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Old 12-24-2016, 05:04 AM
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What is the oddest song/piece of music you've ever heard?

Whether it be by popular musical artists, royalty free artists, on TV shows, themes, adverts etc. It doesn't have to be an actual song but an instrumental.

For me it has to be an alternative media TV show called 'On The Edge' with an economist called Max Keiser. I don't know if any dopers have hear of him but he's what you would call a bit of a conspiracy theorist or maybe 'fringe' to be less derogatory.

His musical intro along with the animation pretty much says it all. I don't think I've ever heard something similar in my entire life. I even thought of adding it as a ringtone but I don't want to seem 'attention seeking'. Despite how humorous it is, I have to say it's very enjoyable.

'On The Edge' - Episode (Youtube)

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Old 12-24-2016, 05:48 AM
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Way too broad a question, It could be a tuba being rolled down a fire escape. Or it could be the whole repertoire of Paulo Conte.

In the 1950's, Stan Kenton's "City of Glass" was as odd as it could get, but to listen to it today, it would sound ordinary but dated. I'm old enough to remember Spike Jones who played music on any junkyard object that had resonance, and was popular and made a good living at it.

There are so many directions "odd" can go, I could easily submit immediately a dozen songs from my playlist. There are countries in the world whose entire domestic music industry turns out nothing but what would seem odd to the ears of the Sony tyranny forced upon the western listener. Like this, from Ethiopia:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3v2e...4046A4B9425E66
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Old 12-24-2016, 06:43 AM
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I've always enjoyed Earth To Doris by Was (Not Was).

Anyone else familiar with it?


mmm
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Old 12-24-2016, 09:31 AM
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Way too broad a question, It could be a tuba being rolled down a fire escape. Or it could be the whole repertoire of Paulo Conte.
I agree.
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There are so many directions "odd" can go, I could easily submit immediately a dozen songs from my playlist.
I could submit dozens, perhaps hundreds of songs that most would find unlistenable and that most would not classify as "music". I know people who cannot and would not listen to Phillip Glass, Glenn Branca, Heiner Goebbels, etc.. because they don't even think it's music.
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I've always enjoyed Earth To Doris by Was (Not Was).

Anyone else familiar with it?


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I am. I love those guys. I've always been a big fan of The Party Broke Up

I'll skip the extended bouts of nothing but feedback (Lou Reed, Neil Young, Null, Boredoms, Melt-Banana, Merzbow, etc.; most people find it unlistenable) and offer a couple of things that people will not want to listen to again because they are so far out there that most would not consider them "music":

Jandek - Naked In The Afternoon (first song on the first album; this is what introduced Jandek to the world)
Jandek - Shadow Of Leaves (yes, this is one song)

Gigantic Brain is a cybergrind band, a genre typified by songs that are short with inhumanly fast bursts of drums.

Gigantic Brain - Exo-Brain (yes, this is one song)
Gigantic Brain - Obliterated By The Super Train

I also have a couple of different recordings of pachinko parlors that are presented as music, but I can't find any videos for them and I can't be arsed to make one right now.

TL;DR (or listen): There's lots of music out there that is so far off the beaten path that many wouldn't affirm that it's music in the first place. Stuff like this makes up a sizable portion of my sizable music collection.

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Old 12-26-2016, 04:40 PM
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Somewhat reminds me of Locust, with such classics as

The Half-Eaten Sausage Will See You in the Office Now

Live from the Russian Compound

I have no idea where to go with this for my nomination. The song in the OP doesn't sound terribly out there to me, and even the Locust songs above have structure and sounds I can latch on to. I'm not sure what I'd go with. Brian Ferneyhough's String Quartet #6, maybe? But I do have to agree, "odd" in what way? The Ferneyhough still seems a bit "normal" to me as it does use typical Western orchestral instrumentation.
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Old 12-26-2016, 04:58 PM
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Of course there are a million unlistenable songs by a million little-known groups, but I assume you mean one that was widely played.

