A band's signature song? Everyone take part

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Michael Allred, Dec 29, 2001.

  1. Michael Allred

    Michael Allred Screenwriter

    Aug 13, 2000
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    A band's (or singer's) signature song, one that they will always be identified with (whether that's good or bad, I dunno). The song is longer in duration than usual, something grand in every regard (singing, guitar, drumming, production, etc.)
    My picks (and examples for everyone else in case you're not quite sure what I'm getting at); [​IMG]
    Queen "Bohemian Rhapsody"
    Led Zeppelin "Stairway to Heaven"
    The Eagles "Hotel California"
    Go ahead and name bands/singers "signature" songs, let's see what kind of "awesome" list we can mention. Try not to repeat choices listed by others (including my own.)
  2. Kevin T

    Kevin T Screenwriter

    Jul 12, 2001
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    nirvana "smells like teen spirit"

    marilyn manson "sweet dreams"

    nine inch nails "closer"

    kevin t
  3. LawrenceK

    LawrenceK Stunt Coordinator

    May 19, 2001
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    Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone
    Rolling Stones - Satisfaction
    The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night
    Paul McCartney - Let It Be (even though it is a beatles song)
    John Lennon - Imagine
    Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze
    Radiohead - Paranoid Android
    MC Hammer - Can't Touch This
    Green Day - Good Riddance
    Oasis - Champagne Supernova
    R.E.M. - Losing My Religion
    Sublime - What I Got
    The Beach Boys - God Only Knows
    The Doors - Light My Fire
    The Kinks - You Really Got Me
    Aretha Franklin - Respect
    Roy Orbison - Oh, Pretty Woman
    Kris Kross - Jump [​IMG]
  4. KeithH

    KeithH Lead Actor

    Mar 28, 2000
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    Bangles - "Walk Like an Egyptian"

    Madonna - "Like a Virgin"

    Michael Jackson - "Thriller"

    Deep Purple - "Smoke on the Water"

    The Guess Who - "American Woman"

    Boston - "More Than a Feeling"

    The Who - "My Generation"

    Derek and the Dominos - "Layla"

    Eric Clapton (solo) - "Wonderful Tonight"

    WHAM! - "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"

    Cyndi Lauper - "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"
  5. JohanK

    JohanK Second Unit

    Jan 22, 2000
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    Ratt - Round & Round

    Prodigy - Smack my Bitch Up

    Lords of Acid - Pussy

    Megadeth - Peace Sells

    Accept - Balls to the Wall

    G-n-R - Welcome to the Jungle

    PropellerHeads - On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    Toadies - Possum Kingdom

    Foghat - Slow Ride

    Steppenwolf - Born to be Wild

    Metallica - Enter Sandman
  6. Brian Perry

    Brian Perry Cinematographer

    May 6, 1999
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    Kansas Carry On Wayward Son
    Pink Floyd Comfortably Numb
    Rush Tom Sawyer
    Guns N Roses November Rain
    Frank Sinatra My Way [​IMG]
  7. Van Patton

    Van Patton Second Unit

    Jun 27, 2001
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    Credence Clearwater Revival- Proud Mary

    Lenny Kravitz- Are You Gonna Go My Way

    Jimmy Buffet- Margaritaville

    Green Day- Time of Your Life
  8. John K Carter

    John K Carter Stunt Coordinator

    Sep 23, 1999
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    Going back a few years

    Todd Rundgren - Hello it's me

    Little Feat - Dixie Chicken

    Kiss - Rock n' roll all night

    Jethro Tull - Living in the past

    Humble Pie - No doctor

    Black Sabbath - Paranoid

    Edgar Winters - Frankenstein

    The band - The Weight

    Yes - Roundabout

    ELP - Lucky Man

    Blue Oyster Cult - Godzilla

    Roxy Music - Love is the drug

    Marvin Gaye - What's going on

    War - Lowrider

    Does one hit bands count?

