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  1. Technology makes it easier these days.

    not so true... technology actually makes it harder as more musicians and producers lose sight of the basics as many faux-type replacements and the absence of tape change the dynamics
  2. if u listen back to the 4 albums there's a pretty clear progression sonically... although I'd say the drum sound on "Side 3" (especially "Tonight") is the most impressive... still, something like "Overnight Sensation" is a production masterpiece and a great realization of the band and Jimmy's powers... Quite the peak if u had to choose one...

    Also, (and Eric would probably know this best), since the band was a "new" band on a major label for their debut, the production and engineering had to be more in the hands of Jimmy & the engineers (even though it sounds less "produced" than the others) and the same probably goes for "Fresh" since it was done so shortly after they broke...

    after that it makes sense that Jimmy & the band grew more comfortable around each other (not too many bands go 4-for-4 with a producer) and the band was able to have more input in the process (especially Eric)...

  3. what kind of music is it where the followers usually dress in black leather and studs? Is it punk rock or heavy metal? Can anyone help me on this?

    Black leather basically begins with the early rockers like Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran... it's the old biker/greaser/rocker outfit... it was embraced by the early Beatles pre-Brain Epstein... he softened their image much to John Lennon's chagrin...

    Leather made a comeback with the '50s revival in the early '70s and with punk rock like the Ramones (who wore torn jeans and black leather jackets)...

    In heavy metal leather was worn by less audacious and more straight ahead bands like AC/DC and Guns & Roses... it's safe to say that it's primarily heavy metal bands who opted to wearing leather pants on stage more than any other genre of music... studs, too...

  4. you basically hit it on the head... Guided By Voices are a good band... but they always fail to transcend... there's a limit to their appeal that keeps them from being a totaly incredible band... the lyrics are always a bit cryptic and there's always a bit of repetitiveness that doesn't help... that said, they've created a gazillion songs of which so many sound spectacular and cool when someone gives them a spin...

  5. Used to be it was about the music, now it's about the music BUSINESS. People are out there now just to make a quick buck and they don't really care about or have an appreciation for the art form.

    since the advent of radio it's always been about The Business (although even in sheet music era, it was a biz too)... and as u said, it's been discussed with regards to the Berries & Eric's career in the '70s...

    A good chunk of the people in the music industry have always been in it to make money... and never had much of a clue as to rock & pop's artistic merits... even the ones who seemingly grew up and joined the ranks with a true love for music...

    depending on what year you look at, some have more good guys than bad guys... The Beatles & Bob Dylan are the anomoly in the equation and the period which followed Sgt Pepper was a brief moment in time where rock bands and singer songwriters had a great shot at making it with credible music on the BIG field...

    but it REALLY only helped if that band/artist became huge on their own terms and than could use that power to leverage themselves autonomy from the record labels (i.e. Neil Young, Led Zeppelin & Pink Floyd)

    even that concept faded (right around the time the Raspberries split...) ...few bands ever found it easy to work within the system no matter how lenient the times were towards artistic credibility.

    and even during the best period there was total manufactured pop being shoved down the throats of the masses and many great artists being lost in the shuffle... it's just that we were lucky to have a label like Reprise from 1969-1974... In the '80s you could say the same for Sire... In the '90s it went indie w/ Sub Pop & Matador.

    as for exposure and radio & mtv... like Eric stated in an earlier post it's a new era (paradigm) we're dealing with... there's also a lot more outlets for people to hear music-- and it really isn't that crazy expensive... most normal suburban homes have a computer and broadband will only get cheaper as it becomes the norm... a lot of cable & dish setups have Sirius on them too...

    any kid fascinated with hearing what's new will be able to get his hands on stuff more easy say than me in 1979 trying find the new 20/20 album or the Adverts: stuff never played on the radio outside very few regional spots. Now it's just a click away... (i.e. almost anyone can sample stuff on Amazon that's available all over the world)...

    get your kid a gig cutting lawns or delivering newspapers/pizzas and a debit card & he's set... you can find a lot of decent used CDs for $0.01 a pop... sure the shipping cost is there, but what the "f"-- that's heaven compared to when I grew up...

  6. they are all equally solid....

    here's the best way to choose:

    Overcome By Happiness: their 1st one-- pretty straight ahead... maybe their most mellow one of all

    The World Won't End: #2 ...Bob Allen's fave... I would try this one after you decide you like them

    Yours Mine & Ours: #3-- in my opinion their strongest showing... absolutely stunning head to toe, although they do start to explore a little post punk things (Cure-ish acoustic rhythmn guitars, but it hardly gets in the way) this is where I'd suggest anyone to start

    Discover A Lovelier You: #4 maybe their most "progressive" one yet... a little more zip in its heel too... no clunkers yet...

  7. that said, even though music ain't what it used to be, some of the most innovative and interesting production advances, and clever juxtapositions of seemingly incongruous styles have emerged from these exercises....only to be adopted into other, perhaps more interesting formats, thus broadening the medium. As in: with a little luck, they get applied to actual songwriting......pushing the form of contemporary music ahead.....just a thought.

    two words: Jon Brion
  8. i'm not trying to piss on anyone's parade as much as i'm trying to talk about the reality...

