Thursday, July 24, 2014

Playlist for 7/24

Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal
Ed Sheeran - X
Robin Thicke - Paula
Bobby Womack - Communication
Bobby Womack - Understanding
Bobby Womack - Facts of Life

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Classic Rock Tracks Poll

How do you narrow 800 tracks to 100?  Impossible as I found out.  In this poll, you have to take 800 selected Classic Rock tracks and pick a Top 100.  So, what I decided to do was pick 1 song by artists that had multiple choices.  So, only 1 Zep, Stones, etc.  It's kind of foolish, but it made squeezing as many songs as possible a lot easier.
To me, the Classic Rock Radio era ends in the 80's.  If your local CR station is playing any Grunge era music, then they are stretching the format. Basically, I was trying to think of the songs I heard the most when I used to listen CR radio.  Maybe your CR played different songs, but these are the ones from my area.
So, below are a ranked Top 100 of songs that define the Classic Rock Radio format:

1. Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven
2. Derek & The Dominos - Layla
3. Beatles - Come Together
4. Rolling Stones - Jumpin' Jack Flash
5. Boston - More Than A Feeling
6. Doors - Light My Fire
7. Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze
8. Aerosmith - Dream On
9. Eagles - Take It Easy
10. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama
11. CCR - Bad Moon Rising
12. Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way
13. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
14. Deep Purple - Smoke On The Water
15. AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long
16. Cream - Sunshine Of Your Love
17. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Refugee
18. Elton John - Rocket Man
19. Journey - Lights
20. Pink Floyd - Money
21. Peter Frampton - Show Me The Way (live)
22. Steve Miller - Fly Like An Eagle
23. Rush - Tom Sawyer
24. Van Halen - Runnin' With The Devil
25. Doobie Brothers - Long Train Runnin'
26. Foreigner - Feels Like The First Time
27. Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing
28. Bob Seger - Night Moves
29. Cars - Just What I Needed
30. Heart - Crazy On You
31. Allman Brothers - Ramblin' Man
32. Free - All Right Now
33. John Mellencamp - Hurts So Good
34. Santana - Oye Como Va
35. Who -  I Can See For Miles
36. Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight
37. ZZ Top - La Grange
38. ELO - Evil Woman
39. Bachman-Turner Overdrive - You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
40. Blue Oyster Cult - Don't Fear The Reaper
41. .38 Special - Hold On Loosely
42. Kinks - Lola
43. Jethro Tull - Aqualung
44. Styx - Come Sail Away
45. Steely Dan - Reeling In The Years
46. Kansas - Carry On Wayward Son
47. Bruce Sprinsgeen - Born To Run
48. Guess Who - American Woman
49. Joe Walsh - Rocky Mountain Way
50. Jefferson Airplane - Somebody To Love
51. Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth
52. Neil Young - Heart of Gold
53. Eric Clapton - I Shot The Sheriff
54. Bryan Adams - Summer of '69
55. Thin Lizzy - Boys Are Back In Town
56. Yes - Roundabout
57. REO Speedwagon - Keep On Lovin' You
58. Foghat - Slow Ride
59. Bon Jovi - Wanted Dead or Alive
60. T. Rex - Bang A Gong
61. Janis Joplin - Me and Bobby McGee
62. Stevie Ray Vaughan - Pride and Joy
63. Rick Derringer - Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo
64. Police - Roxanne
65. Grand Funk Railroad - We're An American Band
66. Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild
67. Moody Blues - Nights In White Satin
68. David Bowie - Rebel Rebel
69. Jackson Browne - Running On Empty
70. CSN - Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
71. Pat Benatar - Hit Me With Your Best Shot
72. Cheap Trick - I Want You To Want Me  (live)
73. Billy Squier - Everybody Wants You
74. Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone
75. Paul McCartney & Wings - Band on the Run
76. Def Leppard - Photograph
77. Bad Company - Can't Get Enough
78. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
79. Grateful Dead - Truckin'
80. Rod Stewart - Maggie May
81. Lou Reed - Walk On The Wild Side
82. KISS - Rock and Roll All Nite (live '75)
83. Marshall Tucker Band - Can't You See
84. Knack - My Sharona
85. Robert Palmer - Bad Case of Loving You
86. Alice Cooper - Eighteen
87. Supertramp - Logical Song
88. U2 - Pride (In The Name Of Love)
89. Don Henley - Boys of Summer
90. Faces - Stay With Me
91. Warren Zevon - Werewolves of London
92. Hollies - Long Cool Woman
93. Byrds - Mr. Tambourine Man
94. Toto - Hold The Line
95. Genesis - Abacab
96. Don McLean - American Pie
97. Pretenders - Brass In Pocket
98. Eddie Money - Two Tickets to Paradise
99. Van Morrison - Domino
100. Joe Cocker - Feelin' Alright

