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Spoon — The Book I Write
Album: Stranger Than Fiction
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Released: 2006
Length: 2:13
Plays (last 30 days): 1
One, Two

Oh I wanna open this hour
And what's our match to play?
But both of us
Stay on the guard in the same way

And you know, it's just the book I like

All that we knew,
Just a clue
All that we was,
Just because
I've never loved
Now I wanna trigger your heart *hah*
There's something else
Besides a silvery part
Hey, hey

And that's the book I write
I let it go so long
And now the book I write, oh

This is it

I'm gone

All that we are
All we do
All that we are, all we do
Is here forever
All that we was,
Just because
All that we knew,
Just a clue

I've never loved

This is the book I write,
Oh why'd I let it go so long?
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 holborne wrote:
With respect to the Billy Joel conversation:

Here is one of the things I love most about RP: No. Fucking. Billy. Joel.
 
.... well... there are three Billy Joel songs on the Radio Paradise song rotation so you might want to rethink what you love most about RP.
 scrubbrush wrote:

 

Yea, I was surprised to see them here too.  Glad to see them. 
 mach-hog wrote:

Yes, I do.
 
For sure, but with the previous song on 10/11/19 being the beatles - big influence there too!
 justlistening wrote:
Anyone else think Squeeze when they hear Spoon?
 
Yes, I do.
Anyone else think Squeeze when they hear Spoon?
 Sasha2001 wrote:


The problem with Billy Joel, besides his current addiction to alcohol, is that his popularity far outstripped the quality of the albums he was writing.  He was, in essence, always a follower of various trends in music with the goal of making hits along the lines of his admitted idols, The Beatles.  It was for this reason that it became increasingly hard to take his music seriously. 

A perfect illustration of this is the ridiculous comparison Long Islanders like to make between their native son and New Jersey's native son, Bruce Springsteen. Its comical not just because Bruce spent so many more years making memorable music, but because for many of those years Billy Joel was trying to emulate Bruce's sound (Only the Good Die Young?).

Add to that the endless rotation Joel's songs seem to find on FM radio over the years, the frat house anthems, and it becomes almost unbearable to hear his music anymore.    
 
Well, you could say that same thing about just about anybody from the 70's. Especially the rotation of hits from Boston, Queen, Aerosmith, David Bowie, Styx, Kansas, Elton John, Bad Company, Peter Frampton, Kiss, Led Zeppelin, and so on. Even the Beatles music had a resurgence in the 70's. Joel and Springsteen are no different. I am not much of a fan of Springsteen. Its his voice. I do like some of his music. What I would like to hear played by stations are some deeper cuts from these bands I mentioned.
Good to see I wasn't the only one to think of the Tick.  Pretty cool little tune.
 Dosequis wrote:

Sure, we all know it's about money. It still cheapens the music.

 
You're a snob. Musicians who get incredibly rich from deals like this are rare. More often, they just turn that money around and make more music. Nick Lowe's song was used on the soundtrack to The Bodyguard, which had a Whitney Houston song on it that went crazy. That gave Nick enough money to put out records and tour when he'd been basically forced to scale back on everything and just try to hold on.

Another song on this soundtrack got used in a McDonald's commercial in Canada, and Eric got attacked for it. It's hard to argue that a guy with some minor success 40 years ago has sold out: he's been singing all these years and now that this movie came out, his old song is finally helping him get from town to town. He's not rich. He's just paying the bills. Movies and corporations are the new Patrons of the Arts. It's with their help that you get to hear any music at all.
 
 Sasha2001 wrote:

What decade are you living in? Do you have any idea how little money bands make off of their music sales these days? To deprive them of the ability to put food on their tables is beyond me.

 
Sure, we all know it's about money. It still cheapens the music.
 Stephenater wrote:
It's been almost four years since their last album - what's up with Spoon these day?

 

Spoon digs back in after hiatus with new album, band member, label
 Sasha2001 wrote:

What decade are you living in? Do you have any idea how little money bands make off of their music sales these days? To deprive them of the ability to put food on their tables is beyond me.

