Hello, I'm Yaniv and welcome to my workshop!
You can now find all the songs I've ever released (or collaborated on) in a neat, ever-grown Spotify playlist!
New releases are on top, and below you'll find all the songs I've done neatly organized for your enjoyment
Guitar by HighFlyingBirds, thanks!
One of the standouts on a standout album, and certainly one of the most English songs on this very English album. "This is a Low" is one of Blur's most beloved tunes. It's been a mainstay in the band's repertoire and history; frequently a concert climax, closing among others their legendary 1995 Mile End show; voted by fans to be included in Glastnbury Anthems DVD; Was the only non-single to be included in their "Best of Blur" compilation. It also featured very heavily in their reunion, performed in their first show at NME awards, in the Brits awards, closing the main set in their legendary Glastonbury 2009 concert, as well as both live DVDs released since, "All the People" and "Parklive" (documenting Hyde Park performances in 2009 and 2012 respectively). It was described by critic Rob Harris as a "key masterstroke" and "close to perfection".
Musically, it's an epic ballad, with a rousing chorus and epic guitars all over. There's a guitar solo - two solos at once, in fact - and it's a classic anthem. Musically, it's extremely British - The song's lyrics reference a low-pressure area of weather hitting Britain. The lyrics are based on the Shipping Forecast, with references made to the various areas in England, such as Biscay, Thames, Dogger, Tyne, Forth, Cromarty, Forties, Blackpool and Malin - all in two verses, which is pretty impressive!
Thanks HighFlyingBirds for charting guitar, drums and helping with bass!
"And it looks like we might have made it, looks like we've made it to the end..."
A fitting tune for my last Chart-a-thon song! "To the End" was the second single from the "Parklife" album, and another one of Blur's signature tunes. It features Stereolab member Lætitia Sadier with some French spoken words, and an entire orchestral arrangement (charted here to keys). It's a beautiful, epic, ballad with a rousing chorus by Damon Albarn, and it's one of the band's most emotional songs. Lyrically, it takes a break from the English themes and focuses on a relationship falling apart, reminicisng on the good times while documenting the bitter end. "Been drinking far too much, neither of us means what we say". There's also another version on the song, sang fully in French, but here is the English original. Hope you like it!
Another huge project finally out there. Thanks ejthedj and AJFOne23!
An all time punk classic, this is the debut single of Northern-Irish punk band The Undertones. Ever since it's release, it became a hugely popular song, a lot of it thanks to legendary radio broadcaster John Peel. Peel loved that song so much, he awarded it 28 stars on the scale of 1 to 5 (which he otherwise never broke). He played it twice in a row in his show - another thing he's never done before or since - with the explanation that "it doesn't get any better than this". And eventually, he asked for the opening line of the song - "Teenage dreams so hard to beat" - to be engraved on his tombstone, which it was.
The EP was supposed to be the band's swan song, as they were on the verge of breaking up - but the huge success kept them together up until 1983, and they made 4 full-length albums. True classic right here.
Thanks HighFlyingBirds and MrPrezident!
When "The Whole of the Moon" was released, it wasn't initially a big success. But gradually it worked itself to a legendary status, and now it's not only The Waterboys best known song, it's a huge classic - covered by everyone from Prince, to the Killers and Fiona Apple (whose version appears in the show "The Affair").
The Waterboys are a very interesting band, with a sound that ranges from Celtic-tinged folk-rock to widescreen alternative anthems - this song definitely belongs to the latter category. An epic song inspired by Prince (who ended up covering it), "The Whole of the Moon" mixes a classic but not cheesy 80's sound, with trumpets, saxophone and musical layers. Nobody's really sure who it was written about - Songwriter Mike Scott said "It's not a specific person. It's more a type. The point of the song was to illustrate how much more there could be to learn than we had ever guessed. And so, I used that format of songwriting, as if addressing a more knowledgeable or wise being", but later said it "might be" about Jimi Hendrix or Syd Barrett, so who knows?
Anyway, it's a classic song and an absolute blast to play in RB. So have fun with it!
Now out - Neil Young 8-pack!
It's been a huge project for me so it's great to get it out there. Thanks Banshee, HighFlyingBirds and SpinDoctor for assisting. Hope you like it!
Completing "Disintegration" by the Cure project - FULL ALBUM AND POST HERE!
So, after previously charting "My Kind of Woman" and "Freaking Out the Neighborhood" from his "2" album, it's time for more Mac - and this time we'll move to the next album, "Salad Days"!
"Let Her Go" (which, by the way, is completely unrelated to the Passenger hit) is one of the highlights of this record. Mac pleads and advice with a friend not to mislead his girlfriend - "Tell here that you love her, if you really love her/But if your heart just ain't sure, let her go". Musically, it has everything we know and love from Mac - great guitar lines all over, funky bass, some grooving drums and his great melodies. It's another one of those catchy, fun and beautiful songs Mac is known for.
"Alone Again (Naturally)" is a special song. It's one of those touching songs that means so much to so many people around the world. It tells a rather sad tale of a lonely, suicidal man being left at the altar and then telling the listener about the death of his parents. The lyrics are absolutely simple, direct and heartbreaking, and musically, this is one of the most beautiful songs I know. It is - quite surprisingly maybe - not autobiographical, as in fact O'Sullivan's mother was alive when he wrote this song, and he barely knew his real father, who also mistreated his mother. But despite that, this song have touched millions around the world, and it's a privilege to bring it to Rock Band.
It was also a big commercial success - the single spent six weeks, non-consecutively, at No. 1 on the United States Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Billboard ranked it as the No. 2 song for 1972. In Casey Kasem's American Top 40 of the 1970s, it ranked as the fifth most-popular song of the entier decade. And it's been known as a classic ever since. Even if you don't recognize the title, give it a listen - you probably know it.