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Playlist for 7/16

Todd Terje - It's Album Time
Robin Gibb -Robin's Reign
Ned Doheny - Separate Oceans
Roberta Flack - First Take

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Yacht Rock Top 50

This post was by All Music Guide's Yacht Rock special.   I'd been thinking about doing this for a while.  First, what is Yacht Rock?  Well, as AMG points out it is mainly "to describe a whole smooth aesthetic that existed roughly from 1975 to 1982, expanding far beyond the white soft-rockers of LA and encompassing smooth jazz and "Yacht Soul."  
I'd agree with that definition. But, I would also add that most of the "Rock" in Yacht Rock is mostly "Pop". For my own list I stuck with songs released between 75-82.  And I only picked one song per artist. And yes, this list could have gone to 100.  Maybe someday it will.  Below is AMG's link for those that are interested.  A big thanks to them for getting me started on my own list.

AMG Yacht Rock

Here's my Top 50 Yacht Rock Songs:
1.  Ride Like The Wind - Christopher Cross
2.  What A Fool Believes - Michael McDonald
3.  Steal Away - Robbie Dupree
4.  Lowdown - Boz Scaggs
5.  Biggest Part of Me - Ambrosia
6.  I'd Really Love To See You Tonight - England Dan & John Ford Coley
7.  Escape - Rupert Holmes
8.  This Is It - Kenny Loggins
9.  Peg - Steely Dan
10.  Into The Night - Benny Mardones
11. I Just Wanna Stop - Gino Vanelli
12. Key Largo - Bertie Higgins
13. Africa - Toto
14. Feels So Good - Chuck Mangione
15. Lonely Boy - Andrew Gold
16. Baby Come Back - Player
17. Sentimental Lady - Bob Welch
18. Smoke From A Distant Fire - Sanford-Townsend Band
19. Rich Girl - Hall & Oates
20. When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman - Dr. Hook
21. Get Closer - Seals & Crofts
22. Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
23. Reminiscing - Little River Band
24. Sweet Life - Paul Davis
25. Time Passages - Al Stewart
26. Moonlight Feels Right - Starbuck
27. Kiss You All Over - Exile
28. Love Will Find A Way - Pablo Cruise
29. You Are The Woman - Firefall
30. Thunder Island - Jay Ferguson
31. Breezin' - George Benson
32. No Tell Lover - Chicago
33. I Can't Tell You Why -- Eagles
34. On and On - Stephen Bishop
35. Lotta Love - Nicolette Larson
36. Rise - Herb Alpert
37. Guilty - Barbra Streisand/Barry Gibb
38. Dance With Me - Orleans
39. Magnet and Steel - Walter Egan
40. You Make Loving Fun - Fleetwood Mac
41. Morning Dance - Spyro Gyra
42. Magic - Olivia Newton-John
43. Lost In Love - Air Supply
44. Crazy Love - Poco
45. Can We Still Be Friends - Todd Rundgren
46. Sister Golden Hair - America
47. Chevy Van - Sammy Johns
48. I'm Not In Love - 10cc
49. Couldn't Get It Right - Climax Blues Band
50. Heart Hotels - Dan Fogelberg

Special Awards:
Yacht Rock Hall of Fame:
Ambrosia, America, Chicago, Christopher Cross, Paul Davis,  Doobie Brothers, Dr. Hook, England Dan & John Ford Coley,  Firefall, Hall & Oates,  Rupert Holmes,  Little River Band, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Olivia Newton-John,  Boz Scaggs, Seals & Crofts, Steely Dan, Toto

#1 Yacht Rock Artist of All Time:  Michael McDonald

#1 Yacht Rock Album:  Silk Degrees - Boz Scaggs


I'm 50 years old and it's just hit me that I'm now seeing people I grew up with, musicians I loved in my youth and family members passing away.

The Ramones were a musical generation above me.  Tommy Ramone was 65 when he passed away yesterday, but I feel like I grew up with the Ramones music.

Here's what was special about the Ramones.  Although they made Punk records, at heart Joey Ramone and co. loved the discs they grew up with in the 60's.  That's why their 70's records sounded different than what other punk records came out in that time.

Now all the original Ramones are gone.  But with one album (their debut in 1976) they changed the music world.  Not many ever get to say that.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Playlist for 7/9

Big Youth - Screaming Target
Byrds - Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde
Byrds -  Ballad of Easy Rider
Robert Palmer - Some People Can Do What They Like
Robert Palmer - Pressure Drop
Robert Palmer - Double Fun
REO Speedwagon - Good Trouble
Jimmy Scott - Fabulous Songs
Daniel Lanois - Acadie

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Country Artists & The Rock Hall.

