YMMV / Carpenters

  • Adaptation Displacement: For some reason, several of their covers are this in Asia. "Sing" is often credited to the Carpenters instead of Sesame Street in parts of the region. Ditto for several The Beatles numbers like "Ticket to Ride" and "Help!"
  • Awesome Music
  • Covered Up: "Superstar" by Sonic Youth, arguably. Also, Shonen Knife's cover of "Top of the World."
    • Definitely an example for the Carpenters' version — the original was written by Leon Russell and popularized by Delaney and Bonnie.
    • Also "Sing," originally written by Joe Raposo for Sesame Street. Of course, the song is today more associated with Sesame Street than the Carpenters.
    • Their Signature Song, "Close to You," was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David about seven years earlier and recorded by several other artists before they grabbed it and made it their own.
    • Many songs written (or co-written) by Paul Williams were popularized by the Carpenters in their heyday, including: "We've Only Just Begun" and "Rainy Days and Mondays."
    • And of course, several The Beatles numbers like "Help!" and "Ticket to Ride."
  • Ear Worm: Too many to list. Damn this band and their earworms.
  • Face of the Band: Karen. Yes, Richard was a great composer, but Karen's intimate singing style made her an icon.
  • Funny Moments: One version of Let Me Be the One heard on the 40/40 compilation album has one funny "didn't see this coming" part after Karen sings the last "Let me be the one" line, which at the tail end, she ends up saying a different line while trying not to chuckle and ends on one more note she did to close the song.
  • Misblamed: Some say that the reason Karen's disorder happened was because on one report where it said "Richard and his chubby little sister" (When Richard is the one chubby, not Karen).
  • Signature Song: "(They Long to Be) Close to You," just beats out "We've Only Just Begun" and "Yesterday Once More" for this honor.
  • Tear Jerker: "Rainy Day and Mondays," "Superstar," and "I Need to Be in Love."
  • Vindicated by History: A rock-oriented music press detested them in the late '60s and much of the '70s. Now, of course, they're one of the most beloved pop groups of their time.
  • The Woobie: Oh, Karen...

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