Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Insomniac, Oct 15, 2002.

  1. heres a thread for ya! Who do you think is the best lyric writer, so they dont have to be a shoot away....

    I think im gonna go with Tom Waits. And also i really dig Dani Filths lyrics as welll what about you guys?:D
  2. i'll be interested and waiting for Munjibunga's and Dave Castelo's respose as well as all you other fellas.....
  3. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB

    Jan 28, 2001
    New York
  4. Justin V

    Justin V

    Dec 27, 2000
    Alameda, CA
    I'm gonna have to go with Matt Good and Ben Folds.

    Mr. Good because I just always seem to be able to relate to something in every song, for better or for worse.

    Folds because of his ability to make boring things into really cool songs.
  5. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Paul Simon is up there.
    Ditto for Dylan.
    Paul Simmonds from The Men They Couldn't Hang
    Renato Russo
  6. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
    Tom Delonge (Bite me :D )
    Les Claypool has some funny stuff
    Jaymz Hetfeild, i dunno, everyone is a better lyricist than me :)
  7. Jarrod


    Jan 1, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
    is this a troll attempt?
  8. Bard2dbone


    Aug 4, 2002
    Arlington TX
    Christine Lavin

    She's amazing even when she's being serious. Look her up.
  9. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    Cole Porter
    Ira Gershwin
    Johhny Mercer
    Irving Berlin
    Lorenz Hart
    Robert Johnson
    Willie Dixon
    Elmore James
    Howlin Wolf
    Jimi Hendrix
    James Hetfield
    Trent Reznor
    Bernie Taupin (for Elton John)
    Tim Rice (for Andrew Loyd Webber)
    Robert Marley
    Sade (I guess she writes her own lyrics.)
  10. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Paul Simon
    Donald Fagen & Walter Becker
    Joni Mitchell
    Lennon & McCartney (sometimes and not others)
    Billy Joel
    Robbie Williams, to some extent
    Nicky Wire & Richey Edwards (Manic Street Preachers) - until they sold out, and went missing, respectively
  11. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
  12. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I think my favourite lyrics are a toss-up between Howard Devoto's for Magazine and Steely Dan's.

    But I also like Joni Mitchell's lyrics for a sort of insight - very personal and intimate in a way.

    Generally though I never hear lyrics!! ;)
  13. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    PS - there was an interesting lecture on lyrics at the Jazz Summer School, that I attended, this July.

    The main "demonstration" part of this was showing how bad Billy Joel was, compared with somebody like Billy Strayhorn - so "Just the way you are" vs "Lush Life" !! :D (10-Nil to Strayhorn)
  14. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Grr!! :) Admittedly, Just The Way You Are wasn't his best lyric (though, a great song IMHO). I suppose Billy Joel did write some lyrics that weren't great, but he did write some really good ones. Listen to his Masterpiece The Nylon Curtain from 1982 - not his best known album, but very very good, both lyrically and musically IMHO. Perhaps my favourite Billy Joel lyrics aren't so well known - things like Summer, Highland Falls, I've Loved These Days (both from Turnstiles - 1976), Through The Long Night (from Glass Houses - 1980), Goodnight Saigon (from The Nylon Curtain - 1982), & And So It Goes (from Storm Front - 1989). Seriously though, The Nylon Curtain is well worth a listen, if you like serious edgy pop/rock - it's really million miles away from Uptown Girl and the like.
  15. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    No - sorry - nothing will convince me to listen to any more Billy Joel, than I already have!! ;)
  16. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Ah well, your loss :D
  17. baba

    baba Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2002
    3rd stone from the sun
    Paul Simon
    Bob Dylan
    Tom Waits
  18. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    My brainstorming list:

    Devin Townsend (GENIUS!!!)

    Lisa Loeb

    Paula Cole

    Thomas D.

    Elton John


    Billy Joel never did anything for me.
  19. Tom Waits definately,
    Nick Traina
    Vinny (from LTJ)
    the guys from D4
    Bob Dylan's early stuff I really like
    Rivers Cuomo
    Black Thought (and anyone else who does stuff w/ the Roots)
    J5(all of them are amazing)
    Gene and Dean Ween (best song style parodist[word?] ever!)
  20. Erlendur Már

    Erlendur Már

    May 24, 2000
    Frank Zappa
    Tom Waits
    Roger Waters

    I don't really think that much about that stuff..