Thursday, January 31, 2008

Badfinger Live, Come And Get It

by Hector Diego


They had some fame, due to their obvious talent and the attention of Paul McCartney. But this was one miserable band, unfortunately. Let's hope the surviving members are happier now, and the same goes for the dearly departed.

Neil Young Live, After The Goldrush

by Hector Diego


This one gives me the shivers.

1989.

Tommy Emmanuel, Over The Rainbow

by Hector Diego


This guy is one humdinger of a guitarist.

Laura And Almanzo's First Kiss

by Hector Diego


For those of you who don't know--shockingly, this is possible--the characters in the Little House on the Prarie books and television series are historical. Laura Ingalls Wilder lived the pioneer life and wrote several books based on her experiences, part biography and part historical fiction, edited by her daughter Rose. It just so happens that I share my birthday with Laura.

When I was a kid I had a teacher that read the books to us in class. I was utterly fascinated with this story, and have read all of the series several times as an adult. I didn't care much for the television series until, one day, I turned it on and realized that it had some very fine acting.

The scene I have posted here is a true classic. Almanzo had always thought of Laura as a child, because he was 19 when they met and she about 10 or 11. Five years later he is forced to admit to himself that he is in love with her.

I like Laura's line after they share their first kiss. "How would you like to dance with the teacher?"

Worldly life does not get better than this, but it could serve as an inspiration for something even more exalted in the next life.

We'll see about that.

J. S. Bach, Toccata And Fugue In D minor

by Hector Diego


Perhaps the greatest German in history...

Paul McCartney, Coming Up

by Hector Diego


I think he does a good Buddy Holly, on the far right.

Emerson, Lake, And Palmer, Lucky Man

by Hector Diego

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Buddy Holly, Think It Over (1959)

by Hector Diego


The Beatles learned quite a bit from Holly, can't you tell? In terms of their composing it appears that Holly, along with their dockside Liverpool folk music, was the main influence. Any other learned opinions?

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Roy Orbison, Only The Lonely

by Hector Diego

James Taylor Live, Fire And Rain

by Hector Diego


Come on, Jesus...

Rilo Kiley, I Love L.A.

by Hector Diego


Returning to her home town after a two month tour with Rilo Kiley, Jenny dedicated this song to her older sister, who was in the audience.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Nixon Launches the HMO's--What a SICKO

by Hector Diego


Michael Moore sets it straight.

Iron and Wine - Flightless Bird, American Mouth

by Jay Allbritton
Here's a new one from I&W singer/songwriter Sam Beam.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Tool - Lateralus

by Jay Allbritton
This video breaks down the way Tool worked the famed Fibonacci sequence (1+2=3, 2+3=5, 3+5=8, 5+8=13, etc.) into the song "Lateralus"

Jaya Radha Madhava

by Hector Diego


If you thought the harmonium originated in India, forget it--it's British. But it has been very nicely appropriated by Hindu bhajan singers for its droning quality.

You Can't Do That

by Hector Diego


I like the simple way Ringo uses the cowbells on this one, and Lennon's lead vocal? It's one of his best. The last three guitar notes are so classic Beatles.

Do you remember when you were a kid, and the way adults expressed themselves was a source of wonder or confusion? For instance, "X-mas", "laundrymat" or "laundromat" (which one is it, make up your mind), "lite" but not "hevy", or the ultimate, to me anyway--"pop combo".

That's what it said on the Beatless first album released in the US, pop combo. To this day I have not figured out what pop means, when both the Beatles and Sinatra are called pop. And combo? I can assure you that I did not find it in any dictionary in 1964.

I was mightily offended that the Beatles were called "pop" by Capitalist Records. Still am.

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Rufus Wainwright, Hallelujah

by Hector Diego


J. S. Bach, Brandenburg Concertos # 3 iii: Allegro

by Hector Diego


When you can fiddle like these folks, you can play for God.

Oliver, Jean

by Hector Diego


This is all most people want.

Jenny Lewis And The Watson Twins, You Are What You Love

by Hector Diego


An outstanding performance.

More From Blackpool, Baby's In Black

by Hector Diego


Good morning. It is 47 Beatle degrees outside our studio window at KTWS Radio, broadcasting from America's Very Deep South, 7/24/365.

