Left of the Dial

Left of the Dial

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So it is 5am and I’m sitting outside a bar in a remote village in Alaska. No I haven’t been ‘tying one on’ all night, but it is the only place nearby where there is a decent wifi signal that reaches outside the walls of the building. The grass is growing tall, the mosquitoes are swarming, and the bears have awakened from hibernating, and they are hungry. But I have a job to do, fishing for salmon, and will be stepping away from TNOCS, though I may be able to get a weak cellular signal to read on my iPad and to hopefully participate in the polls for the number’s 1,2,&3 songs. A couple of dedications to the folks here on TNOCS, I SOOOOO much appreciate the song suggestions and stories that have been shared here, I add these to my Spotify playlists that I have downloaded and will get me through some hard work over the next weeks. First is The Replacements’ song, a namesake for my username. The opening lyric has Paul Westerberg singing “Read about your band, In some local page” but imagine changing this to Paul singing “Read about your band, In Ster-e-o-gum.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=607H7pggJ3k A song for your playlists…music is the gift that keeps giving and for appreciating summer breezes and cool refreshments, Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Desafinado” as performed by Stan Getz and the Charlie Byrd Quintet. ¡SALUD Y PAZ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npKGdsiQz9Q
Though it has a bright Beach Boys’ sound, not too much positive things can be said about “Kokomo”. First it lacks Brian Wilson but has his nemesis, cousin Mike Love, as one of the prime songwriters. Include John Phillips, Eugene Landy, and Terry Melcher (look up the background on these adversaries) as part of that songwriting team, and it is a mess of opportunist capitalizing on that Beach Boys’ brand. To paraphrase Bono’s infamous Rattle and Hum banter “Charles Manson stole from the Beach Boys, We are stealing it back”, here is Brain Wilson with Al Jardine and son Matt Jardine celebrating the 50th anniversary of ‘Pet Sounds’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gx5PVjsRamk Also, there was no deduction to beloved youngest brother Dennis Wilson on any Beach Boys recording from the “Kokomo”-era. But the incredible, unearthed gem Dennis Wilson record ‘Pacific Ocean Blue’ has been cited as an influence for many accomplished artist today. Fiona Apple's interview in the New Yorker from last year, mentions this record as an inspiration for her to record again after a long hiatus when making ‘After the Bolt Cutters’, which inspired me to start listening to this record. Give it a listen! Also a short film on his making of ‘Pacific Ocean Blue’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arQUVdjI2y0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3mEh-Ubcso https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp1Dhq_rhI4
Love Truth Or Soul, it used to be the choice CD I would listen to for getting rev'ed up for the day. Fishbone a great live band! Thanks for the post.
This is a fun version of this song, glad to see Tom's rating of an 8/10. Also I enjoy the original from Neil Diamond (with whom I share a birthday with). As for The Pretenders' "Back On The Chain Gang", it's a 10/10. Also posting a favorite reggae cover of mine, Easy Starr All Stars covering Radiohead's "Let Down". ENJOY! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CK3uf5V0pDA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54Ebfk3CK0s
Also, once took lessons on playing guitar around '88, and didn't last past the second lesson with him. The teacher at this time was a Steve Lukather fan, and recommend his lesson videos from the mid-80's. I rediscovered this on YouTube several years back and it is a total blast from the past to watch these. At the time I was playing bass in a post-punk band, not really into the hard rock stuff as much. Curious to know what you think about Luke in this lesson video. Thanks! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDsLbrRnEd4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auLBLk4ibAk
Finally had a chance to read through your posts, its fascinating stuff. I have a couple of videos but a question I have regarding Alex Lifeson. Do you know if this a studio (Le Studio around 1980) where a similar system was build as what Tom Schultz discussed in the NPR video? Also posting a video with Phil Collen you might like. Thanks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WedwjZyLqz4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WedwjZyLqz4
He is a head taller, looking for the Expressway to Yr Skull.
Lot of accountability needs to to be directed to Richard Marx...just ask Rand Paul.
She Works Hard For The Money is a bonafide 10!
Thanks Sir Bix! (a reference to Sir Duke by Sir Stevie) Have a great day also!
Thanks...I remember an NPR segment on Tom Schultz and here is a video related to his work ad an MIT engineering student and the inventor of the Rockman effects peddle system. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1c0Bx_StvE
Thanks again to VirginDog's Number Ones, and for jrctennis23 for the Number Two's poll, but like to mention that Mr. Butter is also doing a poll regarding Number Threes.
Desire is a great song on a mess of a record. I always thought it was a counter-piece to The Flying Burritos Brothers' "Christine's Song", since U2 record an "Joshua Tree" which is also where Gram Parsons was to be cremated. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BITiY8M_oDo
Thanks, I recall the change and how it benefitted albums such as R.E.M.'s Out Of Time also.
It's kinda of a lackluster power balled, and the undertone creepy Freddie Krueger voice sucks some of the air out of the song, but I give it 6. As for Animal, it's a 10. Funny how I had to wait for two animal-related ads on YouTube before loading up this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecFPU--vvf0
Hope everyone likes the ‘Happy’ and Robin Williams Sesame Street videos, some of the descriptions I included about DWBH probably weren’t necessary,my apologies. I’m going fishing in Alaska soon and will be having spotty wifi and cell, so I’ll keep the vibes positive until I leave. Cheers!
Joan Jett (#8 I Hate Myself For Loving You) appreciation post - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dFu727az3o
There was a time when I would prefer vomiting over listening to this song, but as I got older it went to barely acceptable and tolerable for me. With traveling and also having worked with people from all over the world, I had a small change of heart. “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” was a phrase, regardless of language barriers or ethnicity, that I would hear every once-in-a-while said by people as a gesture of kind optimism. On the other hand, it showed the ‘ugly American’ overreach of influence that is diluting those cultures, which also could be said about corporate rock compared to all music at this point in ‘88, it’s why Chuck D dissed this song on “Fight The Power”. But the song is message of good intensions, and Bobby McFerrin is very talented, still these characteristics should have remained mutually exclusive of each other (3/10). Yes, it’s Crappy. Also, there is the dynamic of Robin Williams appearance in the video, whom I’ve been a young fan of since his Mork and Mindy/Popeye days up until his death. Suicide of a beloved personality is tough, but we have his image living on in film and video to enjoy. So either to agree, or agree to disagree, we have here Robin Williams with the two-headed monster and a lesson on conflict. (Thanks to wes r for the Sesame Street inspiration from last Friday’s TNOCS comments) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gl3e-OUnavQ Keith and Mick here, ‘turning that frown upside down’ with “Happy” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6UaM-AzANI Also, another gem “I Could Be Happy” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfqPJp7Q7qE
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