|The Clash - Clampdown|
(Jan 16, 2009 - 19:01)
|London Calling is easily the finest album of it's time. Of all time. Along with Armed Forces and The Ramones, the top of my Desert Island List|
Oh, God, I had this on 8-track.
|Billy Bragg - Waiting For The Great Leap Forward|
(Feb 02, 2008 - 07:07)
Some songs just bring back a rush of positive memories from the soundtrack of your life. This is one for me.
Agreed. My favorite Maoist folk singer.
"The Revolution is just a T-Shirt away..."
|Richie Havens - Freedom|
(Jan 12, 2007 - 06:09)
|Saw Richie perform this song on Saturday Nite Live way back when. Riveting.|
|Ramones - I Wanna Live|
(Dec 27, 2006 - 05:41)
|The Ramones are probably one of the most influential bands in rock. They brought punk to the masses, and infuenced the entire British scene with their 1976 tour of Britain.
BTW, Johnny's conservatism was balanced by Joey's leftist politics, and was one of the sources of acrimony in their relationship. The documentary "End of the Century" covers all this very well. Joe Strummer's description of the Ramones work ethic is great.
If punk is going against the herd, the Johnny's conservatism is one of the best examples of the punk ethos in action. In an industry where true conservatives are rare indeed, Johnny never backed down. Agree or not, you have to respect his convictions.
|The Clash - Clampdown|
(Dec 07, 2006 - 06:00)
What HE said!!!
Another vote for the whole album!
Easily the best album of 1979, a great glimpse of a band at the top of their game.
|John Prine - Please Don't Bury Me|
(Nov 02, 2006 - 10:27)
...and equally it has warmed this Canadian heart for many years and many many live concerts in my Country and yours. Forever a fan!
Amen, and Amen
|R.E.M. - Talk About the Passion|
(Nov 01, 2006 - 09:22)
|Murmur and Reckoning are so strong, and were so fresh when they were released. Easily on my list of "desert island" records.|
|The Innocence Mission - Today|
(Sep 07, 2006 - 10:38)
|Karen's voice is like cool water on a hot day...just washes over you and soothes your spirit.
|The Replacements - Skyway|
(Jul 26, 2006 - 12:15)
Songs do not get more beautifully simple than this one. No matter what climate you live in.
Amen to that!
|Bruce Springsteen - Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)|
(Jul 25, 2006 - 05:09)
If you ever saw him do this live in the late 70's you know this song is as good as it gets...some day we'll look back on this and it will all seem funny....indeed.
On the tour for The River, this brought the house down. If you never experienced a concert by The Boss in his prime, you missed out on one of rock's most commanding artists. He absolutely owned the stage.
As to the "overplayed" meme, with the eclectic playlist of RP, this is a refreshing base to touch. I'd agree with some posters who think there are more deep tracks that might deserve a wider audience, but I never get tired of this one.
|Meat Puppets - Shine|
(Jul 21, 2006 - 05:07)
F--- I haven't heard this song in ages. Who else got into the puppets from listening to them on Nirvana's unplugged?
Saw 'em live in 1984 at a small club in ATL. They killed. Sadly underappreciated.
|The Replacements - I Will Dare|
(Jul 14, 2006 - 09:05)
Right on! More, More, More!!!
BTW, The 'Mats "Best Of" CD is now out! A good place to start for those who don't know about them, and another way for us diehards to contribute to Paul's IRA.
|Van Morrison - Tupelo Honey|
(Jul 11, 2006 - 05:44)
My Lord this is a great song. Beautiful.
Amen. Van's got one of the most expressive voices in music.
|The Who - Baba O'Riley|
(Jul 07, 2006 - 12:33)
Haven't you heard this song enough times already?
Sorry, but that is impossible with The Who
|Led Zeppelin - All My Love|
(Jun 29, 2006 - 09:16)
Words fail me. If you knew me, dear reader, you would know that that is a rare event. Yet my mind boggles, my brain reels, my heart sinks to abysmal lows, my anus does the "Tighten Up" as if commanded by Archie Bell and the Drells, when this the very worst of the many bad Led Zeppelin "songs" enters my earspace. Now, I have nothing but (conditional) love for the early Zep and their numbingly loud electric blooze, even if often they did steal from many for-real blues artists and left them uncredited--SORRY, Muddy Waters, Memphis Minnie and Blind Willie Johnson; you shall all get your whole lotta love when the levee breaks (nobody's fault but...WHOSE?). Yet when this well of inspiration ran dry for Page & Plant et al. in the mid-to-late-1970's, shit like this was the best they could come up with. For shame, ten times shame. Good thing they broke up after this wretched hit single and the dreadful album wot spawned it. In eternal heavy rotation on Hell's Top 40. Let it never be heard on earth again.
So do you like the song or not?
|Led Zeppelin - All My Love|
(Jun 29, 2006 - 09:14)
|Not a huge Zep fan, but John Bonham is one of the best rock drummers ever. His signature style made Led Zep tolerable.|
|They Might Be Giants - Istanbul Not Constantinople|
(Jun 28, 2006 - 14:16)
My mom started to sing this tune recently and I said oh you like TMBG? She then told me this was a hit back when she was young.
