History SomethingCompletelyDifferent / Music

13th Jan '18 4:01:05 PM nombretomado
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* '''KennyRogers''', who much like Dolly (perhaps her most famous duet partner other than Porter Wagoner), began with his First Edition mates in psychedelic rock, with the hit "Just Dropped In To See What Condition My Condition Was In." By 1968 and wanting to diversify in case psychedelia wore out, the First Edition did something completely different: folk country, exemplified through "Ruby (Don't Take Your Love to Town)," signaling the style that Rogers (both groupwise and solo) would continue with for the rest of his career: country, country-folk and country rock. As a soloist, Rogers often went into adult contemporary, and by doing SomethingCompletelyDifferent he had some of his biggest hits, including "She Believes In Me," "Lady" and "I Don't Need You."
* '''Creator/{{Madonna}}''': She's since switched between uptempo dance and ballads, but at the time she released "Crazy For You" in early 1985, it was Something Completely Different as she had yet to release a ballad as a single. So different was the song from the movie ''Vision Quest'' that many trade magazines, from ''Variety'' to ''Billboard'' were quick to write articles hailing Madonna's new single and diversity.

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* '''KennyRogers''', '''Music/KennyRogers''', who much like Dolly (perhaps her most famous duet partner other than Porter Wagoner), began with his First Edition mates in psychedelic rock, with the hit "Just Dropped In To See What Condition My Condition Was In." By 1968 and wanting to diversify in case psychedelia wore out, the First Edition did something completely different: folk country, exemplified through "Ruby (Don't Take Your Love to Town)," signaling the style that Rogers (both groupwise and solo) would continue with for the rest of his career: country, country-folk and country rock. As a soloist, Rogers often went into adult contemporary, and by doing SomethingCompletelyDifferent he had some of his biggest hits, including "She Believes In Me," "Lady" and "I Don't Need You."
* '''Creator/{{Madonna}}''': '''Music/{{Madonna}}''': She's since switched between uptempo dance and ballads, but at the time she released "Crazy For You" in early 1985, it was Something Completely Different as she had yet to release a ballad as a single. So different was the song from the movie ''Vision Quest'' that many trade magazines, from ''Variety'' to ''Billboard'' were quick to write articles hailing Madonna's new single and diversity.
10th Jan '18 10:11:26 PM Lullaby22
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* Anyone listening to Music/BridgitMendler's ''Hello My Name Is'' might be forgiven for thinking they'd strayed into a completely different album when they hit the last track, "Hold On For Dear Love": Every song before it (even [[BreakupSong "5:15"]]) had a catchy pop sound to it. "Hold On For Dear Love" is a slow, somber piano piece.
6th Jan '18 10:20:26 PM nombretomado
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* "Colors by Between The Buried and Me has this in each song. For example, Ants of The Sky has a Music/PinkFloyd-esque guitar solo, thrashing a-la Metallica and Megadeth, intense speed-metal screaming, shredding sections that would make JoeSatriani and Music/DreamTheater proud, and a '''hoedown''' ''In a single song.'' The thing is that the styles switch nearly immediately, and doesn't sound bad. This comes up in their post-Colors albums too, such as in "Disease, Injury, Madness" when it turns bizarrely into a swingy blues jam following a horse's whinny, or "Extremophile Elite" where all the metal instruments drop out giving way to a small orchestra backing a xylophone solo.

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* "Colors by Between The Buried and Me has this in each song. For example, Ants of The Sky has a Music/PinkFloyd-esque guitar solo, thrashing a-la Metallica and Megadeth, intense speed-metal screaming, shredding sections that would make JoeSatriani Music/JoeSatriani and Music/DreamTheater proud, and a '''hoedown''' ''In a single song.'' The thing is that the styles switch nearly immediately, and doesn't sound bad. This comes up in their post-Colors albums too, such as in "Disease, Injury, Madness" when it turns bizarrely into a swingy blues jam following a horse's whinny, or "Extremophile Elite" where all the metal instruments drop out giving way to a small orchestra backing a xylophone solo.
6th Dec '17 5:28:19 PM nombretomado
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* '''DavidBowie''' was the English singer known best for his progressive musical styles, visual presentations and on-stage personas with many unique characters (e.g., Ziggy Stardust) played it straight with his Christmas ballad duet with Music/BingCrosby, "Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy." The result is one of the great Christmas songs, sending a message of hope and peace in the greatest of all seasons.