That's www.thewalrusspeaks.blogspot.com on your cyber radio dial.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Grateful Dead, Morning Dew

by Hector Diego


One of my Dead favorites.

Walk me out in the morning dew my honey,
Walk me out in the morning dew today.
I can't walk you out in the morning dew my honey,
I can't walk you out in the morning dew today.

I thought I heard a baby cry this morning,
I thought I heard a baby cry this today.
You didn't hear no baby cry this morning,
You didn't hear no baby cry today.

Where have all the people gone my honey,
Where have all the people gone today.
There's no need for you to be worrying about all those people,
You never see those people anyway.

I thought I heard a young man moan this morning,
I thought I heard a young man moan today.
I thought I heard a young man moan this morning,
I can't walk you out in the morning dew today.

Walk me out in the morning dew my honey,
Walk me out in the morning dew today.
I'll walk you out in the morning dew my honey,
I guess it doesn't really matter anyway,
I guess it doesn't matter anyway,
I guess it doesn't matter anyway,
Guess it doesn't matter anyway.

Jose Feliciano Covers Hey Jude

by Hector Diego


One great guitarist, Jose is.

Ten Years After, Hear Me Calling

by Hector Diego


Jimi Hendrix, Red House

by Hector Diego


The White Album, Part Three

by Hector Diego


In my humble opinion, Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" is one of the Beatles' greatest songs, indeed one of the greatest rock songs ever.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Spanky And Our Gang, The Garbage Song

by Hector Diego


I don't even know the song's proper name. It's a humorous little ditty.

Bee Jees, I Started A Joke

by Hector Diego

Jefferson Airplane, White Rabbit. Somebody To Love

by Hector Diego

Kimya Dawson, Tire Swing, Juno Soundtrack

by Hector Diego

Rilo Kiley, Wires And Waves

by Hector Diego


This one is for Polythene Pam.

Hunter Hayes, 4 Year Old Music Prodigy

by Hector Diego


I believe the kid is 14 now. This was ten years ago, with Hank Williams Jr.

Maybe he's the Cajun reincarnation of Mozart, also handy on keys at that age.

This Means Something...

by Jay Allbritton

This is a poster promoting the huge hit movie Cloverfield.

Stacy pointed out a great post on Gerry Caravan's eponymous blog that chronicles pop culture images depicting the Statue of Liberty under attack or otherwise desecrated.

So what's it all mean? Are these recurring images driven by our fear of losing our alleged freedom? Is there a gender element to this? Are the trappings of our civil religion security blankets that generate horror when they are stripped away?

What do you think?

Dresden Dolls and Trash McSweeny - Mad World

by Jay Allbritton
Trash McSweeny of the Red Paintings joined Amanda Palmer onstage at a Dresden Dolls show to do a cover of Tears for Fears' "Mad World". They bring quite a bit more pop to the song than Gary Jules did when he made the song what it is with his stunning cover of it for the Donnie Darko soundtrack.



Here's Jules's version.


And, if you got some serious time on your hands, check out Tears for Fears' original.

Bryan Hyland, Sealed With A Kiss

by Hector Diego


It's sappy, even saccharine. But I wish I had written the melody.

1962.

Rilo Kiley - Portions for Foxes

by Jay Allbritton
This is from Glasgow last November. This song grows on me more every time I hear it. It's a classic anthem of this era. The audio is marginal, but the focus on Jenny's performance makes the clip memorable.

Girl

by Hector Diego


When I first heard this song, Lennon had been a role model for about two and a half years. Everything I knew about women, I had learned from John Lennon.

Well, not everything...

Anyway, I have to admit this song was not very encouraging about happiness with the opposite sex. The guy in the song is obviously addicted to his woman, and it is wrecking him.

Many years later a guy named John Puma Mellencamp made an upbeat song about woman addiction called "Hurt So Good", but it was nothing compared to "Girl".

You see, you've got to really feel it and own it, breathe in through your teeth...

Unfinished Beatles Song, "Now And Then"

by Hector Diego


This one certainly had potential.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Barry McGuire, Eve Of Destruction

by Hector Diego

This is what our boys in Nevada have done for us.

"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." --Albert Einstein

John Lennon, Mother

by Hector Diego


"Mother" is from Lennon's 1970 album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. I don't know if any major artist made such self-revealing music before Lennon, but I do remember being blown away by this album.

