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  1. The 'hook', is the part of the song that sticks in your head. LOL. That's the best way I know how to explain it. The refrain, or line, or whatever, that draws you to the song, I suppose. I'm not sure it's always lyrics, either. I suppose it can be a guitar riff, as well. Or drums, or keyboards, who's to say.

    For instance, if I say "Satisfaction", the first thing you think of, is the guitar riff in the beginning. That's the hook.

    Maybe someone else can explain it better. :P

  2. Aerosmith has a recording on their 'Live Bootleg' album of a show they did in a little nightclub before they hit it big. It's really raw, and you can hear individual people clapping, the amps humming and whatnot. Very intimate.

    Well, they do a cover of 'Mother Popcorn' that is just dripping with funk. What a gritty, nasty, attitude laced performance!!!

    David Woodford guests on sax. Top notch.

  3. Let me think....

    I'd get Sammy all whacked out and swipe half his cds.

    I'd go to Elvy's house and watch the baby. She'd have 72 hours to cut loose. (I'd set aside bail money)

    Ken and I would track down a KISS convention, run a scam so we could pick a few pockets, max out a few credit cards, then high-tail it out of there.

    I'd take Katie and my kids to see KISS. (it's a must for any fan).

    I'd stand on the corner outside Lincoln Financial Field in Philly, eating soft pretzels with Unc, and laugh at the idiots coming out of an Eagles game.

    I'd go with CeeCee and break into her old house and get all her stuff.

    I'd fly out to San Diego, grab Bluesy, then we'd steal cars and rob banks and just generally cut one hell of a path of destruction as we made our way across the country.

  4. hayesjump.jpg

    Written by Peter Lafarge, and recorded by Johnny Cash on 3/5/64, "The Ballad of Ira Hayes" reached #3 on the country charts.

    Ira Hayes was a Pima Indian, who joined the U.S.Marines, for two reasons. One, to be able to send money home to provide for his family, and two, to get off the Pima Indian Reservation in Sacator, Arizona.

    While serving in the Marines, Ira was in the South Pacific. On February 23, 1945, Ira jumped in to help out 5 other Marines in the task they were performing, and ended up becoming part of one of the most famous photographs in American history, taken by Joe Rosenthal:


    Ira is the one all the way in the back. His hands aren't touching the flagpole.

    Well, of the six men who raised the flag, three never left Iwo Jima.

    Franklin Sousley was killed March 21, 1945, by a Japanese sniper. He was 19 years old.

    Harlon Blockwas killed in combat on March 1, 1945. He was 20 years old.

    Michael Strankwas also killed in combat on March 1, 1945. He was 25 years old.

    Of the three who made it off Iwo Jima alive:

    All three were part of Bond Drive 7, (I think that's what it was called), and toured the U.S. , making apprearances.

    Rene Gagnon died 21 years later, at the age of 53, bitter about his lack of fame. He was the only one of the six men to actually trya nd cash in on his accidental fame, having parts in two war movies after WWII had ended.

    John Bradley, who's son wrote "Flags of our Fathers" (which I have read), was the only one of the remaining three, to live well into old age, passing away on January 11, 1994, of a stroke.

    Ira Hayes battled alcoholism, and struggled with the attention he recieved. died on January 24, 1955. He was found in a ditch, not far from an abandoned hut, where he reportedly played cards and drank the night before. The coroner's report concluded he died from exposure and too much alcohol.

    Ira Hayes' Life

    *on a side note, it's pretty tough to see all six men, sohere is a colorized photo, with each person's name assigned a different color.

