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Suzanne Vega — 99.9F
Album: 99.9 Degrees
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Released: 1990
Length: 3:02
Plays (last 30 days): 1
99.9 Fahrenheit degrees
Stable now, with rising possibilities
It could be normal but it isn't quite
Could make you want to stay awake at night

You seem to me
Like a man
0n the verge of burning
99.9 Fahrenheit degrees

Pale as a candle
And your face is hot
And if I touch you
I might get what you've got

You seem to me
Like a man
On the verge of running
99.9 Fahrenheit degrees

Something cool
Against the skin
Is what you could be
Something cool
Against the skin
Is what you
Could be needing

99.9 Fahrenheit degrees

You seem to me
Like a man
On the verge of burning
99.9 Fahrenheit degrees

Something cool
Against the skin
Is what you could be
Something cool
Against your skin
Is what you
Could be needing

99.9 Fahrenheit degrees [X2]
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I'm glad Suzanne clarified the units of degrees, unlike David Byrne in Burning Down The House: "365 degrees" or Midnight Oil in Beds Are Burning "steaming 45 degrees"
You mean colder than the Arctic?
I recommend quarantine and extensive testing for coronavirus for this patient!
Great BBQing/2nd bevy song! 
 floydoftherocks wrote:
Alotta Vegina these days on RP...

 
 

Doing justice to your occupation Floyd! Don't work to much!


Alotta Vegina these days on RP...
Damn that's hot
 Sasha2001 wrote:

Yes kcar, but more importantly; was she hot?!?

 
Oh, she was, Sasha. Very. In a demure schoolteacher way... {#Hearteyes} 

The crowd loved her because she was their age and about to make it big. It was a bit of an odd, show, IIRC: one guy with a big beard sang sea chanteys and garnered enthusiastic applause. 
The EELS channel this.. or the other way around.  A duet would be scrumtrulescent!
 
that's the temperature of the surface of the sun, right ? 
 kcar wrote:

I saw her perform at Columbia or Barnard in the early 80s. Wow. 

This song always appealed because it's a lot rougher and looser than her determined-songwriter-with-message stuff. 

 
Yes kcar, but more importantly; was she hot?!?
I never turn RP off.  But this set makes we want to sort my sock drawer in silence :)

And here comes Stink.
 

gjwyatt wrote:

Must be a favourite foursome as they were just played again, in the same order.

 



 kurtster wrote:
Guilty pleasure song.

 
Isn't that all Suzanne Vega songs that actually made it to air?
Guilty pleasure song.
 kcar wrote:

I saw her perform at Columbia or Barnard in the early 80s. Wow. 

This song always appealed because it's a lot rougher and looser than her determined-songwriter-with-message stuff. 
 
I think she went to Barnard.  I saw her at Carnegie Hall.  It was '87, I believe.
 BKardon wrote:

How do you get her to join you on road trips?

 
{#Lol} Probably the same way I do - slap a couple of her CDs in the player and take off on a forgotten highway... 

 Proclivities wrote:

You didn't see her in the 1980's.
 
I saw her perform at Columbia or Barnard in the early 80s. Wow. 

This song always appealed because it's a lot rougher and looser than her determined-songwriter-with-message stuff. 
 Baby_M wrote:
The Fixx - Stand Or Fall
Clannad - Croí Cróga
Suzanne Vega - 99.9F
The Police - Driven to Tears

One of your better sets there, Bill.  Four very different songs that all flowed together so nicely.
 
Must be a favourite foursome as they were just played again, in the same order.
 LPCity wrote:
Isn't it actually proper English to say it "99.9 degrees Fahrenheit"?
 
Yes, and it's driving me crazy.

 LPCity wrote:
Isn't it actually proper English to say it "99.9 degrees Fahrenheit"?
 
With her voice, I'll be happy with her saying it any which way she chooses.  Although I believe proper English use "degrees Celsius."
Poetic license! Gotta love it!
 LPCity wrote:
Isn't it actually proper English to say it "99.9 degrees Fahrenheit"?
  

She's swapping the normal word order to maintain the meter (the poetic kind, not the SI kind).  Poetic license and all that.
Suzanne who!
Love the bass!


Here is the artwork...



And a more complimentary picture of her than the one below...

 marshall_42 wrote:
she sounds hotter than she looks!
 
You didn't see her in the 1980's.

