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  1. Wall Of Voodoo and Extreme were NOT one hit wonders here in Australia. Wall of Voodoo hit with Mexican Radio in around 1982-1983 and then again in 1986 with "Far Side Of Crazy". Extreme had two hits as well and I think also in the US. "More Than Words" went to number 2 in Australia and then there was a top 20 hit with "Hole Hearted". They also had a minor hit in 1992 with "Rest In Peace" as well.
  2. It's got me buggered how you can call T.Rex a one hit wonder. What about hits like "Telegram Sam", "Jeepster", "Metal Guru", "20th Century Boy", "Hot Love", "Children Of The Revolution" (my favourite, and recently crucified in a version in the film "Moulin Rouge"), "Solid Gold Easy Action" - all of these songs get played at least once every few days on oldies radio!
  3. I don't appreciate misogyny or violence in music and I have a terminal hatred of drum machines and synthesisers in certain contexts (i.e. most dance and rap music). As Dr Teeth once said on The Muppet Show "It ain't got no swing, when it's played by a thing". Having said that, I do listen to Pubilc Enemy and Run D-M-C because they actually rap/say stuff that has some substance, or at least it isn't sexist and violent.
  4. I'd debate some of the previous listings, but I really don't have time. I second the nomination for William HUng (I cannot stand that guy!). I also nominate Missy Elliot, Fred Durnst and also suggest "Just Like A Woman" is Bob Dylan's worst singing performance since his first LP. It is terrible!
  5. Interesting question. I was listening to the Coodabeen Champions on ABC local radio on sunday night and they had a small segment they call "getting away with it" which is exactly the same thing as you asked. Someone wrote in to the show and suggested that the melody and structure of Clapton's "Tears In Heaven" is exactly the same as "Do That To Me One More time" by The Captain and Tenille. I don't know about that, but I agree with their other observation that "Jean Genie" has the same riff as "I'm A Man" by the yardbirds. Also with the Romantics/Mellencamp link, that riff is the same as "I'm The Man" by Joe Jackson too. For a variation on the theme, try "Gloria" by Them next to "Jailbreak" by AC/DC and "Lipstick" by Suzi Quatro. Talk about stealing!
  6. It's amazing how four little words can cause such a stir. Sorry, but Nickleback signify for me (along with Live, Matchbox 20 and Three Doors Down) everything that is wrong with mainstream rock (and commercial radio for that matter) - bands playing "safe" music to sell records and to get airplay. No innovation, no creativity, no originality, nothing to distinguish them from the next "safe" band that turns up on the radio. It's all very competent, mind you. It's just not mindblowing or wonderful. To illustrate the point, at least a band like Tool are a bit more original and creative than any of the bands I mentioned before - and they still have albums that debut at number 1 on the mainstream chart. You can't tell me that lines like "I like your pants around your feet" and "I like the freckles on your chest" are anything more than bad 9th grade poetry and dodgy sexual innuendo droned out over little more than one guitar chord for 4 minutes. I personally can think of better things to do with my time that pay attention to trash like that. Disclaimer: this is purely an opinion, and although I have formed such a view based on years of musicalogical (and practical music) study, I still think it sucks and I'm sorry if anybody is offended by that or doesn't like this viewpoint. By the way, my first comment was supposed to be "tongue in cheek". Perhaps I should learn to use these graemlin thingos in future...
  7. I was going by the dates on the records for my analysis, not when they were hits. Whether they were or were not hits I think is irrelevant, as great stuff like "Stairway To Heaven" was never a single by Led Zeppelin, but it is still great. I always go by the copyright date on the record sleeve/label. The release date I think is more important. Sorry for any confusion. I'd like to initiate debate over "Freebird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd. That was released on their first LP in 1973, yet someone listed it as a song of 1975. How does that work? I mean, Aerosmith's "Dream On" was a hit on re-release in 1976, but it was released on an LP (and a single) in 1973. Does that make it a "song" (as was stated in the original question by CostelloGirl75) of 1976 or 1973? I'd say 1973, because that was the original release date. Your thoughts?
  8. Only when its the truth. Of course my opinion is harmless, but at least I have one of my own. I know a lot of people who just go with the flow and never have to think for themselves. I'd hate to be like that...
  9. There's only ever been a handful of vocalists that have caught my attention: Jeff Buckley, Meat Loaf, Freddie Mercury, and Eva Cassidy.
  10. I also think Manfred Mann's Earth Band's cover of Bruce's "Spirit In The Night" is also excellent. Their version of Dylan's "It's All Over Now Baby Blue" is wicked too. Goldfinger's cover of 99 Luftballoons is brilliant.
  11. Bodyjar took the Bangles arrangement of it and rocked the absolute hell out of it - it is awesome and should be checked out. Their version of "Next To You" by the Police is pretty awesome too. Their version of TMBG's "Your Racist Friend" is inferior to the original though...
