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an 80's R&B/new wave influenced indie pop tune about middle school love. kind of exuberant and sad at the same time, because that's how it felt. but of course i'm looking back on it, maybe that's not how it felt at the time.
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Lyrics
We kissed for the first time
in the bus on a field trip
in the museum we held hands on the sly
behind the dinosaur bones and fossils
she gave me a rabbit foot
she said it was for us for luck
she took it from a keyring in her purse
after she got the keys unstuck

My Angel of the Suburbs
(Amy)
My Angel of the Suburbs

We went a little farther
in the dark on the way back
to our parents waiting in the parking lot
beside the football field and track
we buttoned up and tucked in
before the driver turned the lights on
we grabbed our jackets and we stood up from our seats
and I followed her down the aisle

My Angel of the Suburbs
(Amy)
Song Stats
Hits: 3295
Comments: 34
Fans: 17
Plays: 200
Downloads: 98
Votes: 2
Uploaded: Feb 09, 2009 - 11:03:20 AM
Last Updated: Feb 09, 2009 - 11:03:20 AM Last Played: Mar 21, 2017 - 11:25:24 PM
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Comments
five_extra_arms said 3203 days ago (February 9th, 2009)
Followed Her Down The Aisle
But you didn't marry her.

Hey Tempie, this has changed quite a bit since the last version I heard (yeah, we're buddies and he emails me all the time just checking in on me or sharing song ideas and sometimes asking me for advice about women... the usual stuff)

Your soulful and relaxed, gravely vocal was a surprise to me. It's very expressive and almost Tina Turner-like, but in a manly way - more manly than Tina Turner you ask? Yes. Really sounds great. I think it was the right choice, although the original version had that whole "nanny nanny boo boo" playground banter feel and I liked it. This posted version is better to me.

My favorite part? When your guitar comes blazing in with that smoking lead and that super funky thumping bass line and those zinging swirling synths! What a great sound! I also like your synth sounds that drizzle in about halfway. What I miss about this is that flute sound you had at the end that just trailed off into oblivion or should I say a minute of silence. Were you just reflecting?

Killer track dude.


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tempie said 3203 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
reflecting
LOL! I am the redneck Tina Tuner. And yeah that minute of silence is kind of a brian wilsonesque zen pop thing to represent let's see to represent driving home with my parents afterwards, you know, thinking about the whole day, reflecting...you get it, right? But it's definitely NOT a mistake. Definitely NOT left in there because I deleted those the flutes you liked so much.
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tempie said 3203 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
playground
oh and how cool that you picked up on the "nanny nanny boo boo" melody in the original version! Wasn't sure if that was too subtle. THAT is why I seek your advice. You are king of the playground.
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lengold said 3203 days ago (February 9th, 2009)
Angel
Wonderfully catchy song. Love all the changes and hooks.
Cheers
Len


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tempie said 3203 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
hooks
i'm glad you liked it dude, thanks for the listen!
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Feter said 3203 days ago (February 9th, 2009)
Amy, Angel of the Suburbs
Man ...this is awesome rockin ...your singing just the best here ...
how special this song is ...the lyrics the subject the playings ...
even the mixing ...top notch work my friend ..thnx alot for sharin
such gem !!!!
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tempie said 3203 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
rockin
hey Feter this comment is "a gem" dude thanks for the kind words. I'm really glad you liked the tune. It's a very cool thing to know that somebody listens to a tempie song and gets that "this is good!" rush
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Vic Holman said 3203 days ago (February 9th, 2009)
cool school
i really like how you composed all the parts here. nice break of the sections. good contrast with the chorus.

cool little story in the lyrics, too!
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tempie said 3203 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
cool little story
thanks vic. I'm trying to not get into a rut with the verse/chorus/break structure - to be conscious of building bridges into verses, of the song dynamic, etc. glad it works here! also happy you liked the lyrics - it is a "cool little story" - probably one that nearly everyone has their own version of...
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ted23 said 3203 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Ah,
the back seat of the bus during a trip out of school...... Memories. I wonder what she's doing now? Next stop facebook.
This is great. Excellent guitars and nice use of that "high pitched-synth-thing":)
Super catchy chorus.
Like this a lot
tempie said 3203 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
high pitched synth thing
that same trip someone had a tape deck, you know like the long heavy thing with the 40 D batteries and the single speaker, and we listened the whole way there and back to a mix tape playing Blondie's Rapture and Queen's Another One Bites the Dust over and over. Glad you have your own school bus memories and that you liked the song. thanks!
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davisamerica said 3203 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
"red neck tina turner"
gotta love mr. dorsey and he is spot on this is a killer track ...
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tempie said 3203 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Tina Turner
so here's the story on that - i at first recorded it in the present tense, but then i thought that since it's about middle school and i'm a LITTLE older than that it sounded creepy, and anyway its a memory so I changed it to looking back, and when I did that the schoolyard vocals I did at first didn't match, because now i'm a bit world weary. So I thought Billie Holiday as she's got the most world weary vox I have ever heard and there you have it. Not Billie Holiday, but I'll take Tina. Really glad you liked it, and thanks for the listen!
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lavalamp said 3203 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Another great offering to the gods
Man, you've got a great style. Sheer great musical sense. I love all the little additional sounds going on here. Fills it out nicely.

