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  1. This song has taken some lumps, and I get it. For me, it's one of those "so bad it's good" songs. Looks like we got us a convoy....
  2. Bump from 2018.... Any input from newer members? Addendum to my own post at the top: I said Eric never revealed "Boats" as an optimistic or pessimistic point. He ultimately did, as longtime posters know (pessimistic β€” but I still can't believe it).
  3. The link above is long-broken, but I bet it was one of these songs. I always loved that big voice of Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane. Reminds me of Mama Cass Elliott... so it made sense that she performed and toured with The New Mama's and the Pappas from the mid-1980s through the early 1990s, handling Cass's parts.
  4. A nearly 20-years-later bump of a cool thread. In fact, what ever happened to Keith Nivan, who started this thread in 2005, and dozens of others who chimed in? Enough board questions... here are some more questions posed in song titles, all of them from the brilliant Karl Wallinger and his underrated, under-appreciated band World Party: "Is It Like Today?" "Is It Too Late?" "Who Are You?" (not to be confused with song of the same name by The Who) "What Does It Mean Now?" "What Is Love All About?" "When Did You Leave Heaven?" I noticed all these question titles when I was building a World Party playlist a couple years back. So when I rediscovered this fun old thread, I had to log them in. All are quality tracks, with this one ("Is It Like Today" ranking as my favorite.
  5. I forgot about Eric's defense of Billy Joel after someone cited "Allentown."
  6. Bump from 2007. Find Eric's comments about certain selections he considered bottom-of-the-barrel songs. πŸ™‚
  7. Wow! Eric lives! I hope a lot of people get to read that. I mean, Eric himself has posted those same sentiments here, but it's nice to see them show up elsewhere. How many here get the Lefsetz Letter?
  8. This might be the first time an obituary ends up in Cartoon World. I'm thinking about it.... I'm sure the Biden family will make sure our President gets appropriate care in the event he is ever diagnosed with dementia, whether it's next week or years from now. But I'm not sure how that ties in with Brian Wilson's plight. Be that as it may, my best wishes to the Brian Wilson family. Dementia is a hopeless and even horrifying thing to go through, both for the person struggling with it and for loved ones who act as caregivers. Those of us who have experienced it (or are experiencing it) know all too well about the toll dementia takes....
  10. Staged or not, the "romance" was already kind of nauseating when Taylor's entourage got her through the thicket and allowed her to meet and hug and make out with Kelce while the ever-present media soaked it up. I don't remember ever seeing that kind of a hook-up mere moments after a Super Bowl win. God, leave the team to celebrate. Give him a wave and blow a kiss. It just smacked of a PR moment for both parties. I sound like a celebrity curmudgeon, I know, but damn. This is the Super Bowl. Don't turn it into an instant post-game spectacle that advances her agenda, and his.
  11. Agree with you James. We may not be politically aligned, my friend, but I'm with you here. To rush up violently and purposely bump into your 70-something coach is an unforgivable act. I don't care about "heat of the moment" β€” you don't do that to a coach. Or to a teammate, for that matter. I'd have sat his big butt down the rest of the game and put him on waivers afterwards. And does Vegas have a betting line for the Kelce/Swift "romance"? I'd put money on a split-up within six months. She isn't the type to put up with the kind of hot-headed bully who would do what Kelce did to Coach Reid. No way.
  12. Grumpy today, Batman? It's just a small radio station's year-end Top 100 list. No need to do any internal vomiting. It was likely based (at least loosely) on listener requests. I think every radio station had its own metrics for their end-of-year top-100 lists β€” and as far as I know, they didn't just mimic Billboard or Cashbox. More than likely, they reflected listener preferences and data (such as it was) collected by a station's program manager. They weren't right or wrong, or reflective of sales, or reflective of critics' picks.... They more than likely were just giving the people what they wanted. I didn't post this as the be-all-end-all-list of the best songs of 1972 ranked in order. And I don't think anyone will contend that Chuck Berry's "Ding-a-Ling" is better than Elvis's "Burning Love." I just threw the list out there as a nice, nostalgic look at hit songs from a memorable year in music.
