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The Heights


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Relic67

 Genre: Rock

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Very loosely based on random impressions of my neighbourhood....
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Lyrics
just came thru the gateway to the heights man
passed by a kid with a sign and a soup can
skipped down the hospkotch lines on the sidewalk
blocked by a mailbox, someone pushed it over
early day sun burns my eyes, put my hand up
parallel lines are converging on the starbucks
eat across the street the sign says its chinese
but i never seen anyone go inside or leave there
welcome to the heights
its alright if you're a stranger
row your boat ashore
do yourself a favour
welcome to the heights
you're alright so howdy stranger
sail right out the door
it might get bryter layter
welcome to the heights
weird scenes in the heights around midnite
glowing screens thru the panes like xmas lights
none of the houses stand straight up and down
fat cap tags n broken bottles deck the playground
really sorry that i trashed the car
but the future's in the railway, anyway
sometimes i look down the tracks
from this corner you can almost see the border
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Plays: 143
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Votes: 1
Uploaded: Dec 01, 2010 - 02:44:26 PM
Last Updated: Dec 01, 2010 - 02:44:26 PM Last Played: Jul 29, 2017 - 03:57:53 PM
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Comments
Calchas said 2547 days ago (December 1st, 2010)
Yeeeeeee-HAW!
Worth the wait! This is so funky-cool Alec...

Nice lyric writing. Effective and stirring vocal delivery. Judicious use of horns. Great guitar chops.

It's all here!

Be well friend!
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Calchas said 2547 days ago (December 1st, 2010)
Well bless my boots...
FIRSTIES!!!
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Relic67 said 2547 days ago (December 1st, 2010)
thanks mike...
i'm glad to be finished with it!
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magnatone said 2547 days ago (December 1st, 2010)
The Heights
OMG, this is incredible Alec!! your lyrics and vocals are sensational, with awesome guitar. love the brass - man - this is fabulous! lucky me!!! thanks for the D/L!!
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Relic67 said 2547 days ago (December 1st, 2010)
thnx
many thanks Magnatone!
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Symphony101 said 2547 days ago (December 1st, 2010)
top class
Great work, very nicely delivered vocals(and everything else :-)), I loved it !
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Relic67 said 2546 days ago (December 2nd, 2010)
thanks
thanks symphony10! appreciate the listen.
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jdholliday said 2547 days ago (December 1st, 2010)
Is this all you?
one man band? Wow, love the feel of this, the syncopated vocals are great, excellent changes, reminds me of Michael2's stuff, and I love his stuff and I love this, very well done!
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Relic67 said 2546 days ago (December 2nd, 2010)
nah
the horns are "funked up horns" loops, I think from BandMateLoops.com, if I'm not mistaken.
Drum loops are from Groove Monkee.
Me on guitar, bass and vox.

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MarkHolbrook said 2547 days ago (December 1st, 2010)
The relic
ALWAYS rocks! Outstanding without a doubt!!! The sound is so rich and full!
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Relic67 said 2546 days ago (December 2nd, 2010)
thanks mark
glad you liked the sound.
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Tiny_Man_Inside said 2547 days ago (December 1st, 2010)
cool
It sort of makes me think of Talking Heads in a head-on collision with early Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
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Tiny_Man_Inside said 2547 days ago (December 1st, 2010)
cool
It sort of makes me think of Talking Heads in a head-on collision with early Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
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Relic67 said 2546 days ago (December 2nd, 2010)
thanks
I have spent a reasonable amount of time listening to both of those bands...
thanks for listening!
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fasteddie said 2547 days ago (December 1st, 2010)
Yeah
I really dig the horns backing up this rocking song. Great vocals! YOu rawk!!!!

I hate comparing people to other groups so I completely omitted what this reminded me of. It's just really good solid R&R!