 
I cannot believe people still accuse bands of "selling out" ---- what are we in third grade??
 Dosequis wrote:
Bands sell out when they get roped into movies. Stupid ass movies. Ahhggg!!!!!!
 

 
What decade are you living in? Do you have any idea how little money bands make off of their music sales these days? To deprive them of the ability to put food on their tables is beyond me.
It's been almost four years since their last album - what's up with Spoon these day?
Bands sell out when they get roped into movies. Stupid ass movies. Ahhggg!!!!!!
 

 sharkey wrote:

Not true, There are three in rotation. You lose.

 
You lose, all three were last played "never."  {#Yes}

Re: Billy Joel — I can hear similarities between some Spoon songs and Billy Joel's "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me".... (the way he sings "what's the matter with the crowd I'm seeing, don't you know that they're out of touch?").  That's about it, though.
 LaurieinTucson wrote:
Loved this movie
 
The movie gets a 10. This song gets an 8. I watched this movie 3 times in-a-row for sheer enjoyment. 
Loved this movie
 vandal wrote:

I was a teen in the '70's, I enjoy Spoon, and I am embarrassed by Billy Joel. . . sorry. . .
 
I too was a teen in the 1970's.  I never liked Billy Joel's music - I could respect his talents for writing catchy hit-tunes and (early on), writing relatively intelligent lyrics, but I was more than "embarrassed" by his music.  I find very little similarity between his music and that of Spoon.


I'm hearing Nick Lowe in the verses, and XTC in the bridge. This is a good thing!
 Sasha2001 wrote:


The problem with Billy Joel, besides his current addiction to alcohol, is that his popularity far outstripped the quality of the albums he was writing.  He was, in essence, always a follower of various trends in music with the goal of making hits along the lines of his admitted idols, The Beatles.  It was for this reason that it became increasingly hard to take his music seriously. 

A perfect illustration of this is the ridiculous comparison Long Islanders like to make between their native son and New Jersey's native son, Bruce Springsteen. Its comical not just because Bruce spent so many more years making memorable music, but because for many of those years Billy Joel was trying to emulate Bruce's sound (Only the Good Die Young?).

Add to that the endless rotation Joel's songs seem to find on FM radio over the years, the frat house anthems, and it becomes almost unbearable to hear his music anymore.    
 
I can certainly respect the exhaustion with Billy Joel after umpteen hours of FM radio airplay. I'm sure I'm in the minority in that I'm originally from (South) New Jersey and I can't stand Bruce Springsteen. That's not to say he's talentless; I just don't care for the style.

Regardless, I find minimal similarity between Spoon and Billy Joel or Bruce Springsteen, for that matter. I took my 7-year-old son to see Spoon at Radio City this past March and we had the best time. Love, love, love Spoon. 
Hey!

We just heard Cake!

Oh, wait a minute...
 isayhoomhom wrote:

This whole Billy Joel thread is weird to me. I don't see the similarity. But I agree with this comment. I find it bizarre though that people think Billy Joel just out and out sucks. Although his music hasn't been relevant or vital for over 25 years, his was the soundtrack of many youthful, happy summers in the mid-70's. Perhaps those bashing Billy Joel's music weren't alive during that era?

Here's someone who's able to enjoy Billy Joel AND Spoon without embarrassment. I'm sure there are others. 
 

The problem with Billy Joel, besides his current addiction to alcohol, is that his popularity far outstripped the quality of the albums he was writing.  He was, in essence, always a follower of various trends in music with the goal of making hits along the lines of his admitted idols, The Beatles.  It was for this reason that it became increasingly hard to take his music seriously. 

A perfect illustration of this is the ridiculous comparison Long Islanders like to make between their native son and New Jersey's native son, Bruce Springsteen. Its comical not just because Bruce spent so many more years making memorable music, but because for many of those years Billy Joel was trying to emulate Bruce's sound (Only the Good Die Young?).

Add to that the endless rotation Joel's songs seem to find on FM radio over the years, the frat house anthems, and it becomes almost unbearable to hear his music anymore.    

