Thursday, January 31, 2013

2004 Mastodon - Blood and Thunder

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From: Leviathan; Year: 2004; Genre: Progressive Metal
2004, (which is also today's song pick number), was a a very good year for music; I had somewhat of a hard time deciding which song to pick. Of course when I remembered that Mastodon released their metal concept album Leviathan, which was based on the classic novel Moby-Dick, I knew I had my pick. This entire album is truly awesome in so many ways; one of the band's best in my opinion.

Watch the music video on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - K.331 - Piano Sonata No. 11

My song pick two years ago today: The Allman Brothers Band - Little Martha

My song pick three years ago today: Steve Vai - #?@! Yourself

My song pick four years ago today: The Who - I'm Free

My song pick five years ago today: The Yardbirds - Heart Full of Soul


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

2003 Evanescence - Bring Me to Life

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From: Fallen; Year: 2003; Genre: Alternative Metal
I am still picking songs where the release date coincides with my song pick number, so here's one released in 2003.
Back then and even to this day this one is still one of their more popular songs. I actually first heard it being paired to many fan-made animé music videos along with many of their other songs. It kind of got overplayed a lot and it has been a while since I've heard it, that is until today of course.

Watch the music video on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin - Symphony No.2 in B-Minor

My song pick two years ago today: Jon Oliva's Pain - Winter Haven

My song pick three years ago today: KoKo Taylor - That's Why I'm Crying

My song pick four years ago today: Blue Öyster Cult - Veteran of the Psychic Wars

My song pick five years ago today: Molly Hatchet - Bounty Hunter


Sunday, January 27, 2013

2000 Porcupine Tree - Last Chance To Evacuate Planet Earth Before It Is Recycled

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From: Lightbulb Sun; Year: 2000; Genre: Progressive Rock
Well, here I am, at my 2000th song pick.... Back in September of 2007, when I started this little blog originally on MySpace, I honestly didn't know if I would take it this far. Heck, I didn't even know if I'd make it to 1000, but here I am. I guess it's now on to 3000!
Anyway, as I've been doing lately, since my song pick numbers have matched dates in music, I've been picking songs released the year that coincides with my pick number. I didn't know if I was going to pick one like this today, being that this is such a milestone and all, but I really didn't have a more fitting one in mind, so I figured I would just go along with my loose theme as of late.
When I discovered Porcupine Tree released an album in 2000 I knew I had to pick one off of it; you can't go wrong with the epicness of progressive rock, especially on the day I pick my 2000th song! However, with the ominous title you might expect something heavier, but this is a rather light track actually, but still with all of the neat things that progressive rock has to offer. Interestingly enough this song contains samples from a speech by Marshall Applewhite, who was the leader of the suicide cult Heaven's Gate; "Last Chance To Evacuate Planet Earth Before It Is Recycled" was actually spoken by the cult leader.

Hear Last Chance To Evacuate Planet Earth Before It Is Recycled on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Miles Davis - Pharaoh's Dance

My song pick two years ago today: Led Zeppelin - Ten Years Gone

My song pick three years ago today: John Lennon - How Do You Sleep?

My song pick four years ago today: The Who - Getting in Tune

My song pick five years ago today: Jethro Tull - Beastie


Saturday, January 26, 2013

1999 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication

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From: Californication; Year: 1999; Genre: Alternative Rock
It's hard to believe that not only that tomorrow I'll be picking my 2000th song but also that I have yet to miss a day. Oi, that also means that at least for a few minutes in the last 2000 or so days I've been on a computer with internet access.
Okay then, on to my 1999th pick, and, as I've been doing lately, I am picking songs that were released the year that coincides with my song pick number, i.e. since this is my 1999th pick I am picking one from the year 1999. Back then I remember hanging out a lot at my sister's house; we would watch music videos on VH1 until the wee hours of the morning. I remember the music videos to both Californication and Otherside were played heavily in the rotation. Around that time was when I started to get serious about playing music; this was one of the earlier songs that I attempted to learn to play on the bass guitar.

Watch the music video clip on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Queensrÿche - Eyes of a Stranger

My song pick two years ago today: Bad Company - Holy Water

My song pick three years ago today: Azteca - Some Day We'll Get By

My song pick four years ago today: Elmer Bernstein - The Magnificent Seven (Theme)

My song pick five years ago today: Rush - Jacob's Ladder


Friday, January 25, 2013

1998 Savatage - The Storm

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From: The Wake of Magellan; Year: 1998; Genre: Progressive Metal
Here's one from the year 1998, (also today's song pick number), well, at least here in the U.S., other regions got it a little bit earlier than that.
Anyway, this is a rather pretty instrumental, which appears towards the end of this 'concept album' just before the final 'epic' song The Hourglass; it features some amazing guitar work and piano playing.

