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2012-07-11 09:26:28 AM
Well, now that's in my head for the rest of the day.
 
2012-07-11 10:25:24 AM
Her name is puker, she fell into the door again.
 
2012-07-11 10:30:08 AM

ThatGuyGreg: Well, now that's in my head for the rest of the day.


i thought this was her real 'ear worm' song
 
2012-07-11 10:31:26 AM
CSB time:

Ms Vega did an "in-store" signing at the Sam Goody's I managed a billion years ago in the early 90's. She did a solo version of "In Liverpool" that had almost every jaded music store employee openly weeping. It was incredibly beautiful. She was nicer than about 90% of the "stars" we had doing in-stores in those days.
 
2012-07-11 10:36:16 AM

strangeguitar: CSB time:


I met her at about the time that "Luka" was released but she was still relatively unknown. I was surprised mostly at her speaking voice - it's pretty low, she sings in something like a falsetto. She was touring on her own, carrying her own bags, and I offered to help. She was very nice about it and thanked me kindly. I remember thinking that she was serenely pretty.

/CSB
 
2012-07-11 10:39:24 AM
I got some stuff signed by her at a book signing and saw her do a show in Copley Plaza. Very nice person. I was fascinated by her song on the "Pretty In Pink" soundtrack and have been a fan ever since. I find her voice to be very soothing.

Radio overplayed "Luka", that's where the haters come in.
 
2012-07-11 10:48:44 AM
"My name is John. I live on the first floor. I beat up Luka..."
 
2012-07-11 10:52:44 AM
Oh my god the moon is full tonight! I can feel myself shrinking. I can feel myself getting left-handed. I can feel myself getting the urge to build an igloo. I can feel my skin turning white and my eyes getting red. I can feel - I can feel the urge to buy a Suzanne Vega album!
 
2012-07-11 10:57:22 AM
I love Suzanne Vega, have since "Luka" and especially since "99.9F". She's definitely on the Get Out of Jail Free list, my wife has accepted this fact.
 
2012-07-11 10:59:40 AM
Haha, don't you love that very 80s sounding synth patch? LOL.
 
2012-07-11 11:03:32 AM
She's written some incredible songs. It's really too bad that her lesser works, such as Luka and Tom's Diner got all the radio play. Some of her better stuff:

Marlene on the Wall
Pornographer's Dream
The Queen and the Soldier
 
2012-07-11 11:14:11 AM

Teufelaffe: She's written some incredible songs. It's really too bad that her lesser works, such as Luka and Tom's Diner got all the radio play. Some of her better stuff:

Pornographer's Dream


That's been on my daily office iTunes rotation since forever - as has my favorite song about a lesbian pick-up:

Stockings
 
2012-07-11 11:15:38 AM
Her singing voice has a very nice haunting melodic quality to it, I think I would enjoy her singing me the phone book,
 
2012-07-11 11:18:24 AM
I've seen her live in a small theatre, a very entertaining show by a very talented performer.
 
2012-07-11 11:18:58 AM

Teufelaffe: She's written some incredible songs. It's really too bad that her lesser works, such as Luka and Tom's Diner got all the radio play. Some of her better stuff:

Marlene on the Wall
Pornographer's Dream
The Queen and the Soldier


Thankfully, someone else knows "The Queen and the Soldier".
 
2012-07-11 11:21:19 AM
If ever there was a song that made you WANT to beat kids, that was it.
 
2012-07-11 11:22:38 AM
I've always liked her 99.9 album (and it's the only one I've heard). Which of her others are good? Not looking to buy 400 albums. Just 1 or 2.
 
2012-07-11 11:29:24 AM
No love for Solitude Standing? Been a fan for years, since her first album.
 
2012-07-11 11:34:34 AM

kroonermanblack: I've always liked her 99.9 album (and it's the only one I've heard). Which of her others are good? Not looking to buy 400 albums. Just 1 or 2.


Her first, self-titled, album is a knock out, imo.
 
2012-07-11 11:38:06 AM
Good song. No hate here.
 
2012-07-11 11:39:45 AM

kroonermanblack: I've always liked her 99.9 album (and it's the only one I've heard). Which of her others are good? Not looking to buy 400 albums. Just 1 or 2.


If you liked "99.9F", then "Nine Objects of Desire" is in similar vein. That was when she was hanging with Mitchell Froom and Soul Coughing. Her earlier stuff is more 80s female singer/songwriter, so if you don't like that, they're not for you. Her later stuff is more mature, but not as funky as 99.9F and NOOD.
 
2012-07-11 11:43:09 AM

Flash_NYC: Teufelaffe: She's written some incredible songs. It's really too bad that her lesser works, such as Luka and Tom's Diner got all the radio play. Some of her better stuff:

Marlene on the Wall
Pornographer's Dream
The Queen and the Soldier

Thankfully, someone else knows "The Queen and the Soldier".


I met quite a few Suzanne Vega fans in the SCA back in the day, and every damn one of 'em liked "The Queen and the Soldier" best.

Small Blue Thing
 
2012-07-11 11:46:16 AM

Madison_Smiled: Small Blue Thing


Good choice. Another fave:

Knight Moves.
 
2012-07-11 11:51:40 AM
I really liked her song "99 Luft Balloons".
 
2012-07-11 11:52:13 AM

Madison_Smiled: I met quite a few Suzanne Vega fans in the SCA back in the day, and every damn one of 'em liked "The Queen and the Soldier" best.


