Looking back on my last post you would think that there is nothing in my music collection that isn't big floaty epics. Not so! The best rock ('n'roll) songs ever? Time for the boys your mother warned you about to have a go, let's boogie!!!!
and bottom of this list because they were never that famous but way top of my list because to me they were for a little while the greatest kick ass rock n roll band ever......Blackfoot
And how could we forget this? Putting favourites aside for a moment and trying to subjectively pick the biggest milestones in rock history then it's surely got to be this Vs Stairway To Heaven? Maybe!?
My computer buddy has been able to goose my computer to where apparently I am living off the juices of others in this dwelling, nice to know mini geniuses, plus he gave me one of those thingys where I can use it outside this dwelling. Unfortunately the service is a bit spotty but wtf. Not Fade Away, Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, cool choices. I am sure we would mostly agree that if this can be whittled down to 100 it would be a miracle. What was that bird is the word one from the mid sixties that was pretty mad, we once got this ace guy I worked with who had a stuttering problem and wonderful disparate musical tastes pretty much touching all genres to sing it in the trading room, some of the most hysterical $h1t I have ever seen. After saying 96 tears from ? and the Mysterians off some garage tape copilation of 100 or so from that realm with some truly nasty stuff in there, glorious rock and roll, I will reach for my uber obvious choices of the Stones and the Who, Stones, Hand of Fate, 19th Nervous Breakdown, the intro to Can't You Hear Me Knockin, well, that list is pointless those guys have at least 15 worthy contenders and the guy who even outdoes IA for stage energy in his sixties, near as I can tell he has not even slowed down yet in his urgency to deliver that Stones message, and the Who's take on what was originally something of a jazz piece from Mose Allison, Young Man Blues. I know, I won't vote for a song at all just the vision that was John Lennon as a young Beatle stepping up to the microphone Beatle boot legs apart and nose first, or any of hundreds of swivel hipped moves from the late very great Bettie Page, that children, was the heart of rock and roll and therefore is its best song, so there.
In my sheer joy in having the computer back so quick I will now shamelessly litter this website with at least 3 videos of worthy contenders, Keith Richards from a few years back, all though roughly half of Get Yer Ya's Ya's Out would merit inclusion, particularly the covers and Stray Cat Blues but Wicked as it Seems from Keith, dig those heroin eyes, though of course I am glad he has stopped, there have been so many pretenders to the throne, but to this day I consider the Stones the worlds greatest rock and roll band, and though all the ingredients have been VERY important, none more so than Keith. www.youtube.com/watch?v=85aCbRjtV9w
I've only known of this guy for about ten years though he has been around much longer and believe this piece merits inclusion on the list, though I would have included any number of his others if I could find one of professional enough quality. Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men, 4th of July, which I have seen him perform on that date about 3 times due to his love for my friends the Fitzgeralds local music roadhouse and their 30 year 4 day American music festival every year, that Califorinia boy and his tour bus usually tries to make a point of being in town to close the fest, always with this song. www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BtzpaCZnjA and from which naturally follows another worthy contender, Hey Baby, Bruce Chanel which translated out of rock and roll basically means omg do i love pretty girls and will certainly know I am dying once I don't care. www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4w1Mp6Mce4 Paul in Moscow for the sheer historical import of this event for those of us old enough to remember when the idea of this right in Red Square was literally unimaginable, and of course right before some of the prettiest girls in the world, when we were bred on a notion of sturdy legged women with hunched backs from cruel labor with babooshka's with occasional exceptions like that villainess in the old Batman show or the occasional Russian temptress in a James Bond film, cannot recommend this entire show highly enough, particularly the interviews with artisans and older people who remember only too well, literally gets me choked up that as much as the Beatles meant to us, pretty much everything, they meant more to these people necessarily, all on You Tube particularly to those with an interest in the historical import of the Beatles and why I think they did more to bring freedom of sorts to Eastern Europe and the world in general than any other factor, Paulie proudly representing the other Fabs,and may I borrow verbage from the very greatest of American composers, Edward "Duke" Ellington on this terrifying day that has just passed in Moscow, Dear Moscow, remember, "We Love You Madly", Back in the USSR www.youtube.com/watch?v=tw0kJf_15QE And the guy who remains so stupid good that he renders a case of endgame, just want to pick up my ball and go home, James Marshall Hendrix, Johnny B Goode, probably should include James Brown at the Apollo, but the game is well and truly over after Jimi, only a fool follows him onstage, he leaves nothing left to say. www.youtube.com/watch?v=ni0skv6GgbU I am not sure what higher compliment I can give Jethro Tull than to say I love them more than everything I have listed, and I mean the whole ride from 1968 to now. Still not sure I would want to see any era of Tull try to follow Jimi on stage, endearingly enough, apparently Jimi had the same thing to say about Tull, forget where I read that, but it was within the last 2 years.
