Saturday, May 5, 2007

"That Summer Song With The Huge Guitar Hook" (1999?)

Is anyone working on a search engine that identifies a scrap of melody? Let's say with a piano-like interface where you tap in a melody, it plays back to confirm you entered it right, and then it searches a database? I would use a site like that constantly. For years I've been trying to find a song that was all over the radio in the summer of 1999 or maybe 2000. I think it was a one-hit wonder, a pop-rock band with a guy singer, and the hook went more or less like this:

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--8--10-8------------------8--10-8----------------
-----------10-7--7------------------10-7--7-------
--------------------10----------------------------
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Catchy as viral meningitis, as I recall. I might want to pick up their album, if I knew who they were...

6 comments:

Aaron said...
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Aaron said...

Doesn't ring a bell, but if you gave us some idea of the chords, and at least five or six words of the lyric, we might be in a better position to help you.

By the way, have you been following the Prestige Records Rudy Van Gelder reissues of late? I only ask because our tastes in jazz are pretty close. This series (which started about a year ago) involves piles and piles of fifties sessions, all selling dirt cheap (at Sam the Record Man in Toronto, they go for 2 for $15 Canadian). Sometimes the sound quality is less than ideal (the tapes are falling apart), but at this price they're excellent value. There have been a half-dozen Coltrane records, including a few middling ones that you haven't reviewed (_Traneing In_, _Kenny Burrell &_, _Mating Call_) - and at least as many Davis sessions as well. I would say your top priority is probably at least the first of the three essential Sonny Rollins discs (_Saxophone Colossus_ , _Tenor Madness_ [with Trane], and _Plus Four_) if you haven't got it yet. And let's not forget Oliver Nelson's SCREAMIN' THE BLUES - not the Jay Hawkins LP - that to me is a total revelation, and features Eric Dolphy. (A couple of Dolphy LPs are also part of the series - _Outward Bound_ and _Out There_.)

I'm still digesting the Booker Ervin one released last Tuesday, but on first listen it was engaging. And, of course, there's the MJQ's _Django_, which was part of the initial series, and is a classic, although it may be a little kitschy to some ears.

I think I've mentioned all the ones I've bought so far - I haven't tried any of the others yet. But it's worth looking into.

Aaron said...

So what are the changes for that hook? It sounds like G-F-C to me, but if it's minor, I don't have a clue, and in either case the second half sounds unresolved.

David B. Wilson said...

That's the thing: if I knew any of the words, I could Google up the title and artist with no problem. But you can't Google up a riff.

G-F-C does sound about right for the chords.

I wasn't aware of the Prestige reissues: I'll look out for them.

Rahsaan said...

Have you tried this?

http://www.midomi.com/

J said...

I've given up on buying new music some time ago. I'm tired of the bullshit and crap that record companies, and MTV and Co. dish out.
and I cant be bothered with indie stuff.

Now I spend my time with videogames and watching Jon Stewart.

*sigh