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 on: January 19, 2020, 04:55:05 PM 
Started by Greg - Last post by Keri

I might pick when the Pistols released Never Mind the Bullocks.

I do think Punk with it's focus on ugliness had a perversity that undermined rock music, so it was definitely a starting point of the death, there was plenty of good music created subsequent to that, but I think Rock was most powerful through the 60s and early 70s I don't think it now has any real cultural power now. I have no respect for Grunge, the 90s for me is the zombie decade, rock had died but didn't yet acknowledge it.

 on: January 19, 2020, 04:48:24 PM 
Started by Mervap - Last post by Keri
I've always had an odd relationship with Rush, when i was younger a good friend of mine loved them and I eventually came to appreciate Hemispheres and Moving Pictures, but then I went off them again, in recent times I bought a whole lot of their albums, but still don't feel drawn to them. Peart was a big part of the band, his lyrics are involved and his drumming is extreme, but while I admire his craft it doesn't generally resonate with me.
I do think he is someone who did manage to give full range to his creative gifts and he seemed very sincere. I will certainly put on Rush music from time to time and experience the man's talent.

 on: January 19, 2020, 04:41:04 PM 
Started by Keri - Last post by Keri
I was given a Beatles Tribute album a couple of days ago called Reloader, it has a variation of the Revolver cober which is quite well done and the list of the artists on the back made me think the music might be a bit grungy/indy eg: "The Jesus Factory" "Dork" "Army of Half Wits" "Guru Brian" . There was no listing of band members, no credits for production, no blurb and when i looked for info online I found absolutely nothing about it. There were a couple of reviews on Amazon. Having listened to it the album feels very consistant so I'm guessing those band names are all fake and the album was probably organised arranged produced by one person using a whole lot of musos. I'm usually not that excited by Beatles covers, but this album intrigued me and I liked it, I don't think that it would have a wide appeal and I have no idea why it was made.
But the whole thing has a kind of faux 60s style to it, the songs range right across the Beatles repertoire  from She Loves You to Come Together, it has quite a few singles Strawberry Fields (instrumental version), Hey Jude, We Can Work it out, Day Tripper & She Loves You. The sound has quite dead dynamics, but it is all very carefully crafted, they diverge from the originals somewhat but they clearly know them extremely well and there are a lot of really strong references, the sound effects on Yellow Submarine are  done perfectly. The arrangement of Sgt Pepper is very different kind of disco with great horns, Nowhere Man is a really intriguing instrumental arrangement with harpsichord and this very trebly 60s electric bass sound.
It really made me think that there will be a place in the future for compilations of Beatles songs created by an artist that draw on but play upon the Beatles original sounds.
A Day in the Life really played up the drum fills, it has the final piano chord but I'd say played with a single piano so it sounds almost like a spoof.
Has anyone else been fascinated by a Beatles cover album? This one is mysterious for it's lack of info, but also interesting for the care taken with it, the qual;ity of the singing is pretty good, but the vocals always seem kind of referential rather than a personal interpretation.

 on: January 10, 2020, 04:48:21 PM 
Started by Mervap - Last post by Mervap
Gutted, flabbergasted, heartbroken.....one of the reasons I wanted to get better as a drummer.


 on: December 28, 2019, 07:49:39 PM 
Started by Mervap - Last post by Mervap
Any diggers of Power Pop? This guy's got it in spades:


This vid is a little strange, but the tune rocks:


 on: December 28, 2019, 07:24:53 PM 
Started by Mervap - Last post by Mervap
Sometimes one discovers music that is new to them in the most round about ways....one of my FB friends posted the original version of a song that Rod Stewart later recorded called "Sailing". It was written by The Sunderland Brothers whose version is here:


I liked that just fine, but then decided to explore their catalog more fully. Here's another fave I found:


On that page, I saw a suggestion for a band called McGuinness Flint...bear in mind, I'd never heard of either of these bands.....they both date to the early/mid 1970's. Here's a goodie from McGuinness Flint:


Reminded me a bit of Badfinger with a bit of whimsy. This band was started by Manfred Mann alum Tom McGuinness...also in the group were the guys who went on to have anumber of UK hits under the name Gallagher & Lyle.

Check them out! :-)

 on: December 18, 2019, 06:03:46 PM 
Started by Greg - Last post by Greg
Do.  Absolutely fascinating.
And...if you ever come across anything entertaining on Netflix or Amazon Prime please let me know.
I just watched Downton Abbey and loved it btw.

But drop a post if you see anything entertaining that you'd give a 9 or 10.

 on: December 18, 2019, 05:12:58 PM 
Started by Greg - Last post by Mervap
I haven't seen it, but will eventually.... :-)

 on: December 18, 2019, 10:58:14 AM 
Started by Greg - Last post by Greg
You ever see that Steven King movie about JFK?  Really super interesting. 

And yeah it would be better with John in it.  For sure.

 on: December 16, 2019, 05:40:38 PM 
Started by Greg - Last post by Mervap
As a fan of Star Trek, I've seen countless times where there's been a "time travel" episode in which the future is altered by an inadvertent changing of events. i.e. "City on the Edge of Forever". I would love to be able to go back and somehow stop those terrible events of 12/8/80....but who can say what beneficial future events might be altered by doing so? Still, the world would likely be better with John Lennon in it....

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