Monday, December 31, 2007

Song 122 (Manfred Mann--"The Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo)")



Well, today I decided to pick this rather fun song from Manfred Mann. It is a cover of the Bob Dylan song that was written in reference to Anthony Quinn's role in the movie The Savage Innocence; it has also been covered by numerous others. I really like Manfred Mann's version of the song a lot and thought that this light-hearted song would be excellent for today.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.
Here is a television performance on YouTube.

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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Song 121 (Jethro Tull--"Cold Wind To Valhalla")



It is another Sunday in my Jethro Tull eras from beginning to end and it took me a bit to decide which song from the 4th era of Tull I should pick. I really did not want to pick something off of the A Passion Play album because it would be a bit too abstract for today; maybe I will pick one in the future. The Warchild album has a few on it that would be good, but I finally decided on Cold Wind To Valhalla off of the Minstrel in the Gallery album. These three albums make up what is for me the 4th era of Tull (from 1973-75), it is considered their big leap into Folk/Progressive Rock or Elizabethian Folk/Rock.

My previous picks from the first three eras can be found at: Songs 100, 107, and 114 in my blog.

A Passion Play is probably one of my top three Tull albums of all time. It is a Rock/Opera concept album that deals with a concepts concerning life after death that is very abstract; it was recorded in just 17 days. The music and Ian's lyrics are extremely complex and are metaphorically and sometimes almost impossible to comprehend even after ten or more times of play. Because of this and the subject matter this album was hit hard by critics and caused the band to stop touring for a short while and a self-imposed cut off from the press, which caused the band's popularity to ebb. However, it did reach #1 on the charts. This is an excellent album and I would highly recommend it to anyone with an open mind or someone wanting something different and new.
Warchild is very similar to A Passion Play subject matter wise, however, it has distinguishable individual songs and is a little more lighthearted at times. I highly recommend this album as well.
Minstrel In The Gallery is a different, darker album, on side one there the songs have nothing really to do with each other. On side two, however, there is a concept piece of music called Baker Street Muse.

This song, Cold Wind To Valhalla is very complex and interesting, it contains one of the more complex and intricate acoustic guitar lines. Many 'Tull fans have actually requested it to be added to their live playlist for many years. In an interview that I heard, Ian said that the song required radical tuning to the guitar and would have to be completely relearned because of its complexity. This song has it all from Jethro Tull: it starts out acoustically and goes heavy and everything in between. In this time period it is my opinion that Ian's lyrical ability was at one of his peaks; it shows in this song.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.

Here is an excellent "how to play the song" video on YouTube.

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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Song 120 ( Big Country - In A Big Country )

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After some of my more recent depressing picks I thought that I should pick something more upbeat. I like this song mostly because of the different riffs played by the guitar, it is somewhat similar to Scottish Folk; I also really like the overall upbeat lyrics and feel. This might have been their only hit here in the U.S. however, they have had more success abroad.
Oddly enough, the band has recently reunited for a 25th anniversary tour even though the lead vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Stuart Adamson died.

Hear In a Big Country on YouTube.
Here is a live performance on YouTube.

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Friday, December 28, 2007

Song 119 ( Megadeth - Architecture Of Aggression )



After hearing about the assassination of Pakistan's former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto yesterday immediately Megadeth's music came to mind. A lot of their music has to do with politics and major stories of interest and two songs in particular came to mind: 'Peace Sells...' was one that I thought of at first, but 'Architecture Of Aggression' seemed a better fit for today.
This is probably one of my absolute favourites from Megadeth, it's weird that stuff that they wrote 15 to 20 years ago is very relevant today. There is nothing that this song is missing and if anything was added it would hurt the song.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Song 118 ( Bon Jovi - You Give Love A Bad Name )

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I came to like this song when I used to play it in a band named Odyssey, which was mostly a cover band.
For me early on Bon Jovi was always a bit too popular for my tastes and I thought that they were just a band with overblown popularity that would disappear like the rest of their counterparts, however they still to this day sell out 80,000 seat venues. Their music, however is actually quite good if one really listens past the first layer. Probably the two best parts of this song is the guitar and the drums and the vocals are good as well.

Watch the music video on YouTube.
Watch a live performance on YouTube.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Song 117 ( Gilbert O'Sullivan - 'Alone Again (Naturally) )



A few days ago I was looking up an Animé called Maison Ikkoku and was looking at the theme songs for it to see what act made the music for it; for one episode (24) there were two Gilbert O'Sullivan songs on it: Alone Again and Get Down; as the opening and end.
From what I understand the company used the songs without consent and that is why they are only seen on the one episode and in the American release the songs are completely omitted; they put the previously used song in its place. Immediately when I saw the title of this song and it popped into my head and has not fully gone away. I am hoping that picking it would perhaps help in its departure.
This number one hit song is another 70's singer/songwriter classic, however, it is very depressing. It is about a man being stood up at the altar and contemplating suicide, and later in the song it talks about the man's parents dying; I have heard that the song is not autobiographical concerning Gilbert O'Sullivan. I do not know if it is the genius of Mr. O'Sullivan or the poppiness of the song, but it does get stuck horribly in your mind; I had not heard the song in a few years and just seeing the title made it stick. Anyway, it is an okay song that I think was forcing being picked today.

