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1  The Romper Room / Lyrical Fun / Re: Misheard Lyrics-- accidentally and accidentally on purpose on: April 23, 2011, 06:29:18 pm
"Go ahead and hate Joe Namath, go ahead and cheat a friend,
Do it in a Native headband, you're a justified Indian." - One Tin Soldier

What did Joe Namath ever do to upset the writers of this song?

Then there's Rick James singing about "The kind of girl you read about in Newsweek Magazine."
2  Classic Rock / The 80s / Re: Heat of the Moment on: April 18, 2011, 10:51:29 pm
Which version of Heat of the Moment do you prefer?

You know me, I usually like original versions best!
3  Classic Rock / The 70s / Re: Ten Wheel Drive with Genya Ravan on: August 05, 2010, 10:45:07 pm
I love that blog!

Good song; reminds me of the Grateful Dead's "Cumberland Blues" and I wonder how that song would have sounded with a horn part?
4  Classic Rock / The 80s / Re: 80's radio's influence on music on: August 01, 2010, 10:27:18 pm
- Jimmy wrote unique horn arrangements based on what the song composers were looking for.  

And, those arrangements always put the trombone out front. He always wrote the most interesting parts for himself.
5  Beyond the Horizon / Cornucopia / Re: Artists You Once Loved, But Now Dislike on: July 24, 2010, 08:11:30 am
Pearl Jam: I loved their first two albums but got bored with them after that. Now if I hear Eddie Vedder's voice, I turn it off.

The Black Crowes: Again, loved their first two albums and their whole junior-Stones/Allman Brothers/Faces bit; ironically, the point where I dropped them was when they became junior-Dead.

Madonna: While I still enjoy her 80s music, she lost me around the Erotica period and I haven't bought anything from her since or listened to her seriously since. The same goes for Janet Jackson.

Classic rock radio definitely drags decent songs by good artists into the ground. I call those "Piano Man" songs, which sounds like another thread to me.
6  Beyond the Horizon / Cornucopia / Re: Artists I Like Everyone Seems To Hate on: July 19, 2010, 04:08:25 pm

I love War, but I could live without ever hearing "Low Rider" again. My favorite of theirs is "Me and Baby Brother."
7  Beyond the Horizon / Cornucopia / Re: Artists I hate that everyone else seems to love on: July 19, 2010, 04:07:46 pm
I've always been split on The Doobies too.  I've always liked the Tom Johnston version, despised the MM version.  MM is such a terrible singer.  I should have put him on my original list.

Another potential thread topic: Polarizing Voices. I love MM's voice, but a lot of people don't. I also love Rod Stewart's voice but again, it really grates on some people.
8  Classic Rock / The 70s / Re: What was the best/worst of 1970s music on: July 19, 2010, 08:28:15 am
This may be over-simplifying things, but in those days, to get a recording contract, you had to have some sort of actual musical talent. You had to be able to sing, play an instrument, write songs, or any combination of the three. Bands came together out of interest in music and out of talent, not because some producer decided to put five good looking guys together or because someone thought some girl had nice boobs.  Even the more gimmicky and/or bubblegummy acts - the Osmonds, the Jackson Five, the Bay City Rollers, David Cassidy (and Duran Duran in the 80s) - had actual musical talent and ability.
9  Beyond the Horizon / Cornucopia / Re: Dead Head Thread on: July 17, 2010, 08:22:10 am
I will never get the Dead and I've tried.  But then again, I think Harrison's All Things Must Pass is a snore (ducks) after a recent listen, so doesn't say much for my taste!  But I will give them this: they are one of the first bands (along with The Duane-era Allman Brothers and the Woodstock era Santana) to bring jazz-influenced improvisation to rock and roll and for that, they must at least be respected.  I really mean that.

That's OK. Not everyone gets the Dead and not everyone needs to! I love them, but a lot of people don't like them at all.
10  Beyond the Horizon / Cornucopia / Re: Artists I Like Everyone Seems To Hate on: July 15, 2010, 10:20:52 pm
A lot of people don't understand why I like KC and the Sunshine Band so much, pointing out the repetition in the lyrics mostly. I tell them they really weren't disco, they were more of a R&B/Cuban/Bahamian fusion and that I just consider the vocal line as another instrument. Still, it's not the way everybody likes it, uh huh uh huh.

Bagpipes! I love them!

Banjo music! I love it, especially the more progressive stuff like Bela Fleck (my cat's namesake).

People either really love the Grateful Dead and the spin-offs (The Dead, Other Ones, Phil and Friends, Ratdog, Planet Drum, Rhythm Devils, Old and In the Way, Jerry Garcia Band) or they don't like them at all. There's very little middle ground.

