|Santana - Soul Sacrifice|
(Jul 26, 2012 - 07:40)
|Woodstock performance was life-changing. I remember a review of Santana that referred to "Carlos 'One-Note Wonder' Santana." Among the most protean of performers, endlessly inventive, eager to collaborate with any artist of virtually any genre (John McLaughlin and Willy Nelson to name a couple and suggest the range) and capable of cranking out one strong album after another interspersed with miracles. How Rolling Stone and whoever rolled out the one note wonder thing could form such bizarre opinions is incomprehensible. What a genius. His worst hackwork (okay, he did have a few less than perfect moments) is better than most artists' best moments.|
Superb. But the live Woodstock version is off the meter. Talk about a bust-out performance for this band...or any band.
That Rolling Stone review is so full of shit...
|Anders Osborne - Had My Reasons|
(Jul 22, 2012 - 16:32)
|I popped in to see if this was indeed an overlooked gem from Mr. George. It is honest homage assuredly. Very fine. |
Lowell George reincarnated!
|Bob Marley - No Woman, No Cry|
(Jul 15, 2012 - 18:49)
|Godlike. A beneficent God with a heavenly chorus telling me "Everything gonna be alright." |
I want to believe you, mon. Won't bet the ranch on it, but want to believe you.
|Andrew Bird - Tenuousness|
(Jul 15, 2012 - 18:24)
|Begs the question: What is terrible about this song? Don't feel like you need to answer because I can't imagine anything you might say in that regard I'd agree with, but I'm shocked when people think really commendable music is "terrible." |
Oh nooooo! Hoooooow terrible!!!!
|My Brightest Diamond - High Low Middle|
(Jul 15, 2012 - 16:35)
|I wouldn't give it a 10 because I feel like 10 presupposes there is something epic about a song and this song is too light and fun to be epic. (I would think that God, if there were a God, would be sort of epic.) That said I will raise my rating from an 8 to a 9. It is masterfully performed and produced.|
|Orbital - One Perfect Sunrise|
(May 21, 2012 - 12:21)
| What, huh, trance?|
Influenced by Kraftwerk possibly...but that's about it. Trance like...which I do like.
|Van Morrison - Wild Night|
(May 21, 2012 - 10:45)
|"All the girls walk by dressed up for each other."|
Whenever I suggest that is a great lyric my wife tells me it's crap, but it's a great lyric. It's true you know. Men don't give a damn about high heels and all that fashionista stuff that hobbles women.
|Yardbirds - Over Under Sideways Down|
(May 21, 2012 - 10:41)
|For what it's worth: My Lai. |
Let us not forget Martin Luther King, Chicago Democratic National Convention, Kent State, Watts and Detroit burning, Watergate, Walter Cronkite stating that the U.S. Government was flatly lying about Vietnam, evacuation of U.S. Embassy in Saigon by helicopter with people hanging from the landing struts as we got out of town as fast as we could.
Exciting may not be quite the word.
A corporate trainer named Morris Massey suggests that your outlook on life is determined by what the world was up to when you were fifteen. Some of the events referenced herein were before or after that point in my life but they're all close. I'm not the most trusting individual in the world. I have managed to overcome my cynicism (to some extent) but it hasn't been easy.
Seems that most here lived thru the bay of pigs, moon landing, Kennedy brothers. My Li. etc.
What exciting times.
The yardbirds were my first real favorite.
|Dave Matthews Band - Bartender|
(May 11, 2012 - 13:06)
|Looks like there are about 60 "sucko barfo" ratings which weighs down overall ratings. Hard to believe there are that many people who find this song unlistenable. "Haters got to hate." |
It really is a great song. Like many Matthews songs, it asks people to pay attention for a while and develops things and in an instant gratification society such as ours, that is always a dangerous move.
If this was posted with an unknown name, it might not be an 8, but it certainly wouldn't be a 5.8.
C'mon "enlightened" music listeners...prejudice is supposed to be for the ignorant.
|Zoe Keating - Escape Artist|
(May 11, 2012 - 12:58)
|High up the list of my life's regrets: didn't learn how to play cello.|
Wonderful piece of music. Captures the chiaroscuro quality of existence and the dynamism it can provide engaged souls like musicians. We non-musicians drink at their wells and struggle along thankful for the sustenance they provide our parched personas.
|The Fixx - Less Cities More Moving People|
(Nov 16, 2011 - 15:46)
|The grammarian in me laments that they didn't say "Fewer Cities More Moving People." Great song but a regrettable new addition to a handful of really good songs I have trouble listening to because of grammatical issues.|
|Rosie and Me - Bonfires|
(Nov 15, 2011 - 07:31)
|Sounds a bit like Bjork without the screeching. I mean that in a good way.|
|Jefferson Airplane - Somebody to Love|
(Jun 20, 2011 - 06:56)
|Wow, great thought. I just gave a rare "Godlike" rating in part because this song and band are at the core of that time. I almost cry every time I hear "We Can Be Together." The Airplane was central to the zeitgeist. |
I miss the innocence and optimism of that time. I wish they'd known then what they know now about how free love and do your own thing could be twisted into something completely opposite of love and freedom. This song is a good reminder to me of what life used to be like before things went horribly wrong...
|Talking Heads - Road To Nowhere|
(Jun 07, 2011 - 05:38)
|Grab a DVD of the movie Stop Making Sense and watch it on a set equipped with good sound. Then you will know the Talking Heads.|
I'm sure it labels me as a total dork, but I love Talking Heads. Quirky, observant, snarky, unconventional... It took me almost thirty years to appreciate their music, lyrics, and instrumental prowess, but I'm finally there. No TH on vinyl, cassette, or CD, but that will be changing soon.
Geez - I guess I really AM getting old.
|Patty Griffin - Little God|
(Apr 15, 2011 - 10:23)
|I evidently hated this song the first time I heard it. I really loved just now. I had headphones on this trip. I think it may be one of those songs you have to surrender to rather than just listen at.|
|Steely Dan - Kid Charlemagne|
(Apr 14, 2011 - 17:50)
|If you don't find any happiness in Skunk Baxter's work on lead guitar, you must spend a lot of time hitting the mute button. |
i try to avoid negative comments, but i have to agree that i just don't get anything from Steely Dan, other than an urge to mute to speakers
|Peter Gabriel - Mercy Street|
(Apr 14, 2011 - 17:47)
|I try not to rate too many tunes a 10. This song is an irrefutable 10. Part of my love of this song is that my father died when I was 15 and it conjures that sense of loss and sadness ("dreaming of mercy in your daddy's arms again) but understanding that it is shared by a sensibility as profound as Gabriel's at least lets me feel that I am not alone in my sense of loss. It also gets at the loss of spirituality in our lives ("dreaming of mercy in your Daddy's arms again.") And even if it didn't mean a damn thing, it is really beautiful.|
|Sinéad O'Connor - You Made Me The Thief Of Your Heart|
(Apr 14, 2011 - 12:35)
|I want to study writing English poetry from Calypsus. Mainfesting magical something in its syntax.|
Quote below re nuts/teeth reminds me of a lyric from a song the name of which I can't remember:
"it was a town filled with big-bellied men with no guts."
Please respect the images here published and its author, photographer who owns his copyright, mentioning in footnotes, its provenance. Nor are you allowed to use these photographs to satisfy personal whims and reveries.
If you want to follow that route low-level, inappropriate in any forum, so use your own material.
About your comment playful, this affects only you, but if you ask my opinion, obviously, as you have to calculate, it is an inappropriate exercise, not smart, stupid, and it adds absolutely nothing to criticisms and comments that appear in forum, and only shows your pettiness of spirit, that has nothing to do with the quality of the artists music that Radio Paradise is proud to present here, daily, throughout the hearing.
I feel like saying:
"God gives nuts to those who have no teeth"mandolin wrote:
Well ..... God will give me some patience ...... i just advise you read it carefully a second time, my comment entirely, because it seems to me that your head is operating in automatic (closed loop )......
...i'll accord your unfamiliarity with the nuances of message board formatting not to have recognised that i was quoting you, rather than reposting your images, but if you're uncomfortable brooking open discourse in response to your comments, i suggest that a public forum mightn't be the appropriate venue for posting them...
If you come here to comment on the visual of artists, and other features secondary and superfluous, I think you're wasting your time here.
Learn to use your intelligence to make valid and original comments about the work of artists, music, songs.
That is what is important here.
|Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms|
(Apr 14, 2011 - 12:20)
|British guitarist does epic anti-war anthem with overtones of proletarian solidarity ("fools to make war on our brothers in arms") and it is "Amerocentric MOR drear." If you say so.|
I say, "Godlike." Maybe to subtle to be God, but I still want to cry every time I hear the dirgelike fade and reflect upon all the brothers in arms killing other brothers in arms.
Amerocentric MOR drear... No wonder the high RP rating ...
|Mich Gerber - Eros|
(Apr 14, 2011 - 08:15)
|Ah, the music of the Subcontinent: love it, hate it, you just got to love it. Fortunately, I really do love it but can understand how to some folks' musical sensibilities it is the sonic equivalent of a poke in the ear.|
|Hot Tuna - 99 Year Blues|
(Mar 05, 2011 - 16:58)
|If I had ever done anything that might trigger a flashback, this album might be the detonator. |
"Where are those flashbacks they keep promising us?" Stephen Wright
|Allman Brothers - Blue Sky|
(Mar 02, 2011 - 10:30)
|What a great song to celebrate the coming of Spring (at least down here in GA.) After a cold, nasty winter (at least by our standards—I took a bike ride in snow flurries the day after Christmas), today is transcendentally sweet. Walk it around, Dickie. Mighty fine.|
|Leon Russell - Stranger in a Strange Land|
(Mar 02, 2011 - 08:33)
|My Robert Heinlein loving friend from Michigan must have been grooving on this one. It got me over the hump to order a DVD of Mad Dogs and Englishmen on Tour, so that I can have another surround sound performance party with my youthful associates. We started out with Stop Making Sense and I promised them Mad Dogs as a sequel. Great performance movie, in no small part because of Mr. Russell's efforts as band leader. I can't wait.|
|Traveling Wilburys - End Of The Line|
(Mar 01, 2011 - 13:03)
|I just moved it up to a 10. This whole album is Godlike, comprising as it does so many gods of the music of our times. Hallelujah.|
|Porcupine Tree - Black Dahlia|
(Mar 01, 2011 - 09:24)
|Great set today. Maybe it's just Spring emerging in my part of the world (coastal Georgia) but this has been fine.|
|Elephant Revival - Feathers Rise|
(Jan 13, 2011 - 11:00)
Mumford & Sons?
Vocals sound a bit Avett Brothers. Any group that sounds a bit like both of those is good.
|David Bromberg - Sharon|
(Jan 12, 2011 - 14:55)
| scraig wrote:|
The album cover is the only thing keeping this from getting a 1.
I always liked Bromberg, but this song really is painful.
|Elton John - Funeral For a Friend - Love Lies Bleeding|
(Jan 12, 2011 - 14:17)
|I couldn't disagree more, at least about this song, (I could go a long while without listening to Jim Croce again and fruit flavored beer—ick) but that is one of the greatest reviews ever written. Bravo.|
Oh god. The most insipid, boring, cloying album in the history of arena rock. I have tried to find an album I hate more, but even Jim Croce never produced such dramatic garbage. This is worse than fruit flavored beer.
|The Police - Walking In Your Footsteps|
(Jan 04, 2011 - 12:15)
|"I'd like you to meet my daugher, Dors"?|
Hey, mighty Brontosaurus, see if Art_Carnage can floor us...
