Wherever there are singers there are misheard lyrics, but it turns out that some musicians are statistically more difficult to decipher.
A new poll of 2,000 adults conducted by the U.K.'s Blinkbox Music (via the Telegraph) has revealed that Bob Dylan, Abba and Jimi Hendrix are among those whose lyrics are most often misheard.
But it's not only classic acts that are difficult to understand: Lady Gaga, Jay Z, Rihanna and Miley Cyrus also rank high on the list of those whose lyrics are hardest to make out.
And what is the most commonly misheard lyric? ABBA's famous line from Dancing Queen: "See that girl, watch her scream, kicking the dancing queen," which is actually "See that girl, watch that scene, diggin' the dancing queen."
Check out the full results here:
10 music acts who are hardest to understand:
1. Ozzy Osbourne (28%)
2. Lady Gaga (22%)
3. Shaggy (22%)
4. Sean Paul (14%)
5. Jay Z (14%)
6. Rihanna (14%)
7. Miley Cyrus (13%)
8. Jimi Hendrix (10%)
9. Prince (9%)
10. Bob Dylan (8%)
10 most commonly misheard lyrics
1. ABBA, "Dancing Queen" (22%)
Wrong: See that girl, watch her scream, kicking the dancing queen
Right: See that girl, watch that scene, diggin' the dancing queen
2. Queen, "We Will Rock You" (18%)
Wrong: Kicking your cat all over the place
Right: Kicking your can all over the place
3. Bon Jovi, "Living On A Prayer" (12%)
Wrong: It doesn't make a difference if we're naked or not
Right: It doesn't make a difference if we make it or not
4. Madonna, "Like a Virgin" (12%)
Wrong: Like a virgin touched for the thirty-first time
Right: Like a virgin touched for the very first time
5. The Monkees, "I'm A Believer" (12%)
Wrong: Then I saw her face, now I'm gonna leave her
Right: Then I saw her face, now I'm a believer
6. Johnny Nash, "I Can See Clearly Now" (11%)
Wrong: I can see clearly now Lorraine has gone
Right: I can see clearly now, the rain is gone
7. Rihanna, "We Found Love" (11%)
Wrong: What it takes to form a line
Right: What it takes to come alive
8. Jimi Hendrix, "Purple Haze" (9%)
Wrong: Excuse me while I kiss this guy
Right: Excuse me whilst I kiss the sky
9. Spice Girls, "Wannabe" (9%)
Wrong: If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get rid of my friends
Right: If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends
10. Starship, "We Built This City" (8%)
Wrong: We built this city on logs and coal
Right: We built this city on rock and roll
Oscar-nominated Canadian musician Owen Pallett is set to release his new album In Conflict on May 26, but music lovers can check out the just-released video for "Song For Five & Six" now.
Directed by Jeff Scheven, the clip features the choreography of Robert Binet, Choreographic Associate of The National Ballet of Canada, as well as students from Canada’s National Ballet School.
Check it out here:
Pallett, along with drummer Robbie Gordon and multi-instrumentalist Matt Smith, have been appearing as part of a series of after-shows for Arcade Fire, with whom Pallett has toured extensively.
Pallett and Arcade Fire also recently shared an Academy Award nomination for their collaboration on he original score for Spike Jonze's hit film Her.
This week the classically-trained musician also announced that he had teamed up with Dan Snaith, aka Caribou, to produce new music for Snaith's side-project, Daphni. You can check out Daphni's first 12" single with Pallett here:
Weird Canada is calling for an entire day devoted to listening to drone music this summer.
If you don't know what that is, a 'drone' is an element of a song where a single note or chord is played in the background throughout the duration of the piece.
They want to use the entire day to celebrate the role of the drone in music, stating on their website:
"There is a deeper, more psychological and important reason for the existence of day where we come together to celebrate drone music. As a gateway into fringe music, drone possesses many convenient qualities: it’s an onomatopoeia ; easy to understand yet broad enough to encapsulate a wide variety of experimental streams. "
Some record stores and live music venues are already planning ahead for their Drone Day events, including live droning, where you can bring your own noise-makers, like plastic harmoniums or Casio keyboards, and plug into a live sound system with others to take part in the droning experience.
If that sounds too advanced, the organizers have put up a list of artists and streams of drone music on their Drone Day website for anyone looking to get into the world of drone music.
