Forgotten 45s – Hey Toby! Still Like Girls Who Drink Beer? :-D

This song kind of came and went in 2012, and from what I heard on some country station it seemed like Toby Keith wanted it to just be a funny little song that just came and went…  😀

I don’t get it though.  It’s a country song about girls and beer.  Just throw in a reference to a pickup truck and it could be the opposite of that old joke about how all country songs are about, “My truck broke down.  I drink too much.  My girlfriend left me.”  😛

I’m just surprised I could consider something like this a Forgotten 45, but even on country stations I’ve had a hard time finding it.  Maybe Toby really did want this one to be a flash in the pan.  😦

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Songs That Remind Me Of Other Songs – Sevendust Vs. Ethan Meixsell

Ethan Meixsell is practically “Mister Metal” in the YouTube Audio Library.  🙂  The fun with listening to his contributions to the YTAL is trying to figure out what might have inspired the various tracks.  Some of them remind me of Metallica, others remind me of Van Halen, and then there’s Taking A Beating which reminds me of what shredding guitars around the start of this millennium meant…

…at least it reminds me of a song with real singing though, and not that ridiculous Y2K rap metal fad…  😀

Vibe Tracks – The Calvin Harris/Zedd Of The YouTube Audio Library

Dance music has been something I’ve had a love/hate relationship with for a long time.  I listen to a little of everything music-wise, but sometimes dance music can’t make up its mind as to whether it’s real songs or just some nerd blooping around with a synthesizer.  😛  Any “5 word song” would be a good example, and by that I mean someone sings a single line of lyrics then bleep bleep bleep bloop bloop bloop for twice as long afterwards.  😀

I’ve mostly known Calvin Harris and Zedd as crossing the line from bleep bleep bleep bloop bloop bloop to land on some pop stations, so it’s only fitting that some artist eventually come to the YouTube Audio Library as YTAL’s music selection has expanded and matured.  That artist is Vibe Tracks.  🙂

I initially first encountered Vibe Tracks in 2015 via their Beat Your Competition track, which reminded me of Calvin Harris’ Thinking About You.

If bleeps, bloops, dubstep, and robot sounds are more your thing, there’s Take You.

Not to be confused with Take You Home Tonight, which sounds like it’s begging for some romantic lyrics…  😀

“Girl… I love you…  it’s true…  wanna take you home tonight…”  😀  Maybe those are really the lyrics but they were never put into the track?  LOL.  Anyhoo.

Foundation is a more mellow four-on-the-floor track that goes well in the background of many YouTube videos at some low percent to not overpower the video.

Universal always reminded me of a Katy Perry song for some reason…  😀

… while Nice To You reminded me of 90s songs like TLC’s No Scrubs, probably due to the drum machine, a staple of 90s pop when hip hop affected some of the mainstream…  😀

The crossover into R&B though is massive in tracks like Heart Break, as is some bass.  😀

With more recent WWMJs though, Vibe Tracks songs have shown up with stuff like I Love You, which reminds me of some more recent Top 40 stuff with drum machines…

Most recently though we have tracks related to The Incredible i7 Dellasaurus, like You Like It, the opener from that episode, and my answer to Green Ham going gangsta with the opener to The Incredible i5 Dell.

Likewise with Zoom at the very beginning of the video, though the instrument set is a lot more basic techno that I’ve heard before… 😀

At the end was Alternate, my answer to Green Ham’s Wii Sports track at the end of his video, except without people joking in the comments about “huh huh Wii Sports music.”  Does remind me a bit of Cazzette though.  😀

My favorite thusfar though is Sugar, a strong contender for a main theme if I want to even continue having main themes from here on out.  This sort of stuff is why I don’t have a problem with blippy bleepy electronic music.  😀

In a sense one could say Vibe Tracks is like Silent Partner in terms of how I keep returning to their stuff on the YTAL for background music, and folks like it too, as evidenced by all those times I hear, “DUDE!!!  WHAT SONG IS THAT!!!” in the comments.  Maybe some of those folks’ll stop by the blog to get their answer…  🙂

Songs That Remind Me Of Other Songs – Millennial D-Rock

Want to know the difference between people making fun of soundalike rock songs in the 2000s because they were actually there versus people making fun of soundalike rock songs in the 2000s because they read it on Wikipedia somewhere?  See if they ever bash anything besides Nickelback.  😀

Nickelback gets a lot of flak for soundalike hit songs – even these days.  However, there was a band at one point that was Nickelback before Nickelback was Nickelback.  Enter… Creed.  😛

Riding high off of the post-grunge “I’m mad at the world” rock wave after rock and roll started moping and whining just a little less in the mid to late 1990s, Creed showed up in the late 90s with some decent songs that picked up where Pearl Jam left off, to the extent that MTV’s old Celebrity Deathmatch show made fun of them for it.  Check out that angst.  😀

…but the song I heard the most on the rock stations from them in those days was a sign of things to come…

Pay very close attention to the general feel of what that song sounds like.  You’ll then be ahead of the game compared to where we as rock music fans were back in the very end of the last millennium.  Oh if only we knew…  🙂

Enter Creed’s follow-up effort, Human Clay, released in 1999.  With Arms Wide Open stole the show on the rock charts including the Billboard Hot 100, but not far behind was this gem.  Higher, the song that formalized those “alterna-rock” or “modern rock” songs around the start of this millennium that either were something in D, or sounded like some kind of hit song in D, totally a musical version of riding coattails.  By the way, with all the “alterna-rock” lingo at the time, was this stuff really still “alternative?”  😀

Truly, when Nickelback got roasted for songs sounding anywhere close to How You Remind Me, their dynasty of similar songs was far from anything new and exciting.

