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General Board / Fan mail
« on: May 20, 2007, 10:36:58 PM »
Does Ben have a fan mail address? I think I read a mention of one in some fan club thing (I'm not a member), but I've yet to see an official one anywhere...apparently back in the days of the Five there was a P.O. Box? (At least according to a thread on Some people are convinced they have Ben's home address; I suppose I could send my letter there, but 1. that's not a known fact and 2. I'd like to not seem like a stalker, if you know what I mean!  In fact, scratch that; additionally, does Darren, Robert, Lindsey, etc. have a fan mail address?

General Board / Ack! Confusing bonus stuff!
« on: April 11, 2006, 06:48:09 PM »
Okay, help me figure this out here: are they still making the Songs for Silverman DualDisc version? And if they are, is the deluxe DVD stuff the same as the DualDisc version, just on two DVDs, or is the the deluxe version different? Also, are they still printing Ben Folds Live with the extra bonus stuff?

Ben's Old Five / Tokyo show solo actually from released song?
« on: April 07, 2006, 08:43:50 PM »
In the live Tokyo SFTD on 09-10-99, at about 2:28 in, there's a quick piano solo, right after the light and "flourishy" jazz solo, in the song that is not in the studio version, nor typical, (if the Sessions performance is any indication), of the version played live. I'd write it off as yet another improvised genius solo by Mr. Folds, but it sounds very much like a released BFF, or BF song. I can't quite place it though. The sounds of it feels like it belongs in the RTS soundscape, but more then that, I can't say. Any body know, or I am just wanting this to be true?

P.S. By "studio version", I mean both the English version. It might be on the Japanese one, I don't have it.

General Board / Songs Ben's covered
« on: February 22, 2006, 01:15:45 PM »
I was at the store today, when I heard someone singing who sounded like Ben, and it had a piano in it. It was a cover of some classic rock song, I think. I don't know the name of it. Any info on this?
Lyrics included "look into my eyes and tell me [something, something]" and something about walking the streets, I think. The song, if not covered by Ben, was certainly a cover, and was not the original, by the way.

General Board / Ben in Japan
« on: February 22, 2006, 01:12:20 PM »
So, a while back,  jackson cannery was in a maltsquash beer commercial in Japan. When I wen to the site, it wasn't there. Anybody know where to find it? Also, I've heard BFF was really popular there, as in sold-out huge venues? That true?

Ben's Old Five / My thoughts on the Five
« on: February 08, 2006, 07:27:52 PM »
I think personally, that BFF was a band unlike any other, before or after their breakup, and that their influence has yet to be truly felt on the music world, or on pop music today. (I didn't know of BFF until last March, when I found a quote from OAD and looked it up) Ben Folds is the only person, I think, to ever truly rock out, (in a completely equal but different way then the guitar), on the piano. The sound of the band was incredibly distinctive; it was literally punk rock aesthetic and music on the piano, except better then punk rock. I also doubt that the attitude of the band, that of irreverence and immaturity, because we want to, not because we can't be serious, will ever quite be seen again. They Might Be Giants is the closest I can think of, at least with some of the wittier jokes and the attitude of [mostly] John Flansburgh in concert. I donít count Ben at the moment, because, great as he is, itís just not the same, which is not to say heís the lesser for the lack of it. I quite like what heís been doing.

Of course, all this might have something to do with the fact that I wasn't aware of the Five before the breakup,† feeling as though I completely, 100% get exactly where they were coming as a band, and having seen Sessions, I know what I'm missing. I'd paid $$$ up to wazoo to see them tour just once more. Admittedly, it would be a step backwards for all of them; I agree with their decision to break up. However promising and adult TUBORM seemed, upon much reflection I just don't think they could have taken it much farther.

General Board / Magical Armchair?
« on: January 21, 2006, 07:32:09 PM »
Is the MA list still in operation? It doesn't seem to be, but I could be wrong.

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