Comments from uglyredhonda

So we get another clickbait misleading article that Stereogum has becoming known for in the last year. Is this some kind of edict from upstairs?

This is The Grateful Dead in the same way that The Doors of the 21st Century (or Riders on the Storm) was the The Doors. Phil Lesh isn’t involved. It’s not being billed as The Grateful Dead. Anyone attending Soldier Field last month saw a different show than what this will be.

Everybody else reporting this story seems to have it right. Is it really that hard?

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August 5, 2015 on John Mayer Joining The Grateful Dead For Dead & Company Tour

This was the kind of thing I always liked about Letterman.

One of my favorites: when the Heavy were on a few years ago and played “What Makes a Good Man?” – they absolutely killed it (I love those background singers), and Letterman came out and asked them to play “How You Like Me Now?”

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May 14, 2015 on Watch David Letterman Bring Ryan Adams Back For An Encore

Rock & Roll Pizza is getting an awful lot of mileage out of that banner.

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May 13, 2015 on Watch Foo Fighters’ Surprise Covers Set At A California County Fair

That’s probably why he didn’t find it on YouTube. (Sung by Chevy Metal’s bass player, so, enh.)

Chevy Metal – “Miss You”

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May 13, 2015 on Watch Foo Fighters’ Surprise Covers Set At A California County Fair

The Pearl Jam one isn’t Pearl Jam, but that is Vedder. In 2000, Sean “Birdman” Gould invited Vedder to show up to his studio in Miami, and, for some reason, he did. They recorded a bunch of random covers, including “Creep”. They’re referred to as The Birdman Sessions.

Copies of the session were given out to the participants, with the rule that they not share them with anyone. Of course, that didn’t last. Starting after the first leak, and for a long time, PJ took legal action against websites sharing the songs. Vedder really really didn’t want those songs out there.

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November 26, 2014 on 20 Covers Of Radiohead’s “Creep,” Rated

And just as a live wildcard, their cover of Lou Gramm’s “Midnight Blue”:

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September 18, 2014 on R.E.M.’s 10 Best Cover Songs

They have so many great covers.

One of my absolute favorites is “Arms of Love” (Robyn Hitchcock):

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September 18, 2014 on R.E.M.’s 10 Best Cover Songs

Btw – not to be my usual pedantic self, but “Something in the Way” isn’t the really the right reference here. That song wasn’t included in the original MTV broadcast, and wasn’t heard by the public until after Kurt died. (It was one of the “unreleased” songs on the CD when it came out in November of 1994.) And the complete set (the one included here) didn’t get a full video release until 2007 – though there was a relatively crappy VHS bootleg of it that started circulating around 1995. (Trade “Something” for “All Apologies” in the article and the spirit would be pretty much exactly right.)

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December 16, 2013 on Nirvana Unplugged Premiered 20 Years Ago Today

Nevermind had a huge impact on me. But when In Utero came out, I didn’t understand it. I loved how melodic Nevermind was – In Utero felt like the giant middle finger that it more or less was intended to be.

My Nirvana love had definitely subsided a good bit by December, but I decided to watch Unplugged anyway, just out of the curiosity of what the band might do. (The popular question at the time: “Can you imagine ‘Teen Spirit’ unplugged?”) The idea of them doing anything acoustically seemed impossible.

I remember being completely floored by it. The covers definitely made it – they made Unplugged its own thing rather than the musical retread that some of the other Unpluggeds seemed to be. But the big thing for me – it made me appreciate the In Utero songs for the first time, and gave me an “in” to finally decipher that album.

I copied Unplugged to a cassette, and spent the next several weeks listening to it repeatedly. I shifted to In Utero in March. I always felt a little bit sad that it took me that long to really get Nirvana.

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December 16, 2013 on Nirvana Unplugged Premiered 20 Years Ago Today

This entire situation feels completely calculated, and this letter seems grossly insincere.

Forgive the sports metaphor, but what GoldieBlox has done here is the equivalent of the douchebags who commit an intentional foul, then immediately afterward acknowledge the foul and apologize. The apology is totally insincere, since they still got what they wanted in committing the foul. If they were truly exhibiting good sportsmanship, they wouldn’t have made the foul in the first place.

“We would like to respect his wishes and yours.” Really? Did you bother to find out what they were first?

For his entire career, Weird Al Yankovic has made a point to get the artists’ permission first before releasing a parody – DESPITE THE FACT THAT HE DOESN’T NEED TO. It’s a courtesy. If an artist says “no”, he abandons the song.

GoldieBlox could certainly have done the same. (Of course, the answer would have been “no”.)

Instead, they released something knowing there were legal questions, took legal action, screamed “Help, Help, I’m being repressed!”, and now want us to believe they didn’t mean any harm and are acting in good faith. It’s a cynical attempt to profit off of the Streisand Effect, and it’s about to work.

I want the Beasties to continue whatever legal action they had in mind (if they’ve ever intended to), if only to dissuade other companies from pulling this shit. Of course, if that happens, the next step in the GoldieBlox playbook is: “Oh, look at the big artists bullying the little company, after we apologized and everything.”