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* '''DavidBowie''' '''Music/DavidBowie''' was the English singer known best for his progressive musical styles, visual presentations and on-stage personas with many unique characters (e.g., Ziggy Stardust) played it straight with his Christmas ballad duet with Music/BingCrosby, "Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy." The result is one of the great Christmas songs, sending a message of hope and peace in the greatest of all seasons.
19th Oct '17 8:28:39 AM WoodyAlien3rd
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* Music/AvrilLavigne's much-maligned ''Hello Kitty'' is an electro/rap/dubstep song with a bit of GratuitousJapanese which sounds totally different from anything else she had done up to that point. She's usually accused of mashing together everything that was "in" at that moment to pander to teen audiences. In the end it was only an isolated experiment.
11th Oct '17 1:13:44 PM Malady
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* '''Billy Preston''' had both several instrumental-only hits ("Outta Space," "Space Race") and hits as a singer ("Will It Go 'Round in Circles," "Nothin' From Nothin'"), which is something completely different in itself. But also fitting the trope: Both "... Circles" (1973, soul and funk) and "... Nothin'" (1974, ragtime) were uptempo fare; he returned in 1980 with his only other top 10 hit as a vocalist, this time with a soulful ballad that was as different as his two vocal No. 1 hits from five or more years earlier: "With You I'm Born Again," a duet with StevieWonder's ex-wife, Syreeta Wright.
* '''Dick Feller''', a singer-songwriter of the mid-1970s who was best known for writing JerryReed's No. 1 country hit "Lord, Mr. Ford" (a satirical look at the auto industry and how a simple invention grew to be so complicated) began with something completely different from his novelty hits. By the title, one might think that "Biff, the Friendly Purple Bear" might be a comic tale of an anthropomorphic bear's misadventures; however, it is actually a sentimental look back at childhood, through the eyes of an old rocking horse a little boy enjoyed through childhood, and how the title bear (a stuffed teddy bear) joined the fun. Depending on the perspective and the classic country music stations that have Dick Feller in their libraries, "Biff," which was actually his breakthrough hit, or follow-up novelty fare such as "Making the Best of a Bad Situation" and "The Credit Card Song" were the songs that fit the trope. (He also switched back to serious fare, penning "Some Days Are Diamonds (Some Days Are Stone)," which Feller originally recorded but was later CoveredUp by JohnDenver.

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* '''Billy Preston''' had both several instrumental-only hits ("Outta Space," "Space Race") and hits as a singer ("Will It Go 'Round in Circles," "Nothin' From Nothin'"), which is something completely different in itself. But also fitting the trope: Both "... Circles" (1973, soul and funk) and "... Nothin'" (1974, ragtime) were uptempo fare; he returned in 1980 with his only other top 10 hit as a vocalist, this time with a soulful ballad that was as different as his two vocal No. 1 hits from five or more years earlier: "With You I'm Born Again," a duet with StevieWonder's Music/StevieWonder's ex-wife, Syreeta Wright.
* '''Dick Feller''', a singer-songwriter of the mid-1970s who was best known for writing JerryReed's Music/JerryReed's No. 1 country hit "Lord, Mr. Ford" (a satirical look at the auto industry and how a simple invention grew to be so complicated) began with something completely different from his novelty hits. By the title, one might think that "Biff, the Friendly Purple Bear" might be a comic tale of an anthropomorphic bear's misadventures; however, it is actually a sentimental look back at childhood, through the eyes of an old rocking horse a little boy enjoyed through childhood, and how the title bear (a stuffed teddy bear) joined the fun. Depending on the perspective and the classic country music stations that have Dick Feller in their libraries, "Biff," which was actually his breakthrough hit, or follow-up novelty fare such as "Making the Best of a Bad Situation" and "The Credit Card Song" were the songs that fit the trope. (He also switched back to serious fare, penning "Some Days Are Diamonds (Some Days Are Stone)," which Feller originally recorded but was later CoveredUp by JohnDenver.Music/JohnDenver.



* '''Ray Price''': An early pioneer of the raw honky-tonk sound and the 4/4 shuffle, he was closely identified as pure country with songs like "Crazy Arms," "I've Got a New Heartache" and "City Lights." Fans, then, were thrown for a loop when he began dabbling with the Nashville Sound, adding strings and pop-sounding backing vocals on songs like "Night Life" and "Make the World Go Away." Crazy thing is, he succeeded ... and by doing SomethingCompletelyDifferent, he earned his biggest pop hit ever, the 1970 hit "For the Good Times." He did go back to honky tonk and pure country, earning still more respect with a string of early 1980s hits, the biggest being his duet top 5 hit with WillieNelson on "Faded Love."
* '''DollyParton''', who did something completely different many times. The most notable time came in the years following her departure from "The Porter Wagoner Show," when she recorded an album called "New Harvest -- First Gathering." This album, issued in 1977, was significant for being Parton's first self-produced album, as well as her first effort aimed specifically at the pop chart. The biggest single from the album was the one that signaled her switch from traditional and sometimes contemporary country to pop ... that song being "Light of a Clear Blue Morning." Although only a No. 11 country hit, it opened the door to even bigger things, as the next single, "Here You Come Again" became a No. 1 country and top 5 pop smash. Movie deals, television and much more followed. She never truly strayed from her country roots, but by doing SomethingCompletelyDifferent, she became an international, multi-media star.

