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The Lightning Seeds — Waiting For Today To Happen
Album: Dizzy Heights
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Released: 1996
Length: 3:22
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The usual dreams, the usual schemes
Same lost feelings, same bad day dreams
Only unreal and delirious, out of breath and out of luck.

Sometimes, when I wake up slowly
Paralysed by the fears within me
Waiting for today to happen
Waiting for a vague impression
Waiting for today to happen
Waiting here with nothing but disaster

Nailed tight in his bed forever
Turn out the lights tomorrow, whatever,

I'm so hung over with sleep
All I want to do is dream and dream and dream
Just lie down and never leave
Put myself here at your knees

Sometimes, when I wake up slowly
Paralysed by the fears within me
Waiting for today to happen
Waiting for a vague impression
Waiting for today to happen
Waiting here with nothing but disaster

Nailed tight in his bed forever
Turn out the lights tomorrow, whatever.
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Accessible twee
 GuiltyFeat wrote:
Ian Broudie has one of the weediest voices in pop.

 
Prog stuff seems chock full of "weedy" voices.  Everyone seems to love them, though.
It almost sounds like an early Porcupine Song, voice and guitar is not all that different from a young Steve Wilson.
so boring

 
rocko77 wrote:
Boring. Not horrible, but simply boring.
 


Ian Broudie has one of the weediest voices in pop.
 Rickvee wrote:
They got their name from Prince's song "Rasberry Beret". They heard "thunder drowns out what the lightning sees as "the lightning seeds". Good name. Decent song.
 

Oddly, the band's website says the name came from a misheard David Bowie lyric.  I don't know of any Bowie song with that lyric in it, though I don't know all of Bowie's catalog by heart.


I kinda like this song
Boring. Not horrible, but simply boring.

Rubbish


 Rickvee wrote:
They got their name from Prince's song "Rasberry Beret". They heard "thunder drowns out what the lightning sees as "the lightning seeds". Good name. Decent song.
 
A lightning seed is also a patch of ground that's flash-fried by a lightning strike, I believe.

Nice to hear a song from Lightning Seeds that isn't "Pure" (and I do love "Pure"). Ian Broudie is a really good songwriter, and I like his voice a lot (I don't understand the comparisons to Chris Martin that other commentators have made here).
At first I thought this was going to be boring and tedious. Then about 1/3 of the way in, it started to grow on me. It's a nice little slice of dreamy-pop.
 ick wrote:

Uh, Lightning Seeds were around way before Chris "the Plagiarist" Martin, considering this was released two years before Moldplay was even formed.  Nevertheless, it did always sound like Ian Broudie did have his vocals augmented somehow... just part of the charm I suppose.

 

How many singers these days do NOT have their vocals modified in the studio somehow? Given the frequency with which the vocals on live recordings do not stack up to the recorded versions I would have to assume the vast majority do. I realize that the rigors of touring and working one's voice hard daily for indefinite stretches has to also be part of the answer - but still.
 crockydile wrote:
Another graduate from the Chris Martin school of vocal range augmentation...{#Rolleyes}
 
Uh, Lightning Seeds were around way before Chris "the Plagiarist" Martin, considering this was released two years before Moldplay was even formed.  Nevertheless, it did always sound like Ian Broudie did have his vocals augmented somehow... just part of the charm I suppose.

Goo-goo-ga-choo.. {#Rolleyes}
 LowPhreak wrote:


{#Clap}
I'll take Categories (2), (4), and (6), Alex, and for the Final Jeopardy round, Category (8) typical Merkun TV/cell phone/mass media catatonic idjit.

And don't forget:
     (9) Canadian.  Or Newfie maybe.  I haven't heard Newfie derision in quite some time.

this song is bad.


Very nice!
Another graduate from the Chris Martin school of vocal range augmentation...{#Rolleyes}
 Daveinbawlmer wrote:
All of this over this song, like its not Dylan, dudes.

(1) smelly hippie 
(2) goose-stepping fundo 
(3) lowlife commie 
(4) neocon warmonger 
(5) pretentious soccer-playing euroweenie 
(6) closed-minded redneck NASCAR bigot 
(7) __________________ (insert your favorite derogatory adjective-noun combination here). 
You might actually like Commenter #2 if you got to know her Some things just are, or are not, your cuppa, or hers. That's all there is to it. 

This one's a little too Oasis for my tastes.

It's just pop music and only marginally ok at that.