Here is a music video on YouTube.
Here is a live performance on YouTube.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Monday, December 24, 2007

Song 115 ( Trans-Siberian Orchestra - The Ghosts of Christmas Eve )

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I was unsure about picking a seasonal song today, however there are a few seasonal songs that I like and if I don't choose them around the appropriate time then they might not get picked at all. I like this one mostly because of the softer vocals and the lyrics; a real nice treat for this time of year.

Here are the lyrics:

THE GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS EVE
In this room where shadows live
And ghosts that failed learn time forgives
Welcome, friends, please stay awhile
Our story starts with one small child Who spends this night in attics dark
Where dreams are stored like sleeping hearts
And so it's here that they must wait
Till someone wishes them awake For somewhere on this night of nights
She's looking to believe
Here among the ghosts on Christmas Eve And there near an old looking glass
There was a trunk from Christmas past
That she had somehow missed before
But now decides she will explore 'Twas filled with toys and one old wreath
And several letters underneath
So as the evening hours leave
The child sat down and started to read For somewhere on this night of nights
She's looking to believe
Here among the ghosts on Christmas Eve On Christmas Eve
On Christmas Eve

Here is the studio version on YouTube.

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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Song 114 ( Jethro Tull - Thick As A Brick )



For my third Sunday of 'Tull eras I am choosing Thick As A Brick.
In my opinion the third era consists of their 4th through their 7th albums. Some Tull fans would include albums 7 through 9 as well, but I find these albums to be different artistically and lyrically as well as in feeling.
During to this era Glenn Cornick left for personal reasons and Ian's friend Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond replaced him on bass starting on the Aqualung album. Clive Bunker also left the band after the Aqualung album because he did not like the touring lifestyle and he had to get married. He was replaced by arguably their best drummer to date: Barriemore Barlow.
Aqualung, on side one is more of a normal album with most songs that have little to do with each other. Side two is mostly is an attack on organized religions' and how they mistreat God. Thick As A Brick was written because critics referred to Aqualung as a concept album, which it was not. He decided to release 'the mother of all concept albums' and make a 45 minute rock opera.
Funny enough, Ian made up a story about a child prodigy named Gerald 'Little Milton' Bostock co-writing the album with him, which a lot of people thought it was true; even to this day he gives credit to Gerald Bostock to continue the joke. Also another piece to note is that the newspaper that was the album's cover took more time to make than writing and recording the music. Also from an interview that I heard with Ian Anderson he told the story behind the album and also thought that it would be fun making a newspaper as an album cover. He also said that the same year John Lennon made the album Sometime in New York City with a newspaper as the cover art, but it came out slightly after Thick As A Brick. When John Lennon found out about Thick As A Brick he wanted to change his album cover, but I guess it was too late in the process.
The album Living In The Past is an anomaly in this era, it consists of previously unreleased material, live material, and some new material; the new material was also released as an EP as well. However, the new material is very similar to this era, so I add it as part of it.

The radio edit of this song is probably one of their most famous, the whole album is very good as well. All of the musicians are incredible on this album, which makes it quite a treat to listen to.

Someone actually posted the entire song/album.
Here is the first section of the piece on YouTube.
Here is the second section of the piece on YouTube.
Here is the third section of the piece on YouTube.
Here is the fourth section of the piece on YouTube.
Here is the final section of the piece on YouTube.
Here is their live performance of the song from Madison Square Garden '78.

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Song 113 ( Supertramp - The Logical Song )



I have really no special reasoning for picking this one other than I really like it. I think that everyone at one time or another has heard it somewhere; it's quite popular. However, a lot of people do not know the title of the song.
It is one of those songs that will stick in your head if you even think of it slightly. The whole band is quite excellent, the electric piano really stands out for me and I like the vocals as well. The lyrical content is quite nice as well, it basically describes the process of learning what others want you to be taught and how they think you should be.

Here is a fan video with the studio version on YouTube.

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Song 112 ( Jethro Tull - Ring Out Solstice Bells )

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Happy Solstice everyone! Even though I am currently picking 'Tull era songs on Sundays, I could not let this day go without picking this song. The song is about the ancient celebration of the longest night of the year (Solstice), and to herald in longer days and Spring. This is when the Earth's axis is tilted at its maximum from the sun in the Northern Hemisphere.
This song was released on both a single and on the Songs From The Wood album; in '04 they also re-recorded it for their Christmas Album. I really like almost every aspect of this song and is a very nice Seasonal tune.