Hear The Storm on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: John Dowland - In Darkness We Dwell

My song pick two years ago today: Blue Öyster Cult - I Love the Night

My song pick three years ago today: The Byrds - Eight Miles High

My song pick four years ago today: Wings - Band on the Run

My song pick five years ago today: Faith No More - Woodpecker From Mars


Thursday, January 24, 2013

1997 Rammstein - Alter Mann

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From: Sehnsucht; Year: 1997; Genre: Neue Deutsche Härte
This is my 1997th song picked and I am in the midst of picking songs that were released the year that coincides with my pick number. I hadn't picked a Rammstein track in a while and when I realized that they released their second album Sehnsucht in '97 I thought I would go ahead and pick one from it.
Unsurprisingly I have already pick the majority of the tracks on this album and am now "scraping the barrel" so to speak. Not to say that this song is lesser than the ones off of it that I've already picked, it is just not one I like as much.

Hear Alter Mann on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing

My song pick two years ago today: Rammstein - Der Meister

My song pick three years ago today: Jethro Tull - Nothing to Say

My song pick four years ago today: Bad Company - Seagull

My song pick five years ago today: Diana Ross - Do You Know Where You're Going To? (The theme from 'Mahogany')


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

1996 Rush - Driven

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From: Test for Echo; Year: 1996; Genre: Progressive Rock/Hard Rock
Recently Woordenaar chose a lot of Rush, so I figured I would follow suit and pick one as well. Since I have been picking songs that were released the year that coincides with my song pick number, (today is 1996), I am picking one off of Test for Echo. I have to say, this album is still my least favourite among Rush's studio albums, but there are still a couple of of gems on it, this being one of them.

Watch the music video clip on YouTube.
Watch a live performance complete with a nice bass solo by Geddy Lee on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Moody Blues - Go Now

My song pick two years ago today: Queen - 39

My song pick three years ago today: Hawkwind - Standing at the Edge

My song pick four years ago today: Rush - Nocturne

My song pick five years ago today: Head East - Never Been Any Reason


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

1995 The Beatles - Free as a Bird

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From: Anthology 1; Year: 1995; Genre: Pop/Rock
For those unaware, I am in the midst of picking songs whose release date coincides with my song pick number; of course today's pick number is 1995.
This was amongst and probably the most notable among two of John Lennon's unreleased recordings that were reworked by the remaining members of the band and released on their Anthology discs.
Ever since their release I had mixed feelings about these songs; while they were okay tracks, to me it stunk a bit of weaseling another miserable buck out of rabid fans who would probably pay top-dollar for recordings of something like Lennon burping into a microphone. At the time this was only exacerbated in my mind by them releasing the other track separately on Anthology 2, so, to get the other song you had to buy another complete album. However, since those effected, with the obvious exception of John Lennon, had no problem with it in the end I guess it really doesn't matter that much.
Anyway, with that being said, looking at this song as merely another Beatles track all in all it's okay, but definitely not even close to the caliber of the majority of their work. If it would've been released back when the band was together in my opinion it would barely be a footnote, if that. However, be as it was released 25 years after the band's demise it became one of their somewhat better known songs.
In retrospect I guess I can now see these songs in somewhat of a better light; I mean to many, including myself, it was one last time of hearing the four members of one of the greatest bands of the last century together one last time. 

Watch the music video clip on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) - Julie Don't Live Here

My song pick two years ago today: Fire Bomber (Humming Bird) - My Soul For You

My song pick three years ago today: Hawkwind - D-Rider

My song pick four years ago today: Duran Duran - Rio

My song pick five years ago today: Rare Earth - (I Know) I'm Losing You


Monday, January 21, 2013

1994 Stratovarius - Chasing Shadows

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From: Dreamspace; Year: 1994; Genre: Power Metal/Progressive Metal
This is my 1994th song pick, and I am still choosing songs that were released the year that coincides with my song pick number.
Anyway, yesterday I was listening to some of Stratovarius' music whist on the road; their soaring sound seemed perfect for my mood and the occasion. So this morning I decided to see what they released in 1994, (today's pick number), I discovered that their album Dreamspace, which by coincidence is actually one of my favourites from the band as well was released that year. That made my pick today pretty easy; this is the first song on the album and a pretty good one I might add.

