68 thoughts on “Music Night, February 17, 2012

  1. I don’t know or care if it’s Lent but I felt like some Phish this Friday.

    Then that got me thinking of music I’ve discovered thanks to PBS so here’s a number from Nickel Creek.

  2. Speaking of British bands. Genesis did all of their best work before most people ever heard of them. I saw them in London in 1972 and I’m still blown away. Much better, IMO, than anything they did after Phil Collins took over and somewhat better than anything Peter Gabriel did after he left.

    • I saw Genesis in New Jersey in ’73? ’74?, when they came out with The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway album. Great music.

      I think I have either Foxtrot or Selling England by the Pound in the CD player in my car as we ‘speak.’

      • Those first several albums, through “The Lamb”, are some of the best and most unique music ever produced. An old friend of mine swears to this day that he can induce a “high” by listening to the first disc of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. It’s really amazing how many times I hear an unfamiliar band and say “that sounds like old Genesis”. Generally a little research will reveal said musician crediting Genesis as an inspiration. Personally, I simply have to listen to “Supper’s Ready” a few times a month.

    • Stand and Deliver… When videos were videos…

      He’s the dandy highwayman… (And that’s about all you never to say about Adam Ant)

  3. Them Crooked Vultures are not a British band but they do feature John Paul Jones and this recording was made in Britain. The vocal style is also a bit like some of the British “New Wave” and I love the title: “Mind Eraser, No Chaser”. That reminds me; it’s time to crack a beer.

  4. Dammit! It looks like some greedy and/or sadistic jerk, probably Phil Collins, has blocked the audio on all the good old Genesis songs. So? Here’s Peter Gabriel’s latest version of “Intruder” which is about my favorite song from his post-Genesis career.

  5. I quickly abandoned Genesis at the same time Peter Gabriel did. Phil Collins’ spin off into commercially tailored goo was not to my tastes. Gabriel’s work has been odd and peculiar at times, otherwise very creative and embracing of a much larger world. Hard to pick a favorite, there are many, but this is a classic…
    In Your Eyes

    • It pains me to no end that Collins became a pop icon while Peter Gabriel just had a brief flicker in comparison. His is a genius that just doesn’t quite sell to the masses I guess. I prefer his darker and more unusual work but it’s all good. On the other hand, Gabriel reinvents himself every couple years while maintaining a link to his oldest work and he still has his pipes so I think he’s had a couple songs that fit the tastes of anyone even if they don’t know his name or the vast scope of his work.

      • Gabriel has done alright, and I believe he has a deeper and longer lasting following than Collins ever will. By not selling himself out to become a pop icon, Gabriel’s is the higher road, IMHO.

        • True. He’s had a very successful career. I know that he holds much more respect among the musicians I know. Still, there have been countless times when I’ve played some of the original Genesis and been asked who that band is. Quite often, when I say “Genesis”, I will get a response something like “Phil Collins sang that?” Then I have to educate the listener and explain that they were a completely different band after Gabriel and Steve Hackett left. To be fair, many of them hadn’t realized what a gifted drummer Phil Collins was either.

  6. We really can’t dwell on odd British music without some Black Sabbath. Here’s a very early live version of War Pigs with the original lyrics. It’s also before Ozzie became decrepit and still had a powerful voice that wasn’t over processed. I have to admit it took me a long time to acquire my taste for Sabbath but they were really, really, marvelous musicians.

    • Likewise, it’s actually only been in the last 10 years that I’ve come to appreciate Black Sabbath.
      Poor Ozzie, he has become a such pathetic comedy.

      • I started to like Black Sabbath during Dio’s stint as their singer. I liked the albums “Mob Rules” and “Heaven and Hell” right away. I learned to really appreciate the old Sabbath when I was sharing a house with a Sabbath fan who was learning to play guitar. Watching his struggles made me realize just how great the music was.

        As for Ozzie. Like most frontmen he’s a clown and the “confused burnout” is his schtick. It’s hard to say how much is brain damage and how much is just clowning around. He certainly turns it on while performing and has enough faculties to hold on to Sharon so I tend to think that most of it is a put on. Plus, even in his earliest days, he didn’t speak anything that most of us would recognize as English!

    • My friend who is in three/four bands performs “Ziggy Stardust” whenever he’s playing guitar and it’s amazing how even the old farts at the VFW eat it up. I would guess that most of them would be taken aback if they actually saw a picture of David Bowie from that era!

        • The old farts have no conception. It really happened by accident when they were throwing a new lineup together on short notice so they had to pick songs they already knew and/or could pick up in a hurry. Terry just tossed it out there and they decided it couldn’t hurt to pad the set list. Obviously, he’s not as flamboyant as Bowie. Anyway, when he got to belting out “And where were the spiders…” they loved it so he’s been playing it for years.

  7. You beat me to it, Raven. I was just thinking of David Bowie. So I’ll go back a bit farther for Cream, “Tales of Brave Ulysses”. Sabbath might have invented what most call heavy metal but could Sabbath have happened without Cream?

    • You’re welcome. I was going to go with “Strange Brew” but “Tales” has always been a favorite and, frankly, I had no idea that performance had been preserved. It might even be the performance that really brought Cream to my attention but, for some reason, my memories of those years are a bit fuzzy!

  8. Another favorite, strange, song from Queen. “Fat Bottomed Girls”. For some reason; girls who have genuinely fat bottoms seem to like it but relatively skinny girls who just think they have a fat bottom strenuously object to it.

  9. One more before bed. Since we’re having a jam tomorrow and I still have a lingering sore throat I need my rest. I won’t tell you what the song is but it’s very strange and very British. G’night.

  10. I finally got to meet this bluesman at Duff’s Garage (2011) in SE Portland. For blue lovers who have not heard him….he’s the real deal….

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