One of Bill Cosby's TV series, before the one about the Huxtables, had a theme song that I thought was stupid, "Hicky Burr." While googling it to get the name right just now, I was amazed to learn that it was co-written by Quincy Jones, and was nominated for a Grammy. It still sounds stupid to me, which I guess shows that I have no taste.
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Old 12-27-2016, 04:54 PM
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I am impressed that you know The Locust! Aye, both are grindcore at their heart, just different branches from the same tree.
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Old 12-27-2016, 09:39 AM
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Gigantic Brain is a cybergrind band, a genre typified by songs that are short with inhumanly fast bursts of drums.

Gigantic Brain - Exo-Brain (yes, this is one song)
Gigantic Brain - Obliterated By The Super Train
This stuff is great! I'm having a blast with this.
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Old 12-27-2016, 08:16 PM
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This stuff is great! I'm having a blast with this.
I'm so glad! They are not for everyone, but I think they're brilliant.
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Old 12-28-2016, 11:55 AM
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I've always enjoyed Earth To Doris by Was (Not Was).

Anyone else familiar with it?


mmm
What about "Dad, I'm in Jail" from the same album?
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Old 12-28-2016, 12:43 PM
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Old 12-28-2016, 01:28 PM
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Old 12-29-2016, 02:01 AM
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Eddie, weren't you the one who posted the songs by the sisters that were made to play music by their father, without having had lessons? If so, who were they again?

I don't know that they performed the ODDEST piece of music I've ever heard, but I feel like they are in the discussion.
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Old 12-24-2016, 09:03 AM
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The Most Unwanted Song by Komar & Melamid, perhaps the only song in the world which was scientifically designed to be as annoying as possible. I kinda like it.
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Old 12-26-2016, 02:38 PM
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The Most Unwanted Song by Komar & Melamid, perhaps the only song in the world which was scientifically designed to be as annoying as possible. I kinda like it.
It's better than their Most Wanted Song.
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Old 12-26-2016, 03:08 PM
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From their album "Bark" the Jefferson Airplane had a song called "Thunk".
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Old 12-24-2016, 09:57 AM
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Old 12-24-2016, 12:12 PM
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Lol Coxhill's deranged version of "I Am the Walrus."

Of course, you can pick just about anything from the work of Captain Beefheart (other than from Safe as Milk).
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Old 12-24-2016, 02:03 PM
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Of course there's always Cage's 4'33".
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Old 12-24-2016, 02:34 PM
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Of course there's always Cage's 4'33".
You beat me to it!

Several years ago, I was awakened to Morning Edition doing an interview with Bruce Hornsby - and instead of playing piano-based pop music, he was singing along to some weird electronic stuff. To say the least, it was quite bizarre.

And there's always "We Built This City".
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Old 12-24-2016, 04:18 PM
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Old 12-24-2016, 04:48 PM
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I'm into outsider music. At a certain point it's impossible to say what's "oddest" unless there's another criterion to it. Noise and feedback isn't odd to me anymore.

But I'm going to nominate Devo's "Jocko Homo" as the strangest song to gain national currency/recognition on release. It was on the radio and SNL. I can remember not knowing how to take it at all.
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I'm into outsider music. At a certain point it's impossible to say what's "oddest" unless there's another criterion to it. Noise and feedback isn't odd to me anymore.

But I'm going to nominate Devo's "Jocko Homo" as the strangest song to gain national currency/recognition on release. It was on the radio and SNL. I can remember not knowing how to take it at all.
Their remake of "Satisfaction" is another tune that has people going .
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Old 12-26-2016, 02:19 PM
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It's hard to beat Charles Valentin Alkan's Funeral March on the Death of a Parrot. Very screwy.

Rossini's Comic Duet for Two Cats is wildly weird, but the provenance is suspect. It may have been a more ordinary duet, and the words replaced with meows by someone else.

Mozart's "Lick my Ass" and Beethoven's "Lupanzigh is an Ass" are worth noting.

Mozart's A Musical Joke (divertimento for two horns and string quartet) is wild and weird, and, actually, quite pretty. The more you know about music, the funnier it is.
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Old 12-26-2016, 07:43 PM
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It's hard to beat Charles Valentin Alkan's Funeral March on the Death of a Parrot. Very screwy.

Rossini's Comic Duet for Two Cats is wildly weird, but the provenance is suspect. It may have been a more ordinary duet, and the words replaced with meows by someone else.
Adding to the animal theme: The Puppy Love Song by Spike Jones.
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Old 12-26-2016, 03:36 PM
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I'm into outsider music. At a certain point it's impossible to say what's "oddest" unless there's another criterion to it. Noise and feedback isn't odd to me anymore.

