As opposed to songs that last for a long time at a slow simmer, like Bauhaus's "Bela Lugosi's Dead." Or long songs that start at a high heat and try to get even higher, like Melissa Etheridge's "Like The Way I Do." Both of those can be good, too, but it's a different kind of energy. And then there's the famous power ballad style of loud-soft-loud, about which the less said the better.
I was thinking about songs like that recently, and realized this would be a great excuse to play with one of my favorite Amazon widgets again. The down side is that you really don't get a good sense of what I like about these songs in thirty second snippets. But it's got to be better than nothing, right?
So here's the list I came up with:
- Josh Ritter, "Thin Blue Flame"
- live version of Richard and Linda Thompson's "Calvary Cross"
- Local H, "Hand to Mouth"
- Harvey Danger, "Radio Silence" (unavailable in the widget, but it's on YouTube)
- Okkervil River, "So Come Back, I Am Waiting"
- U2, "All I Want Is You"
- Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, "Hallelujah"
- Eagles, "The Last Resort"
- Peter Gabriel, "Biko"
- Cracker, "Dixie Babylon"
- Dandy Warhols, "Be-In"
- Sinead O'Connor, "Troy"
- Camper Van Beethoven, "Civil Disobedience" (also unavailable in the widget, but it's on iLike)
- Dire Straits, "Romeo & Juliet"
- The New Frontiers, "Who Will Give Us Love?"
- Ambulance Ltd., "Stay Where You Are"
- Elvis Costello, "Battered Old Bird"
- Rachel Smith, "Juanita"
- Bodies of Water, "I Guess I'll Forget the Sound, I Guess, I Guess"
- Rilo Kiley, "Always" (yet another song unavailable in the widget, it's also on iLike)
- Modest Mouse, "Parting of the Sensory"
What songs do you like that have that pattern?