Hear the original recording of the song on YouTube.
Here is a promotional music video on YouTube.
Hear the 2004 "Christmas Album" version on YouTube.
Here is their Top of the Pops performance on YouTube.

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Song 111 ( Paul McCartney - Little Willow )



Today, I was searching for a song to pick and this one came to mind. This is a nice quiet song off of the Flaming Pie album; it is an acoustic track and is a bit emotional due to the lyrical content. I really liked this album when it first came out about ten years ago; I think that he outdone himself on this one.
On this album, Steve Miller was a guest-musician and that really was what got me into Paul McCartney's music when I heard he was on this on it; I don't believe that Steve Miller plays on this song in particular. I know that Paul McCartney appeared on some Steve Miller albums as well under the pseudonym 'Paul Ramon,' so they have quite a history.

Here is a music video on YouTube.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Song 110 ( John Fogerty - Almost Saturday Night )



Today I decided to pick something by John Fogerty, so I chose this one off of his first solo album.
I remember first hearing the Dave Edmunds cover of this song when I was young and I really liked it; I later found out that John Fogerty had written it. I actually saw him play the song for the first time in a concert on PBS quite a while ago. What's best about this song is its simplicity, and of course John Fogerty's vocals are awesome as always.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.
Here is a television performance on YouTube.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Song 109 ( Band of Horses - The Funeral )



Ever since I first heard this song I've loved it. A couple of days ago whilst watching football a commercial came on and when I heard the music it caught my attention and I got the 'I know this song' feeling immediately. It is nice to see this band actually getting noticed even if they sold out to do it; I guess that is what you have to do today. I really like Ben Bridwell's on this one as well; he has a very haunting voice; the musicianship is excellent as well, especially the guitar. Another good song that is number 109.

Watch the music video on YouTube.
Here is a live performance on YouTube.

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Song 108 ( Dan Fogelberg - Leader of the Band )

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Last night I heard that Dan Fogelberg had lost his battle with prostate cancer, so I decided to choose one of his songs today. This song is one of his better ones and has special meaning for me as well; it was played at my Grandfather's funeral by my sister and brother-in-law.
Anyway, this song is quite emotional even without that fact and from all I understand he wrote it for his father who taught him. An incredible song by an incredible singer/songwriter, may he rest in peace.

Hear Leader of the Band on YouTube.

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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Song 107 ( Jethro Tull - We Used To Know )



On my second Sunday of Jethro Tull eras, I am choosing this one. We Used To Know is from their second album and in my mind their second era, which in my opinion is comprised of the albums Stand Up and Benefit. With the departure of Mick Abrahams (Guitar) and the addition of Martin Barre (Guitar) on this album and later John Evans (Keyboard) on the third album the band began a Progressive feel to their music further away from Blues. The song itself is actually an autobiography of the early days of the band. It was about Ian Anderson and Glenn Cornick living day to day as struggling professional musicians and not even knowing if they would make it. I think that most people who have played in bands have experienced quite a bit of what is mentioned in the lyrics.
An interesting side note about this song is that the chord progression and a few other aspects of the song were borrowed by Don Henley of the Eagles and used on the song Hotel California. From what I understand Don Henley was in a band opening for Tull and liked the song a lot.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.
Here is a live performance from '70; the song starts at about the 3:00 mark on YouTube.

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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Song 106 ( Pet Shop Boys - So Hard )



This song was running through my head today, so I decided to pick it. It is very much an '80s Synthpop keyboard song; the vocal harmonies are really what sells the song for me. Probably my favorite aspect of the song is the really fun lyrics, I especially like the part: 'I've given up smoking 'cus it's fatal, so who's matches are those.'

Hear So Hard on YouTube.
Watch an extended music video on YouTube.

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Song 105 ( Savatage - Gutter Ballet )



This song is a good ending to this interesting week, to say the least, that started last Friday for us, so I decided to choose it. The song itself is excellent, this was the first album of Savatage's voyage into Symphonic/Progressive Metal music. I really like the way the entire band does this song, however, Chris Oliva's guitar really shines in this one as well as Jon's vocals.

Watch the music video on YouTube.
Here is a live performance from '94 on YouTube.
Here is a live performance from Monsters of Rock '98 on YouTube.

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Song 104 ( Fontella Bass - Rescue Me )



For today I chose this wonderful R&B song by Fontella Bass. With the sound of this song you could swear that it was a product of the Motown Records' hit machine, however, it was not. She was with Chess Records and from what I understand the sound of the song was influenced by producer/singer/songwriter Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire fame. While her popularity declined she actually has been busy in the recording industry all along. What I find nice about this song besides her powerful vocals is the rhythm section, the horns are quite nice as well.

