SpinTunes #15 Round 3

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Rubber Band: To reach the final round, we're asking our competitors to stretch themselves. Write a pastiche (a song in the style) of a band or artist whose style is appreciably different from your own. (When ranking the songs, the judges will be paying particular attention to how great a departure competitors made from the kinds of songs we've already heard from them, as well as how faithfully they emulate the chosen artist's style.)

And to be perfectly clear, we are requiring a pastiche that is an original song in the style of the artist, not a parody or derivative work. Think Weird Al writing "Dare To Be Stupid" in the style of Devo . . . not Weird Al writing "Party in the C.I.A." based on the song "Party in the U.S.A." by Miley Cyrus.

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released December 2, 2018

Album Art: Matt "Shoobs" Schubbe

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Spintunes is a semi-annual songwriting contest. Every other week, the competitors receive a challenge and a week to meet it.

Each album on this site contains the responses to a single challenge

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Track Name: Mandibles - Right Again
You were right to say I owed you an apology
You were right to say I did you wrong
And I demurred, the words all blurred into a mess
And I confess
I do not know what side I’m on.

Right again,
What does it get you when you’re right again?
Right again,
Does it let you feel alright again?
If you saw the good in me,
How wrong could I ever be?
You could be right, my friend,
And then you’ll be alone again.

How’s the air up there where no one shows a weakness
Way up where you won’t find the likes of me?
I can’t put the genie back where she belongs
Who does no wrongs
Someone I could never be.

Right again,
What does it get you when you’re right again?
Right again,
Does it let you feel alright again?
If you saw the good in me,
How wrong could I ever be?
You could be right, my friend—
Congratulations! Your vexation
Put your partner in her station.

Right again,
What does it get you when you’re right again?
Right again,
Does it let you feel alright again?
If you saw the good in me,
How wrong could I ever be?
You could be right, my friend,
And then you’ll be alone again.
Track Name: Faster Jackelope - Ghia's Got Room For Two
High School is over
Summer is here
Hold my hand sweet darling
Help me understand

Is it your French perfume?
Is it your funny point of view
Karmann Ghia’s got room for two
When the sun sets I know what we can do

I waited by my window
Just so it could be me and you
Tried not to wake my parents
We drove into the night without a care
But there’s not enough time to do everything

Summer is over
Now I am sad
Maybe you’ll find another guy
to hold your hand

Is it your French perfume?
Is it your funny point of view
Will he love you like i do
When the sun sets I want to be with you

I waited by my window
Sneak away under the moon
Just so it could be me and you
Me and you
Tried not to wake my parents
Our hearts beat to our favorite tune
We drove into the night without a care
Without a care
But there’s not enough time to do everything

Is it your French perfume?
Is it your funny point of view
Karmann Ghia’s got room for two
When the sun sets I know what we can do

I waited by my window
Sneak away under the moon
Just so it could be me and you
Me and you
Tried not to wake my parents
Our hearts beat to our favorite tune
We drove into the night without a care
Without a care
But there’s not enough time to do everything
Track Name: Zoe Gray - Old Lovers' Bridge
i been a-walking for miles along the river bank
with a sack on my shoulder and too much time to think
i been away, away, away too long by far
all i got of her is this old guitar

and i walk through the valleys
and i walk over the ridge
i been a-walkin home to meet my baby by the old lovers bridge

and we had only just started when i had to go
i said goodbye to my baby just as soon as we’d said hello
i had to fight my demons cross the wine-dark sea
but i always sang for her knowin she played for me

and i walk through the valleys
and i walk over the ridge
i been a-walkin home to meet my baby by the old lovers bridge

and i know that there’s been fellers tried to take her while i’m gone
and the road is full of dangers but she helps me carry on
and i know that i’ve been trouble, trouble all my days
but my baby bought my troubled heart, and her love’s the price she pays

i saw my fair share of men, heart-broken, half-blind
i saw the ghosts of my long lost friends i never thought i would find
i been away, away, away, away too long
but i always played my lady’s song

and i walk through the valleys
and i walk over the ridge
i been a-walkin home to meet my baby by the old lovers bridge

and i walk through the valleys
and i walk over the ridge
i been a-walkin home to meet my baby by the old lovers bridge
Track Name: Third Cat - Hideaway
watching the moon
and we're feeling in tune

watching The Room
and you're tasting the bloom
in love let's stay

wrong turns can send down rain
i don't think i can stand this pain
but with you
i've found a hideaway

hope in your eyes
just like stars in night skies

joy in your heart
i believe it's true art
and love we play

wrong turns can send down rain
i don't think i can stand this pain
but with you
i've found a hideaway

