Look at this! Two blog posts in a week! Truth be known, it’s file maintenance day in The Less Desirables studio which means I’m moving a bunch of files from one hard drive to another or just deleting some to make room. These files are gianormous so just moving 4 folders takes about 30 minutes to complete. If I try to move more than that at a time then it adds to the execution time, exponentially. What does all that mean? It means I have time, now, to write some. And I’ve neglected writing my RS Top 500 updates in the last little bit, so let’s get back to it, shall we?
#450 – For Everyman by Jackson Browne. I’ve always likes Jackson Browne. When I say “like” I mean “Running on Empty,” “Somebody’s Baby,” “The Pretender,” “The Load-Out” Jackson Browne. This, I wasn’t so sure of. I knew that he co-wrote “Take It Easy” with Glenn Frey, so I was surprisingly not surprised that it was on this album. I do like the Eagles version better but this wasn’t a bad version. Other songs that I enjoyed on this album was “Colors of the Sun,” “Redneck Friend,” and the title track. Frey and Don Henley made guest appearances as did other well-known artists like David Crosby, Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt and Elton John. Overall, a decent listen. I don’t know that I’d listen to it again, but not too shabby. Dug.
#449 – Third/Sister Lovers by Big Star. I’ll admit that I had never heard (that I know of) any Big Star songs. I know my musical man-crush Doug Davis is a huge fan as I’m sure several of my other friends are, as well. This is some great pop music. Alex Chilton is a great song writer. Nothing overly flashy but just enough flash; as I said, great pop music. Some highlights: “Thank You Friends,” the eerie “Holocost,” and the wonderfully fashioned cover of “Femme Fatale” from Velvet Underground that actually sounds velvety and not the normal crap VU was putting out. No offense to the VU fans, but neither Lou Reed nor Nico (in this case) can sing. I’m sure that’s coming later as that album has to be on this list somewhere because RS can’t miss an opportunity to lump them in with greatness and kiss Reed’s dead ass. But, enough about that… back to this album. This was fun to listen to. Dug!
#448 – Synchronicity by The Police. On The Less Desirables last week, Brian put us to task to come up with our (his, Eug‘s and my) top 5 albums of all time. This was one of mine. With the exception of “Mother” and “Miss Gradenko,” I don’t feel there is a bad song on the album. Incidentally, those two were the ones that were written by Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland respectively, not the genius that I believe to be Gordon Sumner, known as Sting. There are a lot of songs that remind me of my childhood but only a handful actually “take me back,” if you will. Even though it’s long been played out, there isn’t a time where I don’t want to hear “Every Breath You Take” and if it comes on I’m not turning it and I’m singing along. And Sting still makes about $1500 a DAY on that song. That’s not my favorite, though. I have several that I really love including “Murder by Numbers,” “Tea in the Sahara,” and “Synchronicity I.” But, the jewels on this album are “Wrapped Around Your Finger,” “King of Pain,” and my absolute favorite of the album (one in which I told the aforementioned Doug Davis that I would “kill a b*tch” over when the Vagabond Saints Society did The Police last summer): “Synchronicity II!” I can’t really say much bad (other than skip “Mother” and “Miss Gradenko”) about this album. Again, TOP 5 of MY ALL-TIME. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!
#447 – Getz/Gilberto by Stan Getz and João Gilberto. THIS was fabulous. I love bossa-nova jazz and dang if this wasn’t groovy as hello! how are you!? I don’t know many songs as sexy as this version of “The Girl from Impanema.” I can’t even think of many; something from Sade maybe… but I digress. “Desafinado (Off Key)” is also fantastic. What I imagine when I listen to this is someone putting on a record (a record, not CD, not digital anything), sitting on a plush rug in front of a fireplace with a significant other (or even a new acquaintance), each with a glass of red wine and a thick turtleneck sweater with horrible designs that would win first place at an office Christmas party. And THAT my friends is a beautiful thing. I WANT this on vinyl. I must find this on vinyl. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! (only 3 compared to 5 for Synchronicity; so we’re clear)
#446 – Back in the USA by MC5. This is rock & roll, kids. It’s the hip and happening; the bee’s knees. Those Motor City boys are jammin’. Only one song over 2:48 in time and that’s a whopping 4:13 (“Let Me Try”). Their version of “Tutti-Frutti” is rockin’ although it lacks some of the soul of Little Richard, but then again, everyone lacks that kind of soul. The best explanation of the times must be “Teenage Lust,” as it epitomizes the end of the ’60s/early on ’70s pimple-plagued young’uns that were squirming in their seats and letting some heavy petting lead to seat wetting (thank you Janet Weiss). No gimmicks here. Just slap you in the face yumminess, and this is not usually my kind of thing. Dug!
