History YMMV / EltonJohn

13th Apr '16 2:38:39 AM CassandraLeo
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** Plenty of their other songs were closely analysed too. One interpretation of "Madman Across the Water" is that the madman of the title is UsefulNotes/RichardNixon and that the song is a VietnamWar protest. Several reviewers have noted the parallels; see, for instance, [[http://www.allmusic.com/song/madman-across-the-water-mt0006442178 Allmusic]]. Taupin is apparently aware of this interpretation and has never confirmed or denied it.
13th Apr '16 2:23:06 AM CassandraLeo
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** His big hits tend to get the most attention for the obvious reason that Elton is a master of the EarWorm, but he has a rather large amount of albums without a bad cut on them. Thus key album cuts like "Come Down in Time", "My Father's Gun", "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters",, "Sixty Years On", and "Ticking" are well worth listing here as well. The period from 1970's ''Elton John'' to at least 1975's ''Captain Fantastic and the Brown Cowboy'' seems to have been a period where Elton was constitutionally incapable of writing a bad song, and it's worth noting how prolific he was during this period - a staggering nine [=LPs=]' worth of studio material (or about six and a half hours of music without even counting non-album tracks and outtakes, which are also often well worth the price of admission). Some fans would throw ''Rock of the Westies'' (also from 1975) and ''Blue Moves'' (1976) into this list as well, which would bring him up to twelve [=LPs=] of almost consistently brilliant material in slightly over six years. That's a staggering accomplishment.

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** His big hits tend to get the most attention for the obvious reason that Elton is a master of the EarWorm, but he has a rather large amount of albums without a bad cut on them. Thus key album cuts like "Come Down in Time", "My Father's Gun", "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters",, Hatters", "Sixty Years On", and "Ticking" are well worth listing here as well. The period from 1970's ''Elton John'' to at least 1975's ''Captain Fantastic and the Brown Cowboy'' seems to have been a period where Elton was constitutionally incapable of writing a bad song, and it's worth noting how prolific he was during this period - a staggering nine [=LPs=]' worth of studio material (or about six and a half hours of music without even counting non-album tracks and outtakes, which are also often well worth the price of admission). Some fans would throw ''Rock of the Westies'' (also from 1975) and ''Blue Moves'' (1976) into this list as well, which would bring him up to twelve [=LPs=] of almost consistently brilliant material in slightly over six years. That's a staggering accomplishment.



* CrossesTheLineTwice: "I Think I'm Gonna Kill Myself."

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* CrossesTheLineTwice: "I Think I'm Gonna Going to Kill Myself."
13th Apr '16 2:21:46 AM CassandraLeo
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** His big hits tend to get the most attention for the obvious reason that Elton is a master of the EarWorm, but he has a rather large amount of albums without a bad cut on them. Thus key album cuts like "Come Down in Time", "My Father's Gun", "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters", and "Sixty Years On" are well worth listing here as well. The period from 1970's ''Elton John'' to at least 1975's ''Captain Fantastic and the Brown Cowboy'' seems to have been a period where Elton was constitutionally incapable of writing a bad song, and it's worth noting how prolific he was during this period - a staggering nine [=LPs=]' worth of studio material (or about six and a half hours of music without even counting non-album tracks and outtakes, which are also often well worth the price of admission).

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** His big hits tend to get the most attention for the obvious reason that Elton is a master of the EarWorm, but he has a rather large amount of albums without a bad cut on them. Thus key album cuts like "Come Down in Time", "My Father's Gun", "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters", and Hatters",, "Sixty Years On" On", and "Ticking" are well worth listing here as well. The period from 1970's ''Elton John'' to at least 1975's ''Captain Fantastic and the Brown Cowboy'' seems to have been a period where Elton was constitutionally incapable of writing a bad song, and it's worth noting how prolific he was during this period - a staggering nine [=LPs=]' worth of studio material (or about six and a half hours of music without even counting non-album tracks and outtakes, which are also often well worth the price of admission). Some fans would throw ''Rock of the Westies'' (also from 1975) and ''Blue Moves'' (1976) into this list as well, which would bring him up to twelve [=LPs=] of almost consistently brilliant material in slightly over six years. That's a staggering accomplishment.
11th Apr '16 11:36:48 PM CassandraLeo
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** His big hits tend to get the most attention for the obvious reason that Elton is a master of the EarWorm, but he has a rather large amount of albums without a bad cut on them. Thus key album cuts like "Come Down in Time", "My Father's Gun", "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters", and "Sixty Years On" are well worth listing here as well. The period from 1970's ''Elton John'' to at least 1975's ''Captain Fantastic and the Brown Cowboy'' seems to have been a period where Elton was constitutionally incapable of writing a bad song.