I still am.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Rilo Kiley on xfm

by Jay Allbritton
A show Rilo Kiley played for xfm before More Adventurous came out just materialized on YouTube. This is my favorite version of RK, though I love all the iterations. Note the un-glam, uber-intense, mystique-driven rock power.

Here's a couple tracks from it. Enjoy!

Execution of All Things


Better Son/Daughter

Got a Band? Enter a Contest!

by Jay Allbritton
I may even enter my band in this sucker! Can a band that never toured have a reunion tour?

From Sneak Attack Media:
UBER.com, in conjunction with A&R Worldwide’s MUSEXPO, Atlantic Records, Peer Music Publishing, Rebel Group/ADA Distribution and The Agency Group, announced the launch of the online music talent search, YOU BRING THE TALENT.

The winning musician/band will receive:

-An EP deal with Atlantic Records
-A music publishing deal with Peer Music
-A Booking Deal with The Agency Group
-Distribution through ADA from The Rebel Group
-A Showcase at The House of Blues in Hollywood, CA

WHAT TO KNOW:

1) The contest is open until March 31st, so there's plenty of time to sign up and get people to vote for you.

2) Your fans can vote ONCE EVERY 24 HOURS. That's right--all of your friends and fans can vote for you once every day, so let people know at your shows and on your website (where you can definitely put up your Voting Module.)

3) Think about this -- If you've got 1000 MySpace friends and half of them vote for you three times a week, that's 15,000 votes. Not too shabby.

4) You can check out the official rules here.

More Information here.
Good luck!

The Beatles, Hey Bulldog

by Hector Diego

Monday, January 21, 2008

Nellie McKay - The Dog Song

by Jay Allbritton
Here's a montage of pictures of my girlfriend Stacy's dog, Jazz, set to a cute song by Nellie McKay about walking dogs.

I never thought I would engage in dogblogging, but isn't Jazzy just the fluffiest?

Today Is Martin Luther King Day

by Hector Diego


There is a community center a block from my house that always celebrates Martin Luther King Day. In my opinion, we should make a bigger deal out of this day than we have.

But some folks wouldn't like that.

Here's King's "I Have A Dream" speach.

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Little Surfer Girl In A Woody

by Hector Diego


As I mentioned below, I'm not much into cars. But I have always thought it would be nice to have a Woody. Who wouldn't?

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Little GTO And The Rat Fink

by Hector Diego


I never gave a damn about cars, but I loved the Rat Fink that was commonly painted on the side of muscle car models in the 60's. I spent hours upon hours drawing the Rat Fink, created by Ed "Big Daddy" Roth because he hated Mickey Mouse. I can't stand Disneyland, so I suppose I am "spiritually" related to Roth, who died in 2001.

"Little GTO" is by Ronnie and the Daytonas, 1964. I think the car, below, needs a Rat Fink, don't you?

Bob Dylan, Subterranean Homesick Blues

by Hector Diego


There's something in there are about mixing up the medicine in the basement...now what in God's world could that mean?

I love these lyrics; here's a selected few.

Look out kid
Its somethin' you did
God knows when
But you're doin' it again...

Keep a clean nose
Watch the plain clothes
You don't need a weather man
To know which way the wind blows...

Don't follow leaders
Watch the parkin' meters...

Twenty years of schoolin'
And they put you on the day shift
Look out kid
They keep it all hid
Better jump down a manhole
Light yourself a candle...

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

The Beatles White Album Part Two

by Hector Diego

Beatles Webcast

by Hector Diego


I hold it against this broadcaster that he did not mention the composing talents of George Harrison. This webcast was fairly recent.

I wonder why this Chinese Meet The Beatles used a painting instead of a photo. It looks like Lennon had forgotten to take his Prellies.

Eagle Eye Cherry, Don't Give Up

by Hector Diego


Just don't.

I got this one from the film, Holes.

Alison Kraus, It Doesn't Matter

by Hector Diego


Thanks to Polythene Pam, for this one. Great stuff.

Rilo Kiley, Give A Little Love

by Hector Diego


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Saturday, January 19, 2008

George Harrison Cover Band, Awaiting On You All

by Hector Diego


The band is Hare Georgeson from Liverpool.

George Harrison, Awaiting On You All

by Hector Diego


Here's a dude who knew the score. Here's one of his very rousing songs indeed.

