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Come Home Billy Bird
It's great!
66%
 66%  [ 28 ]
Average.
23%
 23%  [ 10 ]
I don't like it.
4%
 4%  [ 2 ]
No comment.
4%
 4%  [ 2 ]
Total Votes : 42

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Black Sheep Boy



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2004 7:58 pm    Post subject: Come Home Billy Bird review and poll thread.. Reply with quote

Now that it's been officially played on the radio I'm curious to know what the people who didn't download it off the web think.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2004 8:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Come Home Billy Bird review and poll thread.. Reply with quote

I'm trying to temper my praise a little bit, as I was mainly dead excited to hear a DC song on the radio - and a new one at that.. but I did enjoy it! I really like what he's done with the melody, and Lauren Laverne sounds great in the chorus.

I think we established a while back that the lyrics aren't his best, but what I really liked more than anything was the prominence of Neils voice. It really stands out, and he sounds in superb voice - possibly the best of his career imho... Didn't get much chance to take the instrumentation in on one listen - but I was impressed with what I heard.

Yes. Thumbs up. Woo!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2004 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Divine Comedy wrote:
I think we established a while back that the lyrics aren't his best


But then a voice says:
"Bags that can't be stowed in the overhead lockers must go below in the hold - please let go - thank you sir"


Very Happy I love that line.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2004 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

>But then a voice says:
>"Bags that can't be stowed in the overhead lockers must go below in the
>hold - please let go - thank you sir"


I know what you mean... it flows really well when you think about the song (particularly the way he takes the tune down at the end of the line instead of up)..and it rhymes in a 'Generation Sex' style too.

I still don't think the lyrics are anywhere near his best though.

P.S - It always makes me laugh when people put a 'no comment' option on polls.. if you're inspired enough to vote... then.... heh hee
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2004 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Divine-Comedyesque...
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2004 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

blue circles wrote:
But then a voice says:
"Bags that can't be stowed in the overhead lockers must go below in the hold - please let go - thank you sir"


Very Happy I love that line.


Me, too. I first heard the song when chrischrischris did his version of it on the Tribute Album, and I love the way he sings that line in it. Smile

(I should add: I've not heard the DC studio version of it, yet.)
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2004 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i think my fave bit is the national express stylee "yeah"

yay neil

a big
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2004 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

luvly horse wrote:
i think my fave bit is the national express stylee "yeah"


oh phooey! this thread should have had "spoiler" on it! Sad

(psst luvly - is it a "good, ballsy" yeah? and where exactly is it in the song?)
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2004 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ooh shite - soory!

(yeah its a ballsy one but where it is i aint not telling ya! Razz Very Happy )

pssst seajay - the threads got REVIEW written on it - what did you expect man!??)


Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2004 12:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"come home billy you bird, international business traveller, YEAH!" ????
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2004 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

luvly horse wrote:


pssst seajay - the threads got REVIEW written on it - what did you expect man!??)[/color]

Very Happy


oh i know, i would have read it anyway!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2004 9:26 am    Post subject: Re: Come Home Billy Bird review and poll thread.. Reply with quote

The Divine Comedy wrote:
and Lauren Laverne sounds great in the chorus.


Now everything else is wonderful, but, but, but, I don't like her bit. Is it only me that feels this way?

Please don't beat me, I think I just need to hear it more times.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2004 9:53 am    Post subject: Re: Come Home Billy Bird review and poll thread.. Reply with quote

>Please don't beat me, I think I just need to hear it more times

I have only heard it the once, and I was a bit excited - but I thought she sounded fab!.. The whole song is a load 'fuller' than I expected.. I know that only makes sense in my head.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2004 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really do love it. I tried so much, almost pretending infact to like Love What you Do (ie first single for ages) but in the end I just couldn't.........this is different. I've played it over and over again. Laughing

Can't wait to see the video, wonder when that is unearthed on the Music Channels ? It will give The Amp a chance to stop playing Coldplay every five minutes !! Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2004 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When will we hear it in France Claire ???
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2004 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Distant Cousin wrote:
I've played it over and over again.


I know what you mean. It's an extremely infectious tune. Every time I hear it I unconsciously find myself bopping in my seat.

I agree with Pip up there that the lyrics aren't the greatest, but the music and his voice are in top form. In my opinion Neil's strongest asset has always been his voice, and that's probably why I've always enjoyed him more acoustically, or with a smaller type band backing him. I do like Regeneration but I think that he was a little too drowned out on it.

Actually, now that I think about it, I don't think the lyrics are all that bad either. They do tell a nice little story, and I suppose Neil has said all he had to say about himself on his earlier albums, so now he's telling stories about, or through the use of other characters. I also liked Lauren Laverne's backing vocals. I thought they added a lot to the song.