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* '''Ray Price''': An early pioneer of the raw honky-tonk sound and the 4/4 shuffle, he was closely identified as pure country with songs like "Crazy Arms," "I've Got a New Heartache" and "City Lights." Fans, then, were thrown for a loop when he began dabbling with the Nashville Sound, adding strings and pop-sounding backing vocals on songs like "Night Life" and "Make the World Go Away." Crazy thing is, he succeeded ... and by doing SomethingCompletelyDifferent, he earned his biggest pop hit ever, the 1970 hit "For the Good Times." He did go back to honky tonk and pure country, earning still more respect with a string of early 1980s hits, the biggest being his duet top 5 hit with WillieNelson Music/WillieNelson on "Faded Love."
* '''DollyParton''', '''Music/DollyParton''', who did something completely different many times. The most notable time came in the years following her departure from "The Porter Wagoner Show," when she recorded an album called "New Harvest -- First Gathering." This album, issued in 1977, was significant for being Parton's first self-produced album, as well as her first effort aimed specifically at the pop chart. The biggest single from the album was the one that signaled her switch from traditional and sometimes contemporary country to pop ... that song being "Light of a Clear Blue Morning." Although only a No. 11 country hit, it opened the door to even bigger things, as the next single, "Here You Come Again" became a No. 1 country and top 5 pop smash. Movie deals, television and much more followed. She never truly strayed from her country roots, but by doing SomethingCompletelyDifferent, she became an international, multi-media star.
7th Oct '17 4:00:50 PM nombretomado
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* '''DavidBowie''' was the English singer known best for his progressive musical styles, visual presentations and on-stage personas with many unique characters (e.g., Ziggy Stardust) played it straight with his Christmas ballad duet with BingCrosby, "Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy." The result is one of the great Christmas songs, sending a message of hope and peace in the greatest of all seasons.

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* '''DavidBowie''' was the English singer known best for his progressive musical styles, visual presentations and on-stage personas with many unique characters (e.g., Ziggy Stardust) played it straight with his Christmas ballad duet with BingCrosby, Music/BingCrosby, "Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy." The result is one of the great Christmas songs, sending a message of hope and peace in the greatest of all seasons.
30th Sep '17 7:59:55 PM nombretomado
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* EBM pioneers FrontLineAssembly pulled this at least twice, first with the IndustrialMetal album ''Millenium'', then the IDM/D&B album ''Flavour of the Weak'', and to a lesser extent the dubstep-influenced ''VideoGame/AirMech'' soundtrack.

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* EBM pioneers FrontLineAssembly Music/FrontLineAssembly pulled this at least twice, first with the IndustrialMetal album ''Millenium'', then the IDM/D&B album ''Flavour of the Weak'', and to a lesser extent the dubstep-influenced ''VideoGame/AirMech'' soundtrack.
7th Jul '17 8:07:59 AM Briguy52748
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* '''Music/JeffersonAirplane''', which evolved into '''Music/JeffersonStarship''' and later '''Music/{{Starship}}'''. Each name represented a distinct era and distinctly had them doing something different:
** Jefferson Airplane had them doing psychedelic rock, their best-knowns being "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit" (both 1967)
** Jefferson Starship saw the band shift focus to soft rock ballads, such as "Miracles" (1975), "With Your Love" (1976) and "Count On Me" (1978); in fact, on one 1976 episode of ''AmericanTop40'', host Creator/CaseyKasem pointed out the band's shift in musical focus. Later, this version of the band did Something Completely Different, shifting to arena rock with songs like "Jane" (1979) and "Find Your Way Back" (1981).
** Starship was mid-to-late 1980s synth rock, on "We Built This City" (1985) and "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" (1987) their biggest hits, with a ballad "Sara" (1986) being this era's something different. This was the only version of the band that had No. 1 hits.
12th Jun '17 6:08:32 PM Briguy52748
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* '''Creator/{{Madonna}}''': She's since switched between uptempo dance and ballads, but at the time she released "Crazy For You" in early 1985, it was Something Completely Different as she had yet to release a ballad as a single.

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* '''Creator/{{Madonna}}''': She's since switched between uptempo dance and ballads, but at the time she released "Crazy For You" in early 1985, it was Something Completely Different as she had yet to release a ballad as a single. So different was the song from the movie ''Vision Quest'' that many trade magazines, from ''Variety'' to ''Billboard'' were quick to write articles hailing Madonna's new single and diversity.
* '''Music/TheOakRidgeBoys''': In the country field, probably the group that had its roots in 1940s and 1950s Appalachian gospel music are the trope codifiers. Although they did old-time country and folk songs, they were firmly identified as country gospel, even into 1973 when their lineup solidified with new recruit Joe Bonsall, joining still-new deep-bassed Richard Sterban and veterans Duane Allen and William Lee Golden. But in a world where pop country was all the rage and they were true to their roots, the Oaks made a huge gamble ... and after years of performing almost exclusively gospel with some traditional songs thrown in, they released the heartbreak honky tonk standard "Y'All Come Back Saloon." Completely different to fans ... and even their loyal fans admitted they liked it a lot, and it was all success after that. By doing Something Completely Different, the Oaks became, next to the Statler Brothers (and later, Music/{{Alabama}}), the premiere country vocal group of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Even so, they never forgot their gospel roots and are probably the most beloved of those three bands/groups.
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