Hear Chasing Shadows on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Beatles - Back in the U.S.S.R.

My song pick two years ago today: Tarot - Pilot of All Dreams

My song pick three years ago today: Muse - Knights of Cydonia

My song pick four years ago today: Nightwish - 10th Man Down

My song pick five years ago today: Jaco Pastorius - Donna Lee


Saturday, January 19, 2013

1992 Dream Theater - Under a Glass Moon

From: Images and Words; Year: 1992; Genre: Progressive Metal
I can remember music from the year 1992, (which is also today's song pick number), quite well. But one aspect that I remember the most was the minimalism that permeated most forms of mainstream music, mostly in the alternative rock/metal subgenres. Those bands and the emerging sounds were definitely a breath of fresh air from the stagnating music scene at the time; even to this day I listen to most of those bands from that time.
However, as with all musical trends they became a bit too hard-line; I got the feeling at times that the "minimalist" point of view was overused, sometimes to the point that a band or a musician would be shunned and ridiculed if they got too technical with their music. Dream Theater was one of the bands to go against that grain of popular music and still prosper.
Anyway, here's a song off of one of my favourite Dream Theater albums: Images and Words. However, it's facile to say that this song is one of my favourites from the band, but it is definitely an excellent track. Even at just over seven minutes in length it is only the fifth longest track on the album.

Hear Under a Glass Moon on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Pearl Jam - Light Years

My song pick two years ago today: Band of Horses - Factory

My song pick three years ago today: Rush - Freewill

My song pick four years ago today: R.E.M. - Stand

My song pick five years ago today: Queen - Killer Queen


Friday, January 18, 2013

1991 Ugly Kid Joe - Everything About You

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From: As Ugly As They Wanna Be; Year: 1991; Genre: Metal
This is my 1991st song picked, and, as I've been doing recently, I am choosing songs that were released the year that coincides with the pick number.
Dang, I can remember when this song came out; it was quite popular and a bit of a novelty; I cannot believe that it was over 20 years ago. I haven't heard it in a few years, so it's kind of nice to listen to it again.

Watch the music video clip on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Ludwig Van Beethoven - Op. 31 No. 2 - Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor "Tempest"

My song pick two years ago today: David Bowie - Diamond Dogs

My song pick three years ago today: Sky - Toccata

My song pick four years ago today: Journey - Who's Crying Now

My song pick five years ago today: Billy Joel - Only the Good Die Young


Thursday, January 17, 2013

1990 Megadeth - Hangar 18

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From: Rust in Peace; Year: 1990; Genre: Thrash Metal
Here's my 1990th song picked and I'm still choosing songs released the year that coincides with my pick number. Again, there was a lot of good music released in the year in question and was forced to narrow it down to only one.
Anyway, this is my favourite track off of Megadeth's 1990 album Rust in Peace. It's a great song musically and has one of their best guitar solos in my opinion. Combine that with the cool science fiction storyline/imagery and it's an incredible track in my opinion. 

Hear Hangar 18 on YouTube.
Watch the music video clip on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Black 47 - Different Drummer

My song pick two years ago today: Band of Horses - The First Song

My song pick three years ago today: Forest - A Glade Somewhere

My song pick four years ago today: Weather Report - Teen Town

My song pick five years ago today: Johann Sebastian Bach - BWV 1068 - Orchestral Suite No.3 in D-Major, "Air"


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

1989 Chris Isaak - Wicked Game

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From: Heart Shaped World; Year: 1989; Genre: Soft Rock
I'm still picking songs from the year that coincides with my song pick number; today's is my 1989th song chosen.
As I mentioned earlier, recently I visited with my aunt and uncle, who are both amazing musicians. I was showing my guitar to my uncle and this was one of the songs he decided to show how to play on it. While I've never been a huge fan of this song, I mean I like it and all, I have to admit it's very fun to play on the guitar. It's always fun to have an excuse to overuse my Floyd Rose tremolo.
Anyway, in the popular culture this song is mostly noted for it's rather sensual music video that accompanied it; I believe that many remember it for that video rather than for the song itself.