I predict it will be the feel good hit for the summer..
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2004 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

black sheep boy wrote:
I predict it will be the feel good hit for the summer..


Hmm, it's released a little too early for that. Smile It is a damned catchy song; if it can be played to the kids there might be some hope for it. Maybe.

However, hope beyond hope that they release My Imaginery Friend as a single, if only for the novelty of the unusual instrument. I'm not going to say anything more because then I'd have to slop the word spoiler everywhere, but I think that this is the only time that this instrument has ever been used on a recording. I love it!

Edited for unintended naughtiness


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2004 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Benny J wrote:

However, hope beyond hope that they release My Imaginery Friend as a single, if only for the novelty of the unusual instrument.


spoons?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2004 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Benny J wrote:
I think that this is the only time that his instrument has ever been used on a recording.


Shocked
How rude and naughty.
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Black Sheep Boy



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2004 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Benny J wrote:
black sheep boy wrote:
I predict it will be the feel good hit for the summer..


Hmm, it's released a little too early for that.


I know, I actually thought about that before I wrote it, but then I took into consideration that albums are hardly ever released on time, and I also factored in the notion that if it does come out on time that the song will spend an incredible fifteen weeks in the top of the charts Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2004 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

blue circles wrote:
Benny J wrote:
I think that this is the only time that his instrument has ever been used on a recording.


Shocked
How rude and naughty.


Embarassed That's what happens when you're using a computer without the room lights on. Still, I doubt Neil's instrument has ever been used in a recording, although what about the beginning of Something For The Weekend?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2004 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I heard it for the first time last night and I love it. It's so bouncy and jolly and fantastic. It's the kind of song that made me fall in love with The Divine Comedy in the first place. Although for about the first minute I wasn't sure about it, by the middle I was singing along and jiggling about.

Bravo Neil, and if it doesn't make the Top 20 there's no justice in this stinking world.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2004 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bérénice wrote:
When will we hear it in France Claire ???


...and Ireland? Is it slated for an airing on any of the radio shows over here, yet?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2004 10:08 pm    Post subject: chbb Reply with quote

Some of my non-Divine-Comedy-fan friends heard this song and really like it. I like it too. Especially the line about the baggage.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2004 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr Nude wrote:
if it doesn't make the Top 20 there's no justice in this stinking world.[/color]


There's no justice in this stinking world.

If there was any justice, I would be a millionaire right now; not getting bumfucked by Barclays...
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2004 10:50 pm    Post subject: billy... Reply with quote

Come on guys and girls,

I have been reading this board for about three years at least, a refugee from the majordomo@soton mailing list.

Surely, we have waited for three years and THIS IS WORTH THE WAIT!!!

Go, support Neil and this life enhancing track/album Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2004 11:11 pm    Post subject: Re: billy... Reply with quote

>Surely, we have waited for three years and THIS IS WORTH THE WAIT!!!
>Go, support Neil and this life enhancing track/album Very Happy

Hurrah! and yay, to that!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2004 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
[quote="Mr Nude)It's the kind of song that made me fall in love with The Divine Comedy in the first place.



That is a exactly what I was looking for in a quote..... Wink

So true, so true !!!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2004 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Distant Cousin wrote:
That is a exactly what I was looking for in a quote..... Wink


Pleased I could oblige!

I was also thinking last night about Neil's talent to make what are normally completely mundane words sound beautiful and interesting thanks to his music and voice, a tradition that he's continued with Billy Bird. I love that little guy!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2004 8:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Come Home Billy Bird review and poll thread.. Reply with quote

Rowan Morrison wrote:


Now everything else is wonderful, but, but, but, I don't like her bit. Is it only me that feels this way?



I agree with the lady.

I'm not a record producer or owt, and far be it from me to tell him how to do his job and ting, but I think maybe it would've benefited from having a bass voice in the chorus too.
Sounds a bit flat without.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2004 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i wasnt stuck on her at first but it kinda grows on ya
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2004 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My brother said to me when he listened to it 'if you heard the main bit and chorus bit separately you wouldn't think they were from the same song'. I agree - but it's eclectic, and it works for me. Brilliant, quirky Neil.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2004 1:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's no National Express, but I guess it's okay.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2004 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really like it, my only concern is that I've played the promo to death now and it's maybe suffering from overexposure. I might have to force myself to stop playing it so I don't end up thinking "Oh god, not that again" when I hear the album for the first time.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2004 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still haven't heard it.

Stupid virgin...
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2004 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't be so hard on yourself.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2004 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, you're not a virgin. Razz
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 13, 2004 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

*edited*

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 13, 2004 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

McQueen verse?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 13, 2004 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

love the song but Lauren Laverne getting irritating. it sounds like she's keeping herself up on helium towards the end
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