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Metric — Collect Call
Album: Fantasies
Avg rating:
7.1

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Total ratings: 1168









Released: 2009
Length: 4:16
Plays (last 30 days): 0
If the fire's out baby
How you gonna keep me warm
Supposing you left me
With the door wide open no one can leave

I know it's a lie I want it to be true
The rest of the ride is riding on you
Over goodbyes we'll buy some place for
Wishing you could

Keep me closer
I'm a lazy dancer
When you move I move with you
Wishing you could

Keep me closer
I'm a lazy dancer
When you move I move with you

If somebody's got soul
If somebody's got soul
If somebody's got soul
If somebody's got soul
You gotta make the move
Make the move
Make the move

I know it's a lie I want it to be true
The rest of the ride is riding on you
Over goodbyes we'll buy some place for
Wishing you could

Keep me closer
I'm a lazy dancer
When you move I move with you
Wishing you could

Keep me closer
I'm a lazy dancer
When you move I move with you
Wishing you could

Keep me closer
I'm a lazy dancer
When you move I move with you
Wishing you could

Keep me closer
I'm a lazy dancer
When you move I move with you
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{#Dancingbanana_2}
 Webfoot wrote:
I remember placing collect calls from coin operated phone booths!
 
I've made one — a very brief one — in these parts in the latter part of this decade. Several times more expensive than can be justiied, to my surprise.
Distaff Death Cab?
 Ropes wrote:
For the young 'uns...back in the day, when we were travelling, we were taught to make a collect call home with a "code" word when we had arrived at our destination. When Mom and Dad got the call, they told the operator they did not accept the call, and they knew we had arrived safely. We were happy because it didn't cost anything. AT&T was not.

I did this a lot as a kid too...and at some point instead of a live operator the collect caller said their "name" and it was recorded for the person to hear and decide "do I want to talk to this person enough to pay for the call?" well at that point we could just leave the number of the pay phone and presto, my parents would call back and we'd talk for free (big $.25 savings!)

And this topic reminds me of one of my fav ads from the late 90s..."it's Bobwehadababyitsaboy".  Enjoy!  
https://youtu.be/9JxhTnWrKYs


Really digging this track, and also wondering if anyone else did what I did....after an initial rating of an 8 and enjoying the vibe, I had to lower my rating to a 7 only because the singing seemed a bit (not sure of a better word) juvenile.  Anyways, maybe after a few times listening I'll go back to the 8.

Long Live RP!!


Fantasies and Synthetica are both excellent CDs.
 Ropes wrote:
For the young 'uns...back in the day, when we were travelling, we were taught to make a collect call home with a "code" word when we had arrived at our destination. When Mom and Dad got the call, they told the operator they did not accept the call, and they knew we had arrived safely. We were happy because it didn't cost anything. AT&T was not.
 
Somehow AT&T survived your criminal activities!
For the young 'uns...back in the day, when we were travelling, we were taught to make a collect call home with a "code" word when we had arrived at our destination. When Mom and Dad got the call, they told the operator they did not accept the call, and they knew we had arrived safely. We were happy because it didn't cost anything. AT&T was not.
Impossibly cute track which is now completely under my skin. Lovely!
Very nice. Reminiscent of CHVRCHES.
               First, it takes some recognition.
Second, the move is a child object of know tyself.
Best song on the album, along with Sick Muse and Gimme Sympathy. Put those on rp!
What a pretty song.
 xtalman wrote:

Saw recently NYC was doing away with all the remaining pay phones in the city.

 

Very sad, being one of 14 people left in the US without cell phones we sure could use them.{#Lol}
 Cyclehawk wrote:
Just wondering what age one would have to be to remember placing a collect call.

 
No age in the UK, as over here we reverse the charges. I never quite understood the derivation of 'collect call'...

You can still do this, as far as I know. If you can find a public phone box, that is - they're rarer than rocking horse droppings in these days of ubiquitous mobile phones :(
 Proclivities wrote:

I think you can, but first you need to find a pay phone.

 
Saw recently NYC was doing away with all the remaining pay phones in the city.
 spotcheckbilly wrote:

You mean you can't do that any more?

 
I think you can, but first you need to find a pay phone.
 Webfoot wrote:

I remember placing collect calls from coin operated phone booths!

 
You mean you can't do that any more?
 Proclivities wrote:

In the U.S., I would think at least in their mid-30s .  Good tune.

 
I remember placing collect calls from coin operated phone booths!
 Cyclehawk wrote:
Just wondering what age one would have to be to remember placing a collect call.