Hear Wicked Game on YouTube.
Watch the video clip on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Dion - Abraham, Martin and John

My song pick two years ago today: Joachim Witt - Wem Gehört Das Sternenlicht

My song pick three years ago today: Cab Calloway & The Harlemaniacs - The Reefer Man

My song pick four years ago today: Diana Ross and the Supremes - Reflections

My song pick five years ago today: Quarterflash - Harden my Heart


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

1988 Soundgarden - Flower

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From: Ultramega OK; Year: 1988; Genre: Alternative Metal
Whilst going through the years of music based on my song pick number it has been interesting seeing one era of music evolve into the next. When I saw that Soundgarden's debut album was released in 1988, (today's pick number), I couldn't help but choose it. Out of all of the "grunge" movement I would have to say that Soundgarden was and still is my favourite.

Hear Flower on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Northern Kings - Wanted Dead or Alive

My song pick two years ago today: Jethro Tull - Bungle in the Jungle

My song pick three years ago today: Edvard Grieg - Op. 54, No.3 - The March of the Trolls (Troldtog)

My song pick four years ago today: Rob Zombie - Dragula

My song pick five years ago today: Tears for Fears - Mad World


Monday, January 14, 2013

1987 Jethro Tull - The Waking Edge

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From: Crest of a Knave; Year: 1987; Genre: Rock
I'm still choosing songs that were released the year that coincides with my song pick number. So, for my 1987th song chosen I'm picking one of my personal favourites off of 'Tull's masterpiece album Crest of a Knave. I believe this was one of the two songs that weren't on my original vinyl copy; it's a shame too, being that it's one of the better ones on the disc.
Anyway, the other day I was listening to a lot of Dire Straits' music and even picked one of their songs. Many have claimed that much of this album sounds a lot like Dire Straits' material from their Love Over Gold/Brothers In Arms era; in my opinion it does as well with this being the song that sounds the most like one of their songs.
I'm not too sure why on this album Ian Anderson moved their sound towards that of Dire Straits, but it seemed to work in their favour both musically and critically. I believe that most of the reason was due to Ian's vocal problems throughout the mid '80s that forced them to record all of the material in a more favourable lower key; even to this day his voice has never been the same. Another, more central reason to the sound shift in my opinion was the reemergence of Martin Barre's guitar as the central lead instrument and, of course the entire band coming back out of their "synth" era.
Whatever the case, if you are either a 'Tull fan or a fan of Dire Straits this song should be good to the ears.

Hear The Waking Edge on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Scorpions - The Good Die Young

My song pick two years ago today: Megadeth - Elysian Fields

My song pick three years ago today: Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli (Quintette du Hot Club de France) feat. Freddy Taylor - Nagasaki

My song pick four years ago today: Miles Davis - Flamenco Sketches

My song pick five years ago today: The Kinks - Waterloo Sunset


Sunday, January 13, 2013

1986 Iron Maiden - Caught Somewhere in Time

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From: Somewhere In Time; Year: 1986; Genre: Metal
For those who don't know or have stumbled across this post, I've been picking songs that were released in the year that coincides with my song pick number; today's is, of course is my 1986th song picked. Damn, there was a lot of excellent music released that year; I literally had over 40 songs that I would've liked to pick. However, in the end I was in the mood for some Iron Maiden; I absolutely love almost every aspect of this awesome track, especially those twin lead guitars.

Hear Caught Somewhere in Time on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Jamiroquai - Cosmic Girl

My song pick two years ago today: Ozzy Osbourne - Mama, I'm Coming Home

My song pick three years ago today: Adam Gilberti - Dragon's First Flight

My song pick four years ago today: Zakk Wylde - Farm Fiddlin'

My song pick five years ago today: Jethro Tull - Hunting Girl


Saturday, January 12, 2013

1985 Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms

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From: Brothers in Arms; Genre: 1985; Genre: Rock
Ever since visiting with my uncle, who can play most of Mark Knopfler's songs on the guitar, I've had a lot of Dire Strait's music running through my mind. So, whilst searching through the albums and songs released in 1985, (today's song pick number), I couldn't help but pick this one when I saw it.
In my opinion it's among some of the most beautiful music Mark Knopfler ever released. His clean, purposeful, and brilliant and guitar playing is truly something to behold.

Hear Brothers in Arms on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Metallica - The Day That Never Comes

My song pick two years ago today: Rammstein, featuring Carmen Zapata - Te Quiero Puta!

