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20th Apr '17 6:42:37 PM bt8257
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->''"At first I didn't even want to play it for the guys. I thought that Metallica could only be the four of us. These are songs about destroying things, head banging, bleeding for the crowd, whatever it is, as long as it wasn't about chicks and fast cars, even though that's what we liked. The song was about a girlfriend at the time. It turned out to be a pretty big song."''

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->''"At ->"At first I didn't even want to play it for the guys. I thought that Metallica could only be the four of us. These are songs about destroying things, head banging, bleeding for the crowd, whatever it is, as long as it wasn't about chicks and fast cars, even though that's what we liked. The song was about a girlfriend at the time. It turned out to be a pretty big song."''"



* Music/{{Metallica}}, "Nothing Else Matters" (the closest the band came to writing a ballad) and all of ''Music/AndJusticeForAll'' save for "One," which was the only song from said album that survived the band's live set list after the tour for the album ended.
* Music/{{Rush}}'s only Top 40 hit in the United States (charting at #21) and only number one hit in Canada was "New World Man" off their 1982 album ''Signals''. The song was a huge hit on the radio, but the only reason the song was written was to balance out Side A and Side B on cassette and vinyl versions of the album. The song was written in one day and recorded at the very end of production. The song departs the progressive-elements that characterizes Rush and it has a standard 4/4 time signature throughout the whole song, a very rare thing for Rush to do. The song essentially follows a standard verse-chorus-verse-chorus pattern in the absence of a guitar solo and the bridge sounds like something that should be on a song by Music/{{The Police}}.

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* Music/{{Metallica}}, "Nothing Else Matters" (the closest the band came to writing a ballad) and all of ''Music/AndJusticeForAll'' save for "One," which was the only song from said album that survived the band's live set list setlist after the tour for the album ended.
* Music/{{Rush}}'s only Top 40 hit in the United States (charting at #21) and only number one hit in Canada was "New World Man" off their 1982 album ''Signals''. The song was a huge hit on the radio, but the only reason the song was written was to balance out Side A and Side B on cassette and vinyl versions of the album. The song was written in one day and recorded at the very end of production. The song departs the progressive-elements that characterizes Rush and it has a standard 4/4 time signature throughout the whole song, a very rare thing for Rush to do. The song essentially follows a standard verse-chorus-verse-chorus pattern in the absence of a guitar solo and the bridge sounds like something that should be on a song by Music/{{The Police}}.Music/ThePolice.
7th Apr '17 3:54:02 PM nombretomado
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* British duo [=AlunaGeorge=] ''is'' an ElectronicMusic act, mainly {{synthpop}}, trip-hop, and UK garage, but their biggest worldwide hit sounds nothing like it. While the original "You Know You Like It" fits their normal material well, the DJ Snake remix that turns it into [[TrapMusic trap]] is their only song to cross ThePond.

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* British duo [=AlunaGeorge=] ''is'' an ElectronicMusic act, mainly {{synthpop}}, trip-hop, and UK garage, but their biggest worldwide hit sounds nothing like it. While the original "You Know You Like It" fits their normal material well, the DJ Snake remix that turns it into [[TrapMusic trap]] is their only song to cross ThePond.UsefulNotes/ThePond.
4th Apr '17 12:57:30 AM MyTimingIsOff
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* Creator/RobertCrumb is best known for three things: ''ComicBook/FritzTheCat'', the album cover of Music/JanisJoplin's "Music/CheapThrills" and "Keep On Truckin'". As he explained himself in his documentary "Crumb" (1994) he disliked being famous for this trio. ''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat'' was made into an animated movie he absolutely hates and thus he killed his most famous cartoon character off in a final comic strip story. As a fan of 1920s and 1930s music he is also not very fond of being associated with a record full with "hippie music". "Keep On Truckin'", finally, was a merchandising success, but Crumb never saw one dime of it. Even worse: tax collectors ordered him to pay back massive amounts of money for "Keep On Truckin'", a fortune he never owned in the first place!

