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Metropolitanne (with Paddy Navin)


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Paddy sent me this tune last week and asked if i'd like to collab on it. He had the basics of the song pretty much finished - drums, bass, rhythm guitar, lyrics - so I threw the mp3 into GB and tempie-fied (fried) it. Which is of course the short story. The long story is that musically and conceptually i just really fell for the tune. It's kind of a commuter love story, you know that girl you see every morning on the bus and she looks and you and you look at her and you wonder 'what if' and maybe you see her around other places too, out at lunch or whatever and you always make that brief connection...so there's that, but there's also this great and honest self effacing aspect to it, very Springsteen-like, where the character acknowledges that he'll never get to know the girl in any deeper way, because he knows he'll never take it further, he'll always be too shy or whatever. And of course the music behind it all is that great straight ahead 80's English beat, the real emo lol, the stuff i used to mope/hope to. So i had the really simple job of interpreting an already great song. I added the usual Tempie stuff, and I had a lot of fun, and found out that when you mix Paddy and Tempie you get something that sounds like Snow Patrol, which I think is pretty cool. So thanks to Paddy for allowing me to turn his tune into Frankenstein.
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Lyrics
riding every day on the 53
she's staring out the window
she's smiling at me
but my face turns red
and i look away
cause i've got nothing to say
and i'm guessing that she works in a bank somewhere
with her pretty floral dresses
and the pencil in her hair
and i'm guessing now that she hates her job
and she cries about me

What if we took a chance, Metropolitanne?

taking out the trash on a busy street
imagine my surprise when who'd i meet
it's Anne one Tuesday night in Cambridge town
hand in hand with her man
and i'm guessing that they've been together for a while
cause she doesn't look at him
and he never cracks a smile
and i'm guessing now that's the way it's gonna stay
cause i've got nothing to say
Song Stats
Hits: 3625
Comments: 52
Fans: 29
Plays: 191
Downloads: 127
Votes: 1
Uploaded: Aug 03, 2009 - 06:54:39 AM
Last Updated: Aug 03, 2009 - 06:54:39 AM Last Played: Jan 28, 2017 - 11:34:37 PM
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Hardware:
ibook, trusty rusty Delta King, all the stuff Paddy used...
Software:
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Comments
The Infinites said 2856 days ago (August 3rd, 2009)
I'm Feelin' It...

Yes getting the Snow Patrol thing around the chorus. Good story-telling in such a short space (doesn't feel like over 4 mins).

Drawbacks I'm afraid are the synthetic horn sound/keys could be much punchier for me, given that they are placed in the chorus. And the sudden ending on fade is

However, all that said, it's very OTM* and would sit well in any pop/rock/alt playlist, so for me it's another DL, thanks!

Collabs are great, eh?


Jim

(*Of The Moment - got that from a fashion magazine that was lying on a seat of the No53...)
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tempie said 2856 days ago (August 3rd, 2009)
feelin it
thanks dude - synth horns are so tricky - i try to take them out of synch and layer them in the mix to give them a more "real" sound which works alot of the time but here I agree, the real deal is in order. So tomorrow the citizens of the valley will thank you because you've inspired me to dust of the trumpet and let it ring from the mountaintop...we'll see what happens.
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PaddyNavinCaryatid said 2856 days ago (August 3rd, 2009)
The Tempification of Paddy...
... there was a moment late last week when Craig sent me the first cut of what he'd done to my tune that just knocked me for six. I'm a straight up four-to-the-floor rocker, as is evidenced by my songs. On the face of it, Craig's layered, glittering compositions are a world away from my distortion guitar drenched tunes.
But what we share is a common set of themes and a common set of influences. This has been in evidence ever since we started to correspond and when I covered his "Heartbreaker."
I unabashedly love what Craig has done with my song here. The intonation in the vocals, the horns, the use of my original soundbed is all right up there.
The Snow Patrol thing is weird but cool - and again we both share an admiration for the band. This leaves me in no doubt that were we not separated by the Atlantic we'd have little choice but to form a band.
Kudos Craig, for giving my song the sheen and sparkle of a Tempie classic.
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tempie said 2856 days ago (August 3rd, 2009)
collab is cool
that's the beauty of MJ man. hopefully this is the first of many.
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The Infinites said 2856 days ago (August 3rd, 2009)
Don't Let The Pond Stop You!