National Drone Day is part of Wyrd Arts Initiatives, the Canadian non-profit arts organization responsible for the Weird Canada website.
National Drone Day will be held on Saturday, May 10th.
Find out more at droneday.org
Early '80s Toronto new wave act Spoons will be making their first trip to Western Canada in roughly two decades, later on this spring.
The band reached the peak of their popularity in the early 1980s with singles like "Nova Heart," "Arias & Symphonies" and "Romantic Traffic." In 2011, they released Static in Transmission, their first new album in 23 years, and followed up with 30th anniversary re-releases of their first two records, the Nova Heart EP and the full-length Arias & Symphonies.
The band will play a warm-up gig in Barrie, Ont., on May 2 before heading west.
May 10: Edmonton, Alta., Starlite
May 11: Banff, Alta., Wild Bill's
May 12: Calgary, Alta., Dickens
May 16: Vancouver, B.C., Rickshaw Theatre
May 17: Victoria, B.C., Alix Goolden Hall
May 18: Nanaimo, B.C., the Queens
New Zealand singer Lorde has been pulled off the road by her parents and her team.
The teen superstar reportedly developed a serious lung infection, and has cancelled her entire tour of Australia, which was scheduled to run until May 6.
"I have had to postpone my Australian shows because of a nasty chest infection and general ill health," she wrote on Twitter.
"I am so so gutted to have to do this but my parents and my team stepped in telling me I needed a break after being non-stop since the Grammys in January. We will 100% be back for this tour (most likely in November) so don't worry about that."
The singer is scheduled to play several summer festivals in North America and Europe, among them Rock in Rio in Lisbon and Lollapalooza in Chicago.
"Time to get back to full gollum girl fitness before i go out playing shows again," she also tweeted. "I'm truly sorry if i let you down or if you feel inconvenienced by this and i hope you can understand."
Lorde isn't the only singing superstar forced off the road by illness. Last week, Miley Cyrus revealed that she was hospitalized because of a serious allergic reaction to antibiotics.
The pre-game build up at the Montreal Canadiens' playoff game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night was pretty intense. The hometown crowd was whipped into a frenzy by an impressive light show, culminating in a surprise performance of "O Canada" by the Grande Dame of Quebec music, Ginette Reno:
Moments later, René Bourque scored the Canadiens' first goal, only 11 seconds into the game. Fans at Montreal's Bell Centre went wild. We think the Habs' ensuing 4-3 victory was due in part to Reno's stirring rendition of the national anthem.
Reno, 68, told the CBC that she was personally invited to sing "O Canada" by the Canadiens' head coach, Michel Therrien. Earlier today she announced on her Facebook page that she will also sing the national anthem at tonight's game.
Here's the full interview:
Listen to Ginette Reno's interview with CBC arts reporter Jeanette Kelly.
Each day, Rich Terfry and Radio 2 Drive wraps up your day with music and stories about the interesting things going on in the world.
JUNK IN THE TRUNK:
RICH'S PICK: "Black Dahlia" by Johnny Legend
MARK'S PICK: Eddie Van Halen "Panama" Live
NEW ON TUESDAY: Fresh off a performance on the Tonight Show, we have a peek at the new release, A Dotted Line, from vintage folkies, Nickel Creek!
REAR VIEW MIRROR
Every week, Rich Terfry looks back in our Rear-view Mirror at a great song from the good ol’ days. This week, Hank Williams with "Long Gone Lonesome Blues."
Hank Williams is credited as one of the most important figures in music history and the father of contemporary country music. He gave all the credit for his success to an unknown African American street performer and blues musician named Rufus Payne.
Listen to Rich tell you the story behind Hank Williams and the incredible music from his career.
Hank Williams was eight years old when he got his first guitar. That was an important first step toward becoming the music legend we know him as today. But first he had to learn how to play the darn thing. Young Hank was taken with a musician who played on street corners in his home town of Georgiana, Alabama. His name was Rufus Payne, but friends called him Tee-Tot. Williams hounded Tee-Tot for guitar lessons - he'd offer him a few cents or for him to come to his house for meals in exchange.