{#Neutral} 
 

{#Clap}
I'll take Categories (2), (4), and (6), Alex, and for the Final Jeopardy round, Category (8) typical Merkun TV/cell phone/mass media catatonic idjit.
Damnit, EVERY time this song starts I think it's going to be that awesome Fountains of Wayne song, which means we'll get a comment from Bill about the cheesy real Fountains of Wayne store {#Smile}

But then by the second chord it's clearly  just this song.

Compare:
Awesome Fountains of Wayne Song
Not Nearly as Awesome This Song


In a champagne supernova...champagne supernova in the skyyyyy.....(Not that I'm complaining though)
Hey nice comparison! Bee Gees pre Saturday Night Fever.

 
a_genuine_find wrote:


 


Baby, you're a rich man.
 CafeRacer wrote:

Fair enough. OK, I don't like this song because when it first started I thought, "Oh! It's (insert any of a half dozen prior artists that sound like this.)" Therefore, this style of vocal delivery has been done to death. If the artist's vision involves being baking soda in the fridge and smelling like last week's leftovers then he's a success.
 
You thought that because those half-dozen artists were likely influenced by Ian Broudie. If he's derivative of anyone, it's the groups he produced before getting back into recording himself...

According to wikipedia, Lightning Seeds were in the business 2 years before Oasis. To me, I thought it was Manic Street Preachers, which isn't a good thing.
All of this over this song, like its not Dylan, dudes.

(1) smelly hippie 
(2) goose-stepping fundo 
(3) lowlife commie 
(4) neocon warmonger 
(5) pretentious soccer-playing euroweenie 
(6) closed-minded redneck NASCAR bigot 
(7) __________________ (insert your favorite derogatory adjective-noun combination here). 
You might actually like Commenter #2 if you got to know her Some things just are, or are not, your cuppa, or hers. That's all there is to it. 

This one's a little too Oasis for my tastes.

It's just pop music and only marginally ok at that.

{#Neutral} 
 dapower wrote:
I don't like it- maybe some people find his dreary accent charming, but that's a one trick pony. I just don't think the guy can sing in the traditional sense of that word. Yes, sometimes vocals like this can bring meaning to the music (think Shane McGowan) but this is devoid of emotion. It has no meaning for me- conjures no imagery or sense of time or place. It fails to move me. However, I am interested to hear the reasons why someone likes this tune. Maybe I can gain an appreciation of it.
 
Well it's well crafted—it has a REAL bassline!


