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#1
Do you tend to listen to bands that have understandable messages in their songs or not. For example maybe Iron Maiden have quite basic themes but Opeth songs are very esoteric.
#2
I listen to whatever sounds good to me.

I guess I listen to both. Tool and Flobots are on my Ipod now with Rage Against the Machine and some Satriani, which doesn't have any lyrics.
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#3
I almost always need some kind of message. If the artist didn't intend for there to be one I make one up for myself. It doesn't have to be real deep or anything, just something I can relate to or appreciate in some way.
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#4
I tend to go for emotion and good lyric writing, I also look for talented musicains. I tend to ignore things that are "catchy" because they just plain suck IMO.
#5
reason im asking is cos our band sings esoteric songs and our singer is greek and its hard to understand his english vocals so we have no discernable message whatsoever which bothers me
#6
Anything Punk usually tries to have a message.
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I listen to bands that appeal to the "dude" in me. Y'know, Fu Manchu, Kyuss, Metallica, My Morning Jacket. Stuff that makes you go, "DUDE, THAT'S TOTALLY AWESOME."
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#8
Metallica and megadeth both are pretty straight forward.
But I listen to songs that cause you to think a little about the message.
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#9
I think that if a song is going to have lyrics, they should mean something, rather than just being words that sound good next to each other. However, a song doesn't need to have any discernable lyrics at all, or even excellent musicianship to make an impace on an audience.

Example - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=ncSlPGnuOss

But yeah, if you're going to have lyrics, I'd say as long as they mean something to you, it doesn't matter if the audience completely understands or not. If the lyrics provoke an emotion in the band, the audience will be able to tell.
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#10
Lyrics are there for the singer to sing the melody with. They can have a special meaning if need be, but it is not necessary as long as the melody I enjoy. I believe it was Kurt Cobain who claimed music came before words, and I agree with him.
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#13
i dont like it when bands try to fit strong political messages into the middle of awesome songs, like SOAD, i love their music but their lyrics piss me off.

i pick up an album to listen to awesome music, not get preached to.


i like it when a song has a funny meaning and lyrics because i like to laugh. i also don't mind if their talking about thier life experiences either. daddy by korn is amazing.

it's just when bands get all like "ooh! we're famous! that means people will listen to what we say! let's take advantage and push our bullsh*t views onto these people!" that's why i now hate green day.
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i dont like it when bands try to fit strong political messages into the middle of awesome songs, like SOAD, i love their music but their lyrics piss me off.

i pick up an album to listen to awesome music, not get preached to.


i like it when a song has a funny meaning and lyrics because i like to laugh. i also don't mind if their talking about thier life experiences either. daddy by korn is amazing.

it's just when bands get all like "ooh! we're famous! that means people will listen to what we say! let's take advantage and push our bullsh*t views onto these people!" that's why i now hate green day.


It's the same with everything. Films, TV, books, magazines etc... All forms of media push an ideology onto the audience. Music is just one of the ones where it's easier to spot.

Subconsciously you have probably taken most of your veiws on various issues from one form of media or another without realising it.
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#15
Megadeth has a clear message...
just listen to The System Has Failed and The World Needs A Hero
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#16
or does having a clear message make things too simple..tool for example have messages but very complex ones
#17
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Now you've got something to die for
Infidel, Imperial
Lust for blood, a blind crusade
Apocalyptic, we count the days

Bombs to set the people free, blood to feed the dollar tree
Flags for coffins on the screen, oil for the machine
Army of liberation, gunpoint indoctrination
The fires of sedition
Fulfill the prophecy

Now you've got something to die for
Now you've got something to die for

Send the children to the fire, sons and daughters stack the pyre
Stoke the flame of the empire, live to lie another day
Face of hypocrisy, raping democracy
Apocalyptic, we count the days

We'll never get out of this hole, until we've dug our own grave
And drag the rest down with us, the burning home of the brave
Burn
Now you've got something to die for
Now you've got something to die for


The message is pretty clear.
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I listen to whatever sounds good to me.

That pretty much sums it up for me, too, though if I do hear a song that I can tell has a message, I definitely enjoy hearing that message. An example of what I mean is Neil Young's "Ordinary People" which he included on his album, Chrome Dreams II. It really hits hard about how the average person and/or community can suffer, from loss of jobs and other things.
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#20
Napalm Death and The Dead Kennedy's have messages in like every song
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#21
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Anything Punk usually tries to have a message.



theres a difference between a message and a meaning.


songs with blatant messages like "**** the government" i think are just as "bad" as having no message at all


meshuggah, theres some meaning :P
#22
to me, it's not essential that music have a message, i'll still listen to nonsense lyrics/music i can't find the message in. sigur ros is a good example, i don't understand icelandic or the kinda made up 2nd language they use, but their music does much more for me than a song from some generic punk band saying "society sucks" or whatever. to me, hearing a song where they're saying something important, stuff like state radio is the most meaningful to me.
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Living like us and sharing our day.
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Aggression is sadness and laughter is pain
Look deep into their eyes for what they have to say
Emotions take control of life everyday.
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Just imagine how it might feel
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Look deep into their eyes for what they have to say
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#24
Rise Against has some messages in their songs.
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#26
I don't really like bands that play simple music, so I prefer to listen to songs where the lyrics aren't too generic.
#27
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theres a difference between a message and a meaning.


songs with blatant messages like "**** the government" i think are just as "bad" as having no message at all


meshuggah, theres some meaning :P


Go back and read what you quoted me on. Then pick up the tries part. Now you might wonder why you even bothered to even tell me that.

TS was talking about messages, not meanings anyway. Where did that come from?
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#28
I think Green Day has messages in songs like "American Idiot"
Also Led Zeppelin since if you listen to "Stairway to Heaven" backwards, you hear stuff.
#29
I love Bob Dylan.


Even though he swears that he didn't intend for his songs to have any meaning, I still find plenty of it in them.
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#30
The tragically hip, write songs of american mythology and myths. I love every song gord downie has ever written, he is the greatest lyricist for me to enjoy. Along with paul simon, john lennon, niel young, michael stipe and Ed Kowalczyk (live). oh and Justin hayward!
#31
Opeth songs are not a delicious type of food.


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#32
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i dont like it when bands try to fit strong political messages into the middle of awesome songs, like SOAD, i love their music but their lyrics piss me off.

i pick up an album to listen to awesome music, not get preached to.


i like it when a song has a funny meaning and lyrics because i like to laugh. i also don't mind if their talking about thier life experiences either. daddy by korn is amazing.

it's just when bands get all like "ooh! we're famous! that means people will listen to what we say! let's take advantage and push our bullsh*t views onto these people!" that's why i now hate green day.

i dont mind if bands are political when they started out, but if at first they are a-political, and then become political... thats when it sucks
#33
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I love Bob Dylan.


Even though he swears that he didn't intend for his songs to have any meaning, I still find plenty of it in them.

...source??

i really doubt he said that.

i dont think he wrote songs like "the answer is blowing in the wind," "the times they-are-a-changin',"masters of war".. or a bunch of other ones that escape my mind. many of his songs were protest songs... he knew what he was writing about
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#37
Tool has a good message. I haven't figured it out yet but I'm pretty sure they have one.
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#39
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Tool has a good message. I haven't figured it out yet but I'm pretty sure they have one.

lol...
you dont understand/know the message, but you are damn sure its a good one.

that is funny
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lol...
you dont understand/know the message, but you are damn sure its a good one.

that is funny



Hey what can i say? I just try to drown in their music.


With my feet upon the ground I lose myself
between the sounds and open wide to suck it in,
I feel it move across my skin.
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