Catchy as the cold I have.

Dave
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tempie said 3202 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
common cold
i've got a cold now too, so must be really catchy. any musical sense is borrowed, begged, and stolen from the 8 million records that have played into my ears since the first one - ready? - Terry Jacks, Seasons in the Sun, the first pop song I remember hearing.
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bud said 3203 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Classic raw-pop
I just made up a new genre - actually you did. This is great. Everything works so well together. Excellent lyrics/vox.
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tempie said 3202 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
raw-pop
thanks bud. i like it - and happy that you liked the tune!
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SISTERS said 3203 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
wow
man, this packed a PUNCH.
love the gravel in yer voice - and the music surrounds you perfectly in a gorgeous mix.
excellent creation,
anne
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tempie said 3202 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
wow
ah, marvy! - always happy to see a comment from you, i'm really pleased that you liked it.
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ktb said 3203 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
sometimes
I find myself trying to break down your songs into components to see why I dig them so much. but thats just it. taken separately i doubt i have the vision to combine disparate elements into such a crafty tune. the verse here, in particular just has a very nifty feel. With the guitar just crankin thru the top end, and the lyrics pulling you in. you have some secret music blender dont you? admit it....some new gizmo that connects to the left side of your brain (or deeper) that automatically routes the most original combination from all the available tracks.

the silence threw me. i was expecting some nugget at the end :-) like the prize in my cracker jacks
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tempie said 3202 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
music blender
you know, in the small, short moments when i think seriously about music, or any kind of art, what I think i do best is assemblage, just take a bunch of stuff/ideas and put it together in an interesting way. my "secret musical blender" is probably the result of bad wiring, A.D.D., and a juvenile romanticism of the inanimate lol. anyway there are certain MJ'rs who I don't want to disappoint and you are one of them so thanks for the listen and the cool comment!
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cjdaley said 3202 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
jumping on the bus
It is a bit different to what I know from you, because you play less on the humourous side, and let the undertstated nostalgic emotion freely express itself. The music is full of ideas that makes it richer that the usual 80s rip-off I'm doing. I like the way the bass for instance is both pulsing and volubile (is that a word?)
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tempie said 3202 days ago (February 11th, 2009)
pulsing and rolling
hey man thanks. i think that pop music is really about one thing - i'll go so far as to say that pretty much every thing every human being does past the age of self awareness is about one thing: nostalgia for youth. not nostalgia for the experience of youth but the state of it. or an easier way to say it might be that nostalgia is a reaction against the fact that we're all going back to the dirt sooner or later. and youth seems the farthest from it. but anyway i think the best pop art is an expression of that nostalgia and that's what i try to do with the music and the lyrics. sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't but i think its very cool that you caught that. you are a true critic!!
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blaky smith said 3202 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Yes
Very original, nice catchy song, everything works well with excellent vocals. Bravo !
Marc
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tempie said 3202 days ago (February 11th, 2009)
original
Thanks dude i'm really glad you liked it!
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egobandit said 3199 days ago (February 13th, 2009)
Angel
The greatest angels live in most suburbs. Yo have a very catchy tune here sticks with me. You never dissapoint!
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tempie said 3196 days ago (February 16th, 2009)
suburbs
along with everyone else! Thanks man, i'm glad you liked it...
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racerat said 3199 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
catchy
This is a really great track. Very catchy and funky. I have to say though, my only quibble is that the bass seems really thin. There is little low end punch. But over-all the upper and mid tones you are getting out of the guitars and synths are ace!
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tempie said 3196 days ago (February 16th, 2009)
bass
thanks dude you're right - i try to buck the trend of "more bass is better" but then sometimes end up a little light. I'm going to try remixing this on the portable stereo...rather than with headphones - some songs need a cheap boom box to mix them right :)

Glad you liked the song!
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Dj French Toast said 3195 days ago (February 18th, 2009)
Hahaha
This is strait 80's Vibe . Altho I cant stand most 80's stuff this has a nice quality to it that I love . Its still your flavor and your voice is nice on this one . Nice listen man :)
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tempie said 3194 days ago (February 18th, 2009)
80's
thanks man, appreciate the listen and glad you liked it. i'm headed over to the breakfast nook to check out the fresh french toast now...
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sloparts said 3194 days ago (February 18th, 2009)
This is the best Vox I've heard you do Tempie
Give the whole song a great raw quality to it that makes it very easy to like. Like you instrumentation and the breaks in it, they work great for the effect. Keep at it man, it gets better and better every time. I'm liking this one a lot.

Ed
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michaelkoppenheffer said 2831 days ago (February 16th, 2010)
Angel of the Suburbs
This is universal and particular at the same time--which I guess is the aspiration of all pop. I thought I'd listened to this one before but I hadn't: this song really has a timeless New Wave grace. In a just universe, you should have a Tempie bin at Tower Records, if Tower Records hadn't gone out of business.
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tempie said 2831 days ago (February 16th, 2010)
hey dude
i always wanted to make music that was like that one super cool song you'd sometimes find at the bottom of the cut out bin. so thanks for the comment and the listen to an old tune.
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