Jan 012012

Hope your New Year’s celebrations were swell. Before 2011 is out of mind do tell what shocking musical revelations were revealed as the year came to a close!


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  1. tonyola

    It’s appalling all right, but not without precedent. During my short stint as a high school music teacher, I saw some pop songbooks intended for student use that had kiddie-friendly altered lyrics. For instance, the song “Joy to the World” by Three Dog Night” had this stanza…

    Jeremiah was a bullfrog
    Was a good friend of mine.
    I never understood a single word he said
    But I helped him drink his wine.

    ..but it was sanitized to…

    Jeremiah was a bullfrog
    Was a good friend of mine.
    I never understood a single word he said
    But we always had a very fine time.

    I guess the important issue is what Yoko as executor thought of the change to John’s lyrics.

  2. Fine Young Cannibals wouldn’t have changed the lyrics!

  3. cherguevara

    I had a high school music teacher who would change the first line of the “Theme From Mahogony” from “Do you know where you’re going to” to the more grammatically correct, “Do you know where you’re goooooiiiinng.”

    Anyway, on one hand, it really does change the meaning, on the other hand, f-ing whatever. The Biebs murdering “Let It Be” was worse, not to say that I made it through more than 20 seconds of either performance.

  4. Yes, it’s indicative of the prudish, more weirdly American culture than ever in which we live, where an artist is cool with crafting a hit song called “Fuck You” but for some reason feels the need to cop out on singing a line imagining a world with no religion.

  5. diskojoe

    I had an interesting experience yesterday. I was at my local Newbury Comics just goofing off when I met this person who I knew who was in a band in the early ’80s & who’s now in real estate. Anyway, I noticed that he had a Hardy Day’s Night CD & we got to talking about music back in the day, starting w/the Ramones & we were walking around the store and I was showing him what CDs were great to buy & he ended up buying the following on my say-so:

    1. Subterrannean Jungle/Ramones
    2. Best of the Yardbirds (Rhino)
    3. Weller (Paul Weller singles comp from Jam to present)
    4. Ramones LIve 1974-96 DVD

    Has this ever happened to anyone around here, meeting an aquaintance & helping him/her blow their money on music?

  6. You may single-handedly save the record industry!

  7. cliff sovinsanity

    I’ve wanted to do this with my nephews because their father has influenced their appalling taste in music. Also, they unfortunately do not see the appeal of buying and owning physical music. Maybe when they are in their 20’s, I’ll give it another try.

  8. diskojoe

    Judging from my collection, I think I already have! Also, I just noticed my “Hardy Day’s Night” typo. That would be an interesting mash-up.

  9. I was going to fix it for you, but the thought of TV’s Hardy Boys in a musical romp was too funny to change.

  10. 2000 Man

    Buy them a record player. Then they’ll want stuff to put on it.

    I got a kid at Newbury Comics once to buy a Pagans cd. I bought a few things, but I don’t remember what they were now. The kid at the register said, “Wow, I like your picks. I’m giving you my “Best Buys of the Day Award,” or something like that. I told him if he liked the stuff I listened to, he should buy that pagans Shit Street cd before some lameoid got it before him. He went from behind the counter and grabbed it right away.

    The best was once I went into Music Saves and the owner was waiting for me to come in again. She said, “Remember when you were here last, the day John Doe was in town?” I said, “Sort of, why?” She told me John Doe asked for The Reigining Sound – Time Bomb High School, but unfortunately I bought it. He said no problem, he’d take The Forty-Fives High Life High Volume. I bought that one, too.

    So I went to shopping knowing John Doe wanted my music collection, and I grabbed Superchunk’s No Pocky for Kitty and was picking other things out when some guy comes in and digs for a minute and asks, “Do you have Superchunk’s No Pocky for Kitty?” I had to hold it up and say, “Yes, I do. It’s gonna kick ass, too.”

  11. cherguevara

    Well dog my cats if you didn’t just nail that with utter clarity. Ding ding!

  12. cliff sovinsanity

    Where is the “Like” button around here?

  13. I ran into an interesting comment watching “Live Forever: The Britpop Revolution” late night after a long New Years Day. The singer from Sleeper was interviewed about the decline of the Britpop bands and said, “It seems like the music industry has a default setting of dance-pop. After the moment is gone, it’s back to normal for Simon Cowell and the “Pop Idol” types.

    Good explanation and may explain why the splintered music scene can’t get any momentum past the singing contests and choreographed pop stars.

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