Here is the original studio version on YouTube.
Hear a different studio version of Rescue Me on YouTube.
Here is a performance of the song on YouTube.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Song 103 ( Lobo - Gypsy And The Midnight Ghost )

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For today I decided to pick a song by yet another singer/songwriter from the 60/70s. I cannot remember when I first heard this song, but I have always loved it. I remember almost wearing out my Dad's 'Of a Simple Man' 8-track when I was younger; this song was somewhere in the middle. On most 8-tracks the listener would usually have a 'path' of through the four stereo tracks that consisted of the most loved songs. However, with this album I usually would just start it and listen to it all the way through. Later, I bought it on record and now I have it on my iPod.
Lobo and all of the musicians around him are incredible; this one has a very nice rhythm and bass line, which gives the feeling of the train moving. Where the real hook of the song is when it shifts from the verse and launches into the chorus and the back. Most of Lobo's music is in a story telling format and his lyrics are quite descriptive of what is in the story.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Song 102 ( Fleetwood Mac - Dreams )


I decided on picking this song for a variety of reasons today, mostly because it is a very calming and reassuring song. This song has very few weak points if any at all, the vocals are excellent as well as the musicianship; it has just what it needs to be the great track it is.

Hear Dreams on YouTube.
Here is an excellent live performance.

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Monday, December 10, 2007

Song 101 ( Gerry Rafferty - Right Down The Line )

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This is a song that I used to like a lot then came to dislike for a variety of reasons. However, now I am starting to like it again and it always remained on my playlist; I would usually just skip over it when it came on.
Anyway, it is a really good song and I thought that it needed to be picked today. I love how the organ holds the song down in the background, plus the bass and drums are excellent as well.

Hear Right Down the Line on YouTube.

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Sunday, December 09, 2007

Song 100 ( Jethro Tull - My Sunday Feeling )

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Number 100! I have decided on a theme of sorts now that I reached the 100 mark. On Sundays I will pick a song from each of Jethro Tull's "Eras" from beginning to end; Jethro Tull is my all time favorite band I thought that it would be fun to do being it's their 40th year and all. If you listen to them from each one of these different eras, it sounds almost like another band at times depending on the era. This should last about 12 Sundays because, for me, there are about 12 distinct Tull eras.


This song is off of their first album from '68, This Was, which was their "blues band" era. Ian intentionally chose the album's title because this was how they sounded and he had plans of changing the sound. This is the only studio album with Mick Abrahams on guitar; shortly afterward Tony Iommi (of Black Sabbath Fame) joined the band for a short while and later Martin Barre joined as their permanent guitarist. The song's musicianship is quite good, especially Glenn Cornick's bass playing.

Hear My Sunday Feeling on YouTube.
Here is a video with the '70 Isle of Wight performance on YouTube.
Watch a live performance circa '93 on YouTube. The song starts at about the 1:15 mark.

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Saturday, December 08, 2007

Song 99 ( Donovan - Sunshine Superman )



Wow! 99 songs in. Well, today I decided on picking Sunshine Superman by Donovan. This is one of those songs that always gets me into a good mood when I listen to it. What I like about this song is the overall feel of it, plus the vocals/lyrics are awesome as well.

Hear Sunshine Superman on YouTube.
Here is a live acoustic performance on YouTube.

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Friday, December 07, 2007

Song 98 ( The Zombies - She’s Not There )

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For today I decided on choosing She's Not There by The Zombies; I have always loved this song a lot and thought that it was time to pick it. I really like Rob Argent's keyboard work in this one and the bass line is excellent as well. I also like the smoothness of the song and how it carries effortlessly from one part to another.

Here is a video with the studio version on YouTube.
Here is a television performance on YouTube.

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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Song 97 ( Rush - Time Stand Still )



This is one of my favourite Rush songs and I thought that it was a good pick for today especially since it was running through my mind. This is from their '87 Hold Your Fire album; it came out toward the end of Rush's real mainstream success in the 80s. They still made plenty of hits after this, however nothing like they did before.
There is a lot that I like about this song especially how everything fits perfectly together; if they added or took away anything it would ruin it. I really like how Aimee Mann's and Geddy Lee's vocals mix in this one; again as with most Rush songs the musicianship is beyond incredible. I really like the message of the song about living in the moment and taking it all in.

Here is the music video on YouTube.
Here is a live performance from '94 Counterparts Tour on YouTube.

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Song 96 ( Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Pride and Joy )



This song was running through my mind this morning, so I have decided to pick it. It's an excellent blues with incredible musicianship from everyone involved. I have always liked Double Trouble and have seen them play with a lot of other artists as well. The late-great Stevie Ray Vaughn shows just how much of a talent he was; it was a shame that talent was lost when he passed away.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.
Here is a live performance on YouTube.