It's also amazing to play in rock band - maybe surprisingly for such a sad song. It features amazing - absolutely amazing - classical guitar playing by Big Jim Sullivan, a little legend in his own right who played with Donovan, Cliff Richard, Tom Jones and many others. The arpeggios all through the song are beautiful and challenging, and the guitar solo is amazing. The chord progression is surprising and beautiful and you'll love playing it on keys - with a bit of french horn and strings thrown in too. Bass and drums are basic but solid. Just watch the video preview here (thanks MrPrezident for the preview video!).
It was a pleasure to chart it!
"Out of My Head" is a classic 90's ballad from Fastball (also known for "The Way"). The second single from their 1998 album "All the Pain Money Can Buy", it's a full-band piano ballad with some gospel influence and some creative drumming. The song has a rather unusual structure - starts with a traditional verse-chorus, but there's never a second verse. Instead, there's a beautiful guitar solo and than a repeat of that infectious, brilliant chorus.
In 2016, Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello has adapted the chorus of this song for a pop hit named "Bad Things", with the line "I never wanna do bad things to you", changed to a sexualized "I only want to do bad things to you". I'm slightly embarrassed to admit that's how I discovered the song - but I liked the chorus a lot, which led me to dig up this beautiful original. Hope you like it!
And this time a super-team of dedicated charters - FujiSkunk, drummerockband and myself - have teamed up to bring you an absolute all-time classic that was somehow missing from our DB. We're proud to present:
One of the biggest hit singles of their career, "Your Love Alone Is Not Enough" is a rousing, catch duet between lead singer James Dean Bradfield and Nina Persson of The Cardigans. It's fun, catchy, a blast to play on every instrument, and ideally sung with a partner!
This song also references a fair share of classic rock hits:
The Verve are one of those great Britpop 90's bands. And "Urban Hymns" - which kicks off with the huge hit "Bitter Sweet Symphony" - is up there with "Different Class" "Parklife" "Dog Man Star" and "Definitely Maybe" as the great Britpop albums.
"The Drugs Don't Work" was the second single from that album, and it's a big one. It debuted ,at number one on the UK Singles Chart, ranked number seven on Channel 4's list of the 100 Greatest #1 Singles, and chosen by NME as number 78 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years" in 2011.
A sad and beautiful ballad, that might actually be about drug abuse, or might refer to the death of a sick relative, the song received a different meaning when it was - coincidentally - released a day after Princess Diana has died.
Despite the sad nature of this song, it's actually great top play in Rock Band. Drums alternate between a disco beat and regular beats and end with a beautiful repeating pattern, guitar plays all sort of lead-slide parts through the song, in keys you get to play a whole strings arrangement, and vocals, goes without saying, are brilliant and emotional.
If you haven't already, I highly recommend reading the original thread to enjoy the full Primavera experience:
Once again, many thanks to everyone who was involved!
For your convenience, I've collected all the full band songs I was involved in, to one simple list with direct download links:
Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels). Collab with egead
Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #3 (Power Out). Collab with MrBurpler
Arcade Fire - No Cars Go. Collab with Kamtoch
Arcade Fire - Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains). Collab with MrBurpler
Arcade Fire - Wake Up. Collab with Kamtoch
Arctic Monkeys - Cornerstone. Collab with HighFlyingBirds
Arctic Monkeys - Fire and the Thud. Collab with HighFlyingBirds
Arctic Monkeys - If You Found This It's Probably Too Late. Collab with HighFlyingBirds
Blur - This is a Low. Collab with HighFlyingBirds
Blur - To the End. Collab with HighFlyingBirds
Bruce Springsteen – Badlands. Collab with Spindoctor and MrBurpler.
Bruce Springsteen - Backstreets - collab with ejthedj.
Bruce Springsteen - Candy's Room - collab with ejthedj.
Bruce Springsteen - Growin' Up - collab with AJFOne23
Bruce Springsteen - Incident on 57th Street - collab with AJFOne23
Bruce Springsteen - She's the One - collab with ejthedj.
Bruce Springsteen - Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out - collab with ejthedj.
Bruce Springsteen – The River. Collab with bsbloom.
Bruce Springsteen – Thunder Road - collab with ejthedj.
Commodores - Easy. collab with FujiSkunk and drummerockband
David Bowie - Always Crashing in the Same Car. Collab with MrPrezident and HighFlyingBirds
David Bowie - Be My Wife. Collab with HighFlyingBirds
David Bowie - Blackstar. collab with CUTstudi0s.
David Bowie - Five Years. Collab with MrPrezident
David Bowie - "Heroes". collab with ejthedj.
David Bowie – Sound and Vision. Collab with Grubextrapolate and Jimi369
David Bowie - Soul Love (custom by MrPrezident, I did drums)
David Bowie - Speed of Life. Collab with HighFlyingBirds
Neil Young - Heart of Gold. Collab with SpinDoctor and Sideshow
Neil Young - Winterlong. Collab with Mr Prezident
Suede - So Young (with theSheepQueen)
Bruce Springsteen - 19
The National - 15
Neil Young, David Bowie - 14
Suede - 11
The Dismemberment Plan - 10
Arcade Fire, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Cure - 9
The Replacements, Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney, Wilco, Pulp, Pavement, Manic Street Preachers - 5
PJ Harvey - 4
Mac DeMarco, Arctic Monkeys, Blur - 3
Tom Waits, John Grant, The Last Shadow Puppets, The Walkmen - 2
Plus singles from 38 different artists.
Overall: 204 songs, and counting!
If you're interested in full write-ups, visualizers and the rest, it's all in here:
Thank you for reading, and stay tuned for more!