Friday, August 26, 2005

Soundtrack of Last Night

Tonight I’m ripping a bunch of my old CDs into MP3s with my old computer while blogging around with my newer one. Someday I’ll get rid of the old computer but it’s pretty useful to have two that I’m intimately familiar with at my disposal.

So while I’m ripping, I’m reminiscing a little about music. Here’s the soundtrack for my night:

A Day in the House” by Jeff Beck. On the issue of the environment, nothing is being done.” Truly. Jeff Beck is one of the best guitarists ever and I wonder how many kids today have ever heard of him. Who talks about guitarists these days anyway? Who are the new kids on the scene? I guess I’m too old to know.

Sultans of Swing” by Dire Straits. They don’t give a damn about any trumpet playin’ band, it ain’t what they call rock ‘n roll.

Walk of Life” by Dire Straits. and after all the violence and doubletalk, there’s just a song in all the trouble and the strife. You do the walk, you do the walk of life Amen, brother.

Remember when the best bands were made up of the ugliest guys? Dire Straits: ugly. Blue Oyster Cult, ugly. The Cars. Ugly, ugly, ugly. Now it's all pretty people.

Livin’ Alone” by Bogert, Beck, and Appice. Livin’ alone is a lonely prospect, don’t want to let you go, no. Wake up at night with no one beside you, say don’t want to be, don’t want to be, don’t want to be alone Hello, ugly guys. Bassist Tim Bogert and drummer Carmine Appice were the rhythm section of Vanilla Fudge. Then there’s Jeff Beck again. BB&A were dyn-o-mite. Check out their album, especially their version of “Superstition” and the great song “Black Cat Moan.” While you are at it, listen to some Vanilla Fudge. All Goth music and most hard rock owes them a big sloppy thank-you kiss.

Willie the Pimp” by Frank Zappa. twenty dollar bill will set you straight, meet me on the corner now and don’t be late Classic. And long. And the singer (who I can’t think of quickly) has a Tom Waits thing going. Fantastic. Hot Rats indeed. And one forgets that besides being a genius, Frank Zappa was a hell of a guitarist too.

San Ber’dino” by Frank Zappa. She lives in Mojave in a Winnebago; his name is Bobby, he looks like a potato. Funky, masterful, fantastic. And you can’t help but sing along to lyrics like:

Best-est way that they can feel-o,
Out on the highway rollin' a wheel-o,
He's her Tootsie, she's for real-o,
Trailer park heaven, tt's a real good deal-o,
Real good deal-o, Real good deal-o, Real good deal-o,
The rest of their lives In San Ber'dino,
Gonna spend the rest of their lives in San Ber'dino

Bawitdaba” by Kid Rock. For the hookers all tricking out in Hollywood and for my hoods of the world misunderstood. I said it's all good and it's all in fun, now get in the pit and try to love someone Okay, so I didn’t like this song very much until I saw the first episode of “The Shield,” one of the best shows on TV ever. And they know how to use music, this song particularly. Yes, I’ll still think of Kid Rock as that trailer-trash guy with the midget but as it turns out he has a rather nice voice.

China Grove” by The Doobie Brothers. Well, the preacher and the teacher, Lord, they’re a caution; they are the talk of the town. When the gossip gets to flyin’ and they ain’t lyin’ when the sun goes fallin’ down Okay, it’s a huge transition from Zappa to Kid Rock to the Doobies but the guitar riff is great. The rhythm section is tight. They were a good band. Ditto Chicago. Remember when the Doobie Brothers were guests on “What’s Happening?” and Re-run tried to make a bootleg tape? Duane always saying “hey-HEY-hey.” Ah, good times.

Snowblind” by Black Sabbath.  My eyes are blind but I can see the snowflakes
glisten on the tree.
The sun no longer sets me free. I feel the snowflakes freezing
Too many people I know lost too many years to cocaine. That being said,
you have to love Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi’s driving chords. And two fingers
on his fret hand were partially amputated in an industrial accident before his
Sabbath days. Freakin’ heavy metal, man.
 The Wizard” by Black Sabbath. “Never talking, just keeps walking, spreading his
Harmonica heavy metal. Sweet!
My cousin Joe gave me Blue Oyster Cult’s Some Enchanted Evening album and Sabbath’s 
album for Christmas one year when I was ten or eleven years old. Changed
my life. He was the one who introduced me to KISS years earlier than that, too.
Owe Joe a lot in the music department. And my uncle Jon who let me pour through his
record collection that he had left at my Grandmother's house. The deal was that I
mail them to him at his new home. Many many months later, I got them mailed, after
taping every Vanilla Fudge, Hot Tuna, and Grateful Dead album he had. That and
the Butterfield Blues Band, John Sebastian, etc. Lots of fantastic stuff in that
 Everybody Knows” by Leonard Cohen.  
 ”Everybody knows that the boat is leaking,
Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody got this broken feeling
Like their father or their dog just died
Everybody talking to their pockets
Everybody wants a box of chocolates
And a long stem rose
Everybody knows”
I know of poets who never edit their poems, the idea being that what they write
the first time is inspired and tinkering with it too much will destroy the magic
of the initial moment of inspiration.

