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Music Wednesday: It Won’t Be Like This For Long

August 26, 2009

I found this song recently even though it’s a few months old now (it was released in February 2009). It’s from the latest solo album from Darius Rucker (Hootie!!) which is actually a country album. I’ve always found Hootie’s stuff very relatable and this song is no different. Anyone with little kids, or even big kids, will certain get what he is singing about. Not a day goes by that I don’t look at Dylan with amazement that we’ve already reached the age of 3. The song is called “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” and it’s about the stages in life. It’s VERY country which is very unlike me but like I said, I’ve always like Hootie & Darius Rucker and always found a connection into what they were singing about and this song brought a tear to the eye.

Music Wednesday – Woodstock

August 12, 2009

Hard to believe that the original Woodstock was 40 years ago. It’s kind of hard to believe that the second Woodstock to celebrate the first Woodstock happened 15 years ago. I was supposed to go to that one before my parents put the kibosh on those plans and ended p watching it via PPV.

Jimi Hendrix – 1969 – Purple Haze
The Who – 1969 – My Generation
CCR – 1969 – Born on the Bayou
Janis Joplin – 1969 – Piece of My Heart
Blood, Sweat & Tears – 1969 – Spinning Wheel

All these were classic performances at the original Woodstock and 1994 tried to re-do what 69 did but it just wasn’t the same but I do have a few favorites.

Primus – My Name is Mud – Considering it poured before Primus came out, there was LOTS of mud
Green Day – Paper Lanters – The INFAMOUS Green Day Mud Fight with Fans… Best quote of the show: “This isn’t peace and love, its fucking anarchy!!”
Cypus Hill – Insane in the Brain – Hip Hop, something no one in 1969 ever heard of!!
Nine Inch Nails – Closer – You could put the entire NIN set up here as it was insane, amazing, etc..

I know this one is from 1999’s version but its up for a reason:

Limp Bizkit – Break Stuff – 1999’s Woodstock was an Epic Fail due to the rowdy crowds that completely lost it, trashed the place and created complete caos. I trace it back to this moment of the show. Limp Bizkit invited everyone to let out their frustrations and anger and the crowd tore up the place. After LB got off the stage, Rage Against The Machine came on and just fueled the fire. There were too many angry bands that led the march and ruined the original Woodstock message, which is why we’ll hopefully NEVER see another Woodstock.

Music Wednesday – Stuff I Don’t or Wouldn’t Like

August 5, 2009

So talking about my Music Wednesday’s themes and selections with Terri last night, I asked what the theme should be for today. She told me I should let her do it, so I am (although I am actually doing the post, inserting my comments but she picked the songs).  In her words, this is music I don’t or wouldn’t like if I haven’t heard it.

Lady Gaga – Boys Boys Boys: She’s right, not really into Lady Gaga. I’ve mentioned I can dig Poker Face but that about it. Apparently she wanted to write the female version of Motley Crue’s Girls Girls Girls. I’ll pass on both!!

Lonnie Donnegan – Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It’s Flavor On The Bedpost Overnight: I can’t even really comment. I mean I’ve never heard the song, heard of the song until Terri sent me this list.

Ace of Base – Blooming 18: She’s right, I’ve hated Ace of Base (shouldn’t it be Bass or are they playing tag?) since the day I first heard them. Reminds me of Abba which I also hate, which surprisingly she didn’t list.

The Ting Tings – Thats Not My Name:  I don’t HATE this song but I don’t particularly like it either.  Song is way too repetitive for me, like a trance (and a monotone one at that) and in the end I just want to know what the f  is your name then.

Real McCoy – Come and Get Your Love:  Not sure I ever heard this song but I’m not a Real McCoy fan so that’s probably why and again, she’s right.

Starz on 54 – If You Could Read My Mind: I wasn’t a fan of the original Gordon Lightfoot song (or remakes by Babs and Viola Wills)  so it’s hard for me to like this song remade. If I compare the two (here’s Gordon’s) the remake is certainly better but still doesn’t thrill me.

All American Rejects – Gives You Hell: Just not a fan of the AAR. I can’t put my figure on my but they just don’t do it for me.

Jennifer Lopez – Lets Get Loud:  She’s right I can’t stand this song…

Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl: It’s not that I didn’t like this song, its that I didn’t understand why she would make a song where she swears so much. I think when this came out Terri was doing a show with all kids and I remember one of them saying their mom wouldn’t let them have this CD because of this song. When your target audience is a bunch of kids who need their parents to buy them the CD and won’t because you swear, why do it?

Amy Winehouse – Rehab: Everyone once in while an artist will come out and people go absolutely crazy over them. I’ll sit down, listen to a song of theirs and just not understand what all the fuss is about. (my short list of these types of people would be The Jonas Bros, Miley Cyrus, Joss Stone and Amy Winehouse). I find this song EXTREMELY annoying.