Peace
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Relic67 said 2546 days ago (December 2nd, 2010)
thanks
I'm gratified that you liked it!
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Sigmund said 2547 days ago (December 1st, 2010)
The Heights
This sure is one rockin, funky, groovin tune. I like the horns in this - some cool guitar work as well. Very fun to listen to - thanks for posting!
Sig
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Relic67 said 2546 days ago (December 2nd, 2010)
thanks
making it a fun listen was my goal. I had those horn loops for a while and was waiting for a chance to use them...
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H3nry said 2547 days ago (December 1st, 2010)
Quite a mix
of stuff here. If I didn't know better, I'd think it was some Austin latino-jazz-funk band. But yer a long way from Texas! Seriously funky fun!
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Relic67 said 2546 days ago (December 2nd, 2010)
this ain't texas...
I kind of wish I was in Texas right now... it's cold here.
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Ren-Tin-10 said 2547 days ago (December 1st, 2010)
Smash Mouth?
Now we know who they REALLY are! *grin*

Thanks for sharing!

Cheers,
Jim
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Relic67 said 2546 days ago (December 2nd, 2010)
smash mouth
somebody once told me the world was gonna roll me....EVERYBODY NOW!
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johnwhitehead said 2547 days ago (December 2nd, 2010)
Heights
Great to see a new post from you. What a great funk band sound! Super piece 'o writing...and then
awesome horns, guitars, ryhthm section. This is super original, funky and sui generis. Most exciting track I've heard here in awhile.
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Relic67 said 2546 days ago (December 2nd, 2010)
thanks
appreciate the kind words.
I don't know original it is though... the chorus originally was a mashup of "Iron Man" and "Dude Looks Like a Lady"... I just changed notes here and there until it sounded different enough. ;)
there's probably some other unconscious ripoffs in there too...

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PaddyNavinCaryatid said 2546 days ago (December 2nd, 2010)
Funky
Dude this is like, way cool. Shaking off those Matthew Sweet comparisons and heading into 70's funk rock territory. Genre jumping yet again. Always awesome to hear your vox, which really are among the best here at MJs but man those horns and guitar licks really do rock. Top class Alec.
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Relic67 said 2546 days ago (December 2nd, 2010)
Hey Paddy
I did sneak a bit of Power Pop into the bridge part... I was expecting complaints about that...
anyway, I'm glad you liked! The credit for the horn loops goes to Bandmate Loops "Funked Up Horns" as noted above.

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PeterB7858 said 2546 days ago (December 2nd, 2010)
Amalgamation
70's funk meets the naughties. Great groove. Strong lyrics. Love the chorus. Peter.
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Relic67 said 2546 days ago (December 2nd, 2010)
thanks
I appreciate the compliments!
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guygrooves said 2546 days ago (December 2nd, 2010)
Coolest
of the cool
Peace

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Relic67 said 2546 days ago (December 2nd, 2010)
peace
thanks for the nice comment!
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Daugrin said 2546 days ago (December 2nd, 2010)
The Heights
Hard to resist, joint in the line, funky stuff and, and wit!
Horns are swinging...
Can I put in a request for "The Flats?"

Daug
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Relic67 said 2546 days ago (December 2nd, 2010)
Flats
"the heights" I'm singin' bout are actually as flat as a pancake. apparently there is no truth in advertising requirement in the real estate game...
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Alannah said 2546 days ago (December 2nd, 2010)
Hey I know that train .....
.... funkiliciousness .... brass rawks ... drums are hot! Great work on the vox !
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Relic67 said 2546 days ago (December 2nd, 2010)
the train
I guess one of us should go on "www.cn.ca" and report that one of their trains has been vandalized....
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Vic Holman said 2546 days ago (December 2nd, 2010)
some neighborhood
i dig it. a great mix of 70's rock/funk, could be the riffs and horns that give that immpression. excellent track all around, yup it rocks!
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Relic67 said 2546 days ago (December 2nd, 2010)
the neighborhood
it's actually a pleasant middle class enclave, but I guess my mind fixates on the odd graffiti or panhandling which reminds one that chaos and catastrophe may be just around the corner....

I think I got the idea for the doubled bass/guitar riffing from a funkadelic tune... maybe "Hit It and Quit it"? anyway I'm really glad you stopped in for a visit!
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Lennon714 said 2546 days ago (December 3rd, 2010)
Dr Funkenstein
Holy crap. Perfect bass. Especially when it rumbled in with the eighth notes. I love that it's 1973 where you live.
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Relic67 said 2543 days ago (December 5th, 2010)
thanks
glad you liked the bass, i put brand new strings on it. now that I think of it, it may have been 1973 when they were last changed...


