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marklaw
Posted: Nov 04, 2017 8:47
 

 dimar wrote:
This song is fantastic, but it sounds so much like a musician friend of mine who is no longer with us, that it haunts me every time I hear it.  

 
I'm sorry sorry that you lost your friend.  Music is funny like that. It's amazing how deeply it can touch you.
Grammarcop
(A place with fresh water and great beer)
Posted: Mar 28, 2017 15:40
 

Nobody else home. CRANK IT! 
islander
(Seattle)
Posted: Mar 04, 2017 21:39
 

 notftpdoug wrote:
yea....John From Cincinnati, under-appreciated, genius, and not for all tastes.

 

 
I wish they would do another season. But like it is with Strummer - just appreciate what we got. 
ecojot
Posted: Dec 10, 2016 15:04
 

 Segue wrote:
never liked the clash. don't like this. good bits don't balance the annoying, pretentious bs. sorry.
 
Like them or not, they reflected the doom and gloom of 70's Britain.  
Segue
(Almost Paradise)
Posted: Dec 02, 2016 20:27
 

never liked the clash. don't like this. good bits don't balance the annoying, pretentious bs. sorry.
dimar
(La Pointe, WI)
Posted: Mar 01, 2016 14:48
 

This song is fantastic, but it sounds so much like a musician friend of mine who is no longer with us, that it haunts me every time I hear it.  
JDoonan
(Crown Point Cabinetry)
Posted: Dec 21, 2015 11:29
 

Fantastic track; always found similarities to Bombadil, especially their hit 'Cavaliers Har Hum', which shockingly to me is not on the RP catalog.  I have submitted it however, in effort to correct this subjective blunder of varying degrees of severity!
notftpdoug
Posted: Nov 28, 2015 4:34
 

yea....John From Cincinnati, under-appreciated, genius, and not for all tastes.

 
Hannio
(Austin, TX)
Posted: Aug 26, 2015 6:02
 

 Webfoot wrote:

I love when something is called "over-rated" or "over-priced."  Very funny.

 
Yeah, as if it were an objective scientific fact or something.
ccdowenye
(Utah)
Posted: Jul 17, 2015 18:50
 

Heard this song for the first time watching " John from Cincinnati". Love this song. It always make me smile. I've got my eye on you!
Webfoot
(Eugene, Oregon)
Posted: Jun 24, 2015 16:51
 

 carlos65 wrote:

Clash, and Strummer very over-rated. Some decent tunes though.
 
I love when something is called "over-rated" or "over-priced."  Very funny.
Proclivities
(Paris of the Piedmont)
Posted: May 16, 2015 8:13
 

 tulfan wrote:

The Ramones were like a bubble-gum form of "punk" compared to Iggy and the Stooges who were "punk"  more than a full decade before the Ramones. Not to mention the MC5...Perhaps it's a regional thing but I never included the Ramones when discussing real punk music.

 
The Stooges preceded The Ramones by about 7 years, not "more than a full decade".  True, though, Iggy was a major influence of what would later be called "punk rock".  Perhaps it is a regional thing though.
Grammarcop
(My neighbor drives a Bentley; I drive a minivan.)
Posted: Apr 22, 2015 8:37
 

Happy Earth Day!
Grammarcop
(My neighbor drives a Bentley; I drive a minivan.)
Posted: Jan 16, 2015 6:33
 

Seriously, who thought there would ever be a rockin' song about bees?
SmackDaddy
(San Diego)
Posted: Jan 02, 2015 12:23
 

 Tippster wrote:
Reminds me to watch "John from Cincinnati" again.

 
Why would you subject yourself to that again?
Grammarcop
(Even The Simpsons make fun of where I live.)
Posted: Dec 09, 2014 8:20
 

Damn! Working in the quiet room at the local library right now...
Grammarcop
(Even The Simpsons make fun of where I live.)
Posted: Nov 23, 2014 19:02
 

I'm sure everybody else in the house can hear me singing along like an idiot, but I don't care. There are just some songs ...
jgriffin56
Posted: Oct 23, 2014 11:39
 

I miss Joe.  
averybadcat
(deep in the bowels of somewhere with tablature graffiti)
Posted: Oct 14, 2014 10:39
 

this has a  "psycho  killer" beginning 
 wish i could spell quest ka say
tiler
(Milw.Wi.US)
Posted: Jul 21, 2014 18:15
 

It's ok to through in our 2cents worth, but Bill knows exactly what he's doin. Just let the man do what God has so graciously gifted him to do
Tippster
(Washington, DC)
Posted: Jul 21, 2014 18:12
 

Reminds me to watch "John from Cincinnati" again.
maxjboxer
(Minneapolis, MN)
Posted: Jun 20, 2014 9:38
 

 carlos65 wrote:

Clash, and Strummer very over-rated. Some decent tunes though.
 
That's why their over-rated songs still sound great and relevant 30 years later.