So there’s the list she sent me, minus a few that I disagreed with. At the end of the day, Terri’s taste in music and my taste in music are very different although we do agree on some stuff. Maybe we should put a list together that reflects that.

Wednesday Music: Back To The 90’s Again

July 29, 2009

Hole – Celebrity Skin: I hated Hole, seriously. I hated Courtney Love, I hate the rumors about her being responsible for Kurts death and hated that she later got in the way of a box set release because she claimed Cobain’s former band mates were hijacking Nirvana’s legacy for their own personal interests. I guess selling twenty-five percent of her stake in the Nirvana song catalog for $50 million isn’t for her personal interest. But this is the one and only song I liked that Hole did.

White Zombie – Super Charger Heaven: I liked a few Zombie songs, this being one of them. I think Rob Zombie does much better making movies. Can’t wait for H2.

Tool – Aenema: Just a pissed off song about his surroundings in California. My favorite line has to be “Fuck L Ron Hubbard and fuck all his clones” because this song was written more than 13 years ago yet holds true today.

Veruca Salt – Volcano Girls:  I was always a sucker for this band. I love when bands reference or play another of their songs in a song. They also pay dues to the Beatles in this song, pick it out.

Matthew Sweet – Sick of Myself: I couldn’t decide which Matthew Sweet vid to throw up here because they are all just so damn good.

Porno for Pyros – Pets: I never understood this band. Made up of members of Jane’s Addiction after JA broke up and looked and sounded very much like Jane’s Addiction. This song always made me laugh.

Cypress Hill – Insane in the Brain: Love this song, love most of their songs. Saw them in Rhode Island once, crazy show.

Rage Against The Machine – Testify: Best video they made even though technically it was done in 2000, I put it on this list. One of my favorite bands in the 90’s until I got tired of their politics. Tom Morello is still one sick guitar player though.

Beastie Boys – Pass The Mic: My all time favorite Jewish rap group.

Alice in Chains – We Die Young: Of all the “Seattle Bands” AIC was my favorite, no contest. Song title certainly summed up the life of Layne Staley pretty accurately.

Wednesday Music – The Monster Ballads Edition

July 22, 2009

Hair…EVERYWHERE!!! LOL, this was probably the easiest one to put together because there are SO MANY hair bands that did the ballads thing..

Tesla: Love Song – Always wanted to learn how to play the beginning of this song. Always liked this song much more than their Signs cover.

Great White: Angel Song – Another ballad that I liked a lot when this album came out. Sure, Once Bitten Twice Shy got a lot more play but that’s not a ballad. Hard to listen to Great White these days without thinking about the Rhode Island night club tragedy a few years back.

Warrant: Heaven – Warrant only really had two good songs, this and Cherry Pie but this was their big monster ballad. I think my first slow dance was to this song or Every Rose Has It’s Thorn, I can’t remember.  Ahhh, the Junior High slow dance…LOL

Skid Row: I Remember You – These guys were my absolute favorite hard rock act of the 80’s. Sebastian Bach could kick Axl’s ass any day of the week. I think Sebastian Bach would be a cool guy to party with, plus he lives in NJ now (not that far away from me!!). One of the first songs I learned on the guitar, all be it, very badly!!

Firehouse: Love of a Lifetime – Did this band ever do a song that wasn’t a ballad??

Guns-N-Roses: November Rain – I know, most would pick Patience when talking G-n-R ballads but this video was EPIC. How does she die? Based on a short story where you wonder if the short story was written about Axl’s life. While Skid Row was my favorite band in this time period, Slash was hands down the best guitarist and coolest mofo around. Before I die, I will own a sunburst Gibson Les Paul.

Mr. Big: To Be With You – This song reminds me of high school and just hanging out on Friday nights with friends..(couldn’t find the video so this is a crappy live version).

Poison: Something To Believe In – It’s a toss up, which ballad is better, Every Rose or this one??? Piano in the beginning gives it something extra.

White Lion: When The Children Cry – Back in the ages of the “White” bands.. Whitesnake, White Lion, Great White… wtf?? Did these guys ever have another hit??

Queensryche: Silent Lucidity – I still bust the album Empire out every once in while. I loved this album when it came out, pretty much wore it out. Another song I learn on guitar rather quickly.