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racerat said 2546 days ago (December 3rd, 2010)
The heights
Really killer lyrics. Suitably funky 70's dust up whacka-whacka, spitty horns (you're right, nice loop, can see why you were looking forward to using them), and finally a sweeeeet lead guitar. very tasty indeed. DL'd

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Relic67 said 2543 days ago (December 5th, 2010)
thanks
Thanks for listening, glad you liked it!
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bud said 2546 days ago (December 3rd, 2010)
Too many comments to read them all
glad to be here - fantastic song. Cool Beck vibe - excellent horns and a very fine vocal performance.
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Relic67 said 2543 days ago (December 5th, 2010)
Beck
I do owe a debt to Mr. Hansen for providing inspiration on this one...
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Carrie71 said 2545 days ago (December 4th, 2010)
The Heights
Very good stuff here. Enjoyed all of it mucho!
Relic67 said 2543 days ago (December 5th, 2010)
why thank you
really glad you liked it!
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egobandit said 2544 days ago (December 4th, 2010)
I wanna hang
in the heights! Mr Relic this is big Funky and great! Reminds me of Cake one of my favorite bands! Damn dude this is good! Downloaded for future enjoyment! Btw where did you get the horns!
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Relic67 said 2543 days ago (December 6th, 2010)
the horns
the horns are from BandmateLoops.com... the set is called "Funked up horns"
not the best sound quality but I like them.
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DWL said 2544 days ago (December 4th, 2010)
Excellent!
Great production and great performance. Loved the lyrics

Cheers

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Relic67 said 2543 days ago (December 6th, 2010)
thanks
glad you enjoyed it DWL!
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alackbass said 2544 days ago (December 4th, 2010)
The Heights
I thought I commented when I fanned and downloaded! I must not have clicked submit. I'm really impressed how you brought together elements of funk, R&B, soul, and rock into a killer package.
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Relic67 said 2543 days ago (December 6th, 2010)
thanks
appreciate the listen and comment!
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Hickling_Stan said 2543 days ago (December 5th, 2010)
Solid
and funky. Like the picture the lyrics paint and as for the brass!!! Excellent Mark
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Relic67 said 2543 days ago (December 6th, 2010)
thanks
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jiguma said 2539 days ago (December 10th, 2010)
Top track!
Love the brass, the lyrics and the raunchy groove. I have to get out and about more at MJ!. Vocals work really well - love the oohs.
Fantastic post.
N
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Relic67 said 2538 days ago (December 10th, 2010)
thanks
thanks a lot N!
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lavalamp said 2539 days ago (December 10th, 2010)
This is great
Funky groove. You did a great job with the horns.

One of the best I've heard in a while.

LL
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Relic67 said 2538 days ago (December 10th, 2010)
thanks
thanks LL!
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ramonaji said 2538 days ago (December 11th, 2010)
I love it!
The changes, the singing, the oooooooozing out from every note coolness, accentuated by the horns, just bowls me over! GREATNESS!!!
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Relic67 said 2537 days ago (December 11th, 2010)
thanks
wow, nice comment! thanks so much.
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ste said 2537 days ago (December 11th, 2010)
very
cool. love your bass progressions. the groove of the guitar and that brass part! top vox. what a catchy tune!
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Relic67 said 2535 days ago (December 13th, 2010)
thanks
thanks ste! the bass part was done first on this one, I guess that's why it's different from my other tunes.
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crissew said 2531 days ago (December 17th, 2010)
This is cool
Love the casual laid back rocker vibe here. The horns are really unexpected as is the funk vibe in the chorus. Very cool song with great construction! The vocals sound great, a little like Elvis Costello at time. Enjoyed it!
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albertruss said 1754 days ago (February 1st, 2013)
the heights
sound track for a tv show for sure, like all of it.a dance song to wow extra bonus..thanks.
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