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Song 95 ( Ozzy Osbourne - Shot In The Dark )

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It's time for some Ozzy. This song has a unique sound when compared to his other work; it was done between the Randy Rhodes and Zakk Wylde eras of guitarists in '86. From what I understand there is some controversy as to who actually wrote this song, depending on who is asked it's either Ozzy himself, his bassist Phil Soussan, or FM's guitarist and vocalist Steve Overland. Still, the song is incredible and definitely worth more than just a listen.

Here is a live performance circa '89 on YouTube.

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Monday, December 03, 2007

Song 94 ( Band Of Horses - Wicked Gil )

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The first time that I heard this song I immediately fell in love with it; it was just amazing. Band of Horses is an Indie Rock band originally from Seattle and have had some success; most of what I have heard from them I like. What I really found most appealing about this song was the vocals by Ben Bridwell, which are very "haunting." This song is very bluesy, but has an odd quality about it as well.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.
Here is a live performance on YouTube.
Here is a live performance of the slow version on YouTube.

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Sunday, December 02, 2007

Song 93 ( The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night )



While driving home last night in almost whiteout conditions this song came on my iPod's playlist and thought that it would be a good choice for today.
While I really do not care for "pop" that much as a rule, this track is one of my exceptions.
One of the reasons why I like this song in particular is because I used to work the graveyard shift at a grocery store for over a year and I relate to the topic matter. I also remember it being played a while ago in an old arcade game called High School Graffiti, this song played in the background in midi form.

Watch a music video with the studio version on YouTube.

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Saturday, December 01, 2007

Song 92 ( King Harvest - Dancing In The Moonlight )

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Today I decided to pick one of those songs that was supposed to be picked on previous days, but I picked another instead for various reasons. This is one of my favorites and could be described as a "feel good" song. Probably my favorite aspect of the song is the bass line, it is very fun to play as well as listen to; every other aspect of the song is excellent, especially the lyrics and vocals.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Song 91 ( Three Dog Night - Liar )

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I decided on this one today after it was going through my head last night. It was originally written by Russ Ballard, the lead singer and guitarist for Argent. He also wrote many other hits such as the song make famous most recently by KISS: God Gave Rock And Roll To You. What I really like about this song is the guitar riff that basically is the hook and of course the vocals are incredible.
I remember back in April of '95 seeing them live in concert with my sister at the old Spokane Coliseum. It was an excellent show and I remember with this song in particularly that it got very loud. The keyboards were up way too loud; this was apparent when the keyboardist went into a solo and hit some low notes that made the whole building vibrate. This was a bit unnerving because the "Boon Street Barn," as it was called, was condemned and actually was demolished a couple of months later. The Spokane Arena replaced it; that was one of the last concerts held there.
This is a very fun song to listen to and especially if you are in a mood.

Hear Liar on YouTube.
Here is a television performance of the song on YouTube.
Here is a live performance on YouTube.

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Song 90 ( The Kinks - Celluloid Heroes )



This is an incredible piece of music that was written by Ray Davies when he lived in Los Angeles. The song is about how Hollywood has exploited many of its stars, the sacrifices that some made, and how some refused as well as those who tried and failed. What I love the most about this song, (as well as many other Kinks' songs), is the way that Ray Davies writes what he perceives in graphic detail. He doesn't try to explain what the listener would see, rather he tells what he sees and what it makes him think of. This one is when he was walking down Hollywood Boulevard and sees stars on the Walk of Fame and he wrote what he was thinking about. One of my favorite parts of the song is in the second verse:
Rudolph Valentino, looks very much alive,
And he looks up ladies dresses as they sadly pass him by.
Avoid stepping on Bela Lugosi
cos hes liable to turn and bite,
But stand close by Bette Davis
Because hers was such a lonely life.
If you covered him with garbage,
George Sanders would still have style,
And if you stamped on Mickey Rooney
He would still turn round and smile,
But please don't tread on dearest Marilyn
cos shes not very tough,
She should have been made of iron or steel,
But she was only made of flesh and blood.

Here is the shortened "radio friendly" version in a fan video on YouTube.
Here is a fan video with the full length version on YouTube.
Here and here are a couple of nice live versions on YouTube.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Song 89 ( Mr. Big - Wild World )



Last night I was messing with this song on my bass and thought that it would be a good pick. This is a cover of the Cat Stevens original, I absolutely love what they did with it; I like their version quite a bit more. The biggest treats with this song is, of course, the bass and guitar; Billy Sheehan's bass rounds the song out very well.