    Afghan Whigs - Gentlemen

    Big Country - In a big country

    Mister, Mister - Kirye
  9. James RD

    James RD Supporting Actor

    Aug 4, 2001
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    Some more oldies:

    Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade of Pale

    Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water

    Van Morrison - Moondance

    Talking Heads - Psycho Killer
  10. Ike

    Ike Screenwriter

    Jan 14, 2000
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    Sonic Youth-Teenage Riot

    The Velvet Underground-Heroin

    The Rolling Stones-Satisfaction

    Radiohead-Paranoid Android
  11. Rain

    Rain Producer

    Mar 21, 2001
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    R.E.M.: It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
    Bob Dylan: Like a Rolling Stone
    John Lennon: Imagine
    Warren Zevon: Werewolves of London
    The Band: The Weight
    Alanis Morrisette: Thank U
    Talking Heads: Once in a Lifetime
  12. Adam Lenhardt

    Adam Lenhardt Executive Producer

    Feb 16, 2001
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    Albany, NY
    Meatloaf - I will do anything for love
    George Harrison - All those years ago
    Goo Goo Dolls - Iris
    George Michael - Faith
    Eric Clapton - Tears in Heaven
    Billy Joel - Piano Man
    Steppenwolf - Magic Carpet Ride
    Bob Dylan - The Hurricane
    Police - I'll Be Watching You
    Hootie & the Blowfish - Let Her Cry
    Paul Simon - Graceland
  13. Derek Miner

    Derek Miner Screenwriter

    Feb 22, 1999
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    I think it's interesting to note some of the answers above that are different than what immediately comes to my mind. Some of it has to do with age, I'm sure. Then there's length and quality of career. Meaning it's harder to define a "signature" song for an artist that has been around or had multiple hits become "classics." Here are some that I would propose opposite of what's stated above:

    Green Day: Basket Case (though I can see how "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" has now become their most recognizable song)

    George Harrison: My Sweet Lord

    Paul McCartney (as a Beatle): Yesterday

    Paul McCartney (post Beatles): Silly Love Songs

    Meat Loaf: Paradise By The Dashboard Light

    Alanis Morissette: You Oughta Know

    Radiohead: Creep (although their sound has certainly gone in a different direction since)

    Talking Heads: Burning Down The House (seriously, ask anyone who's only fleetingly familiar with them, and this is probably what they'll remember)

    And even though Lawrence suggested "A Hard Day's Night" for The Beatles, I can't see them having one particular "signature" song - why not "Please Please Me"? "Yesterday"? "Strawberry Fields Forever"? "A Day In The Life"? "Something"? If one had to be chosen, perhaps "Hey Jude," their biggest selling single?

    Here are some others:

    Barenaked Ladies: If I Had $1000000 (or if you only heard of them in the last few years, "One Week")

    Beastie Boys: Sabotage

    Belly: Feed the Tree

    Ben Folds Five: Brick

    The Breeders: Cannonball

    The Monkees: I'm A Believer (if you discount the "(Theme From) The Monkees")

    Michael Penn: No Myth

    Mighty Mighty Bosstones: The Impression That I Get

    Liz Phair: Supernova

    The Pixies: Here Comes Your Man

    Semisonic: Closing Time

    Soul Asylum: Runaway Train

    They Might Be Giants: Istanbul (Not Constantinople)

    Weezer: Buddy Holly
  14. RicP

    RicP Screenwriter

    Feb 29, 2000
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    Derek, you beat me to it. [​IMG]
    My Beatles choices are:
    Paul McCartney(as Beatle): Yesterday
    Paul McCartney: Maybe I'm Amazed
    John Lennon(as Beatle): Strawberry Fields Forever
    John Lennon: Imagine
    George Harrison(as Beatle): Something
    George Harrison: My Sweet Lord
    Ringo Starr(as Beatle): Yellow Submarine
    Ringo Starr: It Don't Come Easy
    and as a band entire:
    The Beatles: Hey Jude
  15. KeithH

    KeithH Lead Actor

    Mar 28, 2000
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    The Wonders* - "That Thing You Do" [​IMG]
    * Not the Oneders. [​IMG]
  16. Jason Quillen

    Jason Quillen Supporting Actor

    Nov 1, 2000
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    Wow, another person from Delaware. That makes three I've seen so far!