Now that just hurts. I'm officially old...
|Death Cab For Cutie - Soul Meets Body|
(Jun 27, 2006 - 08:29)
This entire album is highly recommended - it's much different from their older stuff (which is more indie and garage sounding)
A strong "AMEN" to that. Few newer artists get my attention, but DCfC is one of them. This is a great album beginning to end.
Somehow they remind me of The Connells...
And thanks to RP for turning me on to them!
|Fine Young Cannibals - Good Thing|
(Jun 19, 2006 - 08:12)
Whatever happened to "cheek bone" guy?
I've been wondering, too. They hit it big for a while, but then.....
|Van Morrison - And It Stoned Me|
(Jun 16, 2006 - 12:42)
Van's voice and playing is like a sweet cup of coffee with heavy cream. Smooth and satisfying. Enriching my day with it's velvet like goodness, with just enough spice to make it interesting.
What he said...
|Bruce Springsteen - The River|
(Jun 13, 2006 - 10:49)
|I remember, being in Mississippi as a displaced Yankee off at college, that I walked into town to pick up this album the day it was released, or at least the day it finally got to Oxford, MS...
A stunning record through and through. This song hits all the Springsteen touchstones and rings true to them all.
I finally got to see Bruce in Memphis on The River Tour, and he killed. 4+ hours of total immersion in the grace of rock and roll. A triumphant exhibition by an artist at the peak of his cult popularity, before Born in the USA made him a stadium show.
I've measured every show since then against the mark Bruce laid down. Very few have met it, and none have surpassed it.
|U2 - Running to Stand Still|
(Jun 09, 2006 - 06:19)
The political-blather forums are ====> that way, folks.
Amen. It's too bad we can't enjoy the music without some people trying to use the opportunity to show their political ignorance. On both sides of the isle.
If you feel that strongly, they have these new-fangled things called "blogs".
|Live - All Over You|
(Jun 08, 2006 - 06:13)
|OK, so I'm biased since they're from my hometown of York, PA. Throwing Copper was a great album. Almost no bad songs on the whole disk.
Whatever happened to them?
|R.E.M. - Strange Currencies|
(Jun 07, 2006 - 11:59)
both are ripoffs of "Femme Fatale", as is this, but more blatantly so
And REM covered Femme Fatale as well...
|Mojo Nixon - Don Henley Must Die|
(Jun 07, 2006 - 09:35)
|Perfect programming! I love RP!
Now, if you'll only add "Elvis is Everywhere", I'll be happy.
Or maybe "Debbie Gibson is Pregnant With My Two-Headed Love Child".
|Toad The Wet Sprocket - Walk on the Ocean|
(Jun 02, 2006 - 09:38)
Wanted to share an e-mail I hust sent to Bill and Rebecca:
Bill and Rebecca:
Just wanted to thank you for creating this space out there in the ether.
I occasionally post comments on songs, and one in particular initiated a reconnection that I was grateful for at this time in my life.
The song was Toad the Wet Sprocket's "Walk on the Ocean." I wrote, 'Danielle Betkey, if you're out there, every time I hear this, I think of you, I think of our summers together...'
Well, she was out there, and 6 months after posting this comment, she found me. (she was bored at work, Googling her name.) Danielle was, I guess you could say, my first love. Our grandparents both had summer homes in Ocean City, Maryland, and every summer we would be boyfriend and girlfriend once again, usually after I spent a few days hiding and running away from her, finally speaking in person after a series of notes passed between her, her brother or sister, and me.
So, I just wanted to share that with you, and reinforce the importance of places like Radio Paradise - the music we all share and comment on, the personal connections we make, etc. It's true that music brings people together, and it certainly helps me remember a time when things were innocent and almost pure. It reminds me that there are things to look forward to in this life; it's just that the older you get, the fewer and farther between they seem to be. But I also know we should refrain from trying too hard to look. Posting a simple comment on a website/internet radio station ended up being a mini blessing.
Great story. Gotta love the OC and those great fries on the boardwalk. With vinegar.
|The Romantics - What I Like About You|
(Jun 02, 2006 - 09:33)
|aquadonia wrote:| This and "Talking In Your Sleep" must be the only two songs on the album.
At least his lisp is not too bad on this one...
|The Replacements - Attitude|
(Jun 01, 2006 - 05:27)
I heard a brief mention on the radio that they might be getting back together. Who knows?
New Replacements compilation CD "Don't You Know Who I Think I Was" out this month. The boys get together andplay on 2 new songs.
|Bob Mould - Soundonsound|
(May 17, 2006 - 07:02)
Yep, I tried uploading Sugar's "If I Can't Change Your Mind" and got rejected. Maybe if he scores well on this tune, I'll re-submit.
Nice to hear Bob here, or anywhere for that matter.
I demand a recount for "If I Can't Change Your Mind"!
|R.E.M. - Sitting Still|
(May 15, 2006 - 08:43)
Love the chiming Rickenbacker.