  13. Saw this on Facebook β€” Top 100 songs of 1972, as reported by WXIT in North Carolina. What, only #3?!? Seriously, when you peruse this Top 100, it makes quite a playlist.... "Lean on Me," "American Pie," "Let's Stay Together," "Crocodile Rock," "Layla," "Everything I Own," "Without You".... Lots of timeless tunes that year.
  14. LC

    Buy, sell, trade?

    Good idea. Love this.
  15. Heartbreaker of a song... and especially poignant with his passing. 😒
  16. And he's always, always seen the far right, neo-con faction for what it is: garbarge, as well. The answer is usually in the middle.
  17. Susie, I've mentioned the other lyrical quirks in that song in older posts. But I'll bring 'em up again, because they're so fun. β€’ In the opening verse, John Stewart originally had it as "My shaving razor's old, and it stings." The Monkees made the shaving razor "cold" instead of old. β€’ The lines in the second verse originally were: "You once thought of me as a white knight on his steed / Now you know how funky I can be." Alas, Colgems Records wouldn't let Davy sing "funky" β€” too risquΓ©. Imagine that! So it became "happy." Producer Chip Douglas broke that news to John, who protested: "But that doesn't make sense!" Chip told him it had to be "happy" or the Monkees wouldn't be doing the song, John said, "Okay, 'happy' works for me." It went on to become No. 1 worldwide. John loved telling that story when he performed the song. (And he always sang "old" and "funky" instead of "cold" and "happy"!) The "funky" change really was pivotal. It's not quite the happy song the Monkees made it. John wrote the song about a young married couple who had advanced beyond the honeymoon phase and were finding out it wasn't all peaches and cream. And "Sleepy Jean" was suddenly encountering funky things she hadn't noticed about the daydream believer. Plus, they were broke β€” hence the line Bill Maher quoted. But, to Bill's point. the daydream believer was trying to convince sleepy Jean that their lack of funds didn't matter so much: "How much, baby, do we really need?" Yes, "Daydream Believer" is a deeper song than most people may have gathered over the past 57 years! Me included, until I heard John's anecdotes.... πŸ™‚
  18. I love Bill Maher, but political leanings aside, this piece of his is about the quality of pop music in terms of messaging. He was quoting Lennon and said if he asked the younger crowd today to fill in the line, "All you need is..." β€” he doubts they'd come up with "love." No, the emphasis is on the material things in life. Susie, I LOVE that anecdote about misheard lyrics. You know, as a kid, I had the same "misheard" lyric experience. However, because my John Stewart obsession started in the late 1970s, it wasn't long before I got it right, just from listening to his version of his own song.
  19. Bill Maher's latest "New Rules" on HBO's Real Time (Feb. 2, 2024) centered on materialism in music. He was entertaining β€” and insightful β€” as he took songwriters to task for today's all-too-common themes of money and greed. For contrast, he mentioned a host of classics, even singing two lines of an old Loggins & Messina hit ("Even though we ain't got money..."). Best of all, he quoted old friend John Stewart and his "Daydream Believer": "Our good times start and end without dollar one to spend / But how much baby do we really need?" Photo below.... Anyway, good stuff! CLICK ON THIS LINK TO VIEW AT YOUTUBE: youtube.com/watch?v=10H-9wr7GkY
  20. Delayed response to a thought-provoking thread. Keeping it to 10 is impossible, James, so I doubled down. Sorry! 1. "Maybe I'm Amazed," Paul 2. "Mind Games," John 3. "Isn't It a Pity," George 4. "Photograph," Ringo 5. "Stand by Me," John 6. "Mull of Kintyre," Paul 7. "Ram On," Paul 8. "It's So Hard," John 9. "Band on the Run," Paul 10. "Mother," John 11. "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five," Paul 12. "Imagine," John 13. "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)," George 14. "My Sweet Lord," George (the original single β€” I still don't buy that plagiarism conviction!) 15. "#9 Dream," John 16. "Too Many People," Paul 17. "Jealous Guy," John 18. "Handle with Care," George's Traveling Wilburys 19. "Back Seat of My Car," Paul 20. ""Six O'Clock," Ringo Looking at it, I could easily flip my first 10 with the second 10. And I'm leaving off some things I really love.... Interestingly (to me), I've got seven McCartneys, seven Lennons, four Harrisons, and two Ringos. Sounds about right!