Heh, the first time I heard that song was when a friend of mine who was in the SCA played it for me.
 
2012-07-11 11:56:05 AM

Kurmudgeon: I really liked her song "99 Luft Balloons".


No, no, that was Nina Simone. You're thinking of "Flashdance: What a Feeling".
 
2012-07-11 11:56:54 AM
Coveted her work since the first cassette.

/that's right
//cassette, biatches
///queen and the soldier, oh yes
 
2012-07-11 11:56:58 AM
I also admit, I have a serious weakness for Blood Makes Noise
 
2012-07-11 11:57:15 AM
I've seen her a few times. She's great. I really love her tune "Solitaire".

Solitaire
 
2012-07-11 11:59:43 AM
When Heroes Go Down:

Link
 
2012-07-11 01:39:05 PM
I just cannot stand this song and have no idea why I clicked on the link. There's nothing really bad about it...maybe it's because when it came out radio stations would play 5 songs then Luka, 5 songs then Luka, repeat for days.
 
2012-07-11 01:45:34 PM
I absolutely loved her debut. Listened to it for hours straight on a flight from NOLA to LA, on cassette while drinking beer I brought on in my carry on. Met Donavan on that flight. He was a complete asshole, self impressed tool (and by that point a has been).
 
2012-07-11 02:52:46 PM
It's a long HSDA, so lemme just say: I like "Left of Center," but if you find yourself at her concert and she clears off all musicians but the bassist for that song, run for the restrooms or the vendors.
 
2012-07-11 03:18:24 PM
wow.. almost forgot this song.. this and Pat Benatars "Hell is for Children" I feel were the 2 biggest songs about child abuse that have ever written, but prefer Pat over Ms Vega any day.. not saying I would ever turn my back on Suzanne..
 
2012-07-11 03:32:41 PM

Kazahmish: not saying I would ever turn my back on Suzanne..


Why, what are you afraid she'll do to you?
 
2012-07-11 03:59:11 PM

strangeguitar: CSB time:

Ms Vega did an "in-store" signing at the Sam Goody's I managed a billion years ago in the early 90's. She did a solo version of "In Liverpool" that had almost every jaded music store employee openly weeping. It was incredibly beautiful. She was nicer than about 90% of the "stars" we had doing in-stores in those days.


Nice live version here. Couldn't find solo performance, but she's playing the acoustic.

And she's pretty slammin' for a 59 yr old. 0.o
 
2012-07-11 04:09:45 PM

OldManDownDRoad: strangeguitar: CSB time:

I met her at about the time that "Luka" was released but she was still relatively unknown. I was surprised mostly at her speaking voice - it's pretty low, she sings in something like a falsetto. She was touring on her own, carrying her own bags, and I offered to help. She was very nice about it and thanked me kindly. I remember thinking that she was serenely pretty.

/CSB


relatively unknown?!?!?!?!?!?!

Luka was a hit from her second album. Her first album went platinum. She was widely popular before the second album was released.
 
2012-07-11 04:28:50 PM
One of my favorite bands "The Lemonheads" performing their version of Luka. Great song either way.

Lemonheads Luka
 
2012-07-11 05:40:12 PM
I remember eons ago when she was on Howard Stern and she was a complete and total professional despite Stern's antics and those of his callers. I seem to remember some guy who called in about how his band recorded a sequel to "Luka" involving Luka going insane as an adult and murdering people with a claw hammer or something like that. She was unfazed; you could tell she was a class act just over the radio.
 
2012-07-11 05:47:13 PM
My parents had 2 cds of her when I was growing up, one featured "tom's diner", the other one was called "days of open hand".

I only really liked/listened to Tom's Diner, but that was 20 years ago. I should go re-listen
 
2012-07-11 05:53:57 PM

Third_Uncle_Eno: I only really liked/listened to Tom's Diner, but that was 20 years ago. I should go re-listen


Fun trivia for you. One of the tracks on "Days of Open Hand" is a collaboration with Phillip Glass.
 
2012-07-11 05:55:38 PM
my name is Luka
I puked on the second floor
I live upstairs from you
Hope it didn't seep through the floor
But if you feel something late at night
Kinda squishy kind of ripe
Just don't ask me what it was...
 
2012-07-11 08:32:01 PM

Ral_Partha: One of my favorite bands "The Lemonheads" performing their version of Luka. Great song either way.

Lemonheads Luka



My wife has a framed towel that Evan Dando threw to her during one of his concerts. It is the only reason I have heard of this band.
 
2012-07-11 08:35:27 PM
Wait, ... why was i thinking Suzanne Vega was the hot lead singer of The Bangles?
 
2012-07-11 08:51:57 PM
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Yeah, 'cos they look soooooo much alike.

//massive eyeroll
 
2012-07-11 10:32:49 PM

theorellior: No, no, that was Nina Simone. You're thinking of "Flashdance: What a Feeling".


Thanks, I always confuse the two. I'm a huge Bjork fan.
 
2012-07-12 12:04:42 AM

John Buck 41: Yeah, 'cos they look soooooo much alike.



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2012-07-12 12:52:15 AM
www.esotericarticles.com

Approves.
 
2012-07-12 02:02:55 AM

Teufelaffe: Kazahmish: not saying I would ever turn my back on Suzanne..

Why, what are you afraid she'll do to you?


lol.. nice one.. well played.
 
2012-07-12 06:10:21 AM
 
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