Sheesh, I dunno. How would you rhyme with the word Brontosaurus, when you're not being utterly pedantic? Forgiving the Police for the Brontosaurus thing is like forgiving, oh, any astronomer for calling it Pluto.
|Bryan Ferry - Song To The Siren|
(Dec 01, 2010 - 11:25)
|I like Bryan better when he doesn't take himself so seriously ("hard rain's gonna fall" for instance) but I can't give most of his other stuff less than a quite likeable. Maybe never higher, but not lower either.|
|Little Feat - Willin'|
(Nov 09, 2010 - 14:24)
|What a perfect song for this very moment in my life. Yessir, life has it's ups and downs and it'll kick you around, but I'm still willin'.|
|The Doors - Riders On The Storm|
(Nov 02, 2010 - 10:53)
|Women prefer female vocalists. It's sort of like high heels; they say that they dress to appeal to men, but in the immortal words of Van Morrison, "The girls walk by, dressed up for each other." |
My wife says something is wrong with me wehn I say that male singers are far superior to female singers and sexier too. And I am straight. This vocal is so sensual that any girl would roll over for you if the lights were down low and give you what you want. Great stuff.....
|B.B. King & Tracy Chapman - The Thrill Is Gone|
(Nov 01, 2010 - 11:53)
|It sounds like a great idea for a duet but Tracy's vocal doesn't really add anything—she doesn't seem to be up to her usual standards and BB's rendition(s) over the years are so fine.|
|The Who - Baba O'Riley|
(Oct 30, 2010 - 07:12)
|Saw them at the Gator Bowl when they were touring Who's next. That was one of those life defining experiences.Still incomprehensible just how big their sound was given that it was emerging from a trio with a microphone swinging singer.|
|Sonia Dada - Ain't Life for the Living|
(Oct 18, 2010 - 10:59)
|Background music is reminiscent of some of the background on Robert Palmer's Slippin' Sally through the Alley. Which is a good thing to sound like.|
|Ray LaMontagne - Beg Steal or Borrow|
(Sep 28, 2010 - 12:53)
|Interestingly, some of the phrasing and tonalities in the singing sound a good bit like Joni Mitchell.|
Great song. Reminds me a lot of early Neil Young.
|Bonobo - Change Down|
(Sep 09, 2010 - 16:32)
|Now and Zen, you need to search for subtleties. Good stuff.|
Do you mean "repetitive"? They're not really synonymous words.
|Chet Atkins - Jam Man|
(Jul 28, 2010 - 10:15)
|I was wondering what Dubya was doing in there when I realized that was Chet Atkins.|
Nov cover of Guitar Player by ~jasonseiler
Jason Seiler ©2007-2010 ~jasonseiler
I can finally post the work I did for Guitar Player magazine. This was a killer to do because I only had a four days to complete the cover. It was nuts, had to pull an all nighter, drank many Monster energy drinks, and the rest is history! I'm really happy with how Zappa's guitar turned out, even though it was a lot of work. Zappa has a distinct SG, very unique and personalized, so when painting his guitar I knew I wasn't going to get away with just painting any old SG, it had to be his . . . with all the nicks and scratches, the whole SHA-BANG!
wow nice work !!!
|Lucinda Williams - Can't Let Go|
(Jul 28, 2010 - 10:02)
| You must be like negative fun. Don't get me wrong, I love Queen and Gabriel, but this song definitely has things moving. |
Uh, sure. I grew up on Queen and Peter Gabriel.
I find this repetitive and annoying.
|Elton John - I've Seen That Movie Too|
(Jul 09, 2010 - 13:56)
|I just muted it. Painful. When Elton is good, he's very good. When he's like this, he is plodding.|
....yes, it's my third reply to this, but I can't resist.....disappointed?? STOP LISTENING!!!
|Pink Floyd - Us & Them -> Eclipse|
(Jul 08, 2010 - 14:25)
|God knows what it takes to excite you.|
It's funny..I never liked this album much. I'm a big Floyd fan but this one never did anything for me. I know and I can hear that its groundbreaking and everything but...It always sounded kinda dull to me. Go figure.
|James Horner - Sing, Sing, Sing|
(Jun 29, 2010 - 08:05)
|If you haven't seen The Benny Goodman story, the triumphant finale with the band playing Sing, Sing, Sing at Carnegie Hall is really cool. A fun biopic featuring Steve Allen as Benny G (not to be confused with Kenny G).|
Louis Prima wrote it. Gene Krupa played in Benny Goodman's band and is featured on his version, also played here.
I like this version, a LOT, but then I like just about ANY version of the song, as long as it's ably executed. Some songs are so good, they transcend individual performances.
|Spoon - The Way We Get By|
(Jun 29, 2010 - 07:51)
|4 Spoon Tunes on STF soundtrack including TWWGB. One of the Spoon tunes on the soundtrack grabbed me when played on RP and picked the disc up. Nice selection of tunes.|
Stranger Than Fiction soundtrack? Is that how I know this? I like it!
|Sonic Youth - Unwind|
(Jun 21, 2010 - 12:13)
|I know she didn't invent it, but I recall reading about Jonie Mitchell's tuning way back around the time she released Blue. Maybe it was Les Paul.|
Agree utterly with remarks regarding Sonic Youth's amazing (in the good sense of amazing) sound and how integral the tuning is. Their arrangements where they keep filling in more and more of the sonic spectrum are pretty damn amazing, too.
Well, they tune their guitars all the time... Not in the way you are "supposed" to tune them by the "accepted standards" though. Pay that extra buck or two and the magic that makes them stand out will be gone!
And why the hell NOT do it this way? The possibilities are endless and it is what's made Sonic Youth unique. Not that they invented alternate tunings but in how they applied them to rock music.
Your average polite little band wishes they'd have thought it themselves... Instead, they can usually offer "discretely placed dissonance". In other words, they become irrelevant and bland.
|Rosanne Cash - Burn Down This Town|
(Jun 21, 2010 - 11:20)
|So, when the Cashes left town, did they burn the place?|
And she rode the school bus with me too!!!!
|Muse - Map of the Problematique|
(Jun 21, 2010 - 11:06)
|And that would be a problem? I'm more with the camp that hears U2. Great stuff.|
Great band, even though sometimes they sound like Queen.
|Peter Gabriel - Heroes|
(Jun 16, 2010 - 13:20)
Stop it, Peter, stop it. It's okay to cover something, but not to bury it.
|Hem - Half Acre|
(Jun 16, 2010 - 10:42)
|The commercial mentioned below has a sort of sweet message about looking after our neighbors, saving one another from disasters of varying scale. Not sure what they are selling but they do a good job of saying, "Look out for each other."|
|Fleetwood Mac - Tusk|
(May 28, 2010 - 12:09)
|Think you're over the bars wrong, man. That marching band sounds like a great big soulful elephant approaching. Very cool.|
By far the worst song they ever did. I just never understood why it was on there. Was it a soundtrack or something? Ughh.
|Björk - Big Time Sensuality|
(May 28, 2010 - 12:07)
|Have you watched it, Jean Luc?|
The funniest thing you have ever seen? You really should get out more. lol
|Elton John - Where To Now St. Peter|
(May 28, 2010 - 07:11)
| At least Elton has eschewed radical plastic surgery to this point. When he was in that hot pants and boots phase it got a bit grotesque, however.|
Can't believe he dis'd EJ like that. It's not like he's playing the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. He still sells out a stadium. I think Michael Jackson fell a little further...
|Chicago - Listen|
(May 18, 2010 - 12:17)
|What a shame Terry Kath had to die. This band really could rock. It never had the same edge after his unfortunate demise.|
|Aaron Copland - Fanfare for the Common Man|
(May 18, 2010 - 12:15)
|I saw the Stones in the Gator Bowl in about 1973. It rained all day during the prelim acts. As the Stones came out of the tunnel to the Fanfare for the Common Man, the clouds parted and a shaft of sunlight brilliantly illuminated the stage. 80000 people went completely nuts at once.|
|Tommy James & The Shondells - Crystal Blue Persuasion|
(May 18, 2010 - 10:22)
|We seem to be overlooking the larger issue of just what the heck is a Shondell?|
"The title of the song came to James while he was reading The Bible's Book of Revelation, according to James in a 1985 interview in Hitch magazine:
"I took the title from the Book of Revelations in the Bible, reading about the New Jerusalem. The words jumped out at me, and they're not together; they're spread out over three or four verses. But it seemed to go together, it's my favorite of all my songs and one of our most requested."
However some sources cite the Song of Solomon instead. It has also been suggested that this song was also inspired by a book James had read called The Truth That Leads to Eternal Life by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (Jehovah's Witnesses).
The book gives information about the future of mankind based on Scripture, and has a blue cover. However, according to James's manager, James was actually inspired by his reading of the Book of Ezekiel where it speaks of the Blue Shekinah Light which represented the presence of the Almighty God and the Books of Isaiah and Revelation where it speaks of a bright future of a brotherhood of mankind living in peace and harmony."
|Gogol Bordello - Pala Tute|
(May 18, 2010 - 07:23)
|Watch your language. You shouldn't talk that way here. Plain old wrong. Wronger still because the music is good; different, yes, but good and fun. |
When I (HAVE TO!!!) listen to Gogol,
it feels immedeately as if my wallet were missing!
FUCK this silly-simple Gypsy-bullshit!
There's not much I dislike more!
NIGHTMARE on a Rock-channel!
|Poe - Could've Gone Mad|
(May 17, 2010 - 12:27)
|I am stunned at the mediocre rating this album receives here. I feel like people posting remarks such as the one below must be listening to another album. Every track is a gem and the Haunted theme is used brilliantly. It's a rare album that holds together as a whole to the point that it gains from being played consecutively, but this one does. So fie on all you naysayers.|
I can't figure out why this album gets so much play here. It's old and not very remarkable.
|Turin Brakes - Sea Change|
(May 17, 2010 - 11:13)
|Sounds a bit like Lindsay Buckingham at times.|
He has a cool voice doesn't he? There is a spectrum of attributes in people that range from "feminine" to "masculine" and we humans are all over the spectrum—-love it.
|The Knack - My Sharona|
(May 10, 2010 - 06:49)
|Never much cared for this back when it was on the radio and then I heard the version with the awesome guitar break on a CD and I was made a fan. An amazing piece of axe work.|
|Beck - Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime|
(May 05, 2010 - 13:52)
|Man, this song has been covered. Notes below are from Wikipedia, which notes the original was by the Korgis.|
Other cover versions of "Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime" also took the song back into the UK Singles Chart over the years, most notably those by The Dream Academy (1987), Yazz (1991), Baby D (1995), Army of Lovers (1995) and German techno duo Marc et Claude (2000). NRG covered the song in their 1993 hit "The Real Hardcore". In 1997, a cappella group The King's Singers recorded the track with lead vocals by James Warren. In 2003, Erasure recorded the song on their cover album Other People's Songs.
In September 2004, Zucchero and Vanessa Carlton entered the French charts with their cover version of "Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime" and had some success. That same year, Beck also covered the song for the Michel Gondry film, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. This cover was also used at the end of episode 12 of the TV series Dollhouse.
Another version of "Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime" has been recorded by the Dutch band, Krezip. In 2008, Dutch electro house producer Laidback Luke released a bootleg remix of "Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime". Also in 2008, the Glasgow based band Glasvegas covered the song; it was as the b-side to their single, "Geraldine". A cover appears on the 2009 album Yesterday and Today by Swedish electro act The Field. Real Life covered "Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime" in their 2009 album Send Me an Angel: '80s Synth Essentials. dogpound wrote:
that's not the original but a good cover.
|David Bowie - China Girl|
(May 04, 2010 - 12:05)
|LOL. And agree with thought—sort of shocked how either wretched or mediocre some of the folks below find it. Play it again.|
Interesting segue to Morphine, what with discussions of heroin below (China White?).