 
In the U.S., I would think at least in their mid-30s .  Good tune.
 bam23 wrote:

I am also in favor of bimensurability. However, since the metric system is effectively residue of the French Revolution, and thus related to the International Communist Conspiracy (think I'm joking? There are those who still resist it because of its origins), use it with caution. I also like the band.

 
Does this mean that Metric are communists?
 Hannio wrote:

As an engineer I am comfortable in both SI and English units.  Using a system based on powers of 10 may be easier when doing calculations in the head or on paper, but in complex, real world problems there really is no advantage.

 
I am also in favor of bimensurability. However, since the metric system is effectively residue of the French Revolution, and thus related to the International Communist Conspiracy (think I'm joking? There are those who still resist it because of its origins), use it with caution. I also like the band.
Just wondering what age one would have to be to remember placing a collect call.
 
This whole album is beyond excellent. "If somebody's got soul, you gotta make a moooovveee". Really excellent. 
 ufamsm wrote: 
Thank you for posting that!  Wow - haunting & beautiful --I got goosebumps...  Skipping off to eternity to the sounds of Metric, lovely.
 Byronape wrote:

When I first heard the album, I wasn't really all that impressed.  I think some of the simple popish elements turned me off more than they should
 
What, is Emily Haines a Catholic? Has she gone all Sinead O'Connor? :o)

Sorry, I couldn't resist that. I get your point, though - this album is a grower, as for all its poppiness at times it really rocks. I'd not have come across Metric if not for RP, so once again major thanks to Bill & Becky. The follow-up album, Synthetica, is even better than this, and is played regularly in my car with the knob turned up to 11.
 Webfoot wrote:

One would think Metric would be more successful in the US.

 
As an engineer I am comfortable in both SI and English units.  Using a system based on powers of 10 may be easier when doing calculations in the head or on paper, but in complex, real world problems there really is no advantage.
 coolpeople_rule wrote:
I love the Metric system a tonne!  ;)

 
One would think Metric would be more successful in the US.
I love the Metric system a tonne!  ;)
Excellent song pairings today!
 On_The_Beach wrote:
"I know it's a lie; I want it to be true."
Who hasn't been there?

  jeff tweedy sings "..all my lies are only wishes.."  maybe it's a human condition


Love this band. Emily Haines has a range of singing styles, she is not all "breathy" all the time. Listen to their latest "Synthetica" - it's an awesome album

{#Good-vibes}
 hbs47 wrote:
Oh good another twee breathy female non voice, just what is needed.
 
Is it only the female non-voices that get under your skin, or do the males bug you as well?
Oh good another twee breathy female non voice, just what is needed.
I know I'm a few years late, but this is my favorite song of the past few months...
Saw them a week ago at the Arlington Theater here in Santa Barbara. Totally awesome!
*sigh*
.."the rest of the ride is riding on you"..
 ufamsm wrote: 
amazing is an understatement.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
"I know it's a lie; I want it to be true."
Who hasn't been there?
 
Brother (or sister), I know what you mean . . .
up from 9 to 10 after three plus years of listening to it.
"I know it's a lie; I want it to be true."
Who hasn't been there?
Metric has a great lead voice to work with but music that doesn't keep up with her talent.
 Byronape wrote:

When I first heard the album, I wasn't really all that impressed.  I think some of the simple popish elements turned me off more than they should or maybe I was just not in the right place to enjoy this.  Now, after nearly a year has past, I've been playing this album for about the last week in my car.  There is really only one song that I don't really care for, the rest is all either good of very good.  Give it a few more spins or retire it for a while and revisit it once you are in a different state of mind.
 
Yep, I'll second that. You can listen to most songs off the album via the Fantasies album website.
 ufamsm wrote: 
Cool, ufamsm! Thanks for that. Very cool film/video!
 sronis wrote:
Well, the whole album kinda sucks. Sorry...
 
When I first heard the album, I wasn't really all that impressed.  I think some of the simple popish elements turned me off more than they should or maybe I was just not in the right place to enjoy this.  Now, after nearly a year has past, I've been playing this album for about the last week in my car.  There is really only one song that I don't really care for, the rest is all either good of very good.  Give it a few more spins or retire it for a while and revisit it once you are in a different state of mind.
 nalle wrote:
Love her voice and the music is really good.
 

ja...
 On_The_Beach wrote:

I completely disagree. Only a couple weak tracks on the disc, IMO.
Maybe give it a few more listens?
 
