My sons – 6 and 2 – very, very much love dancing to Let There Be Rock with me. They go off. In fact, my six-year-old was so upset when he realised I’d given it four stars in Windows Media Player that he changed it to five. But to be honest … it’s almost the only AC/DC song I love.
Also – I open up Stereogum and have a choice to read about Grace or Dummy turning 20. I have to choose Dummy first.
This album … man, this album.
As much as I love his version of Hallelujah, Lover, You Should Have Come Over is my favourite song on Grace.
Thanks to Jeff for getting me into Cohen as well.
As a side note, I listened to two older “music fans” talk at work the other day about the Rolling Stones, Dylan, and Buckley, and were very disparaging about Grace. Said it was mostly covers and not very good ones. I was shaking with anger in my seat.
I remember when this first came out, and the utter strangeness of it, how it turned melancholy into something virtually tangible. To say there was nothing else like didn’t convey the reality – it was purely alien. It changed my life, pushed me beyond guitars/drums/bass.
To their credit, I’ve never found anything like it (apart from the second album).
As a side note, I remember reading that Barrow recording music, pressed it on to vinyl and then sampled that. Or was that just for the second allbum? Anyone know?
I know exactly what you mean. The idea that the single best song (yes, overplayed, but it’s still the best) is the final song – it was almost as if they tried to downplay it.
Back in 1994 … I was 17 … Glory Box was kind of everywhere. In movies, at parties, on the radio. It was, in a way, the song that summed up that year for me, anyway – moody, dour, disturbing and emotional
To me, it almost exists outside of the album, by itself, a song out of time.
It’s not the first time a Ryan Adams album has been scrapped for being too sad … and now there are two Ryan Adams albums I really want to hear. C’mon Ryan, give us the misery.
I was kind of, sort of, nearly with this until I saw that bit…
I’ve never read this before, so thanks … you just made my week
When I read this headline, I wasn’t surprised AT ALL.
I’m about to find out how many Prince albums I’ve never heard of.