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Static_Martyr
09-04-2009, 08:17 PM
Do you ever find new musical interests where you don't really expect them? A lot of times when I'm watching a TV show and I hear the soundtrack, I don't think of it....but then along comes a crowning moment of awesome, or a scene where something UBER CLIMACTIC happens, and a song plays that really sticks in my mind. I get the soundtrack (usually just for that one song), and I end up liking the whole thing with almost no exceptions.

Every now and then I find a show (or video game, in recent years) that I love that also turns out to have an awesome soundtrack that I can listen to completely on its own merits....but I'm saddened by how rare this is. It's only happened to me a few times recently. Which leads me to wonder: BBS people, what other kinds of "weird" or "unusual" places have you stumbled upon music that you like, but wouldn't normally listen to? Like....maybe a movie that has a good classical song that you like, even though you don't like classical music....or a game that uses a kickass metal song that really resonates with you, but you normally can't stand metal. I can't believe I'm the only person this happens to, but I never really seem to hear people talk about it.

Example: about a week ago, I finished watching this Japanese show called Fate/Stay Night (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/FateStayNight) on recommendation from a friend, and although I REALLY liked the show itself on its own merits (I was thinking more like "stereotypical anime cartoon cliche," and it turned out to be more "tear-jerking romance novel that guys can say they just watch for the action scenes so they don't have to be honest with their girlfriends about why they watched it"), it had an absolutely entrancing soundtrack that completely blew me away. I am not exaggerating when I say that I have never felt more depressed than I did while I was listening to some of the songs on this soundtrack; they capture the mood of certain scenes so well that it just augments an otherwise stellar musical number into God-Tier Awesomeness. Some examples:

La Sola = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkgjc9HdTZ0

^This one's in Italian, and it plays during some of the gravest, most serious moments in the entire show....and in the final episode, it's put together with a visual montage that, to me, is nothing less than a piece of fucking art. I cried. I cried like a little bitch and I'm not scared to admit it :( It's both soothing and absolutely heart-wrenching at the same time, and I think I'll be able to die happily if I can ever --- even just once --- write a song that captures the depths of human pathos as well as this song does.

Night of Fate = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQGCuUxWnRw

^This one has this mysterious, kinda crystalline (for lack of a better word) quality that I just love. They originally use just the first 30 seconds or so of it on the "Next episode" preview segments, but around the halfway point they start using it in the main show, and it takes on a whole different significance. It also has aspects of old Western music (it makes me think of a "showdown at high noon" kind of setting once the violins and drums come in, for some reason), which gives it this really unique --- dare I say "ethnic?" --- feel.

Emiya (Kenji Kawai Version) = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xig98aL6M3c

^One word: Techno. I normally don't care much for this genre, although I have been trying to find a way to break into it for a good little while....this song did it for me. When I think of Techno and what I would like to hear in a Techno song, this song immediately comes to mind. It probably helps that this plays only during the most gushingly awesome moments in the entire series :D

Clamor of Heaven and Earth = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDl_WkHIaIA

A fully-orchestrated piece, complete with harmonic choir and crazy epicness. It plays later on in the series, during the more important fighting scenes, and it sets the mood in a way that few songs I've ever heard are capable. It's the exact kind of music that I hear in my head but can't compose because I lack a 70-piece orchestra....in short, I fucking LOVE it~

Kirameku Namida Wa Hoshi Ni (Shining Tears That Become Stars) = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2w1h0VxnAw

It's J-Pop, I know....and I normally don't care for that sort of thing, but this song has this eerie, melancholy melody that I just can't get my head around. It's charming in a weird sort of way that I absolutely love.