Agreed. And none so weak that I typically have to skip them.
Not to mention the amazing video from Christopher Mills
Surprised myself by finding I like this.
 sronis wrote:
Well, the whole album kinda sucks. Sorry...
 
I completely disagree. Only a couple weak tracks on the disc, IMO.
Maybe give it a few more listens?

 sronis wrote:
I actually liked the vocals on this (even though she's a bit off key in some places), and the song is great so I downloaded (and by downloaded I mean bought!) the whole album.

Well, the whole album kinda sucks. Sorry...
 

Don't be sorry.  I don't agree with you though.  Sorry.
I actually liked the vocals on this (even though she's a bit off key in some places), and the song is great so I downloaded (and by downloaded I mean bought!) the whole album.

Well, the whole album kinda sucks. Sorry...
Agreed. I can't deal with the breathy baby voices of the vocalists. Ugh!


vit wrote:

Me too, but we're apparently in the vast minority. So whenever this spoonfed pap comes on I just go away instead.
 


Love her voice and the music is really good.
This is probably the best metric song in a excellent catalog.  The vocals are so intense, the lyrics are perfectly enigmatic but with overtones that are intimate and familiar.  I love it.  
very nice...like the synth loop AND her voice...

 
Poacher wrote:
Have they released any 12 inch vinyl? Would they have to call it 30.48cm vinyl?

 
Nope, it'd be 3048mm vinyl......

Have they released any 12 inch vinyl? Would they have to call it 30.48cm vinyl?

Can't think of another song whose comments are so diametrically opposed to its ratings.

Huh.     7


 sirdroseph wrote:
I just wish Metric, Muse, Goldfrapp and a few other artists would just go away!{#Arghhh}

 
MUSE are brilliant musicians and can't even be compared to Metric and Goldfrapp.

 rabbi_phil wrote:
Is this    good   or    not so good ?      Hmmmmmmmmmmmm   I Thinnnk    Mayyybeeeee                  not so good.
 

Fail
 socalhol wrote:
Something about this song just reminded me of that old School House Rock song "Figure 8" (which is a good thing — nostalgic and all).  And "Figure 8" was sung by Blossum Dearie who was known for her distinctive girlish voice — so this style of singing is not a new thing.  

 
Oh, I have to respond. that was my favorite School House Rock segment, even before  "3 is a Magic Number" and "Conjunction Junction"
(I was a little girl after all and  "Figure 8" had ice skating in it) but I loved every one of the early Math and English School House Rocks even the really funky Black Power ones like "I Got 6."

I didn't hear this in months and now I like it—-a lot! So there is something to the overplaying thing.

Is this    good   or    not so good ?      Hmmmmmmmmmmmm   I Thinnnk    Mayyybeeeee                  not so good.


 sirdroseph wrote:
I just wish Metric, Muse, Goldfrapp and a few other artists would just go away!{#Arghhh}

 
Me too, but we're apparently in the vast minority. So whenever this spoonfed pap comes on I just go away instead.

I just wish Metric, Muse, Goldfrapp and a few other artists would just go away!{#Arghhh}

 jonesyNC wrote:

Delurked to say I love this band.  I discovered this band right here at Radio Paradise and could not get enough so I bought all their albums. 

Have to say thanks to RP for turning me on to them.

Thanks!


This album is a little more polished than their previous releases, but they are certainly building a strong catalog. If they come to your town go see them. They are a great live band.


I like this song, but I keep tensing up, waiting for her to miss a high note by a hair. {#Embarassed}
Hearing Metric on RP encouraged me to buy the CD on iTunes.  Now it is on my primary playlists.  Great stuff!
 Stingray wrote:


Poor thing...!
 
{#Roflol}

Gonna have to dig this disk out someday soon, it's surprisingly good if a bit fluffy. 
Something about this song just reminded me of that old School House Rock song "Figure 8" (which is a good thing — nostalgic and all).  And "Figure 8" was sung by Blossum Dearie who was known for her distinctive girlish voice — so this style of singing is not a new thing.  


 on2whls wrote:

      Breathy female voices always work for me, has to be close to the ear though. Good tune by the way.
 
Preferably suffixed by application of warm tongue in self same ear?  Definitely works for me.

On a more appropriate note, what a good picture of her that is - you can see the passion for the song in her face.

 Mexilicious wrote:
Up to here with breathy female voices. Didn't work for me with the Cowboy Junkies, does not work for me now.
 
      Breathy female voices always work for me, has to be close to the ear though. Good tune by the way.