Agreed. One of my "Desert Island' records, easily.
|Midnight Oil - The Dead Heart|
(May 10, 2006 - 05:20)
One of the most powerful live performances that I have ever seen. Political messages with a good beat and pop sound.
Where are the political bands today?
I had Billy Bragg, The Jam, Specials, Clash, Sex Pistols, Midnight Oil, Public Enemy, Paris, Disposible Heros, Black Flag, Henry Rollins
What political information do teens listen to When they are not emulating a Pimp or Gangster or a White Rapper who wants to be a Pimp or Gangster?
What band sends political information to teens now?
Apparently, teens think gangsta IS political, rather than a crass pandering to the lowest common denominator.
|Robyn Hitchcock - Balloon Man|
(May 08, 2006 - 06:36)
Amazing how many 'HFS junkies turn up in the unlikliest of places. Just after the Epsteins sold 'HFS and Weasel and Bob the Drive Time Guy (afternoon--the guy who played the Dead all the time; never did know his last name) had left, the new management started sticking it to Damien, who has a disability due to an auto accident. You know, can't live up to his obligations, etc. The real reason was that he was one of the Epstein's sons, and they just wanted to get rid of him.
Well, Bonnie Raitt comes to Wolf Trap (Nick of Time or Luck of the Draw tour--forget which) and after her opening number sez, "I think what they're doing to Damien at 'HFS is bullshit!" How popular was 'HFS? The place goes nuts and wouldn't stop until Bonnie calmed 'em down so her show could continue.
Damien struggled on gamely until the Epsteins bought another station (WRNR in Annapolis--referred to below), and he went home to family. Ugly business, radio. Vital, but ugly.
HFS was one of the great stations. I used to look forward to travelling home to PA so I could listen to a good radio station.
I hated to see it decline like it did, and then disappear. Like watching a beloved old dog slowly fade away.
|The Connells - '74-'75|
(May 08, 2006 - 05:54)
I uploaded it... didn't make the cut.
Just damn. Tough crowd...
|Mich Gerber - Haboob|
(May 05, 2006 - 06:36)
|Sounds like the song used in John Corbett's characters video in Serendipity|
|Ramones - I Wanna Be Sedated|
(May 03, 2006 - 11:05)
|You can add any of the 58 (Yes, fifty-eight!) songs on this double cd, please.
Hey, Ho! Let's Go! is a great introduction to just how powerful this band was.
Most artists would kill to be able to have 10 songs worthy of an anthology.
This and the End of the CenturyDVD have hallowed places on the shelf.
The Ramones are easily one of the most influential bands ever in Rock and Roll, and their genius cannot be denied.
C'mon, Bill, you gotta play Sheena now...
|George Thorogood and the Destroyers - Hello Little Girl|
(Apr 28, 2006 - 12:24)
Punk was supposed to be the grand escape from the baroque grandiosity that rock had turned into in the mid 70s. But I was behind the curve, glued to the virtuosity and imaginations of Yes, ELP, Pink Floyd and all for a few more years.
When it was my time to break free from the build up of pretensions and get back to the raw basics, It was Thorogood that was my ride out. And only after that ride did I understand and appreciate "punk" and all that came out of it. It also led me to the true blues artists George was trying to channel. He may not have been the real thing, but he was a gateway. And he may only have one trick in his bag, but it is a good one, and one I will always be grateful for.
|Elvis Costello - Veronica|
(Apr 28, 2006 - 12:21)
The song is about his grandmother, her worsening senility, and the memory of her past. It got airplay because it was well written.
As my mom sinks further into Alzheimer's, this becomes more and more poignant.
|Stevie Ray Vaughan - Texas Flood|
(Apr 26, 2006 - 11:11)
|First saw SRV on Austin City Limits way back in the day. I was simply blown away by the sheer talent he had. He was one of the most expressive players I've ever heard. Fast? Yeah, he could be, but it wasn't speed for the sake of speed.
Texas Flood is a milestone blues record. SRV was taken far too early.
|Talking Heads - Houses In Motion|
(Apr 26, 2006 - 05:16)
My favorite Talking Heads album. The production,material,and general grooves were ahead of their time and still sound fresh today. This record really changed the way I look at music. A classic.
What he said
|Mark Knopfler - Four in a Row|
(Apr 25, 2006 - 11:18)
Hip detectives Seamus Crockett and Ritchie O'Tubbs patrol the mean streets of Ireland's principal city in a kelly-green Ferarri with right-hand drive, busting crooks and drinking Guiness with buxom red-haired girls named Colleen. Music by Mark Knopfler, Clannad, the Chieftains, the Corrs, and the occasional Enya ballad thrown in for variety.
Like the song, though.
Dude! Dublin Vice without The Pogues? How could you?
|Jars of Clay - Frail|
(Apr 25, 2006 - 05:27)
one song and it's a "xtian rock station"?
simmah down now
Amen, so to speak. Great music, regardless of its inspiration, is what makes RP "Eclectic".