Another example of a weird place I found out about a song I liked....I was skimming Youtube for this song, "Manthem," by the Bouncing Souls (one of the songs they played live when we saw them on Warped), and I found this song "Anthem" by this...ah, singer, Miku Hatsune. Out of sheer boredom I clicked it, listened, followed the related videos around until I found this song, and now it's on my favorites list on my MP3 player; it's REALLY fucking poppy and catchy, but at the same time the subject matter just connects with me for some reason (the English lyrics are in the sidebar):

The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zbNykVQUUg

BTW, the reason I consider these "weird sources" is because, for me, they ARE weird; keep in mind, I traditionally listen to stuff like Offspring, Green Day, Sum 41, Ramones, Bad Religion, NOFX, Less Than Jake, Alkaline Trio, etc. etc., mostly pop, punk, pop-punk, hardcore, ska and that sort of thing. So I'm not used to stuff that's orchestrated or techno-oriented, and it's always a pleasure to find out that there's this whole extra dimension of music (that I've basically ignored until now) that I can get into :)

Another one; this is the theme song from the Japanese TV show, "Neon Genesis: Evangelion":

The Cruel Angel's Thesis = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgATlhZFAfs

This song is absolutely brilliant to me. I don't know why --- it's basically just dance-pop --- but the lyrics are pretty cool, and nostalgia helps as well (I first heard it when I was 13, and it was the song that got me started learning Japanese). I get it stuck in my head all the time....and on top of all that, it has the absolute most bad-fucking-ass name for a theme song that I've ever heard. Sounds like a metal jam or something.

(And yes, before you ask, you are allowed to make fun of me for liking "gay anime music," it's cool and I take it in good humor~)

EDIT: And oh, yes, for extra hilarity points, I'm told that this anime that I love so much (and whose soundtrack is so godlike to me) is actually based on a PC game, only released in Japan for the PC, that was --- get this --- an "eroge," also known as a porno video game. A quick surf on Wikipedia tells me that they re-released it later in several other "cleaned-up" incarnations once things got more popular (the show, for example, has no pornographic content)....but I still think it's a bit ironic. Who said porn doesn't lead to great things? XD

Skulldexter11
09-05-2009, 06:44 AM
OMG, normally I like rock and metal music but I love anime trance. Ive been listerning to it for about 3 months now and I love it.

My Illusion:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmbAav_xFig&feature=sub

Future:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVrK7vSVgzY&feature=channel_page

Ive got loads more but CBA linking them.

BTW, what anime you watch? Because Ive only been watching it for about a few months aswell and I truly love it! ^^

dexter12296566
09-05-2009, 06:45 AM
I normally listen to punk but I now listen to a little bit of country/folk and Michael Jackson. I have really shocked myself.

holland25
09-05-2009, 06:54 AM
Miley Cyrus
Demi Lovato
Hayden Panettiere
Mindless Self Indulgence
Nine Inch Nails
Natalia Oreiro
The Cardigans
The Kelly Family

Yes, I suck.

ad8
09-05-2009, 07:20 AM
Sometimes I'm surprisingly amazed by country / folk music. Also, sometimes there are songs from the charts that I like even though I don't really dig the recent pop music.

Vera
09-05-2009, 10:21 AM
Kids in Glass Houses

Heard a cover of "A Town Called Malice" on a podcast done by the band McFly (yuck), searched for it on youtube, couldn't find it, went to Wikipedia to search for it further, ran into the fact that Kids in Glass Houses also covered it, looked them up on youtube, then myspace -> began liking them.

Alison
09-05-2009, 01:10 PM
I like a bit of electronica or some drill and bass..

metalmania
09-05-2009, 01:22 PM
symphonic black-death,viking,gothic,folk,thrash metal and ethnic musics

dexter12296566
09-05-2009, 06:44 PM
Miley Cyrus
Demi Lovato
Hayden Panettiere
Mindless Self Indulgence
Nine Inch Nails
Natalia Oreiro
The Cardigans
The Kelly Family

Yes, I suck.

No you don't
I love the Cardigans, especially Lovefool. That song reminds me of when I was a little kid.

m.offspring.r
09-06-2009, 03:57 AM
you like, but Holland25 dont LOOL

Harleyquiiinn
09-06-2009, 04:04 AM
Yes, it happened to me about a year ago ! I needed something to boost me one morning so I wanted to listen to one precise song... so I downloaded a home made compilation on Mininova with old and recent stuff from that band... I only wanted to listen to that song but WMP, on shuffle, put some other songs and I started to like it...

