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By Oz_Media ·
Ok sorry to post such an OFF topic question here, but I have a chorus going through my head of a VERY popular tune and just can't place the band/song.

Chorus has good harmony singing "it could happen to you, it could happen to me, it could happen to everyone eventually"

I know this song and just can't place the damn band. My neighbout is also banging his head trying to get it now.

On another 'note' what do you think of a websitte called "stuck in your head" where you can type in a chorus or verse from a song and it will return the tune and lyrics? You could have a section for songs in commercials, and another for radio play.

Such a site would be cool in the situation I'm in now, but i thought a website (big project) would be neat and may catch on well.

"it could happen to you....." AAARGH!

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Yes

by wordworker In reply to Off topic for music buffs

Ozman, it sounds like this YES song to me:

Album: 90215 (1983)
It Can Happen (Squire/Anderson/Rabin)


It Can Happen
You can fool yourself
You can cheat until you're blind
You can cut your heart
It can happen

You can mend the wires
You can feed the soul apart
You reach
It can happen to you
It can happen to me
It can happen to everyone eventually

It's a constant fight
A constant fight
You're pushing the needle to the red
Black and white
Who knows who's right
No substitute you're born you're dead
Fly by night
Created out of fantasy
Our destinations call

Look up - Look down
Look out - Look around
Look up - Look down
There's a crazy world outside
We're not about to lose our pride

It can happen to you
It can happen to me
It can happen to everyone eventually

As you happen to say
It can happen today
As it happens
It happens in every way

This world I like
We architects of life
A song a sigh
Developing words that linger
Through fields of green through open eyes
This for us to see

Look up - Look down
Look out - Look around
So look up - Look down
There's a crazy world outside
We're not about to lose our pride

It can happen to you
It can happen to me
It can happen to everyone eventually

As you happen to say
It can happen today
As it happens
It happens in every way

As you happen to see
It will happen to be
Nothing happens to nowhere and nowhere

Solo

Look up - Look down
There's a crazy world outside
We're not about to lose our pride

It can happen to you
It can happen to me
It can happen to everyone eventually

As you happen to see
It will happen to be
Nothing happens to nowhere and nowhere

You can fool yourself
You can cheat until you're blind
You can cut your heart

You can fool yourself It can happen to you
You can cheat until you're blind It can happen to me

You can cut your heart It can happen to eveyone eventually
As you happen to say
It can happen today
As it happens
It happens in every way

You can mend the wires
You can feed the soul apart
You can touch your life
You can bring your soul alive
It can happen to you
It can happen to me
It can happen to everyone eventually

As you happen to say
It can happen today
As it happens
It happens in every way

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THAT'S IT EUREKA !!!

by Oz_Media In reply to Yes

Great job and thanks!! Now i gotta go see my neighbour and put him out of his misery!

Damn, we were saying 'Journey? nope, Starchip? Nope, etc. all around the era but a complete blank to YES. Damn that's almost embarassing now, YES....can't believe I was stumped on that one.

Cheers mate, have a good weekend!

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Grrr...

by maecuff In reply to THAT'S IT EUREKA !!!

Now it's stuck in my head. When I can't sleep tonite because I have a lame Yes song stuck in my head, I'm gonna have to blame you...

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Lame?

by Oz_Media In reply to Grrr...

Ok it's only YES and it was some time ago, but even us narrow minded metal heads like variety in our life.

I wouldn't say LAME as much as almost classic.

Ok, even I have a hard time calling YES classic but I wouldn't say lame, OK maybe I would.

Don't feel bad if you have to curse me because I've managed to get into you head. Most women I've met have similar problems, some even seek professional advice.

Have a great weekend maecuff, see ya in the week.

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you too

by maecuff In reply to Lame?

Have a wonderful weekend.. and I'm sticking by my 'lame' comment. Yes ranks right up there with Foreigner, Kansas and Styx. They were fine when I was in highschool..but damn..don't think they've stood the test of time..

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Not lame ,uneven

by pgm554 In reply to you too

These were bands that had a tendency for self indulgence that sometimes resulted in overproduced, bombastic, corporate drivel.

But there were moments when things clicked and pieces like Yes's "Close to the Edge" and Kansas's "Bringing It Back from Mexico" just plain worked.

Each of these bands has done stuff that makes me wonder, "What were they thinking?" (And maybe they should have curtailed their drug use a bit too!)

As for Journey, they were a demographic assault on a middle of the road album oriented rock FM audience. Corporate money making machine, pure and simple.

I knew the drummer (Steve Smith), he used to complain about the velvet cage of being stuck in a rut with that band. Look, ***** all you want, but you drive a Mercedes and live in Marin County.

However, he is a monster musician and does some great jazz/progressive stuff (as does Bill Branford from Yes).

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Interesting

by Oz_Media In reply to Not lame ,uneven

But you don't see the corporate drivel today as being ten thousand times what it was then?

DJ's were allowed to choose music then, back in the day.

Record companies owned records not artists and all the radio stations, store display space and paid rotation was something that you did on a merry-go-round at the mall.

Thes guys weren't even a miniscule percentile of what the industry in North America does now.