Would playing My Sweet Lord make this a Hare Krishna station?
|The Cars - Dangerous Type|
(Apr 24, 2006 - 05:35)
The 8-track got worn out from leaving it in...It was the summer of 79...The Audiovox cranked through the Jensens on the rear deck of the '70 Cutlass S Coupe...the smoke curled upward...the Frisbee flew...many beers were tilted...The Cars were THE DEAL and those were the days...
Thanks for keeping them alive in digital!
Dude's channelling me!
|Hoodoo Gurus - Leilani|
(Apr 24, 2006 - 05:18)
Great song !! I think "I want you back" would fit nicely on RP.
Hey Bill, we got a groundswell for "I Want You Back"!
|Peter Tosh - Johnny B. Goode|
(Apr 21, 2006 - 14:04)
I love this song... but it suddenly reminds me of some weird combo of Devo, my ancient Big Bamboo album, and Chuck Berry's hair gel thrown in a really slow blender with ice and just a drop too much rum...
Never mind... it's just me.
Not sure what you mean, exactly, but it works...
|The Clash - The Guns of Brixton|
(Apr 20, 2006 - 09:44)
One of the best albums of all time....
Amen to that. Probably the only album I've owned on 8-track(!), vinyl (twice), and CD.
|Bruce Springsteen - Backstreets|
(Apr 18, 2006 - 11:38)
Speaks to me. I guess that's the thing about Bruce. The lyrics of his songs either speak to you or they do not. I find it amazing when he is criticized for being trite, insincere, pompous, whatever. I can understand not liking his music, but the man simply exudes integrity. And for those of us with similar life experiences, his stories resonate. He sings about dreams of the common man (or woman), and he sings about redemption. I like those themes.
Couldn't have said it any better!
|Buddy Holly - Everyday|
(Apr 14, 2006 - 11:06)
|Great pop song stripped down to the barest essentials. Every star who hides behind a church choir should have to listen to this for 100 days as penance.|
|Shriekback - The Underwaterboys|
(Apr 12, 2006 - 05:49)
Can someone upload "Nemesis"? I haven't heard that one in almost 20 years. "Freaks and Cannibals, prehistoric animals..."
Add my vote for "Nemesis"!
|Rush - Tom Sawyer|
(Apr 12, 2006 - 05:48)
Closer to the Heart...a much better tune.
|AC/DC - Highway to Hell|
(Apr 07, 2006 - 05:50)
Jeez - Ludwig Van to AC/DC. Who else but RP would,could,dare offer you that??
Which is why I listen...
|Patti Smith - Because The Night|
(Apr 05, 2006 - 12:14)
I'm in the minority here. I like 10K Maniacs version better, although I have never heard Springsteen do it.
And I shall pray for the conversion of your lost soul. 10K's version lacks all the heart of Patti's original.
|Tom Petty - Refugee|
(Apr 05, 2006 - 12:10)
|I only gave it a 9 because "American Girl" gets a 10.
|Supertramp - Logical Song|
(Apr 05, 2006 - 11:38)
|treatment_bound wrote:| I hated it then...I hate it now.
Preach it, man, preach it!
|Indigo Girls - Galileo|
(Apr 05, 2006 - 07:06)
I really like the Indigo Girls - and this song is brilliant - the lyrics are marvelous and the harmonies in here are lovely.
What she said!
|Graham Parker - Don't Ask Me Questions|
(Apr 05, 2006 - 05:25)
A great confluence of angry young men in the late 70's: Graham Parker, Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson, plus the somewhat less angry Nick Lowe and others...yet all anybody remembers about that time is disco!
I'm so glad I got the chance to see and hear all these guys back then. This music has stood the test of time well. 76-86 was a great decade for pop music like this.
I must be getting old, since I think most of the pop music being made these days is formulaic swill.
|The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out|
(Apr 04, 2006 - 11:22)
my name is morrissey
and I want to die
I'm so so depressed
please kill me now
before I undress
'cause I never have sex
'cause I am so so depressed
kill me kill me kill me
How true. But I still like The Smiths
|Black Sabbath - Planet Caravan|
(Jan 23, 2006 - 09:29)
Bill, were we ALL distjointilated youths late at night up in our rooms listening to this with the huge set of headphones on while our parents were asleep... or WHAT?!
Seems like you got quite a following here... geez, the memories... that album cover!
And me without my bong...
Good song, even now when I'm not chemically enhanced.
|Vince Guaraldi Trio - Linus and Lucy|
(Dec 21, 2005 - 13:19)
great song to know how to play at a party...
childhood captured in a song. Completely untainted.
Can't hear this song without great memories flooding back. "Completely untainted" is a perfect description.
It helps that this is a GREAT tune. Gets the feets to tappin'...
|The Smashing Pumpkins - 1979|
(Dec 21, 2005 - 12:17)
I always thought that Billy Corgan doesn't sing so much as blow words out his nose.
|Toad the Wet Sprocket - Fly From Heaven|
(Dec 16, 2005 - 07:46)
You can't really go wrong there. I'm partial to Fear, next Dulcinea, but Coil and even the Rarities cd have good stuff on them.