I like this song, trouble is, an hour later you want to play it again!
|Gogol Bordello - Sun Is On My Side|
(Apr 29, 2010 - 08:59)
|There are parts of the world where between bouts of prayer, fearing other cultures and blaming things on them, and worrying about the next outbreak of ethnic cleansing, people listen to a lot of music much like this. It is a bit scary. That said, Gogol Bordello is a fine addition to the RP mix. If there were any threat of predictability to ruining the gestalt GB certainly has the ability to keep things skewy.And the music is good.|
|Deodato - Also Sprach Zarathustra|
(Apr 27, 2010 - 14:48)
|I like this version but Stanley Kubrick's original is better IMHO. This does grow on you, though. And I realized I had the artist wrong—it was actually The Crazy World of Arthur C. Clarke.|
|Easy Star All-Stars - Let Down (feat. Toots & The Maytals)|
(Apr 27, 2010 - 14:01)
|Wow, that is shocking. I can see maybe not loving them (tho' I do) but a 1? Maybe there is some cure for musical antipathy that seemingly totally misdirected.|
Who voted "1" for Toots? You may be allergic to good music, have that checked.
|Gogol Bordello - Pala Tute|
(Apr 27, 2010 - 11:43)
|What they lack in evident coherence they compensate for in verve. Side project of Squirrel Nut Zippers?|
|Elvis Presley - Teddy Bear|
(Apr 17, 2010 - 10:32)
|He'll always be everyone's Teddy Bear. Well, maybe not—there were times he wasn't quite lovable or musically pleasing—but this is a great song.|
|The Cure - Jumping Someone Else's Train|
(Apr 15, 2010 - 15:42)
|Hmmm, saw note below downstream. We're looping today. You can loop this song all you want. Wonderful tune.|
Posted: Nov 14, 2007 - 13:01
Bill, your segues are truly amazing. Who would have thought THAT after Subterranean Homesick Blues?
And what is even more strange: who would have thought that it works???
|Tom Waits - Heartattack And Vine|
(Apr 15, 2010 - 15:28)
|To inverse quote Romeo Tuna, this song is sooooo hard on the ears.|
I've always been a bit of a Tom Waits fan, and RP has actually made me more so. But if this song were the first bit of Waits I had ever heard, it might have been the last. Painful.
|The Surfaris - Wipeout|
(Mar 18, 2010 - 11:43)
|Raised on Mars by martians, were you? Okay, quick everyone, how many of you read Stranger in a Strange Land? Anybody out there grok what I'm getting at?|
Wow, I never heard this...it's crazy!
|MC 900 FT Jesus - The City Sleeps|
(Mar 18, 2010 - 07:34)
This sounds too much like many others...vocals from Butt Hole Surfers/Pepper, Tom Waits, LFeat as you mentioned.
Needs some work.
Tom Waits?????? You must be joking.
FrankMc feels compels to add:
Little Feat?????? (assuming that is LFeat.) I can't imagine any iteration of that fine band ever producing anything that sounds like this.
Actually like it better on second listening than on first (when I gave it a 2.) But I know Little Feat and this is no Little Feat.
|The Electric Prunes - I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)|
(Mar 18, 2010 - 07:30)
|Electric prunes must have been one weird trip. |
The over 50s in the audience may remember one of the great moments in early TV advertising when a laxative ad inquired of prunes, "Is two too many; is one enough?" You can still get a chuckle from certain age groups with this line. And an interesting discussion of the effects of stewed prunes if you search for "is two too many, is one enough."
|Crosby Stills & Nash - Long Time Gone|
(Mar 11, 2010 - 15:09)
|Having come to the dawn after a very long night many a time when this album was new, the darkest hour is just before the dawn developed a pretty amazing resonance. |
It appears to be a long
It appears to be a long
Time, such a long, long time
Before the dawn.
I still go "Oh" every time I hear the first notes of this song.
|Yo La Tengo - Our Way to Fall|
(Mar 11, 2010 - 08:08)
|From Rudyard Kipling's "The Elephant Child"|
One fine morning in the middle of the Precession of the Equinoxes this 'satiable Elephant's Child asked a new fine question that he had never asked before. He asked, 'What does the Crocodile have for dinner?' Then everybody said, 'Hush!' in a loud and dretful tone, and they spanked him immediately and directly, without stopping, for a long time.
By and by, when that was finished, he came upon Kolokolo Bird sitting in the middle of a wait-a-bit thorn-bush, and he said, 'My father has spanked me, and my mother has spanked me; all my aunts and uncles have spanked me for my 'satiable curtiosity; and still I want to know what the Crocodile has for dinner!'
Then Kolokolo Bird said, with a mournful cry, 'Go to the banks of the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever-trees, and find out.' Limpopoking wrote:
Verrrrry mellow... me likey
|Peter Gabriel - Listening Wind|
(Mar 09, 2010 - 14:09)
|This does hold up much better than the Heroes I heard earlier. Tough comparisons in both cases—absolute favorites of mine—I guess Gabriel and I share the same fine musical taste. The string quartet thing going on here and Gabriel's reading of the song have something to add in this case that if doesn't improve the original, offers something worthwhile in its own right.|
This song deconstructs rather nicely.
Much better than the other two tracks I've heard off this album.
|Peter Gabriel - Heroes|
(Mar 09, 2010 - 10:54)
|Commits the sin of going nowhere slowly. Has to have more going on than that to justify messing with the original.|
|Sonic Youth - New Hampshire|
(Feb 25, 2010 - 07:50)
|I love the word mondegreen. In the immortal words of CCR: "There's a bathroom on the right."|
Also love Sonic Youth. Thanks to RP for getting me to buy this album. Excellent.
"kill us your scumbag blues"?? Nice big noise, though - 7 from the mondegreen-afflected Nottingham jury.
|Spoon - Got Nuffin|
(Feb 23, 2010 - 13:08)
|Anybody else hear "25 or 6 to 4" as it starts out? Hmmm, I imagine many Spooners would not have a clue what that question means, but perhaps some of y'all who were around when the whole world was watching.|
|Neil Finn - Anytime|
(Feb 19, 2010 - 08:05)
While in the car a few minutes ago, I heard on the CBC that Mr. Finn is 51 years old today.
That's a delicate age. Leads to songs like "Anytime." I'm sort of in that age range (or was not too long ago) and tend to have rambling discussions with my associates regarding the impending train wreck that is aging and we spend a good deal of creative thought on how/when it would be appropriate to check out.
Earth, that nourish'd thee, shall claim
Thy growth, to be resolved to earth again,
And, lost each human trace, surrendering up
Thine individual being, shalt thou go
To mix for ever with the elements,
To be a brother to the insensible rock,
And to the sluggish clod, which the rude swain
Turns with his share, and treads upon. The oak
Shall send his roots abroad, and pierce thy mould.
William Cullen Bryant
|Fleetwood Mac - Future Games|
(Feb 15, 2010 - 12:49)
|Find Kiln House. Even better.|
Man, I don't even recognize this as Fleetwood Mac. I don't think I've given the band a fair shake!
|Talking Heads - Listening Wind|
(Feb 15, 2010 - 08:19)
|This is a truly wonderful album. Wrote earlier to say that the virulent dislike the Heads inspire in some folks (see yoogly image posted below—from Monte Pyton's "And Now for Something Completely Different"?) is one of the mysteries of my musical life. This song is transcendental but some people feel inspired to post wretched images in response to it. No accounting for taste mixed with a little bit of "Why Ask Why?" is best response I s'pose. I wish the whole "sucko, barfo" thing would go away, however. Maybe we could substitute something like "unlistenable" or "how could you?" for "S-B."|
|Liam Frost & The Slowdown Family - The Mourners of St Paul's|
(Feb 15, 2010 - 07:38)
|Regarding ratings, always amazed by the spread in opinions on less well known songs and bands. Also amazed how virulently some folks dislike some of the bands that I regard as wonders of our time (whatever decade(s) that may comprise—God knows when I first hit this world it was Fats Domino). Talking heads comes to mind in the "shocked at how virulently, etc."|
So, I'm shocked that others find this song an overproduced 4. I thought combined with the previous two tracks it was one of the more epic triads RP has laid on my head in a while, i.e., great stuff—thought provoking songs that were given enough room to roam and grow a bit.
Unless you put a typo in your birthdate on your profile, Talking Heads was a bookend of our generation. Their first album came out in 77 and their last in 1991.
Zeppelin and Yes are from the previous decade.
As far as the meanings of the ratings? They're utterly devoid of any objective meaning. It's just a fun little way to keep notes on what you like. Other uses, like using them as a shopping list? Great! Using them as a method of communication with the station programmer? Misguided, but sure, fine! Using them as a method to criticize other listeners? I guess, whatever, who cares!
|Talking Heads - City Of Dreams|
(Feb 05, 2010 - 10:54)
|Music isn't music without TH/DB. Amazing how little middle ground there is on that subject on RP. It's almost like red state/blue state. Assuming DB would be blue (he gets around by bicycle for instance), I will just say, "Blue Rules." He's a genius and that was a great band. The movie True Stories is really funny, too—the fashion show at the mall has to be seen.|
For those you dont like TH / DB ...
This is Radio Paradise and Radio Paradise is not Radio Paradise without Talking Heads or David Byrne
|Pearl Jam - Force of Nature|
(Feb 01, 2010 - 07:12)
|Gee, and here I was thinking we need a 9.5 rating for "epic." It's not quite Godlike, but extraordinary for mere mortals. And I don't think everything PJ is magic; they can send me scuffling for the mute at times, but when they're right, they're epic.|
I don't think that's the case with this song. Have you looked at the rating distribution? Most of the votes are 7, followed closely by 8. The relatively few haters that have voted don't seem to have had much of an impact on the rating of this song. The song is ok but nothing great.
|King Crimson - Fallen Angel|
(Jan 27, 2010 - 10:01)
|Hokey, mokey, that's an amazing piece of music. You rarely hear anything that evolved.|
|Edwin Starr - War|
(Jan 26, 2010 - 11:45)
|I never knew that Eddie Murphy had done a movie about Mr. Starr. (Certain resemblance in the cover photo.)|
I was at a family reunion this past summer, and a cousin who is a retired general made a speech and said (in effect) "Peace is surrender."
To quote Mr. Starr, "Good God."
|The Kinks - Days|
(Jan 25, 2010 - 10:47)
|How can you "not stand the Kinks"? I can understand how someone might not place them in the Pantheon of Rock—they may not get a bunch of "Godlike"s but certainly they merit more than share of "Most Excellent"s. Even at their worst it seems like a "ho hum" would be their nadir. Oh well, I suppose one man's "Most Excellent" is another man's "fingernails on a blackboard."|
I usually cannot stand the Kinks, but you know what, this is a nice little ditty!
|Donovan - The Fat Angel|
(Jan 23, 2010 - 13:03)
|Donovan is the only person who could say "Blow your mind" and make it seem profound.|
And, in the words of Stephen Wright, "And where are those flashbacks they keep promising us."
|Mocean Worker - Right Now|
(Jan 23, 2010 - 12:38)
|Sounds like this may have been an influence on The Real Tuesday Weld. Quite happenin'.|
And kudos to WonderLIzard for finely composed thought below.
|Madrugada - Hands Up - I Love You|
(Jan 13, 2010 - 06:52)
|From what I gather on Wikipedia, Chris Rea (glad to know how to spell it after all these years) is from Middlesborough, England, so road to hell must run on a different track. Evidently he will be back; a new studio album is evidently due in 2010.|
Yes, I hear that coming out loud and clear. The only difference is that Madrugadta is/was a great
group, while Chris Rea has been on the 'road to hell' somewhere in Texas since day one......and
with a bit of luck, he'll never come back.
|Big Head Todd & The Monsters - Bittersweet|
(Jan 12, 2010 - 12:01)
|For the person below who wondered why Bill plays so much BHT, I just wanted to say to Bill, Then Play On. I bought this album after hearing some cuts on RP and it is a revelation. Great stuff. Soulful and musical.|
|Crosby, Stills & Nash - Just A Song Before I Go|
(Jan 10, 2010 - 07:30)
|I can't believe I have never seen Theresa Brewer and Anthrax in the same sentence before. |
Get used to it, dude. I mean...have you heard any Theresa Brewer or Anthrax? What's up with that?
|Björk - Bachelorette|
(Dec 26, 2009 - 13:12)
|Bjork is da bjomb. |
She's so unusual and creative; I love her.
|Pink Floyd - Time|
(Dec 26, 2009 - 08:10)
|So it came out in 1962. I imagine it had a profound influence on the Beatles.|
BTW, Godlike. This piece is that good and HUGE.
