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What song might this be? - Input Junkie
December 2nd, 2012
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What song might this be?
There's a song I've liked a lot that I've heard a couple of times in bar/restaurants, but I couldn't make out the lyrics well enough to track it down.

There's a refrain of something like "gonna have it" or "gotta have it", with bass drum behind it. Of course, those aren't the actual words or I could have found it by searching.

The refrain is repeated many times, but there are also lyrics.

All the instrumentation seems to be acoustic instruments or good imitations of them. There's a piano that has a brief solo.

The song isn't necessarily recent. It could be 10 or 15 years old for all I know.

I realize I haven't given you much to go on, but sometimes only small clues are needed for identifying songs.

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Date:December 3rd, 2012 06:31 am (UTC)
I’ve no idea, but sometimes when I hear something really good playing in a store/bar/whatever, I ask the clerk/bartender/whatevermonger what it is. Usually they can just check the CD player and tell me.
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Date:December 4th, 2012 10:41 am (UTC)
Oh god so sorry! I pasted the wrong link in that last comment. Don't follow that or your ears may bleed. heh.

I'm trying to find a good version of the song I think it might be (Gotta Have It by Vanessa Paradiso) but all the versions on YouTube seem to be live instead of the studio version. Still, tell me if this is familiar:


If this isn't it, is it a male or female singer?
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Date:December 4th, 2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I enjoyed that quite a bit, but it doesn't resemble the song I'm looking for.

Definitely a female singer, but with a more resonant voice.

I'd say that your link is a rockabilly/rhythm and blues cross, and the one I'm looking for is mutant rhythm and blues, but mutated towards distinctiveness rather than weirdness. That is, it doesn't have other influences that I can identify (maybe a hint of big band), and it's in the tradition of rhythm and blues but isn't very much like any specific rhythm and blues I can think of.
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Date:December 13th, 2012 08:06 am (UTC)
That's it! Thank you very much.

It's amazing how much easier it is to hear the lyrics on the home computer.
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Date:December 13th, 2012 06:58 pm (UTC)
I like her music a lot, and it's not just that she's got a great voice. Her songs have a lot of variety of volume and tempo and orchestration. She's not running on habit.
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