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Everything posted by Carl

  1. This is how they sell inflatable sleds these days. Look at this poor kid, wearing a helmet while his mom leers over him. They can't even force a smile out of him for the shoot. In these cold climates, snow days are the best of times. Back in the day, we would instinctively show up at the hill and stay there all day. We would have been horrified by adult supervision.
  2. Wreck-it Ralph was a palatable movie. After that, film of this ilk got really hyperkinetic (see: Lego Movie).
  3. That’s a really tough song to cover because the original is mostly sound effects. The disco arrangement doesn’t really hold up but love that VP did the song.
  4. It’s no good unless you have to take it to Motophoto for developing.
  5. Guess you don't have to be loud and fast to command a crowd. Stripped to the bone, the song is even more delicious. Love how Stevie stays out of the way... respect.
  6. Just as Viagra came along at the perfect time for Hugh Hefner, Photoshop was invented right around the time many rockers started needing it. As a result, some of them never age in their photos. The most glaring example might be the B-52s. They've looked the same age in every photo from the last 25 years.
  7. Aren't music and math the two things that are common to all cultures? The stuff we send into space so the ETs will know what we're about? It's innate. Here's Bobby McFerrin making the case: https://www.ted.com/talks/bobby_mcferrin_hacks_your_brain_with_music
  8. His tour came through my parts a few months ago. The next morning, I saw some young people in T-shirts from the show as I was getting my bagel. I asked them how it was, and they went on for quite a while about how amazing it was. Artists like Springsteen and The Rolling Stones have plenty of young fans, but the older ones take all the oxygen. Petty was accessible, constantly moving forward while honoring the past in a way that didn't feel like nostalgia. Here's what I posted on our Facebook page this morning. Almost hit send on it yesterday when the story first broke, but got the news that he was still on life support. Petty wrote from personal experience, but made it our experience. "Refugee" is about feeling trapped, which is how his record company made him feel at the time; "American Girl" is about longing for something more out of life, with his hometown of Gainesville, Florida as the backdrop. After someone burned his house down in 1987, he wrote one of his most personal songs, "I Won't Back Down," which he thought was "too obvious" when he wrote it. What's obvious now is that it's a powerful and sincere anthem of resilience. He was known for his integrity in standing up for the artists and fans against the corporate money grabbers. When his label, MCA, tried to make Hard Promises the first major album priced at $9.98 (going rate was $8.98), Petty dug in his heels, threatening to name the album "$8.98" if they tried. Tom Petty used his powers for good. He hosted a fantastic show on Sirius/XM called "Tom Petty's Buried Treasure," which he curated with hidden gems, making for some very satisfying discovery in a way no algorithm could. He championed the human element in music, which is especially acute in his 2002 song "The Last DJ." Released at a time when corporate radio was shushing local voices so they could save money by piping the same transmission to multiple stations, the song made it clear to those voices (this writer included) that someone still cared. His music videos were groundbreaking, and they still hold up. Often surreal ("Don't Come Around Here No More") and always entertaining, they earned him an MTV Video Vanguard Award in 1994. Many of his videos started with him opening a book to reveal the story. He and the Heartbreakers recently wrapped up their 40th (!) anniversary tour. It was triumphant, with an audience that crossed generations, united by the music. Millennials aren't all into EDM and the squiggly sounds of today's hits - many love classic rock. Petty was one the last really accessible rockers on the top tier. You'll see many young people with T-shirts from that tour because they could afford to go with money left over for the merch tent. Petty had both personal genius and the ability to find and nurture top talent. The Heartbreakers are an incredible band, with two members, Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, around from the start (actually, even earlier - they with Petty in Mudcrutch). When Petty was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, it was with his band. Outside of the Heartbreakers, Petty also collaborated with the best and brightest. Along with Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison and George Harrison, he was in the Traveling Wilburys. Dave Stewart of Eurythmics co-wrote "Don't Come Around Here No More"; Stevie Nicks wanted to BE a Heartbreaker. Expect a deluge of well-deserved tributes.