Dark Side Of The Moon released 1992?
edit: oh, "30th Anniversary Edition"
|Billy Bragg - Accident Waiting to Happen|
(Dec 15, 2009 - 07:29)
|That's funny, I just logged in to express my love of that line.|
"I've always been impressed with a girl
Who could sing for her supper and get breakfast as well"
That's a nice opening lyric
|Talking Heads - Burning Down The House|
(Dec 01, 2009 - 11:27)
|That would be muking. Or would it be puting.|
Can't imagine this song evoking a muking fit. Great song. Amazing performance.
MUST....MUTE....OR I WILL PUKE
|Bob Dylan - Visions of Johanna|
(Dec 01, 2009 - 11:25)
|Glad to hear the part about only this song. Curiouser and curiouser.|
Weird I tell ya....I clicked on this song in the Now Playing box and got this pop up window:
Signalflare.ca. "The server students.signalflare.ca at Ask your instructor requires a username and password. Warning: This server is requesting that your username and password be sent in an insecure manner (basic authentication without a secure connection).
it only happens with this song...I tried a bunch of others already.
I had the same thing happen to me.
I havn't actually read the message....but something like this happened to me also.
Spooky, ain't it?
|Bob Dylan - Visions of Johanna|
(Dec 01, 2009 - 11:17)
|That song really just doesn't get anywhere. RP has given me an enhanced appreciation of BD's longer works (they've been getting some Paradise time recently) but this one got the mute button.|
|Richie Havens - Freedom|
(Nov 30, 2009 - 15:26)
|Woodstock was such a seminal piece of videography, and, as I recall it, Havens was first on. Close shots, split screen, a big old guy on conga. It was gripping. That said, this song is probably better enjoyed as part of the movie as opposed to just listening to it. And probably some of the performances were better enjoyed in the movie than actually being there. I don't imagine that Havens' performance was all that overwhelming from a thousand feet out.|
That said #2, it is a great performance.
Regarding accent on final m, there weren't many "dismemberment lib" songs in the Age of Aquarius and Dahmer didn't start whacking and hacking until the late 70s and, according to Wikipedia did the majority of his work in the late 80s. Having been born in 1960, Dahmer would have had to have been incarcerated at age 7 for Havens to have felt compelled to ask us to help spring him,.
I expect that this is the sort of song that you really had to be there, either in the place or time, to really appreciate, and if you're not of that age you'll just not connect with it. The over-emphasis on the last letter of "freedom" sounds like he's singing "free Dahmer".
I'll get me coat...
|Allman Brothers - Stormy Monday|
(Nov 30, 2009 - 14:14)
|Frightening, but the opening notes sound like the Viagra music. The world of advertising has gone too far this time.|
|Patty Griffin - Sweet Lorraine|
(Nov 19, 2009 - 09:42)
|I love the good Patty. This didn't seem like the good Patty. Painful vocal.|
One of my top 3 songs that she has done, I LOVE Patty!!
|The Middle East - The Darkest Side|
(Nov 12, 2009 - 11:28)
|I like it. Figured it was getting hammered (erred on the side of subtlety) so I jumped in with a pretty good rating.|
|Neil Young - Round & Round (It Won't Be Long)|
(Nov 09, 2009 - 13:58)
|Robin! And I always thought it was a Mourning Dove. |
I wondered who provided that ethereal sound to one of my absolute favorite songs.
I believe that the female vocalist is Robin Lane.
|Paul Simon - Late In The Evening|
(Nov 09, 2009 - 08:00)
"living Nostalgiacolor" is now part of my vocabamundo. woot woot! thanks mucho!
|Spoon - My Mathematical Mind|
(Nov 09, 2009 - 07:10)
| Hope you've read "Wicked. Pretty amazing take on the Oz story. Doesn't, however, delve into the Pythagorean theorem that I recall. |
Actually, if you listen closely to the Scarecrow, he says the sum of the 'square-roots' of two sides equals the 'square-root' of the remaining side, which is not correct, at least in our universe. So, my conclusion is that Dorothy had actually traveled to a different universe, where simple rules like pythagoras, and gravity (flying on a broom ?) are quite different from here.
|David Bowie - Heroes (live acoustic)|
(Nov 05, 2009 - 08:36)
|Wondering what that comment means. I guess if ET had been a bit stopped up, this would be a good thing. |
This makes my bowels move...
|English Beat - Save It for Later|
(Oct 31, 2009 - 07:49)
|Not bad for a Saturday, either. One of Pete's best maybe done better. Certainly kickin'.|
Reading comment closer to today (Monday, Oct 18 2010), I am made aware of my ignorance. Pete covered these chaps. I do like the original better and I love Pete's version.
I hereby proclaim this a great song for a FRIDAY!
|U2 - The Fly|
(Oct 24, 2009 - 08:02)
|Sad to not be able to appreciate something as strong as this because you feel like they have betrayed some pigeonhole you assigned them. "They're not doing protest rock; turncoats." If they had stayed a one note wonder they would have disappeared years ago. They have successfully reinvented themselves several times. And this song is strong.|
|Patti Smith - When Doves Cry|
(Oct 21, 2009 - 13:51)
|I'm with you, Bob. Very cool. Also enjoyed The Missing Fingers truly wonderful Billie Jean earlier. Prince cover day.|
|Gotan Project - Queremos Paz|
(Oct 20, 2009 - 11:13)
|Sanford. Governor Sanford.|
Has a little bit of a spy-jazz feel to it, don't it?
"Welcome to Argentina, Senior...?"
"Bond. James Bond"
I like the title. "We Want Peace."
|Leonard Cohen - Suzanne|
(Oct 18, 2009 - 12:49)
|It's amazing what a few decades of singing and smoking will do to a voice. I love the tanned baritone of Cohen's voice of the new millenium, but he could almost pass for Donovan way back when this came out (roughly contemporaneously with Mr. Leach's golden era.)|
|Kristin Hoffmann - Mary|
(Oct 18, 2009 - 07:46)
|Blah doesn't quite capture just how bothersome that vocal is. Dead on with the failed McLachlan thought. Really painful.|
nice piano work, but blah to the voice! someone is trying too hard to be sarah mclachlan...but missing the mark.
|Stray Cats - Stray Cat Strut|
(Oct 17, 2009 - 08:38)
|I'll never forget seeing Stray Cats perform this on American Bandstand. A couple of my friends and I were watching (waiting for the kickoff of a football game; we didn't regularly gather to watch AB but there we were) and they basically said, "What is this crap and who are those weirdos." I thought, way to go Dick Clark, and told my buddies these guys were heading up the charts with a bullet. They thought I was crazy.|
They became Republicans. I vote Democratic. I am willing to accept something slightly different on its merits. I didn't read all the previous commentary, but it looks like it was suggested that the Cats were "commercial." They definitely did not immediately strike main stream ears as anything like commercial. Future Republicans immediately rejected them.
|Pearl Jam - Come Back|
(Oct 17, 2009 - 08:02)
|This song sort of embodies a lot of what is so right and so wrong about PJ. Well-crafted and strong through most of its run but then loses in the end to Veder's yodellings. Maybe in a throbbing sea of humanity, flogged by powerful axwork through a long night, those animal howlings might transport you to another plane; listening around the house on a Saturday morning, you hit mute. I think the raters before me had it about dead on, based on a better than pretty good through much of its run, but no better than a 6.1 due to the mute button at the end. So, not a PJ-hater, but more of a lover-hater. Maybe we could add letters to the ratings. I give it a 6.L-H.|
|Dire Straits - Single Handed Sailor|
(Oct 14, 2009 - 07:21)
|You always wonder if anyone reads anything you write in here. Glad to see that I struck an evidently resonant chord with my earlier comment. Thanks for the note.
You made your point... I rated again, on a second listen, to 9... I have to say in the same time that I like your playlist... "strange" Godlikes you have (as you have described them earlier)...
|Supertramp - Logical Song|
(Oct 13, 2009 - 07:34)
|But we're all safer for it, so it was worth it, right?|
The song tells the story of a man who:
- is taken away from the unspoilt immediacy of childhood (When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful, a miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical),
- undergoes education (but then they sent me away to teach me how to be sensible, logical, responsible, practical),
- sees a future prepared for him lacking any spontaneity of reaction (And they showed me a world where I could be so dependable, clinical, intellectual, cynical),
- feels constricted in his freedom of speech (Now watch what you say or they'll be calling you a radical, liberal, fanatical, criminal),
- is put under pressure to conform (Won't you sign up your name, we'd like to feel you're acceptable, respectable, presentable, a vegetable)
- and ends up confused, without a coherent self-image (please tell me who I am).
and all of it is Bush's fault, of course.
|R.E.M. - Undertow|
(Oct 09, 2009 - 12:06)
|Yes. That one really gets your attention. I was in an intro art class with Michael Stipe, so we are roughly contemporary. Am impressed that anyone that old can rock like that. Amazingly fresh. |
|Michael Jackson - Beat It|
(Oct 09, 2009 - 11:24)
|Might have been a nice stroll down memory lane were it not for the Jacksonian death frenzy of—what has it been?—the last year and a half. What? The post-mortem orgy has only been going on since June 25th? Wow, it seems like a year and a half. Or forever.|
|Root 1 - Soul Raggamuffin|
(Oct 09, 2009 - 11:20)
|Wow, this song as had some harsh rating. I am not automatically in love with ska but that was pretty cool.|
|The Pretenders - Message Of Love|
(Oct 09, 2009 - 05:43)
|Regarding best female rock singer ever, perhaps Janis?|
Gone too long, I suppose. Crissie rules.
Well. There's Pat... no. Maybe Patti....no. How about Deb.... no. How about Polly....not quite. Maybe the chick from Evanes.....no.
I give up. You are right.
|Doe Maar - Bella Donna|
(Oct 01, 2009 - 06:51)
|If that means this is seriously kickin' tunes, I second that emotion.|
ha doe maar hier, holland spreekt een woordje mee,leuk op RP
|Gary Jules - Mad World|
(Sep 29, 2009 - 08:03)
|This just went from a 5 to a 3. I scarcely ever mute RP but I couldn't take the singsong thing another moment.|
|Santana - Soul Sacrifice|
(Sep 21, 2009 - 13:19)
|Dude, give it a rest. Okay, you don't like Santana. We all make mistakes.|
If this is the Best of... I'd hate to hear the worst. Annoying predictable, contrived music
|Built To Spill - Gone|
(Sep 09, 2009 - 11:17)
|One or two clankers, but there a several really good cuts. Worth owning. Quite affordable used on Amazon, too.|
Wow, this is great! Is the rest of the album this good??
|Dire Straits - Single Handed Sailor|
(Aug 28, 2009 - 10:39)
|I just have to ask, what on earth is wrong with other parts of the song? IMHO, great lyrics, great storytelling, excellent production, masterful singing. Knopfler my not have a great voice in some folks' estimation but he is a great singer. I don't give it a 10 because Godlike implies (again IMHO) a sort of life-changing, epic quality and this song is more subtle and human than that, and I know that means I'm arguing over a point (twixt 8 and 9) but this song is the sum of its parts, not a ragtag band of hangers on dragged upward by Knopfler's virtuosic ax work. And Knopfler can sing.|
Indeed it is... for the guitar I would give a 10, but per total I rate 8
|Steve Winwood - I'm Not Drowning|
(Aug 27, 2009 - 07:36)
|Perhaps you meant "venerated." Venerable means something that has merit largely by virtue of age, which, of course Winwood does at this point, but I don't think he'd really like that being his chief attribute. (And, of course, he first showed up at about age 10 or something doing a mean sendup of Ray Charles, so he couldn't have been venerable at that point.) |
Venerated means that something is revered or held in high esteem, which Winwood generally is, although some crab suggested he was dragging down Clapton on that great remake of Can't Find My Way Home that's been getting some play. No accounting for taste, I suppose. (To wit: I thought this song dragged—maybe a 5—and it rates over a 7 with RPers.)