Make it a mission to meet - I can't tell you how immense it is to do that with other, like-minded MJers. I'm still getting a lot out of hooking up with Bob (5EA), Bud and the artist formerly known as Tom Wounded (Dark Planet). It makes the collabs even more precious. You guys obviously 'click'. And then there's the buzz of actually posting the song. That's a great feeling.

Real trumpets would be top class, but OTT keys might do the trick - I suppose just knowing when to stop is the thing....

Still a great song whatever I say.

Jim
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ktb said 2856 days ago (August 3rd, 2009)
brilliant
inspiration. What a great collab. The subject matter is familiar to anyone who's left the house and you guys keep all the mystery and intensity intact thru out. Great job.
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tempie said 2856 days ago (August 3rd, 2009)
inspiration
yeah man i think the lyrics are just great, no pretensions. also, i like the thought of myself as mysterious and intense. i'll project that on the train today and see what impression it makes on the "Annes". Or did you mean the SONG was mysterious and intense, not me? In that case i'll wear my headphones and sulk per usual. glad you liked it dude, thanks for the listen.
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cjdaley said 2856 days ago (August 3rd, 2009)
totally
in sync with your own universe. I like the way the horns make it dramatic and how their synthetic sound send the drama back to suburbia and missed opportunities ,which is what eighties music meant to me as a teenager.
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tempie said 2856 days ago (August 3rd, 2009)
horns
man really perceptive comment, that's exactly right. maybe instead of making the horns more realistic i should layer an old toy casio horn sound in there. not a bad idea at all...
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Relic67 said 2856 days ago (August 3rd, 2009)
fantastic
what a great collab!
it sounds absolutely superb. good combo of the different strengths of two of the rockingest indie-type MJ'ers.
I'd love to hear more your band! what are you going to call it?
I tried the anagram server on "tempie + paddy navin", but the only one that seemed appropriate was "dynamited van pipe"... doesn't quite roll off the tongue.... (divine empty panda was second best)
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tempie said 2856 days ago (August 3rd, 2009)
DVP
dude i'm going to use Dynamite Van Pipe as my new stage name. That's HILARIOUS...
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lavalamp said 2856 days ago (August 3rd, 2009)
You were right...
...you did turn this into a Tempie tune.

No really great tune and even better topic.

Good job boys. Cool

Dave
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tempie said 2856 days ago (August 3rd, 2009)
so you still want to collab?
glad you liked it man, but beware the danger of tempie. it's like when you buy a dog, and then you start to look like it.
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RoughRooster said 2856 days ago (August 3rd, 2009)
A
great song and an excellent collab.
Very much enjoyed!

Bob
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tempie said 2856 days ago (August 3rd, 2009)
thanks man
glad you enjoyed!
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Lennon714 said 2856 days ago (August 3rd, 2009)
Yummy!
Great concept, great lyrics, killer execution. I LOVE bank girls. Wrote a song about them once. I hope "Anne" really works in a bank. HOT. Really cool collab. I hope you guys do more. As I look down I see a dynamite_van_pipe that's online now. Wow. That was fast. Glad the Dutch are still rocking.
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tempie said 2856 days ago (August 3rd, 2009)
really?
i like the girls that stand outside the bank doing car washes. but that's just me.

