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Grammarcop
(A place with fresh water and great beer)
Posted: Oct 06, 2017 12:57
 

 BooKitty wrote:
Message to Cat Stevens: My president may be an ignorant liar, but at least he never took foreign embassy employees hostages.
 
It's probably not a good idea for Christians to enter any discussion on religion with an air of moral superiority. Remember the Crusades? 
kingart
(Brooklyn NY)
Posted: Oct 06, 2017 12:56
 

Brilliant. I think I'll pod this one.

GuiltyFeat
(Ra'anana)
Posted: Aug 06, 2017 7:36
 

One of the voices that I could listen to at any time singing anything. Heaven sent.
TerryS
(Another SW)
Posted: May 06, 2017 15:28
 

I prefer the politics of Anglesea, myself.
moodfood
(In a galaxy far far away)
Posted: Dec 04, 2016 9:48
 

  haven't heard this in decades, still awesome as ever.. {#Cheers}
acupunk
(West Hartford)
Posted: Dec 04, 2016 9:45
 

Reminds me of Rush: Closer to the Heart. 
siloco
Posted: Jul 03, 2006 8:01
 

I'd like to place a fatwa on his singing voice... Hard to believe, but here's one who's more grating than the guy from Nickelback...
inindian
('bout 45 north)
Posted: Jun 04, 2006 3:03
 

BooKitty wrote:
Message to Cat Stevens: My president may be an ignorant liar, but at least he never took foreign embassy employees hostages.
So are you saying that that Cat, aka Yusuf Islam, personally kidnapped embassy employees? Or do you mean Cat's president? I didn't even know he had one of his own? Or did you drop an apostrophe in employee(')s and you actually mean he took the hostages that the embassy employees had? Or something far more vague and unclear?
kanadan
(here)
Posted: May 20, 2006 12:44
 

...and for those still searching.
Dirktooth
(Mar Vista, CA)
Posted: May 05, 2006 23:10
 

Ah, for the days when he was a searcher rather than a believer.
RedGuitar
Posted: Apr 21, 2006 9:47
 

I really like his early work - up through Catch Bull at 4 and Buddha & Choc Box, then I guess I lost interest. Talented individual though. Thought it pretty funny his incident at the airport in New York(?) Actually it's sad that an artist of his caliber would have trouble. Consider the times, I guess.
AlienRelic
(Milky Way)
Posted: Apr 21, 2006 9:32
 

Dylan76 wrote:
People change. Sometimes not for the better. But for me it doesn't negate the beauty of his body of work as Cat Stevens. I love it. Regardless of who he is now.
I have to agree with you, really. I gave it an 8, despite my personal feelings.
liser
(hurricane alley)
Posted: Apr 21, 2006 9:30
 

BooKitty wrote:
Message to Cat Stevens: My president may be an ignorant liar, but at least he never took foreign embassy employees hostages.
no, he just spirits them off to a remote island and holds them indefinitely...much better
Dylan76
(government office cubicle)
Posted: Apr 21, 2006 9:29
 

People change. Sometimes not for the better. But for me it doesn't negate the beauty of his body of work as Cat Stevens. I love it. Regardless of who he is now.
AlienRelic
(Milky Way)
Posted: Mar 08, 2006 7:52
 

I guess the question is, should our opinion of a musician's music be kept seperate from our opinion of his other actions and statements? I would say yes, but I have to admit that I have a problem with this guy. I used to love his music, but these days it sits on the shelf. A personal problem? Yeah, I guess.
Losman
(Right Mind)
Posted: Mar 08, 2006 7:46
 

Does anyone know what the backing lyrics are?
babygirl614
(Green Bay, WI)
Posted: Mar 08, 2006 7:41
 

agkagk wrote:
YEE HA!! Haven't heard this for a while. Cranked it up! WAY up. Screw the religious and political crap! This guy gave us some awesome music. Thanks, Cat.
I'm with you on this one. My absolute favorite Cat Stevens song, just blows me away. The images are so vivid yet fantastic: Her clothes are made of rainbows/ and twenty thousand tears...
agkagk
(Aurora, Ontario, Canada)
Posted: Feb 21, 2006 16:13
 

