Callin' In Sick style parody of Nirvana's Lithium?

Moderator: Moderators

User avatar
WeirdDana27
Addicted
Posts: 909
Joined: Sat Sep 06, 2003 3:11 am
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Contact:

Re:

Post by WeirdDana27 »

TMBJon wrote:yes, this song has been confirmed as a style parody of Nirvana and lithium/come as you are are the closest matches to this song that i can think of
nice to know I'm not the only one who instantly thought of "Callin' In Sick" when I heard the opening riff of "Come As You Are!"

User avatar
Yankomaniac
Off The Deep End
Posts: 3616
Joined: Fri Apr 15, 2011 3:50 am
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada \m/
Contact:

Re: Callin' In Sick style parody of Nirvana's Lithium?

Post by Yankomaniac »

I didn't even think that this song was supposed to be a style parody. I thought that there were just short moments that sound similar to a couple different Nirvana songs, thought it was totally original. Unless the song being influenced in any way by Nirvana makes it a style parody, I know Al really liked Nirvana, him or Jim could have just had some of those riffs in their heads when they were writing the music for this song, and not have noticed till after that it sounds similar.
What a racket they're makin', Jack, they keep me up at night playin' their electric guitars!!

User avatar
JCM
Off The Deep End
Posts: 2786
Joined: Wed Sep 02, 2009 1:46 pm
Awards: Most Annoying User
Location: AMERICA
Contact:

Re: Callin' In Sick style parody of Nirvana's Lithium?

Post by JCM »

Is anything Al makes completely original? Is any music completely original?
How old was that last signature? I mean, really?

User avatar
Yankomaniac
Off The Deep End
Posts: 3616
Joined: Fri Apr 15, 2011 3:50 am
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada \m/
Contact:

Re: Callin' In Sick style parody of Nirvana's Lithium?

Post by Yankomaniac »

No thats what I mean, in my band we write riffs and parts which sound similar to other metal riffs but you wouldn't call them style parodies, you would just say it was influenced by say Slayer, Cause I was listening to them alot when I wrote that riff. Obviously something like Craigsist would is a style parody of the Doors because the whole thing is like an homage to the band. There is alot of music that is pretty original, like "Mr.Frump In The Iron Lung" is a pretty original concept for example. But no it is hard to find anything completely original these days, however I just don't think Callin' In Sick should be noted as a style parody, IMO.
What a racket they're makin', Jack, they keep me up at night playin' their electric guitars!!

User avatar
Way_Moby
Obsessed
Posts: 1414
Joined: Sun Aug 26, 2007 9:19 pm
Location: Kansas
Contact:

Re: Callin' In Sick style parody of Nirvana's Lithium?

Post by Way_Moby »

That beginning riff is a dead give away.

User avatar
TMBJon
Deliriously Dedicated
Posts: 20485
Joined: Fri Jun 13, 2003 4:24 pm
Awards: Greatest Member of All Time
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Contact:

Re: Callin' In Sick style parody of Nirvana's Lithium?

Post by TMBJon »

Callin' In Sick is quite definitely a style parody of Nirvana, in the strictest of definitions. The way Al sings throughout the entire song is clearly a reference to Kurt Cobain's singing, and his attempt to rip off the Pixies' style. The instrumentation as well sounds a lot like Nirvana.

Remember though that, while we tend to refer to all of the originals that sound like other artists as style parodies, Al has been much more varied with his terminology, referring to some songs as pastiches and others as homages.
I couldn't tell a dirt clod from a plate of caviar.

User avatar
Yankomaniac
Off The Deep End
Posts: 3616
Joined: Fri Apr 15, 2011 3:50 am
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada \m/
Contact:

Re: Callin' In Sick style parody of Nirvana's Lithium?

Post by Yankomaniac »

So its an homage.
What a racket they're makin', Jack, they keep me up at night playin' their electric guitars!!

User avatar
JCM
Off The Deep End
Posts: 2786
Joined: Wed Sep 02, 2009 1:46 pm
Awards: Most Annoying User
Location: AMERICA
Contact:

Re: Callin' In Sick style parody of Nirvana's Lithium?

Post by JCM »

TMBJon wrote:Remember though that, while we tend to refer to all of the originals that sound like other artists as style parodies, Al has been much more varied with his terminology, referring to some songs as pastiches and others as homages.
I don't see a difference between those two concepts, though. They both utilize imitation, at least when Al's doing them.
How old was that last signature? I mean, really?

User avatar
TMBJon
Deliriously Dedicated
Posts: 20485
Joined: Fri Jun 13, 2003 4:24 pm
Awards: Greatest Member of All Time
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Contact:

Re: Callin' In Sick style parody of Nirvana's Lithium?

Post by TMBJon »

I think they are all very similar, if not outright synonymous. But each word has its own connotations and Al has a wide range from which he samples a particular song. On one end of the spectrum, you have something like Skipper Dan, which uses a couple elements from two Weezer songs, but otherwise is rather original. On the other end, you have Albuquerque which is for all intents and purposes a direct parody of Dick's Automotive. Callin' In Sick is somewhere in between, but I would argue it's a rather faithful Nirvana style parody, specifically of Lithium, Come As You Are, and In Bloom.
I couldn't tell a dirt clod from a plate of caviar.

User avatar
Yankomaniac
Off The Deep End
Posts: 3616
Joined: Fri Apr 15, 2011 3:50 am
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada \m/
Contact:

Re: Callin' In Sick style parody of Nirvana's Lithium?

Post by Yankomaniac »

I really only see Come As You Are in the first (4) guitar notes of the song. In Bloom is only a few chords and has much less to it than this song. So The Night Santa Went Crazy would be a style parody of Ozzy Osbourne's "Mama I'm Coming Home" because the entire intro sounds the same except Santa Went Crazy is on Keyboard and Ozzy's is guitar. Then the song becomes totally original.
What a racket they're makin', Jack, they keep me up at night playin' their electric guitars!!

Post Reply