    I would much rather see Joey Molland tour as Joey Molland (of Badfinger) and perform all the stuff he wrote & sang and do his solo stuff... the fact that it doesn't draw people out to see him is what doesn't allow him to do it... that says a lot more about the people than Joey... Joey is a class act and does a great job at doing something that's not the easiest thing to do...

    I saw his "Badfinger" show about a year ago and I thought he looked and sounded great, but it didn't make me want to go back and see it again.

    the Fleetwood Mac anaolgy isn't a great one either... Fleetwood Mac was always a band with changing members (especially singers)... but I doubt when the Buckingham Nicks version exploded they were puling out any Peter Green material... or doing "Black Magic Woman"...

  9. Raspberries- Raspberries

    Ray Charles- What'd I Say

    Dramarama- Cinema Verite

    Dwight Twilley Band- Sincerely

    Roxy Music- Country Life

    Beatles- Meet The Beatles

    Who- Sing My Generation

    Echo & The Bunnymen- Heaven Up Here

    Simon & Garfunkel- Bookends

    Byrds- Mr. Tambourine Man

    Bob Dylan- Blonde On Blonde

    Neil Young- On The Beach

    John Lennon- Plastic Ono Band

    Yoko Ono- Plastic Ono Band

    Paul & Linda McCartney- Ram

    George Harrison- All Things Must Pass

    Mott The Hoople- The Hoople

    T. Rex- The Slider

    REM- Murmer

    Alice Cooper- School's Out

    New York Dolls- New York Dolls

    Slade- Slayed?

    Ramones- Ramones

    Dictators- Bloodbrothers

    The Jam- Sound Affects

    20/20- 20/20

    Nilsson- Pandemonium Shadowshow

    Fotomaker- Fotomaker

    Pilot- Morin Heights

  10. Quote:
    So by your reasoning, All the punk rockers are geniuses because they speed up their covers of classic songs while screaming the lyrics and butchering the original guitar chord progressions?

    Wow! That's energy! Where's my herion syringe? [/QB]

    Well, if they were on heroin, than there wouldn't be much speed... that's why Sid couldn't keep up with Glen Matlock's stuff....

    Energy can be paramount to a song's intensity & power... the Beatles even did this in their early days (they were on speed back in the Hamburg days, so it makes sense)...

    not all punk bands mastered it... the Dickies, at times, do sound silly in comparison, but the Ramones remain very high and mighty... never once (on record) losing the song's essence, but empowering it with speed and vitality (i.e. "Let's Dance," "California Sun").

  11. Waits doing "All By Myself" would be interesting & yes, much better than any diva doing it...

    u made me pull out the 1984 "Eric Carmen" album... some really good songs, atrocious production (although the vocals are very strong... i just can't handle the faceless female backing vocals and drum machines and cheesey synths-- all of which was "state of the art" back then)...

    Scissor Sisters could have a go at "I Wanna Hear It From Your Lips"

    "American As Apple Pie"... no comment

  12. Bill Maher was on network TV every night and was taken off by commercial pressures after he stated that the terrorists who flew the planes into the Twin Towers were not cowards...

    an incredibly politically incorrect thing to say, which the majority of this country did not want to believe was true...

    hard to believe no one wanted to face the fact that someone who does such an act has an enormous amount of guts, no matter how insane, cruel and evil it is... a coward would've failed to have finish the task and not got on the plane...

  13. Do we only draw the line because of death?

    Lines should be drawn that make sense... and they should respect the band's integrity... if they had any...

    Integral members can mean anything from John Bonham (one of the most important "band" decisions ever made imo) to Keith Moon (one of the worst band decisions ever made imo)... You can not sit there with a straight face and say The Who made the better decision. Led Zeppelin stand tall as beacons of good taste & judgement. The Who looked desperate, despite putting on a good face.

    It's not so much about death as it is who's in the band.

    As much as I hate the idea of bands keeping their name after their original lead singer leaves, it's NOT a definitve point to "end" the band, if the core remaining members want to keep it going and do a reputable job of it... Pink Floyd and Genesis come to mind... although by "And The There Were Three" Genesis should've called it "Asia" or something... The Small Faces were smart to finally drop the "small" and go with Faces after Rod replaced Steve...

    On the downside was the post-Ozzy Black Sabbath which just doesn't make sense... Van Halen after David Lee Roth might've opted for a name change, although it's the brother's band, so it's OK... just not the same...

    As far as 21st century rules go, a lot of these reunion bands have ruined the legacy of rock which was for those of us who grew up with it, a different world from the previous one where faceless '50s pop bands toured without any of the original members or with long distant cousins of the lead singer backed with the drummer's uncle and and a bunch of union musicians...

    Granted, seeing Paul Rodgers sing with Queen or Ian from the Cult w/ The Doors isn't the worst thing in the world, but it smacks a little of desperation, or just a bunch of old dudes looking to get their rocks off with not enough respect to the original band.