TtWS is a seriously underrated pop band.
|Velvet Underground - Sweet Jane|
(Dec 08, 2005 - 11:09)
"Women never really faint and that villains always blink their eyes. And that children are the only ones who blush, and that life is just to die" gives me chills...
It just doesn't get any better than this.
|Delays - Wonderlust|
(Dec 08, 2005 - 07:00)
Call this a guilty pleasure but I quite like this song, even after hearing it a lot on RP. 7
With you on that.
|Counting Crows - Rain King|
(Dec 06, 2005 - 10:10)
OK, OK, they aren't the greatest band in the history of history, but this is pretty decent, no? If you are at all listening to the song, you'll notice the guitar work. It's quite clean. And, it sounds even better when played LOUD. I will quite confidently say that there is very little ass sucking associated with this tune.
|The Beautiful South - We Are Each Other|
(Dec 01, 2005 - 09:13)
The House Martins were a better band. But you can't go wrong with tbs.
Agreed. Always great to hear The Beautiful South, here in the beautiful south...
Great pop song! Thanks RP!
|Bob Marley - Roots, Rock, Reggae|
(Dec 01, 2005 - 05:15)
I eat whole wheat, voted for Kerry and don't live in Chicago. I also think there's too much reggae on RP. Just a datapoint.
Just to keep the thread going and annoy people, I'm a W voting reggae lover. Whitebread as all hell. Of course, I only got to see Bob live a few times, so what do I know?
Bob is a genius.
|Glenn Miller - A String of Pearls|
(Nov 17, 2005 - 07:34)
My dad used to play in a band - he played clarinet, but never really bragged about it. We kids were raised in a household where Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, and Glenn Miller were mainstays, as were Nat King Cole, the Andrews Sisters, and Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra. We loved that stuff! Dad died in January of 2003, so whenever I hear big band music, I think of him, miss him, and am very grateful for my musical background.
I bought Dad a three CD set of Glenn Miller music, and he was listening to it the night he passed away...
Brings back the same sort of memories for me. Big Band music always reminds me of my dad, too. Guy had great taste in music.
|Spinning Jennies - Three Minus One|
(Nov 09, 2005 - 06:38)
|When this first came on I thought it was Guadalcanal Diary.
Nice song, a solid 7. I'm a sucker for jangly guitars.
|Van Morrison - Moondance|
(Oct 28, 2005 - 09:24)
|It just doesn't get any better than this. Some performances are so transcendant that they stand up after being played millions of times.
|Elvis Costello - Green Shirt|
(Oct 26, 2005 - 13:02)
|Armed Forces is probably one of the best-produced albums ever. The production on Oliver's Army is so exquisite, it makes me cry.|
|The Alarm - Rain In The Summertime|
(Oct 19, 2005 - 05:46)
|They've had better songs, but The Alarm never got the respect they deserved. Kinda got run over by the U2 juggernaut.
I always preferred "Strength" and "Absolute Reality".
Thanks so much for RP!
|Elvis Costello - Peace, Love and Understanding|
(Oct 05, 2005 - 10:29)
Ok folks, this is one of my absolute favorites. Back in the days (1977-78) I lived in D.C. (Vienna, actually) and we had a station..HFS "Home Grown" station...and no one was playing Elvis Costello, but they were. Still just one of those I want to turn up the volume on.
Unfortunately, WHFS has become just another generic "alternative" station. Alternative to what, I can't quite tell.
|Replacements - Can't Hardly Wait|
(Sep 22, 2005 - 07:09)
Solo Westerberg please! 'First Glimmer' or 'Sadly Beautiful' would go well here.
I'll even take "Dislexic Heart"
|The Be Good Tanyas - It's Not Happening|
(Sep 14, 2005 - 11:44)
They're on Prairie Home Companion this weekend. Worth a listen if you can handle the filler in between.
What Lazy8 said...
|Nick Lowe - Cracking Up|
(Sep 14, 2005 - 11:16)
I can't recall a bad cut off of the CD Labour of Lust where this is from. Great to hear it again.
Your recollection is very good. That's a great disc from beginning to end. Super production work, as well.
|Billy Bragg - Sexuality|
(Sep 08, 2005 - 08:23)
|This album wasn't as good as Worker's Playtime, but I think it was because Billy was going away from his guy with a guitar thing.
Anyhow, more Billy is always good.
|Big Star - Thirteen|
(Sep 08, 2005 - 08:19)
there isn't enough power pop played anywhere and it's about time it's played here on paradise. thanks bill. now how about some "shoes", "db's", early "nick lowe","20/20", "the posies", "the records", "dwight twilley band", lots more "big star", "cheap trick", "badfinger", "urge overkill" and the ever popular and more. (all which i sent to bill months ago... come on bill! whats up?).
|Paul Simon - Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes|
(Sep 08, 2005 - 08:11)
|Graceland could have been just another example of a pop star dabbling (badly) in world music to try and raise his credibility, but Simon managed to pull off one of the most important albums of the decade. Truly amazing.
