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2013-09-11 02:43:11 AM
Well, he WAS sued for that song, so it was just a bad trip all around, really.
 
2013-09-11 03:33:17 AM
But...he was the best Beatle.
 
2013-09-11 03:54:33 AM
This room is just eight feet wide.
 
2013-09-11 03:55:33 AM
Could have been worse

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/probably banned by one of the Geneva Accords.
 
2013-09-11 04:06:32 AM
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This machine kills communists
 
2013-09-11 04:10:14 AM
Feh, so was pre-Load Metallica. Doesn't mean I listen to them any less.
 
2013-09-11 04:14:58 AM

Orion5k: Feh, so was pre-Load Metallica. Doesn't mean I listen to them any less.


And then I was going to talk about Guantanamo, but I woke up early. Woo!

If Pinochet used Metallica for his own deeds, then he was ahead of the curve.
 
2013-09-11 04:21:07 AM

Snapper Carr: Could have been worse

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/probably banned by one of the Geneva Accords.


I was going to go with "Frog Chorus", but I see we are thinking along the same lines.
 
2013-09-11 05:08:35 AM

Orion5k: Feh, so was pre-Load Metallica. Doesn't mean I listen to them any less.


Blood & Semen for the win.

/stopped at the orchestra shiat.
//still loved burton era
 
2013-09-11 07:28:25 AM

JerkyMeat: Well, he WAS sued for that song, so it was just a bad trip all around, really.


Was going to ask if the Chiffons sued because they used a similar torture technique.
 
2013-09-11 08:12:33 AM
Some in his cabinet raised objections to using the former Beatle's music, but Pinochet had got his mind set on it.
 
2013-09-11 08:44:17 AM
I for one am absolutely gleeful to find out that "Morning Has Broken" by Cat Stevens was used as a torture device by the notorious Pinochet. They have taken to singing that insipid melody at my church on Sunday mornings. I can't wait to tell both the uppity pastor and even more uppity music director that they are torturing the congregation by playing it. Actually looking forward to going to church for once, imagine that.
 
2013-09-11 09:11:19 AM
No Panama?
 
2013-09-11 09:22:12 AM

PizzaJedi81: But...he was the best Beatle.


Wait....George Harrison was in another group before the Travelling Wilburys?
 
2013-09-11 09:53:45 AM
 
2013-09-11 10:11:47 AM
Never understood why George blew his wad on a triple album right out of the gate. I would have spaced them out over a few years and gotten some more mileage out of the solo career.
 
2013-09-11 10:14:40 AM

TimSTP: Never understood why George blew his wad on a triple album right out of the gate. I would have spaced them out over a few years and gotten some more mileage out of the solo career.


When you've been as creatively suppressed as he was, well...
 
2013-09-11 10:15:34 AM

varmitydog: I for one am absolutely gleeful to find out that "Morning Has Broken" by Cat Stevens was used as a torture device by the notorious Pinochet. They have taken to singing that insipid melody at my church on Sunday mornings. I can't wait to tell both the uppity pastor and even more uppity music director that they are torturing the congregation by playing it. Actually looking forward to going to church for once, imagine that.


I'm not sure which is worse - that, or one of those sonorous Protestant hymns with five (count 'em) long, farkin' verses plus chorus.
 
2013-09-11 10:20:43 AM

varmitydog: I for one am absolutely gleeful to find out that "Morning Has Broken" by Cat Stevens was used as a torture device by the notorious Pinochet. They have taken to singing that insipid melody at my church on Sunday mornings. I can't wait to tell both the uppity pastor and even more uppity music director that they are torturing the congregation by playing it. Actually looking forward to going to church for once, imagine that.


Yes, it's an insipid song, but Cat Stevens is not to blame for it.
 
2013-09-11 10:40:13 AM
I don't understand the amusing tag on this. When music is turned up high enough to cause physical damage it doesn't really matter what the selection is. It sounds sick to me, hardly amusing.
 