  12. I have a few issues with this list. Most of these on the original list were NOT released in 1975. The correct release dates are listed in the quote above. I'd also like to add: It's a long way to the Top - AC/DC High Voltage - AC/DC Once Bitten Twice Shy - Ian Hunter Walk This Way - Aerosmith 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover - Paul Simon Still Crazy After All These Years - Paul Simon Hole In The Sky - Black Sabbath Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Stranglehold - Ted Nugent Darktown Strutters Ball - Ted Mulry Gang Jump In My Car - Ted Mulry Gang It's Almost Summer - Billy Thorpe Girls On The Avenue - Richard Clapton Tangled Up In Blue - Bob Dylan All My Friends Are Getting Married - Skyhooks Ego Is Not A Dirty Word - Skyhooks Landlside - Fleetwood Mac Rhiannon - Fleetwood Mac Say You Love Me - Fleetwood Mac Get Off Your Ass And Jam - Funkadelic Star - The Hollies The Newcastle Song - Bob Hudson Spirit In The Night - Manfred Mann's Earth band Sunshine Day - Osibisa Kathmandu - Bob Seger Beautiful Loser - Bob Seger Cortez The Killer - Neil Young Squeeze Box - The Who That will do for a moment.
  13. Blush by the Hummingbirds - actually the title is the last word of the song.
  14. Yep she's original mate - To be honest I'm getting sick of it. It's just all over the tv and radio at the moment.
  15. I'm a Les Paul player. I always found that my strumming style causes my right hand to collide with the volume controls on a Strat, and I hate tremolo bars, but I love the sound of a nice Strat though. I actually find that the Les has a more versatile sound though. As it is my only working electric guitar, I used it when I recorded my surf soundtrack and I actually had people thinking it was a Strat! While on the same song I added some crunchy, clean tone power chords with the same guitar. It's great to have the variety of sounds to play with. Now, as far as acoustic solos go, I love the guitar outros on both "Peace Train" by Cat Stevens and "The Boxer" by Simon and Garfunkel. It's a real shame that DJs talk over that part when they play those songs on the radio - some people have no respect!
  16. Go to www.whammo.com.au and look up the Australian music encylopedia there for the entry on Spiderbait - it should tell you all you need to know. A bit strange for them to be doing a cover at this stage in their career. It's ok I guess, but it's got nothing on the Ram Jam version. Spiderbait do much better on their original material, so I think I'll stick to that.
  17. I have a Paco De Lucia record called Entre Dos Aguas. It is as mindblowing as it is beautiful and sensual. I think my son was concieved with that album as the soundtrack....
  18. Can't help you dude. Sorry. The only song I remember from Rocky IV was "Living In America" by James Brown. Man I love that song!
  19. I'd like to know who wull fill the vocal position now that Layne is gone...
  20. In Queen's official biography "As It Began", Freddie has never divulged the meaning of this song except to say that it's about "relationships".
  21. I cannot agree with Nirvana Unplugged as being a worthy acoustic guitar album. The guitar playing is so sloppy it is unbearable. I cringe when Kurt hits the wrong note in the final solo of "The Man Who Sold The World" - it's almost a criminal act of desecration of a Bowie masterpiece. However, acoustic guitar solos - anything played on a Jim Croce record. His lead guitarist (the guy who died with him in the plane crash) is awesome and plays some of the tastiest lead lines ever. One very underrated solo I think is the solo in Rod Stewarts "I Was Only Joking". In the full length album version, it has two solos one after the other - one acoustic, one electric and they are both so beautiful it hurts.
  22. Obscured by Clouds - "The Gold It's In The..." and "Wot's, the Deal" are my favourite songs on that record. Meddle: "One of these days" and "Echoes" stand out, but the whole album is best taken as one piece, as all Floyd records are. The Nile Song and Cymbaline from the More LP blow me away too. "Several Species...." from Ummagumma makes my head spin, and that's without taking drugs! Interstellar Overdrive has to be on a list of pre-Dark Side classics too. Tumbleweed did an admiral job of covering it as the secret track on their "Galactophonic" LP. That record is a lost classic and is definitely worth a look too.
  23. Might I recommend Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" - the overture is lovely. Oh yeah, and check out the FULL 11 minutes of his "William Tell" overture as well - I had no idea it was such a stunning and cinematic piece. Hector Berlioz's "Symphonie Fantastique" is nice too. This one is a bit out of left field but it is worth looking for. I personally like Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor by Bach and any of John Dowland's pieces for lute. Both John Williams (Aussie classical guitarist) and Jan Akkerman have played this music on their albums. Also if you can find Segovia's transcription of Bach's Chaconne, (or even John Williams version on "Virtuoso works for Guitar" on Sony Masterworks) it is a lovely piece worth listening to.
  24. They're all in a strange configuration too. I'm guessing because I haven't looked at the cover for a while, but I think they could be arranged in the same pattern as the logo on the cover - you know the gold curvy one? I could be wrong too - it has happened before.
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