Ever have days when you have a certain song that invades your brain that just won't quit? Sometimes it might be the latest download you made from itunes, or some stupid song that gets embedded without your consent!
Share you current musical obsession... What are you listening to these days?
Wow, what a treat with 'The Left Banke'! I've never heard of them, but loved that one Michel - the lyrics are pretty funny/bad/good, but the melody was really unexpected. You come up with such a great variety – and how good is the intro of 'She Sells Sanctuary'!
But the rap? What are you trying to DO to us here!? Well, I suppose that makes you and Jean Marie who like rap, so maybe it's a cultural thing – rap is NOT generally respected here, to say the least. And I haven't listened to much, so maybe you both have selections which might get through to me. And after all, rap has helped create one of THE funniest songs I've ever heard. An American singer/songwriter named Ben Folds lived out here for several years, and set a rap of someone called "Dr.Dre" to music - writing chords, a vocal melody and rhythm, and some backing harmonies, but keeping the lyrics verbatim. The result is amazing I think – both killingly funny, yet simultaneously sad almost to the point of tragedy. (Btw, Ben Folds doesn't appear in the clip for some reason.)
You're really bringing out the big guns Sydni! I agree with Gwen, that's a corker - and how evocative with the real bird-song interspersed? Well, now I'll have to admit to my musical biases. The Beatles = Best. Band. Ever. Oh I KNOW, it's such a HACKNEYED thing to say, they're overdone etc, but the inCREDIBLE variety of their massive catalog of rip-snorter songs! The first song I remember noticing and singing along to was 'Penny Lane' on the radio when I was 5, and the first LP I bought was a Beatles best-of when I was 8, and though I've listened to the catalog so much over the years, I still occasionally play them. People who know a couple of early tracks sometimes think the Beatles are lame, but how APT still is 'Revolution'? When I saw Chomsky saying he was glad about 9/11, the classic lines "When you talk about destruction, don't you know that you can count me out", and "If you want money for people with minds that hate, all I can tell you is brother you'll have to wait" etc. came to mind as fresh as ever. Great maturity from young, not overly-educated guys. Crank it up!
If you like blues rock and guitar solos I have to recommend (if you don't listen to him already) Rory Gallagher. Considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Sadly his name isn't as widespread state side as other guitarists. Had amazing concerts. Just look him up on youtube and you'll get quite a few live songs to hear. The fan favorite and one of the first songs I've heard of his is Tattoo'd Lady.
Hey Chad, thanks for the Rory Gallagher clip - I'd heard of him, but never heard a song till now - gutsy performance! Did you ever like any of Thin Lizzy? I always liked this next one - it's not blues, but some almost jazzy-sounding chords played over the verse with distortion before the classic chorus. I couldn't embed the recorded version, but I reckon this live one KICKS ARSE - I always thought the shuffle beat was underused in rock...
Ya I listened to Thin Lizzy. I don't mind them. Never got really into them...at least not yet.
After post the last Rory clip it got me watching some of his performances again and got me hooked to this version of Bullfrog Blues. It's obviously cut, but he puts on one hell of show and the crowd. I remember on one show on his Rockpalast collection during the song Hellcat he lets a person in the crowd strum his guitar while he holds the notes. I haven't seen any other guitarist allow the crowd in on the performance like that.
Also you might like Robin Trower. Closer to Thin Lizzy sound in some ways than Gallagher.
Ha! I'm SUCH a dork, Jean Marie! When I read the top (before it registered that I was looking at a photo of Barry White), I IMMEDIATELY started humming Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up"! Yeah, not quite so sexy a song, I guess. But it certainly DOES get stuck in your head!
And how about the 80's flavor of the video? Jeez, Rick does like the high-waisted pants, doesn't he? He's not really breaking loose with the dancing - only has that one move that he repeats and repeats. But how about the barkeep?!? He really puts Astley to shame! (Though I'm still confused about why the barkeep traded in his towel for the black hot pants and started doing fancy gymnastics in the street...)