You don't need no love in
You don't need no bed pan
You don't need a horoscope or a microscope
To see the mess that you're in
If you open up your heart
You will know what I mean
We've been polluted so long
Now here's a way for you to get clean

By chanting the names of the lord and you'll be free
The lord is awaiting on you all to awaken and see
Chanting the names of the lord and you'll be free
The lord is awaiting on you all to awaken and see

You don't need no passport
And you don't need no visas
You don't need to designate or to emigrate
Before you can see Jesus
If you open up your heart
You'll see he's right there
Always was and will be
He'll relieve you of your cares

By chanting the names of the lord and you'll be free
The lord is awaiting on you all to awaken and see
Chanting the names of the lord and you'll be free
The lord is awaiting on you all to awaken and see

You don't need no church house
And you don't need no Temple
You don't need no rosary beads or them books to read
To see that you have fallen
If you open up your heart
You will know what I mean
We've been kept down so long
Someone's thinking that we're all green

And while the Pope owns 51% of General Motors
And the stock exchange is the only thing he's qualified to quote us
The lord is awaiting on you all to awaken and see
By chanting the names of the lord and you'll be free

John Lennon

by Hector Diego

John Lennon, Woman

by Hector Diego


The other half of the sky...

Cowboy Junkies, Sweet Jane

by Hector Diego

Moody Blues, In Search Of The Lost Chord, Part Three

by Hector Diego

The Bee Gees, Words

by Hector Diego

Friday, January 18, 2008

Ramayana

by Hector Diego

The Shire Theme

by Hector Diego


I don't think pictures are necessary.

Gordon Lightfoot, If You Could Read My Mind

by Hector Diego

Stevie Nicks. Landslide

by Hector Diego

More St. Joan, It Ain't Me

by Hector Diego

Joan Baez, Farewell Angelina

by Hector Diego


Dedicated to Pondering Pig, Polythene Pam, and other friends.

Stones, Wild Horses, Acoustic

by Hector Diego


Beautiful music.

Two Of Us

by Hector Diego


BTG.

Orchestral Let It Be

by Hector Diego


Sometimes you just have to.

The Sound Of Music, Edelweiss

by Hector Diego


My family now owns a DVD of the 1965 film The Sound of Music, so of course the girls are driving me crazy with it.

It's actually a great film. Before the Harry Potter series, it probably stands as The Family Film of all time, although Old Yaller might offer some stiff competition. We own that one, too.

The Sound Of Music is a deceptively simple film, deftly treating such themes as religion and spirituality, violence and war, the pains of growing up, sexuality, love, bravery, and loyalty to truth and decency--packaged as a pleasant musical about an aspiring nun who falls in love with a domineering sea captain, suitable for children as well as adults. Now that's a very complex goal for any film, but director Robert Wise pulls it off seamlessly.

The climax of the film comes arguably toward the end when Christopher Plummer, the sea captain, patriotically sings "Edelweiss" to a crowded Austrian audience supervised by Nazis in the wake of the Anschluss (annexation to Germany) of 1938.

Plummer breaks down in the middle of the song, for love of country. He is joined by the beautiful nun with the angelic voice, played by Julie Andrews. Plummer then gets the whole audience to sing, to the chagrin of the Nazis. The sea captain, the woman who has realized she is not fit for the nunnery, and the captain's charming children subsequently escape to neutral Switzerland, and you are left sitting there feeling all warm and fuzzy.

Unfortunately, I could not locate this scene on You Tube, and had to settle for a previous scene where Plummer sings "Edelweiss" as a duet with his screen daughter.

If you haven't seen this film, you must--at the very least, for the music hall scene of "Edelweiss". It is an ORGASM OF HOPE. It makes you realize that if all good people in the world would stand up to the bad, or at least all sing a hopeful song together...

The Blue Meanies would be sent packing.


Thursday, January 17, 2008

Jefferson Airplane, Somebody To Love

by Hector Diego


The counterculture is not dead, for the simple reason that the entire world has not yet digested the 60's...what to speak of all the stuff that has gone on since then, and is going on today.

My advice--stay away from cough syrup.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

George Harrison, Something

by Hector Diego


This is George in a live performance--I don't know where or when--with Ringo. George had problems at times with John and Paul, but never with easygoing Ringo.