futureshock: Here's wishing everyone persistent health! Times are getting more optimistic! Activism is UP, and fear of getting involved in important issues, is dropping faster than the Vegas odds on Trump being elected again. Cheers!
Jun 7, 2020 23:10:01 GMT
maddogfagin: Thanks futureshock - hope you're ok likewise
Jun 8, 2020 15:01:16 GMT
stormsongs: Hi. Newbie, first time here as I have a question I can't get an answer to......I have a vivid memory of buying Lifes a Long Song in 71 and it had a gatefold sleeve....but I can't find any evidence of that or a copy with that sleeve...
Jun 12, 2020 14:25:44 GMT
maddogfagin: Welcome to the JT Forum stormsongs. Not seen a UK Life is a long song gatefold sleeve but there's no doubting they may have been some overseas releases issued this way.
Jun 13, 2020 6:14:41 GMT
futureshock: So, IF you are musical yourself, what are you doing with the CoronaCoda lockdown experience and maybe extra personal time available to find or create more music, or explore instrument playing? How has dealing with musicians changed? Gigs? Spinoff ideas?
Jun 14, 2020 23:01:49 GMT
maddogfagin: Listening to a lot of concert recordings via CD and finding some great music on youtube which I've never heard before. My days of playing guitar are behind me these days due to my damn fingers not wanting to work properly.
Jun 15, 2020 6:37:05 GMT
steelmonkey: Would you like to hear a perfectly constructed, note,rhythm,lyrical and atmosphere piece of Tull perfection? Yes? Try 'Saboteur' on 'Under Wraps'. Flawless.
Jun 22, 2020 21:05:43 GMT
maddogfagin: Under Wraps is an often maligned album by a minority but to the majority it stands amongst the finest of their eighties output. A great album.
Jun 28, 2020 6:43:28 GMT
steelmonkey: Under Wraps is sui generis. Strong everything. Something(s) about it amaze and astound with each listen.
Jun 28, 2020 19:30:42 GMT
steelmonkey: Double work shifts in surging hospital to allow 2 week vacation soon...miss my friends in the Tull treehouse but back soon. Breaks at work have gone the way of the dinosaurs.
Jul 8, 2020 3:29:26 GMT
piscesguy: It looks like someone else has taken my moniker piscesguy and added the name jack prentiss to it. That's okay but I cannot locate an earlier post I had left now. Does anyone know how to resolve this? thank you
Jul 9, 2020 19:09:58 GMT
maddogfagin: Please see my PM to you.
Jul 10, 2020 6:41:59 GMT
steelmonkey: I prefer Scorpios, Leos, Taurases( Tauri?), Cancers and Capricorns but Pisces on the bubble of all right.
Jul 10, 2020 20:52:34 GMT
maddogfagin: So what's wrong with us Aquarians then. I'm gonna write to your President and complain
Jul 13, 2020 13:26:20 GMT
steelmonkey: I go on binges of long forgotten ( Jefferson Airplane, CSNY, Humble Pie), Overlooked releases ( Zappa, Prince, PIL) and just plain musical vitamins ( Traveling Wilburys, Pink Floyd) and then remember life is short and I should revert to all Tull all day.
Jul 19, 2020 22:29:08 GMT