  9. Shawna got some first-hand suggestions on this one: http://www.songfacts.com/blog/writing/the_soundtracks_of_the_soldiers/
  10. This looks like the DAT of the '70s. Or maybe the mini-disk.
  11. For me, this is the best version of the song. Cassidy had a classic sound that put her on the same level with the Dinah Washington types that could deliver these standards.
  12. This is a tough one, since most artists who can still make music are still making music (didya know Petula Clark is still at it?). But a guy who is still out and about but hasn't done any original material for a while is Smokey Robinson. Someone give that guy a pen and an analog studio, then see what happens.
  13. I love Ireland and the Irish, but their taste buds are adapted from the potato famine when they had to subsist on mildew and tree bark, which is what most of their food tastes like. The "Irish Breakfast" is foul indeed. Great beer though.
  14. This is what happens if you combine "Layla," "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant," and "Chelsea Dagger" by the Fratellis.
  15. I remember the Commodore 64, which you could program in Basic - early training for HTML. I wrote a few "choose your own adventure" stories using the If>Then commands. You could hook a cassette player to these things and use the tape as a drive. Still not sure how that worked, but I swear it happened. Remember playing a very rudimentary skiing game with it.
  16. Glen Campbell was one of the most popular and talented entertainers of his time, but his legacy might be in fostering understanding of Alzheimer's disease. When he was diagnosed in 2011, he not only went ahead with his scheduled tour, but extended it indefinitely. It was unprecedented: The audience was told of his condition and prepared for moments of forgetfulness (he used a teleprompter for lyrics). Instead of being pitied, he was celebrated, and he loved it. For a while, it went surprisingly well, and at times it even seemed like Campbell was improving. He pulled off an appearance on Leno and a performance at the Grammy Awards, where he was also honored. His last show was in November 2012, when he couldn't stay lucid and it became clear he could no longer perform. All of this was documented in the film I'll Be Me, which is a captivating look at his life with a very intimate look at the progression of his disease on his Goodbye Tour. Here's the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F13AslSXg7w
  17. The original version of "Spoonman" without the smothering guitars. I like this a lot better.
  18. Any non-essential item that you choose to clean will likely bring you joy: cars, guns and leather boots are good examples.
  19. It takes video to truly understand Lee "Scratch" Perry. Got more insight in these four minutes than in any magazine story or book that covered him.
  20. At the 11-minute mark, watch the dance they do in the background. Not that far off from the one you see in The Sound Of Music.
  21. Bennington, a good friend of Chris Cornell, has apparently killed himself in similar fashion. At 41, Bennington left behind six children, and like Cornell, seemed fine beforehand. Maybe someday neuroscientists will explain how a switch could flip in the brain to trigger something like this. I always thought accomplishment delivered a sense of self-worth that could prevent this from happening, but there's a lot about brain chemistry I don't know. Linkin Park was one of the biggest bands on Songfacts in our early years, and as you can tell in the hundreds of comments on their pages, Bennington's words helped a lot of people through difficult times. He shared his pain so others could conquer theirs.
  22. 1960 - "Shakin' All Over" - Johnny Kidd & the Pirates 1961 - "Stand By Me" - Ben E. King 1962 - "Return To Sender" - Elvis Presley 1963 - "Fingertips (Part 2)" - Stevie Wonder 1964 - "She's Not There" - The Zombies 1965 - "I Hear a Symphony" - The Supremes 1966 - "Lightnin' Strikes" - Lou Christie 1967 - "Fire" - Jimi Hendrix 1968 - "Jumpin' Jack Flash" - The Rolling Stones 1969 - "Kozmic Blues" - Janis Joplin 1970 - "Big Yellow Taxi" - Joni Mitchell Going by release date here. A good way to find a list of songs by year is typing in the date in the search on the main site. The option for "released" will appear like this:
  23. Added this category, but feels like we're missing a bunch: http://www.songfacts.com/category-songs_about_destiny_or_fate.php Any ideas?
  24. Worth it for the tagline: "Randy Newman sits at his piano and talks about why he is conflicted about his country."
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