wrong turns can send down rain
i don't think i can stand this pain
but with you
i've found a hideaway
Track Name: Vom Vorton - Silver Streak
needed a vehicle at minimal cost to me
knew it had to reach escape velocity

bought it to get from A to B
the occasional trip to the C

considered a new ride
leave the old one for dead
but then I just got it
cleaned instead

clearing the peaks in a silver streak (x4)

manual gearbox / power steering
derbyshire labour; japanese engineering

gets me where I wanna go with time to kill
even though it slows down when it goes uphill

poor thing was neglected
left on the road
now we’re getting back in touch
with the highway code

clearing the peaks in a silver streak (x4)

clearing the peaks in a silver streak (x8)
Track Name: Governing Dynamics - Leave It At That
I was standin' under a streetlamp
I was starin' at the moon
Feelin' full of the weakness that steals the
Words I try to say to you
I was countin' on my courage
To come roarin' above the din
Of a thousand shattered moments
Once again I lead with my chin

I was not the man you deserve
I serve no one with these games
I took a shot
But I ain't known for my aim

Someday this gambler's gonna take the house
When I finally lay the cards out flat
Until I'm emboldened
To start bettin' stop foldin'
I guess I'll just leave it at that

I'm the trickster of this village
I'm the truth's bell ringer
The harder you try to hold on
The slicker I slip through your fingers

I can shape these scars into myths
Drown my darlings in a flood
I long ago vowed
No one is gonna taste this blood

I once was a man
Who couldn't understand
How many lions were born as rats
It's grift and deception
But it's good to be a legend
I guess I'll just leave it at that

Someday I'll die
And the public eye
Will find someone new to stare at
Honesty might be rewarding
But it sounds kind of boring
I guess I'll just leave it at that
I guess I'll just leave it at that
Track Name: Temnere - The Grifter
you talk of revolution
this land of discontent
you claim to be the one
to free us from the grip of tyrants

but why should we believe you
where is your providence
a perspicacious glance can
see that all your views are pliant

your claim to want to help us
an altruist veneer
one more familiar screed then
"dont forget to tune back in right here"


for the proliferation
of narrative ablation
you'll join their federation
of sycophantic swine

why would you do this to us
your morals incongruous
oh you'll say anything now
just to make a dime

the grifter, a righteous pantomime
one day you're the star
but then you find its gone too far

a whisper, of conscience on your mind
the itch of an old scar

the grifter, in just the nick of time
tragedy has struck
and now its time to make a buck

a whisper, time to capitalize
still don't give a fuck
Track Name: Good Guy Sojabe - Ahab
(And I don't want to feel sober)

Can you hear me?
It's gotten dark
We used to smile more
And now we're not

Little pieces
What's left of you
Only shadows
And empty truths

You said forever
Wasn't long enough
But come tomorrow
You'll be gone

Hit the off switch
Ignore the news
Leave me breathless
Far away from you
Out of my mind
Out of my head
Under my skin
Better off dead

And I don't want to feel sober
And I don't want to feel love
Track Name: Brian Gray - Boy and His Kumquat Tree
Instrumental]

Boy and his kumquat tree
Boy and his kumquat tree
Boy and his kumquat tree
Boy and his kumquat tree

[Instrumental]

Boy and his kumquat tree
Boy and his kumquat tree
Boy and his kumquat tree
Boy and his kumquat tree

[Instrumental]
Track Name: PigFarmer, Jr. - Who Are You?
I signed up for spintunes fifteen
And I'm more than ready for spintunes sixteen
The judges don't seem to realize
I meet every challenge as advertised
I wrote a new song to play along
Gotta make it good or I won't stay long
Challenge after challenge I've undergone
And I'm still standing, I've not withdrawn

Who are you?
Who are you?
Who are you?
Who are you?

I'm still standing in the competition
Still dishing rhymes in this composition
I play the role, I pay the toll
I bare my soul to reach the goal
Still all the judges wanna rank me real low
Bury me deep, put me in a hole
Will I make it through? Well, nobody knows!
Gotta wait for the scores and who the judges chose

Who are you to judge my lines?
Who are you to judge my rhymes?
Who are you to judge my lines?
Who are you to judge my rhymes?

They rank me, they rate me, I'm misunderstood
They listen to my tunes. They say they're no good
But I don't care what they think about me
Or my rhyming philosophy
Strong rhymes, weak rhymes, near or far
It doesn't matter where they set the bar
Pigfarmer J is in the house
So they can all shut they're squeaky little mouths.
Sorry.
Not!