The fun didn’t end there either.  Check out some of these other tracks from Human Clay.  Notice any similarities?  😀

Those aren’t in order, but that’s the first 4 songs.  Skipping around a bit more.  Don’t forget, still on Human Clay circa 1999.  😀  Hey, at least they changed the drumbeat a bit from song to song… a bit…  😀

…well, sometimes the key changed, but remember, this would have been sold as a CD in the pre-MP3 days for $18.98 a pop at most music stores.  The CD Generation would have approached this soundalike stuff with a very different response from today’s iTunes generation that can stop buying songs on the rest of an album if the first few sound too similar.  😀

Well at least the album ended with… nah.  More soundalike Creed songs even if the key changes…  😛

Maybe With Arms Wide Open did so well because it sounded a bit different…  Nah, still sounds like a Creed song.  😛

At the very least, the end of the last millennium must have been the most boring time in the world to be a drummer in a rock band.  Remember folks, in just a single album Creed did what Nickelback gets roasted for, except Nickelback did this over the span of several albums with “soundalike songs.”

So, did Creed learn their lesson after Y2K went bust and the world didn’t end on January 1st, 2000?  Nope.  😀  Here’s another radio hit from their next album that I very vividly remember…  😀

OH NO THEY DIDN’T!!!  OH YES THEY DID!!!  😛  BEHOLD, HIGHER 2.0!!!  😛

THESE RECORDS WERE YEARS APART, AND THIS IS WHAT WE GOT!!!  😛

Remember that Millennial D-Rock drumbeat that persisted even if the D-chord didn’t?  Well heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere it is again!!!  😀

…and again, same album.  😀

Okay.  Mercy rule.  😛  I’m cutting this one short.  I seem to remember this album being just a hair more creative than Human Clay but as I cycle through the songs (yes I still bought their CDs back then) it’s the same thing, particularly on the choruses.  You pretty much know a Creed song once you’ve listened to about 8 of them and notice this pattern.  Nickelback is looking really good right about now…  😀

…but it didn’t stop there.  Ultimately Scott Stapp and the fellas had a bit of band drama and Stapp left the band, but hey, from the ashes of the Creed dynasty rose Alter Bridge, a.k.a. Creed But Not Really Creed.  Tell me if this sounds familiar…  😀

2004 – well into the new decade – well into The New Millennium – post 9/11 – none of that mattered.  Millennial D-Rock was still showing up on rock stations.  I didn’t mind it at this point though.  Perhaps I was playing lesser of two evils because we had teenyboppers/boy bands, pop punk, pop hop (yes even hip hop got watered down).  I was listening to a lot of Power Metal and Prog Metal as a wild and crazy Saturday Night College Radio Metal DJ, so I was tuning out what was on the rock stations at the time anyways.  If I wanted to hear talent, I knew where to look.  🙂

I stopped following the Millennial D-Rock scene at that point, so I can’t really chime in on Alter Bridge’s later work and Creed doing more work afterwards in 2009, but the damage was done, plus by the mid-2000s everyone was making fun of Nickelback instead.  😀

Strangely enough, my final update on this Millennial D-Rock thing came in my early YouTube days when I was watching a lot of Will It Blend over on Blendtec’s channel and in 2006 a Rhode Island radio station that I was a bit familiar with here in Southern New England decided to say goodbye to Creed in a rather YouTube manner…  😀

There.  That’s enough Millennial D-Rock for now.  Time to go listen to some Nickelback.  I suddenly feel much better about their soundalike songs spread out over several years as opposed to several songs on the same album.  😀

Tronicbox Goes Gaga :-D

Maybe it’s fallout from the Super Bowl, but Tronicbox has had this thing for making 80s remixes of Lady Gaga songs lately…  🙂

Oh boy.  80s aerobics.  I remember the shows at 6 in the morning or some other super early hour like Mousercise on The Disney Channel.  Basically it was for stay-at-home moms or others right after the kids went off to school.  I can’t laugh at this anymore though.  I’ve since learned the value of early morning physical activity having gotten the most effect from exercise when I’m very active very early – even if said activity was at a night shift warehouse job.  🙂

…and then, there’s this…  😀

Seriously.  How much Taylor Dane did this guy listen to before coming up with that backing track?  You know what?  This is now officially a STRMOOS entry too.  😀

Oddly enough though, I can listen to that Gaga remix a lot more easily than this stuff.  Maybe it’s because of how shrill the Taylor Dane song is in my sound system.  Hey, at least the dust is out of my tweeters now.  😀

Seriously though.  I’ve heard people say that Lady Gaga is this generation’s Madonna.  I can believe that.  By the way, did Madonna ever leap into a stadium on wires?  😀

Still though, were she 30 years older I could totally imagine her as Madonna’s angsty rival back in the day.  🙂