YEE HA!! Haven't heard this for a while. Cranked it up! WAY up. Screw the religious and political crap! This guy gave us some awesome music. Thanks, Cat.
vvlee
(San Francisco, for now)
Posted: Feb 21, 2006 16:13
 

What good timing! I just watched Harold & Maude last night for the first time in almost a decade and since then have been in such a Cat-listening mood...
smadanayr
(Anglesey U.K.)
Posted: Feb 21, 2006 16:12
 

Ok, does the name of this song have anything to do with this beautiful Island I live on?? anyone got any idea??
guiguy
(Near Mt.Fuji)
Posted: Feb 06, 2006 22:52
 

Too bad the world lost this voice.....
spigolli
(Roswell, GA)
Posted: Jan 23, 2006 6:45
 

It is way too common for talented artists to be completely misguided in the other aspects of their lives.
kazuma
(Austin, TX)
Posted: Jan 08, 2006 17:10
 

dissen wrote:
listen to that guitar, does anyone really like that...?
Absotively.
JesseDewey
Posted: Dec 10, 2005 17:12
 

radiojunkie wrote:
In his own words: Read what he says. At BEST, he is saying that he doesn't support killing Rushdie because it's against the law in Great Britain -- but that DOESN'T MEAN he doesn't support it in some country where it's NOT against the law! And even if you want to accept this as NOT supporting the Fatwa, he is DEFINITELY advocating CENSORSHIP simply because somebody wrote something offensive to HIS RELIGION! What true "artist" advocates CENSORSHIP? In other words, Yusuf Islam is an ASS. But I still rate the song an 8, pre-assdom.
:roflol:
Jerry_Scott
(Stuttgart, Germany)
Posted: Nov 11, 2005 10:49
 

trempel wrote:
if by any chance this references a specific religious group, keep in mind that cat stevens and probably the majority of that religions followers were not involved in that and may even have been opposed to such actions.
I would bet money that you are right, but by being very quiet in voicing their distaste of such things, they leave themselves open to comments from people looking for easy targets when good targets aren't available. Osama and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi are not really taking the vast majority's will as the voice of reason. As long as the criminals have sanctuary, they can hide.
epod34
(Brooklyn, NY)
Posted: Nov 11, 2005 10:30
 

cat must be cool again - the song at the end of the hbo show "extras" is another song by him. how much did i like cat? hearing this song reminded me that it was a whole lot. maybe i'll go rent harold and maude!
kazuma
(Austin, TX)
Posted: Oct 27, 2005 20:36
 

Wow, haven't heard this in forever. Enjoyable.
trempel
(Abbostsford, BC, Canada)
Posted: Oct 27, 2005 20:36
 

BooKitty wrote:
Message to Cat Stevens: My president may be an ignorant liar, but at least he never took foreign embassy employees hostages.
if by any chance this references a specific religious group, keep in mind that cat stevens and probably the majority of that religions followers were not involved in that and may even have been opposed to such actions.
Zep
Posted: Oct 25, 2005 11:37
 

This is a nice chestnut. Never knew its name. Heard it a dozen times before all of Cat Stevens's music disappeared from the airwaves.
radiojunkie
(stuck in the crack, NY/CT)
Posted: Aug 29, 2005 20:23
 

Crap, Bill, you have to keep playing this and reminding me of how much I used to like Cat Stevens. Why must you do that?
wanderlust
(Upstate SC)
Posted: Jul 16, 2005 9:11
 

Remember people it's about the music; not politics! :whistle: :sunny.gif:
BooKitty
(My Own Private Idaho.(Bklyn,NY))
Posted: Jul 01, 2005 16:09
 

Message to Cat Stevens: My president may be an ignorant liar, but at least he never took foreign embassy employees hostages.
trempel
(Abbostdford, BC, Canada)
Posted: Jun 16, 2005 22:44
 