So good to see Steve Winwood back in good form again after the dreck he was churning out in the 80's. His last two releases are excellent efforts and puts him firmly back into the venerable postion he deserves. Thanks Bill for putting this one in rotation, I was waiting to hear some of this new record turn up on RP.
|The Shins - Sleeping Lessons|
(Aug 27, 2009 - 06:23)
|Perhaps it's the huge break when they go from the thing going "doo-de-doodley-doo" for the first minutes of the song into the sort of garage rock thump that they fade with. |
There's something I really like about this song. What is it?
BTW: Their album cover is ugly, and the band-name is...hurty. So what is it? What is it I like?
|The Church - Reptile|
(Aug 21, 2009 - 16:39)
|I admit I don't know much more BOC than Don't Fear the Reaper, but sounds more like Sonic Youth to me. I'll have to listen to more BOC.|
Sounds like Blue Oyster Cult.
|Porcupine Tree - Lightbulb Sun|
(Aug 20, 2009 - 12:16)
|Talky vocals, nice baritone voice. Sounds like vocalist needs a few more decades of cigarettes and singing but definite overtones. Not kidding. |
You are kidding, right?
|Depeche Mode - Hole To Feed|
(Aug 20, 2009 - 11:43)
|Odd, the melody hiding in there somewhere sounds a bit like "House of the Rising Sun," so maybe that has something to do with it. Like the thump of it, though, dated or not. |
I was a fan from many years ago but to me this sounds, well, dated.
|Spirit - Morning Will Come|
(Aug 20, 2009 - 11:37)
|Oh, Lord, it was fun to be young and hot-blooded and sing along with this one, loud. |
Thanks for the trip down memory lane and the chance to lay down a good baseline for the people in the office next door.
|Spirit - Nature's Way|
(Aug 14, 2009 - 14:17)
|Notes down below suggest that This Mortal Coil does a better version of this song. I need to hear it. I can't believe you could do this song much better. Of course, I was a junior in high school when this came along, so my estimation is conflated with my recollection, but this still has legs.|
Thanks for playing Animal Zoo in sequence. Just not right without the seque.
|The Cure - Disintegration|
(Aug 14, 2009 - 13:17)
|Most recent plug for RP gear noted that sales help pay the "Bills." What about the "Rebeccas"?|
|Status Quo - Pictures of Matchstick Men|
(Aug 14, 2009 - 10:08)
|I think it was supposed to sort of hurt. |
Nice trip down memory land, although reading another commentators mention of "all the way back to grade school" reminds me that I was almost to high school by that point. I'm getting old.
Unfortunately, this song quite literally hurt my ears... could it just be the particular recording?
|Peter Gabriel - Mercy Street|
(Aug 11, 2009 - 11:15)
|I'd been meaning to call Romeo on that "good for the ears" thing myself. But I wouldn't fall for that trap either. |
OK, I know what you're up to - you're trying to get somebody to comment on how you use the same comment for a lot of songs on RP. Well, I won't fall into that trap, no sir not me.
|Poe - Haunted|
(Aug 04, 2009 - 11:30)
|Re: this album. The sum is greater than the parts and the parts are all great. Not a weak moment and if you listen to it consecutively it tells quite a tale.|
|Hem - The Fire Thief|
(Aug 04, 2009 - 10:49)
|Definite Everything But the Girl overtones in the quiet prettiness and absolute lack of edges.|
|The Doors - Waiting For The Sun|
(Aug 03, 2009 - 08:04)
|Can't agree with ManBird because hard to actually know how God feels and "hate" is a such a strong word, but it is a pretty darn tedious tune. Waiting for it to get over with mute engaged.|
I have to agree with ManBird.
|Pink Floyd - Fat Old Sun|
(Jul 20, 2009 - 12:33)
|I'll have to ruminate upon it before I whey in.|
Now you're milking it!
|Peter Gabriel - Don't Give Up|
(Jul 20, 2009 - 07:42)
|Excuse me while I lie down on the floor and cry. This song (and album) was in my heavy rotation at a point in my life when I was lower than a toad frog's tush. Kate's voice would float into my hovel and I would cry like a baby. But it always helped remind me that it's all about who cares about you and fortunately a few folks did and I didn't give up. Beautiful song.|
|Apocalyptica - Farewell|
(Jul 20, 2009 - 07:36)
|I wish they could have come up with a coda rather than a fade, but impressive nonetheless.|
|Mason Williams - Classical Gas|
(Jul 17, 2009 - 10:58)
|Ummm, MS's first album was released in 1975. The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (wherein I first saw the video of Classical Gas) was cancelled in 1969. Life may imitate art and art may imitate life but I don't think Brother Mason was riffing on MS.|
It's like an imitation of Mannheim Steamroller.
|Lindsey Buckingham - Go Insane|
(Jul 17, 2009 - 10:44)
|Buckingham is (or at least was) absolutely amazing live. His Rattlesnake Shake at the Fox in about 1975 still resonates in my mind.|
|Pink Floyd - Us & Them -> Eclipse|
(Jul 13, 2009 - 15:45)
|I was just commenting about songs that don't get anywhere. This song could have meandered to nowhere. But THEN—KABOOM.Then it wanders back to the edge of Nowhere, ("round and round and round"), but in the end carries you back to someplace that you wouldn't have known existed without this song. A great, huge 10.|
|Mari Boine - Vuoi Vuoi Mu|
(Jul 13, 2009 - 15:18)
|It doesn't "suck" (per Ferrari fellow—and agree with thoughts regarding car love as basis of name) but it sure doesn't get anywhere. Purchased Robbie Robertson Music for the Native Americans CD that got air play here, so my probs with this tune aren't because I don't like the genre. (Maybe it's because every genre and every artist produce things that don't get anywhere. There are a couple on the Robertson album that don't get anywhere. One of the reasons that I like RP—someone is sifting out most of the stuff that doesnt' get anywhere. And are trotting out a lot of stuff that does.)|
|Harry Manx - Can't Be Satisfied|
(Jul 13, 2009 - 15:10)
|Should you admit that you're out there, tramping around with any old radio station?|
Way to depressing and self-indulgent and the guy cant sing...oh, my bad, was listening to U2 on another station and had this screen up..hehehe...
|The Dandy Warhols - And Then I Dreamt of Yes|
(Jul 08, 2009 - 11:36)
|Fairly obvious, I'd say.|
Wait a second....Stop the Presses! I just noticed, if you take the dy off Dandy and the War off of Warhols, you are left with Dan hols. Now if you replace the o in hols with an i and the s with another l you get Dan Hill ...the painfully earnest singer/songwriter. Anybody else catch that?
|Joe Cocker - The Letter|
(Jul 07, 2009 - 07:50)
|Or Depeche Mode.|
It would be so funny if he covered a bunch of Ray La Montagne's stuff.
|The Waterboys - Old England|
(Jun 26, 2009 - 13:16)
|I wish I could have played the Love Bazooka (i.e., sax) for the Waterboys. I'd forgotten how good that song was.|
And now that I see he got to go through life with the untouchably fine name of Anthony Thistlethwaite, that desire is even greater. Some guys have all the luck.
|Ray Charles - Hit The Road Jack|
(Jun 26, 2009 - 12:29)
|Reminds me of riding in the back seat of our woodie station wagon with the rusted out floorboard going to the beach singing along like crazy to Ray coming at us from the AM radio. The radio was a miracle of technology. It had a knob type tuner but you could actually push a little lever and it would find a channel. Holy cow. This was in 1961, mind you, when the song came out. (So car must have been about a 1956 or so to have had time to have the floorboard rust out—even an old Ford occasionally driven along the ocean's edge would have taken a while to achieve that trick.)|
|The Cure - In-Between Days|
(Jun 26, 2009 - 11:34)
|Get off the web, mean-spirited soul|
Immature crap at best - its been done before and much better - get off the air
|Sonic Youth - New Hampshire|
(Jun 26, 2009 - 07:14)
|A Sonic Nurse is a sonic youth fantasy|
I've done it ~45-50 mph, which is probably the top speed that the road can be driven safely with a car on dry pavement.
Maybe a motorbike could do better. My car lifted off the ground at the top. Seriously. That road is insane.
BTW, what's a "Sonic Nurse" anyway?
|Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime|
(Jun 25, 2009 - 11:40)
|Could only give it an 8 because the Godlike version of this song resides within the film "Stop Making Sense." One of the great performance movies of all time.|
|Mari Boine - In the Hand of the Night|
(Jun 25, 2009 - 11:20)
|Your comment sucks. You must be some sort of "Young Arizonan Against Native Culture League" member or somesuch. |
God D#@$&*^ This sucks!!!! Good Grief.
|Neil Young - Down By The River|
(Jun 11, 2009 - 13:38)
|The best thing that happened my first semester of college was that my roommate turned me on to this album. I would come back from class every day and sing along like crazy. The album's title track was pretty much my theme song. I sincerely wanted to be "back home" and away from the nowhere land I had found myself in.|
|Animals - House of the Rising Sun|
(Jun 10, 2009 - 07:08)
|Probably have heard this song as many times as any song ever, but it still has verve. I can't imagine "Saving Grace" sung to the melody, however.|
So, On_The_Beach, have you ever read "On the Beach" by Nevil Shute? Possibly the most depressing book ever written.
I feel your pain, but I love this song. Eric Burdon was great, "back in the day".
|Augie March - Stranger Strange|
(Jun 09, 2009 - 13:15)
|I would add, "Hokey mokey." I wish I had invested in Augie March futures.|
I'll buy it off of you for $4.00!
Have you priced this thing used on Amazon lately?
|Derek and the Dominoes - Keep On Growing|
(Jun 09, 2009 - 10:30)
|I could listen to that pile of guitars thrumming in the background darn near forever, so no problem there.|
You've never heard this before?!! Have you been living in a cave or in Wyoming? This song and this album are a classic.
That said, I find this song never ending, kinda like inspiration for the Allman Brothers and their endless jams. Not my favorite Clapton song by far.
|Humble Pie - 30 Days in the Hole|
(Jun 09, 2009 - 07:26)
|Incarceration Rock; a perfect genre for the nation with the highest rates of imprisonment in the Western world.|
I think Bill's feeling a bit pent up.