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* Creator/RobertCrumb Creator/StephenSondheim is best known for three things: ''ComicBook/FritzTheCat'', difficult music that packs lots of geniusly-rhymed words with lots of chords and is extremely difficult for even gifted singers, and his shows tend to not last very long or be very popular, but get revived like crazy. For ''Theatre/ALittleNightMusic'', his lightest work when he got to write the album musicals he wanted (and that's not saying much, as it's basically Adultery: The Musical!), he wrote a song for the non-singer Glynis Johns to sing expressing her disappointment, using short phrases. It's a very simple song, but suddenly everyone began to cover of Music/JanisJoplin's "Music/CheapThrills" and "Keep On Truckin'". As he explained himself in his documentary "Crumb" (1994) he disliked being famous for this trio. ''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat'' was made into an animated movie he absolutely hates and thus he killed his most famous cartoon character off in a final comic strip story. As a fan of 1920s and 1930s music he is also not very fond of being associated with a record full with "hippie music". "Keep On Truckin'", finally, was a merchandising success, but Crumb never saw one dime of it. Even worse: tax collectors ordered him now he refers to pay back massive amounts of money for "Keep On Truckin'", a fortune he never owned "Send in the first place! Clowns" as his medley of greatest hits.



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* The SF short "Sudden, Broken and Unexpected" by Steven Popkes contains an in-universe example - in an SF about artificial music, it's quite appropriate that the hero finds his mega hit artificial/commercial/soulless/whatever.

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* British developer The SF short "Sudden, Broken and Unexpected" by Steven Popkes contains an in-universe example - in an SF about artificial music, it's quite appropriate that Creative Assembly is primarily known for the hero finds his mega hit artificial/commercial/soulless/whatever.''VideoGame/TotalWar'' RealTimeStrategy games. Naturally, their most successful game was ''VideoGame/AlienIsolation'', a licensed SurvivalHorror based off the [[Franchise/{{Aliens}} franchise of the same name]].



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* Creator/StephenSondheim is known for difficult music that packs lots of geniusly-rhymed words with lots of chords and is extremely difficult for even gifted singers, and his shows tend to not last very long or be very popular, but get revived like crazy. For ''Theatre/ALittleNightMusic'', his lightest work when he got to write the musicals he wanted (and that's not saying much, as it's basically Adultery: The Musical!), he wrote a song for the non-singer Glynis Johns to sing expressing her disappointment, using short phrases. It's a very simple song, but suddenly everyone began to cover it. Even now he refers to "Send in the Clowns" as his medley of greatest hits.
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* British developer The Creative Assembly is primarily known for the ''VideoGame/TotalWar'' RealTimeStrategy games. Naturally, their most successful game was ''VideoGame/AlienIsolation'', a licensed SurvivalHorror based off the [[Franchise/{{Aliens}} franchise of the same name]].
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* The most famous WebAnimation/YouTubePoop by pooper Creator/{{cs188}} is "No one needs foundation repair", which he created merely as a one-off filler. It became famous after he was asked to take it off Website/YouTube due to a privacy complaint from workers at the foundation company whose commercials he used in it. Now, countless Poopers have re uploaded and mirrored it, and have given it countless {{Shout Out}}s in their own Poops.



** Another common situation is for [[OldShame one of their earlier, inferior videos]] to become a hit while their newer, much better stuff gets ignored.



