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Old 07-11-2007, 03:49 PM
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Help me think of songs similar to "Hey There Delilah"

I am very taken with the song "Hey There Delilah" by the Plain White T's. I want to put together a mix of similar songs of the same type of genre, which I think of as alternative-rock ballads, with just an acoustic guitar, maybe some strings, and a vocal. A similar one I thought of was "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) by Green Day. Can anyone help me out with other suggestions?
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Old 07-11-2007, 03:55 PM
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"I Will Follow You into the Dark," Deathcab for Cutie
"Chasing Cars," Snow Patrol
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Old 07-11-2007, 04:01 PM
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"Jenny" Mountain Goats

i hopped on back of the bike, wrapped my arms around you.
and i sank my face into your hair.
and then i inhaled as deeply as i possibly could.
you were as sweet and delicious as the warm desert air.
and you pointed your headlamp toward the horizon,
we were the one thing in the galaxy god didn't have his eyes on.
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Old 07-11-2007, 04:16 PM
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"All for You" Sister Hazel

btw, Hey There Delilah is so overplayed at the moment that I have to change the channel everytime I hear it.

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Old 07-11-2007, 04:26 PM
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Great suggestions, everyone, thanks!

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btw, Hey There Delilah is so overplayed at the moment that I have to change the channel everytime I hear it.
I suspect you are right. I hardly ever listen to music radio anymore, and I have heard it 3 times in the past week!
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Old 07-11-2007, 05:02 PM
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Off He Goes - Pearl Jam

or maybe

Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town by Pearl Jam
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Old 07-11-2007, 05:23 PM
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Of course Time Of Your Life was my first thought! I don't know if you are entertaining 80s hair band rock ballads, but wind of Change by The Scorpions (1990). It's slightly bombastic because it's about Big Political Events but it is the acousticky kind of thing you might want.
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Old 07-11-2007, 06:34 PM
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The Sick Puppies are very good "unplugged". They just played a couple songs on the local alt-rock station here, and were great.
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Old 07-11-2007, 07:03 PM
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Hey ya (the version by Obadiah Parker, not Outkast).
There's a version of Catch the Wind by Donovan that's just guitar and doesn't contain the instrumental section.
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Old 07-11-2007, 07:40 PM
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Or Last Kiss by Pearl Jam. That's one is pretty depressing, but still in a similar genre.
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Elderly Woman isn't exactly the sound I'm going for, but when I saw you suggested it, I had to comment. I just heard that song on the radio recently, and I hadn't listened to it in a long time. That is an amazing song...Eddie's vocal performance is brilliant.
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Old 07-11-2007, 08:03 PM
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Sarahfeena, here is a YouTube home video clip featuring the song The Only Answer by Mike Doughty, former lead singer of Soul Coughing.

(I have no idea who the happy family in the clip is, but there is no proper video for this song, probably because it is only two minutes long and wouldn’t really appeal to the usual media applications.)

If you like that song, you may also like Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well, or American Car.
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Old 07-11-2007, 08:39 PM
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How about "O Valencia" by The Decemberists? Great song that tells a great story.
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Old 07-11-2007, 10:55 PM
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Old School: Simon and Garfunkel: Mrs. Robinson.
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Old 07-12-2007, 01:49 AM
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"Mayonnaise" by the Smashing Pumpkins.
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The first song that popped in my mind was the excellent story song "Rabbit Fur Coat" by Jenny Lewis. Another, more obscure one is "Said Sadly" by the Smashing Pumpkins (first released as the B-Side of "Bullet With Butterfly Wings").
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Old 07-12-2007, 02:35 AM
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I don't know if it would fit in, but how about some acoustic Brand New. I know they have recorded some stuff lighter/acoustic, but it's not bad. Anyways, I like Plain White T's, and I like Brand New, figured I could suggest something.