The true name of the present Pope should logically, after John Paul, be George Ringo. But nobody listens to me.

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I, Me, Mine

by Hector Diego


Harrison has aptly described the essential problem of our times.

All I can hear, I me mine
I me mine, I me mine
Even those tears, I me mine
I me mine, I me mine
No one's frightened of playing it
Everyone's saying it
Flowing more freely than wine
All through your life I me mine


Saul Williams - Sunday Bloody Sunday

by Jay Allbritton
Saul Williams's new record was produced in collaboration with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. This is their cover of U2's classic "Sunday Bloody Sunday."

If you want the album, name your price.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Erussack - Planet Caravan

by Jay Allbritton
Erussack does an ethereal version of Sabbath's softy "Planet Caravan". Ozzy has a sensitive side, it's not all black magic and biting the heads off bats and doves.

Sheryl Crow - Maybe Angels

by Jay Allbritton
Not a huge Crow fan, but this is a smoking rendition of my favorite song of hers about the crazy people, "Maybe Angels".

Moody Blues, In Search Of The Lost Chord, Part 2

by Hector Diego


I do not advocate that you take anything, but if you have, and you are starting to get a bit terrified, then I advocate that you listen to the Moody Blues.

Like the Station Agent, they can be very reassuring.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Eleanor Rigby

by Hector Diego


To say that the Beatles broke new ground with "Eleanor Rigby" would not be accurate, although the Beatles were certainly breaking new ground in this period...when didn't they break new ground?

Eleanor Rigby was composed by Paul, sung by Paul, and scored by George Martin with Paul's indications. The other Beatles had nothing to do with it.

Are all we modern folk just a bit like Eleanor? Talk about postmodern...

The Essenes and The Hidden Years Of Jesus Christ

by Hector Diego


I am not endorsing the contents of this video, but it is interesting. How accurate the information is, I do not know.

I once attended a lecture by Elaine Pagels, who claimed that there was a Buddhist influence in early Christianity.

Who knows...

Hinduism Comes To The Western World

by Hector Diego


Western music, but sung in Sanskrit.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Things We Said Today

by Hector Diego

David Bowie, Rebel Rebel

by Hector Diego


Your face is a mess.

The Beatles White Album, Part One

by Hector Diego

Rolling Stones, Heart Of Stone

by Hector Diego


I was inspired by the Station Agent's post to give you some more Stones.

Rolling Stones - I am Waiting

by Jay Allbritton
I was thinking about how great the music is in the movie Rushmore, so I went looking for the one song I bought the soundtrack for, The Rolling Stones' "I am waiting". Much to my dismay, the song wasn't on the soundtrack. I kept it anyway, there's a lot of good material on that soundtrack.

Not sure where or when they played this, but the audio on this live version is pristine.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Dizzy Miss Lizzy

by Hector Diego


This was the kind of hard driving rock and roll Lennon preferred, according to many sources.

Nowadays it would be Ms. Lizzie. No matter, she will still drive you insane.

That's what you want, isn't it?

I Feel Fine

by Hector Diego


Luckily, no stupid lip-synching here--Blackpool Night Out, 1965. Lennon hated lip-synching.

From Me To You

by Hector Diego


If you possess one of these Vee Jay records of the Beatles, you have a rare item. Notice that the credits say McCartney-Lennon.

George Harrison and The London Radha Krishna Temple

by Hector Diego


This song went to the #1 position in the UK, but was banned by radio stations in the US because conservative Christians threatened to boycott.

Steve Miller, Living In The USA

by Hector Diego


Let's make that a vegetarian cheeseburger.

Interview With George Harrison

by Hector Diego


"I'm even more normal than normal people."

There was something very real and unaffected about this man.

Kimya Dawson (and audience) - Loose Lips

by Jay Allbritton
Hard to believe it's been about three years since I saw Kimya Dawson. Now she's a big star. Well, not exactly, but her work on Juno is getting her a lot of positive attention and it could not happen to a finer human being.

In this clip, she does a duet of her song "Loose Lips" with the entire audience at the Knitting Factory. Kudos to the audience for being ready to perform.

Friday, January 11, 2008

The Supremes, Baby Love

by Hector Diego




I have not sat down to listen to the Supremes in ages. I shouldn't have let so much time go by.