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** His big hits tend to get the most attention for the obvious reason that Elton is a master of the EarWorm, but he has a rather large amount of albums without a bad cut on them. Thus key album cuts like "Come Down in Time", "My Father's Gun", "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters", and "Sixty Years On" are well worth listing here as well. The period from 1970's ''Elton John'' to at least 1975's ''Captain Fantastic and the Brown Cowboy'' seems to have been a period where Elton was constitutionally incapable of writing a bad song.song, and it's worth noting how prolific he was during this period - a staggering nine [=LPs=]' worth of studio material (or about six and a half hours of music without even counting non-album tracks and outtakes, which are also often well worth the price of admission).
11th Apr '16 11:35:13 PM CassandraLeo
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** Album-wise, ''Madman Across The Water'', ''Honky Chateau'', ''Tumbleweed Connection'', ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Elton John]]'', ''Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy'' and ''Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'' are frequently included in lists of the best albums of all time.

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** Album-wise, ''Madman Across The the Water'', ''Honky Chateau'', ''Tumbleweed Connection'', ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Elton John]]'', ''Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy'' and ''Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'' are frequently included in lists of the best albums of all time.


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** His big hits tend to get the most attention for the obvious reason that Elton is a master of the EarWorm, but he has a rather large amount of albums without a bad cut on them. Thus key album cuts like "Come Down in Time", "My Father's Gun", "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters", and "Sixty Years On" are well worth listing here as well. The period from 1970's ''Elton John'' to at least 1975's ''Captain Fantastic and the Brown Cowboy'' seems to have been a period where Elton was constitutionally incapable of writing a bad song.
11th Apr '16 11:30:27 PM CassandraLeo
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* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: ''Funeral for A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding'', first track of ''Music/GoodbyeYellowBrickRoad''. Apparently, according to TheOtherWiki, it is the kind of music he wants played at his funeral.
** Also, listen to "You're So Static" from the Caribou album. It features the Tower of Power horn section at its best. Pure. Unadulterated. Awesome.

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* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: ''Funeral for A a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding'', first track of ''Music/GoodbyeYellowBrickRoad''. Apparently, according to TheOtherWiki, it is the kind of music he wants played at his funeral.
** Also, listen to "You're So Static" from the Caribou ''Caribou'' album. It features the Tower of Power horn section at its best. Pure. Unadulterated. Awesome.



** The classic 196976 period, which produced many songs which stand up as standards of the rock era: "Skyline Pigeon", "Tiny Dancer", "Levon", "Crocodile Rock", "Daniel", "Candle In The Wind", "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me", "Philadelphia Freedom", "Bennie And The Jets", "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", "Someone Saved My Life Tonight", "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word", "Rocket Man", "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting", "The Bitch Is Back", "Don't Go Breaking My Heart", "Your Song", etc.
** Album-wise, ''Madman Across The Water'', ''Honky Chateau'', ''Tumbleweed Connection'', ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Elton John]]'', ''Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy'' and ''Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'' are frequently included in lists of the best albums of all time.

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** The classic 196976 period, which produced many songs which stand up as standards of the rock era: "Skyline Pigeon", "Tiny Dancer", "Levon", "Crocodile Rock", "Daniel", "Candle In The in the Wind", "Don't Let The the Sun Go Down On on Me", "Philadelphia Freedom", "Bennie And The and the Jets", "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", "Someone Saved My Life Tonight", "Sorry Seems To to Be The Hardest Word", "Rocket Man", "Saturday Night's Alright For for Fighting", "The Bitch Is Back", "Don't Go Breaking My Heart", "Your Song", etc.
** Album-wise, ''Madman Across The Water'', ''Honky Chateau'', ''Tumbleweed Connection'', ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Elton John]]'', ''Captain Fantastic And The and the Brown Dirt Cowboy'' and ''Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'' are frequently included in lists of the best albums of all time.



* DeaderThanDisco: His 1979 disco album, ''Victim Of Love''. Also an OldShame.

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* DeaderThanDisco: His 1979 disco album, ''Victim Of of Love''. Also an OldShame.



** "Rocket Man", "Your Song", "Philadelphia Freedom", "Bennie And The Jets", "Crocodile Rock", "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)", "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", "I'm Still Standing"...he is a master of the earworm.
** His cover-version of the already earworm-ish "[[Music/TheWho Pinball Wizard]]". It should be noted that it was (and still is) the ''only'' cover-version of a Who song to reach on any Top Ten charts.

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** "Rocket Man", "Your Song", "Philadelphia Freedom", "Bennie And The and the Jets", "Crocodile Rock", "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)", "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", "I'm Still Standing"...he is a master of the earworm.
** His cover-version of the already earworm-ish "[[Music/TheWho "[[Music/{{Tommy}} Pinball Wizard]]". It should be noted that it was (and still is) the ''only'' cover-version of a Who [[Music/TheWho Who]] song to reach on any Top Ten charts.



** He and Bernie Taupin mocked the trope in the ''Caribou'' cut, "Solar Prestige A Gammon". Naturally, [[SpringtimeForHitler that song was also over-analyzed]], a la "[[Music/TheBeatles I Am The Walrus]]".

