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Help me identify this song based on barely any helpful clues...?

54 replies

AngeloMysterioso · 17/10/2020 19:21

  • I’m pretty sure it’s from the 80’s
  • male vocalist
  • mainly a 4 note piano tune
  • slow-ish tempo
  • got quite a dark kind of vibe, along the lines of The Smiths
OP posts:
TheLastStarfighter · 17/10/2020 19:22

Any clue as to lyrics, genre, theme of the song, tempo, vocal register?

BlusteryShowers · 17/10/2020 19:23

That is very vague. Have you tried humming it into Shazam?

AuntieDolly · 17/10/2020 19:24

Forest fire - Lloyd Cole?

rashalert · 17/10/2020 19:25

Can you recall any of the words, even a phrase?

damnthatanxiety · 17/10/2020 19:31

Leonard Cohen?

StrangeAddiction · 17/10/2020 19:31

Vienna - Ultravox?

WildRosie · 17/10/2020 19:32

Walking In Memphis - Marc Cohn ??

Really need a line or two.

StealthPolarBear · 17/10/2020 19:33

Lurking. Mn identified my song on less and I'm forever grateful.
(it was lonely symphony by Frances ruffele)

TooMinty · 17/10/2020 19:34


Vienna - Ultravox?

This was my first thought also. Amazing song.
Pelleas · 17/10/2020 19:34

Early, mid or late 80s?

Pelleas · 17/10/2020 19:35

Under your thumb - 10cc ?

(wild guess)

TheRuleofStix · 17/10/2020 19:35

Think we need a little more to go on Grin

AngeloMysterioso · 17/10/2020 19:43

Can’t remember any of the words at all- I heard it in a busy restaurant last night and I knew that I knew it and liked it, attempted to Shazam it but there was too much background noise and the song finished before I could record any of it. Tempted to call the restaurant and ask what playlist they use!

It’s not anything suggested so far- I’ve attempted to (badly) remember what the piano riff is here

OP posts:
LittleEsme · 17/10/2020 19:46

OP, it's so familiar!

Flying Pickets?!

ChillerKillerCroissant · 17/10/2020 19:46

Caravan of Love, Housemartins?

LittleEsme · 17/10/2020 19:46

Feel embarrassed suggesting that, but your tune is so familiar!

ChillerKillerCroissant · 17/10/2020 19:47

Flying Pickets would be Only You, Alison Moyet did it as well.

LittleEsme · 17/10/2020 19:47

Ooohh yes @ChillerKillerCroissant

EPea · 17/10/2020 19:47

Based n that voice recording... is it Only You? There's a version by the Flying Pickets and one by Yazoo.

Hoctober · 17/10/2020 19:48

Mad World (Tears for Fears)?

Cam2020 · 17/10/2020 19:51

Another vote for Only You

AngeloMysterioso · 17/10/2020 19:51

It’s not Only You, it’s slower... the bit I sang is the piano part, I think I got the tempo about right, the key might be slightly lower though. It’s got quite a moody feel to it.

OP posts:
AngeloMysterioso · 17/10/2020 19:52

I did wonder if it could be Tears for Fears but it’s not Mad World

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Pelleas · 17/10/2020 19:52

Life in a Northern town - Dream Academy?

SunniCameHomeWithAVengeance · 17/10/2020 19:58

I'm thinking life in a northern town too.

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