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Old 01-03-2011, 03:27 PM   #21
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I like the song. I don't think there's any deep meaning or connectivity between this and other songs though.
I def agree that it's coincidental or just a "common topic" that Dave likes to use, but I always found it interesting.
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Old 01-03-2011, 03:40 PM   #22
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The lyrics are no worse than some found on Stand Up and even here and there on BWATGGK. It's a bit cliche, but the music is cool. I'm indifferent. I would be happy if they brought it back, and I will be just fine if it stays a pre-1994 rarity
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Old 01-03-2011, 03:48 PM   #23
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song sucks. lyrics suck. they may not be any worse than what he shits out today, but that doesn't make them excusable either.
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Old 01-03-2011, 03:54 PM   #24
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song sucks. lyrics suck. they may not be any worse than what he shits out today, but that doesn't make them excusable either.
lol I was waiting for your response and while I usually agree some of your opinons, I think this one isn't as bad lyrically as some of the shit that has been made over the past 5 years. If "Can't Stop" or "Smooth Rider" can get play time, then so can this one.
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Old 01-03-2011, 03:58 PM   #25
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It's one of those songs that tries to say too much, and does so poorly. Most of his most recent efforts say nothing at all.
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Old 01-03-2011, 03:58 PM   #26
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lol I was waiting for your response and while I usually agree some of your opinons, I think this one isn't as bad lyrically as some of the shit that has been made over the past 5 years. If "Can't Stop" or "Smooth Rider" can get play time, then so can this one.
i think on paper the lyrics aren't the worst thing he's done or anything, but combined with the music and how he delivers them it actually makes me a little angry sometimes when i'm not just laughing at it.

hearing an extra nasally dave trying to growl out "damn you big city! black city!" is pretty bad.
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It's one of those songs that tries to say too much, and does so poorly. Most of his most recent efforts say nothing at all.
agreed.
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Old 01-03-2011, 04:00 PM   #28
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it's not exactly the same, but Seek Up was a much more effective attempt at a similar lyrical idea.
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Old 01-03-2011, 04:01 PM   #29
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Cheesy and poorly written, but I would bet that if you enjoy most of what Dave has written over the past 5 years you probably enjoy SPotlight. Not an insult even though I am sure it comes across as one.
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Old 01-03-2011, 04:07 PM   #30
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Bad song, although unlike some here I don't think the lyrics are the main problem. They're not great by any stretch of the imagination, but they're not horrible on paper. The music is just too cheesy and hackneyed for me. It sounds like a bad DMB cover band. And I'm not a fan of Dave's early voice, so that colors it for me.

I don't really hear much of later DMB in this at all; the sound of it directly takes me to 1992-era DMB, before Peter left the band. His parts always had a certain aspect to them that didn't really work for me.
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Old 01-03-2011, 04:08 PM   #31
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Cheesy and poorly written, but I would bet that if you enjoy most of what Dave has written over the past 5 years you probably enjoy SPotlight. Not an insult even though I am sure it comes across as one.
I agree that it's not his best lyrics, but the message and theme is pretty cool. The chorus is the catchiest part by far.
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Old 01-03-2011, 04:10 PM   #32
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This song was made for the Griesar cheese organ
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Old 01-03-2011, 04:11 PM   #33
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This song was made for the Griesar cheese organ
Speaking of which, another not too often talked about topic is that no official DMB source mentions Peter at all in the band's history. If you notice, both VH1 Driven and Road To Big Whiskey never mention the guy at all and it kind of bugs me in a way. Yea, they guy didn't really contribute as much as the other members did to the rise of DMB, but it's still a fact that should be mentioned, kinda like Pete Best. I mean he did co-write their only song that they won a Grammy for, so you would think that he should be mentioned at least once in their history. Anyway, really not a big deal, but something that I have always wanted to ask Stefan on twitter or something.
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The music is just too cheesy and hackneyed for me. It sounds like a bad DMB cover band.

I don't really hear much of later DMB in this at all; the sound of it directly takes me to 1992-era DMB, before Peter left the band. His parts always had a certain aspect to them that didn't really work for me.
this is spot on. it's DMB doing DMB which is weird because it's such an early song yet still just sounds like a bad caricature of the general idea they were going for.
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Old 01-03-2011, 04:16 PM   #35
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it's funny you say "a topic not too often discussed" cause it was THE hot topic on messageboards back in the 90s. All those 'Bring back Spotlight' campaigns. Sheesh
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it's funny you say "a topic not too often discussed" cause it was THE hot topic on messageboards back in the 90s. All those 'Bring back Spotlight' campaigns. Sheesh
I remember those days
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Old 01-03-2011, 04:22 PM   #37
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that 1999 D&T tour brought about a lot of obnoxious Spotlight requests
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Old 01-03-2011, 04:30 PM   #38
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that 1999 D&T tour brought about a lot of obnoxious Spotlight requests
Yea I think 03.13.99 is the show where Dave made that comment regarding the song. I wonder if he still remembers it.
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Old 01-03-2011, 04:54 PM   #39
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IIHIA is solid song. Versions without the Lovely Ladies, of course.

The 06/07 ones with the Holding Back the years interplotation are top ones.
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Spotlight discussion aside, this thread is long overdue.
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