In the end, I downloaded all the albums and now I'm a fan...

that was the Offspring. :o

holland25
09-06-2009, 04:56 AM
you like, but Holland25 dont LOOL

I do, and that's what disturbs me the most.

Static_Martyr
09-06-2009, 02:49 PM
BTW, what anime you watch? Because Ive only been watching it for about a few months aswell and I truly love it! ^^

Well traditionally, I don't watch a whole lot of anime --- I'm not really a fan of the genre as a whole. Although there are some good ones that stand out to me. I currently own the following box-sets on DVD:

-Star Ocean EX
-Neon Genesis: Evangelion
-Fate/Stay Night
-Lucky Star
-The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (just vol. 1, I checked it out on recommendation)

I think there's one or two more, but I can't remember at the moment.....

In any case, at the risk of sounding like a Japanophile, I really like how other countries' TV shows tend to take their theme music and soundtracks so much more seriously than American shows do....a lot of American show themes are just kind of simple instrumental bits, or title-chanting (Pokemon, anyone?). In Japan especially, there are strong ties between rising artists/indie musicians and the anime industry; a lot of people get their big break working for anime companies, doing theme songs and soundtracks and whatnot.

Don't get me wrong....there are some pretty terrible anime soundtracks and theme songs out there....I just wish we paid more attention to music as a part of the aesthetic in American pop-culture. Here, it always seems that music is either a stand-alone thing or just thrown-together background music. I mean, when was the last time you saw an NBC or FOX show with a soundtrack that absolutely blew your mind?


I normally listen to punk but I now listen to a little bit of country/folk and Michael Jackson. I have really shocked myself.

I, too, found myself dabbling a bit in the Jackson, mostly during that funeral media frenzy....not because I cared, particularly, but because they were playing his music all over the place and you couldn't help but hear a catchy tune or two (I must have listened to "Beat It" 100 times that first week....); also, it doesn't help that my friend Allen is a hardcore Jackson fan....


Sometimes I'm surprisingly amazed by country / folk music. Also, sometimes there are songs from the charts that I like even though I don't really dig the recent pop music.

Well, the *concept* behind traditional country music isn't actually that bad --- a lot of people point to Johnny Cash or Hank Williams/Hank Williams Jr. to show the difference between "Pop Country" (which is what you mostly hear on the radio --- it's mostly just soft-rock with violins and redneck accents) and straight-up folk/country.....although I'm not particularly genre-savvy here. I grew up with a background in country/gospel, but somehow I managed to escape without much knowledge of either genre 0.0

In any case, if you like punk but you also like country (even if only in theory), you maybe could look into this band from Missouri called The Bottle Rockets. They're one of my big-time personal influences :) Here are a couple of favorites:

Gotta Get Up = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCeUeADMF9g
Welfare Music = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4cymsN6qvw
Kerosene = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbT1C448EYo
Radar Gun = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UChXDgW0a4A


I like a bit of electronica or some drill and bass..

What is "drill and bass?" I'm curious....


Heard a cover of "A Town Called Malice" on a podcast done by the band McFly (yuck), searched for it on youtube, couldn't find it, went to Wikipedia to search for it further, ran into the fact that Kids in Glass Houses also covered it, looked them up on youtube, then myspace -> began liking them.

That reminds me of how I found this cover of "Surrender" by Cheap Trick, performed by Less Than Jake....I saw LTJ live at Warped in Atlanta in July, and I liked these two songs they performed that I didn't know the name of....by SHEER CHANCE, Free? posted the link to one of them (Does The Lion City Still Roar?) in our band topic just a few days later; and after that Allen said something about a song called "Look What Happened," and I youtube'd it and it turned out that it was the other song :D I heard there were two recorded versions of LWH, though, so I was skimming Amazon, trying to find out which two albums had that song on them, and I noticed that the last track on Anthem was called "Surrender." I thought, "No way," but I listened to the 15-second clip and it was the same damn song. Needless to say I bought that album on the spot :D


Yes, it happened to me about a year ago ! I needed something to boost me one morning so I wanted to listen to one precise song... so I downloaded a home made compilation on Mininova with old and recent stuff from that band... I only wanted to listen to that song but WMP, on shuffle, put some other songs and I started to like it...

