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Loudmouth

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Just a quick survey of people's favourite lyricists. Of course this is always tied up to bands/artists you actually listen to so will be somewhat personal and limited. Anyway in no particular order these are some of the lyricists I rate as well above average...

Peter Perrett from The Only Ones

Momus aka Scottish singer Nick Currie

Leonard Cohen

A certain Bob Geldof

Andy Partridge of XTC

Jimbob [James Morrisson] from Carter USM

Jarvis ****er from Pulp

I'm sure loads more will come to mind but the above mentioned are probably always there in terms of coming up with consistently impressive and clever and largely meaningful song lyrics.



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In the Long Grass

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Rats, Carter and Pulp all great calls, and no coincidence that's one of main reasons why I like those bands. Particularly like JimBob's, admittedly very contrived but almost poetically brilliant in places, especially for people who like to toy with language.

Only know Another Girl Another Planet by Only Ones so can't really comment there, or on any of the remainder.

Other faves I'd list would be Glenn Tilbrook, Shane McGowan and (bit more erratic) Morrissey. Will keep thinking about this one... 

Incidentally, award for worst must go to Jeff Lynne. Love ELO music, but lyrics are consistently dreadful.



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Mondo Bongo

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Have always loved Ray Davies' lyrics, also Glen Tilbrook, and most of the stuff Madness did was also pretty good. Going back a bit, I like songs written by Freddie Mercury and also Bowie. More recently, it probably varies according to individual songs - but do generally quite like Lily Allen lyrics, though not sure if I should admit it!! Sometimes it just depends on mood and what strikes a chord personally - love the song Wires by Athlete for being a bit sad and emotional but ultimately uplifting. But I guess all the stuff the Boomtown Rats did meant the most when I was a teenager and will always be special as they're associated with so many memories - mainly of just being young!

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Top of my list is Leonard Cohen followed in no particular order by Bob Geldof, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Paul Brady.



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The Elephant's Graveyard

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On lyrics alone...

  • Ray Davies
  • Leonard Cohen
  • Bob Dylan
  • Paul Simon
  • John Lennon
  • Marc Bolan
  • Bob Geldof
  • Elvis Costello
  • Paul Weller
  • Glenn Tilbrook
  • Kirsty MacColl
  • Julian Cope
  • Shaun Ryder
  • Gruff Rhys
  • Jarvis C0cker
  • Damon Albarn
  • Alex Turner

Probably sheds more I can't think of right now.

Oddly a lot of acts I like, say Velvet Underground, Rolling Stones, Bowie, Suede, Franz Ferdinand don't always have particularly meaningful lyrics, but they sound great.

 



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Loudmouth

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A few more that got away.....

Paddy Mcaloon from Prefab Sprout

Grant  Mclennan/ Robert Forster from the Go Betweens

Jake Shillingford from My Life Story

Tom York/ Radiohead

Marc Almond

The Undertones

Syd Barrett (ex Pink Floyd/solo)

 



-- Edited by noelindublin on Sunday 5th of June 2011 02:34:28 PM



-- Edited by noelindublin on Sunday 5th of June 2011 02:38:12 PM

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I would add Neil Peart of Rush to the list

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