 Thea wrote:

I like her voice. It's quiet, strong and dry. None of that warbling shit you can't get away from these days. And she's a fabulous songwriter.
  
 
vit wrote:


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Isn't it actually proper English to say it "99.9 degrees Fahrenheit"?
 PerchTwirl wrote:
Suzanne Vega's style just works for me. The lyrics are witty and she has some really good quotable lines. A generally solid musician and a delight to see live or to bring on road trips.
 
How do you get her to join you on road trips?

Suzanne Vega's style just works for me. The lyrics are witty and she has some really good quotable lines. A generally solid musician and a delight to see live or to bring on road trips.
The Fixx - Stand Or Fall
Clannad - Croí Cróga
Suzanne Vega - 99.9F
The Police - Driven to Tears

One of your better sets there, Bill.  Four very different songs that all flowed together so nicely.

 Loreweaver wrote:
how much is that in celsius?{#Bounce}
 
37.72 celsius degrees just does not roll off the tongue quite as well.

 Loreweaver wrote:
how much is that in celsius?{#Bounce}

See Onlineconversions.com   → 37.7°C

To convert Fahrenheit into Celsius, it is necessary to take the degrees in Fahrenheit, to subtract 32 and to multiply the total by 5/9 for Celsius conversion.

 greyfin10 wrote:
Anybody think "The Queen and the Soldier" would fly here?  Not sure.  Its certainly one of the more difficult to grok, but it grabbed me the first time I heard it.  I guess I could try and LRC it and see.
 
It has been played here.  This month, even.

 kindermanltd wrote:
That's almost 100 degrees!
 
Yes it is! {#Fire} Sounds like someone has a fever.{#Fever}

while it's not very sporting to add negative comments here on such a great radio station rating system, I have to calls 'em like I hears 'em....and I must say that Suzanne Vega honestly and truly annoys me...and not in that good kind of push-the-boundaries-and-experience-something-new-and-different kind of way, or even in that I-used-to-like-this-song-but-I've-heard-it-too-many-times kind of way. Ohhh no. Her songs have always totally annoyed me....since the 80's....and they continue to deliver. They're trite, boring, repetitive, droning and just plain annoying, and every time I am forced to endure one I want to open my window and yell "I'm annoyed as ?%$!! and I'm not gonna take it any more!".

there, I've said my piece. flame away, SV lovers

how much is that in celsius?{#Bounce}
Anybody think "The Queen and the Soldier" would fly here?  Not sure.  Its certainly one of the more difficult to grok, but it grabbed me the first time I heard it.  I guess I could try and LRC it and see.
meh
Thea wrote:
I like her voice. It's quiet, strong and dry. None of that warbling shit you can't get away from these days. And she's a fabulous songwriter.


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{#Yawn}
joanbcn wrote:
Do Suzanne Vega and Tracy Chapman go to the same places?
...has anyone ever seen the two of them together at the same time? - could be a secret identity...
That's almost 100 degrees!
guiguy wrote:
Check out Suzanne's new CD-Beauty and Crime-it's a gem!
The Beauty & Crime tour is pretty good too, if you can catch it in $LOCAL_MUNICIPALITY.
Check out Suzanne's new CD-Beauty and Crime-it's a gem!
I like her voice. It's quiet, strong and dry. None of that warbling shit you can't get away from these days. And she's a fabulous songwriter.
Do Suzanne Vega and Tracy Chapman go to the same places?
marshall_42 wrote:
she sounds hotter than she looks!


And she doesn't sound that hot to me. She has a very adolescent sounding voice that is not sexually suggestive at all. It's just nice and clear and sort of quiet, but with no steaminess to make it really interesting.