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* One of Creator/WaltDisney's most popular cartoon characters is WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck. Walt himself never understood why so many people liked this aggressive duck better than Mickey Mouse, whom he always remained more fond of. He felt particularly saddened when Mickey's popularity faded near the end of the 1930s, which is why he cast him in ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}''. Still, this could not prevent Donald appearing in far more cartoons than Mickey ever did.
* According to Creator/JohnKricfalusi even William Hanna and Joe Barbera disliked ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou'', but continued the series nevertheless because audiences enjoyed it so much.
* Creator/RalphBakshi: To the general audience he is best known for his movie adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat'', which was mostly based on Creator/RobertCrumb 's stories, rather than his own. Tolkien fans on the other hand know him best for his animated adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/TheLordOfTheRings'', which was again not one of his own creations. He considers ''WesternAnimation/HeavyTraffic'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Coonskin}}'' far superior and most Bakshi fans would agree, but to the general audience these two cartoons are mostly unknown.
* WesternAnimation/SouthPark: To most people, "South Park" is best known as the show in which Kenny dies in every episode. After the fifth season, the makers started [[CreatorBacklash to hate this particular running gag]] and killed Kenny off for good. Then, after a long absence, he was put back in the show and for the most part not subjected to morbid fatalities ever again (well, it still happened every once in awhile and has been referenced in-universe).
** Worth mentioning that Matt & Trey retooled the show extensively during and after the third season to add in more topical satire, which resulted in a two-thirds drop in viewership (which they never recovered from). Most casual non-fans still think of ''South Park'' as it was during the first two seasons. Incidentally, TheMovie is a product of the earlier era, which is why it seems so out of place with the tone of the majority of the series.
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2nd Apr '17 12:35:51 PM Twentington
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* Music/BigAndRich is an interesting zig-zagging. Their only # 1 country hit and only Top 40 pop hit (and a minor AC hit!) is "Lost in This Moment," a wedding ballad which is quite far removed from their rock-oriented, in-your-face material such as "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)". Likewise, two other ballads have tied or beaten "Save a Horse"'s peak: "Look at You" and "Run Away with You", both from 2015. Still, "Save a Horse" is by far their best-known song, [[ChartDisplacement despite doing far worse on the charts]].

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* Music/BigAndRich Big & Rich is an interesting zig-zagging. Their only # 1 #1 country hit and only Top 40 pop hit (and a minor AC hit!) is "Lost in This Moment," a wedding ballad which is quite far removed from their rock-oriented, in-your-face material such as 2004's "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)". Likewise, two other ballads have tied or beaten "Save a Horse"'s peak: "Look at You" and "Run Away with You", [[LaterInstallmentWeirdness both from 2015.2015]]. Still, "Save a Horse" is by far their best-known song, [[ChartDisplacement despite doing far worse on the charts]].



** Krauss herself has had three hits that were duets with someone else. Shenandoah's "Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart" was a rather country-pop sound for her, but Music/KennyRogers's "Buy Me a Rose" {which also features Billy Dean} and Music/BradPaisley's "Whiskey Lullaby" were far closer to her wheelhouse. (However, the latter is ''very'' far from Paisley's usual repertoire.)



** "Whiskey Lullaby" (featuring the aforementioned Alison Krauss) is a very soft, somber TearJerker, which is unusual for Paisley's standards but not so much for Krauss's.



* Journey felt this way for a long time about their ballads, fancying themselves an arena rock band. While Steve Perry and Jonathan Cain wrote and believed in ballads like "Faithfully", "Open Arms" and "Don't Stop Believing", Perry and guitarist Neal Schon clashed constantly over the creative direction of the band, especially since their ballads usually performed better.

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* Journey Music/{{Journey}} felt this way for a long time about their ballads, fancying themselves an arena rock band. While Steve Perry and Jonathan Cain wrote and believed in ballads like "Faithfully", "Open Arms" and "Don't Stop Believing", Perry and guitarist Neal Schon clashed constantly over the creative direction of the band, especially since their ballads usually performed better.



* Lee Ann Womack's career is dominated by neotraditionalist country with plenty of fiddle and steel, plus the occasional bluegrass phrasing. But her biggest hit was the slick pop ballad "I Hope You Dance".

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* Lee Ann Womack's career is dominated by neotraditionalist country with plenty of fiddle and steel, plus the occasional bluegrass phrasing.steel. But her biggest hit was the slick pop ballad "I Hope You Dance".



* One of Music/{{Sugarland}}'s biggest hits was "Stay", an acoustic ballad done entirely on acoustic guitar and organ; it also has Jennifer Nettles singing the entire song by herself, with no backing vocals from Kristian Bush (although he's the one playing the guitar on the song). The song is far more minimalistic than anything around it.

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* One of Music/{{Sugarland}}'s biggest hits was "Stay", an acoustic a ballad done entirely on organ and acoustic guitar and organ; it guitar. It also has Jennifer Nettles singing the entire song by herself, with no backing vocals from herself (although other member Kristian Bush (although he's is the one playing the guitar on the song). track). The song is five-minute minimalist ballad was far more minimalistic than removed from anything around it.else in Sugarland's discography, never mind anything else on country radio at the time.
2nd Apr '17 10:47:01 AM nombretomado
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* Music/TheBeatles declined to release "Yesterday" as a single in Great Britain for fear it would become one of these. (Let's just say that their producer proposed that it be a PaulMcCartney solo work. [[TheWorldIsNotReady The world was not ready]].) It became the most covered of their songs.