But I'm going to nominate Devo's "Jocko Homo" as the strangest song to gain national currency/recognition on release. It was on the radio and SNL. I can remember not knowing how to take it at all.
As far as mainstream strange goes, my first thought was "O Superman" by Laurie Anderson, which charted briefly (#2 in the UK Singles Charts in 1981).

But, as you say, once you get into artists like Merzbow it's impossible to choose a strangest without more criteria.
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As far as mainstream strange goes, my first thought was "O Superman" by Laurie Anderson, which charted briefly (#2 in the UK Singles Charts in 1981).
I don't think anyone really knows how that happened - you had to sell quite a lot of records back then to get to #2. An 8 minute long, highly repetitive avant-garde piece. Perhaps it was a good shagging record.
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Old 12-24-2016, 04:48 PM
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At this time of year? Gotta be Tiny Tim singing "Santa Claus Has Got the AIDS This Year."
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Old 12-24-2016, 04:55 PM
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Ezra Richardson's Introitus Diabolus is one of the strangest songs/music pieces I've heard. I think it's sort of like really repetitive classical/avant-garde music sung by a non-classical singer. It's bizarre.
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Old 12-26-2016, 04:45 PM
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Whether it be by popular musical artists, royalty free artists, on TV shows, themes, adverts etc. It doesn't have to be an actual song but an instrumental.

For me it has to be an alternative media TV show called 'On The Edge' with an economist called Max Keiser. I don't know if any dopers have hear of him but he's what you would call a bit of a conspiracy theorist or maybe 'fringe' to be less derogatory.

His musical intro along with the animation pretty much says it all. I don't think I've ever heard something similar in my entire life. I even thought of adding it as a ringtone but I don't want to seem 'attention seeking'. Despite how humorous it is, I have to say it's very enjoyable.

'On The Edge' - Episode (Youtube)
First thing it reminded me of was the intro to Nickelodeon's old show, You Can't Do that On Television. Then I saw his guest was Alex Jones, and realized I was dealing with substantially less adult subject matter.
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Old 12-26-2016, 04:51 PM
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I agree the question is too broad. I'm going to throw out one I found recently that's just really odd. I think someone here might have linked it and that's how I found it. I was probably pretty drunk, you kind of have to be to appreciate it fully.

PowerSolo - Boom Babba Do Ba Dabba
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Old 12-26-2016, 05:44 PM
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If you want the oddest piece of music heard by millions of people, I'll nominate Revolution 9, from The Beatles' white album. The album sold 9.5 million copies in the U.S. alone, so at least that many people listened to the song. Most of them only once, but still...

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The most unclassifiable and startling thing I think I've heard on the radio turned out to be a cover of Sympathy For the Devil by a Ukrainian klezmer band.
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Old 12-26-2016, 09:09 PM
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I loved Oh Superman. Loved that whole album.

More recently, I rather like Hitchhiker's Eleven.
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Old 12-26-2016, 11:18 PM
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My standard response to odd music questions, free jazz saxaphonist Peter Brotzman's "Machine Gun". Sounds closer to malfunctioning machinery than music.
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Old 12-26-2016, 11:34 PM
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So many choices. How about Nurse with Wound: Creakiness?
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Old 12-27-2016, 08:01 AM
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I'm really struggling with this topic, there's so much to chose from.
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Old 12-27-2016, 08:13 AM
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The most unclassifiable and startling thing I think I've heard on the radio turned out to be a cover of Sympathy For the Devil by a Ukrainian klezmer band.
Slovenian band Laibach's cover of Sympathy for the Devil is also ... unusual.
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So many choices. How about Nurse with Wound: Creakiness?
Rockette Morton Part 1 and 2 are among my favorite tape loop compositions, right up there with Steve Reich's Come Out.

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Slovenian band Laibach's cover of Sympathy for the Devil is also ... unusual.
Excellent album; I'm still not sure what my favorite version is after 30 years. I do think their Let It Be is a better album, just because it has more variety.

Both of you, btw, have excellent taste in music IMO.
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Mr. Bungle is pretty damn strange whilst remaining mostly listenable, and sometimes downright catchy.

