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    Default Does the band Train have a problem with cologne?

    I was listening to a Train song today called "If it's Love". One of the lyrics actually says "I wanna buy ya everything except cologne 'cause it's poison". What does the band Train have against fragrance? Perhaps a personal attack against Adam Levine, since he has his own fragrance and is also the face of YSL Y, or is it just a senseless line that somebody thought sounded cool as a lyric?

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    Default Re: Does the band Train have a problem with cologne?

    Ask the band! (btw: could be a nice subject for a thread 'Perfume names in popsongs' like this: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/251...in-Song-Lyrics )
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    Default Re: Does the band Train have a problem with cologne?

    That song is from a decade ago.

    Technically speaking, the line about poison is true. Perfumer's alcohol is denatured alcohol, meaning it intentionally uses additives to make it be not drinkable (in order to avoid the taxes etc placed on alcohol). Everclear is more pure than perfumer's alcohol.

    Quote Originally Posted by BradW View Post
    What does the band Train have against fragrance? Perhaps a personal attack against Adam Levine, since he has his own fragrance and is also the face of YSL Y
    Only if the guys from Train have a time machine, since the song is a decade old. And if they do have a time machine... holy moly, I need them to buy me sone Bitcoin at 2009 prices! Man, that'd be sweeeeeeeeeet!

    EDITED to add: After reading cheapimitation's comment below, I got curious about whether or not Pat Monahan was writing a pun on Dior's Poison. That hadn't occurred to me, so I did a search.

    Google returned this:

    In a 2010 interview, Monahan explained the lyric "I wanna buy you everything except cologne, 'cause it's poison."

    "Have you ever been in an elevator with a lady who just got done perfuming? If you have, you won't wonder why I wrote it."
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    Default Re: Does the band Train have a problem with cologne?

    I think it's a bad pun because there is a perfume called poison, but I wouldn't lose sleep thinking too hard about a Train lyric!

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    Quote Originally Posted by L'Homme Blanc Individuel View Post
    That song is from a decade ago.

    Technically speaking, the line about poison is true. Perfumer's alcohol is denatured alcohol, meaning it intentionally uses additives to make it be not drinkable (in order to avoid the taxes etc placed on alcohol). Everclear is more pure than perfumer's alcohol.



    Only if the guys from Train have a time machine, since the song is a decade old. And if they do have a time machine... holy moly, I need them to buy me sone Bitcoin at 2009 prices! Man, that'd be sweeeeeeeeeet!

    EDITED to add: After reading cheapimitation's comment below, I got curious about whether or not Pat Monahan was writing a pun on Dior's Poison. That hadn't occurred to me, so I did a search.

    Google returned this:



    I guess basenotes isn't the only place where people don't use the search bar.
    Not sure if this was directed at me, but I suppose if basenoters did a better job with the search bar, the men's fragrance forum would be about exhausted for new threads by now.

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    Default Re: Does the band Train have a problem with cologne?

    It's an interesting lyric....it takes an expectation and flips it on it's side. I doubt it's anything more than that, just a twist. Moving the lyric where away from where it's predicted to go.
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    Default Re: Does the band Train have a problem with cologne?

    Terrible lyrics from a terrible band with terrible music.

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    Default Re: Does the band Train have a problem with cologne?

    Quote Originally Posted by ultravisitor View Post
    Terrible lyrics from a terrible band with terrible music.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ultravisitor View Post
    Terrible lyrics from a terrible band with terrible music.
    At least they’re ‘consistent’. You have to give them props for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ultravisitor View Post
    Terrible lyrics from a terrible band with terrible music.
    I bought 2 Train CDs at my local library for a dollar each. I'd argue that Train is a better band than Maroon 5, but then again, I'd argue that Bleu de Chanel is better than Sauvage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BradW View Post
    I'd argue that Train is a better band than Maroon 5.
    Yep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BradW View Post
    I'd argue that Train is a better band than Maroon 5, but then again, I'd argue that Bleu de Chanel is better than Sauvage.
    Maroon 5 is also terrible.

    BdC is better than Sauvage, but Sauvage is terrible, so that's no great compliment to BdC.