Williams was relentless and eventually Payne paid a visit to Williams' mother Lillie and told her he was worried the kid would get them both in trouble if he kept following him around. A white kid and a black man seen hanging around in small town Alabama in the 20s was potentially a recipe for trouble, to say the least.But eventually Payne gave in and taught Williams everything he knew - chords, chord progressions, bass turns, the fundamentals of the blues. He also taught Williams, who was a shy kid, to come out of his shell, to project and to be more expressive as a performer.
Here are some other great editions of Rear-view Mirror:
Glen Campbell, 'Wichita Lineman'
You may have noticed that as soon as sprouts of greenery spring up, Canadian summer music festivals begin to tease us with their stellar lineups.
This summer looks like an especially good one for Canadian indie lovers. Constantines are reuniting, Sappyfest was saved for another yea and CBC Music is backing its festival with scenic Burnaby, B.C.
With so many choice Canadian summer music festivals to pick from, you could suffer from option paralysis. To help narrow down the picks, we've highlighted the top 10 best Canadian summer indie music festivals.
Check out the gallery above to help decide which ones are worth the road trip.
What summer music festival will you attend this year? What favourites of yours have we missed? Tweet @cbcradio3 or comment in the blog section below.
Listen to the exclusive full album stream of Chad VanGaalen's new album, Shrink Dust, a week ahead of its April 29 release.
The album was produced by VanGaalen himself in his home studio in Calgary, and is partially a score to an animated feature he's working on called Translated Log of Inhabitants. VanGaalen describes the film in a press release as being like "Bob and Doug McKenzie in space." The first episode is due to be released later this year.
Please press play on the stream above before reading this brief intro. Just listen to the first song before reading any further. Take that moment for yourself to be alone, be still, lose yourself.
May is the debut album from 25-year-old Danish singer-songwriter Majke Voss Romme, a.k.a. Broken Twin, and I think it comes as close to perfection as humanly possible. Romme's voice is a still-rough silk, textured and rare, delicately rendered but substantial and quietly self-assured like the cool kid she seems to be.
May's a dark affair, and in some ways heavy with the burden of its own beauty, but there's no excess in which to get mired. Rather, each song is crisply defined and delivered. There's nothing ornate and flashy hanging off the cracking strings, echoing drums, soft piano or hushed horns that periodically bolster Romme's unadorned vocals. It's a vulnerable offering, but inspiring in its confidence.
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Digging (digitally, of course) through photo archives is one of my great pleasures. Be it the CBC Still Photo Collection, Getty or the Canadian Press Images, stumbling across a photo I've never seen before of one of my favourite bands (or my dad or grandma's favourite bands) is a quick, zippy hit to the happy place in my brain where sense and memory collide. I see the band, hear the music, snap back in time to the place that song lives in my personal timeline: it's a trip, literally and figuratively.
It's also a great opportunity to appreciate some beautiful photography and think about what's revealed inside the frame, versus what lives just beyond those cropped edges.
In the gallery above, you can peruse 45 vintage photos of some of the biggest, most influential names in music from the '50s-'70s. You can also listen to songs by each of the acts, from Elvis, the Kinks, Leonard Cohen, the Mamas and the Papas and Johnny Cash to Tina Turner, Joni Mitchell, the Supremes, Dusty Springfield and the Carpenters.
Click on the vintage playlist below if you want to listen to all of the music while you flip through the gallery above.
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You love Mozart operas, you enjoy your food and you can't live without word puzzles. We know the feeling! Get busy solving these anagrams.
Scroll down for the answers.
(Illustration by Samantha Smith/CBC Music)
1. The Magic Flute.
2. Don Giovanni.
3. La Clemenza di Tito.
4. Cosi fan tutte.
When Ray LaMontagne settled into his home in the Berkshire foothills to write songs for his fifth album, the followup to his Grammy-winning God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise, he ran into something that hadn’t happened before — he couldn’t finish a song.
"I had a batch of songs that wasn't calling at me strongly enough," LaMontagne says in a press release. “I just kept putting them down and not finishing them."
Accustomed to working tirelessly through the day chasing one muse, one song at a time until it was complete, LaMontagne was unsettled. It’s then that he turned to Elvis Costello, a friend and musical hero.
"He sent me back a really lovely letter that said, 'There have been times I've felt the same way, too,' and he just sort of said, 'You're the only Ray LaMontagne there is, so just trust that voice,' and that was really enough," says LaMontagne.
