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Comment 10 May 2016

[MOD EDIT - POSTING PAYWALLED INFO HERE IS BAD]

Not sure if the entire article was posted or not, but it looked like it was just a snippet that actually made it into the forum post.  I thought snippets/summarizations were kosher?

Comment 05 May 2016

"Well, had the Mexican forces not won the French may very well have intervened in our Civil War"

Are you implying that the Le Mat revolver just appeared in the Confederate army by happenstance? ; )

Fun fact: Britain may well have entered the war for the Confederacy if not for the Emancipation Proclaimation.  The UK freed their slaves in the 1840's, and at the time refused to declare war on another country that had also done so.

Comment 05 May 2016
  • Elvis Presley (showed the world what Rock n' Roll was)
  • Chuck Berry (1955's "Maybelline" featured the first real "rock" guitar solo; rock existed before Chuck, but it would never be the same after him)
  • The Beatles (brought rock back from the dead in the early '60s; a rare example of a band that was simultaneously the most popular and most experimental act of their time)
  • The Ramones (gave birth to arguably the first true sea change in the rock industry -- punk rock -- which would pave way for other "alt-rock" breakthroughs like New Wave and Grunge)

For what it's worth, my top bands are Zeppelin, The Clash, The Stones, The White Stripes, The Black Keys (first four records especially), and The Velvet Underground.  I just think the top four were far more important.

Comment 02 May 2016

Great write-up, Nellie.  Link's one of my all-time favorites.  Chuck Berry may have have provided the foundation, but Link Wray gave us the structure of the rock n' roll sound -- the power chord.  Even today, a song like "Rumble" doesn't sound all that out of place -- nearly sixty years since its inception.

Just gonna leave this right here.  "Rumble" will never be topped, but this nugget makes a valliant try.  

Comment 21 Apr 2016

Ohhhh gawwwwwwd the Sonics!  Another one of my favorite bands!  Absolutely raucus garage rock band from Seattle.

They not only cut the definitive version of "Have Love Will Travel" (dat sax solo doe), their 1964 cover of Little Richard's "Keep A Knockin'" featured a tempo that wouldn't be matched again until the Ramones over a decade later.

Comment 21 Apr 2016

If you want a glimpse into the mind of Mr. Pop, dig on "Punk Rock" by the seminal Scottish Post-Rock band Mogwai.  The backing music is theirs, and the audio is from an interview Iggy did in 1977.

Comment 21 Apr 2016

God, I fucking love the Stooges -- especially their '69 debut.  Such a relentlessly heavy record.  I know it's now been posted 3 times in this thread, but I don't care -- the original cut of "I Wanna Be Your Dog" is one of my favorite studio tracks of all time.  Positively monolithic in sound, and heavier than anything at the time (looking at you, Zeppelin and Sabbath).  In fact, I'd absolutely love it if this song replaced "Seven Nation Army" before kickoff -- the band's Michigan roots be damned!

And here's a fun Iggy Pop bonus: a clip of him, Billy Bob Thornton, Jared Harris (Lane Pryce in Mad Men), and Johnny Depp in Jim Jarmusch's Acid-Western Dead Man (with a seminal score by Neil Young).

Comment 19 Apr 2016

You're not kidding about Neil Diamond.  Apparently, he was messing with Bob Dylan after he got off set, saying that he would really need to pull something amazing off to follow him up.  Dylan's response was succint:

"What do you want me to do, go onstage and fall asleep?"

Various versions of the story abound.  Diamond reiterates that he was teasing Dylan, and that he was completely aware that no one in the audience had probably ever heard of him, other folks (like Ronnie Wood) have made it sound like he was more arrogant and haughty.

Comment 19 Apr 2016

Fun fact: almost all of The Band's concert recordings during The Last Waltz were heavily overdubbed.  The only thing that escaped being re-recorded was Levon's voice and his drums.  The reason was twofold: (1) he refused to do so on principle and (2) his parts were perfect already.

Here's my favorite cut from The Last Waltz: Van Morrison's "Caravan", shoulder-kicking and all.  The look on Levon's (and the rest of The Band's) face while Van goes nuts at the end is simply incredible.

Comment 18 Apr 2016

They might be drawn in, but the third baseman wouldn't charge if they saw the batter swing though.  A moment's hesitation is all a good bunter needs to reach base.

Comment 13 Apr 2016

Except The Verve didn't merely copy an existing tune (which is the crux of Spirit's argument); the entire hook of that song -- played ad infinitum throughout its duration -- is a sample of the Andrew Loog Oldham Orchestra (which is owned by the Rolling Stones).

Comment 13 Apr 2016

Meh.  Zeppelin's had this shit happen before.  They blatantly ripped of Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor" with "The Lemon Song" and Willie Dixon on "Whole Lotta Love" on Led Zeppelin II.  It happens all over the music industry -- and, in Zeppelin's case it got exacerbated because (1) they drew their inspiration from blues artists (who themselves drew inspirations from very murky sources) and (2) they were phenomenally successful (largely because they were, despite any claims of authenticity of their music, enormously original in their heavy, semi-psychadelic interpretations of American Blues).  

You can read more about it here.  Personally, I think this is a non-issue.