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Jun 082020

With it being Monday and the recent release of Pearl Jam’s long-suppressed uncensored version of the “Jeremy” video, this could be a good time to compare “Jeremy” with another similarly themed song and video, The Boomtown Rats’ “I Don’t Like Mondays.” Just trying to get the new week off on an upbeat note!

  • Which song do you like better?
  • Which video, overall, to you prefer?
  • Who’s the better actor among lead singers, Bob Geldof or Eddie Vedder?
  • Who’s the better supporting actor in these videos: the kid who plays Jeremy, the piano player, or someone else?
  • Does Eddie’s hair actually grow as the video progresses, or is it unleashed by the fury of the subject matter?
  • Describe the function of Bob’s hair.
Jun 032020

I feel like I should be but I’ve never been a big fan of Patti Smith. She certainly has cred. And when I see videos like this, I love her:

So respectful, so humble, so human, so pure. And then there are the rave-ups like “Gloria”; who could not like those?

And there’s PJ Harvey. Townsman Geo has suggested I check her out and mentioned this video:

It is a pretty short list of Dylan covers that I love and this makes that list.

Please advise me Rock Town Hall. Patti Smith: yeah or nay? PJ Harvey: yeah or nay? Why? Where to start?

May 282020

In our first pandemic relief Dugout Chatter from a few weeks ago, one of the questions you answered was whether there was “an RTH-worthy deep dive we’ve long toyed with but never undertaken.”

It’s hard to say the following topic, suggested by Townsman cherguevara, was surprisingly unexplored, as we’d been out of action for the past 5 years, but here goes:

A deep dive… Not sure. I was thinking it might be cool to have a thread where we only discuss music from the last 5-10 years. Who are today’s keepers of the rock flame? Is it possible to re-map rock tropes onto the younger generation of musicians? Who are the innovators and creators of original ideas today, not just Greta Van Fleet imitators? Or is rock music moribund? This would be a challenge for me, maybe for others too.

To be honest, as much as I’ve been looking forward to bringing this topic to The Main Stage, I don’t know where this is headed!

May 272020

I don’t like Oasis. Never did, but I watched their documentary, Supersonic, a few weeks ago, and have been examining my rock ‘n roll fetishes ever since.

I thought their music was boring, but if I don’t focus on their tension-free songs (god, they could take 3 chords and stretch them like the elastic waistband on my last surviving pair of underwear from the 20th century), I can sense a faint tingle in my rock ‘n roll loins.

The stirring is the deep-set sex appeal of my Anglophilia. Some of my rock ‘n roll fetishes are rooted in my growing up an Anglophile. Rocking along to Beatles records as a little boy will do that to a grown man. Their lead singer, is it Liam, the one who trims his eyebrows and has the better hair, really puts on that insistent, droning English accent.

Oh yeah, baby, sing it like Syd Barrett crossed with John Lennon!

When all cylinders are firing, the sexier Gallagher overcomes his complete lack of stage presence by wearing round specs, like John, to go with his superior hair and Mac-wear. The guy may hunch over the mic with his hands behind his back in an “I could be doing better things with my time” way, but his Look was almost always spot on!

Let me see how you look when those glasses start to fall down the bridge of your nose. Now push them up. Oh, yeah! Now change into the blue Mac! Wait – leave on the vaguely military shirt with epaulets!

This is not a post about Oasis. I only use them as an example. The last thing I would want to see break out in this thread is some odd suggestion that their music is the UK equivalent of the relentless vibe of Tom Petty‘s Full Moon Fever. This is a post asking you to share some of your rock fetishes.

Rock ‘n roll is an entire genre set up around fetishes, but I want to bore down to your most specific ones. I’ll give you an example of a slice of broadly appealing psychedelic Anglophilia that contains something so specific that it pushes it over the edge for me. I believe they call it The Money Shot in the porn industry. After the jump…


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