Humble Pie - 30 Days in the Hole
Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock
Neko Case - Prison Girls
|Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock|
(Jun 09, 2009 - 07:24)
|I really like John Mellencamp's homoerotic rendition of this on the Honeymoon in Vegas soundtrack. Outrageous. "Let's rock."|
|Joe Cocker - The Letter|
(Jun 05, 2009 - 13:10)
|Somebody once said that when Cocker covered something, he owned it. This is one of those cases.|
|Blind Faith - Can't Find My Way Home|
(May 21, 2009 - 06:29)
|I used to have a DJ beer-drinking buddy (hope you're doing well, Bob) and he mentioned once that whenever he played this song that the phone would ring off the hook with people who had previously not heard it who had to find out who it was. Amazing and timeless. Godlike.|
|Pink Floyd - A Pillow of Winds|
(May 20, 2009 - 13:14)
|Thanks for the reminder. I've been meaning to buy this album for a while. I can't wait to hear Fearless again.|
|Poe - Wild|
(May 19, 2009 - 13:03)
|This may be the best RP-inspired purchase I've made. Tremendous production and Poe's pipes are just amazing. And not just a one-trick pony—lots of great changes of tempo and style. Good follow through on the "Haunted" concept, too. Great album.|
|Neil Young - The Loner|
(May 17, 2009 - 10:37)
|Whoops, the eponymous album preceded CSNY (of course.) I guess it was his first "solo" after Buffalo Springfield. Wow, what a body of work. (The Wikepedia discography says there are 33 studio and 6 live albums—granted a good amount of retreads in there but an awesome amount of new materials in various approaches to "Rock." I don't see that there has yet been an omnibus compendium, but that would be a pretty 20-30 disc boxed set.)|
|Neil Young - The Loner|
(May 17, 2009 - 10:25)
|This song (when I heard it on Young's eponymous "solo" album — i.e., after CSNY) made me realize he wasn't just good, he was Neil Young. Absolutely, utterly confirmed by Crazy Horse, but the eponymous album preceded Crazy Horse (I checked), and it was something else. (I still think The Old Laughing Lady is way up the list of Young's stuff.) |
Decade is an awesome compilation of his early stuff. If you don't own it, hop on that link, cop one from Amazon, and do yourself and Bob a favor.
|Ozark Mountain Daredevils - If You Wanna Get To Heaven|
(May 16, 2009 - 07:06)
|Anybody who can steal a show from Charlie Daniels has done something. Maybe some deep cuts from OMD might jump my rating up a bit. I always thought Wanna Get to Heaven was a bit formulaic. Great musicianship, but no surprises and some of the guitar progressions are just plain old predictable.|
It's 1974 at Alfred Univ. and these guys opened for Marshall Tucker who opened for CDB, all for $10. The best triple bill ever and OMD stole the show....
|Roger McGuinn - King Of The Hill|
(May 15, 2009 - 11:42)
|Tom Petty came along after the Byrds, so likely that imitation runs the other way. You might also wonder why either of them would want to mimic Dylan. That said, I think all three are pretty damn vocalists and all three are most assuredly great songwriters. |
Never thought someone would ever choose Tom Petty's voice as the one to adopt
|Feist - 1234|
(May 07, 2009 - 06:42)
|People who still identify themselves in terms of the automobile they drive are not to be trusted to make reasonable definitions of what constitutes sucko barfo. No song as happy as this can be sucko barfo. |
|Led Zeppelin - Tangerine|
(May 06, 2009 - 13:22)
|And Big Head Todd on Encomium. Man, the original sure is fine, though. Looking at the ratings, it appears someone gave it a one?! |
This is a great song. I also enjoy Dave Matthew's cover.
|Damien Rice - Delicate|
(May 06, 2009 - 11:34)
|I think it is probably one of those generation gap things. I think some of the haters might calm down and like something like this later in life. This is a real hard song to get when you are still working under the impression that you are bulletproof and that life will continue to describe an upward arc throughout its course. |
I rate it in an 8. Showing my age. I rate Older Chests damn near a 10. I bet a lot of y'all that give this song a 4 would give that one a 2.
Based on the 90% negative comments, I can't believe the rating for this. The lovers must be rating 10
|A.K.A.C.O.D. - Hypnotised|
(May 05, 2009 - 10:32)
|Morphine doing a tribute to The Flying Lizards? |
(Bill, if you can find it, please play "Money" by the Lizards.)
|The Cure - Boys Don't Cry|
(May 01, 2009 - 10:50)
|Yo, Stingy, hush. We don't care what you like. |
Use a spellchecker. (I admit that I would always misspell rhythm without benefit of a spellchecker, but that's what they're for.)
What a great song. The vocal is brilliant. Just the right note of a boy wanting to cry.
Seriously DISLIKE this song. No melody. No mood. No swing. No rythm. Stupid words.
Leave alone the guy can´t sing. The CURE have just one single good song!
|Fleetwood Mac - Hypnotized|
(Apr 30, 2009 - 07:34)
|Oh, sod off, mate. It's wonderful fluff. Enjoy yourself now and then. You don't always have to be dragging a rock around.|
Hmmmm, like some of their work, this is a bit Steely Dan with less steel! and less up-front production. In my mind I classify this as "California soul rock" as it's sort of laid back, sunny, pacific coast without any real meat to it. 4 or 5.
|Ella Fitzgerald - That Old Black Magic|
(Apr 24, 2009 - 14:24)
|Kevin Spacey does an admirable job on the version on the soundtrack of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." Pretty good soundtrack to a really crummy movie. (Based on a good book.)|
|Patty Griffin - Little God|
(Apr 24, 2009 - 12:17)
Wow, I adore Patty Griffin, but I actually had to mute this one.
|Patty Griffin - Little God|
(Apr 24, 2009 - 12:10)
|She sounds like she is in pain. For such a talented girl she occasionally really goes in the ditch.|
|The White Stripes - You Don't Know What Love Is|
(Apr 24, 2009 - 06:48)
|Except that Mighty Quinn sort of had a melody. |
Rock and roll trivia for today: Quinn the Eskimo was a reference to Anthony Quinn portraying an eskimo in the movie "The Savage Innocents" which I always thought would have been a great name for a rock band.
This is kind of a ripoff of "Mighty Quinn" by Manfred Mann. Isn't it?
|The Beatles - You Never Give Me/The End|
(Apr 24, 2009 - 06:42)
|It's a running joke with my friends that I reduce the whole world to the influence of high school football but we sure had a good time singing along with this on the bus coming back from games. Our coach would just smile and shake his head. (We would usually listen to Bill Cosby's "Why is There Air?" on the way to games. The answer to that, quite logically, was "To pump up footballs, of course.")|
It's only been about 40 years since I played (the album was newly released when I was a jock), so there is still a chance I'll outgrow this fixation.
|Talking Heads - Psycho Killer|
(Apr 23, 2009 - 09:02)
|I need to get the movie on DVD. An absolutely amazing performance film. This song, for instance, kicking things off with Byrne and a boombox providing percussion. The extra applause at the end is when the stage hands start rolling in the gear for the rest of the amazing band that eventually includes the Tom Tom Club providing awesome backup vocals and energy. Too cool.|
|Van Morrison - Saint Dominic's Preview|
(Apr 23, 2009 - 06:50)
|If I died today, I'd like to come back as a member of Van's horn section. I understand he's a slave driver, but that sure sounds like fun to be part of that.|
|Equation - Kissing Crime|
(Apr 23, 2009 - 06:40)
|Not much of a stretch to be too liberal for Greenville, SC.|
Thank you Bill.
I leave for San Francisco Monday....apparently I am to liberal for Greenville S.C.
Play me some amazing packing music please.
Sigmon? Leaving Day Monday!!!!!
|The Old Ceremony - Plate Tectonics|
(Apr 22, 2009 - 11:27)
|Please don't tell me the first is "I Feel the Earth Move Under my Feet."|
This is my second favorite song about geological land movements.
|Chris Isaak - One Day|
(Apr 20, 2009 - 10:32)
|Serious Roy Orbison overtones. |
I was going to say it sounded like Chris Isaak, until I saw that it was Chris Isaak. Now, I guess I'll have to say it sounded like Ryan Adams or the Grateful Dead or somebody...
|The Chameleons - Dangerous Land|
(Apr 20, 2009 - 10:28)
|We must have sent about simultaneously with our notes on April 4 regarding the R Plant sound.|
This song reminds me of Robert Plant in his Big Log, early 80's era
|Ennio Morricone - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly|
(Apr 19, 2009 - 09:32)
|As long as we're doing favorite Clintisms, I always liked "A man's gotta know his limitations." Spoken by the almost Terminator-invincible Harry Callahan, there is, of course, limitless irony but the phrase is almost universally useful. Lord knows, we all could have used a little more sense of irony and limitations the last eight years or so.|
|Steve Miller Band - True Fine Love|
(Apr 17, 2009 - 12:38)
|There is some Steve Miller I really like (how 'bout something from Number 5, like Good Morning). But this song is anemic. When the best you can offer is "pretty good bass line" you know you're stretching.|
|Brian Eno - Dead Finks Don't Talk|
(Apr 17, 2009 - 12:12)
|Hey, stand proudly for your weirdnesses. At some level of examination, it's about all we have that separates us from the low beasts. (That and, as a funny person noted, "The ability to accessorize.")|
This album was one of a few that helped get me through my high school years. Still sounds great to me today.
Sorry if it sounds too "weird" for some of you.
|Brian Eno - Dead Finks Don't Talk|
(Apr 17, 2009 - 11:57)
|"More for me, oh bless my soul."|
Truly bizarre, but I'm with Bob on this one. Somehow it works. It may require that one be a survivor of the 70s to feel that way, (if anyone can be said to have "survived" that bizarre decade) but pretty cool.
|Poe - Terrible Thought|
(Apr 17, 2009 - 09:54)
|Given the album's title, they might all be ghosts.|
"Terrible Thought" is good song.
Whose are the other pair of hands (assuming one pair is hers)?
|The Who - I'm One|
(Apr 17, 2009 - 09:48)
|Well, glad you're willing to admit that it might be your fault. Impossible to say a fecund genius like Townsend never got anything right. |
That said, I prefer the version of this song found on "West End Live" to this Quadrophenia rendition. Pete's in extraordinary voice on that one and the more or less straight unplugged instrumentation seems to work better.
I know I'm in the minority here, but I can't get into The Who, and never have.
If there's a song on RP I don't like, chances are it's them.
|Stereolab - Vonal Declosion|
(Apr 16, 2009 - 13:28)
|A fellow in a used CE store recommended Stereolab to me. I really didn't like it on first listen, but they grow on you.|
|Phil Collins - In the Air Tonight|
(Apr 15, 2009 - 13:14)
|Phil was one of the feature performers on WMIP (White Men in Pain). Others featured include Michael Bolton, (some) Don Henley. The dudes sound like they're having their voice boxes ripped out when they "sing." I'm with the try to refrain from negativity crowd, but this is one song I could go the rest of my existence without hearing again. I'm afraid that's not likely to happen, but I can hope.|
|Yann Tiersen - La Boulange|
(Apr 14, 2009 - 08:03)
|Amelie is too wonderful. Any of you who haven't seen it, get on the list at Netflix right this moment.|
I assume you read English, so here's some info for your edificationGuillaume Yann Tiersen
(born 23 June 1970
) is a French
musician and composer known internationally for composing the score to the Jean-Pierre Jeunet
His music is recognized by its use of a large variety of instruments in relatively minimalist
compositions, often with a touch of either European classical music
or French folk music
, using primarily the piano
together with instruments like the melodica
, toy piano
, ondes martenot
. He has been compared to musicians Chopin
, Erik Satie
, Phillip Glass
and Michael Nyman
|Bob Dylan - One More Cup Of Coffee|
(Apr 07, 2009 - 06:28)
|Great song, but some of Bob's vocals sound like something you'd hear coming from a minaret. I guess that's not a criticism, per se, but it is interesting.|
|Neil Young - Cowgirl In The Sand|
(Apr 02, 2009 - 13:47)
|I played this so much and so often after it changed my life as a freshman in college (way long ago—it was a fairly recent release) that I have sort of had it out of rotation for a while. Wow, what a song. Cowgirl going back into rotation for a bit. |
|Chick Corea & Bela Fleck - Brazil|
(Apr 01, 2009 - 16:26)
|Your attitude is abominable. That is the single ugliest thing ever posted to this site. Perfect opportunity to use a projectile vomit emoticon, as your statement makes me want to heave. I hate the projectile vomit emoticon, so I won't use it, but it is there in spirit.|
Deedle deedle fucking deedle dee.
Bela Fleck is by far the worst crap played on RP.
Please give this a rest Bill.
|Vince Guaraldi Trio - Linus and Lucy|
(Mar 31, 2009 - 11:39)
|Graphic design in these days and times is concerned with combining jangly images with illegible type.|
I wrote a note somewhere else about the problem with God sending divinely revealed musical ratings. As somebody said somewhere, "Claiming to do God's will is a particularly dangerous form of megalomania."
