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16  Beyond the Horizon / Cornucopia / Re: Artists You Once Disliked, But Now Love on: July 22, 2010, 06:44:12 pm
AC/DC, Guns N Roses, Aerosmith.

Probably because in adolescence, I liked ballads and my older brother liked hard rock and metal. So just to disagree, I hated it.

17  Contemporary Rock / The 90s / Re: Fave albums released in the 90s on: July 22, 2010, 06:41:54 pm
Meatloaf- Bat out of Hell II: Back into Hell
18  The Romper Room / Give it a name / Re: Fictitious Band Names on: July 15, 2010, 06:35:43 pm
The Muffin Tops- I'm thinking a tween version of the Spice Girls

Keggers- fat bar flies from the north midwest, singing some bastardization of barbershop and country western

The Line Jumpers- salsa

Dire Straights- homophobics singing a type Christian rock songs about everyone going to Hell

Spewing Race Baiters- one hateful mouth piece from every race/creed/sexual orientation, each with a microphone and reciting their rhetoric simotaneously to accordian music

19  Classic Rock / The 80s / Re: 80's radio's influence on music on: July 10, 2010, 05:41:59 pm

Me, too. I also miss connecting a song to a certain time and place. Nowadays, I hear songs on my iPod or on Youtube, but in the 70s and 80s you'd hear a song all summer, or every time you went to the local pizza place, or you'd remember a friend who played it all the time in the car.

80's Flashback! You reminded me of going out to eat with my family at Pizza Makers- Dad would give us each a couple quarters for video games, and I always used one of mine in the juke box. 2 songs for a quarter- I'd just play Glory of Love twice.
20  Beyond the Horizon / Instrumental / from movies on: July 09, 2010, 06:49:07 pm
I've always liked a lot of David Foster's movie scores. Oddly enough, I don't usually like the movies they're in. Stealing Home  stands out- great score, lousy film.  Secret of My Success- decent film, another great score. I especially like Water Fountain. And love the movie montage from his Rechordings album. 

I don't know who composed it, but there's also some really good tracks in the film Life as a House. Someone did a nearly perfect job of blending it in, not too loud or overbearing- but just there, adding to the story.

Aside from the obvious (John Williams) what other instrumentals make/break/top the film they were in?
21  Beyond the Horizon / Cornucopia / Re: Artists I hate that everyone else seems to love on: July 09, 2010, 06:43:33 pm
I agree that Hate is a strong word, so suffice it to say the following people/songs make me want to go find my old rusty nail and drive it into my eardrums:

everything Wilson Phillips has ever done
everything John Denver has ever done
that "You're Beautiful" by that whiny screech owl on ludes, whatever his name is
"Butterfly Kisses"
22  In the Ether / Silver Screen / Re: Favorite movies about music/musicians on: July 09, 2010, 06:37:46 pm
The Blues Brothers- I can never get tired of that movie. Such a classic.

Mr. Holland's Opus- just a great story. Anyone who hasn't seen it should.

23  Classic Rock / The 80s / Re: 80's radio's influence on music on: July 09, 2010, 06:34:01 pm
I think the 80's was a great decade for music. Good thing, since I was a child of the 80's. But really, who can forget zipping around the skating rink every Friday night to "Mr. Roboto", or "Take on Me".  And the videos! Thank God for You Tube. Of course, it's not the same as sitting in front of MTV for hours on end, hoping to catch that Dire Straits video, but it's better than nothing.

And I think you're absolutely right about the radio stations. Back then, the same station would play anything from Air Supply to Aerosmith (except Country). So we were exposed to more, and tended to listen outside our boxes. Then everything was cut up and compartmentalized (is that even a word); and then came the MP3 and Ipod, and who the heck needs FM anymore? I listen to my MP3, I listen to AM, and that's it. Maybe I'm just out of touch with the Now, but I really don't think there's anything on the FM dial I care to hear. These days, it's nothing but traffic reports, weather sensationalizm, celebrity updates, screaming appliance sale commercials, and the occasional whine fest song.

So I don't exactly long for the days artist I never heard of are on the stations, because they are. What I miss is hearing something I'd never heard, liking it, wondering who sang it, and wanting to hear it again. And going into Camelot or Musicland or wherever and reciting a few lines to a long haired, almond eyed, ear pierced, gender questionable person, who could promptly take me right to the album or cassette I was after; and then, if the price was right, I'd have discovered a whole bunch of new songs I liked but never would have heard of.

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