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BehindBlueEyes
13th Oct 2018, 15:02
I thought it was just me.

what is it about this track that as soon as it comes on the car radio I have to crank up the volume and sing as loudly as poosible? Even my kids who were not even a twinkle in 1983 join in.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-45810659

https://youtu.be/FTQbiNvZqaY


Never quite got the meaning of this lyric though:

“The wild dogs cry out in the night
As they grow restless, longing for some solitary company”

Isn’t solitary company an oxymoron?

VP959
13th Oct 2018, 16:11
For some reason it always reminds me of Peter Frampton's song "Baby, I Love Your Way", from the album Frampton Comes Alive. Probably because a girlfriend in the late 70s was obsessed with it, and would rewind the cassette in my car and just play this track over and over again...

pattern_is_full
13th Oct 2018, 17:24
What's wrong with oxymorons? It's a rhetorical and poetic device. Shakespeare wouldn't exist without them.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxymoron

As to a fascination with Africa - nostalgia? "the girlfriend?" Lost youth? I actually more-or-less missed it in the 80's. But it started coming up on the Muzak™ on a recent job (probably because Weezer just cut a cover this year), and I found the vocal harmonies, instrumental riffs, and back-rhythms compelling, even without really listening to the lyrics.

meadowrun
13th Oct 2018, 17:45
Many years ago I went through a "Where do you go to my lovely" phase for some months. Liked the accordion drifting off in that decrescendo whirl at the end. Don't like accordions.

Nothing now but The Year of the Cat's subtle hook where Al drops that one note low in an acoustic guitar passage still prompts me to re-play.
That note from nowhere just should not be there, but is perfect.

TWT
13th Oct 2018, 18:20
Any recording by Toto makes me want to throw up when I hear it.

Tankertrashnav
13th Oct 2018, 18:32
Not for the first time on here I have to admit that my knowledge of what might be termed "pop music" is abysmal, so I Googled Toto to find out something about the band. I discovered this interesting fact

TOTO is one of the world's leading suppliers of bathroom products. Sanitary ware, faucets, furniture, accessories - all from a single source.

Might come in handy for you TWT ;)

Quite liked the song though!

annakm
13th Oct 2018, 18:50
My go to power ballad that needs to be sung at full volume is I Wanna Know What Love Is by Foreigner.

The bit where the gospel choir join the chorus always gives me goosebumps.

Totally with Year if the Cat too. Very underrated track IMHO.

https://youtu.be/raNGeq3_DtM

Planet Basher
13th Oct 2018, 19:20
Navigationally challenged.....

As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti (https://genius.com/Toto-africa-lyrics#note-1473595)....

Martin the Martian
13th Oct 2018, 23:09
Any recording by Toto makes me want to throw up when I hear it.

Give this arrangement a go, then.

https://youtu.be/-c9-poC5HGw

BehindBlueEyes
13th Oct 2018, 23:17
Give this arrangement a go, then.

https://youtu.be/-c9-poC5HGw


Very, very good. :ok:

BSD
13th Oct 2018, 23:31
Martin,

That is simply WONDERFUL!

Many thanks,

BSD.

james ozzie
13th Oct 2018, 23:56
Try this Martin, BBE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1NvTwNTR5o

Ascend Charlie
14th Oct 2018, 03:00
Any time that any of the above-mentioned songs comes on the radio, the switch I reach for is not the volume, but the channel change. ANYTHING but those songs. Barrrrfff.....

clareprop
14th Oct 2018, 11:32
The wild dogs cry out in the night
As they grow restless, longing for some solitary company”

Isn’t solitary company an oxymoron?


Nah. They're dialoging about the desire of the wild dogs to get in touch with the singularity of unaccompanied prey so they can kill and eat it. Without this, the dogs can't validate themselves thus reducing further their sense of self-worth.

ethicalconundrum
15th Oct 2018, 21:29
I got stuck on this for a while. Thought it had some kind of inner meaning. Turns out just a nice tune, well recorded.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDZyG0KJqik

visibility3miles
15th Oct 2018, 22:04
I always thought it was, "I miss the rains down in Africa," which made me nostalgic for places and times gone by.

"Gonna take some time to do the things we never have" -- Upbeat forward looking statement, IMHO.

Angel City Chorale version: :ok: :ok: :ok:

flash8
15th Oct 2018, 22:21
As a kid I can remember all the fuss and not understanding why... thought it was just OK. However I have to admit all these years later I can still recall most of it pretty well and admittedly have more admiration. Certainly it is in a league of its own, can see that now, but couldn't tell you the reason... subconscious perhaps.

Tankertrashnav
15th Oct 2018, 23:37
Give this arrangement a go, then

They seem to be having a lot of fun.

Me not so much!

(preferred the Toto version)

tartare
16th Oct 2018, 02:21
Unusual verse structure, vocals sung on off-beat triplets, borrowed chords from other keys and a partially unchained melody.
Can appreciate it as a very inventive piece of music.
And yet, like others here, I cannot stand Toto.
Grudgingly played Rosanna when our band's key boards player insisted (bass riff falls very naturally within three frets, despite going through 3-4 keys - that's another sign of a well written piece of music).
Thank God we dropped it when the singer complained he needed a rubber band around his scrote to sing it properly!

timgill
16th Oct 2018, 16:36
I came across this version, which I think is even better than the original (and all the other covers on YouTube). The guys recorded it outside a pizza shop in Utah.

The audience obviously loved it too, judging by the thunderous applause...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLrC7e3vSv8

Helol
16th Oct 2018, 18:05
Nah. They're dialoging about the desire of the wild dogs to get in touch with the singularity of unaccompanied prey so they can kill and eat it. Without this, the dogs can't validate themselves thus reducing further their sense of self-worth.


https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune.org-vbulletin/600x400/img_3474web1_d7edf77277c462f5bcb5dfeb9c294a22409c6b2a.jpg
ah, but wild dogs quite often eat their prey, by biting and ripping pieces from it whilst it is still alive. Here is one of the endangered wild dog packs(Lycaon pictus) I was lucky to see last year in Kruger, hoping to see them again next month. :ok:

The song reminds me of my time as a youngster spending 3 yrs living in Swaziland.

RedhillPhil
16th Oct 2018, 19:16
Give this arrangement a go, then.

https://youtu.be/-c9-poC5HGw
Crikey, that is fabulous!