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Started by Ebadlun on Oct 2, 2021 1:51:11 AM
Mr Brightside - how did this become the ultimate wedding song?

The lyrics are dark, the tune isn't that great, the chords are meh..

It's no Dancing Queen.

I'm seriously missing something here.

Nostalgia? But it's not like Smells Like Teen Spirit ever became a wedding song, and that's loads better.

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widenation - 02 Oct 2021 01:57:05 (#1 of 83)

This is the song that blokes tie their ties around their heads to dance to - or does that include other songs?

Ebadlun - 02 Oct 2021 01:58:05 (#2 of 83)

Yes, they do that, but why?

There's literally about three fucking notes in the whole tune.

People talk about the riff, but it's pretty meh compared to Layla or Sweet Child O' Mine.

https://fatherted.gifglobe.com/scene/?frame=S02E05-maw8FRQ2

widenation - 02 Oct 2021 02:06:13 (#3 of 83)

Well they are Steeple People aren't they (The Killers)? Mormons even.

DesEsseintes - 02 Oct 2021 02:14:39 (#4 of 83)

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That is hideous - us old school Communists don't do weddings fortunately.

Ebadlun - 02 Oct 2021 02:16:18 (#5 of 83)

Shame, The Internationale is a banger.

The Soviet anthem is even better, if anything.

Even 'Oh Jeremy Corbyn' is better than Mr Brightside.

widenation - 02 Oct 2021 02:33:29 (#6 of 83)

The White Stripes riff that spawned OJC + the terrace chants should be put into a capsule, shot into space and then nuked as soon as it is a safe distance away.

Ebadlun - 02 Oct 2021 02:49:03 (#7 of 83)

NO - we need that capsule for Mr Brightside. Tune-destroying capsules are not cheap.

On the other hand, given that Mr Brightside doesn't actually have a tune, can we ever truly kill it?

Tinymcsmithy - 02 Oct 2021 06:30:17 (#8 of 83)

Isn’t it just an off the shelf reminiscing shouty ‘song we sang in the union bar the night that Nigel puked into his backpack’ student song?

Where is Nigel these days anyway?

Moschops - 02 Oct 2021 06:35:39 (#9 of 83)

British Steel?

Tinymcsmithy - 02 Oct 2021 06:36:36 (#10 of 83)

He needs a new plan.

Catspyjamas17 - 02 Oct 2021 07:54:58 (#11 of 83)

Because it's a brilliant song and really fun to dance to? I first heard it played at a wedding, at a good friend's reception not long after it came out and the dance floor erupted. Nowadays people will choose it for nostalgic reasons too.

Catspyjamas17 - 02 Oct 2021 07:57:00 (#12 of 83)

You can't dance to SLTS, it's more "avoid being knocked to the ground and trampled to death".

levelgaze - 02 Oct 2021 09:02:57 (#13 of 83)

Dunno why weddings, but it has an utterly weird longevity..

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-56601090

5 years in the charts.

darkhorse - 02 Oct 2021 09:07:45 (#14 of 83)

From listening to it, I assume Mr Brightside is about a guy tormenting himself over sexual jealousy is it not? Weird choice for a wedding, unless it is a subliminal "f*** you" to anybody with an unrequited crush on bride or groom.

Dubris - 02 Oct 2021 08:31:44 (#15 of 83)

Or perhaps people just like the way it sounds and aren't too bothered about the words.

yumyum - 02 Oct 2021 09:34:41 (#16 of 83)

I love it and the video.

Ebadlun - 02 Oct 2021 10:01:36 (#17 of 83)

I literally cannot work out what's good about it. Other wedding 'classics' like Play That Funky Music or Uptown Funk I get, this just leaves me mystified.

It's just the same note, over and over again.

levelgaze - 02 Oct 2021 10:03:55 (#18 of 83)

It's an uptempo shoutalong.

Catspyjamas17 - 02 Oct 2021 10:04:35 (#19 of 83)

I enjoy the tension building in it. Yes, and you can dance and sing to it. The driving paso doble rhythm.

Catspyjamas17 - 02 Oct 2021 10:06:06 (#20 of 83)

Or possibly tango.

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