Wednesday Music: The Covers Edition

July 15, 2009

It’s Wednesday…that means its time to listen to some music. I kind of like these posts!! This week I figured I would do the whole “Best Covers” edition. Now, some of these you’ll probably argue with and this isn’t my entire list, just 10 of the best cover songs I think that have been done. (note, not all these have been made into music videos and they are in no particular order)…

Bangles: Hazy Shade of Winter – I didn’t grow up a Simon and Garfunkel fan so for some time, I didn’t realize this was a cover song. I’ve know that it was for a very LONG time but in the beginning I did not. And as a teen I thought Suzanna Hoffs was smokin’ hot!!

Fugees: Killing Me Softly – When I first started dating the girl who would end up someday being my wife, she absolutely loved this song. In fact, at that time I worked at a radio station doing promotional stuff (you know the vans that go out to locations and give away stuff) and this station didn’t play the Fugees so they would just give away those CD’s to the employees if they got them and I brought it home for her. I think we listened to this song at least 100 times straight. She’s a little nutty like that!!

Janis Joplin: Me and Bobby McGee – Every once in a while an artist covers a song and makes you completely forget that its a cover song. Be honest, how many thought Janis wrote this song??

Marilyn Manson: Personal Jesus – I always thought this was a weird remake but at the same time just seemed to fit. Always thought Marilyn Manson was somewhat of a genius.

Metallica: Turn The Page – I just like this song both this version and the Bob Segar version. Video is a little graphic..

Black Crowes: Hard To Handle – Like the Janis song above…raise your hand if you didn’t know Otis Redding originally did this..

Ugly Kid Joe: Cats in the Cradle – I grew up on Harry Chapin and I thought UKJ did a pretty good job on this.

Alien Ant Farm: Smooth Criminal – As promised last week this would be included in the “covers” theme. I love the video because it takes pieces from a bunch of MJ’s videos.

Shinedown: Simple Man – I love Lynyrd Skynyrd and I always thought this was a pretty good version of this song.

Daughtry: Poker Face – I’m not a big fan of Lady Gaga (although she writes everything she does so props!!) but I thought Chris’s version of Poker Face was done really well and it made me like the original a lot more.

Music Wednesday: I Love The 80’s

July 8, 2009

Since Michael Jackson’s death, it seems the radio station and VH1 have been inundating us with his music and videos. Of course this being Wednesday and I post music video links on my blog on Wednesdays, I figured I’d go with an 80’s themes this week. It kind of brings me back to my childhood, especially in the summer. I can remember being out playing until it got dark and then having to come inside. I’d spend a good hour before going to bed, just sitting back and watching a little MTV. Sometimes I’d think I’d love to go back and live that life over again for a week.

Talking Heads:  Burning Down The House – The Talking Heads are probably my all time favorite 80’s band. They were certainly a little bit on the weird side, but they were very influential and made some pretty good songs.

Cars: You Might Think – I was going back and forth between this and Drive, which is a song I like better but the video for You Might Think is a lot more clever.

Dire Straits: Money For Nothing – Continuing on the path of clever videos, this one certainly ranks up there. I mean the worked watching videos into their video and MTV’s slogan into their song.

Genesis: Land of Confusion – If Thriller takes the cake for the best video ever made, my number 2 is this video. I love the puppets that look like Genesis and so many 80’s political figures. Plus  the video paints a picture of what the times were like, the constant fear of nukes being deployed. Bonus, the song is probably the best one Genesis ever made.

Tears For Fears: Shout – I just like the song. TFF was a guilty pleasure in the 80’s. The video is nothing spectacular.

Yes: Owner of a Lonely Heart – This video was on NON STOP as a kid which is why I had to put it in my list. Decent song, weird ass video.

MJ:  Smooth Criminal – Even though we’ve been blitzed with MJ music and videos, I haven’t see the Smooth Criminal video. It’s one of my favorites, as is the Alient Ant Farm remake which will get posted when I do my “covers” theme.

Taco: Puttin’ on the Ritz – Who didn’t secretly love this song? Plus, I know Terri loves it because of the tap dancing!!

Murray Head: One Night in Bangkok – Interesting song from the musical Chess which I believe was a concept album. I get my kicks above the waistline sunshine!!

Bon Jovi: Wanted Dead or Alive – A song that made me want to play the guitar, a song that ended up inspiring MTV’s Unplugged series. OK video but kick ass song.

and finally, you couldn’t watch MTV in the late 80’s without watching the very first non-musical program on the station. Of course Viacom doesn’t even want to acknowledge this show ever existed which is why you never see reruns anywhere. It’s a shame because it was a great show and the amount of comedians that got their start on this show is CRAZY!!

King of Pop

June 26, 2009

I wasn’t going to write about this because I really wasn’t a fan but the more I thought about it, the more I felt like writing about it. In the last 20+ hours I’ve heard a lot of comparisons of Michael Jackson’s death to that of Elvis Presley and John Lennon. I find the comparison to Elvis more spot on than that of Lennon.

