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14 Tracks Reviewed
33 Comments Posted
Yays: 0  Boos: 4
Critic Score 1/10
Joined: 2/8/2007
Band: The Size Queens

Average Rating: 4 stars

Web Site: 
Western Slide - Closing Scene
the_size_queens [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
sounds great.
Love Song
the_size_queens [3/15/2007 12:29:15 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4 stars
Hey , lovely voice.
See Me Sigh
the_size_queens [3/15/2007 11:28:02 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
OK schmucks -- I really do love the song, and really do think it deserves the stars I gave it. So eat me if you think otherwise. It's got hooks. That guitar reminds me of Television -- and for the record, it comes in under 5 minutes, as though I sit with a timer when I listen to music. This band rocks, has always rocked, and I luv em.
I was right you were wrong
the_size_queens [3/9/2007 12:55:55 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4.5 stars
I think this song has a great psych-folk vibe that reminds me of Davendra Banhart, and oddly enough, The Kinks. I really like what you guys are up to, and that odd bend in the guitar playing.
the_size_queens [3/9/2007 12:47:38 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4.5 stars
Something wonderfully mysterious about this track-- I love the guitar sounds and harmonies, and the fact that it courts stasis without losing its intensity. Nice lyrics, too. It reminds me of songs from The Mekons "Devil Rats and Piggies" LP -- a personal favorite. Thumbs up to this one --
No Hooks (Supermodel)
the_size_queens [3/8/2007 11:27:25 PM EST]
Score: -8
Dear Stairwellsongs,
you will not find any commentary by me suggesting that this song has any literary brilliance. What you will find are a series of attacks by "reviewers" who assume that a) we're ironic and without feeling b) pretentious and elitist C) that we've brought our friends over to earn stars (as though we were in competition with every band on this site, and some great prize were at the end of this experiment) d) that we don't accept peace offerings e) other miscellaneous diatribes regarding our proficiency as musicians, our lack of production, our failure to satisfy, and our overall need to compensate for these terrible failures by writing comments in response to your neutral reviewers. Let me dispel, one last time, the idea that we're over-sensitive to criticism. I think I've stated that everyone is entitled to liking or not liking the song. What I do respond to is people who judge the song based-- really --upon the comments that people made prior to their posting, as you have done. I think a good example of this comes from wordgirl herself:
"Pretentious as hell. We are not idiots here--not all of us anyway...Something is wrong with being so into avant-guarde crap that you forget music is supposed to move people...People who are listening should be able to "get it" without Daniel Webster and his ten thousand closest friends logging on with their explanations of what the song is about and how we should all be feeling about it...The song should do that by itself! This doesn't come close to moving me. Only one opinion, of course...Can't wait to see how many big-word-tossing troops are sent out to punish me for speaking my mind! (Ever thought of having a book club? You guys could all get together to impress the $#%! out of one another! I tingle at the mere thought!"
Now, I don't claim to know wordgirl, as many of you do, but I do know an aggressive "review" when I read it. It seemed to me to lack any real relevance to the song, which has no difficult words or concepts, and is meant, in fact, to be fun-- although sad, in the sense that it was inspired by the musician and former-frontperson for the Velvets, Nico. Another funny thing I notice about RedFizz is how comments are scored. Every attack on the band gets the gang in a flurry of support (Your +25 score is indicative of the overall trend), while every attempt to offer even a reasoned response to specific attacks made by us wins us nothing but disapproval. Again, I don't think you're all playing fair here. I also find it strange that wordgirl, offering to sell her book for $10.00 was supposed to have been taken as a peaace offering. I urge you to read that comment and explain how my response was somehow inappropriate; I had not meant any offense, but can't control how things will be interpreted. The fact is, Stairwellsongs, I think The Size Queens have been good sports, only violating the oaths of respectability in a couple of posts in which I will duly take credit for expressing anger-- the meatmachineII comments were perhaps mean-spirited, and I did apologize, and I think it only fair to bury the hatchet. They're probably nice guys, and wordgirl, we probably would have plenty in common if we weren't in this forum, which has become a bit of a vicious chariot race. But I'm not interested in duking it out, but putting this to rest. If, Stairwellsongs, you think your comment was written as earnest probing, I have to ask you why this --I expect it was a word--#@&%!ing appears twice, and you end your commentary, rhetorically, with the lines: "You know what I always say: if there's one thing that's sorely lacking in today's indie rock, it's distanced, over-intellectualized irony. Thanks for making us all smarter. On the other hand, I can't hear all the lyrics clearly. Maybe there's some unbelievable literary genius that I'm missing. Enlighten me." No, I don't believe you're asking for any enlightenment by me or anyone else. This was your way of repeating the same sentiment we've seen throughout this thread: sit down, get humble, roll over, and learn from us for awhile. But what's to learn? Has this point not been made, again and again? I have tried, in our myspace blogs, to explain why I don't think The Size Queens need to comply just because some would prefer we take abuse lightly. You will notice many people in this thread who simply expressed an opinion and did not incur a response. To each his/her own. And we'll continue to do what we do in the hopes that some may grow fonder of the song, and those who don't, will find other artists here they do enjoy. Best, TSQ
the_size_queens [3/8/2007 1:53:08 AM EST]
Score: -10
You must admit, Minor Characters is quite a portrait of the times. I'm sad to hear that you're selling it off. But perhaps it's time. Ebay or amazon are probably better sites for selling it, though. But I must correct you -- its not Leslie who feels for her cat, but the narrator of American Genius, Helen, who does...