2020sk
Posted: May 28, 2014 14:55
 

Love this song, but why 5 times more plays in the last 30 days than 10.15 on a Saturday Night?
aspicer
(Chicago, IL)
Posted: May 28, 2014 14:53
 

OK - just HAVE TO chime in now - this is really getting over-played on RP.  I'm no longer enjoying it.... {#Cry}
Amyjacksoncc
Posted: May 12, 2014 12:41
 

Love love love this song. Here is our most humble cover of it:  http://www.amyjackson.cc/music/johnnyappleseed.wav

Most most humble for the local beekeepers association ... :) 
richlister
(Here, there, pretty much everywhere.)
Posted: Apr 11, 2014 4:47
 

 tulfan wrote:

The Ramones were like a bubble-gum form of "punk" compared to Iggy and the Stooges who were "punk"  more than a full decade before the Ramones. Not to mention the MC5...Perhaps it's a regional thing but I never included the Ramones when discussing real punk music.

 
Iggy?? Stooges?? Most punk bands were 'all for show' you want to listen to The Macc Lads for a real punk band. Banned from every venue in the UK.
carlos65
(Everton)
Posted: Mar 10, 2014 14:58
 


Clash, and Strummer very over-rated. Some decent tunes though.
leafmold
Posted: Feb 14, 2014 12:07
 

Give Bees a Chance!
tulfan
(Still in SE MI)
Posted: Jan 22, 2014 5:50
 

 lattalo wrote:

You are too young to remember what music was like then.  I saw the Ramones live in New York at CBGB's after a friend said I had to see this band.  You see Punk Rock didn't exist until the Ramones came along, they were the first.  Joey Ramone was a genuis.  They just didn't change, I think the bass player didn't want too.  So they faded into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

 
The Ramones were like a bubble-gum form of "punk" compared to Iggy and the Stooges who were "punk"  more than a full decade before the Ramones. Not to mention the MC5...Perhaps it's a regional thing but I never included the Ramones when discussing real punk music.
Grammarcop
(Detroit is that way. Canada is the other.)
Posted: Jan 22, 2014 5:35
 

I was just heading out to fix the garage door. It can wait a sec. 
ceicilbee
Posted: Oct 03, 2013 6:55
 

what a great song!
Al_Koholic
(Exit 82, New Joisey)
Posted: Sep 26, 2013 5:23
 

On this day in 1774 John Chapman is born. He was better known as Johnnie Appleseed.
kcar
Posted: Sep 18, 2013 0:54
 

 sirdroseph wrote:

Yes, I totally agree with all of that and I do understand The Clash's importance from that standpoint. I just don't think that you can be the "only band that matters" without leaving a much more pronounced musical statement. The main purpose of a band is to play music after all. I suppose that is why although I enjoy some Punk music, as a genre just am not impressed from a purely musical standpoint. But to each his own.{#Meditate}

 
I agree with you, although I learned a good deal from fredriley's post. The 70s and 80s in Britain AFAIK were a lot crazier than they were in the US--stronger inflation, general strikes that roiled the nation, the beginning of Thatcher's unmoderated privatization of industries and war against the unions. I didn't know that the Clash were so important in the UK as part of that class-based war. 

I don't think the Clash was part of anything like that in the US, fredriley. Class lines weren't as sharply drawn in the US, and I think most blue collar people over here identified with Bruce Springsteen and acts like that. There was a strong sense during Carter's administration that the US was falling apart--stagflation, soaring oil prices, the Iranian hostage crisis, the fallout of the Vietnam War, our inability to keep the USSR out of Afghanistan, the loss of manufacturing jobs and the decline of the auto industry. I think this was the beginning of the decline of unions in the US in terms of power and popularity.

Reagan for a lot of people brought, as his campaign ads put it, morning again in America. He made it OK to believe in America again and to be patriotic again. People here identified with their country and their government, even though Reagan was selling a pack of lies. 

The Clash attracted a lot angry young man types in the US and yes those who thought Reagan was a lot of crap. But I never saw them as one of the main voices in the US against the swing to conservatism in the 80s. I think a lot of their earlier, angrier music was about Britain and aimed at Brits. We didn't know much about Thatcher or what the UK was going through. 

As for their music, I liked their anger and energy. "Safe European Home" was like a bomb going off when I first heard it. But I got bored trying to listen to their albums from beginning to end. Some of their more polished tracks like "Straight to Hell" showed that they could really play. But a lot of their stuff was just too ragged for me. 


lattalo
(Beartooths)
Posted: Aug 24, 2013 20:10
 

 mikexican wrote:


Couldn't be more wrong. The Clash is so revered because they broke boundaries in music, they took chances and refused to be neatly categorized. Occasionally, the results of those chances were not that interesting, but most times the results were powerful and influential... which is why London Calling is almost always hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time, usually by people with deep and legitimate musical knowledge. LC has a broad variety of songs, most of them outstanding. It's not any sort of 'traditional' punk album or sound, but rather a soaring musical adventure, with some remarkable singles.

