🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Frightened Rabbit

The Go! Team go mid-table:

Leaderboard
Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
A Tribe Called Quest 4.56
Kraftwerk 4.50
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Alice Coltrane 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
John Coltrane 4.37
Beastie Boys 4.36
Scott Walker 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
The Temptations 4.32
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Boards Of Canada 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Fugazi 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Johnny Cash 4.19
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Four Tet 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Pavement 4.12
The Four Tops 4.12
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Cocteau Twins 4.11
Orbital 4.11
Nick Drake 4.10
De La Soul 4.10
The Stooges 4.10
Jason Molina 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Yo La Tengo 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Slowdive 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Joanna Newsom 4.02
Mclusky 4.02
MF DOOM 4.01
Sufjan Stevens 4.01
The Knife 4.01
My Bloody Valentine 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
Sharon Van Etten 4.00
The Roots 4.00
New Order 3.99
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Wilco 3.97
Low 3.96
Robyn 3.96
Grandaddy 3.96
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
Sigur Rós 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Janelle Monáe 3.89
Frank Ocean 3.86
Spiritualized 3.85
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Deftones 3.84
Future Of The Left 3.84
Siouxsie & The Banshees 3.83
Underworld 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
At The Drive-In 3.82
Guided By Voices 3.82
Deerhunter 3.81
Fucked Up 3.80
Run-D.M.C. 3.78
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Trail Of Dead 3.76
Hüsker Dü 3.74
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
Nine Inch Nails 3.70
The Walkmen 3.70
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
M.I.A. 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Fiona Apple 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Solange 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Mercury Rev 3.63
Blur 3.61
The Magnetic Fields 3.61
N.W.A. 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
The Smiths 3.57
British Sea Power 3.56
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Eels 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Roxy Music 3.51
Daft Punk 3.50
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Jimmy Eat World 3.49
Explosions In The Sky 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Teenage Fanclub 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Bon Iver 3.43
Idlewild 3.42
The Fall 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
Big Thief 3.39
The Postal Service 3.38
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
The Go! Team 3.36
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
Dr. Dre 3.32
Hole 3.31
Squarepusher 3.31
Iggy Pop 3.31
The Decemberists 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Vampire Weekend 3.26
Doves 3.26
Death Cab For Cutie 3.24
Laura Marling 3.24
James Brown 3.23
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
The Streets 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Pearl Jam 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Goldfrapp 3.14
Gorillaz 3.13
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Lana Del Rey 3.11
Los Campesinos! 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Animal Collective 3.07
Iron Maiden 3.06
Placebo 3.06
The Charlatans 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Divine Comedy 3.04
Everything Everything 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
System Of A Down 3.02
AC/DC 3.00
The Bee Gees 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Grimes 2.96
Garbage 2.96
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
The Mars Volta 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Tool 2.88
The Coral 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
Foals 2.76
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Miley Cyrus 2.73
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
The Verve 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Faithless 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
My Chemical Romance 2.54
Justin Timberlake 2.52
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Meat Loaf 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Cher 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Jamie T 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
IDLES 2.29
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Katy Perry 2.18
Bon Jovi 2.11
No Doubt 2.10
Christina Aguilera 2.09
The Offspring 2.08
Moby 2.06
Adele 2.05
Aerosmith 2.03
Drake 2.02
Kings Of Leon 2.01
The Libertines 1.99
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Eagles 1.86
The Spice Girls 1.81
Stereophonics 1.74
KISS 1.73
Kasabian 1.57
Ed Sheeran 1.29

Today then;

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  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

0 voters

  • Sing The Greys
  • The Midnight Organ Fight
  • The Winter Of Mixed Drinks
  • Pedestrian Verse
  • Painting Of A Panic Attack

0 voters

  • Be Less Rude
  • The Greys
  • It’s Christmas So We’ll Stop
  • Heads Roll Off
  • Fast Blood
  • I Feel Better
  • Swim Until You Can’t See Land
  • Nothing Like You
  • Living In Colour
  • The Loneliness And The Scream
  • State Hospital
  • The Woodpile
  • Backyard Skulls
  • Architect
  • Norland Wind
  • Late March Death March
  • Get Out
  • Woke Up Hurting
  • Roadless

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Don’t know all their stuff but Head Rolls Off hits me every time. Knowing what happened to Scott and hearing him sing “while Im alive i’ll make tiny changes to earth” is so emotive

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Absolutely tremendous. Think they’ll get a kicking from a few here but I think that’s a bit daft - not every serious man with a guitar has nothing to say.

Can remember someone on here comparing them to snow patrol and, to me that’s wild.

Shout out to the Owl John album too which took a while to click and is not a happy listen but has some really affecting songs.

Some great lyrics, a full throated voice and a genuine character.

So tragic.

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A band I really really loved who only released one great album. Always wanted to love their other stuff more than I ever did, but great live, midnight organ fight is an all timer and Scott always seemed like a really good guy.

4 on balance. Still really sad thinking about them, hearing them etc.

9 Likes

Only really connected with Midnight Organ Fight but what a remarkable, relatable record that is.

5 Likes

I was super late to them. Dismissed them initially as just another indie band. I was wrong. Fantastic lyricism, really tuneful. Midnight Organ Fight is their obvious highlight, but I have a lot of time for Painting Of A Panic Attack, and would argue “I Wish I Was Sober” is their best song. A solid 4.

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Should be a 5/5 for Midnight Organ Fight alone tbh. Never hit the heights of that album again, but they are decent albums. Incredibly relatable, emotional songwriting.