    The New Cars is very close to a worse case scenario. I think Ric Ocasek sleeps very well, while Todd Rungren & Elliott Easton have many recurring nightmares and are always watching their backs. Not a cool way to be when, in Todd's case, you have so many options at your disposal. Granted, it (a Todd solo tour) would be a smaller paycheck, but it wouldn't be seen as such a lame idea.

    I forget who's still touring these days, but there shouldn't be any band out there as "Thin Lizzy" "Lynyrd Skynyrd" "Sweet" "Yardbirds" "Badfinger" "Beatles" "Little Feat" "Jimi Hendrix" "Mamas & Papas" etc...

  14. it's weird to rank artists/bands, but judging from what I gravitate towards... they're all intertwined... i'm too mixed about Eric's solo stuff to rate it, although he's not nearly as disappointing as Alex Chilton...

    as of today here's 100...

    1. Big Star

    2. Beatles

    3. Todd Rundgren

    4. Neil Young

    5. Pernice Brothers

    6. David Bowie

    7. Raspberries

    8. Byrds

    9. The Jam

    10. Joni Mitchell

    11. Beach Boys

    12. Dwight Twilley Band

    13. Zombies

    14. The Who (64-71)

    15. Kinks

    16. Small Faces

    17. Prefab Sprout

    18. Dramarama

    19. Elvis Costello

    20. Ramones

    21. Cheap Trick

    22. Frank Sinatra

    23. Mott The Hoople

    24. Clash

    25. Sex Pistols

    26. Blur

    27. Radiohead

    28. Ed Harcourt

    29. Alice Cooper

    30. Turtles

    31. The Smiths/Morrissey

    32. Roxy Music

    33. Trashcan Sinatras

    34. Bob Dylan

    35. Hamell On Trial

    36. Flashcubes/ Screen Test

    37. Jon Brion

    38. The Church

    39. Nilsson

    40. Badfinger

    41. Hollies

    42. Led Zeppelin

    43. Rolling Stones

    44. Faces

    45. Dictators

    46. Dusty Springfield

    47. Replacements

    48. Pulp

    49. Stevie Wonder

    50. Velvet Underground

    51. Suede

    52. Marshall Crenshaw

    53. Nirvana

    54. Monkees

    55. Dirty Looks

    56. Tommy James & The Shondells

    57. Posies

    58. New York Dolls

    59. Pink Floyd

    60. Ivy

    61. REM

    62. Robyn Hitchcock

    63. XTC

    64. Al Green

    65. Steely Dan

    66. Psychedelic Furs

    67. Patti Smith

    68. Lloyd Cole

    69. Nick Drake

    70. Chamber Strings

    71. Elliott Smith

    72. Grant Lee Buffalo

    73. Elton John (1970-75 only)

    74. Adorable/Polak

    75. Marjorie Fair

    76. Magnet/Even Johansen

    77. T. Rex

    78. John Lennon

    79. Paul McCartney

    80. George Harrison

    81. St Etienne

    82. Buzzcocks

    83. English Beat

    84. New Order

    85. Tommy Keene

    86. Jesus & Mary Chain

    87. Slade

    88. Eno

    89. Echo & The Bunnymen

    90. Duffy/Lilac Time

    91. Rockpile/Nick Lowe/Dave Edmunds

    92. Artful Dodger

    93. Van Duren

    94. Emitt Rhodes

    95. Simon & Garfunkel

    96. Johan

    97. Wonder Stuff

    98. Squeeze

    99. Bongos/Richard Barone

    100. Everly Brothers

  15. terrible comparison Lew...

    the Badfinger we came to know and love and cherish was Pete Ham, Tom Evans, Mike Gibbins and Joey Molland... a baseball team always changes players... a great rock band should be the antithesis of that...

    and as far as input is concerned, Joey was on the low end of the three, although it wasn't as obvious as a "John Paul & George" ratio...

    I never felt the least bit uncomfortable with the fact that Joey and Tom continued with "Badfinger" after Pete Ham's death... they did the legacy justice... but after Tom died, whenever Joey made an album, it was "Joey Molland."

    To respect the fans & the audience, this is the way it should be.

    Joey should not go out on the road as "Badfinger." He should tour as Joey Molland (from Badfinger) and perform the songs he wrote and sang on with all the rest of his solo stuff. Hearing him do songs Pete Ham once sang, doesn't really do anyone any favors except reinforce how much we truly miss Pete Ham and his rare gifted voice.

    That said, I know it's an irrational concept. Since he needs to put food on the table, it seems impossible for him to tour as "Joey Molland" and that going out as "Badfinger" is a necessity.

    Don't think for a minute that the thought that he can't go out as "Joey Molland" and make the same amount of bread hasn't crossed his mind. But that's not his fault. It's just the lame reality we have to live with. And he doesn't do a bad job of the Badfinger hits when he sings them. It's just the purist in me that takes offense.

  16. Enuff Z'nuff and Pezband?!? Sweet!


    Besides that, you get Kevin Junior (aka Chamber Strings) coming out of hibernation-- if you're looking for a current pop songwriter in the league of Todd Rundgren & Eric Carmen circa 1972-73, he's very very close... and what an amazing pure pop voice...
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