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After egobandit's birthday, my mind became fixated with numbers, robots and thoughts of my troubled youth. I wondered if my musical ideas could ever make a connection with a teenager? I used to be a teenager, and I often act like one, but how valid could my music be to a teenager?

Anyway, I'm infatuated by the messages of youth, especially with guys like our very own Death Arrow. His songs really hit me hard and square in the chops. Sometimes a little bit explicit, but there's an intensity about his music that wreaks honesty and seems to be tapped straight from his young, desperate soul.

Yak yak yak.

By the way, only two chords were injured in this song.
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Lyrics
SING A SONG ABOUT 17
SING A SONG
THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN

OOOOHHH!
THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND
YOU’RE NOT A BOY
YOU’RE NOT A MAN

SING A SONG ABOUT 17
SING A SONG
THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN

BREAK

SCREAM A SONG ABOUT 17
SCREAM A SONG
THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU SCREAM

NOOO!
THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND
OUT OF THE FIRE
INTO THE FRYING PAN

SCREAM A SONG ABOUT 17
SCREAM A SONG
THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU SCREAM

BREAK

DON’T SING A SONG ABOUT 17
DON’T SING A SONG
THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN

ETC.
Song Stats
Hits: 3008
Comments: 32
Fans: 20
Plays: 120
Downloads: 102

Uploaded: Oct 20, 2008 - 09:50:48 PM
Last Updated: Oct 20, 2008 - 10:05:30 PM Last Played: May 14, 2017 - 06:19:45 PM
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Hardware:
Raven Electric Guitar (clean, green and mean), Ratt Pedal, Hondo II Electric Bass (black and scratchy), Credit Card Picks (pictured above), Samson Mic, Wireless Mouse and keyboard
Software:
GB4
Comments
Vic Holman said 3288 days ago (October 20th, 2008)
i'm a boy i'm aman
when i was seventeen. i would sing along to "I'm Eighteen" by alice cooper on the 8 track in my '55 plymouth belvedere, that i got for my grandmother. and yes she is the one who only drove it to church on sundays.

you did wonders with just two chords Bob. a very cool tune.
But, isn't Tuesday suppose to be music night?
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five_extra_arms said 3288 days ago (October 20th, 2008)
Alice Cooper
I forgot to mention, I kinda borrowed a lyrical idea - didn't try to hide it, obviously. It impacted my youth as well, but I drove a Pinto Station Wagon to school. Luckily Alice Cooper was popular on AM radio, otherwise I couldn't rock out on my mono speaker in the dash.

I take my music nights when I can get 'em!
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bud said 3288 days ago (October 20th, 2008)
Great tune Bob
inspirational. I got a gig with Splinter on Saturday night and our centerpiece song has only one chord. Hope we can sound as cool as this. Love your vocal treatment BTW.
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five_extra_arms said 3288 days ago (October 20th, 2008)
Splinter On Saturday
Good luck with the show, bud. I'd love to see Splinter live. I can only imagine your one chord song. I bet it is a masterpiece. Maybe you'll post a version?

Thanks for the comments. I tried to slow down the vox and not get too hyper on the synths tonight. You know, give the kids a chance to catch their breath.

Take care,

Bob
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Feter said 3288 days ago (October 20th, 2008)
SEVENTEEN
now this is cool rockin song really ...enjoyin the
rockin set ..with good vocal work my friend ..your
style will always reminds me of that event we had
for punk rock and its always work so fine here ...
Rock on !!!!
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five_extra_arms said 3288 days ago (October 21st, 2008)
CBGB Demo
I have to admit, it was my dream challenge, since I didn't have to do anything different than normal!

Thanks feter
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get30inc said 3288 days ago (October 21st, 2008)
17
I like it. It's cool.
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five_extra_arms said 3288 days ago (October 21st, 2008)
17
Thanks!
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racerat said 3288 days ago (October 21st, 2008)
tone
Bob,
Cool 80's guit, bass and synth sounds on this lil gem. Teen angst, gotta love it. Dig it when the lyrics start to layer at the end. Nice harmonies!
PV
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five_extra_arms said 3288 days ago (October 21st, 2008)
Tone Deaf
Thanks PVD

I thought I'd try to do something a little different with my vocal approach since the song structure was so simple.
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dolby said 3288 days ago (October 21st, 2008)
It's fizzy!
Love the synths, and the backing vocals work really well. Straight outta the 80's and sounding good -
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five_extra_arms said 3288 days ago (October 21st, 2008)
80s Time Machine
Looks like I have a potential album name. It's unescapable (the 80's).