Inspired by Costello's second album, This Year’s Model, LaMontagne let go of any inhibitions and decided to just be himself, complete and unapologetically.
The result is Supernova, a joyful and nostalgic album of Technicolor acoustic psychedelia, instantly evoking long summer nights and sun-flared memories.
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“We’ve always played little brother in the world of hip-hop, you know what I mean?” asks Juno-nominated rapper/producer Rich Kidd.
He’s sitting in a van, en route from Toronto to New York City, where he’s set to lay down some tracks with Pete Rock, a legendary hip-hop producer largely considered to be one of the best. As such, Rich, at just 26 years old, is contemplating his place in the history of the genre, not just as a musician, but as a Canadian.
“We’re not seen as the top guys until Drake really broke through in the mainstream,” he adds. “So I think what we’re really trying to prove is that we got bars. And that’s it.”
Below, you can watch Rich Kidd prove he’s got bars as he performs his song “Syke,” complete with a live band and Pete Rock at the control boards. It’s the continuation of our Rock the Mic series, with the first instalment being a live cover of Pete Rock and CL Smooth’s “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.),” a standard bearer of golden age hip-hop.
At 19, Raz Fresco, another Toronto rapper/producer, wasn’t even born when Pete Rock and CL Smooth dropped their seminal album, Mecca and the Soul Brother, in 1992. But he knows his lineage, not to mention the significance of working with someone like Pete Rock.
“Hip-hop started in New York. You got prophets that came out of New York, the great prophets of hip-hop,” he says, not able to contain the excitement in his voice. “I’m a living, breathing reincarnation of all that.”
Below, Raz performs a smooth, sax-fuelled performance of his throwback track, “And it Don’t Stop.”
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There's been a lot of talk about Nirvana lately. But before Nirvana, there were Pixies. Nirvana's trademark quiet/loud sound, especially on their breakthrough single "Smells Like Teen Spirit," was heavily influenced by the indie juggernaut.
"'Smells Like Teen Spirit,' I remember thinking, that is such a Pixies rip," Dave Grohl says in a 2007 interview. "The bass line, the quirky single-note guitar thing over the drums. It was almost thrown away at one point because it seemed too much like the Pixies."
This isn't limited to Nirvana, either. Bands like TV on the Radio, Spoon, the Strokes, Weezer and Pavement all cite Pixies as defining influences of their music.
Pixies haven't released an album since 1991, and their 2003 reunion didn't produce any new full-length works. The elephant in the room was, and remains, the troubled relationship between the band's co-founders, Kim Deal and Black Francis. The pair's infamous beef has haunted Pixies since their inception in the '80s. Regardless, there's no doubt that the band is so important to the history of music that their sound influenced and inspired an entire genre.
Kim Deal left the band last June, but the rest of the group remained in tact and went on to make Indie Cindy, their fifth studio album and their first full-length release in more than two decades. A well crafted album laced with Pixies' signature melodic hooks juxtaposed with roaring guitars, it is everything that makes Pixies, well, Pixies.
The Guardian argued last week that the album sounds like Pixies of yore. And it's true — the trademark sound that was once groundbreaking is now familiar, because Pixies themselves inspired a generation of musicians. So why shouldn't they embrace the sound that they pioneered? I can honestly say that Indie Cindy is an album that I, for one, am accepting with open arms.
Listen to the full stream above, ahead of its April 28 release.
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This week, we have the exclusive Canadian premiere of Get Back, the long-awaited album from Pink Mountaintops.
It's been almost five years since Steve McBean released an album as Pink Mountaintops (he also is the leader of east Vancouver psych-rock outfit Black Mountain). In that time, he relocated to Los Angeles, went on hiatus from both bands and started working with Joe Cardamone (lead singer of American post-hardcore band Icarus Line).
He also started collaborating with a number of artists that can be found on the album, inlcuding J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.), Rob Barbato (Darker My Love, the Fall and Cass McCombs), Annie Hardy (Giant Drag), Jon Wahl (Clawhammer) and Gregg Foreman (Cat Power and Delta 72).
McBean describes Get Back in a press release as being about "alleys, curbs, walls and cigarette-stained gig flyers. An island on the Pacific coast. Fake British towns. Slayer posters. The beauty of youth. It's about listening to 'Driver's Seat' and 'Guns of Brixton' and hot-boxing the Duster."