My song pick three years ago today: Traveling Wilburys - End of the Line

My song pick four years ago today: The Doors - Love Her Madly

My song pick five years ago today: Rod Stewart - Young Turks (Young Hearts Be Free)


Thursday, January 10, 2013

1983 Styx - Mr. Roboto

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From: Kilroy Was Here; Year: 1983; Genre: Rock
Again, I had another song in mind for today's pick, but then I discovered that it wasn't released in 1983, (today's pick number); after that I was back to going over the album's released in that year.
Mr. Roboto, which, of course hails from Styx's landmark Kilroy Was Here album, is probably one of the band's biggest and most recognizable hits. However, for me personally it marked the downward trend for their music. Don't get me wrong, it's still okay, but nowhere near the caliber of their material that came before.

Here is the video clip for Mr. Roboto on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Carmen - High Time

My song pick two years ago today: Stahlhammer - Strom Der Zeit

My song pick three years ago today: Ally Kerr - The Sore Feet Song

My song pick four years ago today: Johnny Cash - Solitary Man

My song pick five years ago today: Two-Mix - White Reflection


Wednesday, January 09, 2013

1982 Peter Gabriel - Shock the Monkey

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From: Peter Gabriel (Security); Year: 1982; Genre: Rock/New Wave
Last night whilst working I had a song in mind for today's pick, but after falling asleep from exhaustion and waking up rather groggy it has escaped me.
Anyway, here's one from from Peter Gabriel's fourth album, which was released in 1982: today's song pick number. I have always kind of liked this song if for no other reason but Tony Levin's amazing as always bass playing.

Here is the music video clip for Shock The Monkey on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Stormwarrior - Foreign Shores

My song pick two years ago today: Larry Greene - Through the Fire

My song pick three years ago today: Puhdys - Geh Dem Wind Nicht Aus Dem Wege

My song pick four years ago today: Journey - Lights

My song pick five years ago today: Rush - Anthem


Tuesday, January 08, 2013

1981 Jefferson Starship - Find Your Way Back

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From: Modern Times; Year: 1981; Genre: Hard Rock
It's odd to think that I am so close to 2000 songs picked; it really doesn't feel like I've been at it that long.
Anyway, here's my 1981st song picked, which, as I've been doing for a while now also comes from the year that coincides with the song pick number. While I have picked songs from both Jefferson Airplane and from Grace Slick's solo work, I haven't yet picked one from the band's second "Starship" incarnation. So I'm taking the opportunity today to rectify it with this rather nice track off of their Modern Times album.

Hear Find Your Way Back on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Band of Horses - Compliments

My song pick two years ago today: Hawkwind - Lord of Light

My song pick three years ago today: Karussell - Schattenkreuze

My song pick four years ago today: The Proclaimers - I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)

My song pick five years ago today: Arlo Guthrie - City of New Orleans


Monday, January 07, 2013

1980 Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love

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From: The Game; Year: 1980; Genre: Rock/Rockabilly
I'm having another one of those extremely busy mornings, so I'm having to make a quick pick. However, even though I am in a rush I still am choosing song from the year that coincides with my song pick number; today's is, of course 1980.
I was actually quite surprised when I saw that I hadn't pick this one, which is among my many favourites from the band. Overall this has to be not only one of their more fun songs to listen to, but as a musician to also play.

Watch the video clip to Crazy Little Thing Called Love on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Superstition

My song pick two years ago today: Journey - To Play Some Music

My song pick three years ago today: Apocalyptica featuring Till Lindemann - Helden

My song pick four years ago today: James Gang - Funk 49

My song pick five years ago today: Midnight Oil - Blue Sky Mine


Sunday, January 06, 2013

1979 Pink Floyd - Hey You

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From: The Wall; Year: 1979; Genre: Progressive Rock
I'm continuing picking songs where the release date coincides with my pick number. There was a great deal of excellent music released in 1979, which made choosing one song quite difficult. Heck, even on this album alone there is a lot of great songs to choose from.
Anyway, for my nineteen-hundred-and-seventy-ninth song picked I'm choosing this one, which is among many that I like off of Pink Floyd's classic album The Wall. I actually thought I had picked it at some time in the past, but I was surprised that I hadn't. I've always loved how this one was constructed especially at the beginning of the song. I really like David Gilmour's playing of the oddly tuned acoustic guitar and the fretless bass.