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** He and Bernie Taupin mocked the trope in the ''Caribou'' cut, "Solar Prestige A a Gammon". Naturally, [[SpringtimeForHitler that song was also over-analyzed]], a la "[[Music/TheBeatles "[[Music/MagicalMysteryTour I Am The the Walrus]]".



* FunnyAneurysmMoment: Besides the Edinburgh 1976 "I want them to ''know'' I'm an alcoholic" quote, any humorous moment Elton had with longtime manager John Reid or personal assistant Bob Halley in ''Tantrums And Tiaras'', since due to various scandals/business disagreements Elton had both men excised from his life/career. Thankfully Elton and David Furnish have stayed together.
* {{Glurge}}: "Candle In The Wind 1997."

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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: Besides the Edinburgh 1976 "I want them to ''know'' I'm an alcoholic" quote, any humorous moment Elton had with longtime manager John Reid or personal assistant Bob Halley in ''Tantrums And and Tiaras'', since due to various scandals/business disagreements Elton had both men excised from his life/career. Thankfully Elton and David Furnish have stayed together.
* {{Glurge}}: "Candle In The in the Wind 1997.""
* GrowingTheBeard: ''Elton John'' is almost universally considered a vastly better album than ''Empty Sky''. The beard-growing was complete with the next album, ''Tumbleweed Connection'', which, despite not being as commercially successful as some of his other efforts from the same period, is almost universally recognised as a materpiece.



* ViewerGenderConfusion: Many Western listeners were/are unaware that "Nikita" is a ''male'' name in Russian, and this wasn't helped by the music video depicting the titular Soviet soldier as a woman. Though the lyrics themselves are basically gender-neutral, WordOfGod has confirmed that he always knew it was a man he was singing about.

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* ViewerGenderConfusion: Many Western listeners were/are unaware that "Nikita" is a ''male'' name in Russian, and this wasn't helped by the music video depicting the titular Soviet soldier as a woman. Though the lyrics themselves are basically gender-neutral, WordOfGod has confirmed that he always knew it was a man he was singing about.about.
* WinBackTheCrowd: This seems to have happened twice: first with 1983's ''Too Low for Zero'', where he reunited full-time with Bernie Taupin and his backing band after a series of unevenly received efforts, and later with 2001's ''Songs from the West Coast'', which restored his reputation after a series of albums that, while fairly commercially successful, were not as well liked.
4th Feb '16 3:27:18 PM Schroeder1174
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* ViewerGenderConfusion: Many Western listeners were/are unaware that "Nikita" is a ''male'' name in Russian, and this wasn't helped by the music video depicting the titular Soviet soldier as a woman. Though the lyrics themselves are basically gender-neutral, WordOfGod has confirmed that he always knew it was a man he was singing about.
29th Aug '15 5:56:11 AM NWolfman
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* CrossesTheLineTwice: "I Think I'm Gonna Kill Myself."
5th Apr '15 10:44:32 PM bt8257
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** The "classic" 196976 period, which produced many songs which stand up as standards of the rock era: "Skyline Pigeon", "Tiny Dancer", "Levon", "Crocodile Rock", "Daniel", "Candle In The Wind", "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me", "Philadelphia Freedom", "Bennie And The Jets", "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", "Someone Saved My Life Tonight", "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word", "Rocket Man", "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting", "The Bitch Is Back", "Don't Go Breaking My Heart", "Your Song", etc.

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** The "classic" classic 196976 period, which produced many songs which stand up as standards of the rock era: "Skyline Pigeon", "Tiny Dancer", "Levon", "Crocodile Rock", "Daniel", "Candle In The Wind", "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me", "Philadelphia Freedom", "Bennie And The Jets", "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", "Someone Saved My Life Tonight", "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word", "Rocket Man", "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting", "The Bitch Is Back", "Don't Go Breaking My Heart", "Your Song", etc.
28th Mar '15 1:04:54 PM bt8257
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** The "classic Elton" period between 1969-1976, while it did not always produce consistent albums, produced many songs which would stand up as standards of the rock era: "Skyline Pigeon", "Tiny Dancer", "Levon", "Crocodile Rock", "Daniel", "Candle In The Wind", "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me", "Philadelphia Freedom", "Bennie And The Jets", "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", "Someone Saved My Life Tonight", "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word", "Rocket Man", "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting", "Don't Go Breaking My Heart", "Your Song", etc.

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** The "classic Elton" period between 1969-1976, while it did not always produce consistent albums, "classic" 196976 period, which produced many songs which would stand up as standards of the rock era: "Skyline Pigeon", "Tiny Dancer", "Levon", "Crocodile Rock", "Daniel", "Candle In The Wind", "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me", "Philadelphia Freedom", "Bennie And The Jets", "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", "Someone Saved My Life Tonight", "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word", "Rocket Man", "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting", "The Bitch Is Back", "Don't Go Breaking My Heart", "Your Song", etc.
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