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Poll Question: Which of these do you lick more?
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    Posted: March 08 2018 at 16:57
"Pet him on the head, give the dog a bone;
Use a friendly tone, he won't leave you alone
No one understands like old faithful ...
No one understands it's a dog's life" (from Gentle Giant's Dog's Life).

From the dog year of 1996 when Cardiacs released the double-album Sing to God and Rush released Test For Echo. Neither of these songs would be my particular choices from the albums, but I want parallelism (love the Sing to God album, but I'd probably choose Dirty Boy as a song poll choice as it's the song that made me fall for Cardiacs).





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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 08 2018 at 17:43
Cardiacs, obviously
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 08 2018 at 17:52
RUSH
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S    U
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 08 2018 at 19:27
Originally posted by Nogbad_The_Bad Nogbad_The_Bad wrote:

Cardiacs, obviously

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 09 2018 at 01:48
Originally posted by Nogbad_The_Bad Nogbad_The_Bad wrote:

Cardiacs, obviously
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 09 2018 at 02:33
Rush (again)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 09 2018 at 03:55
Cardiacs. That song sounds to me like XTC playing with the Sparks.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 09 2018 at 05:05
Dog Like Sparky, by far.
That is one hectic but brilliant song.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 09 2018 at 16:49
Cardiacs get my vote.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 10 2018 at 09:52
Go Cardiacs!!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 10 2018 at 10:20
Well, this contest is a bit uneven (I don't really see it as a competition). I voted for Cardiacs myself (I've grown to love that band so very much). Sing to God was my first Cardiacs album, more recently I fell really big for A Little Man and a House and the Whole World Window. My initial Rush vs. Cardiacs idea was choosing the one "minor" Cardiacs hit song (the one that can be compared to the Cure), "Is This the Life?", and putting it up against the Rush song "Turn the Page". Is This the Life? isn't a particular song that I'd want to highlight off that album (love it in the context of the album even if not a fave on the album), but I felt that it made stylistic sense to put these to up against each other. I really do spend far too much time thinking about such stuff even if the associations only make a lot of sense to me (I should be doing database work when on site).

I actually like this Dog Years Rush song, and there's something punky about it which to my mind made it seem not bad as foil to the Cardiacs one. Both are fun and zany in their own way, but the Cardiacs seems more creative, fun, adventurous and varied to me.

On a tangential note, I love GŁnter Grass's novel, "Dog Years" (remember discussing Grass with Jean or Friede not that long ago at this site -- it's the third volume of his Danzig Trilogy, the other two are The Tin Drum and Cat and Mouse).

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 10 2018 at 11:49
Dog Years is my fave post 70's Rush song so gets the vote Wink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 10 2018 at 12:09
^ I like it. Incidentally, I said that that "Dog Like Sparky" seems more creative, fun, adventurous and varied to me than "Dog Years" (as a song), but I actually think that "Dog Years" is more adventurous in terms of being different from other material made by the respective bands. At least I think it's a fairly unique song in Rush's oeuvre. With each song taken on its own, though, irregardless of other material put out, the Cardiacs' one strikes me as more adventurous. Both are playful.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 12 2018 at 05:16
No vote. Never heard Dog Like Sparky and although I'm a huge Rush fan, I have always found Dog Years to be beyond silly. 
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