I was 2 when Elvis died so I don’t remember anything about it. Growing up, I learned about the Elvis of the late 50’s and early 60’s. The good looking guy that changed everything by swinging his hips and making girls go crazy for him. The one thing I understood about Elvis was that he was VERY famous, the type of famous that only a handful of people ever become. I mean he was the King of Rock and Roll. But as I got older, I learned about Fat Elvis, who was a far cry from the Elvis I just described. He sort of became this drugged out fat slob that ate too many pb and banana sandwiches and wore stupid outfits. Like I said, the comparisons between MJ and Elvis are so spot on because didn’t MJ dramatically change before our eyes?

I grew up in the 80’s and to me the 80’s were MJ, Madonna and MTV. There was no one bigger than Michael Jackson. It seemed like everyone wanted to dance like him, sing his songs, wear his clothes, etc. He was the King of Pop. Thriller is still the best music video ever made and because of MJ, a different video was made that has my all-time favorite spoken line…(Yo!! Ding Dong man, Ding Dong, Ding Dong Yo!!). But like Elvis, MJ also morphed into this strange person as time went on, some kind of creepy, freak of nature who was accused of some pretty sick and twisted things. I would imagine people much younger than me look at MJ the same way I looked at Elvis.

I guess when you look at the comparisons, you could even say John Lennon did the same, from Beetle to the hippy we knew in the late 70’s, so I guess people are right comparing Michael Jacksons death to Elvis AND John Lennon. Like the two before him, his death is extremely shocking and very sad for the entertainment world. I still don’t understand the hordes of people outside crying like he was their best friend but it is a sad day for the entertainment world.

Maybe it makes a little more sense why Lisa Marie married Michael Jackson at one point in time…

Rock Out With Your….

June 17, 2009

I was a 90’s music junkie. If you could jump in a time machine and head back to the early 90’s and open my closet, you’d probably see nothing but flannels, doc martins and concert tees. I went to all the big shows, the Lollapalooza’s, the Horde Festivals and spent countless hours watching 120 Minutes every Sunday night on MTV, looking for that next great band and song. I figured I would post some of my favorite videos every Wednesday.

Jars of Clay – Flood – I certainly didn’t know that this was a christian rock band at the time. Now, listening to the song its amazing I never realized it.

Neds Atomic Dustbin – Kill Your Television – I loved this band with a passion but I never got to see them live even though I had a few chances.

Nine Inch Nails – Wish – Always thought this video was the best clip at what NIN looks like live.

Big Audio Dynamite II – Rush – Find me one person who doesn’t like this song

L7 – Pretend We’re Dead – I think this is a band i saw live once and the lead singer was freaking us out by her antics on stage, looking for something in the crowd.

Butthole Surfers – Who Was In My Room Last Night – This was a band, who I saw live once, bought a shirt which became a constant argument with my mother.

Primus – Tommy The Cat – Primus Sucks…plain and simple

Liz Phair – Never Said – My wife knows I’d leave her for Liz Phair but I know my wife would leave me for Liz Phair.

Blind Melon – Dear ‘Ol Dad – First song I ever heard from this band and I was hooked. They were my favorite band of the 90’s, probably saw them a good 12 or 13 times. Every time they played within a radius of a 2 hour drive I went.

Sponge – Plowed – I had a band once, we entered a contest to be this band’s opening act for a show…we lost!!

Again!!

May 12, 2009

When I was younger there was this awesome band that came from our great state of NJ called From Good Homes. My friends and I saw them perform many times and their annual summer concert near their home town became a ritual for us. I introduced them to my Terri who also liked them from the first listen. They were a band that you couldn’t help but love. As the band members got older and started having kids, they decided to go their seperate ways. One of the members, Brady Rymer, ended up writing children’s music, something I found out after Dylan was born. His latest CD has this song that’s been stuck in my head for a number of weeks. I think this song does a pretty good job at summing up what having kids is all about. It’s called “Again”…

Again (click to listen!)

When you twirl me around
Lift me up off the ground
There’s nothing better in this world
Once is never enough you know
Cmon mama…go go, I never want that feeling to end

So I say Again…again cmon and do it again
Again… Again

When you throw me up high
High up in the blue sky
There’s nothing better in this world
Twice is nice, three’s a tease
Cmon daddy, pretty please, I never want the feeling to end

So I say Again…again cmon and do it again
Again… Again
Again…again cmon and do it again (C’mon!)

When you give me a hug
Fill me up with so much love
There’s nothing better in this world
Like the sunrise everday, peaking through my window shade
I never want that feeling to end

So I say Again…again cmon and do it again
Again… Again
Again…again cmon and do it again
Yeah Yeah Yeah
Again Again Again