i don't know who that dynamite van pipe dude is. i saw that too. suspicious.
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rsorensen said 2856 days ago (August 3rd, 2009)
really like this
Great collab. You took Paddy's simple (but well put together) song and really made it shine. Love all your additions, especially the stabs in the verses and those horns. Great, catchy chorus too. I'm not hearing Snow Patrol in this as much as I'm hearing Wildflowers era Tom Petty. I'd very much like to do an acoustic cover of this...
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PaddyNavinCaryatid said 2856 days ago (August 3rd, 2009)
Acoustic cover...
... I can't think of anyone else I'd like to hear cover this acoustically, man. Anything you need let me know
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tempie said 2856 days ago (August 3rd, 2009)
acoustic
yeah do it man, that would be great. that's funny about tom petty because i was hearing that too as i was trying to get the phrasing right on the verse. in fact i had to redo a verse because i thought it was too tom petty.
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bud said 2856 days ago (August 3rd, 2009)
Great collab - my ears are all sticky with tempie
You two make a fine pair. I really like the wall of sound with detail behind the wash. Especially cool outro. Excellent tune. Good set of lyrics and vox as well.
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tempie said 2856 days ago (August 3rd, 2009)
my ears are all sticky with tempie
can i use that as a quote at the top of my web site?

glad you liked the tune - and the outtro...i like to bury things and let them bubble up as the song moves along, but wonder sometimes if anybody hears them. apparently your avatar is not only cuddly, it indicates correctly that you have dog-like hearing!
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Feter said 2856 days ago (August 3rd, 2009)
Metropolitanne
This is awesome ..what a great rockin track ...
really the vocals the guitars the arrangement .
this all sound so powerful ..I would boost
the bass a bit ...a cool rockin song really ..
thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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tempie said 2854 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
bass boost
thanks Feter i'll do that. had to use an mp3 for the bass/drums and i'm not used to EQing in that situation so learning as I go. all said just another real pat on the back for GB, what a great program. thanks for the listen and glad you liked it!
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Vic Holman said 2856 days ago (August 3rd, 2009)
yeah she's to hot for ya
awesome work guys. The song comes off that the both of you collab'ed at square one. Totally in sync on the mindset on this one.

Now I have this urge to stare at the cute bank girls....... out of camera range of course. :-)
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tempie said 2854 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
off camera
you know the guys that review those security tapes have some good daily entertainment...
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ste said 2856 days ago (August 3rd, 2009)
yes
great words. maybe stick the vox up a bit in the mix. nice tune, great job.
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tempie said 2854 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
anybody
who writes a song called "need beer" is a friend of mine. thanks for the mix advice, i'll check it out, and glad you liked the tune.
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tmcfate said 2855 days ago (August 4th, 2009)
great groove
great groove. and i do like the everyday feel to it. nice synth pulse. i enjoy your harmony. a lot of times i am not that impressed with colab"s but this is pretty seamless. horns are tricky. sure would like to know a good horn player so i would feel more excited to add them
nice job all around
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tempie said 2854 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
groovey
i'm with you on the horn player. that and a "4 drunken girls" backup group and i'd be set. glad you liked the tune and thanks for giving it a listen.
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davisamerica said 2855 days ago (August 4th, 2009)
just
a really nice collab guys
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tempie said 2855 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
thanks man
for the listen and the drive by
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Heroin_Marys said 2855 days ago (August 4th, 2009)
Metropolitanne
This is a great song. Makes me wish I could do a song with Tempie. If I ever get off this island my first order of business will be to visit Hurley, and then ask Tempie if he wants to rock.

The story unfolds nicely and is as heart-crushingly honest a situation as they come. We've all been there, mulling over the possibilities and inevitably giving up. Why we seem to choose regret over adventure, I'll never know.
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tempie said 2855 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
regret over adventure
every get that feeling that you've met somebody before, only you can't place them. that's the feeling you give me.

