History Trivia / BenFolds

28th Aug '17 6:48:40 AM NWolfman
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* WriteWhatYouKnow: "Too Late," his tribute to the late Eliot Smith, is a case of "what little you know." Ben didn't know him all that well personally, so it doesn't go into much more detail about him other than Ben's love of his music and Smith's love of basketball.

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* WriteWhatYouKnow: "Too Late," his tribute to the late Eliot Smith, Music/ElliottSmith, is a case of "what little you know." Ben didn't know him all that well personally, so it doesn't go into much more detail about him other than Ben's love of his music and Smith's love of basketball.
19th Apr '17 11:27:39 AM NWolfman
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* OneHitWonder: Ben Folds Five only cracked the Top 40 with "Brick," and even then it had to be released as a single on four separate occasions to chart. Understandably, the band didn't bother to try and have a hit afterwards. As a solo act, Ben's only Top 40 hit was "Rockin' The Suburbs." As mentioned above, neither of these songs are indicative of either act's typical sound.

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* OneHitWonder: Ben Folds Five only cracked the Top 40 with "Brick," and even then it had to be released as a single on four separate occasions to chart. Understandably, the band didn't bother to try and have a hit afterwards. As a solo act, Ben's only Top 40 highest-charting hit was "Rockin' The Suburbs." As mentioned above, neither of these songs are indicative of either act's typical sound.
19th Apr '17 11:16:06 AM NWolfman
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** The final verse of "The Luckiest" was about his neighbors, an elderly couple who really did die a week apart from one another. He felt it was the most realistic depiction of romance he could think of.



* WriteWhatYouKnow
** "Too Late," his tribute to the late Eliot Smith, is a case of "what little you know." Ben didn't know him all that well personally, so it doesn't go into much more detail about him other than Ben's love of his music and Smith's love of basketball.
** The final verse of "The Luckiest" was about his neighbors, an elderly couple who really did die a week apart from one another. He felt it was the most realistic depiction of romance he could think of.

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WriteWhatYouKnow: "Too Late," his tribute to the late Eliot Smith, is a case of "what little you know." Ben didn't know him all that well personally, so it doesn't go into much more detail about him other than Ben's love of his music and Smith's love of basketball.
** The final verse of "The Luckiest" was about his neighbors, an elderly couple who really did die a week apart from one another. He felt it was the most realistic depiction of romance he could think of.
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19th Apr '17 10:59:10 AM NWolfman
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* 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.

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* WriteWhatYouKnow: Or rather "what little you know." WriteWhatYouKnow
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"Too Late," his tribute to the late Eliot Smith, is a case of "what little you know." Ben didn't know him all that well personally, so it 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.basketball.
** The final verse of "The Luckiest" was about his neighbors, an elderly couple who really did die a week apart from one another. He felt it was the most realistic depiction of romance he could think of.
19th Apr '17 10:54:40 AM NWolfman
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: "The Luckiest" was originally written for the finale of ''Film/{{Loser}}'' and was even composed to match the beats of the scene. When the scene was cut, the producers offered to use it in another scene, but he politely declined.
15th Apr '17 11:57:09 PM NWolfman
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* CreatorBacklash: At least for a time, Ben sought to retire his cover of "Bitches Ain't Shit" so people would stop calling him "...the 'Bitches' guy!" in front of his kids. He's only played it sporadically since.
31st Mar '17 6:53:41 PM NWolfman
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** Despite being their most popular song, the sombre ballad "Brick" is a far cry from the band's trademark punk sound and features Robert Sledge on a bowed double-bass instead of a distorted bass guitar. Several fans accused them of selling out as a result.

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** Despite being their most popular song, the sombre ballad "Brick" is a far cry from the band's Ben Folds Five's trademark punk sound and features Robert Sledge on a bowed double-bass instead of a distorted bass guitar. Several fans accused them of selling out as a result.
22nd Mar '17 3:38:51 PM NWolfman
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** Despite being their most popular song, the sombre ballad "Brick" is a far cry from the band's trademark punk sound and features Darren Jesse on a bowed double-bass instead of a distorted bass guitar. Several fans accused them of selling out as a result.

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** Despite being their most popular song, the sombre ballad "Brick" is a far cry from the band's trademark punk sound and features Darren Jesse Robert Sledge on a bowed double-bass instead of a distorted bass guitar. Several fans accused them of selling out as a result.
21st Mar '17 6:14:58 AM NWolfman
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* BlackSheepHit: "Rockin' The Suburbs" is his highest-charting single to date. It's also [[PlayingAgainstType the complete opposite]] of a typical Ben Folds song in every way, not only for the presence of guitars but for it's compressed mixing and multi-tracking, [[StealthParody made to sound like exactly the kind of corporate sell-out modern rock it's making fun of]].

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* BlackSheepHit: BlackSheepHit
** Despite being their most popular song, the sombre ballad "Brick" is a far cry from the band's trademark punk sound and features Darren Jesse on a bowed double-bass instead of a distorted bass guitar. Several fans accused them of selling out as a result.
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"Rockin' The Suburbs" is his Ben's highest-charting solo single to date. It's also [[PlayingAgainstType the complete opposite]] of a typical Ben Folds song in every way, not only for the presence of guitars but for it's compressed mixing and multi-tracking, [[StealthParody made to sound like exactly the kind of corporate sell-out modern rock it's making fun of]].


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* OneHitWonder: Ben Folds Five only cracked the Top 40 with "Brick," and even then it had to be released as a single on four separate occasions to chart. Understandably, the band didn't bother to try and have a hit afterwards. As a solo act, Ben's only Top 40 hit was "Rockin' The Suburbs." As mentioned above, neither of these songs are indicative of either act's typical sound.
29th Aug '16 10:49:34 AM NWolfman
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* 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.

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* 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 and Smith's love of basketball) basketball because Ben didn't know him all that well personally.
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