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* Music/TheBeatles declined to release "Yesterday" as a single in Great Britain for fear it would become one of these. (Let's just say that their producer proposed that it be a PaulMcCartney Music/PaulMcCartney solo work. [[TheWorldIsNotReady The world was not ready]].) It became the most covered of their songs.



* While Music/{{Rihanna}} frequently plays the GenreRoulette (she is ostensibly a ContemporaryRAndB singer), she had this happen to her with [=FourFiveSeconds=], her 2015 collaboration with Music/KanyeWest and Music/{{PaulMcCartney}}. It's a folk tune that doesn't sound at all like anything else she's ever done.

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* While Music/{{Rihanna}} frequently plays the GenreRoulette (she is ostensibly a ContemporaryRAndB singer), she had this happen to her with [=FourFiveSeconds=], her 2015 collaboration with Music/KanyeWest and Music/{{PaulMcCartney}}.Music/PaulMcCartney. It's a folk tune that doesn't sound at all like anything else she's ever done.
2nd Apr '17 4:08:08 AM Hbb
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** This was an EnforcedTrope, putting out a rollicking crowd-pleaser to attract people to their more serious work.
1st Apr '17 12:58:10 PM UltimateLazer
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* Music/{{Pantera}}'s biggest hit on rock radio was a cover of Music/BlackSabbath's "Planet Caravan". Like the original, it's a softer PsychedelicRock number that sharply contrasts their hard-hitting GrooveMetal material.
18th Mar '17 1:36:09 PM thelivingtoad
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* Odds are the only song from the British band Breathe Americans have heard is the ballad "How Can I Fall". If they've heard of another one, it's also almost certainly another ballad "Hands to Heaven". The rest of their material isn't exactly ''heavy'' by any means, but does have a much more upbeat and dance-y quality to it.

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* Odds are the only song from the British band Breathe that Americans have heard is the ballad "How Can I Fall". If they've heard of another one, it's also almost certainly another ballad "Hands to Heaven". Both songs were huge hits in America in 1988, the former making it to #3 and the latter to #2. The rest of their material isn't exactly ''heavy'' by any means, but does have a much more upbeat and dance-y SophistiPop quality to it.it than those two songs.
17th Mar '17 3:38:33 PM MyTimingIsOff
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--> ''At first I didn't even want to play it for the guys. I thought that Metallica could only be the four of us. These are songs about destroying things, head banging, bleeding for the crowd, whatever it is, as long as it wasn't about chicks and fast cars, even though that's what we liked. The song was about a girlfriend at the time. It turned out to be a pretty big song.''\\
-- '''James Hetfield''', lead singer of Music/{{Metallica}}, about "Nothing Else Matters".

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--> ''At ->''"At first I didn't even want to play it for the guys. I thought that Metallica could only be the four of us. These are songs about destroying things, head banging, bleeding for the crowd, whatever it is, as long as it wasn't about chicks and fast cars, even though that's what we liked. The song was about a girlfriend at the time. It turned out to be a pretty big song.''\\
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'''James Hetfield''', lead singer of Music/{{Metallica}}, about "Nothing Else Matters".
17th Mar '17 3:35:22 PM MyTimingIsOff
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->''"... bloody wedding song."''
-->-- '''Robert Plant''' of Music/LedZeppelin on "Stairway To Heaven"

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->''"... bloody wedding --> ''At first I didn't even want to play it for the guys. I thought that Metallica could only be the four of us. These are songs about destroying things, head banging, bleeding for the crowd, whatever it is, as long as it wasn't about chicks and fast cars, even though that's what we liked. The song was about a girlfriend at the time. It turned out to be a pretty big song."''
-->-- '''Robert Plant'''
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-- '''James Hetfield''', lead singer
of Music/LedZeppelin on "Stairway To Heaven"
Music/{{Metallica}}, about "Nothing Else Matters".
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