Instead, I already see Debbie high-fiving Team GoldieBlox at the end of a successful campaign.

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November 27, 2013 on Toy Company Removes “Girls” Ad, Writes Open Letter To Beastie Boys

This legend gets repeated so often, so I’ll say it again: “SAPPY” WASN’T MISIDENTIFIED. FANS DIDN’T ‘MISTAKENLY’ CALL IT THAT.

The band had already given up on the song “Verse Chorus Verse”, so Kurt reused the title for “Sappy” when it was released on No Alternative. They specifically called it “Verse Chorus Verse” in at least one interview/press release for the album.

It was only long after the fact (once “Verse Chorus Verse” from an L.A. soundcheck and the older unreleased versions of “Sappy” showed up on bootlegs) that people ‘corrected’ the song titles. But, at the time of No Alternative’s release, this was the only known version of either song – it was “Sappy”, but it was called “Verse Chorus Verse”.

Honestly, I think it may actually be mentioned in the liner of With the Lights Out. (I don’t have it in front of me, but I vaguely recall a note under “Sappy” that says “Originally released as ‘Verse Chorus Verse’.)

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October 28, 2013 on No Alternative Turns 20

I don’t think Kiss makes it this year. They’ve been eligible for a while. A lot of the Hall voters hate them passionately, mainly for the crass over-marketing. (I read a story some years ago that claimed that some Hall voters were concerned that Simmons would basically make the the entire ceremony about him/them, thereby disrupting it for the other inductees.)

I think Kiss gets in eventually. But I think it’ll be either after a) a bunch of the current voters die off or b) Gene Simmons is dead.

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October 16, 2013 on Nirvana, Replacements Nominated For Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Solid list. I held TCATS as the best Foo record for many years, but I don’t feel like it’s aged as well. I think I now may favor TNLTL.

A couple of minor observations:

1) A lot of One by One’s failure as an album has to do with the production. Grohl wanted it to echo his experience in recording Songs for the Deaf. And that’s the problem: it sounds like a QOTSA record, not a Foo Fighters record.

2) “Foo Fighters also began performing ‘Marigold’, a Nirvana song Grohl had sung, but that had never been officially released until years after Cobain’s death.”

Not exactly true – “Marigold” was officially released in 1993 on Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box” single. In fairness, that single wasn’t officially released in the US – but many record stores carried it at the time. (Best Buy even carried the Nirvana singles box set in later years.) The other semantic is that “Color Pictures of a Marigold” appeared on the Simple Machines cassette (Late! Pocketwatch) that was issued in 1992.

Weirdly, “Marigold” got quite a bit of radio airplay in the late Spring of 1996 on alternative radio – once stations had burned through the obvious Foo singles.

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August 16, 2013 on Foo Fighters Albums From Worst To Best

Comparing this to mashups is absolutely ludicrous.

The Grey Album was done as an art piece. Nobody made any money off of it. Same for 99% of the mashups in existence. (Note that all of Girl Talk’s albums are free downloads.) Mashups that have been sold (legally) for profit had the permission of the sampled artists.

If Abel put this music out as “art” as a free download, you might have a reasonable argument. But Abel’s putting this out FOR PROFIT. Artists have a right to say how their work is used if it’s being used for commercial purposes. When Geoff said NO, that should have been the end of it – Abel should either have ditched the track or reworked it completely. (I doubt Geoff would have given two shits if this song had shown up in its current form on a random mixtape.)

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July 17, 2013 on The Weeknd Denies Sampling Portishead

Do a Google search for “had to work the late shift at DISH” (in quotes) and see their handiwork.

I’m not sure I understand how this is effective at all. If I’m looking into a product and want an opinion, I think the last person I want to hear from is an employee.

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May 19, 2013 on Watch Fred Armisen’s SNL Farewell With Carrie Brownstein, Kim Gordon, J Mascis, Aimee Mann

Kind of semantics, but this isn’t the Foo Fighters. It’s Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, and what looks like (Foo Fighters and Rush producer) Nick Raskulinecz on bass.

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April 19, 2013 on Watch Foo Fighters Cover Rush At Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductions

I’ve tried several different browsers on two different machines, and I can’t get it to play. (I’m not using Flashblock.) I think there’s a problem with the filename – either the capital H or the question mark. (Probably the question mark.)

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February 13, 2013 on The Ocean Blue – “Sad Night, Where Is Morning?” (Stereogum Premiere)

Grohl has already done pretty much the exact same thing, a thousand times better, and did it back in ’97. It’s on the Foos Greatest Hits, for crying out loud (aka, “Everlong [Acoustic]”).

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October 28, 2012 on Watch The Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon Cover Foo Fighters’ “Everlong”

One lost side note – “Down in a Hole” was placed after “Angry Chair” in the first pressings.

I was profoundly disappointed when I found out (years later) that they’d moved it up. The transition from “Angry Chair” to “Down in a Hole” was my favorite on the album, and it followed “Angry Chair” perfectly. It was a perfect coda for the album.

(Having said that, it actually made “Would?” feel even more tacked-on.)

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September 28, 2012 on Dirt Turns 20