Watch the music video on YouTube.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Song 88 ( Quiet Riot - Cum On Feel The Noize )

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A couple of months ago I picked the original version of this song by Slade, however I am picking this song today because yesterday I found out that the lead singer of Quiet Riot, Kevin DuBrow, died. At this time it is unknown what he died of, however speculation at this time is that it was a drug overdose. Be praying for his family and friends.
I have always liked this song especially the vocals and drums, however I have never really been a hardcore fan of the band. I like most of what I have heard from them and this is one of my favourites. This track would have probably been picked later on but I believe that it needed to be picked today.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.
Here is the music video on YouTube.

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Song 87 ( Jethro Tull - ...And The Mouse Police Never Sleeps )



I picked this song today because of my recent encounter with the furry little vermin. This song was one of the many songs Ian Anderson wrote about his cats; this one was about his cat Mistletoe and how the cat would ravage the mouse population at his house. I wish that I had a cat like that one, the ones that I have seem scared of the mice. How could an eight+ pound cat be afraid of a mouse that barely weighs an ounce? I bought two different kinds of traps to catch them; I hope it works.
Anyway, the song is a bit complex and I really like the John Evans' and David Palmer's keyboard work as well as John Glascock's bass. The one major detractor to this song for me is at the end when they repeat the lyrics: "The mouse police never sleeps" over and over, which is quite monotonous.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.
Here is a canned television performance with Moths as well on YouTube. ...And The Mouse Police Never Sleeps starts at the 4:00 minute mark.

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Song 86 ( Frank Zappa - Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow )



This song came up in a discussion last night and I just had to make it my pick it today. I really like the artistic genius that was Frank Zappa; this track shows it in spades. A funny song that most everyone has probably heard at one time or another.

Here is a fan video with the song on YouTube.

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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Song 85 ( .38 Special - Same Old Feeling )



For most of the day this song was running through my head, so I decided to pick it. It was one of the unreleased tracks on .38 Special's '87 Greatest Hits album.
The moment I heard this song it became one of my favourite songs from the band; that is saying quite a bit due to how many songs from them that I like. In my opinion this song does not have any weak points, especially the guitars and drums. This is a beautiful love song about a love lost and being rekindled. I cannot really believe that I did not pick it yet, an excellent song.

Here is an Animé music video to the Macross series with the studio version of the song on YouTube.

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Friday, November 23, 2007

Song 84 ( Warren Zevon - Roland, the Headless Thompson Gunner )

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I decided on picking Roland, the Headless Thompson Gunner by the late, great Warren Zevon today. This is another song with a story in the lyrics: Roland, is a mercenary fighting in the Congolese Conflict in the late 60's. He ends up getting his head blown off by one of his compatriots who was paid to kill him, however he does not die. He searches and finds the man who killed him and evens the score, he doesn't find peace and wanders the world and is present in every conflict since.
From what I can understand this story was co-written between Zevon and a man named David Lindell. This Lindell fought in some African conflicts and was running a bar in Spain where he told Warren Zevon of his travels, which inspired this song they wrote together.
I find a lot of Zevon's work to be a bit macabre and dark, this song is no different. What is really neat is that the song changes with every step of the story. It starts with the lyrics "Roland the Thompson Gunner," and then adds "Headless" after that part in the story. Then in the last verse it calls him "The Eternal Thompson Gunner," as in he cannot rest in peace.

Hear Roland, the Headless Thompson Gunner on YouTube.
Here is a live performance of the song.

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Song 83 ( Arlo Guthrie - Alice’s Restaurant Massacree )



Happy Thanksgiving all!
I decided to choose a song that was fitting, I couldn't think of a better song for the occasion. For the few that have not heard/know about the song it is a story spoken to music about a couple of guys on Thanksgiving help a restaurant owner, Alice, by cleaning out the garbage from the main floor of an old church that she lives in. The dump was closed on Thanksgiving, so they ended up dumping the garbage over a cliff where others have dumped as well. Because they are in a small town and this is big news and they end up getting arrested, but get off because of "blind justice." Later, the main character was taken in the Vietnam War draft, but was considered immoral to serve because of his run-in with the law and gets out of going to Vietnam. It's a very entertaining, funny story. Arlo does a very good job at getting the listener involved, very much worth a listen today. This was also turned into a film in 1969, which appears to have been uploaded on YouTube in sections.

Here is a full live performance of the song on YouTube.
Here is part one of Alice's Restaurant (The Massacree Revisited) on YouTube.
Here is part two on YouTube.
Here is part three on YouTube.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Song 82 ( Rush - Tom Sawyer )

I am picking songs this week that have three things in common: 1. I like them, 2. I discovered the songs by myself without anyone introducing me to them, and 3. Almost every person that I know hates the song. I am doing this theme because this is what I view as the most sincere and true form of fanhood that a person can show: going against the grain and loving something in the face of everyone's contrariness around you. I want to make clear here is that these song are ones I like because I like them, not in spite of someone else hating them. These would be songs that I would like even if everyone around me liked them.