In the end, I downloaded all the albums and now I'm a fan...

Reminds me of my Ramones days....there was a time where the Ramones were literally ALL I would listen to. I eventually got ahold of the Ramones Tribute Album (We're A Happy Family - A Tribute To Ramones), and it had Green Day's cover of Outsider, Offspring's cover of I Wanna Be Sedated, and Rancid's cover of Sheena Is A Punk Rocker. And that was how I discovered my three favorite bands (well, they USED to be my favorite three...now I have too many to count).

Did anyone else here get into like 8 bands through Rock Against Bush? I think I discovered probably half of my favorite punk/pop bands through that comp --- Anti-Flag, Less Than Jake (sorta), Alkaline Trio, Bad Religion, NOFX, Sum 41, Descendents, Foo Fighters, Bouncing Souls (sorta), and some others.

Smash_Returns
09-06-2009, 06:33 PM
Miley Cyrus
Demi Lovato
Hayden Panettiere
Mindless Self Indulgence
Nine Inch Nails
Natalia Oreiro
The Cardigans
The Kelly Family

Yes, I suck.

NIN is amazing.

Anyways, this happened to me with the bands Neu! and Funkadelic

Free?
09-07-2009, 05:18 PM
I'm too lazy (and my memory isn't good enough) to remember all the musical things that happened to me during last 11 years, but there were hundreds of bands/styles that I learned to appreciate while I wasn't expecting to like em. Now I'm much more cautious about stating something stupid like "I hate pop".
Latest surprises were Fatso Jetson and Frank Turner; by the way I've discovered tons of stuff I dig thanks to these boards.

RageAndLov
09-08-2009, 10:14 AM
Cool that you like Miku Hatsune Static_Martyr. She has some cool songs.
Like this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbbA9BhCTko
And her best song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cHsNnDfmDs

Static_Martyr
09-10-2009, 05:05 AM
Yah, Ievan (or is it "levan?") Polka kicks ass :D I've been skimming youtube for "her" stuff recently:

White Letter = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmvOuyeqoLw

^That one is just SO INSANELY catchy....I didn't actually like it at first because it was SO catchy, but eventually it just kinda grew on me....

Music Box = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMCjKBpe9rY

^That one is really melancholy; the mood just fits somehow.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMenThq2HAI

^I don't entirely know what this one's called (it has a different title in every video I've seen...), but it's absolutely adorable (and catchy)~

Olivia_Jones
09-10-2009, 07:32 AM
I'm kinda ashamed to admit, but I like Lady Gaga.:rolleyes:
she's pretty cool,because she's different.and her music is so up-beat and hm...happy.:D

apelia
09-11-2009, 10:54 AM
I'm kinda ashamed to admit, but I like Lady Gaga.:rolleyes:
she's pretty cool,because she's different.and her music is so up-beat and hm...happy.:D

she annoys the hell out of me..can't stand seeing her doing her "dance moves"
and i don't like how after i hear one of her songs can't get it out of my head for hours..:rolleyes:

dff_punk
09-11-2009, 11:12 AM
Papa - paparazzi! :D The chorus melody is kinda catchy, I guess. Pokerface is overplayed as shit in this very moment. And I do not care about her appearance and possible penis underneath.

Blackleave
09-11-2009, 12:37 PM
my brother has a habbit of turning the music so loud one can hear it through the walls then after hours of listening to Eminem and Espace the Fate i actually like them

gala
09-12-2009, 09:16 AM
I like Mindless Self Indulgence, Sean Paul and some song by Katy Perry.
That's quite embarrassing