Who are you to judge my lines?
Who are you to judge my rhymes?
Who are you to judge my lines?
Who are you to judge my rhymes?

Now I"m not saying that I'm the best
I'm just saying that I pass the test
I admit my direction may seem haphazard
But my rhymes are fine, they ain't no disaster
There's a multi-million selling song
Using off rhymes so it can't be wrong
If you cry for my rhymes like Edric Haleen
You can wash off your tears with a bottle of saline

Who are you to judge my lines?
Who are you to judge my rhymes?
Who are you to judge my lines?
Who are you to judge my rhymes?
Track Name: Jocko Homomorphism - We Were So Grand (SHADOW)
Get up at dawn, head for the coast,
Drive to the west through the valley so green,
Rent us a shack, close to the beach,
It says it sleeps four, but we brought fourteen.

Leave your clothes inside,
The moon is our guide,
As we head for the beach, take my hand.
Solidarity,
We march to the sea,
And our hymn never sounded so grand.

The party's all here, we're tapping the kegs,
Wrestling on tables, we're young and we're brash.
Sun's coming up, I wander the surf,
The hot tub assembly has caught a new rash.

Leave your clothes inside,
The moon is our guide,
As we head for the beach, take my hand.
Solidarity,

We march to the sea,
And our hymn never sounded so grand.

Wake up at noon, hit the cafe,
Finish a handle, and get the house neat.
We'll be here again, just give it a year,
It's time to move on, in heads, hearts, and feet.

Leave your clothes inside,
The moon is our guide,
As we head for the beach, take my hand.
Solidarity,
We march to the sea,
And our hymn never sounded so grand.

Solidarity,
We march to the sea,
And our hymn never sounded so grand.
Track Name: Menage A Tune - Surfin' The Web (SHADOW)
This isn’t California, but I’m proud to be a Florida boy
The state is always sunny while I’m rolling in the money with joy
Although I got to admit, i’m always close to the beach,
You’ll only find me sit behind a large computer screen

‘Cause I’ll be surfing the web
Surfing the web
I’ll be surfing the web
surfing the web
My laptops open and I’m laying in bed
I’ll be surfing the web
surfing the web

Where my summer never ends
Where my summer never ends

The internet is open and my WiFi is connected online.
I’ll be playing on a game and I’ll be saving any meme That i find
Don’t worry, baby, you can chat me
I’ll be naked in my bed for you to video stream

And I’ll be surfing the web
Surfing the web
I’ll be surfing the web
surfing the web
My laptops open and I’m laying in bed
I’ll be surfing the web
surfing the web

Where my summer never ends
Where my summer never ends

Don’t ask me to dance
When I’m too fat to go out swimming at the coast
I would burn in the sand and I won’t find a place to plug my power cord.
Every girl in town
Looks so good in the light
But I can’t hang around
Because my Speedo’s too tight.

So I’ll be surfing the web
Surfing the web
I’ll be surfing the web
surfing the web
My laptops open and I’m laying in bed
I’ll be surfing the web
surfing the web

Where my summer never ends
Where my summer never ends
Where a tropical storm can knock my power down, until then...

I’ll be surfing the web...
Track Name: Faster Jackelope - They Know (SHADOW)
They Know
They say someday will never come
I want sometimes, for too long

I won't listen to what they say
who are they anyway?
Please don't worry I'm still here
frozen in place

All disarming eyes I see
oceans rise, envelope me

They say part of me is lost at sea
I say "not just part, all of me"

I won't listen to what they say
who are they anyway?
Please don't worry I'm still here
frozen in place

All disarming eyes I see
oceans rise, envelope me

They say I'm crazy, this is true
I will save all my crazy for you

I won't listen to what they say
who are they anyway?
Please don't worry I'm still here
frozen in place

All disarming eyes I see
oceans rise, envelope me
Track Name: Matchy Matchy - Eagles (SHADOW)
You fly away
Every year when it gets
Dark and grey
And then someday
You're back when all the clouds
Have gone away.
We’re together
In fair weather
I’ll keep waiting
Here forever

Soaring away
Soaring away from me
So peaceful
But so evil

Soaring away
Soaring away from me
So regal
Like eagles
A flock of eagles

Strong and bold
Always here for me
unless it’s cold
Come what may
Always here with me
On sunny days

We’re together
In fair weather
I’ll keep waiting
Here forever

Soaring away
Soaring away from me
So peaceful
But so evil

Soaring away
Soaring away from me
So regal
Like eagles
A flock of eagles

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