The Ramones, on the other hand, were a one-trick pony; their barely two-dimensional sound hardly varies at all, from song to song, album to album. They were indeed a novelty act, just another punk band. They were not even in the same musical galaxy as The Clash. To compare The Ramones to The Clash is tantamount to comparing a Vespa to all the combined forms of high performance race cars. 


 
You are too young to remember what music was like then.  I saw the Ramones live in New York at CBGB's after a friend said I had to see this band.  You see Punk Rock didn't exist until the Ramones came along, they were the first.  Joey Ramone was a genuis.  They just didn't change, I think the bass player didn't want too.  So they faded into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
msymmes
(Toronto, CA)
Posted: Aug 01, 2013 17:44
 

Thinking about it too...

 
Zep wrote:
9 ==> 10.

 


Zep
Posted: Mar 26, 2013 17:06
 

9 ==> 10.
nszasz
(Fukuoka, Japan)
Posted: Mar 12, 2013 20:58
 

easily one of my most favorite LPs ... ever! 
Sweet_Virginia
Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:16
 

The whole album is superb. Well worth the price of admission...
Easyrider
(Catania,Sicily,Italy)
Posted: Jan 22, 2013 22:47
 

Such a superb song from the great joe,miss you mate..
ziakut
(Slightly North of Obvlivion)
Posted: Jan 16, 2013 8:35
 

Simply fun. Good tune...miss you Joe Strummer.
msymmes
(Toronto, CA)
Posted: Dec 08, 2012 19:10
 

A   hu·mon·gous piece of musical material{#Dancingbanana}.
 
stunix
(Narrowboat nr Caen Locks)
Posted: Nov 21, 2012 5:10
 

 jonahboo wrote:
I KNOW A LUCKY 10 YEAR OLD WHO'S GETTING THIS FOR NEXT CHRISTMAS:http://www.themusiczoo.com/fender/Joe_Strummer_Telecaster_MZ7192356combo.jpg

 
hah, d'you think Ill get away with giving it to the wife at xmas?............ along with some more PT and that Floyd box set I always wanted to buy.   ... her!


drsteevo
Posted: Oct 22, 2012 10:28
 

I miss Joe Strummer.
Al_Koholic
(Exit 82, New Joisey)
Posted: Sep 26, 2012 12:16
 

On this day in 1774 John Chapman is born. He was better known as Johnnie Appleseed.
jonahboo
(in a corner)
Posted: Sep 05, 2012 11:58
 

I KNOW A LUCKY 10 YEAR OLD WHO'S GETTING THIS FOR NEXT CHRISTMAS:http://www.themusiczoo.com/fender/Joe_Strummer_Telecaster_MZ7192356combo.jpg

cc_rider
(Austin Texas. Y'all.)
Posted: Jul 27, 2012 11:23
 

 mikec09 wrote:
Yay!  Mescaleros! . . . Now I have hope that "The High Road" will pop up during my work day at some point.
  Love that one too. Heck, love all the Mescaleros stuff.


rdo
(DC)
Posted: Jul 21, 2012 11:38
 

 sirdroseph wrote:


That is the irony, I love all roots music, the simpler the better. I guess it is really too subjective of a thing to put a finger on. BTW, THIS IS STILL ONE OF THE GREATEST SONGS EVAH!!!!!!!{#Notworthy}
 
Nyahh.
Easyrider
(Portugal)
Posted: Jun 26, 2012 0:52
 

Really love this,so sad he went so early but his music will live on,Rock on Joe.
TerryS
(Another SW)
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 19:59
 

The Clash,
Toot & The Maytals
Richard Thompson
Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros
Aka SuperSet.
Proclivities
(Carrboro, NC)
Posted: May 25, 2012 11:55
 

 mikexican wrote:


Couldn't be more wrong. The Clash is so revered because they broke boundaries in music, they took chances and refused to be neatly categorized. Occasionally, the results of those chances were not that interesting, but most times the results were powerful and influential... which is why London Calling is almost always hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time, usually by people with deep and legitimate musical knowledge. LC has a broad variety of songs, most of them outstanding. It's not any sort of 'traditional' punk album or sound, but rather a soaring musical adventure, with some remarkable singles.

The Ramones, on the other hand, were a one-trick pony; their barely two-dimensional sound hardly varies at all, from song to song, album to album. They were indeed a novelty act, just another punk band. They were not even in the same musical galaxy as The Clash. To compare The Ramones to The Clash is tantamount to comparing a Vespa to all the combined forms of high performance race cars. 

 
Either you were quite young at the time, or you chose to forget, but The Ramones broke boundaries, allowing later bands like The Clash to exist.  The Ramones were not "just another punk band" - they were one of the original innovators of the genre.  They influenced countless acts who would follow. 
I agree, though, that The Clash later progressed to be more sophisticated and diverse in their music while The Ramones languished in their familiar sound, but listen to the first Clash album (particularly songs like "White Riot" or "Janie Jones") and say that there is no influence from - or at least resemblance to - The Ramones there.  They were very much in the "same galaxy" around 1977 or so.  What do you have against Vespas?