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Posted: 23 Jun 06, 11:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I love those little half almost tongue in cheek songs. Like Lazing on a sunday afternoon, seaside rendevous, dear friends, nevermore and a few others. So why did they stop it.


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Posted: 23 Jun 06, 11:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

No more inspiration?... ;P


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Posted: 23 Jun 06, 12:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Is "Dear Friends" really supposed to be tongue-in-cheek?

I guess I missed that.


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Posted: 23 Jun 06, 13:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Liam: The short answer is 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.

You will notice that all the tracks you refer to are all 'pre-Opera'(ish).

Post-Opera 'half songs' were snapped together to create 'whole songs'. For instance, 'Breakthru' is a good example of two songs snapped together.

It begins with the slow 'A New Life Is Born' before it bolts onto the faster 'Breakthru' track. Other examples would include 'Bijou' and 'Innuendo'.

This idea of joining half songs together was neither new nor unique, as the Beatles had already tried this technique with songs like 'A Day In The Life'.
The first part 'I read the news today' was actually written by Lennon. The second, 'Woke up got out of bed' part was written by independently by MacCartney. It was only at a later date that the marriage of the two was completed.



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Posted: 23 Jun 06, 13:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Don't know there is such a thing as a half-song. It's either a song or it isn't.

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Posted: 23 Jun 06, 13:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

coops wrote:

Don't know there is such a thing as a half-song. It's either a song or it isn't.


Sheer Heart Attack is the best choice for 'half song'

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Posted: 23 Jun 06, 13:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Serry... wrote:

coops wrote:

Don't know there is such a thing as a half-song. It's either a song or it isn't.


Sheer Heart Attack is the best choice for 'half song'


Heeeeeee! True.


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Posted: 23 Jun 06, 14:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Sheer Heart Attack is the best choice for 'half song'

If you dig two holes, one bigger than the other, is the smaller one half a hole?

I am kidding,I know what you mean. Short songs right? I think they had several around and incorporated them, like innuendo, all god's children etc. Just a guess

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Posted: 23 Jun 06, 14:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

coops wrote:


Short songs right? I think they had several around and incorporated them, like innuendo, all god's children etc. Just a guess




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Posted: 23 Jun 06, 18:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Because they were to busy writting stupid disco crap


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Posted: 23 Jun 06, 22:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I agree with preeetty much all of this, except throwing Innuendo in with the half-songs-that-got-put-together.
I thought that's just how it got written? To me it doesn't sound like song scraps put together, it just sounds like how the song should've been. :P Oh well.


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Posted: 24 Jun 06, 08:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

ok cheers



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