Thanks Dolby
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five_extra_arms said 3288 days ago (October 21st, 2008)
fizzy
...and Fizzy!
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cjdaley said 3288 days ago (October 21st, 2008)
teenage angst

I really agree with you on Death Arrow (except what he does is more refined than what I could do) and , as far as lucidity is involved, I'd take teenage angst instead of midlife crisis anytime !

Cool, well balanced tune, the perfect match of electricity ad electronics, but I don't hink I'll lend you my credit cards anymore.
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five_extra_arms said 3288 days ago (October 21st, 2008)
cjdaley
You're the oldest teenager I know. No one has a tighter grip on teen angst than you.

Thanks man.

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PaddyNavinCaryatid said 3288 days ago (October 21st, 2008)
I'm transported ...
.. back to 1980. This could be a lost Gary Numan track. Fantastic vocal and just enough minimal electro rock to make this a memorable and really rather splendid little piece.
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five_extra_arms said 3288 days ago (October 21st, 2008)
80's Time Machine
Thanks Paddy. I've been struggling with my Lost Songs Project entry and it seems I can't intentionally manufacture a song that sounds like the band that I sound like! No what I mean? I need michael2 to help me.

I appreciate your comments.
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lengold said 3288 days ago (October 21st, 2008)
This is really
infectious Bob - carries you along with it. Like the minimal instrumentation. Works well.
Cheers
Len


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five_extra_arms said 3288 days ago (October 21st, 2008)
Infected
Thanks len.

Funny, I started itching when I saw your post!

Buzzzzz!
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egobandit said 3288 days ago (October 21st, 2008)
2 chords
and no turntable but maybe a microphone! Alice Cooper would be proud not a boy or man... I still feel that way. Now its" not a man just an old man". Just kiddin. Amazing what can be done with just 2 chords excellent!
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five_extra_arms said 3288 days ago (October 21st, 2008)
Which 2 Chords
The secret is chosing the right 2 chords! Had I picked the wrong one, it would've been disastrous. Good thing age has educated me.

Thanks again, my young friend.
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DWL said 3288 days ago (October 21st, 2008)
I was 17 once
or so I'm told. Although I've seen no photos to prove it so I reckon it was made up like those moon landings.

Loved the song though (even if I have no idea what it's about)

Cheers

Dick

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five_extra_arms said 3288 days ago (October 21st, 2008)
When Photography Was New
LOL!

It was probably such a new technology when you were 17 that only the elite could afford it.

Thanks Dick, you're still a 25 year old rock star trapped inside some wooden box at the bottom of the sea, to me.
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DWL said 3286 days ago (October 23rd, 2008)
Many a true word...
...........
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lavalamp said 3288 days ago (October 21st, 2008)
Indie Rock?
I didn't know you were from Indiana.

Wild, and madcap sound, brother.

LL
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danmurrell said 3288 days ago (October 21st, 2008)
I like it....
Like it yes I do...I said I like it.

Nice one. Great feel to it, you should be proud.

Dan.
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five_extra_arms said 3288 days ago (October 21st, 2008)
I Like Fungus
Thanks Dan,

I'm really glad I discovered your music today. You do some crazy cool stuff.

The fungus is among us.
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five_extra_arms said 3288 days ago (October 21st, 2008)
Wild And Madcap
I guess until they come up with some better genres I'm kinda lost.

Wild and madcap sounds like a good one for me.

Thanks Dave.
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lavalamp said 3288 days ago (October 21st, 2008)
Hey
You replied to someone else. I guess I'm making it on the MJ's most unrespected list.

Dave
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five_extra_arms said 3288 days ago (October 21st, 2008)
Most Respected
David Extra Armbursters, now you know better than that!

You're tops on my list!

I just think that danmurrell replied to your comment to me before I did. It looks like he likes you better than me AND isn't afraid to let everyone know it!

Who's on what list?


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TG said 3288 days ago (October 21st, 2008)
Great Premise
I enjoy the fact that you are actually successful in relating to teenagers in this, " youre not a boy youre not a man"- great line

This is like modern beach boys to me, has a fantastic surf music quality to it, Excellent recording!
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five_extra_arms said 3287 days ago (October 21st, 2008)
Fantastic Surf Music
I get my west coast surf influences by way of the Ramones east coast appreciation for the Beach Boys. Tommy, it's great to see you here after so long away.

Thanks for listening
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michael2 said 3288 days ago (October 21st, 2008)
excellent
you know i'm all for the simple chord progressions. this is awesome, love all the sounds and the vox/harmonies. i have a couple of credit card picks myself. when that stuff comes in the mail i try to recycle what I can. be careful if you play a gig with them: some eagle eyed opportunist could get a glimpse of your info and steal your identity.
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five_extra_arms said 3287 days ago (October 21st, 2008)
Recycle Your Identity
"...some eagle eyed opportunist could get a glimpse of your info and steal your identity." LOL!