THere's gotta be some way we can convinde Bill to play more Cat Stevens and Van Morrison.
Pyro
(Northwest Louisiana)
Posted: May 18, 2005 14:47
 

dmax wrote:
I had to upload this. I totally love the squeaky toy synthesizer! And that freeform drumming...You can sense that they're just having a great time grooving to this. We'll ignore that it's another Sweet Jane rip-off... Thanks, Bill!!!!
I remember how NEW synths were back in those days. And we thought that MOOG sounded other-worldly. Still gives me a nostalgic good feeling when I hear a Moog....
namesbenny
(West Kootenays)
Posted: May 03, 2005 23:21
 

Ok, this might be the worst Cat Stevens song I've ever heard.
radiojunkie
(a sleepy bordertown (NY/CT))
Posted: Apr 04, 2005 17:07
 

In his own words:
Yusuf Islam Talks about the Satanic Verses Controversy By Yusuf Islam CatStevens.Com March 12th, 2003 What I actually tried to do at the lecture in Kingston, and subsequently during other interviews, was to quote ‘from the book' what Islam says about the legal consequences for someone who commits blasphemy within the context of Islamic law where it is adopted and applied, I never ever sanctioned people taking the law in their own hands or overstepping the laws of the Britain which is what the Fatwa of Ayatollah Khomeini proposed. The truth is I never once stated support for the ‘Fatwa' I was simply a new Muslim who had stated something which I considered quite plain and obvious and if you were to ask a bible student you know what the Ten Commandments were you would expect him to repeat them honestly, you wouldn't blame him for doing so; the Bible is full of similar headlines if you're looking for them. On reflection, the Satanic Verses question was another glaring case of journalistic malice, a chance for someone to distort and damage another person's character or faith – in this case, me and Islam. Today the myth that I supported the edict of Ayatollah Khomeini on Salman Rushdie still perpetuates. Even when music journalists review a record of mine occasionally, a few can't help regurgitating the same old story as if I have done nothing else of worth in my fifty odd years on earth! As for my actual statements, forget it! They would never make news. Following the fake headline printed on 23rd February 1989, I immediately sent out an official Press Release explaining my true position – one of abiding by the law and letting the legal process deal with such offences – was wholly ignored, and was only printed in a local paper in Willesden, North London. After confirming that Islamic Law considers Blasphemy without repentance as a capital offence, I stated clearly, "Under the Islamic law, Muslims are bound to keep within the limits of the law of the country in which they live, providing that it does not restrict the freedom to worship and serve God and fulfil their basic religious duties (Fard ‘Ayn). One must not forget the ruling in Islam is also very clear about adultery, stealing and murder, but that doesn't mean that British Muslims will go about lynching and stoning adulterers, thieves and murders. If we can't get satisfaction within the present limits of the law, like a ban on this blasphemous book, ‘Satanic Verses' which insults God and His Prophets – including those Prophets honoured by Christians, Jews as well as Muslims – this does not mean that we should step outside of the law to find redress. No. If Mrs Thatcher and her Government are unwilling to listen to our pleas, if our demonstrations and peaceful lobbying does not work, then perhaps the only alternative is for Muslims to get more involved in the political process of this country. It seems to be the only way left for us." I would also like to quote a letter I sent to the Viking, the publishers, on 8th October, five months prior to that lecture after I had been sent a preview of the Text of Satanic Verses, "I wish to express my deepest outrage at the insensitivity of Penguin Books in Publishing Salman Rushdie's book, ‘Satanic Verses', This book is clearly blasphemous in nature and so deeply offensive to the Muslim Community…I urge you to give the contents of this letter your most urgent attention and take a responsible decision."
Read what he says. At BEST, he is saying that he doesn't support killing Rushdie because it's against the law in Great Britain -- but that DOESN'T MEAN he doesn't support it in some country where it's NOT against the law! And even if you want to accept this as NOT supporting the Fatwa, he is DEFINITELY advocating CENSORSHIP simply because somebody wrote something offensive to HIS RELIGION! What true "artist" advocates CENSORSHIP? In other words, Yusuf Islam is an ASS. But I still rate the song an 8, pre-assdom.
Johray63
(The Lowlands)
Posted: Apr 04, 2005 16:33
 