:question::question::question::question::question:
They got their name from Prince's song "Rasberry Beret". They heard "thunder drowns out what the lightning sees as "the lightning seeds". Good name. Decent song.
I don't like it- maybe some people find his dreary accent charming, but that's a one trick pony. I just don't think the guy can sing in the traditional sense of that word. Yes, sometimes vocals like this can bring meaning to the music (think Shane McGowan) but this is devoid of emotion. It has no meaning for me- conjures no imagery or sense of time or place. It fails to move me. However, I am interested to hear the reasons why someone likes this tune. Maybe I can gain an appreciation of it.
Baby_M wrote:
You like it, give it a "10," and lay on the dancing bananas. The next commenter doesn't like it, and expresses herself very strongly. That's not (or, at least, it shouldn't be) a comment on your lifestyle, intelligence, or relative worth as a person. It also doesn't mean that Commenter #2 is a (select one) (1) smelly hippie
But it could mean that, you low life commie. :flamed: Seriously tho', I do agree with you. Except about this song. I just bumped it from a 7 to an 8.
Well I like it.
jredd2 wrote:
Everyone is entitled to their opinions. It's just a shame they aren't more open minded to be able to appreciate others' interpretation of art....
You like it, give it a "10," and lay on the dancing bananas. The next commenter doesn't like it, and expresses herself very strongly. That's not (or, at least, it shouldn't be) a comment on your lifestyle, intelligence, or relative worth as a person. It also doesn't mean that Commenter #2 is a (select one) (1) smelly hippie (2) goose-stepping fundo (3) lowlife commie (4) neocon warmonger (5) pretentious soccer-playing euroweenie (6) closed-minded redneck NASCAR bigot (7) __________________ (insert your favorite derogatory adjective-noun combination here). You might actually like Commenter #2 if you got to know her Some things just are, or are not, your cuppa, or hers. That's all there is to it. This one's a little too Oasis for my tastes.
jredd2 wrote:
Everyone is entitled to their opinions. It's just a shame they aren't more open minded to be able to appreciate others' interpretation of art. It's also a shame that those people can't just keep those hurtful opinions to themselves. They must have been judged harshly in their own lives. What a shame, what a shame...
Although the comments board can degenerate into hurtful spewing at times, I still believe that it's here for all of us to express our opinions and discuss the music. And while "this sucks" is not descriptive or educated-sounding or discussion provoking, it's still an opinion and I don't really see why someone shouldn't say that here. Or, even more succinct, post only a dancing (or barfing, as the case may be) icon to express the feeling. And if someone gets hurt because someone else doesn't share their musical taste, then that's too bad. Although it can baffle and astound me when people write really negative, uneducated-sounding things about, say, Beatles or Nick Drake songs, it doesn't hurt me and this board is as much for them and their short, nondescript, uneducated-sounding opinions as anyone else. That having been said, I do not miss physicsgenius or closedmindedmoron whose entire purpose was to troll around and vomit negative comments just to provoke others.
TreborG2 wrote:
Actually.. I agree with you on the "sucks" and "vomit" like comments, but if someone actually puts down they "...hate this whiny falseto" ... that is descriptive enough to state exactly what they find wrong with the music/performance. Some could argue that very few words are needed for some songs, and I'd have to agree with that too.. but there are songs, like this one, someone else has already said ... it sounds very much like any other group of this style, it sounds a little like Oasis and BRMC to me, and that's not a good or bad thing necssarily, because both of those groups have done songs that are outstanding in my opinion, but in the context of this song .. its run of the mill, nothing to stand up on and go "this is the greatest song ever made" and as such... gets a marginal or "ho hum" because of its mediocrity.
Yeah, and it sucks too.
these bring up some trippy memories :)
52weekends wrote:
By saying things like "Vomit, this song sucks" or "I hate this whiny falseto" it makes all of you sound like a bunch of uneducated, and un-appreciative mainstream weight-room meatheads.
Actually.. I agree with you on the "sucks" and "vomit" like comments, but if someone actually puts down they "...hate this whiny falseto" ... that is descriptive enough to state exactly what they find wrong with the music/performance. Some could argue that very few words are needed for some songs, and I'd have to agree with that too.. but there are songs, like this one, someone else has already said ... it sounds very much like any other group of this style, it sounds a little like Oasis and BRMC to me, and that's not a good or bad thing necssarily, because both of those groups have done songs that are outstanding in my opinion, but in the context of this song .. its run of the mill, nothing to stand up on and go "this is the greatest song ever made" and as such... gets a marginal or "ho hum" because of its mediocrity.
and we were doing so well :rolleyes:
52weekends wrote:
obviously, if youre listening to Radio Paradise, you aquire somewhat of a genuine appreciation for music. With appreciation comes respect. What i dont understand, is why when you all dont like a song, a valid reaction to any style of music...dont get me wrong, you have to bash it, rather than respect the artist's vision. By saying things like "Vomit, this song sucks" or "I hate this whiny falseto" it makes all of you sound like a bunch of uneducated, and un-appreciative mainstream weight-room meatheads. the end.
Fair enough. OK, I don't like this song because when it first started I thought, "Oh! It's (insert any of a half dozen prior artists that sound like this.)" Therefore, this style of vocal delivery has been done to death. If the artist's vision involves being baking soda in the fridge and smelling like last week's leftovers then he's a success.
EB3 wrote:
Some songs just suck.
Everyone is entitled to their opinions. It's just a shame they aren't more open minded to be able to appreciate others' interpretation of art. It's also a shame that those people can't just keep those hurtful opinions to themselves. They must have been judged harshly in their own lives. What a shame, what a shame...