If Milli Vanilli were still around, they would have no problems, due to the lack of technology the original artist ratted them out, whereas today they would be the vocalists themselves, voice or no voice.

Bands in North America are manufactured they have been for years and I'm not talking about selling out but just like on TV, you get some guys or girls together and manufacture a sound and a look if they aren't made up by the label, they are playing what is manufactured to get airtime.

Does this happen worldwide? No, only in North America. Why do we let them do this and waste our money? There's no choice anymore, the labels own the radio stations, we buy what we are trained to buy, if we still don't buy it, they manufacture a different sound until we do.

What makes me sick is people running around claiming someone's a great artist because they are number one. Perhaps, but we aren't talking about paintings.

This is a touchy subject for me as I rescue bands from the dead beat music industry here and help them break out in Europe and Japan where they can sell thier own sound and actually play thier instuments. I'll stop before I begin to rant to much.

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A waist of musicians

by TopesBlues In reply to Not lame ,uneven

It?s a shame about Journey. Most of the original band played Santana and were excellent musicians. Unfortunately for them to make any money they had to play behind the likes of Steve Perry.

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Not the stars of progressive rock.

by DC_GUY In reply to you too

Those were hardly the heavyweights of Prog Rock. Foreigner didn't even fit the genre. Kansas made one great prog-rock album, "Leftoverture," but the classic rock stations have played "Carry On Wayward Son" to death without showcasing any of the album's other good tracks. Styx recorded a few serviceable prog-rock songs, scattered over their early albums, but by the "Mister Roboto" period their muse was just phoning it in. There were a few other one-album wonders that still hold up like "Who's Next," Jethro Tull's "Aqualung," Renaissance's "Novella," Gentle Giant's "Free Hand," and Chris Squire's "Fish Out of Water." (Yes's bassist/backup singer, check it out.) And some other British bands that are practically unknown here like the Strawbs and Adrian Gurvitz's various projects before he decided that he could sing. But Genesis and Pink Floyd were the preeminent prog-rock bands. Genesis made several great albums and for a couple of years even survived the loss of Peter Gabriel. Pink Floyd... well who's going to argue about them. Rush was in their shadow at the time, but Rush has stayed true to their principles instead of giving up and recording ditties like Genesis, Yes, David Bowie, the Who, and all the other prog-rock icons who illustrated why rock and roll might need a mandatory retirement age. King Crimson never compromised for stardom, and after 35 years they're still off in left field doing their vaguely prog-rock but always outrageous thing. ... Speaking of abandoning one's muse, "90215" was not Yes at its finest. It was their attempt to adapt to the MTV era. "Owner of a Lonely Heart" was a good video, but the music would never make you suspect that this is the band that once composed "I've Seen All Good People."

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strange take

by Oz_Media In reply to Not the stars of progress ...

Personally I wouldn't call ANY of the bands you mentioned 'prog'rock' in fact although Pink F;oyd was quite progressive, they are not really a rock group at all.

The comments you've made imply that you have listened to the radio for many years.

I agree there USED to be a few one hit wonders but they were mostly touring acts that played great live shows full of great tunes that everyone knew, unless just depending on the radio to get the tunes out.

What I see these days is that 90% of new artists are one hit wonders, sure the labels will saturate thier big investments such as Aguillera or Britney but most just disappear after an album or two. I think bands USED to have much more staying power as they actually played live on endless tours. Whereas Britney simply does a handful of live shows that are 100% dependant no stage pizzaz and calls it a tour.


But to say Jethro Tull is a one hit wonder is absurd, they have had so many popular tunes from thier albums it's not funny. David Bowie is about as far from Prog-rock as you can get I think, he started as punk artist and has always had his own sound his songs don't follow any sort of progressive meter change.

Many of the bands people in North America see as one hit wonders have been recording ever since being big in the US. I don't know how many bands I've seen in Europe that people here say, "they haven't been around for years!" Wrong, they haven't been HERE for years but they don't want to be flavour of the week so they avoud North america and stick where the fans are loyal to the band not the trend.

Just look at Nickleback, these guys were recording next to my studio and were playing punk/country (odd sound) they couldn't get anywhere so they sold out to the NOrth American market clamiing that they know the formula and put the hooks in the right places. Well this is true but anyone can write music for a time sensitive audience. They do have hooks but nothing that is new found or unique, it's been done by labels for years. Now you can't tell the difference from one Nickleback song to the next. What happens when that sound is no longer flavour of the week? They either change and lose all credibility as artists or simple fade away. If they were targeting a more global audience, this would never be an issue, they could play Europe, Japan, Brazil etc for many years and the loyal fans of today wil still be the loyal fans of tomorrow.

The bands you have mentioned are not what I or most in the industry would consider progressive, they just stopped selling out to the radio.

If you are interested in Progressive rock, listen to some Iron Maiden, GammaRay or David Shenkle.
That is very progressive with major meter changes, complete rhythm swaps, 12 minute collaborative songs etc. Progressive Rock is rock that changes and progresses throughout the song. Most 'medevil' bands play progressive songs, but you will never get them on a radio because they all top 3:40 minutes and most are nearer 8-12 minutes.

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