Thanks M2 - I've sent you a link to the GB file - it's there for 7 days

Thanks for listening to all my new songs today. Now go wash your hands.
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guygrooves said 3287 days ago (October 21st, 2008)
17 ???
that was soooooooo long ago lol. This is one of the best 2 chord songs I have heard. I will have to check out more of your catalogue as you have a truly unique sound.
Peace
Guy
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five_extra_arms said 3287 days ago (October 22nd, 2008)
2 Chords And The Truth!
Thanks Guy,

I have less chance of screwing up if there are only 2 chords!
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said 3287 days ago (October 22nd, 2008)
What DO you mean
I've 4 kids from 14 - 28 yrs of age... My two older ones pretty much prefered music a bit different than dad, but my 16 yr old is always asking to borrow my CD's, from Beatles, Zep to Floyd, U2 and Toadies & more, and enjoys playing the violin & viola in orchestra at school ? I guess I was pretty much like that, too - I even liked my dad's popular and classical music; he'd always wait til mom went to the store and cranked up his music :) - he was always interested in mine as well (even Deep Purple), and asked for copies of Cat Stevens and CSN&Y....

. - Harold
tempie said 3287 days ago (October 22nd, 2008)
sweet 17
You are truly the creative offspring of Johnny Lydon and Vince Clarke.

I love teen angst because i've really never grown out of it so the tune resonates. Once again dig the keys but aren't you showing off a bit with the TWO chords? I mean Bob Mould used to play a 45 minute solo on the E string. The fewer notes you use the more there are to go around.



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five_extra_arms said 3285 days ago (October 24th, 2008)
Sweet 17
The creative offspring of Johnny Lydon and Vince Clarke? Wow, that explains a whole heck of a lot! I knew those two were a coupla weirdos!

Honestly, that makes perfect sense to me. Thanks tempie.

Speaking of Bob Mould, he has done his share of song writing. I wonder if he has a profile on our site yet?

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The Infinites said 3287 days ago (October 22nd, 2008)
We like noise, it's our choice...
It's what we wanna do, we don't care about long hair, I don't wear flares... No? Oh, ummm, I thought it was the Pistols cover...

...However, it's not. It's a half-speed 5EA, with a spaced-punkoid, teen related, brilliant 2 chord piece of nostalgia. A new departure, I think, from your renowned output.

Very clever, very subtle Bob. Still loving your work...

Nice new keyboard beside them there pix, man!

Jim
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five_extra_arms said 3285 days ago (October 24th, 2008)
Half Speed
Is that a sign of aging?

Thanks for putting it in perspective with the Pistols tune. If I would've remembered they had a 17 song I might've stripped some content from it and really made a mess, but... I'm a lazy sod!!!!!!


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The Infinites said 3285 days ago (October 24th, 2008)
I'm a lazy sod
i'm so lazy, I can't even be bothered!

Ha ha!! If you stripped out the bits relating to 17 you would have had a Dickies length song!

Growing old disgracefully, I might add...
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Axgrinder said 3285 days ago (October 24th, 2008)
Eleventeen?
I remember being eleventeen, once! I really dig this and your production is solid, I can here what needs to be heard...... Tight. You just need an ass rippin lead to burn just where it needs to! Nice mix and a long overdue visit, I might add.... Tip Top my good fellow!

Your bro,

Alvin
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five_extra_arms said 3285 days ago (October 24th, 2008)
Eleventeen
Thanks for the offer Ax.

I'll send the GB file via yousendit and you can lay that rippin' lead where it needs to be.

Watch for it!

Bob
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said 3285 days ago (October 24th, 2008)
I think I forgot to mention above
that I like your song, too.

. - Harold
LunaTrick said 3279 days ago (October 30th, 2008)
Great sound
Gary Numanish - cool stuff!
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Estella said 3258 days ago (November 19th, 2008)
Bob
It's weird, but I think this is one of your best songs! It's special because you didn't just scream and try to be 17, you wrote this detached, cool, song. The lyrics had to be a generalization, but you made them clever and compassionate. I LOVE it.

I wrote a 2-chord song once. It was one of MY favorites. Wrote it when I was in college, and pretty angsty. I think you'd love it. It's on analog though, so I'd have to figure out how to get that on here, or else re-record it.

Peace,
*E
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DeathArrow said 3244 days ago (December 4th, 2008)
17
i like these synths in the background they fit perfectly to the song.
cheers, luke
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