  21. PS: I should say, PattiCakes, that I think it's very sweet that you stood outside starting at 6 a.m. to get New Kids tix for your daughter years ago. I'm sure that experience stuck with her all this time. It's what parents do. Including dads β€” I remember getting to an animal shelter with my daughter at 6 a.m. to make sure she got the exact dog she wanted. (She did.)
  22. The Beatles don't do it for you? In general, or that one song? Either way, I think it's safe to say our musical tastes don't overlap much β€” lol. And that's fine β€” music is such a personal thing, after all. Like, from your post above, I would say with certainty that I wouldn't have gone to any of those concerts you listed, not even if I had free tickets. Except Bacharach. And even then, I might not have sat through more than one set. But nothing Johnny Mathis has done has connected with me; it's easy-listening schmaltz, mostly, and his voice has always sounded a little creepy. And I can take only so much Frankie Valli β€” maybe a greatest-hits package β€” before I need to turn him off. And I think of Susan Anton more as an actress who tried to sing, so I wouldn't have been drawn to her concert. As for Burt, when he was good, he was very, very good β€” iconic. ("Always Something There to Remind Me" is my favorite. But for me, it's like Valli β€” I can't dig too deep beyond his hits. Some things he wrote seem too methodically composed β€” they lack fire and passion. On the other hand, Joel's return had me fixated on my "Best of Billy" playlist, and for me. his 50 best songs are brimming over with emotion, passion, and authenticity. "She's Always a Woman," "This Night," "Laura," "My Life," "James," "Pressure," "I Go to Extremes," "Stiletto," "Vienna," "Piano Man," "Goodnight Saigon"... whew! Did I mention "Laura"? Some of his deep cuts are his peak performances, in my humble opinion. Not that I"m trying to convince anyone.... I'm just saying: Who knows what makes music connect with us? I have close friends who love to rag on Eric Carmen, and dismiss him as a Manilow wanna-be. They don't get it, and never have β€” I'm long past trying to convert anyone. But I do get a kick out of hearing/reading differing opinions.
  23. I forgot about this.... PattiCakes, you'll love this: Billy actually did a new song in 2007, and it got roundly boo'ed here. It's on the thread below. The song link was busted, but I found it on YouTube and edited it back in. To be totally honest, if I had seen this thread back then, I'd have panned it too. Then again, at the time of this thread, 2007, Raspberries were an active touring band, and we were being spoiled by the footage and live shows of Eric and the band in a revitalized mode. Billy, at that point, was stepping backward into a "great American songbook"-type song.
  24. Speaking of Billy Joel, bump β€” this thread has some interesting insights, from seven years ago!, on Billy's exit from the songwriting game.... And Bernie chipped in with insights from Eric on the topic of songwriting (or lack thereof). A timely thread these days....
  25. I just watched it β€” nice little interview. This is what I meant when I was telling you off-line that Billy (like Eric) was always a great quote source. Still is. I love what he said to the interviewer here β€” that in coming back like this, "he feels like Rip Van Winkle." How funny. He went on to say that everything has changed β€” he "doesn't know how the charts work, doesn't know how radio works...." Yes, it's a different world. His teaser comments about a new album.... Well, I guess it's time for me to be cynical: I'd bet we won't see a full 10- or 12-song album of new songs from Billy Joel. Hope I'm wrong. What he says in that interview leaves the door open, but he's also "reluctant" to go there. Doing a whole new album is a tough thing. Maybe we'll get at least a couple more one-offs?
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