THAT's graphic design???
|Santana - Soul Sacrifice|
(Mar 31, 2009 - 11:10)
|If you've never seen the movie Woodstock, Santana's performance of Soul Sacrifice is one real good reason to have a look. The movie is a real good documentary, too—captures the hope and silliness of it all.|
|David Lindley - Brother John|
(Mar 31, 2009 - 10:05)
|Lindley provided the wail in a lot of Jackson Brown's early good albums, so not completely unknown. When he started trotting out solo albums, it was a bit of disappointment, but he still lays down some mean slide guitar.|
This song would be better if they edited out the vocals.
|Coldplay - Viva la Vida|
(Mar 31, 2009 - 07:28)
|Nice juxtaposition of Jesus Jones "waking up from history" and all that optimism with the Berlin Wall coming down and everything and the poor schmuck "sweeping the streets I used to own." You might think you're waking up from history but as someone noted, "Those who don't remember history are doomed to repeat it." Prior to the Crash of '29 there had been a tremendous upward transfer of wealth. Next greatest upward transfer of wealth was the last eight years. Sad thing is, in both cases, most of the wealth wound up getting transferred into nothingness. |
Wow, and then Pink Floyd, "having found the same old fears/ Wish you were here." I am, fellows.
Bob, I'm trying to get some work done here. We need some mindless rock 'n' roll for the next cut.
|Johnny Cash - Rusty Cage|
(Mar 30, 2009 - 13:12)
Oh, I knew that. Really.
Talk about getting called out by a remake. I was at a friends house years ago playing a video game and this song (done by Soundgarden) came on the video game. I said, "Hay they remade a Johny Cash song!" I'm sure there's an emoticon somewhere here that describes the looks I got but imagination works just as well.
|Counting Crows - Round Here|
(Mar 30, 2009 - 11:29)
|This album was recommended to me by my nephew a few years ago. I asked him what he thought was the best thing going at that time and he suggested Counting Crows. I think it's a great album and agree that the sort of fractured vocals are part of what give some of the songs their pathos. And Rain King is one of the great singalong songs of all time.|
|Yoshida Brothers - Overland Blues|
(Mar 28, 2009 - 07:53)
|Boring. Seems like some of the other commentators liked it somewhat on first listen. This was my first and I could honestly live the rest of my life without hearing that one again.|
|Wallflowers - How Good It Can Get|
(Mar 27, 2009 - 12:50)
|Quite possible that the writer of the original note regarding being able now to love Dylan while hating Dylan loves Bob and Hates Jakob. |
I like them both.
Here here,,,out with Bob, in with Jakob!
|John Scofield - A Go Go|
(Mar 27, 2009 - 12:33)
|Reminds me a bit of some of the less frenetic stuff on Jeff Beck's Blow by Blow.|
|Jim Carroll Band - People Who Died|
(Mar 27, 2009 - 12:31)
|oh, if I'd realized God hated this song (for whatever reason) I would never have asked AnnieBear what her reasons were. Glad to get this straightened out. The Big Guy don't like it.|
|Jenny Lewis - Next Messiah|
(Mar 27, 2009 - 12:28)
|What a great song. Seems well better than any old 6.5, as the consensus has it.|
RP made me a Jenny disciple and I thank you for that. (Purchased the disc with the Watson Twins via RP link the other day, so me and Jenny and the Twins have helped support the cause of quality ad free radio. Great disc.)
|Jim Carroll Band - People Who Died|
(Mar 27, 2009 - 10:34)
|musically, philosophically, ethically?|
simply hating something seems a little vague.
I really hate this song.
|Jim Carroll Band - People Who Died|
(Mar 27, 2009 - 10:30)
|Amazing. We were just talking about this song last weekend while out in howling gale in a sailboat race. The age range was from late 20s to perilously close to 60, and we were all doing a little "died, died" chant thing while hanging on for dear life. |
Great song in its own bizarre way.
|Butthole Surfers - Pepper|
(Mar 27, 2009 - 10:26)
|Thanks for that bit of etymology. I had always wondered what on earth would have caused a band to adopt what would seem to be an almost unmarketable name.|
The city of Butt Hole in on the cover the NYtimes.com today. Butt in this case means a water vessel.
|Eric Clapton - Please Be With Me|
(Mar 20, 2009 - 14:07)
|I knew I'd heard that song way back yonder and really loved it. Great to hear it again. Nice job, Eric and Bob.|
The best version of this song was by a band named, " Cowboy," with a bloke named Duane Allman on dobro.
I think Cowboy was made up of the remnants of Delaney & Bonney. They recorded an album at Muscle Shoals when Duane was kind of the house guitarist there.
It's on the Duane Allman Anthology album.
|Midnight Oil - One Country|
(Mar 20, 2009 - 13:01)
|I think a lot of people feel an obligation to diss Midnight Oil. That is a pretty amazing piece of lyrics writing and production. It can't "suck." If nothing else, if you're going to criticize a piece of music that is at least willing to try that hard, you ought to stretch a bit more in criticizing it than to say it "sucks." |
That sucking sound you hear is the English language disappearing down a huge, lazy suckhole.
|Steve Stevens - Sadhana|
(Mar 20, 2009 - 11:39)
|The Wood and Steel album is really nice. Looks like it may be hard to track down; looks like it isn't listed on Amazon.|
|Jefferson Airplane - Triad|
(Mar 02, 2009 - 12:42)
|The atomic bomb art is perfect cover art for the "Strum and Dang" of the era. It reminded me to look up the Oppenheimer quote from the Bhagavad Gita regarding the response to the first explosion. Found quote below in Wikepedia:|
"We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita; Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty, and to impress him, takes on his multi-armed form and says, 'Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.' I suppose we all thought that, one way or another."
It definitely made a whole generation sort of existential crazies. I was in third grade during Cuban missile crisis. I wrote a poem about residue of the bomb in my head:
I look for planes of bad intent
When siren's wail I hear
And childhood fears and discontent
Never failing do appear
For I was born beneath the bomb
When war was getting colder
And fears then raised I find remain
Even now that I am older.
With Pakistan and Russia and N. Korea et al out there armed to the teeth, I somehow don't feel a hell of a lot happier.
|Queen Ida - Jambalaya|
(Feb 27, 2009 - 11:39)
|Perhaps a runny nose?|
How the hell would you know if Dylan had a head cold?!?!
Great song, but not the best recording of this. Try listening to the Funky Meters version. At first I thought this was Bob Dylan with a head cold.
|AfroCelts - Rise Above It|
(Feb 23, 2009 - 13:56)
|No matter what you hear or don't, it's pretty kicking. Ach laddie, I be shoppin some of this, yeah, mon.|
|Zero 7 - In the Waiting Line|
(Feb 18, 2009 - 15:26)
|Another benefit of RP is that occasionally you find out the name of a song you've owned for years. I have long shopped pawn shops and used disc stores and one of the joys of that is that you have no notion of what you're looking for. I may have a notion to look for something, but generally I leave with things I didn't come looking for. |
I own a lot of odd label compilation discs that don't download the song/artist info and have some overdesigned jacket and disc that hide that info. So, I never knew this was Zero7 or that the song was called "In the Waiting Line" (I thought it was called "Do You Believe?") until just now after enjoying the song for years.
If you don't troll pawn shops and used disc joints for obscure compilations and sound tracks, take it up immediately. A great contributor to the eclecticism of your collection. Marginally informed randomness ("hmmm, seems like I heard that on WUOG driving through Athens one night") can be indulged at 4 discs for $10 (my favorite pawn shop, regrettably no longer selling CDs.)
I fear an unintentional downside of RP might be the death of the used disc shop. Amazon prices usually beat most used disc stores and I always feel good about kicking something RP's way when I purchase a disc via their link. And I get better than marginally informed randomness. Sound track of "I'm Not There" and "Music for the Native Americans" by Robbie Robertson and the Red Road Ensemble are a couple of recent things I heard on RP that I got that I would have never thought to purchase without a prompt from Bob and Rebecca.
I hope used disc joints can survive on the sheer appeal of just seeing a pile of discs in one place and the occasional funk value of the establishments.
|Pearl Jam - You Are|
(Feb 09, 2009 - 15:15)
|Wow. I didn't know PJ could summon as much subtlety as this song has. It is still "quite the blasterpiece" but there is some cool stuff going on there.|
|Sly and the Family Stone - I Want To Take You Higher|
(Jan 23, 2009 - 17:15)
|I guess I had heard Higher on the radio, but seeing the Sly set in the Woodstock movie made that song live. What a performance. Right up there with Soul Sacrifice by Santana and I'm Going Home by Ten Years After for performances that defined the movie.|
|Blind Boys of Alabama - Amazing Grace|
(Jan 21, 2009 - 15:55)
|As this one started out, I thought, "Not another version of Rising Sun." Substituting another almost played to death (yet wonderful) song is an amazing stroke of creativity. Very cool. An 8 for chutzpah and execution.|
|Shantel - Disko Partizani|
(Dec 20, 2008 - 12:34)
|If American Disco had had that groove, I might have gotten more involved (or involved). Shantel is kickin'.|
|Lucinda Williams - Little Rock Star|
(Dec 04, 2008 - 07:03)
|Worst thing I ever heard Ms Williams do and she is usually quite a treat. The second or third song I have ever been forced to mute on RP.|
|Cowboy Junkies - Thunder Road|
(Nov 27, 2008 - 07:30)
|Agree on 10 for Sweet Jane, but can't say that anything is "much better" than the Boss's rendition. That would put it up in the 12 range and the ratings don't go that high. And I am not a blind Boss fan; the original is just one fine song.|
Much better than the original. (Sorry Jersey folks). And bindi's right, their "Sweet Jane" is just superb. 10's for both.
|Dire Straits - Single Handed Sailor|
(Nov 26, 2008 - 15:59)
|This album was underappreciated at the time of its release. I loved it and some of my music snob friends dissed it. They couldn't budge me from my affection for this fine album. Single Handed Sailor (written in honor of Sir Francis Chichester, first man to circumnavigate the globe solo, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Chichester ) is a particular joy. |
|Warren Zevon - Lawyers, Guns And Money|
(Nov 15, 2008 - 07:51)
|Speaking of lyrical genius, who else could have rhymed "credit to his gender" with "Waring blender." |
Didn't Linda Ronstadt also spend a few years covering Zevon tunes? IIRC, she did "Poor Poor Pitiful Me", "Hasten Down the Wind", and "Mohammad's Radio".
|Cowboy Junkies - Lay it Down|
(Nov 12, 2008 - 17:02)
|I thought I heard a little of Even Flow in the melody and lo and behold there's an Eddie V cut just prior in the playlist.|
Great song, great album from the couple of cuts I've heard on RP. I have a lot of the Junkies in my collection but had missed this album.
|Soundgarden - Fell On Black Days|
(Nov 10, 2008 - 18:57)
|Worrisome sort of reaction. Sort of like you want to be under surveillance. If you know what I mean.|
Music like this makes me want to run out an kill something, quickly followed by wild, sweaty sex.
|Elbow - The Fix|
(Nov 10, 2008 - 18:29)
Sounds sort of like Children of Leonard Cohen. Likable in its own odd way.
|Elton John - Tiny Dancer|
(Nov 09, 2008 - 12:32)
|Elton has songs in my top ten least favorite songs and, well, at least, my top 30 favorite songs. A remarkable achievement. Crockodile Rock could be least favorite song of all time, except for confusion of whether I think Bennie and the Jets is worse. Wow, that gives Sir Elton numbers one and two. Not sure which EJ song is the one in my top 30, but one is there. Maybe two. When the guy is good, he is very good.|
|Mark Knopfler - Coyote|
(Nov 08, 2008 - 09:49)
|Today's theme seems to be guys with not the greatest voices who really know how to sing. Mark Knopfler, Pete Townsend, John Hiatt, the chap from Rusted Root. I got thinking about this because someone earlier said David Byrne didn't have a good voice, although I opined he did. Also had some Chris Isaak, although he's got great pipes. And really knows how to sing.|
|Gorillaz - Demon Days|
(Nov 08, 2008 - 09:15)
|You were all lucky. I'm a Scot, and I tell you, we had it tough.|
And z, if I may call you that, I had an office from hell that involved no air conditioning in Savannah Georgia, nine large compressors air conditioning the rest of the building situated outside my open window, and then beyond that a fleet of tour buses idleing their engines to keep the cabs air conditioned, with oodles of diesel fumes. Lots of headphone use (staring at a computer monitor) but fed only by a pretty limited CD collection. You're damn lucky to have RP.