OK, nice little ditty, but now I have Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" stuck in my head cuz of the "bammp bammp" part of this song.
Great song writer. Hey Bill, can we hear some Julie Cruise pleeeeasse?
She has the best voice.
Hmm, I was really into her first two discs, and then not so much. This is one of my favorite of her later tunes - 7.
calray wrote:
i put my headphones down everytime one of her songs come on. i wish we didnt have to listen to her shit every day. and i have tried giving her a chance!
And I'm sure many of us are glad we don't have to listen to your negative shit everyday! :confused:
she sounds hotter than she looks!
It's also a fun ditty to have stuck in your head when the kids are running a slight fever. :smile:
Man, I'm loving the segues this morning!!! Great Job R.P. :clap: Suzanne Vega - 99.9F The Pretenders - Space Invader Elvis Costello - Watching The Detectives
:clap: Suzanne Vega is one of about 4 women in the whole world whose voice I enjoy... Great album, excellent for driving, and a treat for the whole family.
:yawn:
Sweet, unique, and addictive.
desnos wrote:
not only a fine song, but a wonderful album from a great songwriter...
Bravo, I couldn't agree more. :music:
i put my headphones down everytime one of her songs come on. i wish we didnt have to listen to her shit every day. and i have tried giving her a chance!
Now why does a song about being 99.9 F sound like Suzanne Vega trying to be cool? Oh, right, because Suzanne Vega is trying to be cool....gag me, please. This understated style is much more interesting when there's some interesting underlying emotion, which is why Tom's Diner and Luka are good songs. and give me more Arctic Monkeys! who are fun because they've so manifestly lost their cool!
not only a fine song, but a wonderful album from a great songwriter...
rah wrote:
No. Farenheit is a proper adjective that describes the scale of "degrees" being used to measure temperature. So saying "99.9 Farenheit degrees" is the same grammatic construction as saying "99 red balloons." Constructing it the way you're perhaps more familiar hearing it requires a comma: 99.9 degrees, Farenheit. < /pedantry >
:clap:
Darkmatter wrote:
This is a cool Suzanne Vega song I had almost forgotten about. It is kind of funky in a Vega-ish quirky way, which I like. :smile:
Can you help me forget?
revsully wrote:
"Farenheit degrees?" That's making me crazy. I know it's lyrics and all, but isn't it supposed to be "degrees farenheit?"
Bill Nye the science guy checking in here...
revsully wrote:
"Farenheit degrees?" That's making me crazy. I know it's lyrics and all, but isn't it supposed to be "degrees farenheit?"
No. Farenheit is a proper adjective that describes the scale of "degrees" being used to measure temperature. So saying "99.9 Farenheit degrees" is the same grammatic construction as saying "99 red balloons." Constructing it the way you're perhaps more familiar hearing it requires a comma: 99.9 degrees, Farenheit. < /pedantry >
Timeless.I love it. :cowboy:
This is a cool Suzanne Vega song I had almost forgotten about. It is kind of funky in a Vega-ish quirky way, which I like. :smile:
"Farenheit degrees?" That's making me crazy. I know it's lyrics and all, but isn't it supposed to be "degrees farenheit?"
not one of my fave's of her's but still a good one.... yer right, any suzanne vega is good suzanne vega
Lots about the song I like. 8. Bizzarefall wrote:
Something about this song I like...
Something about this song I like...
I am not sure, but did I hear it already today? Anyway it has to be a popular song...or I am wrong? But anyway, Suzanne is cool, respect her music. Shesdifferent wrote:
I agree, she is one of my favorite observers, an incedible writer, love her sound. Maybe not her best song, but still excellent in my book. She is the forgotton Joni of her time.
Leslie wrote:
Another great Suzanne Vega tune. Her music never fails to catch my ear. Her lyrics never fail to catch my eye.
I agree, she is one of my favorite observers, an incedible writer, love her sound. Maybe not her best song, but still excellent in my book. She is the forgotton Joni of her time.
dave_porter wrote:
WOW - thanks for that devastating critique - witty and incisive... But since you asked, and with thanks to the Rusted Pipe fansite: "It's really a simple song. It's a song about flirting with someone. It's not a song really about illness although some people seem to think it is. It's really more about flirting with someone and feeling that things could be heading in a certain direction, you might say." - Suzanne Vega, September 1998.
Anything by Suzanne Vega is good. And a BIG thanks to the link to the website. Really excellent stuff there. If you like Vega, go to this site.
For some reason, people tend to slag this album, but I think that this song and "Blood Makes Noise" are a nice departure for her. My favorite song, though is Gypsy. Her voice on that tune is pure honey :)
I dig her. Very cool.
Suzanne :clap: :clap:
phineas wrote:
I always recognize her voice, and usually like the songs despite it!
Interesting take. I Iu-uhv her voice. Can't get enough of it.
I always recognize her voice, and usually like the songs despite it!
Another great Suzanne Vega tune. Her music never fails to catch my ear. Her lyrics never fail to catch my eye.
She has much better material than this one, but I'm just glad to see her getting airplay here. Long live RP! P.S. - Her earlier stuff would sound good here!
anderiv wrote:
And the point is?? Blah.
WOW - thanks for that devastating critique - witty and incisive... But since you asked, and with thanks to the Rusted Pipe fansite: "It's really a simple song. It's a song about flirting with someone. It's not a song really about illness although some people seem to think it is. It's really more about flirting with someone and feeling that things could be heading in a certain direction, you might say." - Suzanne Vega, September 1998.
And the point is?? Blah.