Whatever it's about, one thing is clear: this album is full of pure, unadulterated rock 'n' roll. The band will be touring all over North America and Europe for the better part of this year. Check out the dates here.
It’s been close to a decade since Islands got their start in Montreal. Now five albums in, the band is currently based in L.A. but back in the motherland touring their new album, the beautifully dark Ski Mask.
Frontman Nick Thorburn took a break to share ten of his favourite Canadian indie tracks. Scroll through the gallery listen to his list.
Listen to hosts Alanna Stuart, Grant Lawrence and Lana Gay today on CBC Radio 3.
::Tuning in to the show on Monday April 21st? Please note this is a REPEAT broadcast. Nick will not be answering questions on the blog or via Twitter.:::
The Strombo Show will run the gamut this Sunday night, keeping the spirit of radio alive.
We'll be ranging over three hours of commercial-free music to honour both old and new. George Stroumboulopoulos will be joined by the lead singer-songwriter of the punk rock group Against Me!, Laura Jane Grace. We'll be welcoming her for an intimate conversation and an acoustic performance in the broom closet.
Her band recently delivered one of their most cohesive albums to date: Transgender Dysphoria Blues. One of this year's critical favourites, it explores transformation, the loss of a close friend and the perspectives of motherhood. And it offers anthems of liberation aplenty.
Since introducing herself as Laura Jane Grace in Rolling Stone magazine two years ago, Grace and her band have spent most of their time performing these songs on tour, and Grace has been undergoing hormone therapy. We're very excited to have her join us for the evening, spinning records and performing a few of her songs. (She also joined George in the red chair for an interview on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight.)
As always, we'll be tipping our hats to those ground-breakers and game-changers with a Nod to the Gods, spinning the best new tracks on the Magnificent Seven, paying tribute to Tom Waits on Ten with Tom and we'll send you into the collective horizontal with the Big Lie Down.
Get on in here! Join the collective.
Listen as Garvia Bailey counts down the Radio 2 Top 20 for April 18th. Remember to vote.
Carleton Stone shows no signs of stopping
Carleton Stone has had quite a run on the Radio 2 Top 20 chart. His quest for the top spot is inching closer. "Climbing Up the Walls" is in at number two this week.
Sam Roberts Band is back
Check out the band live in CBC Studio 211 performing their latest single, "Shapeshifters."
And now for the equally awesome official "Shapeshifters" video. Don't try this at home.
Small-town gal makes good
For such a young talent, Alysha Brilla has a lot of experience behind her. She studied jazz in school and then took off to California to work with a major U.S. label. That experience led to creating her own sound, her own band and her own musical direction. "Lifted" is the name of her new single, this week's hot shooter, up eight spots.
Check out the charming video for her tune "Sailor's Wife."
1. Tegan and Sara, "I'm Not Your Hero" (up three)
2. Carleton Stone, "Climbing Up Walls" (up two + most online votes)
3. Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case, "Annalee" (up three)
4. Coldplay, "Magic" (down two)
5. Vance Joy, "Riptide" (up six)
6. Hozier, "Take Me to Church" (up three)
7. Ray Lamontagne, "Supernova" (down two)
8. City and Colour, "Harder Than Stone" (same)
9. Bobby Bazini, "Heavy Love" (up one)
10. Black Keys, "Fever" (up five)
11. Alysha Brilla, "Lifted" (up eight + hot shooter)
12. Sarah McLachlan, "In your Shoes" (new entry)
13. Rosanne Cash, "A Feather's Not a Bird" (down one)
14. Royal Wood, "White Flag" (down one)
15. Boy and Bear, "Old Town Blues" (up two)
16. Broken Bells, "Control" (new entry)
17. Harlan Pepper, "TV (Let It Slide)" (down one)
18. Sam Roberts Band, "Shapeshifter," (new entry)
19. Bruce Springsteen, "Heaven's Wall" (new entry)
20. Kaiser Chiefs, "Coming Home" (new entry)
In this episode of CBC Music Backstage Pass Down With Webster rocks two brand new songs off the floor in Toronto Studio 211.
Hedley performs "Crazy For You" at CBC Music’s Quietest.Concert.Ever in Banff National Park.
CBC Music Backstage Pass airs Friday nights at midnight on CBC-TV (12:30 in N.L.). Check out the entire episode streaming above.