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    Default Re: Does the band Train have a problem with cologne?

    Filed under "Titles of threads I could never have imagined on Basenotes."

    As an aside I enjoy Marron 5 more than Train due to my daughters loving every one of their songs. They kind of meld together though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BradW View Post
    Not sure if this was directed at me, but I suppose if basenoters did a better job with the search bar, the men's fragrance forum would be about exhausted for new threads by now.
    You're not kidding ( though I guess the "what did you buy today", "what are you waiting to be delivered in the mail", what are you enjoying today", "what are you wearing today", "why are you wearing it today", what are your top three ", what are your top five ", "what are your top ten", etc etc are immune ...

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    Default Re: Does the band Train have a problem with cologne?

    Quote Originally Posted by BradW View Post
    I bought 2 Train CDs at my local library for a dollar each. I'd argue that Train is a better band than Maroon 5, but then again, I'd argue that Bleu de Chanel is better than Sauvage.
    Quote Originally Posted by ultravisitor View Post
    Maroon 5 is also terrible.

    BdC is better than Sauvage, but Sauvage is terrible, so that's no great compliment to BdC.
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    Default Re: Does the band Train have a problem with cologne?

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    They probably don't want to dilute the local smell of poo with aroma chemicals?

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    Default Re: Does the band Train have a problem with cologne?

    Drops of Juniper was FBW, but I only wear it occasionally any more.
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    Default Re: Does the band Train have a problem with cologne?

    Train's gonna upset many BN'ers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Cologneist View Post
    Train's gonna upset many BN'ers.
    It's probably just as well. I heard that the proposed bottle design was a ukelele.

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    Default Re: Does the band Train have a problem with cologne?

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Cologneist View Post
    Train's gonna upset many BN'ers.
    “I used to like Train but not if they’re gonna dis frags.” You mean, like that? Ha! Ha!
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    Default Re: Does the band Train have a problem with cologne?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto View Post
    Drops of Juniper was FBW, but I only wear it occasionally any more.
    Is that a thing? Not affiliated with the band, of course, but it sounds like an actual thing.
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    Default Re: Does the band Train have a problem with cologne?

    Never heard of that band. I wonder why?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto View Post
    Drops of Juniper was FBW, but I only wear it occasionally any more.
    Meet Virginia Cedar wasn't bad either.
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    Default Re: Does the band Train have a problem with cologne?

    Quote Originally Posted by ultravisitor View Post
    Terrible lyrics from a terrible band with terrible music.
    Love, love, Train, see them every time they come around. This summer they were with The Goo Goo Dolls, an awesome show!

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    Default Re: Does the band Train have a problem with cologne?

    What a downright preposterous comment!

    Poison...far from it! The only fragrance that is poison is the feminine masterpiece by Dior, a scent my wife dons vivaciously when attending the theater or concert hall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YouWishYouHadOne View Post
    What a downright preposterous comment!

    Poison...far from it! The only fragrance that is poison is the feminine masterpiece by Dior, a scent my wife dons vivaciously when attending the theater or concert hall.
    I saw Poison..not that great...I'd take Train over Poison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattybumpkin View Post
    Love, love, Train, see them every time they come around. This summer they were with The Goo Goo Dolls, an awesome show!
    As for the Goo, I have to agree. Big fan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToughCool View Post
    I enjoy Marron 5
    I see "Moron" 5 there...can't help it.

    Adam's vocals are too shrill for me, but I have heard Pat Monahan from Train go flat live from time to time, too.

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    Default Re: Does the band Train have a problem with cologne?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckW View Post
    I see "Moron" 5 there...can't help it.

    Adam's vocals are too shrill for me, but I have heard Pat Monahan from Train go flat live from time to time, too.
    You get flat vocals in live performance quite often. I cringe everytime I hear the Star Spangled Banner at a ball game because it almost always goes flat at one point or another.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Mitchell View Post
    You get flat vocals in live performance quite often. I cringe everytime I hear the Star Spangled Banner at a ball game because it almost always goes flat at one point or another.
    True. When Eric Church did the Thanksgiving Half-time show in Dallas a couple years back, it was pretty rough. And I like him.




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