    The Ballad of Ira Hayes

    Ira Hayes,

    Ira Hayes


    Call him drunken Ira Hayes

    He won't answer anymore

    Not the whiskey drinkin' Indian

    Nor the Marine that went to war

    Gather round me people there's a story I would tell

    About a brave young Indian you should remember well

    From the land of the Pima Indian

    A proud and noble band

    Who farmed the Phoenix valley in Arizona land

    Down the ditches for a thousand years

    The water grew Ira's peoples' crops

    'Till the white man stole the water rights

    And the sparklin' water stopped

    Now Ira's folks were hungry

    And their land grew crops of weeds

    When war came, Ira volunteered

    And forgot the white man's greed


    Call him drunken Ira Hayes

    He won't answer anymore

    Not the whiskey drinkin' Indian

    Nor the Marine that went to war

    There they battled up Iwo Jima's hill,

    Two hundred and fifty men

    But only twenty-seven lived to walk back down again

    And when the fight was over

    And when Old Glory raised

    Among the men who held it high

    Was the Indian, Ira Hayes


    Call him drunken Ira Hayes

    He won't answer anymore

    Not the whiskey drinkin' Indian

    Nor the Marine that went to war

    Ira returned a hero

    Celebrated through the land

    He was wined and speeched and honored; Everybody shook his hand

    But he was just a Pima Indian

    No water, no crops, no chance

    At home nobody cared what Ira'd done

    And when did the Indians dance


    Call him drunken Ira Hayes

    He won't answer anymore

    Not the whiskey drinkin' Indian

    Nor the Marine that went to war

    Then Ira started drinkin' hard;

    Jail was often his home

    They'd let him raise the flag and lower it

    like you'd throw a dog a bone!

    He died drunk one mornin'

    Alone in the land he fought to save

    Two inches of water in a lonely ditch

    Was a grave for Ira Hayes


    Call him drunken Ira Hayes

    He won't answer anymore

    Not the whiskey drinkin' Indian

    Nor the Marine that went to war

    Yeah, call him drunken Ira Hayes

    But his land is just as dry

    And his ghost is lyin' thirsty

    In the ditch where Ira died

  5. You know, I got a nice set of headphones maybe, 8-9 years ago. Sony, the big ear muff style, and I'll tell you, it's the best 100 bucks I ever spent.

    So often, music is just the background of whatever it is you happen to be doing, but when you put on a good set of headphones, and really listen, that's when the music appreciation occurs. All the nuances are captured.

    That being said, here's my list of 'ultimate headphone songs':

    In The Hall of the Mountain King ~ Wagner

    Do You Feel Like We Do? ~ Peter Frampton

    Green Eyed Lady ~ Sugarloaf

    Linus and Lucy (Charlie Brown theme) ~ Vince Guaraldi

    The Prophet Song ~ Queen

    Eleanor Rigby ~ The Beatles

    Hibernation ~ Ted Nugent

    I'm sure if I went back and looked over my cds, I'd come up with a bunch more, but that's off the top of my head.

  6. Das and Sammy mentioned these guys in 'Random Music Thoughts', and after a quick search, I found there hasn't been a thread about this band.

    Pre-Michael McDonald? Or with Michael McDonald? What is your preference?

    I feel both versions have their merit. Certainly, both versions had their fair share of hits.

  7. Any 70's rock band who turned to synthy 80's garbage was a bad career choice.

    Actually, Van Halen went from straight up, rock and roll, to splashing a synth all over the place on '1984', and it was hugely successful. If anything, I think they sold more albums with Sammy that with Dave.

    It'd be interesting to comapre the numbers, for someone energenic enough to look that stuff up.

  8. the fame and fortune he experienced in the late '90s left him feeling bored and embittered.

    How can one become bored with something that only lasted the duration of one song? The embittered part, I can understand.

    "Wait a minute...wasn't I famous yesterday? What happened?"

    "There was a moment (in 2002) when I was onstage and I was just so angry," Martin says in the Oct. 24 issue of People magazine.

    That 'moment' was your career.

    "I thought, `Something is wrong. I have the applause, I have a great band behind me, I live comfortably. ... I was starting to become a victim of fame. Everything was too serious and I wasn't enjoying it."

    What are you complaining for? It's not like you're still popular.

    You have your free time back.

    Sorry folks, I tried to walk away, but I couldn't.

    I will make any wager anyone wants, that his new cd doesn't sell 1/2 million copies.

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