That sounds lovely...
I'm next to a busy highway, lots of truck noise. Inside isn't much better as I'm crammed up into a tiny cubicle with loud annoying employee's surrounding me as I try to work so I blast RP though my industrial sized headphones to make it through the day. Ahh...what I'd give for the quiet solitude of what you describe. And as for my view...I get to see 3 computer monitors and a white painted wall beyond my gray and black cubicle stall.
And as to this song....Meh not my favorite on that album by far.
You were lucky. We lived for three months in a paper bag in a septic tank. We used to have to get up at six in the morning, clean the paper bag, eat a crust of stale bread, go to work down t' mill, fourteen hours a day, week-in week-out, for sixpence a week, and when we got home our Dad would thrash us to sleep wi' his belt.
- FIRST YORKSHIREMAN:
Luxury. We used to have to get out of the lake at six o'clock in the morning, clean the lake, eat a handful of 'ot gravel, work twenty hour day at mill for tuppence a month, come home, and Dad would thrash us to sleep with a broken bottle, if we were lucky!
- SECOND YORKSHIREMAN:
Well, of course, we had it tough. We used to 'ave to get up out of shoebox at twelve o'clock at night and lick road clean wit' tongue. We had two bits of cold gravel, worked twenty-four hours a day at mill for sixpence every four years, and when we got home our Dad would slice us in two wit' bread knife.
- THIRD YORKSHIREMAN:
Right. I had to get up in the morning at ten o'clock at night half an hour before I went to bed, drink a cup of sulphuric acid, work twenty-nine hours a day down mill, and pay mill owner for permission to come to work, and when we got home, our Dad and our mother would kill us and dance about on our graves singing Hallelujah.
- FOURTH YORKSHIREMAN:
|David Byrne - Like Humans Do|
(Nov 08, 2008 - 09:10)
|Not only a great voice, but great command of it and wonderful "phrasing"|
Don't forget to add Van Morrison to that list!
|The Durutti Column - Nina|
(Nov 05, 2008 - 13:12)
|I saw the Peter Green era FMc in a 1000 seat auditorium. It was life changing.|
Great song! Reminds me of a Peter Green era Fleetwood Mac song, or something from around then.
|Cloud Cult - Journey Of The Featherless|
(Nov 04, 2008 - 13:41)
|I heard the Forbert thing, too. It's a good sort of voice for songs about confusion and I thought the voice, lyrics and production work well on this tune. (Freudian slip—"tune"—seems like Forbert's 15 minutes of fame were centered on Romeo's Tune—recently covered by Keith Urban of all people.) |
Gawd, the frontman sounds like Steve Forbert!
|Son Volt - Medicine Hat|
(Nov 04, 2008 - 12:13)
|I wish you'd cull the pewking emoticons from your selection. I've only heard one song ever on RP that I wanted to be over immediately and even it certainly wouldn't qualify as hurl-inducing.|
This song is damn fine. I shall have investigate Son Volt further.
|Little Feat - Mercenary Territory|
(Nov 04, 2008 - 11:20)
Sadly, Jimmy Carl Black (who was briefly with the band and came up with the name Little Feat) died today.
Lowell George, we still miss you too. Funk-rock was never the same after you passed.
|The Dandy Warhols - Love Song|
(Nov 03, 2008 - 15:10)
|I have more than a feeling there's a cover album brewing: Bela Fleck Plays Boston|
I tell you, it's More than a feeling. Boston.
|Pink Floyd - Us & Them -> Eclipse|
(Nov 02, 2008 - 16:50)
|Hard to believe Michelle Shocked was influenced by Pink Floyd, but the chap doing the talking clearly utters "Short, sharp, shocked," which is, of course, the title of one of Ms Shocked's ouevres (and a darn fine one, too.) |
What a great song—if not Godlike, certainly Promothean.
|Dengue Fever - Seeing Hands|
(Nov 02, 2008 - 16:38)
|You know, I kind of like the breaks and the great big love bazooka in the background, but that poor vocalist sounds like she's in the last throes of dengue fever.|
|Phish - Waste|
(Nov 01, 2008 - 16:52)
|Whoops. It was bad Bare Naked Ladies. Wrong song. Sorry about that, Phish-heads.|
|Phish - Waste|
(Nov 01, 2008 - 16:49)
|This just doesn't seem very Phishlike. Sounds a bit like bad Bare Naked Ladies.|
|Bonobo - Change Down|
(Oct 29, 2008 - 11:49)
|Interesting article in New Yorker not long ago regarding bonobos. Evidently because they are studied almost exclusively in captivity, some question of whether the peace love hippee monkey thing is how they behave in the wild. As the article said, researchers wonder if having nothing to do all day what with living in a cage and being fed there is much to do but hang out and make love. Sort of like being in college.|
True enough - 'make love not war' is a way of life for them, in stark contrast to their ape cousins, chimpanzees, for whom the opposite holds. IMO humans would do well to emulate bonobos. I'd get laid a lot more often for a start if we did :o)
|Yo La Tengo - You Don't Have To Be So Sad|
(Oct 29, 2008 - 10:05)
|I thought your address was some Austrian word until I thought about it a bit. We Bulldogs are kind of slow.|
Agree on song.
Pure auditory pleasure. Let it carry you away...
|MC 900 FT Jesus - The City Sleeps|
(Oct 29, 2008 - 07:45)
|Somehow arson really doesn't appeal as the subject for a song. Pretty tedious, even for rap. Muting now. Back in a bit.|
|Built To Spill - Wherever You Go|
(Oct 28, 2008 - 16:15)
|I was thinking "Youngian." |
Good youngian. Takes the time to walk things around a bit and through a few changes. While building all the while. Good.
Having never heard this group, I was sure Bill found the ONLY Neil Young "Crazy Horse" cut I had never heard. .
|Eliza Gilkyson - Is It Like Today|
(Oct 28, 2008 - 15:59)
|I think you're blinded by your love of WP. This is good.|
Love World Party, though for me Karl never topped Ship Of Fools. But then it is one of my all time favorites. Check out When The Rainbow comes off Goodbye Jumbo. I loved, (still love) Mike Scott and The Waterboys, so WP was a natural progression for me. I feel that Karl Wallinger is an under appreciated songwriter and I think the WP albums do stand the test of time. They still fell like a breath of fresh air to me, like an early morning walk in the country, on a spring/summers day thats gonna be a scorcher! If you know what I mean, which you probably don't. But thats how he makes me feel.
I know that people have been writing about the enviroment and what we are doing to our little planet for years, but during the early 90's, he seemed to be one of the few. Now everyone's doing it.
This is a really long winded way to go about saying I don't like this version! If you have read the whole of this post, to this point, I do apologise. I could have saved you, and in fact myself, a load of time by just typing "I don't like this version". Sorry.
|The Byrds - Lover of The Bayou|
(Oct 28, 2008 - 15:51)
|Muy caliente. Can't believe just how good the production is.|
Regarding If Only I Could Remember My Name, also beyond good.
This is from the bonus CD included now with the Untitled CD.
Hot stuff, ana?
|Spirit - Aren't You Glad|
(Oct 27, 2008 - 16:49)
|You must be a Brit. "Spirit have been..."|
I am glad that some still remember and appreciate Spirit. You may have had to have been there, but they really were good.
This sounds so much like Ted Nugent's 70's song, Stranglehold. I wonder whose came first.
The release of this tune preceded Nugent's Stranglehold by 8 years.
Spirit have been the inspiriation for many others too.
|Nickel Creek - House Of Tom Bombadil|
(Oct 27, 2008 - 16:35)
|I would have thought Chris Thiele|
well, I was not exactly SHOCKED, but I admit the first thing I did was checking if Bela had something
to do with this track. (I guess all other gifted Banjo players curse us for this pawlowiak behavior)
|Bettie Serveert - Unsound|
(Oct 26, 2008 - 16:43)
|Someone once defined karaoke as the combination of too much alchohol with too little talent.|
As opposed to good karaoke?
|Hooverphonic - No More Sweet Music|
(Oct 25, 2008 - 11:55)
|Living west of the pond, I assume I'm a septic (as opposed to aseptic.) Don't know term—any enlightenment thereon apprec'd. |
I think it's used very effectively on 'Sexy Best'. It's an English film, so most of you Septics won't have bothered watching it ;) I love it
|Talking Heads - Totally Nude|
(Oct 25, 2008 - 11:35)
|Or get a DVD of Stop Making Sense. Great performance movie that lists Jonathan Demme as director. |
You should go see David Byrne live. His voice is really great in person, especially singing his latest stuff. Great range and emotion. After 30 years, he still seems scared of the audience, though. ;)
|Modest Mouse - Dashboard|
(Oct 25, 2008 - 11:16)
|Find something to do other than listen to music because you sure don't get it.|
somebody get us a bucket....
|Otis Redding - I've Got Dreams to Remember|
(Oct 25, 2008 - 11:00)
|Regarding recording only one song, but one reply: "Try a Little Tenderness" from Otis Live in Europe. Lots o' others, but that is Epic. Not sure where Epic is in relationship to Godlike, but is very good.|
But this may be the song they had in mind when the genre was dubbed "Soul Music." Godlike.
|Siouxsie & the Banshees - Kiss Them For Me|
(Oct 23, 2008 - 14:05)
|Out of curiosity, who do YOU like? I like pretty much all the groups you listed below but I really am easy. I tend to believe all genres and artists have their moments—just some have more than others.|
Dude, do you every have anything positive to say?
Oh wait I checked, and you don't ever...ever...ever have anything positive to say (o.k. maybe once and only slightly). Why do you even listen to RP in the first place? Is it because you would maybe have to do some work at work. Not liking something is fine, but Jesus H. Christ on a stick all you ever do is complain about Bill's song picks. I don't like (actually I hate) the Cure, The Smiths, Echo and the Bunnymen, Siouxe and the Banshees etc. but why bitch so much. Music diversity is better than musical conformity. Oh, and by the by I don't care for Wilco either. But hey Bill....more Wilco.
|David Bowie - Ashes to Ashes|
(Oct 22, 2008 - 13:52)
|One of the great headphone songs of all time. The mumbling chorus in the background that repeats Bowie's words right down to "whoa woe" is wonderful.|
|Alejandro Escovedo - Wave|
(Oct 22, 2008 - 10:56)
|Thanks for your nice response to the ballboy. |
I realize that the blogosphere allows anyone to say anything they want, but that doesn't necessarily mean they should or that anyone would want to read it.
That's visual. Spend most of your time under said balls, then?
That would explain your loss of taste.
|Neil Young - Throw Your Hatred Down|
(Oct 20, 2008 - 18:30)
|Occasionally there are songs that should go on forever. They couldn't ride that riff forever, but I'm glad they rode it as far as they did.|
|Wilco - What Light|
(Oct 20, 2008 - 18:02)
|The hurling emoticon seems a bit heavy-handed. It's maybe a not great song, but emetic? |
What a crappy song to start the day off. Wretchedly whiny, off-key, and repetitive.
|Cowboy Junkies - Sweet Jane (live)|
(Oct 20, 2008 - 17:48)
|Just when you thought there couldn't be another version of Sweet Jane you loved, and a live version of a studio cut you love was it, well here it is. Junkies are really good.|