I was very skeptical when this album came out, but it is simply transcendant.
|The Connells - '74-'75|
(Aug 17, 2005 - 07:54)
|Good Song, great album.
I'd add "Stone Cold Yesterday" from One Simple Word
|The Clash - Lost in the Supermarket|
(Aug 17, 2005 - 05:48)
A great song by one of the greatest bands ever. I actually heard some lame DJ speak of Green Day and the CLASH in the same sentence the other day. What a joke. Green Day's OK, but The Clash was awesome!
This DJ must be hurt. Badly. Green Day hopes they'll be able to grow up and be The Clash.
IMHO, the greatest album of the past 25 years.
|They Might Be Giants - Birdhouse In Your Soul|
(Aug 15, 2005 - 10:25)
|Saw a super documentary on TMBG on Sundance, called "Gigantic".
Great retrospective of their career, and where they are now.
I remember calling Dial a Song many time over the years...
Great song about a nightlight...
|Lemonheads - Mrs. Robinson|
(Aug 15, 2005 - 10:21)
|Didn't Evan Dando used to have a career?
For a (short) while, you couldn't turn on "alternative" radio without hearing these guys.
|The Band - Atlantic City|
(Jul 25, 2005 - 14:04)
I appreciate the homage, but I just don't like this version. The song needs to be sung with urgency in the voice. You can't just ho-hum your way through "Last night I met this guy and I'm gonna do a little favor for him." (Which I just noticed has been altered in this version.)
Agreed. I'm a huge fan of The Band, but this song just isn't a mandolin song. Bruce's original is much stronger.
|Talking Heads - Crosseyed And Painless|
(Jul 25, 2005 - 06:26)
Incredible. Can't be beat. So textured. So many things going on at once. So syncopated. So damn amazing.
And Amen to that!
|Talking Heads - Crosseyed And Painless|
(Jul 25, 2005 - 06:25)
|When Remain In Light came out, it was so fresh and different. The Talking Heads....Funk? Well, OK then. I wore this sucker out.
Classic album from The Heads.
|Pink Floyd - Us & Them -> Eclipse|
(Jul 22, 2005 - 13:31)
|I know it was on the charts for something like 300 weeks, and it is an incredible artistic achievement, etc, etc., but it still bores me.
Maybe it was all the times I had to spend listening to some stoned slacker try to convince me this was the most incredible album ever while he played air guitar and sang along (off-key) throug the whole thing...
I'll keep trying.
|Joe Jackson - It's Different For Girls|
(Jul 20, 2005 - 07:20)
Praise God that's where the similarity ends. Jackson is five times the songwriter Costello ever was. Jackson's also five times the introverted, anti-commercial nut who hasn't written anything catchy in years, but that's splitting hairs.
Amen to that!
|Elvis Costello - (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes|
(Jul 18, 2005 - 13:38)
Oh brother! I made the same mistake. We're too old now to be disgusted. Now let's try to be amused!
Add me to the list. I've seen Elvis about 15 times since then, but it just ain't the same.
Although, I felt my son kick for the first time at Elvis' show in ATL in 2002. That ain't too bad...
|Tom Petty - American Girl|
(Jul 18, 2005 - 13:26)
|Freakin' classic !!!
Tom Petty should be in the RNR Hall of Fame for this song alone! Love the 12-string Rickenbacker
|Siouxsie & the Banshees - Kiss Them For Me|
(Jul 18, 2005 - 13:24)
Love Siouxsie. Wish RP would play more, but this works.
Cool to stumble into a discussion of WHFS, one of my 80's influences here in DC. It's really bad now and in my car anyway it's been demoted off of the presets. I'd rather listen to 24x7 Xmas carols on WASH-FM.
Now the Phoenix, out of Boston, I heard that one a few times. Wonder if they have an Internet feed?
HFS used to be a killer station. Now they're just another annoying "alternative" station. I used to look forward to visiting friends in the baltimore/DC area just so I could listen to WHFS. Oh , well, times change...
|The Pogues - Lullaby Of London|
(Jul 15, 2005 - 14:01)
|Terrible shame to see Shane's talent being drowned in whisky.
Guy can write a great song. Could write a great song.
|Elvis Costello - Green Shirt|
(Jul 15, 2005 - 07:10)
No need to be sorry. You are spot-on. :highfive:
So right. My very favorite Elvis record. The production on that album was terrific.
|Midnight Oil - Blue Sky Mine|
(Jul 15, 2005 - 07:08)
|10, 9,8,...Red Sails In the Sunset...Blue Sky Mining... Diesel and Dust. Very few artists can string together 4 strong albums like the Oils.
|Nick Lowe - Big Kick, Plain Scrap|
(Jul 15, 2005 - 07:00)
Not even CLOSE to my favorite Nick Lowe song...but ANY Nick is better than no Nick. Thanks!!!
Amen to that!
|The Clash - Clampdown|
(Jul 12, 2005 - 06:00)
|My favorite song from my favorite album. As was said before, a rock anthem for all times.