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Old 07-12-2007, 08:27 AM
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There's a version of Catch the Wind by Donovan that's just guitar and doesn't contain the instrumental section.
Yes, one of these is on The Secret Policeman's Other Ball soundtrack.
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Old 07-12-2007, 09:02 AM
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It is a bit folksy perhaps, but my girlfriend turned me on to Brandi Carlile's The Story.
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Old 07-12-2007, 10:36 AM
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Thanks again for the suggestions, everyone...some of these songs I haven't heard in a long time, and some I have never heard of! I love being turned on to new bands...this is awesome.
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Old 07-12-2007, 10:52 AM
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It's bugging me because I feel like there are a bunch of songs in this style and I can't think of a darn one of them.
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Old 07-12-2007, 11:00 AM
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It's bugging me because I feel like there are a bunch of songs in this style and I can't think of a darn one of them.
I know...that's the thing that's bugging me, too! I know I could make a huge mix, if I could only think of them! I feel like I need to go through all my old CDs from the 90s & look at the song lists, to jar my memory, but I haven't had a chance to do it.
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Old 07-12-2007, 11:14 AM
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I think it owes a lot to the Beatles. It reminds me of early McCartney contributions like:

Blackbird
Eleanor Rigby
Here, There, and Everywhere
I've Just Seen a face
You Won't See Me

etc.
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Old 07-12-2007, 11:18 AM
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Josh Radin has several songs like this too. I think To be with You by Mr. Big might've been like that too, but can't remember off hand.

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Old 07-12-2007, 12:27 PM
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The first song that popped in my mind was the excellent story song "Rabbit Fur Coat" by Jenny Lewis. Another, more obscure one is "Said Sadly" by the Smashing Pumpkins (first released as the B-Side of "Bullet With Butterfly Wings").
Definitely want to second "Rabbit Fur Coat," as well as the rest of that Jenny Lewis album. The whole thing is wonderful.
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Old 07-12-2007, 01:12 PM
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Bright Eye's "First Day of My Life."
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Old 07-12-2007, 03:39 PM
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You might want to try putting "Hey there Delilah" into Pandora to see what they come up with. They will have a WIDE variety of similar songs (US only I think).
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Old 07-12-2007, 03:54 PM
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Elderly Woman isn't exactly the sound I'm going for, but when I saw you suggested it, I had to comment. I just heard that song on the radio recently, and I hadn't listened to it in a long time. That is an amazing song...Eddie's vocal performance is brilliant.
Yeah, that's a powerful song with some powerful vocals. But I get what you're saying about the sound. Although mostly acoustic, it isn't stripped-down and bouncy enough.

In that case, how about Pearl Jam's "Soon Forget" (which on the CD cut sounds like just Eddie Vedder and a ukelele)? Here's a live version with Jack Johnson.
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Old 07-12-2007, 04:06 PM
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You might want to try putting "Hey there Delilah" into Pandora to see what they come up with. They will have a WIDE variety of similar songs (US only I think).
Great idea! Thanks!
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Old 07-12-2007, 04:07 PM
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To go even more old-school, there's the live performance of "Swan Swan H" by R.E.M. from the Athens, Georgia: Inside Out album. It's about as stripped down as R.E.M. gets. Musically, that is.
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Several songs off of Nirvana's MTV Unplugged, including "About a Girl" and the cover of Bowie's "The Man Who Sold the World."
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Funny story...I just put the Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) into Pandora.com, and the first song they played was....Hey There Delilah!
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Old 07-12-2007, 04:28 PM
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Old 07-12-2007, 04:30 PM
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A few that might hit the spot...

"Blue In The Face" by Alkaline Trio
"The Lowering (A Sad Day In Greenvilletown)" by The Avett Brothers
"I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You" by Colin Hay
"Angeles" by Elliott Smith
"Razor" by the Foo Fighters
"Always & Never" or "Wake Up" by Coheed & Cambria
"The Engine Driver" by The Decemberists
"Such Great Heights" by Iron & Wine
"The End of an Anchor" or "Dusk and Summer" by Dashboard Confessional - or for that matter, a lot of Dashboard's earlier work.
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Old 07-12-2007, 04:31 PM
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Old School: Simon and Garfunkel: Mrs. Robinson.

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I was thinking that the closest S&G song to what I am going for is Bookends Theme. But now I am thinking of pulling out my S&G albums!
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I heard the song for the first time this morning, remembered this thread, and thought I'd suggest "Ramona" by Guster.