For today, the final day of my theme week, I'm choosing the Rush's Tom Sawyer. I figured that I would end this week with a band that I like a lot, but gets me quite a bit of flack. Where do I start with this song?
The musicianship is beyond incredible for all three members, not one excluded. I noted that it seems that all Progressive Rock bands have an incredible drummer; Rush has one of the best. The fun part of this song is the instrumental break, when the song goes into a 7 beat meter and flawlessly goes back to the 4 beat meter without the listener really noticing. There is really nothing that I dislike about this song except for the fact that it gets too much airplay.
Most people don't like the song because of that fact or that they just hate the band itself. Most individuals who hate the band usually are grasping at straws to hate them and use generic criticisms such as "I hate Geddy Lee's voice" as a reason why. I myself find his vocals similar to that of Robert Plant's, sans the British accent. Rush seems to be a band that you either love or hate, however, when I wear my Rush shirt out I get a lot compliments from complete strangers and almost always end up talking about the band.

Here is the music video on YouTube.
Here is a live performance from Stage Left on YouTube.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Song 81 ( Argent - Hold Your Head Up )

I am picking songs this week that have three things in common: 1. I like them (of course), 2. I discovered the songs by myself without anyone introducing me to them, and 3. Almost every person that I know hates the song. I am doing this theme because this is what I view as the most sincere and true form of fanhood that a person can show: going against the grain and loving something in the face of everyone's contrariness around you. I want to make clear here is that these song are ones I like because I like them, not in spite of someone else hating them. These would be songs that I would like even if everyone around me liked them.

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For today's pick on my theme week I am choosing "Hold Your Head Up" by Argent; this is a song that I have liked for a very, very long time. My favorite aspects of this song are Rob Argent's organ work and the overall driving feeling the song gives. However, the part that I do find a bit wanting about this composition is the repetitiveness of the chorus, other than that I think that this song is excellent.
Rob Argent is the leader of this band and the band's namesake; Rob Argent was also the keyboardist for the band The Zombies. The Zombies are known for their hits: "Time of the Season" and "She's Not There."
This is Progressive Rock in all of its glory, which is probably the biggest knock that the song has against it. However, no one ever gives me a reason why they hate it. I guess that the message of the song fits this theme week very well: no matter what others do to get you down, Hold Your Head Up!

Here is the long version in a fan video on YouTube.
Here is a music video on YouTube.
Here is a television performance on YouTube.

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Song 80 ( Béla Fleck & The Flecktones - A Moment So Close )

I am picking songs this week that have three things in common: 1. I like them, 2. I discovered the songs by myself without anyone introducing me to them, and 3. Almost every person that I know hates the song. I am doing this theme because this is what I view as the most sincere and true form of fanhood that a person can show: going against the grain and loving something in the face of everyone's contrariness around you. I want to make clear here is that these song are ones I like because I like them, not in spite of someone else hating them. These would be songs that I would like even if everyone around me liked them.

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For today's pick on my week on a theme, I am choosing A Moment So Close by Béla Fleck & The Flecktones. I really love this song a lot because it takes me to places in music that would otherwise be unknown. Every instrument is doing its own thing, however at the same time they are one sound; I absolutely love the work of all of the musicians in this one. One of the most interesting aspects of this song is the guy who is "throat singing;" I believe that his name is Congar Ol Ondar.
I think that why a lot of people hate this song is because it is so weird and does not fit the casual listener's heuristic of popular music, and most musicians probably do not like it because it is intimidating music. An excellent song very much needed to be picked.

Watch an excellent live performance of the song on YouTube.

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Song 79 ( Bachman Turner Overdrive - Not Fragile )

I am picking songs this week that have three things in common: 1. I like them, 2. I discovered the songs by myself without anyone introducing me to them, and 3. Almost every person that I know hates the song. I am doing this theme because this is what I view as the most sincere and true form of fanhood that a person can show: going against the grain and loving something in the face of everyone's contrariness around you. I want to make clear here is that these song are ones I like because I like them, not in spite of someone else hating them. These would be songs that I would like even if everyone around me liked them.

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This is the title-track off of the 1974 Not Fragile album, to best describe this track: it is very heavy and it is I guess what could be called Industrial Rock. Two things really stand out for me about this song: 1. C.F. Turner's pounding bass and 2. Randy Bachman's and Blair Thorton's Guitar solo. The bass line is easy, straight forward, and thumping that fits amazingly well in the song. I love the guitar solo in this one as well, both guitarists really shine here. An oddity that I found out about is that Randy Bachman's last name is probably the most mispronounced in music; most people pronounce his name "Bok-man" when it is actually pronounced "Back-man."

