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Comment 18 Jan 2017

"And if California falls into the ocean, like the mystics and statistics say it will, I predict this motel will be standing, until I pay my bill."

Typical Warren writing. Pithy, ironic, evocative, literate and humorous.

Comment 18 Jan 2017

Thank you both! Happy to share some Warren.

Who else could write a rock song about PTSD, incest, and containing the word "brucellosis"? Along with "Werewolves of London", this song was sampled by Kid Rock in "All Summer Long".

Comment 18 Jan 2017

Thanks for remembering Warren, Gen'l. One of my favorite artists. His widow Crystal's book, "The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon", contains many entries from Warren's daily diary and is a fantastic read. Warren's first big job was as the band director for the Everly Brothers.

Interestingly, most of Warren's big hits were ditties he and his writing partners dashed off in alcohol or drug fueled episodes, sometimes written on bar napkins. He appreciated what those songs did for his career, but was prouder of songs like "Desperados Under the Eaves" "Reconsider Me" "Back Turned Looking Down the Path" and "Tenderness on the Block".

Lately, I've been listening to Warren's lesser known great songs, which I highly recommend giving a listen to, that I think are every bit as good as the hits. Among them are: "Play It All Night Long" "My Sh&t's F^cked Up" "Don't Let Us Get Sick" "Seminole Bingo" (co-written with Carl Hiassen), "Boom Boom Mancini" "Charlie's Medicine" "Splendid Isolation" (Neil Young solos), "Sentimental Hygiene" and "Disorder In the House".

The documentary of his last months, writing and recording his last album "The Wind" is poignant and entertaining. The session with Bruce Springsteen on "Disorder In the House" is fantastic. Springsteen rips up the guitar solo, leaving the gear in a smoking heap. Warren just looks at him and says "You ARE him."

Warren was incredibly intelligent and well-read. Self-taught on guitar - started as a classical composer and pianist. He was the only professional musician invited to play in The Rock Bottom Remainders, a group of authors who get together to play music that has included Hiassen, Stephen King, Dave Barry, Amy Tan, and Matt Groening.

Warren was famously averse to seeing doctors. When he was sick, he called his dentist for primary care. It has been speculated that he may have felt something was wrong as early as the "Life'll Kill Ya" album (2000). It was followed by "My Ride's Here" another possibly premonitory work.

RIP Warren. I miss you.

Comment 12 Jan 2017

Came to say the same thing, BP. I knew the McVays when John coached Canton Central Catholic in the 60s. Sean's uncle John Jr. was a friend, and a terrific athlete and QB. Here's a nice article about John Sr. and the family. The McVays and the Grudens have intertwined for decades.


Comment 11 Jan 2017

If it's difficult to select talent, coach and execute ONE offensive system, we should definitely take on the task of using TWO.

Or, not.

Comment 10 Jan 2017

Remember when ND had a go ahead TD nullified v. FSU in 2013? The reasoning was, the ND player setting "the pick" didn't "sell it" well enough, i.e. didn't much pretend like he was running a route as opposed to just blocking one DB into the other. I guess Clemson's receiver did a better job of selling the refs. Saban clearly wasn't buying it, though.

Comment 08 Jan 2017

Thanks for the reminders, Gen'l. And, on a Sunday, at that.

Sadly, our Bowie birthday banter last year was soon followed by his demise. RIP David.

Comment 07 Jan 2017

I'm listening to the 2-record set of Live In Gdansk as we speak. It is stunningly gorgeous. Richard Wright on keys, Phil Manzanera on second guitar, Crosby and Nash singing "On An Island" (and some other backing vocals?). Amazing stuff.

Comment 07 Jan 2017

Gen'l, that's from the series of shows at Royal Albert Hall during the On An Island tour. Gdansk was part of that tour, and was filmed for a BBC feature or some such.

Comment 05 Jan 2017

Realistic was/is? Radio Shack's house brand. Brings back memories of my first component stereo rig: amp/tuner, turn table, speakers. Dragged those things around for years -- along with the Peaches crates for LPs!

Comment 05 Jan 2017

Thanks Generalissimo! Truly one of the greatest debut albums in rock history.

Springsteen was signed to Columbia Records by legendary talent scout and producer John Hammond. Columbia president Clive Davis listened to the album after it was mixed and said there were no singles on the record. Springsteen went home and wrote "Spirit in the Night" and "Blinded by the Light". Both were released as singles, though Manfred Mann's cover became better known.

It's true that Hammond and Bruce's producer and then-manager Mike Appel preferred his solo cuts, while Bruce preferred those backed by his band. But, the album was a compromise. Originally, it was to have 5 of each. It ended up containing 7 "band" cuts after the two singles were added. Bruce ended up getting it more his way than not.

For Bruce fans (I am one), his recent autobiography "Born to Run" is a must read.

Comment 01 Jan 2017

Who was the QB at Oklahoma?

I would advise JT to ignore the advice of fans still smarting from a loss that was primarily due to Oline suckage, and receivers that couldn't get open, or hold onto the ball when they did..