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411 Music Fact or Fiction 10.4.13: You've Got The Touch
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.04.2013

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Welcome to another edition of Fact or Fiction: Music. I'm your host, Joseph Lee.

This week we have Andy Rackauskas against Sean Garmer.

Round 1
1) You agree that Star Wars has the best movie soundtrack.
Andy Rackauskas: FACT.

Yeah. It's kind of hard to disagree. There are a ton of really good soundtracks. 2001: A Space Odyssey, Raiders of the Lost Ark>, etc… But, of all of them Star Wars is the gold standard. However, one other soundtrack could beat it. And that would be if your premise is that it should be pop music and not a "score". Prince & The Revolution's is just magnificent. It's pop perfection. Dirty, fun, funky, and rockin'. However, all that said, Price's album doesn't really "feel" like a soundtrack. That one really is John Williams' epic space adventure theme… It's Star Wars.

Sean Garmer: FICTION.

Actually, just from how much awesomely bad 80's music is in it, Transformers: The Movie (the animated one) takes the cake for me. I'm sure Joseph is asking about soundtracks without words though. Star Wars has some incredibly well known themes in its various films. However, I would argue that Lord of the Rings and Clockwork Orange are better. Especially Clockwork Orange, man I don't think I've ever been more freaked out by a movie the first time I watched it. The music helps a lot with that.

Score Card: 0 for 1

Round 2
2) Halestorm's cover of "Get Lucky" was great.
Andy Rackauskas: FICTION.

Good cover, not great. It's tough to do a really great cover. It's a good one, but it's not genre shattering. It's what you would think…a metal/pop cover of a funky/electronica jam.

Sean GarmerFACT.

It certainly isn't the dancey feel good hit that Pharrell and Daft Punk made it, but they do a good job of keeping the essence of the song and making it their own. I think I would have dismissed it if a guy was singing it, but having a female vocalist actually creates that same disparity that Pharrell had with Daft Punk and i like it. The instrumental work does a nice job in trying to mimic the beat, but when the song gets angry it changes accordingly. I think the chorus is the best part of the song, along with the solo in the middle.

Score Card: 0 for 2

Round 3
3) A$AP Rocky's "Fashion Killa" was not a good song.
Andy Rackauskas: FACT.

Nor was it horrible. But it's simply not good or interesting. It's cookie-cutter R&B/Hip-Hop.
Sean Garmer: FACT.

Oh Lord, I've never heard of A$AP before this and I never want to do so again. Ok, so I'm guessing he's with Rihanna? And he is using that to make a song about her and her love of fashion? It's just stupid. Rihanna doing the sound effects under the track is even more annoying than just a regular beat. The song never goes anywhere and then they have this weird part towards the end where some other guys take over and it turns into a mini love song. I really hope this doesn't trend on the charts, it is terribly annoying.
Score Card: 1 for 3


Round 4
4) A full Pink Floyd reunion will never happen.
Sean Garmer: FACT.

If they haven't reunited by now, I think it's probably safe to say we won't see them ever fully reunite. Nick Mason is correct in saying that a one-off is a lot more likely and that we will probably never see them fully reunite because Gilmour is happy doing his thing and Roger Waters says "it is beyond me" to fully reunite and be Pink Floyd. Gilmour and Waters don't like each other and I don't think much has changed about that over the years.

Andy Rackauskas: FACT.

It's can't Syd is dead. But, I think what most people are looking for is some kind of Roger Waters/David Gilmour collaboration. I think that is possible. Although improbable. There's a lot of bad blood between the two despite some moments of moderate reconciliation. It's one thing to jump stage and play on a jam versus get in the studio. It's not like these guys are broke. So money won't be enough of a carrot to dangle in front of the guys.

Score Card: 2 for 4

Round 5
5) You're interested in a new album from Weird Al Yankovic.
Sean Garmer: FACT.

Weird Al's last album was pretty good and I always love to hear what songs he will poke fun at next. Weird Al showed he can still find ways to make his stuff relevant and entertaining to a new audience last time he released an album. For me, Weird Al is there with Phil Collins in my echelon of guilty pleasures that I have no problem with them making new music and would listen to them until they were 100 years old.

Andy Rackauskas: FICTION.

I have never been interested in a whole album by Weird Al. He's good for a lark for one silly parody song, but that's it. And after one listen/viewing, that's more than enough.

Score Card: 2 for 5

Round 6
6) The track list for the soundtrack of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has you interested in the album.
Sean Garmer FACT.

Coldplay is one of my favorite bands that's still touring today, I really like the Lumineers, Imagine Dragons, and Elle Goulding too. Throw-in Of Monsters and Men, Lorde, and Mikky Ekko I think I'm pretty interested. The first film soundtrack was good and it looks like this one is no different.

Andy Rackauskas: FICTION.

Coldplay, Christina Aguilera, Ellie Goulding, Sia….really? That's supposed to make someone interested? Maybe my mom. Sorry, I have zero interest in this. Hell, if Lenny Kravitz were to just play on the album I'd be more interested.

Score Card: 2 for 6

Anything you agree with? Disagree with? Sound off in the comment section.4


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