies, too. Like I said, I mainly just wanted him to listen to the signer.
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Old 09-21-2012, 11:14 AM   #127
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Multiple chords.
I don't even know what that means. I'm not going to be much help.
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Old 09-21-2012, 11:25 AM   #128
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Old 09-21-2012, 11:52 PM   #129
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Okay ... I have to get some work done.

Thanks, Mr. acesn8s and everyone else for all your efforts to assist on this deal. Sorry my clues suck. I really am. But, eventually, we'll get this figured out. I can't wait for you guys to hear this tune ... you'll probably find it abhorrent.

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Old 09-21-2012, 11:55 PM   #130
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Old 09-21-2012, 11:58 PM   #131
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Go back to the store and ask if their music is programmed. If it is ask if you can see their playlist. A lot of retail places used programmed music.
Yep. That's the plan, Mr. Chiefshrink. I'm holding the store manager hostage until those guys cross my palm with a CD and liner notes.

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Old 09-22-2012, 12:01 AM   #132
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Old 09-22-2012, 12:05 AM   #133
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Nice song, Mr. Joe Seahawk. Not it, but really nice. I like it.

It's funny, I get kind of nervous-like every time I've clicked on one of these youtube deals in the hope that it's the one.

This one is close in terms of the simplicity of the chord structure, but not it. The guy's voice is damn close, too. The one I'm looking for is more ... symphonic, I guess ... this is more like a garage jam. Plus, it's faster in tempo and the drums are more dominant.

EDIT: Oh! There's another one ... hold on ... nope. Too up-tempo with harmonies (mine didn't have harmonies, I don't think). Plus, it has percussion up front. Thanks for helping, though. Seriously.

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Old 09-22-2012, 12:38 AM   #135
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Is that one of those rickroll deals, Mr. SimplyRed. If so, I ain't clicking on that, man.

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