    Counting Crows - Mr. Jones

    Pearl Jam - Jeremy

    Smashing Pumpkins - Bullet With Butterfly Wings

    Live - Lightening Crashes

    Dave Matthews Band - Ants Marching

    Cracker - Low

  17. Micahel C

    Micahel C Stunt Coordinator

    Dec 29, 2001
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    I totally agree with your Beatle list. I feel that many of the choices made so far are very good with a few exceptions. Here's my list and it's fairly long (Sorry, I was waiting to get access to the page, so had quite of bit of time to think). [​IMG] Here goes:
    Lynard Skynard : Free Bird
    Abba : Waterloo
    Moody Blues : Nights In White Satin
    Charlie Daniels : The Devil Went Down To Georgia
    Joe Cocker : With A Little Help From My Friends
    Pat Benatar : Hit Me With Your Best Shot
    Turtles : Happy Together
    Tommy James : Crimson & Clover
    Grand Funk : We're An American Band
    Beautiful Day : White Bird
    Jefferson Airplane : White Rabbit
    Jefferson Starship : We Built This City
    Blondie : Heart Of Glass
    Supremes : Stop, In The Name Of Love
    Doobie Brothers : China Grove
    Duran Duran : Hungry Like The Wolf
    Devo : Whip It
    Boy George : Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
    Smokey Robinson : Tears Of A Clown
    Byrds : Mr Tamborine Man
    Nitty Gritty Dirt Band : Mr. Bojangles
    Cream : Sunshine Of Your Love
    Doors : Light My Fire
    Steely Dan : Rikki Don't Lose That Number
    Carly Simon : You're So Vain
    Petula Clark : Downtown
    Jan & Dean : Little Old Lady From Pasadena
    Juice Newton : Queen Of Hearts
    Three Dog Night : Joy To The World
    Red Rider : Lunatic Fringe
    Gordon Lightfoot : Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald
    Donovan : Mellow Yellow
    Tom Jones : What's New Pussycat
    Ventures : Telstar
    Pure Prarie League : Amie
    CCR : Proud Mary
    Santana : Black Magic Woman
    Jethro Tull : Aqualung
    Kansas : Dust In The Wind
    Little River Band : Lonesome Loser
    Steve Miller Band : Fly Like An Eagle
    Jim Croce : Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
    Chicago : Colour My World
    Shirley Bassey : Goldfinger
    Boxtops : The Letter
    Booker T & The MG's : Green Onions
    Kenny Rogers & First Edition : Just Dropped In
    Herman's Hermits : I'm Henry The Eighth
    Classics IV : Spooky
    Lovin Spoonful : Summer In The City
    Grass Roots : Midnight Confessions
    Bobby Fuller Four : I Fought The Law
    Buddy Holly : Peggy Sue
    McCartney & Wings : Band On The Run
    America : Horse With No Name
    Ozark Mountain Daredevils : Jackie Blue
    Mamas & Papas : California Dreamin
    Sam The Sham : Little Red Riding Hood
    Stevie Nicks : Stop Dragging My Heart Around
    Sorry, they just kept popping into my head as I was typing.
  18. LawrenceK

    LawrenceK Stunt Coordinator

    May 19, 2001
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    Well...in response to why I picked A Hard Days Night for The Beatles, it's a song that always comes to mind when I think of The Beatles (though it isn't really a personal favorite), and it is also one of their songs that is not really directly atributed to either Lennon or McCartney, whearas Hey Jude (one of my favorite songs) is really a pure McCartney song, with little Lennon involvement. So if I had to pick ONE song that defined The Beatles at that time in their career, it would be A Hard Day's Night. If I was going to pick a song for say, the Rubber Soul - Revolver years, I'd pick In My Life, and if I was going to pick a song for the later years of The Beatles, I would probably pick A Day In The Life. I think all these songs reflect The Beatles when the band, or at least Lennon-McCartney, worked together, and were not just writing seperately.

    EDIT: And why Creep for Radiohead? That song is certainly not reflective of their body of work. I stick by Paranoid Android.
  19. Ben Motley

    Ben Motley Supporting Actor

    Mar 3, 2001
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    The Clash - Train in Vain
    Motorhead - Ace of Spades
    The Ramones - Rock and Roll High School
    The Who - Baba O'Reily (or maybe Who Are You)
    Blondie - Rapture (unfortunately - there are so many that are better)
    Nena - 99 Luft Ballons
    Alice Cooper - either I'm Eighteen, or School's Out
    Cheap Trick - I Want You to Want Me
    Milli Vanilli - Girl, You Know It's True[​IMG] sorry, couldn't resist [​IMG]
  20. RicP

    RicP Screenwriter

    Feb 29, 2000
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