Feb 162010

Totally unloaded questions here in that I’m not wedded in advance to getting one right answer, but I would indeed like to know three things:

1) Can you name any submissive love songs by men to women? Submissive here defined as: “You lead the way and are in control and I like it” or “I wish you were leading the way or in control because I would like it.”

2) Can you name any submissive love songs by men to women that you actually like?

3) Can you name any submissive love songs by men to women that you like significantly, or mainly, because of the attitude expressed in the lyrics (as opposed to “great bass line,” “very tuneful,” etc.)?

Note: Explicit or implicit gay love songs are not the subject here because they’re an entirely different set of dynamics. Judas Priest love songs have complicated submission/dominance dynamics, but they (mainly) just don’t sound like songs from a man to a woman and so the issues at stake are different.

Aug 142009

It’s been a little more than a year since this post first appeared and guess what: summer’s still here and summer concert tours are still going strong. That means a new crop of live albums is a-brewin’ – and what better Friday Flashback to set up our next Hear Factor collection, Live, Scratchy Vinyl (coming Saturday, 8/15/09). Without further ado, let’s send Mad Props in the direction of Townsman Mwall, and let’s get it on!

This post initially appeared 8/3/08.

It’s late summer now. I don’t know about you, but sitting outside on a summer night, for me not much is better than pointing the speakers out the window and playing some long live double album that during the regular year I’d have no time or patience for.

The ’70s were the best decade for live rock albums, and certainly the best decade for live rock albums you’d want to play outside on summer nights. It was the Era of the Live Album. There are lots of reasons why.
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Jul 152008

Now, I appreciate Mr. Mod’s suggestion that This Is Your Rock Town Hall, but we all know that it ain’t always so. We all know that there are all sorts of subjects having to do with rock and roll and its aftermath that can’t get a fair hearing around here, because we know what everybody’s tastes are and we know what they will or won’t allow without making blog equivalents of the bodily noises of middle-aged males spending too much time in front of computer screens.

So in this post–the first of a series, if necessary–I’d like to hear about what you think are the types of subjects that could never possibly get a fair hearing on Rock Town Hall. If you want, I’d also love to know why you think these subjects can’t get a fair hearing. As the rules of this game go, responses that suggest that you can get a fair hearing will be considered out of bounds. However, I encourage people to respond by agreeing that the subject could never get a fair shake on this list and explaining why they themselves are not prepared to give the subject a fair shake. The only way to Listen Without Prejudice is to Recognize The Prejudice.

The Moderator knows that I play this game often in different variations, but it ain’t gonna be Your Rock Town Hall until you can speak about those things Rock Town Hall doesn’t want to hear. Only by our coming to terms with the fact that This Is Not Our Rock Town Hall can Rock Town Hall possibly be Our Rock Town Hall.

I look forward to your responses.


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