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Songs For The Daily Planet


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  • Audio CD (October 11, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MCA
  • ASIN: B000002OSR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,160 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. My Generation(Part 2)
2. Easy Money
3. That Was Me
4. This Land Is Our Land
5. Alright Guy
6. I Spoke As A Child
7. Turn It Up
8. Trouble
9. Alot More
10. You Think You Know Somebody
11. Somebody's Coming
12. Joes Blues

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Todd Snider ~ Songs For The Daily Planet

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Todd's unique style transcends a variety of music styles.
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Snider is pretty far from the music that I normally listen to, but they guy is a really really talented singer / songwriter and I have really grown to love his stuff.
Steven Sly
Stolen Moments will do just fine as your first john album, but always keep todd snider in your cd player.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By The Orange Duke on August 6, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Alt country madman Todd Snider has been strangely ignored by the musical mainstream. I first heard of him when the excellent, biting `Alright Guy' got some alternative airplay. I took me just one listen to know that Snider was for me. Of course, `Alright Guy' is positively gushy compared the venomous minor hit `Talking Seattle Grunge-Rock Blues' a Dylanesque send up of Grunge-mania. His more traditionally country tune was even covered by the more traditionally country Mark Chesnutt. Needless to say, Snider has songwriting chops comparable to guys like Nick Lowe, Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello. Genrewise he is in the alt country zone populated by Joe Buck, Tommy Womack and Webb Wilder. For pathos, check out his mournful `That Was Me' or the stirring, affecting `You Think You Know Somebody'. For pulse pounding, uplifting tunes try `A Whole Lot More' or `Somebody's Coming'. It's hard to overrate Snide; every track here is a memorable sing along gem. Pity that witty roots rockers are so out of fashion.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Rubendall HALL OF FAME on October 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Todd Snider is an excellent songwriter, as he proves with "Songs for the Daily Planet." He's confident enough in his abiility to hide the album's best song, "The Band that Wouldn't Play," after the last listed track is completed. This witty parody of the Seattle grunge rock scene actually managed to gain Snider airtime on alternative rock stations despite the fact that he is at heart a country artist.
Of the rest of the material, the highlights have to be the very amusing "Alright Guy," the Who-referenced generational effacing putdown "My Generation (Part Two)" and the confessional "That Was Me." Snider's natually wicked sense of humor enlivens the best tracks, and is somewhat reminiscent of John Prine at his best. Only when he gets political, like on "This Land is Our Land," does his music sound forced.
Overall, a catchy and amusing album from a quirky artist who neatly straddles the line between rock and country.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alexander C. Meske on April 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
For anybody who wishes to buy a Todd Snider CD, this is the place to start. With tunes such as "Seattle Grunge Rock Blues", "My Generation, Part 2" and "Alright Guy", this album provides several must-have's for the Todd Snider fan. Alternately thoughtful, witty, and hilarious, but always entertaining, this album was the very exciting start for a man who would become something of a cult hero. Be warned: if you listen to this album, you are going to want to hear more.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By William E. Adams on September 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Two nights ago I drove 220 miles round trip to see Todd play for only 70 minutes in a bar. It was worth it, and I knew it would be, because I've been a fan now for five years, since accidentally seeing him on Austin City Limits performing "Seattle Grunge Rock Blues", the bonus track on this album. I bought this CD a few days after that telecast, and I must have listened to it l00 times. It is my favorite of his four releases, followed by "Happy to be Here" and "Step Right Up." I felt "Viva Satellite" didn't really work, but others like it best. Takes all kinds, I guess. I'm 57, an old folkie fan who dates back to Kingston Trio, Pete Seeger and Cisco Houston releases in the late'50's and 60's. I went on to love Jimmy Buffet, Harry Chapin, and many more. Todd is worthy of that company, and is yet not a clone of any of them. He has a voice that can be beautiful, but he doesn't always use it to sound "beautiful." He is a strong guitar player, but he doesn't linger on the instrument. He just writes such damn good songs that make you think, and feel, and laugh, and sometimes want to cry. "My Generation" and "That Was Me" and "This Land is Our Land" and "Alright Guy" and "I Spoke As A Child" are worth the purchase price all by themselves, but you also get "Trouble" and "A Lot More" and "You Think You Know Somebody" and "Somebody's Coming" and "Seattle Grunge Rock Blues." That group is almost worth $... alone. For my taste, "Easy Money" and "Turn It Up" and "Joe's Blues" are the weakest links on the disc, and yet, they don't suck either. Todd made this record in l994, and here in 200l I saw him perform for $... in a bar with only l50 people listening. I don't know what's wrong with our country, but that statement is a sure sign that something is amiss...he has talent, and heart, and humor.Read more ›
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jason Warfel on January 31, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This CD is amazing. In my opinion Todd Snider is truly the most gifted singer/songwriter of the nineties. Who else compares? A great performer/artist in the vein of Jimmy Buffett, Jerry Jeff Walker and John Prine. If you don't own this CD then you're missing a great piece of music. And what about those Nervous Wrecks? GREAT band! If you ever get the chance to see Todd live (especially solo/acoustic) don't pass it up. I guarantee you won't be dissapointed. Todd's a born entertainer!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James Carragher on October 2, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Context: the first Todd Snider album I heard was Happy to Be Here from 2000. I thought "how come this guy isn't more widely known?" while listening -- in twelve or thirteen tracks -- to some rock, some blues, some melancholy, and among all that several gems, most particularly, D.B. Cooper. Sardonic, as tough on himself as on easy target others in his music, he reminded me of Randy Newman and, most especially, John Prine. Now Songs for the Daily Planet comes across my scope, bringing with it some partial answer to my question, for Snider was in the same place six years ago -- uptempo My Generation skewers, well, his generation. Easy Money is a bluesy account of trying to get what you haven't earned. That Was Me, a bit of self-pity in a road song. Turn It Up, life's bad, play the music loud, and the classic on this CD, You Think You Know Somebody, a far more effective take on child abuse than Luka whose royalties are still paying Suzanne Vega's rent. I heard these songs after I heard Happy to Be Here so they seem faintly derivative. But of course it's the other way round and overall, this is a slightly better collection than Happy to Be Here, but D.B. Cooper is still the pick hit for me.
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