Maybe (probably) he's a lot happier doing what he does now.
jagdriver
(HP Cubeland, Roseville, CA)
Posted: Apr 04, 2005 16:23
 

Sorry, Bill... I wasn't a Cat fan back in the 70's. Nothing's changed. With the exception of "Kitty", a little-known work by him (see his anthology) that I uploaded to RP eons ago, I never need to hear Cat again in this lifetime.
4999thnewuser
(london)
Posted: Mar 06, 2005 5:07
 

seeing all these comments about Cat Stevens and what he's about these days makes me really glad that RP doesn't play any Wagner or Carl Orff otherwise we'd be deluged. As the other poster said, Cat was a fabled celebrant of the goddess in the days this music was made. And it was pretty good stuff then, but not so sure it's aged well. Talent's talent, and he was a seminal artist then
mread
(W117°11.388' N32°54.504')
Posted: Dec 07, 2004 15:51
 

dissen wrote:
listen to that guitar, does anyone really like that...?
Yep.
hannahbanana
Posted: Oct 24, 2004 8:06
 

yeppers Harold and Maude, my favorite movie of all time..and the soundtrack to Magnolia is great too!!!! rgj13 wrote:
Not that I can think of off the top of my head. I've seen it about 20 times myself and haven't tired of it. And you're right that Cat's soundtrack is a flawless fit; a more recent, analogously good fit is Aimee Mann's music for "Magnolia".
rklein
(Munich, Germany)
Posted: Sep 10, 2004 2:45
 

Mikec445 wrote:
IMHO we have a lot to be emarrased about. Liking good music isn't one of them.
Go back and read all the replies. Actually MtnGoat was not implying that Cat Stevens is embarrassing Americans. He thought that Blichan was embarrassing Americans, but he was also expressing affection for Cat Stevens, however in a queer way. The improper comment starting all this was the one about grooving in Afghanistan. Okay, no one was really appreciating the good work he is doing now and that is more important than his religious belief which are not fundamentalistic IMO. BTW, there music is really good, too.
Mikec445
(Canton, Ga.)
Posted: Jul 14, 2004 15:19
 

MtnGoat wrote:
Please do some research and stop embarrassing the rest of us Americans: http://www.catstevens.com C.
IMHO we have a lot to be emarrased about. Liking good music isn't one of them.
rulebritannia
(Sussex countryside, England)
Posted: Jun 04, 2004 11:50
 

MtnGoat wrote:
Please do some research and stop embarrassing the rest of us Americans: http://www.catstevens.com C.
As they say, MG. some of my favorite music comes from Muslim nations. I've just found CS the worst recorded entertainer known to humankind since I first heard him over 30 years ago.
MtnGoat
(Dix Hills, NY)
Posted: Jun 04, 2004 11:15
 

Biichan wrote:
Oh probably. He converted to Islamic fundamentalism, after all. But he's Cat fucking Stevens. It's totally forgivable. :wink:
Please do some research and stop embarrassing the rest of us Americans: http://www.catstevens.com C.
Dave_Mack
(Saratoga, CA)
Posted: Jun 04, 2004 11:08
 

dmax wrote:
I had to upload this. I totally love the squeaky toy synthesizer! And that freeform drumming...You can sense that they're just having a great time grooving to this. We'll ignore that it's another Sweet Jane rip-off... Thanks, Bill!!!!
I thought that might be Ernie on Rubber Ducky. Great tune, in any case. Even though I can't make out any of those lyrics.
Erie-T30
(Phoenix, AZ)
Posted: Jun 04, 2004 11:05
 

The only answer for any Cat song is ... 10
dissen
Posted: May 22, 2004 5:02
 

listen to that guitar, does anyone really like that...?
CruzanBits
(St. Croix, VI)
Posted: Apr 13, 2004 7:14
 

Ya know, until I looked I thought this was Meatloaf. My bad.
rulebritannia
(Sussex countryside, England)
Posted: Mar 07, 2004 4:22
 

Biichan wrote:
....he's Cat fucking Stevens. :wink:
That's about the kindest thing one can say about this guy. I don't care about his religion, but his music stinks. Phew!