I never thought I would say this about Britt Daniel because I've been a Spoon fan for a while, but whenever I hear him sing these days it really sounds like he needs to blow his nose.   ( {sigh} forgive me Britt )
 isayhoomhom wrote:

This whole Billy Joel thread is weird to me. I don't see the similarity. But I agree with this comment. I find it bizarre though that people think Billy Joel just out and out sucks. Although his music hasn't been relevant or vital for over 25 years, his was the soundtrack of many youthful, happy summers in the mid-70's. Perhaps those bashing Billy Joel's music weren't alive during that era?

Here's someone who's able to enjoy Billy Joel AND Spoon without embarrassment. I'm sure there are others. 
 
I was a teen in the '70's, I enjoy Spoon, and I am embarrassed by Billy Joel. . . sorry. . .


Diggin on some Spoon.....get it? Diggin....Spoon.....yea, that was terrible!{#Lol}
 iam_overlord wrote:
That Billy Joel thread is so 2008!
 

Now would you be referring to the first half (1/2) of 2008..... or would you be more inclined toward the last
half (1/2) of 2008 ?  Or would you be speakng of the first quarter (1/4) of 2008 or would you ..................................{#Wink}
 holborne wrote:
With respect to the Billy Joel conversation:

Here is one of the things I love most about RP: No. Fucking. Billy. Joel.
 
Not true, There are three in rotation. You lose.

That Billy Joel thread is so 2008!
 Marr wrote:

I actually tend to look at the similarities between Spoon and Billy as a happy reminder of a time when Billy was actually kinda cool and produced some good tunes.
 
This whole Billy Joel thread is weird to me. I don't see the similarity. But I agree with this comment. I find it bizarre though that people think Billy Joel just out and out sucks. Although his music hasn't been relevant or vital for over 25 years, his was the soundtrack of many youthful, happy summers in the mid-70's. Perhaps those bashing Billy Joel's music weren't alive during that era?

Here's someone who's able to enjoy Billy Joel AND Spoon without embarrassment. I'm sure there are others. 
 holborne wrote:
With respect to the Billy Joel conversation:

Here is one of the things I love most about RP: No. Fucking. Billy. Joel.
 
Amen!  Billy Joel sucks.  This song is pretty dull, IMO. {#Rolleyes}
With respect to the Billy Joel conversation:

Here is one of the things I love most about RP: No. Fucking. Billy. Joel.
 BillG wrote:
Liked the movie a lot. Silly premise + Will Farrell made me a little apprehensive, but Farrell, Emma Thompson, and - especially - Maggie Gyllenhaal were brilliant, I thought. And the soundtrack was first-rate.
 
Not sure I can add more than Bill Himself, but I rented the movie and really liked it. I'm not a fan of Will Ferrell in his "frat boy" mode, but he's actually very sweet and serious in "Stranger Than Fiction." And guys - Maggie Gyllenhaal looks pretty hot, if you like chicks with tattoos. The movie has a strange, existential premise that I loved - not your standard rom-com at all. Put it on your NetFlix list, highly recommended.


 Laptopdog wrote:

I thought it was Billy Joel. NOT a compliment.
 
This is like Billy Joel, without the song writing talent.

And I HATE Billy Joel and his sanctimonious music.

This is a very solid 1!

Blech.
 
 Laptopdog wrote:

I thought it was Billy Joel. NOT a compliment.

 
I actually tend to look at the similarities between Spoon and Billy as a happy reminder of a time when Billy was actually kinda cool and produced some good tunes.

