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#2
yeah I saw him on austin city limits, really enjoyed it. Unfortunatley, I can't find many of his albums around here.
#3
I love Ben Folds. My sister went to one of his concerts a few months ago and she said it was awesome. Wish I could've gone. Is it still his "Songs for Silverman" tour or is it just a Spring Tour?
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#5
Yesss! I am utterly obsessed with Ben Folds/ Five. I bought my tickets in January for the show at the end of September. I've been waiting for ages it seems, but it's pretty soon now.
#6
i have a couple ben folds five albums, and love them. and then after loads of recommendations on ehre to buy rockin' the suburbs i finally got it a few weeks ago. it's amazing. i really love it.
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#9
Ben Folds is alright. I like him because he can rock the piano. I like his live cd..not bad,.
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#12
I saw Ben Folds at a local college last year. Excellent show. And the best non-classically trained pianist ever. Hands down. Quite the accomplishment for someone who started out a drummer...
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#16
i saw him on austin city limits and his music seemed pretty cheesy
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#17
i was introduced to ben folds on Austin City Limits too. I like his quirky and style and clever lyrics and he is an great piano player. I actually met him and his wife in a mall in Nashville TN of all places, pretty nice guy (i think i am the only one who recognized in that mall, so he didnt mind me saying hello )
#21
He's possibly one of the best songwriters of all time, and he's so talented (both as a pianist and as a vocalist).

Why'd he ruin "Give Judy My Notice" on Songs For Silverman though? It was so much better on the Speed Graphic EP.
#23
i saw him open up for weezer. very very good. i wouild have rather had weezer open for folds. i have the live in perth DVD with the West Austrailina Symphony Orchestra, very very good
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#24
ohohhh i jsut realised... and yes you probably all knew this already, but it was news to me

so i was there in my room listening to rockin' the suburbs

fred jones part II came on. great track.

then i was thinking "wait... part II? where's part I?"

it annoyed me for ages. where did part I go? was there a part I? there musthave been a part I. why do a part II if not a part I? etc etc

still felt in some ben folds mood after the cd finished.

i put on whatever and ever amen. the track "cigarette" came on.

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#26
He's ****ing amazing. Him and Elliott Smith are the two greatest songwriters of this generation, and he's the most amazing pop/rock pianist I've ever seen. **** Elton John, man. Ben would beat him hands down.
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#28
Oooh..I don't know, never heard too much Billy Joel.

Can't imagine he's a better pianist than Folds, though...unless there's something he's done that would blow me away...


Listen to the solo on "Philosophy"...the little Rhapsody in Blue quote at the end of that...holy **** that's impossible to play. How does he do that?
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#32
They're both talented, hands down.

But Folds does stuff with the piano I've never heard done before...there are better keyboardists in jazz, blues, and classical, and probably some you could say are more technically good in pop and rock...but he's like the Jimi Hendrix of keyboards..he does stuff that's like...whoah, wtf is that? In a good way.
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#34
I got Fear of Pop, Volume one yesterday as a special import thingy, it's been so hard to find.

If you've never heard of it... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear_of_pop

It's basically an album Ben Folds made in 1997 consisting of experimental stuff, mostly instrumental and spoken word.

It's very interesting, I don't know if I like it but I'm only listening to it for the first time. Just watned to know your thoughts.
#35
Okay I just heard the Ben Folds/Rufus Wainwright cover of George Michael's "Careless Whisper"... ooooh man did that one did a number on me.

As I thought the original was too good to be covered, Ben Folds and Rufus Wainwright surely shut me up. What im trying to get to is that Ben Folds is... wow.

Have other's heard of this cover?
#36
I just listened to "Still Fighting It" off of RTS...and it is a great, classic pop song. And the amazing thing? The whole song is just C, F, and G. It's a three chord song...


Oooh...and question.

What do you think (on the three BFF releases or his two solo albums) is his most amazing piano work? It's tough, but for me I might have to go with One Angry Dwarf. I have a friend who's a jazz pianist who said when they heard the bridge riff ("you'll be sorry one day, yes you will...") they wanted to quit piano.
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#37
I think Ben Folds is sort of a wanker, but he has a few good songs. I like The Ascent of Stan a lot and One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces. I think the ending of Regrets it sort of sweet because it reminds me of Pink Floyd. But I'm not huge into piano music for some reason, go figure.
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#38
^^ Why a wanker?

And I'm not into his softer stuff as much...I think Elton John does that better, haha. But nobody does piano rock like him.
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#39
Awesome.

So a couple of months ago i transfered all my friends music off of his ipod to my computer. he had all these incoherent traks, none from any particular album.

So i have this huge library of Ben Folds, but there's only 3 or 4 tracks in each album. I looked in the files again yesterday, and see this unknowen album folder.

Low and behold it has the rest of the tracks for 3 Ben Bolds albums.

I'll restate it: Awesome.
#40
I saw Ben Folds at a pub last Monday!!

I was too shy to say hi though because he was with some friends having dinner, but I think he knew I was watching him...
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