About four years ago, I was introduced to the bands TOOL and A Perfect Circle by The Hippy. He’s made numerous attempts to get me into bands over these years, but only a few have stuck (the other is System of a Down) while many others I merely tolerate to keep him happy (Rage Against the Machine, Smashing Pumpkins, Supertramp, The Mars Volta…) The key reason I dig Tool/APC and SOAD are the singers’ voices. Lucky for Tool and APC, they have the same lead vocals. Maynard James Keenan.
I find is voice soothing. Incredibly soothing. Which is probably why I slightly prefer A Perfect Circle to TOOL; the music itself is more soothing. However, there are a good number of TOOL songs I could easily listen to on repeat. And have.
I listen to Pandora Radio a lot. Sometimes on my laptop, but I usually listen to it on my Ipod Touch now. It makes me feel like I’m turning my Ipod into a musical monster, and I get a real kick out of that. I feel like I’m cheating. 🙂 Anyway, a few times now, A Perfect Circle’s version of Imagine has come on. The Hippy and I have had discussions about this. He believes the APC version is better, but I’m a firm believer that no one could ever, ever, ever do it better than John Lennon. Not even Rain. It’s like remakes of movies–the original is always better, even if the remake is good.
But now I’m not so sure. I mean, Lennon is still better, but Maynard’s voice is starting to bring me over to the dark side. And it is a dark side, too, considering how that version is arranged.
Compare for me, if you will… Press the little play buttons to hear the previews for free.
It’s hard, I know.
Completely unrelated, I am finding myself having to thumbs down a lot of things on Pandora. It’s not because they are bad songs, per se… But I found myself at work saying “Hey, that song played on my Ipod this morning.” And Pandora just played “Hip to be Square” which played at work yesterday. I blame it on the fact that I was introduced to Blue October thanks to work’s music, and the Blue October station is one of my favorites on Pandora. However, that doesn’t mean I want to feel like I’m at work when I’m very clearly not. At least it isn’t playing Christmas music. There is a time and a place for Christmas music, and this just isn’t it.