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Pretty much exactly this, but my word, what an album. Pretty tough to listen to in places though when you realise a lot of it was effectively a long suicide note.

Scott’s death really affected me, as it did many others. I was actually in Glasgow at the time, it was the same weekend I had to return to the UK from Berlin with my tail between my legs, and there was a palpable sense of concern from a lot of people in the city who knew him or at the very least had a strong love for him/them tinged with an even worse realisation that when the news broke that he was missing he had finally done what he had written about on songs like ‘Floating On The Forth’ or ‘Swim Until You Can’t See Land’.

By the time it was confirmed I was back in London, and I remember listening to Midnight Organ Fight while walking around Nunhead Cemetery (so goth) as my own personal little tribute, and it was a nice cathartic experience, but I don’t think it really hit me at the time, as I was still figuring out what the hell I was going to to do with my life now I was back in the UK.

It was until a few months later when I had settled down a bit into a job back in London, where a colleague and now good friend - who is also a fan and has similar English/Scottish mixed background as me - and I were having a couple beers after an extremely long and demanding shift as it had been an event, and someone, I can’t remember who, maybe even me and I just underestimated it, got absolutely floored when ‘Swim Until You Can’t See Land’ played. I hadn’t heard that song since Scott’s passing and now, this, this was the moment everything came roaring out of me - a combination of my sadness about Scott’s death but also I think it was the when everything that happened to me in the past year or so caught up to me. We weeped together while we danced to the polka rhythm of that incredibly moving song.

It happened again when I saw The Twilight Sad cover ‘Keep Yourself Warm’ on their last tour too, again, during a period of personal change for me, seeing the band’s brothers in arms who had found success together around the same time play a blistering rendition of one of their fallen comrade’s best songs completely destroyed me, and clearly not just me, as when they transitioned to And She Would Darken The Memory and blew up their amps.

One of my favourite shows of all time was the only time I saw Frightened Rabbit, a Christmas show in Glasgow, 2009, which was effectively a victory lap and homecoming after the amazing success of Midnight Organ Fight and it felt like a massive Xmas party for the music scene of the city. There felt like such a deep connection between the band and the crowd who were palpably excited for it, singing along to every word. It was a special night and one of the few rare times I actually felt somewhat Christmassy, given I don’t really celebrate it.

S/o to Mastersystem being such a brilliant album though, even that is obviously also tinged with sadness being the last thing Scott put out.

Maybe some more thoughts later, might even change my score to a 5

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Midnight Organ Fight is an incredible album, it’s just a shame nothing else matched it for me. I’ve not actually listened to anything past A Winter For Mixed Drinks as I was pretty disappointed by that one after MOF. I only saw them live once at a criminally under attended show at The Brudenell, there can’t have been more than 50 people there which mystified me then and now.

A strong 4.

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Never been as moved by an artist’s death as much as I was by Scott’s. He seemed so relatable, both through his songs and the person he was on stage. He had a beautiful way of expressing the conflict that I imagine a lot of people (particularly straight white men?) in their 20s and 30s feel of trying to be good but also knowing they’ve done some shitty things in their time.

Midnight Organ Fight is worth 5 alone. But Pedestrian Verse runs it really close.

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Oh another funny memory, the one time I visited New York in 2011, my partner and I were in Times Square and needed to use the bathroom, so we ducked into the Hard Rock Cafe. To our great amusement while we were in there, they played ‘Swim Until You Can’t See Land’ as was their big single at the time and felt like “wow maybe they’re going to get really big.” It’s funny because I kind of clocked out on the later albums but I think they did actually get quite big in the States for a bit there right?

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5 from me.

Didnt really get into them until Mixed Drinks. So thats the one for me. The step up from Sing the Greys to Organ Fight is quite something.

Been listening to live stuff recently as have listened to the albums too much.

Will also recommend the Owl John record.

Remember being at the Natural History Museum when i found Scott had died and sitting in their garden and crying.

I will say I cant stand Old Old Fashioned

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Two fantastic covers…

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Ooh one last thing and then I really need to get ready and go to work but I met Scott once at the craft beer bottle shop I used to work in in Glasgow. He was in with his partner and we had a nice chat about Mikkeller and The National’s upcoming HAVEN festival the following summer and how good it sounded/looked as a meeting of great beer and music. I have no idea if he went in the end but I’d like to think he visited and had a nice time catching up with people and enjoying some amazing beers :slightly_smiling_face:

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It’s very hard to separate the music from the awful events around the end of the band. While I have nothing but compassion and empathy for everyone involved I have to say the records never spoke to me like they did others. I liked the Mastersyatem album a lot, but the core FR catalogue isn’t for me I think.

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That covers album is genuinely brilliant, think this one is my favourite

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Midnight organ flight came out just around the time i split with a girl i’d been seeing for 5 years and the record hit me like a tonne of bricks, still one of my favourite records.
For me the rest of their output didn’t get near the quality of that record although plenty of brilliant tracks throughout their back catalogue.
Saw them live quite a few times including a couple of ties at sxsw where we ended up out on the randan with the band, such lovely fellows.
Absolutely brilliant live, always such a great sing song.

Scott’s death hit me pretty hard, mainly because i know so many people that were very close with him or the band and it was just devastating. I find it really quite hard to listen to them now and not end up with tears in my eyes. 4

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I’ve never actually listened to them. From their name I always thought they would be a bit twee. It sounds like they may be an album band but anyone recommend a few songs for me to have an introductory listen?