 
Emily Haines - Metric 2 by ~Lens-Capped
Sylvia Bo Bilvia ©2009-2010 ~Lens-Capped

Metric at the B.C Virgin fest, you can feel the love radiating off her. (Shot while she performed "Stadium Love").

.

Up to here with breathy female voices. Didn't work for me with the Cowboy Junkies, does not work for me now.
Very gentle and romantic music. Shift Up mark 9 to10.


 socalhol wrote:
Finally picked up this album last week — I've been listening to it non-stop!  Love it
 

Poor thing...!
First time to hear this one.  LOVE it.
This song has REALLY grown on me. 

How is their other stuff? Is this a representative sample? 

Love Metric Emily Haines can do no wrong....


 Viv515 wrote:
I'm getting really sick of all the "little girl" voices out there in Music Land.
 
I have wanted to say that for a long time; however; this song has grown on me.

I'm getting really sick of all the "little girl" voices out there in Music Land.
Find a schtick and stick to it nah,,,#3
 calypsus_1 wrote:

Metric - New ii by ~escape-is-at-hand
Kyle Raven  ©2006-2010 ~escape-is-at-hand

Emily Haines at the Carleton University Froshweek Concert.
  

 

Reminds me a little of Uma Thurman for some reason?!  (Appearance-wise that is.) 


I did a mild double-take when I first heard this song, because I thought it was Dirty Martini, a band from Portland, Oregon that's done a couple of shows in our humble cow-town.  Still, I like this based on its own merits, too...{#Cheers}
got it - it's a good song

How can this song be tedious when it has so many appealing elements?  I'm not sure why the whole doesn't work for me.  
Finally picked up this album last week — I've been listening to it non-stop!  Love it — pop-a-licious!  {#Cheers}
I like this
"I know it's a lie; I want it to be true."

Great line.

8 -> 9.

 jonesyNC wrote:

Delurked to say I love this band.  I discovered this band right here at Radio Paradise and could not get enough so I bought all their albums. 

Have to say thanks to RP for turning me on to them.

Thanks!

 
Same here, :bow: to Bill.

Delurked to say I love this band.  I discovered this band right here at Radio Paradise and could not get enough so I bought all their albums. 

Have to say thanks to RP for turning me on to them.

Thanks!


 hagz21 wrote:
Thank-you RP for recognizing and playing another great Canadian talent.
 
Love this band. Bought some songs via iTunes las night.

Metric - New ii by ~escape-is-at-hand
Kyle Raven  ©2006-2010 ~escape-is-at-hand

Emily Haines at the Carleton University Froshweek Concert.


Thank-you RP for recognizing and playing another great Canadian talent.
I never heard of Metric until RP started playing some of their tunes recently.  They are quite good and easy to listen too.

This album is available as MP3 for $5.99 at Amazon. . .very, very much worth it. Is that the going price for MP3 albums these days? Because that seems downright reasonable.
 On_The_Beach wrote:

I agree; catchy song, cool video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqldwoDXHKg


 
I like this video.  Catchy.  It made me think of Phish's rotation jams (except they do it live).

 zipper wrote:
{#Headache}
 
Yep


8 {#Arrow} 9


 pauleywalnuts wrote:
I've heard of this band but never checked them out until now. Very cool video, thanks for the youtube link.
 
You're welcome. Lead singer is Emily Haines, also heard on RP.


{#Headache}
 On_The_Beach wrote:

I agree; catchy song, cool video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqldwoDXHKg


 
I've heard of this band but never checked them out until now. Very cool video, thanks for the youtube link.

Love 'em!  Saw them live at an outdoor show here in Edmonton, lots of fun.

They're from Calgary - go Canada! 
 horstman wrote:
Sounds like a female singing Postal Service.

OK song.
 
Good call. I was thinking Snow Patrol.
 Dancing_banana wrote:
Bill - please play Gimme Sympathy!
 
I agree; catchy song, cool video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqldwoDXHKg


 horstman wrote:
Sounds like a female singing Postal Service.

OK song.
 
But with Ben Gibbard at the microphone doesn't Postal Service already sound like they have a female singing? {#Lol}  Sorry couldn't resist; not meant as a slag against him, he just has a high singing voice.

Bill - please play Gimme Sympathy!
Sounds like a female singing Postal Service.

OK song.
Sound track to late Oct. early Nov. '09 for me. Really like the whole CD.
One of my favorite CD's of 2009.
Quite liking this, but can't decide if that slightly thin, slightly winsome vocal is going to coalesce or just congeal!
I like it! {#Music}
Yeah, new Metric!