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hrrundivbakshi

Apr 172014
 

Hey, gang! It’s time once again for another thrilling installment of our longstanding RTH fun-n-games activity called “Line, Please” – in which we seek to answer probing questions of the day through carefully selected rock and soul lyrics from years past.

In previous editions of this activity, we’ve looked for lyrical explanations for various issues – news trends, political/religious movements, sporting events, etc. — which have been top of mind for us as our collective human experience has unfolded. Today, though, I want you to search the annals of rock lyriciscm to find answers to personal struggles of the human condition. I want answers, mind you – not just references. So, for example, if I ask:

“I am tired of my boring, pointless nine-to-five existence — yet family obligations keep me shackled to my empty, unrewarding career. Is there a way I should approach at my professional life to give it purpose?”

You might answer:

“Everybody’s workin’ for the weekend!”

Get the idea? Good. Here are the perils of the general human condition I hope Rock can address:

I am growing old, and am deeply concerned that I have yet to accomplish anything of any substance. How can I accomplish something meaningful with my life – or be happy with my meager achievements to date? Line, please.

My children are growing up so fast, and as they develop into independent people, they see less and less relevance in the things I believe. How can I best avoid judging them as they grow? Line, please.

I love my wife/husband, but sometimes fear that the “spark” has gone out of our romance. How can we recapture it? Line, please.

There’s no denying it; my body is aging, and I have reached the point where growing older means working harder to simply stave off sickness and death. What can I do to stay truly healthy, in mind and body, as I grow older? Line, please.

My career has afforded me the luxury of buying many of the things I want most. Yet, this materialistic pursuit of things brings me no joy. How can I best turn my earnings into true satisfaction with my life? Line, please.

Feel free to add any life challenges I may have omitted. I look forward to your responses.

HVB

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Apr 032014
 

Just looking for a reality check here. I want to know which of these two rock vuh-deos possesses the greatest amount of:

a) Trendy, artsy coolness and what-not (warning: you may have to really think through that one before answering!)

b) Rock/hairy balls factor

c) Likely/proven rock “influence”

d) Shoe/boot and other important style superpowers

e) “Animality”

I look forward to your responses.

HVB

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Apr 012014
 

Seriously, is there anything at all wrong with this video? Or is it utterly perfect? For my money, it’s flawless — from the drummer’s flaming sticks to the careful attention to costuming detail. (Notice that the only Gap member band without horizontal tinsel bands on his silver cowboy leggings is the ever-so-slightly portly keyboard player, who’s been fitted with vertical tinsel piping for a slimming effect. These things matter!)

Come on, admit it: this video can’t be beaten. It’s truly excellent.

HVB

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Feb 102014
 
All you need is love.

All you need is love.

We here in the Halls of Rock Town are sometimes taken to task for being overly negative, snarky, hyper-critical, and all too often, just downright rude. As part of our collective efforts to bring a bit of sunshine and light to the world wide web, we occasionally make an extra effort effort to find something good to say about, you know, stuff that is clearly godawful. To some people.

It is in that spirit that we embark on yet another effort to bring some positivity to our proceedings. Please spend some quality time with music written by the band above, then — if you can — please find something nice to say about them. You’ll feel a whole lot better, I promise you.

I look forward to your comments. Just remember, if you can’t say anything nice about the Beatles… please don’t say anything at all.

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Jan 232014
 
Hand over the, uh, belt.

Hand over the, uh, belt.

You know the rules for the Battle Royale: this is not a “Last Man Standing” affair, where the goal is to list as many of something as possible; no, in the Battle Royale, your job is to find the indisputable pinnacle — or, in this case, the nadir — of a particular category.

Here, we seek the absolute worst artist or band promo shot — one that is or was an undeniably awful choice for the intended “promotional” purpose. Only major or mid-tier-label recording artists need apply; I don’t want to see links to sites that collect bad promo shots from neighborhood goth or death metal bands, as humorous as those may be. Neither do I want to see album covers (sorry, Orleans!). No silly candids or stage shots. I want promo pictures, or photos clearly posed and taken for media outlets/rock magazines.

I’m starting things off with a tantalizing glimpse of hair metal B-listers Pretty Boy Floyd. Can you beat that?

As we say ’round these parts: hand over the belt!

I look forward to your responses.

HVB

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Jan 222014
 
Woo.

Woo.

Which rock vocalist says “woo!” the most? Backup vocalists or secondary band members saying “woo-oo-oo” behind the lyric don’t count. I’m looking for the lead singer guy or gal who says “woo!” with the greatest frequency.

Can anybody beat Diamond Dave Lee Roth in this category? I have my doubts.

I look forward to your responses.

HVB

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