#445 – Fly Like an Eagle by Steve Miller Band. Hailing from the same geographical area as the previous entry, Steve Miller had himself a righteous band and this was their ninth; the first in 3 years at the time. Like the title suggests, yes “Fly Like an Eagle” came from this album as did other Miller staples as “Take the Money and Run” (tell me you didn’t not do five hand claps in quick succession!?) and “Rock’n Me.” Not a bad listen, at all. I think Rock 92 kind of wore me out on Steve Miller as you are guaranteed to hear something from him about once every two hours, if not every hour. I dug it.
#444 – The World is a Ghetto by War. I’ve lauded the awesomeness of Parliament (in all its incarnations) and I have to do that with War. B.B. Dickerson is a bass god and it’s clear that we should worship him. “The Cisco Kid,” even though the title sounds like it should be about some cowboy outlaw is a great song and the biggest hit from this album. There are some very lengthy songs on this platter including TWO that are over 10 minutes long. But, the songwriting and quality make those songs fly by. Great stuff like “Where Was You At” (throw proper English out the door in rock and roll, babies) and the title track makes this disc a groovy slope to slide, man. DUG!
#443 – In Color by Cheap Trick. This is my favorite Cheap Trick album, the quintessential, if you will. Five of the ten songs in this album were staples on the Cheap Trick at Budokan live album. The first CT album good, don’t get me wrong, but this, their sophomore effort (no jinx here) was when they hit their stride and strode hard! Some of my favorites include: well, I can’t leave anything off, let’s just say that the studio version of “I Want You to Want Me” is, to me, a superior version. All the pianos and jumpiness of the studio version was lost in the calamity (a good thing, here) of the live atmosphere. Nothing wrong with the live version, just don’t want to want it like I want to want this one. The whole album is amazing. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!
#442 – Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! by Devo. These guys are pleasingly weird. Early new-wave and pre- “Whip It” the Devolution boys were divvying out some unpolished and rough quirk that works wonderfully. I mean, dang Rolling Stones, did you write “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” or did Devo? A great reworked song. And “Playing Hands,” and “Gut Feeling/(Slap Your Mammy),” and “Jocko Homo,” (even “Weird Al” used part of it in “Polkas on 45” on the album In 3-D) and… well you get the idea. Not a spectacular record and I don’t think they were going for that; they were going for this and this is wonderful! Dug!
#441 – Suicide by Suicide. This is some trippy shite, man. If I ever did drugs (and I have never done an illegal substance), I’d want to listen to this while riding it. Even without the drugs I felt like I was floating. Can I say I like it? Well, I can’t say I don’t. The predecessor to the modern trance/house techno-movement the “first album” by Suicide from 1977 is a bit ahead of its time. There’s an urgency that is present in even the most laid back melodies (if you can call it that) during the whole ordeal, I mean, listening. After listening to it, especially “Frankie Teardrop” (10 minute techno-murder ballad), I felt like I needed a shower to cleanse my soul of vile and vicious impurities. Don’t really know how to rate this one… Dug it like a grave, maybe? I dunno…
With the exception of Suicide (and again, only because it’s so weird) I really enjoyed this round of tunes. I like it when I get on a good roll. I already know that in the next round (I’ve listened through half of it) there is at least one album that I didn’t care for. You’ll have to wait to see which one (don’t cheat by going ahead and looking at the list). As always I invite you, dear reader, to give this list a look over and a listen, if you’re so inclined and feel free to tell me your thoughts and if you agree or disagree with me. I will only sic Frankie Teardrop on you if you disagree with me. Of course, that’s a joke, I don’t really even know where he is these days. Oh, wait, he’s dead (spoiler)… never mind.
Until next time same blog channel at SOME blog time.