Of course, I'm always looking for excuses to suggest "Ramona" by Guster.
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Old 07-12-2007, 04:45 PM
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I was thinking that the closest S&G song to what I am going for is Bookends Theme. But now I am thinking of pulling out my S&G albums!
"America" is pretty good for the optimistic "I'm going to make it" vibe.
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Old 07-12-2007, 04:46 PM
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Well, if you're willing to go really old school, then Joni Mitchell fits the bill. For example, her original version of Big Yellow Taxi.
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Old 07-12-2007, 04:58 PM
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Eva Cassidy: "Fields of Gold", "Songbird", "Ain't No Sunshine", and "Time After Time".
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Eva Cassidy: "Fields of Gold"
That song is a sobfest for me. Beautiful.
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Old 07-12-2007, 10:32 PM
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Sarahfeena, I think you'd do well looking into the Lo Fi genre. Though other Plain White Tees songs aren't Lo Fi at all, that one has the feel.

Off the top of my head I'd rec "Jezebel" by Iron and Wine, "Lily Two" by Matthew Pond PA, "A Favor" by Okkervil River, "Worry About You" by Ivy, "Come Home Baby Julie, Come Home" by American Analog Set, "Baby Bitch" by Ween, "No One Will Ever Love You" by The Magnetic Fields, "Someday You Will Be Loved" by Death Cab for Cutie, "Don't Know When But A Day Is Gonna Come" by Bright Eyes, and "I Am Always The One Who Calls" by Pedro The Lion.
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Sarahfeena, I think you'd do well looking into the Lo Fi genre. Though other Plain White Tees songs aren't Lo Fi at all, that one has the feel.

Off the top of my head I'd rec "Jezebel" by Iron and Wine, "Lily Two" by Matthew Pond PA, "A Favor" by Okkervil River, "Worry About You" by Ivy, "Come Home Baby Julie, Come Home" by American Analog Set, "Baby Bitch" by Ween, "No One Will Ever Love You" by The Magnetic Fields, "Someday You Will Be Loved" by Death Cab for Cutie, "Don't Know When But A Day Is Gonna Come" by Bright Eyes, and "I Am Always The One Who Calls" by Pedro The Lion.
Thanks! I have never heard of this genre, although I am familiar with many of the bands. Very interesting.
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Swing Life Away - Rise Against
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Change off the first Blind Melon album, as well as almost the entire Nico album they released after Shannon Hoon died. I'm also a huge fan of The White Stripes Lord Send Me An Angel right now, even though that's just an acoustic blues tune and doesn't really fit the same vibe as what the OP is looking for.

Throw in some Violet Femmes too. Some Ben Harper from his first two discs would be really nice too.

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Old 07-12-2007, 11:22 PM
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I think almost all of Belle & Sebastian's catalog would fit the bill for this, according to some of the suggestions I've heard (I'll admit that I haven't heard the OP's song)

Off the top of my head...
"Fox in the Snow"
"Mary Jo"
"You Made Me Forget My Dreams"
"String Bean Jean"
"Beautiful"
"Put the Book Back On The Shelf"
"Slow Graffiti"

Eh, there's a lot. And, I could be wrong.
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Radiohead has a few acoustic ballads (not Creep), but maybe Paranoid Android and Go To Sleep.

My daughter and I love Swing Life Away by Rise Against.
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I just want to say that I went and made a Pandora station based off this song and now after just 5 tracks I am thoroughly depressed and want to go to sleep.
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You might want to try putting "Hey there Delilah" into Pandora to see what they come up with. They will have a WIDE variety of similar songs (US only I think).
I actually JUST made an account to suggest doing this. I am a very big fan of Pandora. It will most definately help you find more songs similar to hey there delilah.
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Thanks for all the suggestions, everyone! Very helpful! I'm going to work on my mix this weekend if I get a chance.
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Old 07-16-2007, 11:54 AM
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I was over a friend's house this weekend and we were listening to the soundtrack from Garden State. Very nice, and I think it's exactly what you're looking for.

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