Here is a music video clip with the studio version of Hey You on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Return to Forever - Dayride

My song pick two years ago today: Blue Öyster Cult - Hot Rails to Hell

My song pick three years ago today: Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show - Cover of the Rolling Stone

My song pick four years ago today: Seals & Crofts - Summer Breeze

My song pick five years ago today: Jethro Tull - Crazed Institution


Saturday, January 05, 2013

1978 Nick Gilder - Hot Child in the City

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From: City Nights; Year: 1978; Genre: Pop/Rock
Here's one from late 1978, (also today's song pick number); it was a pretty big hit that year. I've heard this one a lot over the years; I've always liked the way it was arranged, especially the rhythm section.
It's interesting, but inside this pop/rock track is rather intense subject matter that can, most of the time, be missed by the listener. From what I understand Nick Gilder witnessed the plight of some teenage runaways who were making a living as prostitutes and he decided to write this song about what he saw. However, strangely enough he wrote the song from the point of view of the "Johns" who prey on them.

Hear Hot Child in the City on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Boston - Foreplay/Long Time

My song pick two years ago today: Gerry Rafferty - Home and Dry

My song pick three years ago today: Johnny Cash - One Piece at a Time

My song pick four years ago today: Traffic - John Barleycorn

My song pick five years ago today: The Moody Blues - Forever Afternoon (Tuesday?), Time to Get Away.


Friday, January 04, 2013

1977 Jethro Tull - Songs From the Wood

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From: Songs From the Wood; Year: 1977; Genre: Progressive Rock/Folk Rock
Here's a pretty good one for my nineteen-hundred-and-seventy-seventh song picked, which is, of course also the year it was released. In my opinion this song and album comes from arguably one of the highest peaks musically from the band; Songs From the Wood is considered by many to be one of their best records.
This song has all of the great hallmarks from their late '70's style: a good mix between the harder hitting and softer, folkish music. Both Barriemore Barlow and John Glascock are excellent on the rhythm section on this one, which has its meter all over the place.

Hear Songs From the Wood on YouTube.
Here is an excellent live performance of the song on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Jethro Tull - Crew Nights

My song pick two years ago today: The Guess Who - These Eyes

My song pick three years ago today: Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Fanfare for the Common Man

My song pick four years ago today: The Kinks - Do It Again

My song pick five years ago today: The Guess Who - Hang On To Your Life


Wednesday, January 02, 2013

1975 Sweet - Fox on the Run

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From: Fox on the Run (Single); Year: 1975; Genre: Rock/Glam Rock
I was surprised when I discovered that I haven't picked a song from The Sweet yet; I thought for sure I'd pick one of their songs at some point. Anyway, this fact made today's pick a little easier to make; this song, which is one of the band's more famous and one of my favourites from their catalogue, had a single release in 1975: (today's song pick number).
In actuality there were two versions of the song: the first was released in '74 and was much heavier and had greater length. The second, which was the single from '75 was at a shorter, more radio-friendly length as well as being more pop oriented in its production.

Here is the more famous pop single version on YouTube.
Here is the original, heavier version on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Van der Graaf Generator - Whatever Would Robert Have Said?

My song pick two years ago today: Steve Vai - Kill the Guy with the Ball/The God Eaters

My song pick three years ago today: Banchee - John Doe

My song pick four years ago today: Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone

My song pick five years ago today: Queen - Don't Stop Me Now


Tuesday, January 01, 2013

1974 Rush - Here Again

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From: Rush; Year: 1974; Genre: Hard Rock
It's my first pick of 2013, but I'm still picking songs that were released the year that coincides with my song pick number. This rather bluesy track hails from Rush's debut album released in the year 1974.
As I've said before, they are one of my favourite bands; there's a lot I love about their music and it seems that I'm not alone. Over the years they have taken quite a bit of hammering from a quite a few people, mostly critics and those who take those critics' words as gold. However, despite this they've kept going and continued to sell with over 20 consecutive gold albums, 14 of which have gone platinum or multi-platinum and are now about to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. If Rush and their music are doing so well despite the contrariness of these 'givers of opinion;' (yeah, they've probably kept some from buying Rush albums, but not enough to really hurt them), that then begs the question: what is the purpose of a critic, especially those who malign obviously good bands and music? It seems as if many of us make our own decisions and can formulate our own opinions concerning the music we listen to. Anyway, I should stop now before this song pick turns into a full-on industry rant.
Rush: empowering and entertaining the dreamers, the misfits, the disenfranchised, and the nerds/geeks since 1974.

Listen to Here Again on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Jethro Tull - Last Man at the Party

My song pick two years ago today: Dan Fogelberg - Same Old Lang Syne

My song pick three years ago today: ABBA - Happy New Year

My song pick four years ago today: U2 - New Year's Day

My song pick five years ago today: Kiss - Shout It Out Loud