I think Beyonce has a good voice, but lousy songs.

Finally, I still have a soft spot in my heart for post-Kath pre-Scheff Chicago, even though I know it's not their best work.
11  Classic Rock / The 80s / Re: TODAY IS...JULY 13TH!! on: July 15, 2010, 07:02:34 am
I also taped the entire show and still have two of the tapes. My strongest memory of the day was the U2 segment; also when Phil Collins played in the UK and the US just hours apart.
12  Beyond the Horizon / Cornucopia / Re: Dead Head Thread on: July 13, 2010, 05:22:02 pm
I believe Bill Champlin once stated in an interview he was invited to join the Grateful Dead as a keyboardist back in the 70s after the death of their previous keyboardist (CelticGal, you'd know better than I which keyboard player that would have been).  He mentioned that given the Dead's history with keyboard players he didn't want to take any chances and politely declined the offer. 

It was either Pigpen, the original keyboard player, who died in 1973, or Keith Godchaux, who was killed in a car accident in 1980. Champlin and the Dead would have been an interesting pairing!
13  In the Ether / Radio / Re: Dick Biondi & Bob Sirott on the Roe Conn Show on: July 13, 2010, 10:52:43 am
I grew up with Musicradio WLS The Big 89, The Rock of Chicago. Nearly everything I know about 60s and 70s music came from Larry Lujack, Tommy Edwards, Fred Winston, Bob Sirott, Brant Miller, John Records Landecker (and Records really is his middle name), Yvonne Daniels, Chris Shebel, Steve King. Will music radio ever have that kind of impact again?
14  Classic Rock / The 60s / Re: The Solo Beatles on: July 12, 2010, 07:10:25 pm
Count me in as another one who loved Paul for his melodies...

I'm a Wings fan, even though I can't stand songs like "Let 'Em In" and "My Love"... I always found Uncle Albert/Admiral Hawsley to have a Beatles vibe to it.

I've always loved the live version of "Coming Up" as well.

Ringo is Ringo, as someone else said... he's there for fun, so enjoy his stuff like one would cotton candy. I have some cuts off is All Starr Band CDs from way back.

John was too political and many times far too depressing for my taste. He needed McCartney's silliness to sort of lighten his mood. I do have a fond spot for "Woman" and thought his son Julian sounded so much like John that if the Beatles ever reunited, Julian should have been the one to sing his dad's stuff.

George had a great sound that apparently Peter loved when he came up with "Gone Long Gone"... HOWEVER,  I would rather take a spiked poot to the eye than have to listen to "I've Got My Mind Set On You" one more time! (Weird Al -IIRC- had a great parody of the song with "This song is 12 words long").

But of course, the sum was always greater than the parts.. as was George Martin's production work.

I'm pretty sure George Martin produced "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey." It's a good song, and also a good example of Paul putting song fragments together. "Band on the Run" and "Venus and Mars/Rockshow" are two others.

Julian should have had a longer career. What happened?
15  Classic Rock / The 60s / Re: The Solo Beatles on: July 12, 2010, 05:30:34 pm
No doubt there are probably some huge Beatles fans on this board, as the membership of the Chicago board has joined up here and some were fans.  What is you opinion of The Beatles as solo artists?  Who do you think was best or most consistent?  Let me know and then I'll weigh in.

I'm one of those huge Beatles fans, and I'm just too young to remember the group, so my first exposure to all of them was as solo artists.

John: Great lyrics, if a little too political at times. "Working Class Hero" is one of his best lyrics even though it's really upsetting. Should have chosen his collaborators a little better (heh heh - does anyone like to listen to Yoko?). So much lost potential - what would he have done in the 80s?

George: Love, love, love All Things Must Pass, even with the too-long jam side. He introduced me to the dobro before I knew what it was. Where John got a little too political, George had the tendency to get a little too mystical. "This Song" is my favorite song of his nobody remembers.

Ringo: Ringo is Ringo; probably his best stuff was in the early 70s when George was helping him out. I love "It Don't Come Easy" and "Photograph" both of which were written by George.

Paul: Paul solo and with Wings was a lot like the little girl with the curl: When he was good, he was very very good, and when he was bad, he was horrid. Paul got away with an awful lot just because he was Paul; on the other hand, there are very few solo songs of his I don't like. "Let 'Em In" is one of his worst, but he makes up for it with "Another Day" and "Listen To What The Man Said" and "Mull of Kintyre" and "With a Little Luck" and "Girlfriend" and "Here Today" and "Take It Away" and "My Brave Face" and "The World Tonight," etc. etc. etc. Is Paul one of the greatest melody writers ever?
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