Then there are poets like Leonard Cohen who will write a hundred lines for one
song and tinker and edit and shave and work and polish and mold each and every
word for months until the final piece is perfect. Leonard Cohen songs ARE
perfect. And being an old guy who was engaged to Rebecca freakin’ De Mornay.
Hello! You go Lenny!
The Tower of Song” by Leonard Cohen
Well my friends are gone and my hair is grey 
I ache in the places where I used to play
And I'm crazy for love but I'm not coming on
I'm just paying my rent every day
in the Tower of Song
Closing Time” by Leonard Cohen 
 “Yeah we're drinking and we're dancing 
but there's nothing really happening
and the place is dead as Heaven on a Saturday night
And my very close companion
gets me fumbling gets me laughing
she's a hundred but she's wearing something tight
and I lift my glass to the Awful Truth
which you can't reveal to the Ears of Youth
except to say it isn't worth a dime
And the whole damn place goes crazy twice
and it's once for the devil and once for Christ
but the Boss don't like these dizzy heights
we're busted in the blinding lights
of Closing Time
I guess it’s closing time for me too.  Tell me what you are listening to these days. 


Anonymous said...

I don't see Perry Commo on your list. Surely that's an oversight...

I never have learned how to use these comment boxes with the squiggly letters.

Anonymous said...

I wish I had 2 computers (that worked).

See you on Day shift!

B-Boys rule!


zydeco fish said...

You weren't kidding about being a fan: 3 Cohen tracks. That's cool.

Anonymous said...

I love the Cars seriously you know they got all the ass they did on pure talent. Dire Straits kicks ass. I'm 24 and I know who Jeff Beck is (so do I count?). I absolutely hate Kid Rock but I've been in love with Leonard Cohen forever, 'Famous Blue Raincoat' has to be one of the best songs ever written. I've been listening a lot to the duets of PJ Harvey and Nick Cave, I recommend their song 'Henry Lee'. Neil Young, the album Harvest, one of the best albums ever made. Iron and Wine, the album Creek Drank The Cradle, amazing. Donovan always Donovan. Jeff Buckley's, 'I Know We Could Be So Happy'. The Kinks. And finally the song 'Strange and Beautiful' by Aqualung, *tear*.

Eric said...

Perry Como was definitely an oversight.

B-Boys do rule!

Oh yeah, Leonard Cohen is a god.

And Comadose: that's what I'm talking about. I love the whole Murder Ballads by Nick Cave. The Cars were awesome, if very very ugly. The Kinks - genius and hilarious. You do count as a quality 24 year old who knows who Jeff Beck is. I'm not even the biggest Jeff Beck fan, but whenever I stumble upon a Jeff Beck song the guitar sings to me (but not in a creepy way). I hate the fact that the silly "Beck" guy is now the new "Beck." It'd be like some slacker by the name of Skippy Hendrix being the new Hendrix. No such thing.

Thanks for Playing!

Erika said...

thanks for the cohen. He's too damn good.

Anonymous said...

Eric, You officially kick ass, I've linked you.

Lois Lane said...

Nice choices! I'm listening to a lot of everything. I think boy bands ruined the ugly rocker days. Damn them anyhow!
Have a great weekend!
Lois Lane

Anonymous said...

i can't believe you mentioned that episode of "what's happening". remember when raj asks one of the band members, "which doobie you be?". dizzam, but that is classic comedy.

i have been digging on peter green-era fleetwood mac lately. it's so bluesy and laid back, but with great melodies.

nice post, by the way.

BeckEye said...

The first time I heard "Everybody Knows", it was the Concrete Blonde cover. I always liked them, and I liked the song, but then I heard the Cohen original and it was (and is) so kick ass.

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