I can't say enough good about London Calling. It was, and is, the best album of the era. For once, Rolling Stone got it right. Genius from end to end.
Truly, The Only Band That Matters!
|The Smiths - How Soon Is Now|
(Jul 11, 2005 - 11:05)
No but at a minimum you'll be brained.
Anyone else remember when that stupid awful dreadful Soho tune "Hippie Chick" hit the airwaves? I can't count the number of times they started that on some radio or pub jukebox and I thought to myself, "cool -- How Soon Is Now!" only to be treated to that insufferable assdreck song.
Thanks for bringing that up! I LOATHED "Hippie Chick".
Thanks for The Smiths, RP!
Great Song, turned me onto The Smiths way back when.
|Björk - Hidden Place|
(Jul 11, 2005 - 08:15)
|I can't help myself listening to her. She has the most unique vocal style out there. Completely bizarre, but likeable.
Aw, heck, I can't explain it, I just like her.
|Elvis Costello - Radio, Radio|
(Jul 11, 2005 - 07:58)
|Wasn' this the song that Elvis played on his infamous Saturday Night Live gig when he stopped the song he had started to play and instead tore into Radio, Radio?|
|The Doors - L.A. Woman|
(Jul 11, 2005 - 06:48)
|When I was a DJ on my local college radio station, we'd pop on LA Woman so we could go out and get a sandwich. Or a bathroom break.
Such a handy song!
|The Smiths - Girlfriend in a Coma|
(Jul 08, 2005 - 10:51)
|A beautiful, weird, song. A great showcase for Morrissey.
One of those songs that peole say, Oh, what a pretty song, then they listen to the lyrics...
For some reason, one of my favorite Smiths songs. A solid 9
|K.D. Lang - Helpless|
(Jul 08, 2005 - 08:25)
|k.d. lang has the clearest, most beautiful voice in the world. It's astonishing how expressive and full her sound is.|
|Bob Marley - War|
(Jul 07, 2005 - 05:16)
|Bob Marley was one of the most visionary and influential musicians of the era. He rose from absolutely nothing to become one of the most revered names in music. You can go anywhere in he world and hear Bob's music. His humanity and political consciousness touched people of every walk of life.
Very few artists, especially in the pre-MTV era, were able to truly become world stars. Bob deserves avery accolade we can heap upon him.
It doesn't take ganja to appreciate Bob. Unfortunately, too many people simply see that aspect of his life, which was part of his religion. Say what you will about Rastafarianism, but his deeply held beliefs helped make Bob Marley the great artist he was.
Long after 99% of today's musical acts are lost in the fog of time, Bob Marley will still stand tall.
|The Clash - Straight To Hell|
(Jul 06, 2005 - 10:57)
|The Clash were one of only a very few white bands who could do reggae/dub credibly. You can feel Joe rockin' this out.|
|R.E.M. - Bang and Blame|
(Jul 06, 2005 - 07:48)
|I was a HUGE REM fan through Automatic For The People, but I guess I've just grown tired of Michael Stipe's attitude.
Dude, your're not important. You're just a pop star. That doesn't make you smart. I really don't care about your politics either way. And I'm even less interested in your sexuality. I really don't care what you are.
Make good music = I buy your albums.
Make pretentious crap = I don't.
So simple really.
Their first 5 albums were so darn good, but then they just started meandering. It's telling that every WB album has sold less than its predecessor.
|Joey Ramone - What A Wonderful World|
(Jul 05, 2005 - 06:51)
|A great cover from Joey's solo CD.
It's even more impressive when you realize that Joey was dying from cancer when he recorded this CD.
Joey and The Ramones changed EVERYTHING. They could pack more energy into a 2 minute song than most band could get in a double album of navel gazing garbage.
They are finally getting the respect they deserve as being one of the most influential bands in rock history.
Juat listen to "Hey Ho!, The Ramones Anthology", and you'll get it
|Nick Lowe - Cruel To Be Kind |
(Jun 30, 2005 - 13:54)
|My God, this is one of the best pop songs to come out of that era. Great tune, good harmonies, crystal clear production.
It doesn't get any better than this.
|Big Audio Dynamite - Rush|
(Jun 30, 2005 - 10:05)
|Great song. WHen B.A.D. first came out, I had some trouble with them not being The Clash redux. It took some recalibration of my ears to appreciate them.
Looking back, these guys were very inniovative with their use of samples, etc., that was not really happening in the rock world.
|B-52's - Private Idaho|
(Jun 29, 2005 - 12:16)
|The B-52's made some of the best pop of the era. Just damn good fun.
Not everything has to be serious. They never take themselves too seriously, and they make great music. Their harmonies, song structures, and guitar work are some of the most experimental and interesting you can find. They were never constrained by the conventions of pop music.
The ultimate party band.
|Marshall Crenshaw - Mary Anne|
(Jun 29, 2005 - 12:08)
|Marshall Crenshaw is one of the most underrated American songwriters. This is a great song.
