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Posted 12 March 2013 - 08:52 PM

Donald Fagen and now we can shut this down. Show me someone who can use moray eel in a song and it be good. Show me.

I mean, I even got Fiz hooked on Steely Dan. lol

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 08:58 PM

1) Townes Van Zandt
2) Norman Blake
3) David Allan Coe
4) Jim Croce
5) Seth Avett


I'm sure I left some out that deserved to be before some of those but those are the 5 that are coming to mind. It's impossible to list the best song of true singer/songwriters because that all have hundreds if not thousands.

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 09:01 PM

Donald Fagen and now we can shut this down. Show me someone who can use moray eel in a song and it be good. Show me.

I mean, I even got Fiz hooked on Steely Dan. lol


Woody Guthrie wrote legendary songs about bumble gum, a song of him just counting, and other great songs of the most random little objects.

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 09:05 PM

yeah, Woody is up there. John Prine as well.

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 11:12 PM

http://www.wimp.com/impromptuduet/

that's pretty damn cool. I've never seen Billy Joel live but I'd love to. Had tickets to see him and Elton John in Seattle on my birthday a couple years ago with the Hawks playing the next day. they cancelled!!!

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 11:23 PM

I'm not going to list who I think are the top 5 of all time, but instead the top five who have influenced me the past 10 or so years. Top five of all time would probably include the standards Dylan, Lennon/McCartney etc.


1) North Carolina Heros Scott and Seth Avett:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYerGCsv5kw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hbrgu9qE-1E

2) Jack White, from his The White Stripes days. Just amazing songwriting recorded like it was 1930.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWNVrZFKmJ8

3) Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse.


4) Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. I haven't listened to their other stuff too much, but their album "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" is incredible.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59CDQb1wtV8


5) and lastly Bob freaking Marley. Kind of cliche, but who didn't get high as poo in high school and feel like Bob was singing directly to you?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrY9eHkXTa4

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 08:55 AM

Agree:
Bob Dylan
Tom Waits
Johnny Cash

Adding:
Otis Redding - Dock of the Bay
Stevie Nicks - Landslide

I hesitate to mention Janice Ian as she was a one-hit wonder and therefore shouldn't really qualify among the top songwriters, but I'd really like her to get a nod for "Seventeen." Just relistened to it recently, and damn that's a good song.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 09:44 AM

5a Gangstarr & 5b Inspectah Deck


[Deck]
invade your zone - ruined like ancient Rome
I span the universe and return to earth to claim my throne
the maker - owner - plus sole controller -
Ayatollah - rest in the sky, the clouds my sofa

4. Lupe Fiasco


[Lupe]


Little Terry got a gun, he got from the store,
He bought it with the money he got from his chores,
He robbed candy shop told her lay down on the floor,
Put the cookies in his bag took the pennies out the drawer.




3. Nas



I seen some cold nights and bloody days
They grab and me bullets spray
They use me wrong so I sing this song 'til this day
My body is cold steel for real
I was made to kill, that's why they keep me concealed
Under car seats they sneak me in clubs
Been in the hands of mad thugs
They feed me when they load me with mad slugs
Seventeen precisely, one in my head
They call me Desert Eagle, semi-auto with lead



2. GZA


So when the headlines had announced the arrest, the repercussion
Was his trial, became a lightning rod for discussion
Compellin' evidence, statements from residents
Validated guilt as he maintained his innocence
From the hair to the fiber, broke the bondage wire
The stains on the carpet consisted with saliva
DNA directly linked to the psycho
Luminal made it glow, was test to Type 0

1. AZ


you can try to bomb me
analyze but can't define me
my mind's divine heavily entwined with Ghandi's

far from feeble, I leave your nostrils hard to breathe through
cause my cerebral's are more on a higher plane than the Hebrews
my mic devotion brings out my deepest emotions
overdosing wannabes posing - sending them through convulsions

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 10:01 AM

These guys wont be on anyone's list for GOAT, but when i'm old and grey I will still be listening to them.

The White Buffalo (Met him at a Ryan Bingham concert, he opened up for him; very cool and humble guy.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pITUlF6PIRk

Mike Cooley/Patterson Hood/Jason Isbell (DBT boys, I can't pick one over the other, great fuging songwriters)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyJ9JfWbKLE

Isaac Brock (crazy motherfuger) edit: saw the video i posted someone already did, so here's another gem.

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Jim James (MMJ) A lot of people like to talk poo about these guys but I love them

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BjCZh452zc

And finally Ryan Bingham and the video below.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 04:29 AM

THOM YORKE, THOM YORKE, and THOM FUGGING YORKE.

Sorry I just love that man so much and he is my inspiration and music icon.

I have way too hard of a time picking my favorite songs so I'm not going to go there.

Here's my list off the top of my head,

1. Thom Yorke
2. Bob Marley
3. Jimi Hendrix
4. Tupac Shakur
5. Robert Plant
6. David Gilmour/Roger Daltrey
7. Elton John
8. Michael Jackson
9. Slug of Atmosphere
10. Michael Angelakos

I hate having to narrow it down and I'm sure I'm forgetting some of my faves, but great thread.


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Posted 14 March 2013 - 06:10 AM

James Taylor

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 09:34 AM

The Avetts??? Really? Jesus christ shoot me now, I don't want to live in this world anymore.

How about some REAL songwriters.

Freddie Mercury, Jim Croce, The Beach Boys, Bowie, Robert Johnson, Howlin Wolf, Levon Helm

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 09:59 AM

The Avetts??? Really? Jesus christ shoot me now, I don't want to live in this world anymore.

How about some REAL songwriters.

Freddie Mercury, Jim Croce, The Beach Boys, Bowie, Robert Johnson, Howlin Wolf, Levon Helm





Right because the Avett Brothers are not REAL songwriters. They are FAKE songwriters. Duh it is all so clear to me now! Thanks!

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 10:26 AM

Right because the Avett Brothers are not REAL songwriters. They are FAKE songwriters. Duh it is all so clear to me now! Thanks!


NP

Look, the Avett's are good songwriters, but we're talking top 5 of all time. What are you, 10 years old?

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 10:38 AM

NP

Look, the Avett's are good songwriters, but we're talking top 5 of all time. What are you, 10 years old?


He clearly stated it was songwriters that influenced him for the past ten years. I don't care for the Avett Brothers, but stop being an idiot.


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