LOL for a second there I thought the opening to this song was the McDonald's theme song.. "Ba Da Dat Dat Dah... I'm love'n it."
I thought it was Billy Joel. NOT a compliment.
scraig wrote:
Really like the Spoon because of Radio Paradise, then I saw them on Saturday Night Live. What a disaster.
Really liked Wilco. Saw them at the Voodoo Chili tour in New Orleans and was hugely disappointed. Then I saw them on SNL and immediately fell back in love with them. Anyone can have a bad night.
Great movie. Don't watch it in german, bad translation!
BillG wrote:
Liked the movie a lot. Silly premise + Will Farrell made me a little apprehensive, but Farrell, Emma Thompson, and - especially - Maggie Gyllenhaal were brilliant, I thought. And the soundtrack was first-rate.
Just saw it again and it's still good! Plus it has Wreckless Eric and a few that sound like they're from that Stiff Records era--like this one.
he knows very well how to use his voice.
scraig wrote:
Really like the Spoon because of Radio Paradise, then I saw them on Saturday Night Live. What a disaster.
I agree - I think they were nervous or something. The musicians did well but the lead singer seemed nervous.
Really like the Spoon because of Radio Paradise, then I saw them on Saturday Night Live. What a disaster.
YES!:eyes: :hearteyes: :clap: 999_99_999 wrote:
:hearteyes: Mmmmmmmmmm. Maggie Gyllenhaal.
I hadn't listened to these guys before RP and I really like them alot. They know how to be both earnest and fun.
Instead of Elvis\' \"Beyond Belief\" this song should have been followed by Elvis\' \"I write the book\" Or maybe that\'d been too obvious. Bill ain\'t stupid, after all :-)
this song is fun!! :bananajam:
LOL for a second there I thought the opening to this song was the McDonald's theme song.. "Ba Da Dat Dat Dah... I'm love'n it." I was like, oh no's, RP has gone commercial.
I love Spoon! One of the most underrated bands right now.
:bounce: this song always saves my day .... :bounce:
radiomao wrote:
It's FAKE synth bari sax, isn't it?
yes, quite.
Wilmshurst wrote:
nice barry sax. fun...
It's FAKE synth bari sax, isn't it?
Catchy
SpaceCase wrote:
For this song I think that's overplayed...I don't mind, but I don't understand what makes this any good...I must have heard it just about all six times then, cause I know I've heard it enough that I'm tired of it!
Well the movie came out last fall, hence the soundtrack. six times in less than six months will seem like a lot. The newer albums on here I feel like I hear more than the other stuff.
phreels wrote:
I've never heard it before, it's only been played six times!
How'd ya see how many times it's been played? Or are you just guessing based on comment dates?
nice barry sax. fun...
phreels wrote:
I've never heard it before, it's only been played six times! I hope you don't mind them repeating it, cause I'm glad they did, for me! :dance:
For this song I think that's overplayed...I don't mind, but I don't understand what makes this any good...I must have heard it just about all six times then, cause I know I've heard it enough that I'm tired of it!
SpaceCase wrote:
Is it me, or does this seem to be getting played out on here already?? :yawn:
I've never heard it before, it's only been played six times! I hope you don't mind them repeating it, cause I'm glad they did, for me! :dance:
Is it me, or does this seem to be getting played out on here already?? :yawn:
Just saw this movie tonight and checked to see if RP had this song. Yay! :jump:
BillG wrote:
Liked the movie a lot. Silly premise + Will Farrell made me a little apprehensive, but Farrell, Emma Thompson, and - especially - Maggie Gyllenhaal were brilliant, I thought. And the soundtrack was first-rate.
:hearteyes: Mmmmmmmmmm. Maggie Gyllenhaal.
A Spoon anthology is an excellent piece of an eclectic music collection. One of my fav post-2K bands.
I like this song more every time I hear it! :bounce:
So Spoon's officially no longer our little secret, then??
Liked the movie a lot. Silly premise + Will Farrell made me a little apprehensive, but Farrell, Emma Thompson, and - especially - Maggie Gyllenhaal were brilliant, I thought. And the soundtrack was first-rate.
davyjrshort wrote:
Pretty cool, I was curious about the movie too but have not seen it, not a will farrel fan (he's okay) but I like Emma Thompson considerably...so will likely see.
i loved it-- but then again, i am a stinky block of cheese. i spent most of the film trying to remember which band this was, as they had a few songs on the soundtrack.
Pretty cool, I was curious about the movie too but have not seen it, not a will farrel fan (he's okay) but I like Emma Thompson considerably...so will likely see.
excellent!
First post! EDIT: You beat me to it! :lol:
First comment! LOVE THIS SONG!