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Mr. Bungle is pretty damn strange whilst remaining mostly listenable, and sometimes downright catchy.
Mike Patton released an "album" of himself grunting, screaming, and other vocal nonsense, followed by a more musical but still quite abstract album of strange, atmospheric soundscapes, followed by an album of covers of Italian pop songs from the 50s and 60s, backed by a 40-person orchestra and 15-member band. Not to mention his half-dozen other bands and side projects. He is one very talented and very strange man.
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Infinity by Aphrodite's Child.
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I see that Snowboarder Boís posted in here so Iím sure that the oddest stuff Iíve ever heard will be in this thread.

As Iím listening through the posts, Iíll mention Billie Holidayís version of "Strange Fruit". Itís a horribly haunting tune that I rarely finish listening to.
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Koyaanisqatsi (1982)
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I see that Snowboarder Boís posted in here so Iím sure that the oddest stuff Iíve ever heard will be in this thread.
Aw, shucks! I'm gonna go ahead and take that as a compliment! Thanks, shunpiker!

I had to make a video to share this with folks here (and with the world in general). Way back in the 1980s when I was in college, we booked a show with this guy who turned out to be a piano player who was traveling the country in his beat up station wagon, playing shows and peddling his wares. People from the San Francisco area may have seen him; he is one of the weirdest, most insanely talented and talently insane people I have ever met. Nearly 30 years after doing audio for his show, it remains one of the most memorable shows I have ever seen and/or been a part of, and I've done thousands of shows in my lifetime. This guy knows more than 2000 songs by heart; he can play nearly anything you can name with no delay, from classical to punk rock to commercial jingles to doo-wop songs to arena rock. His own songs are, um, inimitable, tho; I can pretty much guarantee that you've never heard anything like D.J. Lebowitz - Airplane.
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John Bartles is an amazingly original musician. This might be my favorite of his songs - listen til the end (3:55).
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John Bartles is an amazingly original musician. This might be my favorite of his songs - listen til the end (3:55).
Thanks; I really like this. I didn't find the ending a huge deal; more like the logical conclusion for the song.

I'll contribute an oldie but a goodie, and from a namesake to boot: John Trubee - Blind Man's Penis

ETA: Fun fact: In 1985, John Trubee became the first person to interview Jandek! Jandek would not have another interview for like 14 years when a reporter for the Texas Monthly, Katy Vine tracked him down using property and tax records. Jandek & Me.

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Thanks; I really like this. I didn't find the ending a huge deal; more like the logical conclusion for the song.

I'll contribute an oldie but a goodie, and from a namesake to boot: John Trubee - Blind Man's Penis

ETA: Fun fact: In 1985, John Trubee became the first person to interview Jandek! Jandek would not have another interview for like 14 years when a reporter for the Texas Monthly, Katy Vine tracked him down using property and tax records. Jandek & Me.
I've been friends with John for a long time on FB. He's quite a character.
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Aw, shucks! I'm gonna go ahead and take that as a compliment! Thanks, shunpiker!

<snip>.
Straight from the heart, Bo. Though, you've some strong competition in here.
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Somewhat reminds me of Locust...
Awesome, dude - of the trillions of live bands I've seen and played with, The Locust (aaawwww....http://www.kindamuzik.net/gfx/locust-live2-0404.jpg...) are one of the most abominably insane live acts I've seen. When I saw them in 2002, I thought they mopped the stage with Dillinger Escape Plan, and if you know DEP, that's sumpin.

PLAY ALL THIS SHIT AS LOUD AS POSSIBLE...

Not-Quite-Mary-Had-A-Little-Lamb'isms on the keyboard here will get you punching walls and picking fights in no time.
- quite singable.

James Chance and the Contortions
- NYC no wave classic.

The Longshoremen
- pissed that I could not locate ANYWHERE Cindy The Shack Girl, which is, unequivocally, their greatest song.

Death Grips
- like to see these guys but apparently they can't get past the border.

For those in a fast mood, I give you Braindrill
- drummer not quite as crazy as he normally is - a bit laid back, here.


really - you don't want me to get started. That shit's easy listening compared to other shit.

fine as expected offerings, Snowboarder Bo.
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