the_size_queens [3/6/2007 5:39:11 PM EST]
Score: +3
My apologies to those who've felt so alienated by my postings. I vowed I wouldn't write a peep, and here I've gone on. Even I can get a good laugh out of this. I swear -- TSQ NEVER said our songs were smart, or those who didn't like it were dumb. I was only railing against the idea that was started early in the comments that we were, basically, bookish snots. The moment we started getting 5 stars, people came after us with attacks on reviews of the song that they thought were too heady. Maybe we cater to an academic crowd. It's not necessarily our intention. I thought the song was funny and sad in a way, but I never thought it Shakespeare or even Morrissey--and we had every intention to make it imperfect, so those comments didn't excite me. I will cease and desist any further attacks on redfizz -- and by the way, I've reviewed a few songs since posting --- My last words: if bookish people like the song, I'm happy. I'm standing up only for those who've been beaten down by playground bullies.
the_size_queens [3/6/2007 4:47:44 PM EST]
Score: -3
Haha -- and singmetohell is meatball. You guys are a taunting cabal. A bunch of banshees, drumming up #@&%! because you ultimately like the fact that I won't rest until I've nailed you all.
the_size_queens [3/6/2007 4:45:45 PM EST]
Score: -13
First off, I'm talking solely about meatmachineII -- OK -- not meatball. But why would you think I shouldn't blaze when you come at this song like it's a personal affront to you? Many people have said what they thought--plenty of negatives-- and haven't had any "blazing" from me. The truth is, you opened up with a wisecrack and couldn't take the heat. Yeah, everyone gets their say, but the band isn't muzzled. Nor should it be. If I were in conversation with a musician I respected, I can assure you, I wouldn't dismiss him or her, but frankly, your myspace page, which does have the song posted and playing, shows that you can use a little tunesmanship yerself. Nuff? Finally, it's a true cunundrum that musicians--ultimately performers--are asked to put themselves out there, but do it humbly. You throw a knife at me; I throw it back. I'd suggest that when you go after someone so aggressively, they shouldn't sit on their hands -- I don't think that's hubris. I think it shows that someone really is on the other side of this communication, an easy thing to forget. I write book reviews, and I can tell you, I've never written a bad review, never torn apart a book based on my "feelings" or the fact that it took me longer than five minutes to read, or that the ideas were daunting. I write reviews, generally, about what I like, since I believe that reviews should take the work on its merits. Others have different aims, but it's not too much to ask that someone listen to a song without commenting on the comments that preceded it, and to bring SOME thought to the work that hasn't already been written here a thousand times. We're actually nice folks (the rest of the band are a hell of a lot nicer than me), but if you walked up to someone screaming at them, you might not find them agreeable either.
the_size_queens [3/6/2007 4:11:41 PM EST]
Score: -25
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115 Tracks Reviewed
181 Comments Posted
Yays: 4 Boos: 0
Critic Score 3/10
Joined: 12/5/2006
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Humility is so boring. And your song is posted on redfizz -- idiot --just search under "fat girl cookies". Or maybe you quit the band -- out of shame -- and just forgot to change the links.
Finally, I finished with RedFizz after blogging about the site on my own website. It's RedFizz associated people who keep opening up the issue. I frankly don't care about your opinions weeks after the song was posted--they're yours--but I'm also not in the game of taking blows from people afraid to take responsibility for the music they make, or the accusations they post about The Size Queens or our fans. You're initial comment didn't demonstrate the respect you're now asking for -- so don't blame me for the tenor of our "discussion."
the_size_queens [3/6/2007 1:26:41 PM EST]
Score: -4
Oh meatball, using your OTHER identity, or god forbid, other band member to stuff the ballot box. Get off. Grow up. Start READING. And yes, I looked at the enormous success of meatmachine II's endless submissions. Good work boys. Songs about fat girls on acoustic guitars are just a real party and an indication of a talent we've long been missing. You're pathetic. Look it up.
the_size_queens [3/6/2007 1:11:58 PM EST]
Score: -24
Dear Meathead-- I mean machine -- you're exactly the person who thinks they're reviewing something, but reveals themselves to be part of that anti-thinking culture I'm personally not interested in. Now you and your friends at Redfizzz have had your time to share your twaddle--under the sad assumption that you're somehow providing the band awareness of something, or better yet, guiding them toward improvement (ho hum, blah, blah) -- but in fact, you should be writing coherent letters to your congressmen rather than this snot-nosed attack on what you assume is too uppity, too smart, and frankly, too beyond your clumsy-witted capacities. We've heard the voice of America, and smelled its Burger King breath, and DUDE -- you take the crown. So why don't you get off your computer and read the thesaurus, dictionary and encyclopedia, or go back to your meaningless job, wave your flag, dole out more of your garbage on this site, and expect everyone to sit back and take it? After all, with all your successful songs, and with your musical stature (you must be one of those people who uses the word "chops") , why wouldn't we be happy to have you dump on us? If any of the two syllable words here disturbed you (I really tried to keep this at your level), it may not be just that you're brain-damaged, but that you need a set of dentures to articulate them, and our next show may be a fundraiser for you. Then again, who cares whether anyone understands you or not. You're just another typical, fearful, aggressive doormouse who thinks the blogosphere is a place where you really get to speak your mind. Well, welcome to mine. It's nice getting comments, isn't it?
All I've Got Left To Say
the_size_queens [3/3/2007 9:55:31 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4.5 stars
I think you're all anti-semites. What's wrong with a little au jus? Just because this band is a trotsky-ite enterprise, there is no reason for missing their generous aims of one day feeding the world.
the_size_queens [3/2/2007 11:13:56 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
Throuh and through a great song --- such mutable, musical moments. "I'm one of the lucky people" -- has a kind of terrible irony, and yet, it's not irony. Reminds me of old Mekons or Swell Maps. If anything, you could bring the playing and production values down, but certainly, the song is great as is.