Here is the studio version on YouTube.
Here is a live performance circa '74 on YouTube.

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Song 78 ( The Easybeats - Friday On My Mind )

I am picking songs this week that have three things in common: 1. I like them, 2. I discovered the songs by myself without anyone introducing me to them, and 3. Almost every person that I know hates the song. I am doing this theme because this is what I view as the most sincere and true form of fanhood that a person can show: going against the grain and loving something in the face of everyone's contrariness around you. I want to make clear here is that these song are ones I like because I like them, not in spite of someone else hating them. These would be songs that I would like even if everyone around me liked them.


The Easybeats are an Australian band that had some success in the mid to late 1960s. Here's an interesting fact I found: the band's guitarist George Young is the older brother of AC/DC's Angus and Malcolm Young.
Anyway, this song is quite odd and frantic sounding, which could be a reason why others around me hate it. I myself really like the tight harmonies and the overall feel of the song.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.
Here is a live performance of the song on YouTube.

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Song 77 ( Jethro Tull - Kissing Willie )

I am picking songs this week that have three things in common: 1. I like them, 2. I discovered the songs by myself without anyone introducing me to them, and 3. Almost every person that I know hates the song. I am doing this because this is what I view as the most sincere and true form of fanhood that a person can show: going against the grain and loving something in the face of everyone's contrariness around you. I want to make clear here is that these song are ones I like because I like them, not in spite of someone else hating them. These would be songs that I would like even if everyone around me liked them. Okay, now for the song:



On day two of this week of songs that I like but almost everyone around me hates, I am choosing Kissing Willie from Jethro Tull.
This is a very interesting song filled with innuendo concerning a certain act, which is probably the main reason that a lot of people dislike it. However, if you look at the song in another way the woman that he is singing about is having an affair with a friend named Willie.
The main reason that I love it is the music itself and I have always liked this period of Tull music. Another part that I like about it is the riffs in song played by Martin Barre that make for powerful hooks.

Here is the music video on YouTube.

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Song 76 ( David Essex - Rock On )

I decided last night to try something interesting for a week. I am picking songs that have three things in common: 1. I like them, 2. I discovered the songs by myself without anyone introducing me to them, and 3. Almost every person that I know hates the song. I am doing this theme because this is what I view as the most sincere and true form of fanhood that a person can show: going against the grain and loving something in the face of everyone's contrariness around you. So, lets start it off, starting a week off on Thursday? Why not! One thing that I did not mention about this week that I wanted to make clear was these song are ones I like because I like them, not in spite of someone else hating them. These would be songs that I would like even if everyone around me liked them.




For the first day of my week I am choosing Rock On by David Essex; very much a love it or hate it song. Rock On is a very odd track, which is probably why some hate it.
What I like the most about it is the bass and drums, the bass is incredible and does not fit most set standards for a bass line. Another aspect about this song that I like is the mixing; the voices and sounds come from all over bombarding you from unknown directions; what I find fun is turning one side of the speakers off and listening to it, sounds even weirder.

Here is the studio version in a fan video on YouTube.
Here is a live performance on YouTube.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Song 75 ( Electric Light Orchestra - Mr. Blue Sky )

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Yesterday night I was watching Doctor Who on the BBC, the episode which was on featured ELO music throughout the episode; this song was played at the end. This track just doesn't fail in any aspect for me at all, a very upbeat song that always puts me in a good mood every time I hear it. Another excellent song from ELO and number 75 on my list.

Here is the studio version onYouTube.
Here is the music video on YouTube.
Here is a live performance on YouTube.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Song 74 ( Fire Bomber (Hummingbird) - Dynamite Explosion )

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I'm in an odd mood today, so I decided to pick another song from the fictitious band "Fire Bomber." Fire Bomber is the band that is the main focus in the animé Macross 7; this song was featured in the movie Dynamite 7. Hummingbird, a Japanese metal band, was used to perform the songs on the recordings and went under the name "Fire Bomber" for these songs. The whole band is very talented, however the lead guitarist/vocalist, Yoshiki Fukuyama really stands out and is amazing.
What I have found odd about a lot of Japanese music is that the artists use English words smattered around in the song, in this one they use English lyrics throughout the choruses and use Japanese in the verses. I am not usually drawn to music from television shows or movies, however they did an excellent job with the music on this one.

Here is the studio version in a fan video on YouTube.
Here is a live performance of the song on YouTube.

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Song 73 ( Steve Winwood & Traffic - Dear Mr. Fantasy )



I have always loved Steve Winwood's music and in my opinion he is one of the greatest musicians of our time. It is a really cool grooving blues song with good lyrics, which makes it listenable for the masses as well as for the musician and musical connoisseur; very much an excellent song.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.
Here is a live performance by Steve Winwood on YouTube.

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