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  1. America did interesting stuff musically. I think their lyrics could use work. "He flies the sky Like an eagle in the eye Of a hurricane That's abandoned " ~ from The Sandman And A Horse With No Name is full of words that rhyme (like a bad rap) but what's the point? I don't think a song needs to have a deep meaning, but in the case of America, the lyrics sometimes were a distraction from the music.
  2. Actually jr_o_d, that's the I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag (<). The Fish Cheer (<) is "gimme an F" etc. Unlike the Woodstock version, they originally spelled F-I-S-H. Here's the history of both from Country Joe hisself.
  3. When I got the Axis: Bold As Love CD I was bummed because the cover looked like this but ( hey cool ) if you fold the cover piece around inside-out, you get the genuine trippy original album art.
  4. I remember that, DG. It was just a month ago. Again, I'll recommend a visit to the Tralfaz Archives album cover art gallery. It's filled with Classics, nostalgia and oddities.
  5. English Rose (<) is great late 60s blues-based Fleetwood Mac -- totally different from the later Nicks/Buckingham-driven "pop" style. This album features Peter Green's original Black Magic Woman (Santana's US hit version is a cover). So I don't take this "She-Male" thread off course: I know what I am and I said I'm a man And so is Lola ~ The Kinks
  6. Have You Seen ...? Dude(s) Looks Like A Lady ?
  7. I found an excuse to bump this thread. While shuffling through radio stations this morning, I had the good fortune to land on one playing Tramp by Otis Redding & Carla Thomas (1967). If you're not familiar with this song, you owe it to yourself to seek it out. It features the perfect Stax horns and rhythm section* at their absolute smoking finest. If you don't get into this song, you must not be breathing. * keyboards:Booker T. Jones & Isaac Hayes; guitar:Steve Cropper; bass:Donald "Duck" Dunn; drums:Al Jackson,Jr.; trumpet:Wayne Jackson; tenor sax:Andrew Love; alto sax:Joe Arnold
  8. Coolio's Gangsta's Paradise is basically a song-length 'sample' of Stevie Wonder's Pastime Paradise (from the "Songs In The Key Of Life" album). Stevie Wonder's song is a great original melody. I think Coolio's abuse should be a capital crime.
  9. The commerative cans really don't have anything to do with recognizing musical milestones. Everybody knows it's about selling Miller beer and Rolling Stone magazine, and who can even guess the machinations that go into selecting the artists to optimize that result. But hey, when did Willie Nelson become a Rock 'n' Roll legend? Maybe around the same time 7-11 Slurpee cups made Rock Stars out of Merle Haggard and Freddy Fender.
  10. I've been joking around with images of Bo Diddley (Ellas McDaniel) in the "Picture Wars" thread, and I've started to realize what a major unrecognized and uncredited influence he's had in Rock & Roll (The "Bo Diddley Beat" is the basis for hundreds of classic songs). Bo Diddley often praises Chuck Berry as another "originator". Little Richard, "The Georgia Peach", "the biggest star by far without a car", has always been sure to steal the show. He must have been incredibly scary to Middle America's parents in the 1950s. He helped save Rock & Roll from being taken over by the likes of Pat Boone and kinder, gentler "pop" covers.
  11. Just remembered another one. White Bird by It's A Beautiful Day
  12. Deuce (Coupe) = 1932 Ford. You can look up "Blinded By The Light" or "Manfred Mann" threads in the Songfacts Search (^). There has been whole lots of discussion about this song in these forums.
  13. Who wouldn't like Green Onions and Tequila ? by Booker T. & The MGs, and The Champs, respectively.
  14. Despite whatever kind of music is your favorite, there are certain songs that are just done so well in some way that makes them undeniably enjoyable. Here is a selection of songs that seem pretty much 'hate-proof' to me. Just about anything by Fats Domino ( I'm Ready, Blue Monday, I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday, etc.). Fats obviously has so much fun playing and singing that it just rubs off on you. Early stuff by Elvis (One Night, Heartbreak Hotel). Great style and backup musicians. Peggy Lee's version of Fever. I don't care much for jazz singing in general or other songs by the late Miss Lee, but this one makes you take notice. Other covers of this song can't compare. House Of The Rising Sun by the Animals, Wild Night by Van Morrison, Superstition by Stevie Wonder. If you can't stand these songs, I'd be surprised extremely and interested to know why. Also, I wonder what songs you consider hard to dislike.
  15. Smokey Robinson? I'll need to cheat and check the facts on this. ---------------- This looks tricky. Although Bob Dylan once called Smokey Robinson "America's greatest living poet", I can't find any Dylan recording of a song written by Robinson. The Beatles covered You Really Got A Hold On Me and the Stones did Going To A Go-Go , but still see nothing (except praise) from Dylan.
  16. Strange coincidence? or ghoulish opportunism? "Super Freak" Rick James died yesterday. Tonight I heard his Give It To Me Baby in some Chevrolet commercial. I don't know if this ad has been running regularly for a while, or if was somehow selected to capitalize on the news.
  17. bazooka

    Rick James Dead

    A little more from BBC News.
  18. The Beatles are scoring well in this category. I heard Things We Said Today* this morning and it stayed in my head. *from "A Hard Day's Night" album, but not in the movie (1964).
  19. We shouldn't leave out Bump City (Down To The Nightclub) I'm one more Tower of Power fan club member. When I got my first component stereo, this was one of the first "required" records (for You Got To Funkifize, Skating On Thin Ice, etc.). If You're Still A Young Man or Lady, and you haven't heard these old funkers, you really should "check their stuff out one time."
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