History Trivia / BenFolds

18th Jun '15 8:23:04 AM NWolfman
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* DoingItForTheArt: Played with in "One Down," written about being contractually obligated to write 4.6 songs for a music publishing company he used to work for. When asked why he doesn't just turn in any piece of junk, he replies "I don't wanna waste my time on music that won't make me proud." However, he acknowledges in the last verse that, at the end of the day, being an artist is still a job, and it's a hell of a better one than bussing tables or pumping gas.
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* DoingItForTheArt: Played with in "One Down," written about being contractually obligated to write 4.6 songs for a music publishing company he used to work for. When asked why he doesn't just turn in any piece of junk, he replies "I don't wanna waste my time on music that won't make me proud." However, he acknowledges in the last verse that, at the end of the day, being an artist is still a job, and it's he could be doing a hell of a better one than bussing tables or pumping gas.LOT worse.
23rd May '15 5:58:42 AM NWolfman
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* WhiteWhatYouKnow: Or rather "what little you know." "Too Late," his tribute to the late Eliot Smith, doesn't go into much more detail about him other than Ben's love of his music (and Smith's love of basketball) because Ben didn't know him all that well personally.
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* WhiteWhatYouKnow: WriteWhatYouKnow: Or rather "what little you know." "Too Late," his tribute to the late Eliot Smith, doesn't go into much more detail about him other than Ben's love of his music (and Smith's love of basketball) because Ben didn't know him all that well personally.
23rd May '15 5:58:28 AM NWolfman
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* WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants: The "leaked" versions of the songs from "Way To Normal" were written and recorded in a span of about twelve hours.
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* WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants: The "leaked" versions of the songs from "Way To Normal" were written and recorded in a span of about twelve hours.hours. * WhiteWhatYouKnow: Or rather "what little you know." "Too Late," his tribute to the late Eliot Smith, doesn't go into much more detail about him other than Ben's love of his music (and Smith's love of basketball) because Ben didn't know him all that well personally.
30th Nov '14 2:26:33 AM robogabriel
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* ThrowItIn: While Ben Folds Five were recording a take of "Steven's Last Night In Town", a phone rang right at the end of the last repetition of the chorus - it happened to do so on rhythm, so it was left in. If you listen carefully, you can also hear Darren Jesse {{Corpsing}} in response.
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* ThrowItIn: While Ben Folds Five were recording a take of "Steven's Last Night In Town", a phone rang right at the end of the last repetition of the chorus - it happened to do so on rhythm, so it was left in. If you listen carefully, you can also hear Darren Jesse {{Corpsing}} in response.response. * WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants: The "leaked" versions of the songs from "Way To Normal" were written and recorded in a span of about twelve hours.
30th Nov '14 2:20:32 AM robogabriel
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* DoingItForTheArt: Played with in "One Down," written about being contractually obligated to write 4.6 songs for a music publishing company he used to work for. When asked why he doesn't just turn in any piece of junk, he replies "I don't wanna waste my time on music that won't make me proud." However, he acknowledges in the last verse that, at the end of the day, being an artist is still a job, and it's a hell of a better one than bussing tables or pumping gas.
29th Nov '14 11:47:06 PM robogabriel
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* IAmTheBand: Averted with Ben Folds Five, but played straight with most of his solo albums.
29th Nov '14 11:35:58 PM robogabriel
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* The song "Not the Same" is based on actual events. Ben Folds was at a friend's party, some guy did a lot of acid, climbed up a tree, and when he came down in the morning he was a born-again Christian. The only major difference is that the party took place at Darren Jesse's place, not Robert Sledge's. [[WordOfGod Ben said]] that the reason for this change was because he thought "at Robert Sledge's party" simply sounded better than "at Darren Jesse's party".
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* The song RealLifeWritesThePlot: "Brick" is about a girlfriend he had when he was younger whom he had to get an abortion with. ** "Not the Same" is based on actual events.Same". Ben Folds was at a friend's party, some guy did a lot of acid, climbed up a tree, and when he came down in the morning he was a born-again Christian. The only major difference is that the party took place at Darren Jesse's place, not Robert Sledge's. [[WordOfGod Ben said]] that the reason for this change was because he thought "at Robert Sledge's party" simply sounded better than "at Darren Jesse's party".
5th Oct '13 11:23:45 AM MikeK
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* The song "Not the Same" is based on actual events. Ben Folds was at a friend's party, some guy did a lot of acid, climbed up a tree, and when he came down in the morning he was a born-again Christian. The only major difference is that the party took place at Darren Jesse's place, not Robert Sledge's. [[WordOfGod Ben said]] that the reason for this change was because he thought "at Robert Sledge's party" simply sounded better than "at Darren Jesse's party".
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* The song "Not the Same" is based on actual events. Ben Folds was at a friend's party, some guy did a lot of acid, climbed up a tree, and when he came down in the morning he was a born-again Christian. The only major difference is that the party took place at Darren Jesse's place, not Robert Sledge's. [[WordOfGod Ben said]] that the reason for this change was because he thought "at Robert Sledge's party" simply sounded better than "at Darren Jesse's party".party". * ThrowItIn: While Ben Folds Five were recording a take of "Steven's Last Night In Town", a phone rang right at the end of the last repetition of the chorus - it happened to do so on rhythm, so it was left in. If you listen carefully, you can also hear Darren Jesse {{Corpsing}} in response.
30th May '13 7:30:30 PM TwentyTwoSevenths
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Do we have a trope for this? Like, "Based on a True Story", except ACTUALLY based on a true story?
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* The song "Not the Same" is based on actual events. Ben Folds was at a friend's party, some guy did a lot of acid, climbed up a tree, and when he came down in the morning he was a born-again Christian. The only major difference is that the party took place at Darren Jesse's place, not Robert Sledge's. [[WordOfGod Ben said]] that the reason for this change was because he thought "at Robert Sledge's party" simply sounded better than "at Darren Jesse's party".
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