His compilation CD, "This Is Easy", dispels all doubts.
|The Clash - Train In Vain|
(Jun 28, 2005 - 06:08)
|Good Song. I rated it too high, however. It's not one of the best songs on this album, but then again this is one of my top 5 all time records. If I was to be marooned on a desert island, this is the first CD I'd grab.
In everyone's musical life, there are albums that change the way we listen to and hear music. This was one of them for me. It forever changed my tastes in music. It broadened my horizons and opened the door to reggae, etc., that I never looked at before.
I actually owned this on album, cassette, CD, and 8-track tape. Yes, 8-track. Wore that sucker out. One of the coolest album covers EVER.
There was a time when The Clash truly was "The Only Band That Matters".
I first heard this album in 1979 at college on a local radio station that played country during the day, and switched to new wave and punk at night. Wierd.
Thanks for bringing back the memories!
|Bruce Springsteen - Thunder Road|
(Jun 27, 2005 - 13:44)
|This album deserves all the praise that can be heaped upon it.
Live, there's just no comparison to Bruce.
I DO think that being from the NJ/PA/NY area helped me understand the whole Bruce thing. Back in the day, he was the essence of cool. Bruce was one of us, and we loved that he had made it talking about the things we lived every day (at least in our heads).
|Blondie - Rapture|
(Jun 24, 2005 - 06:24)
|You know, I like old-school rap, but this is why white folks SHOULD NOT RAP!
|Toad The Wet Sprocket - All I Want|
(Jun 24, 2005 - 05:56)
|Beautiful pop song. Tight harmonies, good melody, just wonderful.
I guess I just like to appreciate a good pop song that doesn't pretend to be 'important'.
Disposable? Yeah. So what?
|Bob Marley - One Love|
(Jun 24, 2005 - 05:54)
THE ONE, THE ONLY, THE GREAT ONE!! THE ONLY SADNESS IS THAT HE WAS TAKEN FROM US WAY TOO SOON. A GENIUS, A POET, A MOVER AND A SHAKER.
SIMPLY THE BEST
REST IN PEACE, BROTHER
|Bruce Springsteen - Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)|
(Jun 24, 2005 - 05:30)
|Remember, when this came out in the mid 70's there was almost NOTHING like it around. Bruce had a hard time breaking through the crap on the radio at the time, and Rosalita was a small hit, but has since been recognized as the classic it is. Captures Bruce and the E Street band with their most raw energy.
As to another comment, I'ver always thought 'Nebraska' was a great record. Dark, raw, and emotional, there's nothing like it. It's music for 3AM road trips in the rain to bail your brother out of jail 2 states away. Or shoot yourself to, either way.
When i saw Bruce for the first time on "The River" tour, he show lasted 41/2 hours and absolutely bnurned the house down. Part concert, part revival meeting, and all Bruce.
If you look back over his carer, he is one of the most important artists of the last 30 years. I can even forgive himn for "Dancing in the Dark".
|The Innocence Mission - You Chase the Light|
(Jun 13, 2005 - 07:16)
|1989. Man, this takes me back. First heard TIM on WRAS/Album 88 in Atlanta.
Karen Peris has the most hauntingly beautiful voice.
Thanks, RP, for putting this out there once again. So many great artists never get the chance to be heard.
|The Innocence Mission - Tomorrow On The Runway|
(Jun 13, 2005 - 07:08)
|Karen has a beautiful voice. The Innocence Mission has been around for a while. She is of Amish background, which explains a lot about her worldview.
Thanks for adding this!
|Belly - Feed The Tree|
(Jun 13, 2005 - 07:01)
Totally agree. I was bummed that they didn't have any more. Quick trivia question, how many times does the word "belly" appear in the lyrics of both albums?
"Be there when I feed the Tree" means "when I'm dead"
|The Clash - The Magnificent Seven|
(Jun 10, 2005 - 07:33)
|A great song from an album that was too full of filler. After the masterpiece that was "London Calling", the Clash went seriously overboard with "Sandinista!". There are some real gems in that triple album if you can find them.
As always, "The Only Band That Matters"!
|Psychedelic Furs - Heartbreak Beat|
(Jun 10, 2005 - 07:27)
|Man, this takes me back. P-Furs were unfortunately underrated by so many. Saw them live w/ The Divynils (sp?)( back in 1983. Yeah, I was in college.
Thanks for the great song. Now how about "President Gas"?
|The Pogues - Dirty Old Town|
(Jun 06, 2005 - 12:16)
|There's a new documentary of Shane McGowan on the Sundance Channel that includes a video for this song. It's a disturbing movie about Shane and the Pogue's rise and fall, but this and "Fairytale of New York"'s videos make it worthwhile.
And best of all is that ot's free on In Demand, if your cable co has it...
Thanks for this song. It's classic, as are The Pogues.
|Hoodoo Gurus - Tojo|
(Jun 02, 2005 - 05:15)
|The Gurus are one of the most underrated 80 'power-pop' bands out there. They have an honored place on my iPod.
Thanks for playing them. I could suggest many more songs by them...
BTW, they issued a very well-received new album last year called "Mach Schau". It be bery, bery good.