The last artist with any Country music credentials to be inducted into the Rock Hall was Wanda Jackson in 2009 (early influence category). But she started out in the Rock field, before charting Country in 1961.  Before that pianist Floyd Cramer, who played on and released many charted Country singles,  was the last to be enshrined in 2003 (session musician).

So here's a list of Country acts that are in the Rock Hall:  Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams, Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys, Johnny Cash, Chet Atkins and Bill Monroe.  Brenda Lee can also be considered for this, even though she charted Rock hits first.

Below I list a few Country acts that deserve to be in the Rock Hall. The naysayers will say these artists didn't "Rock" enough. And that Country has its own Hall of Fame. But the influence on "Rock and Roll" that Country music has continues to be underestimated.   All but the last 2 names are in the Country Hall of Fame. Some of these could just as well get in under the Songwriter category.  And just for fun, a rating from 1-10 on their chances of induction.

Patsy Cline - Her Countrypolitan records reached across that market and crossed over to the Pop charts.  That she was one of Country's greatest voices, whose style  doesn't hurt either.  10

Willie Nelson - Unlike Johnny Cash, Nelson doesn't have a Sun era in his catalog.  But the Outlaw image + and his incredible catalog, which has been tapped by Rock artists, would make him an easy choice.  10

Glen Campbell - His early work as a session musician seems to be forgotten. But his polished Country/Pop crossed over between both in the late 60's/70's.      10

Conway Twitty - I bet no one remembers that Twitty was once a nominee, in 2005.  His early Rock and Roll records are underrated.  His run of Country hits in the 70's/early 80's was matched by few.    8

Kris Kristofferson - Probably more for his songwriting than his recordings.  Kristofferson changed the landscape in Nashville with his frank way of writing.  And his songs have been covered by numerous Rock names.    10

Emmylou Harris - The Queen of Americana, she sang with Gram Parsons on his 2 solo albums, before releasing a bunch of Country-Rock leaning albums that went on to become a blueprint  for that genre.  10

Dolly Parton - Jack White has covered her, and Lars Ulrich is a fan, so it's not too much of a stretch to see her get some support.  Outside of Willie Nelson, she's the biggest cultural icon on this list.  But, unlike Emmylou doesn't have some sort of Rock moment in her background.  6

Merle Haggard - One of the genre's Top 3 songwriters.  Haggard's catalog, much like Willie Nelson's, is diverse, although not as eclectic as Nelson's.  The "Bakersfield Sound", which he helped popularized, had elements of Rock in it, even if he never quite made "Rock" records.  Yet, his songs have reached many artists outside of Country.    7

Waylon Jennings - Personifies the Outlaw image more than anyone.  Some of Jennings best records contained more "Rock" elements than almost anyone on this other than Conway.    6

Buck Owens - Could be the most underrated Country giant of all time.  Hee Haw hurt his image.  Nashville waited forever to induct him into the Country Hall.  But he's one of the originators of the "Bakersfield Sound" (along with Merle Haggard), and those 60's records did indeed influence a bunch of Country-Rockers.    6

George Jones - The greatest of all Country voices, Jones had his Rock fans as well.  Every one from Keith Richards, Elvis Costello, James Taylor and Gram Parsons.  Jones cut some Rockabilly sides in the 50's that were pretty good, even if Jones never dabbled in that field again.   6

Garth Brooks - He wasn't just the biggest Country act of the 90's, he was also the biggest Pop act.  But his impact was mostly in the Country field, where it's still being felt today.  Some of his records did have a Pop/Rock feel to them, but I don't think it will be enough to get him nominated anytime soon.  6

Owen Bradley - Perhaps Country music's greatest Producer.  Behind the boards on those Patsy Cline hits and an architect of the "Nashville Sound".     10

Steve Earle - If Emmylou Harris is the Queen of the Americana genre, than Earle could be the King.  Since breaking through in 1986 with Guitar Town, he's put out a consistent batch of critically lauded Country-Rock albums.  But being critically lauded rarely gets you in the Rock Hall.  8

Lucinda Williams - See the above comments regarding being a critical fave.  If Emmylou is the Queen of Americana, than Lucinda is a close second.  But the fact that she's been previously considered by the NomCom still doesn't mean she'll ever get in.   3

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Playlist for 7/2

Jimmy Scott - Fabulous Songs of
Charlie Parker - With Strings
Angels (Australian band) - Face to Face
REM - Dead Letter Office
Southside Johnny - Hearts of Stone
Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour
Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
Chrissie Hynde - Stockholm
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