2013-09-11 11:18:03 AM
I found it far more telling that they used Julio Iglesias songs (probably his whole catalog) and Alone Again by Gilbert O' Sullivan. Those played at any volume is a torture far beyond anything ever even imagined during the inquisition.
 
2013-09-11 11:39:29 AM

OtherLittleGuy: JerkyMeat: Well, he WAS sued for that song, so it was just a bad trip all around, really.

Was going to ask if the Chiffons sued because they used a similar torture technique.


The answer is yes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYiEesMbe2I

I can't believe there are some Beatles fans who claim George didn't rip off He's So Fine. It's the same damn song, almost note for note.
 
2013-09-11 11:51:53 AM
What's worse? This is worst. You can't even imagine how godawful this might be.

/sorry for the gatekeeper question thingy. I hate it, too. but the article is worth it.

//hint - L Ron Hubbard sings the hits
 
2013-09-11 11:55:22 AM
Unsafe at any volume.
 
2013-09-11 12:09:58 PM
puckrock2000 ; Yes, it's an insipid song, but Cat Stevens is not to blame for it.

I never knew that, and appreciate the info. One learns something new everyday. Unfortunately, we do not have Rick Wakeman on the keyboards. We have Mrs Williams, a dear old soul who can make jingle bells sound like a funeral dirge.

SoupJohnB: I'm not sure which is worse - that, or one of those sonorous Protestant hymns with five (count 'em) long, farkin' verses plus chorus.

The five versers are decidedly worse. Our guy slips them in every once in a while and they are really terrible; half the choir is elderly and by the time they get to the end of the song some of them look like they are about to stroke out. When the music guy first started he tried to do most songs with five verses but one day we got in a visiting priest from the cathedral who went to restart the mass at the end of the third verse and gave a WTF? look when they started verse #4. When they launched into verse #5 he got noticeably annoyed and waved his arm in a "cut it" motion--which the music director ignored since he had his back to the altar and was directing the choir. After that things were quite different and the long songs mostly stopped. Thank God.
 
2013-09-11 12:28:37 PM
Who's George Harrison?
 
2013-09-11 12:31:53 PM

stuffy: Who's George Harrison?


5th Beatle
 
2013-09-11 12:44:28 PM
OHNOTHIMAGAIN
 
2013-09-11 12:50:17 PM
There are a number of songs by The Beatles I can still listen to and enjoy, but there is very little of their solo material that I can endure. When the group was together, there was a certain level of quality control because there was only so much room on an album side. When they all went solo, they were free to be as self indulgent as they cared to be, and the results were not always good. There are a number of individual songs in their solo works that are decent but they are outweighed by the crummy ones by a pretty significant margin.
 
2013-09-11 12:55:11 PM
The same thing happend to me with Ludwig Van

-- Alex
 
2013-09-11 01:22:50 PM

velvet_fog: OtherLittleGuy: JerkyMeat: Well, he WAS sued for that song, so it was just a bad trip all around, really.

Was going to ask if the Chiffons sued because they used a similar torture technique.

The answer is yes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYiEesMbe2I

I can't believe there are some Beatles fans who claim George didn't rip off He's So Fine. It's the same damn song, almost note for note.


Someone came in to teach us about proper crediting of citations in reports, and told us an abridged story of George Harrison and how he used 8 bars and was sued for plagiarism, so we better note every since attribution.

/yeah, more than 8
//"Citation Needed" back then
 
2013-09-11 01:32:15 PM

Snapper Carr: Could have been worse

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/probably banned by one of the Geneva Accords.


This.
 
2013-09-11 02:51:13 PM

DreamSnipers: I don't understand the amusing tag on this. When music is turned up high enough to cause physical damage it doesn't really matter what the selection is. It sounds sick to me, hardly amusing.


This. Before reading TFA I figured they used some of his "Avant Garde a clue" stuff, which can be torture in itself. But played repetitively at high volume any piece of music becomes unbearable.
 
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