we're a mopey animal, if we chose adventure all the time then we'd have nothing to regret. 3/4 of all great human art would immediately disappear.
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racerat said 2855 days ago (August 4th, 2009)
stranger
I love songs about ships passing in the night. I have fantasies about stuff like this all the time. What if? Could she be "the one" and we'll only pass each other this once in life and the moment is gone....sad and romantic in the most wistfully longing kinda way. The middle EQ on the drums and the bass need to come up a bit. The EQ is a little thin over all. Mix in a little low end and you're golden. Thx for this one.
P
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tempie said 2855 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
stranger
that's what grabbed me about the lyrics right off, how common the situation is. glad you liked it and thanks for the EQ advice, i'll take it and run - you've got a great ear.
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tmcfate said 2854 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
tempie stuff
love the usual tempie stuff as i get to know what that means
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tempie said 2854 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
tempie stuff
hey man thanks. it took me a while to get to the point where people recognize "tempie stuff" and i have to say i dig that they do.
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drakonis said 2854 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
cooool work here...
Love the music here, and the singing and lyrics are excellent... hinting at our human impulse to "fill in the blanks" with our curiosity of others. I am not sure if you left the MP3 in there, or mixed the singing back into the original GB file... but the music bed sounds slightly "grainy", as if it were an MP3 of an MP3. I'd love to hear this remixed to spread the music out a little more and give it some more richness and dynamic power it deserves. This is so worth it.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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tempie said 2854 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
filling in the blanks
yeah i definitely think when we are "filling in the blanks" we're kind of writing the story of ourselves, or what we'd like that story to be anyway, which makes for some cool fiction :) The bass, drums, and rhythm guitar are mixed into an MP3. Everything else is individually tracked in GB. We'll definitely split things up and do a remix. Glad you liked the tune!
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stevel said 2854 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
Cool stuff
This has got a bit of an East River Pipe kinda feel to it...maybe a bit Psychedelic Furs too in places. Really like that chorus too
Nice one
Steve
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tempie said 2853 days ago (August 6th, 2009)
hey i'll take that
i'm a fan of both but not too often does somebody mention east river pipe. very cool, thanks!
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lengold said 2854 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
Metropolitaane
A very inspired title leading to a very inspired song and collaboration. Works for me.
Cheers
Len

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tempie said 2853 days ago (August 6th, 2009)
anne
I thought the title was witty also. Glad you liked it man and thanks for the listen.
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T_Being_esq said 2853 days ago (August 6th, 2009)
Well I like them both
It is great to here some keys added and extra vocals. This song could run and run. First an acoustic version then perhaps a srtipped back electric version with cheap tranny organ. Classical version with dripping strings anyone?
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crissew said 2850 days ago (August 10th, 2009)
Very nice
Actually to me it is a bit reminiscent of a modern take on the Beatles (in their sergeant pepper days). Poppy but melancholy at the same time. DL and faved. Excellent song

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TheReverendAG said 2844 days ago (August 15th, 2009)
This is pretty good
You described this as English 80's and that is exactly what this sounds like. Good all around job, sounds really clean.
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michael2 said 2842 days ago (August 17th, 2009)
how
did i miss this one? this is fabulous; really. like you said: something to mope/hope to. so sad when you see the girl as you're taking out the trash. i'm very happily married now, but totally remember these moments in life. the urgency and sense that this could definitely be it. see that you're just as big a romantic as I am. really great tune. sorry i was so late to the party.
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Dj French Toast said 2794 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
For real
Man I missed out on some good music ....This is REALLY good dude . Mix is very clear and full ...Love this man !
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paddler said 2415 days ago (October 18th, 2010)
sweet melody
i do like songs about women - they are just typically nice.ok - there are some women on a par with men but generally they just look shiny.i don't put women quite as much on a pedastal as i used to when i was a kid,but as i said earlier on this evening - i can't stand blokes who are tactless,and i like the sexy of this.Happy song - always worth taking the chance.like the way this is panned out too.coming back for more.RG PADDLER !
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tempie said 2414 days ago (October 19th, 2010)
i think pretty much every song i've ever written is about a girl
and i still don't understand them. great windmill to tilt at though. thanks for checking out this older stuff.
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Rayelise said 2414 days ago (October 19th, 2010)
Great collaboration
I love this! So can relate, on both ends of it. the lyrics are great. "and I'm guessing now that she hates her job and she cries about me" That made me smile.
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