Moody Blues, Question

by Hector Diego


Very professional and very real. Great performance.

Quicksilver Messenger Service, All I Ever Wanted To Do

by Hector Diego


The music of Quicksilver Messenger Service is becoming less rare these days on the internet. When I find it, I'll post it. These guys were unique.

Here they are at the Monterey Pop Festival, 1967.

Ayo - Down on My Knees

by Jay Allbritton
I caught Ayo's performance just moments ago on Letterman and she blew me away. I'll post that performance when it shows up on YouTube, but for now, here's the video.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Chappelle in London

by Jay Allbritton
Dave Chappelle did a laid back performance in London late last year. This is a fun set that catches a great comic in the process of tightening his act. The novelties of lowered expectations and relaxed atmosphere actually make this more enjoyable than a lot of very good comedians' most well rehearsed TV showcases.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Yellow Submarine

by Hector Diego




"The single was released at the height of the controversy surrounding John Lennon's remarks about Christianity and this has been cited as part of the reason that it failed to reach #1 on all US charts. Despite this, it sold 1,200,000 copies in only four weeks and earned the Beatles their twenty-first US Gold Record award, beating the record set by Elvis Presley."

The bit about Lennon's Jesus remark is rubbish--conservative Christians never had that much influence on what everyone else thought, even when Lennon said that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus. The real reason "Yellow Submarine" did not reach #1 on every US chart was that it had to compete with it's own flip side--"Eleanor Rigby".

We first heard the song in the summer of 1966, alongside very disturbing images of the Viet Nam war, the first war televised so that you could enjoy it as you had your dinner.

With Yellow Submarine, everyone could tell that something had happened to the Beatles. Within a few years, everyone that wanted to know, did...by direct experience.

Since then, both Jesus and the Beatles have remained quite popular.

Do you have a problem with that?

The White Stripes - The Icky Thump

by Jay Allbritton
The White Stripes take the sheer ickiness of the song "The Icky Thump" to Jools Holland's TV show.

Moody Blues, In Search Of The Lost Chord Part One

by Hector Diego


You will love this.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Harry Belafonte, Turn Around

by Hector Diego


Belafonte, and yes, Charlton Heston, were early supporters of the civil rights movement. Belafonte has remained an activist for all kinds of humanitarian stuff. The spirit of Paul Robeson lives in him.

Just a bit of trivia, Bob Dylan made his first recording playing harmonica for Belafonte.

You don't have to have daughters to appreciate the sentiments in this song, sappy as it is. The whole world is just like this song. Nothing lasts, and yet everything remains the same.

I think Belafonte is a prince of a man.

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Monday, January 07, 2008

George Harrison---All Those Years Ago

by Hector Diego


Harrison eulogizes John Lennon, 1981.

I'm shouting all about love
While they treated you like a dog
When you were the one who had made it so clear
All those years ago

I'm talking all about how to give
They don't act with much honesty
But you point the way to the truth when you say
All you need is love

CHORUS:
Living with good and bad
I always looked up to you
Now we're left cold and sad
By someone the devil's best friend
Someone who offended all

We're living in a bad dream
They've forgotten all about mankind
And you were the one they backed up to the wall
All those years ago
You were the one who imagined it all
All those years ago

All those years ago
All those years ago

Deep in the darkest night
I send out a prayer to you
Now in the world of light
Where the spirit free of lies
And all else that we despised

They've forgotten all about God
He's the only reason we exist
Yet you were the one that they said was so weird
All those years ago
You said it all though not many had ears
All those years ago
You had control of our smiles and our tears
All those years ago..

All those years ago
All those years ago...

Tina Turner--Extended Version What's Love Got To Do With It

by Hector Diego


The Station Agent's trip to the 80's (next post down)--when I was a busted-up divorced maniac in my late 20's and he was a little kid--got me thinking about that melodic time.

I tried mightily to resist this song when I first heard it. I have an unnatural aversion to dance music. Yet this song has everything--most of all a melody I wish I had written, and a vocal and a half!

But that orange lipstick...

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Gloria Jones - Tainted Love

by Jay Allbritton
I had no idea that Soft Cell's hit "Tainted Love" was a cover until I heard Gloria Jones's version in the movie Talk to Me.



And, just in case you felt doing some roller skating, here's Soft Cell's version:

George Harrison In Japan, Taxman

by Hector Diego


With a juicy lead guitar riff by Eric Clapton.