52weekends wrote:
What i dont understand, is why when you all dont like a song...rather than respect the artist's vision things like "Vomit, this song sucks"
Some songs just suck.
obviously, if youre listening to Radio Paradise, you aquire somewhat of a genuine appreciation for music. With appreciation comes respect. What i dont understand, is why when you all dont like a song, a valid reaction to any style of music...dont get me wrong, you have to bash it, rather than respect the artist's vision. By saying things like "Vomit, this song sucks" or "I hate this whiny falseto" it makes all of you sound like a bunch of uneducated, and un-appreciative mainstream weight-room meatheads. the end.
I bought one Coldplay cd and got my fill of breathy male falsetto... makes it hard for me to do anything but tune this out.
Bumped up from a 6 to a 7. Gettin' soft in my old age. A lot of the 6/7 borderline rests for me on production. 6s tend to be songs that for me, as pure songs, are good, but otherwise unremarkable. If the production on a track can make an average song repeatedly listenable, it's a 7. This song is a perfect example of that phenomenon.
nick_valensi wrote:
I thought this was "Yellow"..! Same B chord.
Yeah. I am almost tempted to mash them together.
gntlemanartist wrote:
I thought it was going to be Robbie Williams' "Come Undone." The intro is almost identical.
I totally hear that. Wish it was "Come Undone."
:yawn:
This guy sounds like Bill Fox to me, anyone else? And where is Bill Fox these days?
Pipes wrote:
Reminds me of Oasis only this doesn't suck.
Precisely.
Mein gott... not heard the Lightning Seeds in years! Good shout, RP! And looking at the quotes below... who on earth would want to compare a band like Lightning Seeds with the Stone Roses? That's like comparing chalk with cheese... and ultimately as pointless.
nick_valensi wrote:
I thought this was "Yellow"..! Same B chord.
I thought it was going to be Robbie Williams' "Come Undone." The intro is almost identical.
larz wrote:
Flaky as hell, but I like these guys.
Quite happy to agree.
Ohhh, my beloved Lightning Seeds...don't know what I have with all those names, like Counting Crows etc :) I guess it is all about music after all.
I thought this was "Yellow"..! Same B chord.
dharmalover wrote:
This is the kind of sappy, pretentious junk that gave "brit-pop" a bad name in the 90's and nearly ruined the reputation of the UK as a generator of great music. I can't believe someone likes this stuff.
Wow, you are opinionated without a basis for your statements. Ian Broudie of the Lightning Seeds has a fairly good career of "soft pop" British music. I don't think he or the Lightning Seeds as a band are representative of the British music scene but represent a small portion of the sound coming out at the time. I have his albums and he/the seeds have a unique sound that is both melodic and very soothing. Not hard edged. But as a PRODUCER, he is Awesome! Go to their website and you'll find out that Ian produced Echo & the Bunnymen's Crocodiles and Porcupine, two of the very best British rock albums ever produced/recorded during the eighties Liverpool sound (in my honest opinion). :beat:
dharmalover wrote:
This is the kind of sappy, pretentious junk that gave "brit-pop" a bad name in the 90's and nearly ruined the reputation of the UK as a generator of great music. I can't believe someone likes this stuff.
Not sure they're as bad as all that, quite happy 'take it or leave it' - like Dandy W'holes? But not in the same ballpark as the Stone Roses :wink: Okay so... during witing this, Mari you removed your quote compariing the seeds -vs- roses.
C'mon, it ain't THAT bad... dharmalover wrote:
This is the kind of sappy, pretentious junk that gave "brit-pop" a bad name in the 90's and nearly ruined the reputation of the UK as a generator of great music. I can't believe someone likes this stuff.
dharmalover wrote:
This is the kind of sappy, pretentious junk that gave "brit-pop" a bad name in the 90's and nearly ruined the reputation of the UK as a generator of great music. I can't believe someone likes this stuff.
Oh snap out of it!
This is the kind of sappy, pretentious junk that gave "brit-pop" a bad name in the 90's and nearly ruined the reputation of the UK as a generator of great music. I can't believe someone likes this stuff.
Flaky as hell, but I like these guys.
rvml wrote:
This is a tres groovy song. Jollification also rocked, by the way. The Seeds are definitely the biz - where did they disappear to?
Check out Ian Broudie's "Tales Told" LP.
This is a tres groovy song. Jollification also rocked, by the way. The Seeds are definitely the biz - where did they disappear to?
Reminds me of Oasis only this doesn't suck.
th3boon wrote:
waiting for this song to happen.. oh there maybe its going. no, not yet, another faux go. well even though i first thought coldplay and though i don't think that song got far enough off the ground it sounds like they have potential, need to hear something else from them
The album is good. Also see "Jollification."
waiting for this song to happen.. oh there maybe its going. no, not yet, another faux go. well even though i first thought coldplay and though i don't think that song got far enough off the ground it sounds like they have potential, need to hear something else from them
It's great to hear the Seeds here.
winter wrote:
Could've sworn this was Oasis before I checked the playlist.
Ever heard their tune "The Life of Riley"? It was madly popular in the UK and featured prominently on "Match of the day", the BBC's revered soccer TV program.... aaah, magic moments.... :goodvibes:
Could've sworn this was Oasis before I checked the playlist. Like it anyway.
:music:
Another one of my favorite bands and a great although largely unknown album. Aaaaaaaahhhhhh!
Oh, Mr. Broudie...I know that voice anywhere. Thanks for soothing my soul.
This is a great album! The album preceding this one (Jollification) is on my top 100 albums of all time list. I heartily recommend a listen.
Thx Witness. Nice.
nice...kinda retro-psychedelic! :daisy.gif: :sunny.gif: :daisy.gif:
Very catchy...always liked the Seeds
Hmmm... got this added months ago, but no plays as yet - looking forward to it hitting the playlist though. One of their darker ones, as promised in the comments to "Pure" - recruiting Nicky Wire did the trick!