Monday, October 20, 2014

Dylan Testifies

Here's the thing with me and the religious thing. This is the flat-out truth: I find the religiosity and philosophy in the music. I don't find it anywhere else. Songs like "Let Me Rest on a Peaceful Mountain" or "I Saw the Light"—that's my religion. I don't adhere to rabbis, preachers, evangelists, all of that. I've learned more from the songs than I've learned from any of this kind of entity. The songs are my lexicon. I believe the songs. 
Taken from the Wiki page.

“Destiny is a feeling you have that you know something about yourself nobody else does. The picture you have in your own mind of what you're about will come true. It's a kind of a thing you kind of have to keep to your own self, because it's a fragile feeling, and you put it out there, then someone will kill it. It's best to keep that all inside.”  
The Bob Dylan Scrapbook: 1956-1966

A poem is a naked person...

Sunday, October 12, 2014

He May Not Be So Rotten After All

While on the subject of Sex Pistols alumni (see below):

The once hard stool of the former Mr. Rotten's reputation gets a serious softening in this recent BBC interview. Given for the occasion of promoting his new autobiography, Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored, the former Sex Pistol even manages a little dew to the eyes.

And just in case you missed to intended message of his music, he puts it thusly:
Really my message from my music is really learn to love each other properly, because you only get one go at it.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Did Sid Do It?

It's long been assumed that Sid Vicious (nee John Ritchie) killed girlfriend Nancy Spungeon, if accidentally (as suggested in the Alex Cox movie).

England's The Mail claims "explosive" new evidence indicates that someone else may've been involved. A new documentary by Brit Alan G. Parker, who's been researching the project for 24 years, attempts to make Sid's case.

If you're interested, the movie is called Who Killed Nancy?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

"Guitar Riff Song of the Ages"

And that riff would be the one belonging to Train Kept a Rollin'.

In its original fingerpoppin' incarnation the riffing was all piano and scat ba-doo-days. The groove is undergirded with a lyrical bouquet of postwar hipsterisms. This Train also offers up what is probably the greatest double entendre chorus ever written: The train kept a rollin' all night long and I still wouldn't let her go

The song owes some debt to Cow-Cow Boogie.

Composer Tiny Bradshaw shuffles it along in 1951:

Johnny Burnette recognizes the song's carnal potential and sculpts it with a minor key slink in 1956. The result is a scorching, jungly vibe:

The Yardbirds bring the monumental riff of all rock guitar riffs in 1965. Behind the proto-metal figures, this version returns some residual swing and strips it of Burnette's jungly ambience. Keith Relf's double overlayed vocals are like a brain wrestling with good and evil:

The band rerecorded Train for the movie Blow Up. The producers couldn't get licensing clearance for the original so they changed the lyrics to Stroll On and electrocuted the riff, the fuzz-toned duel leads blowing from the Stratocasters of Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. Many have argued that this is the moment where metal began. Whatever: it's friggin' hot.

Lemmy sludges it up and takes it back to the garage:

Jimmy Page brings it to early Led Zeppelin, 1969:

For most people, the reason they know of the song at all is for Aerosmith. The band released it as a single in 1974. It failed to chart at the time:

Live on television from 1974 on what may be the world's smallest stage:

Imelda May and "good ol' rockabilly":

While I was composing this piece I ran across a post for the Hard Rock Cafe's blog that had the same idea.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, Back Again

So, Miley Cyrus covers Led Zeppelin's version of Babe I'm Gonna Leave You and it's a joke, right?

Well, no, actually.

You've got to hear it to believe it.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Sex Pistols Live in 1978

So this is the filth and the fury: I must say, it's pretty impressive. (That is, everyone but Sid.) 

Worth a listen. You won't be disappointed.

Monday, August 25, 2014

New Albums by Blonde Redhead, Tricky, and Interpol

Blonde Redhead's new album is available for streaming at NPR.

You can also download a free track at Soundcloud.

Hear Interpol's El Pintor and Tricky's Adrian Thaws.