John Lennon---How?

by Hector Diego


"How?" is from Lennon's 1971 album Imagine.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Big Comfy Couch

by Hector Diego


The theme song to Big Comfy Couch is good clean rock and roll for children. I like it too.

The Beatles Work And Play At Abbey Road

by Hector Diego


Why work when you can mess around?

Love Mashup---Within You, Without You and Love You To

by Hector Diego


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Within You,Without You

by Hector Diego


Read about the song here.

However, I have one comment to make. George Harrison was no monist.

George Harrison---Love You To

by Hector Diego


Music and pictures.

Ravi Shankar Teaches George Harrison

by Hector Diego


Here is the Master teaching a Beatle. Now what else do you want?

Peter, Bjorn, and John with Victoria on Leno

by Hector Diego


I'm wondering what else they have that's good, beside this single, "Young Folks". Anyway, one commentator has remarked that Victoria Bergsman is in a similar dilemma to (or is it with?) Jenny Lewis, being women who sing with men.

It is hard to compare the extroverted Lewis with the demure Bergsman. My question is, how can I get my daughters to dress like the latter?

Bribe them, probably.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Oasis Covers "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away"

by Hector Diego

In the days of old, a cover of the Beatles had to be fairly different, a unique interpretation, to get anyone to listen to it. These days Oasis covers the Beatles without adding much. This is a testimony to the staying power of the Beatles, but it is not to the credit of Oasis--except that they have good taste in liking the Beatles. Worse, many young coots may not realize what is going on here.

Until they have been informed by Hector Diego.

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Carla Rossignoli Covers "I Never"

by Hector Diego

Green Day---Working Class Hero

by Hector Diego


The more punks don't like Green Day, the more I am convinced that Green Day is great--and if they are not "punk", so much the better!

I realized just now that it is not punk that I am against, nor is it punks I am against. It is some of their stupid ideas that are annoying.

For instance, a statement by the Sex Pistols' Johnny Rotten:

"So there we are fending off all that and it pisses me off that years later a wank outfit like Green Day hop in and nick all that and attach it to themselves. They didn't earn their wings to do that and if they were true punk they wouldn't look anything like they do."

They wouldn't look anything like they do? Rotten's low level of cerebral functioning is so evident here that no accompanying observation is necessary.

Steve Diggle commented on the band after meeting them: "I didn't have a clue who they were. And they're not punks."

This comment is honest enough, and I won't take exception to the guy's taste. At least he doesn't talk like a fool. And I don't care whether or not Green Day are punks, just like I don't care in the least that Joan Baez and Pete Seeger--musicians I love and respect dearly--didn't appreciate Dylan's going electric. Is there something sacred about folk or punk that no one can be innovative?

Apparently, some people think there is. "Beginning with the release of Dookie, and the subsequent explosion of MTV Airplay it received, Green Day has received considerable criticism from those who see the punk genre as a social movement independent of corporate sponsorship. With the release of American Idiot and the subsequent draw of many new fans, much of this criticism has been revived."

Now, that is rich. Just as the early folkies thought their genre was a social movement, some punk idiots think the same about their's. As for corporate sponsorship, I have already made my feelings known about Capitalist Records and the Beatles. But what does that have to do with the music? It certainly does have much to do about the crap that is played on the radio today, but that's another issue.

The problem is a conceptual one. A social movement is a social group with intentions to influence society--not a musical genre. You might as well tell people that they can butter their bagel but not their pancake. It's absurd.

Look, if you don't like Green Day, go ahead and yell it to the world that you think they suck. That won't bother me. But when you talk about the "purity"of a genre, who are you--the Music Nazi?

Yes, I think you are. Musical ethnic cleansing was a low point for folk people in the 60's, and it is a low point now.

I suspect that so much anger directed to a band or mixed genre music is sheer laziness. Instead of doing something to make a better world, one regresses to the terrible twos (some of these people don't even have to regress) and puts down Bob Dylan, Green Day, etc. for stupid reasons.

Why can't people simply own their taste, without dressing it up politically? Do they need the rest of the world to hold their hand when they listen to music? Well, perhaps if you are carrying a load in your diapers, you need all the support you can get.

Thanks for listening, I owe you all a fee.

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