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  1. "I'm happy to sit behind the drums and let Peter [Gabriel] be the singer," Collins said.

    Translated: "I haven't had a fresh idea in 25 years, even my free ride doing bland, uninspired Disney soundtracks for the last 15 years has become a struggle for my musically stunted mind, so I want to cash in on that last big payday without really having to do anything but sit on my fat, uninspired a$$ while that 'Shock the Monkey' guy does all the work."

  2. I've owned a lot of albums through the years. Some have made the trek with me through all the phases of technology.

    Just to name a few:

    On 8-track, then album, then tape, then cd, I've owned all of Aerosmith's 70's stuff, Ted Nugent, Kiss, etc.

    Anyone else have cds now, that they also owned on albun, tape, 8-track, and for you reaalllyy old folks (blues, Unc :grin: ), reel to reel?

  3. I saw them in 87 at the Mann Music Center in Philly. The openers were Aussie band The Hoodoo Gurus. How's that for irony, Aussie girl? :grin:

    The Mann is now called the Arts Pavillion or something like that. It's the same place I saw SRV, and then, much later, The Indigo Girls. (boy, was I ever out of place at that show!!)

    Anyway, it's an outdoor venue, so the sound travels well. The Bangles were really good, sound wise. Their harmonies floated over top everything else. I think my favorite song of theirs is "Let It Go"

  4. I was thinking about this on the way to work this morning, and thought it might generate some discussion.

    I was listening to Aerosmith's 'Get Your Wings' cd, (their best, IMO), and it occured to me that, during their 30+ years, Aerosmith has been two different bands.

    For us older generation, the first 5-6 albums are Aerosmith. Rocks, Draw The Line, Toys in the Attic, etc. That's what we grew up with. It was gritty, raunchy, flat out mean.

    Then, Aerosmith went through some personel changes, got sober, got back together, and re-emerged as a completely different band.

    Gone was 'Big Ten Inch Record, Seasons of Wither, Lick and A Promise, Uncle Salty, and Movin' Out'

    In was 'Livin' on the Edge, Amazing, Love in an Elevator, Crazy, and Cryin'

    They're ok songs, I guess, but not what I was used to from the Bad Boys from Beantown.

    so anyway, it dawned on me, that the reason all that newer stuff was so popular, is because Aerosmith tapped into the next generation. The MTVers. All the old school fans were shut out, but they was a whole new generation of 14-19 year olds that dug their stuff. It wasn't nearly as crunchy and dirty and insolent as Aerosmith's first time around, but it was what the next generation got, and they bought it.

    So, in essence, I guess, Aerosmith had two 'primes'. Are there any other bands you can think of like that? Bands that changed, but captured a new audience with their new sound?

  5. What can you say? Released in 1978 on Elektra/Asylum Records, this album was something no one had ever heard before. It became the benchmark for any and all 'new wave' music to follow. In my opinion, it single handedly spawned the 80's techno-punk movement. Without the Cars, there would have been no Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Echo and the Bunnymen, etc, etc, etc. Often imitated, never duplicated, The Cars are one of those bands that, as soon as you hear any little bit of a song, you know it's them. The originals, for sure.

    The Cars, quite simply, are the grandfathers of new wave.

    Good Times Roll

    My Best Friend's Girl

    Just What I Needed

    I'm In Touch With Your World

    Don't Cha Stop

    You're All I've Got Tonight

    Bye Bye Love

    Moving In Stereo

    All Mixed Up

    Now, that is impressive. Rare is the album that you can listen to, front to back, and thoroughly enjoy it.

    The change off of Ric Ocasek's frigid, halting vocals, and Benjamin Orr's smooth, yet gruff vocals are perfectly blended, giving each song a different flavor.

    Greg Hawkes' keyboard work was so far ahead of it's time, that it took literally years for his sound to become somewhat pedestrian. When I say ahead of it's time, I don't mean he was the greatest keyboardist or anything, just that what he did with electronics hadn't been done before. And yet, while he was truly inventive with his sound, he was never overbearing with it. He complimented the music, enhanced it.

    Anyway, I couldn't tell you what my favorite cut from this album is, because I love them all.

  6. I own just about all of Sprinsteen's stuff, and this is his most underrated album, hands down.

    Like his debut, Greetings From Asbury Park, this album is a study of characters. Springsteen has always had a knack for giving people a vivid glance at people. Not big, broad sweeping looks at a person's life, but one brief, stark, startling snippet of that person's life at that moment.

    One common theme in each of Springsteen's first three albums, was he had at least one epic song, that had a cast of characters living out a human drama.

    Greetings had "Lost in the Flood"

    W,I&ESS had "Rosalita"

    Born to Run had "Jungle Land

    All great songs, but even better stories.

  7. The Twist ~ Chubby Checker

    Come on baby let's do the twist

    Come on baby let's do the twist

    Take me by my little hand and go like this

    Ee-oh twist baby baby twist

    Oooh-yeah just like this

    Come on little miss and do the twist

    My daddy is sleepin' and mama ain't around

    Yeah daddy is sleepin' and mama ain't around

    We're gonna twisty twisty twisty

    'Til we turn the house down

    Come on and twist yeah baby twist

    Oooh-yeah just like this

    Come on little miss and do the twist

    Yeah you should see my little Sis

    You should see my my litlle Sis

    She really knows how to rock

    She knows how to twist

    Come on and twist yeah baby twist

    Oooh-yeah just like this

    Come on little miss and do the twist

    Yeah rock on now

    Yeah twist on now


    I miss you, Gram.

  8. I have Tomlinson and Gates off this week. Doesn't matter. I'll crush anyway. I'm getting Julius Jones back, as well. I'll just have to go without a TE this week. No big.

    What was the prize again? :smirk:

    Oh, and by the way, I cut Akers, if anyone wants him. The wheels have come off up in Philly. I get a certain amount of glee watching the Eagle fans at work. This time last year, T.O. walked on water and turned water into wine. Now he's a steaming pile of dog poop. LOL. I told those guys when the Birds signed Owens, that there would be trouble. Out in SF, it was the T.O. show. In Philly, it's the McNabb show. I knew he wouldn't be able to share the stage.

  9. All strategies are irrelevant. I am going to win this championship. Eyegore had the good fortune of playing me on a tough bye week, and still barely squeaked by.

    I am out scoring everyone in this league. You can shout about Tomlinson all you want, losers, but the bottom line is Larry Johnson also had 2 TDs and a hundred on the ground as well. My squad is crushing you schmoes week in and week out, and my wideouts aren't even producing.

    You're all doomed.

  10. Bette Midler sang for Barry Manilow.

    Laura Branigan started her career singing backup for Leonard Cohen.

    Sheryl Crow sang backup for Eric Clapton.

    Telma Hopkins (of TV fame), sang for darn near everyone. Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Wilson Pickett, The Four Tops, Dion Warwick. I am not 100% sure, but I think she was in Tony Orlando & Dawn at one point as well. What's odd, though, is that with her musical background, I don't think she had a successful music career of her own.

  11. Hey, dude.................I live in, uh...umm....Coronado.....uh, no, that's not it...um...COLORADO!!...yea, that's it...and I smoke the good pine, dude......there's nothing wrong with it.....is there?....wait....is there what?.....where was I......hey...is that a Slim Jim dude??!!.....

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