Friday, July 07, 2006

Everyone’s a music critic, eh?

Since it’s Friday night and I’m supposed to be laying out ads on next week’s page dummies, it’s perfectly logical that I’ve decided to pull out my discs of shared files and put together a couple of hours’ music to make it all tolerable.

Some golden oldies I’d forgotten I had . . . .

“Girl from Ipanema Goes to Greenland” – God love the B-52’s. Where else are you gonna find something with a good dance beat that stands Astrud Gilberto on her head?

And “Photograph” by Astrud Gilberto – I’ll be honest. Once I was sitting in the Penny Lane Pub in Richmond, Virginia (the only place in Richmond where you can get warm beer, bump your head on the ceiling, get lard-fried fish and chips, get insulted by the publican – a good Liverpudlian to boot – and get a big plate of bangers and mash for a decent price), the proprietor put on an Astrud Gilberto CD and I rediscovered that she could actually make some moldy standards pretty tolerable when one has already had 10 pints of Guinness.

“Another Park, Another Sunday” - While many of my generation think “Blackwater” is the best Doobie Brothers song ever made, I still remember hearing this one at the tender age of 8 or 9 and thinking ‘gee, what a thoroughly depressing song but what a great melody.” Never hear it played on so-called album rock or oldies stations over here any more, though.

A whole slew of Donald Fagen – Why in hell is everyone in love with Michael Buble’ when half of Steely Dan has written, produced and sung some of the best damn jazz and torch songs of the last 30 years? Do yourself a favor – steal a copy of “The Nightfly” or “Kamikiriad” and listen to a few tracks.

“Tunnel of Love” – probably the best song that Bruce Springsteen ever did, and the one you hear the least of.

Okay, I’ve got a bit of Brian Ferry stowed away too. But even as a goofy damned teenager, I figured out on the most basic level that a Roxy Music or Steely Dan album was gonna impress the girls a lot quicker than a KISS or Aerosmith album would. I was right too - I never got my copy of “Aja” or “Siren” back. And when my son goes to his prom, I’m going to have to explain to him just how swave and deboner a white dinner jacket and black pants really are.

And then there was all the Barry Gray stuff I ‘collected.” Let me tell you; all my contemporaries walk around thinking that the them from “Scooby Doo, Where Are You” is high-class nostalgia, but it doesn’t begin to touch the theme from “Thunderbirds.”

Okay, I must really be on a low-blood sugar bender here. Time for some ice tea.


Anonymous raincoaster said...

Don't be harshing on the Buble! He and I used to work together, eons and a half ago at Starbucks on Pender in Vancouver, and he is a smart, funny guy. Cute ass, too.

1:31 AM  
Blogger jromer said...

EXCELLENT musical taste, my friend. your son better listen to you. few thing better than a man in a suit.

3:10 AM  
Blogger Frontier Editor said...

"Don't be harsh on the Buble' . . . ." Oh the double entendres to be had there . . . . .

By the way, he blew off a concert in Roanoke this week, claiming he was sick. No velvet involved, I trust?

3:28 AM  
Blogger tom909 said...

Fronty, this is all a bit esoteric for me - I'll have to wait for the return of the rat type things before I can make any meaningful contribution to this mighty organ. Just remembered, possums, I'm off to get a pic of one on google.

2:08 AM  
Blogger Zippy said...

Yow! First blogger to mention Bryan and Roxy Music that I've come across. Heh heh, Bro, you're old and obscure.

There's a new sensation . . .

Watch what you tell your son; you might inspire him to make you a grandson.

3:36 AM  
Blogger Frontier Editor said...

Man, do you know how long it's been since I've read Zippy the Pinhead? Since 1990. Let's just sit down and talk old and obscure amongst ourselves . . . . I must have been really low in the blood sugar when I posted - I misspelled Bryan.

1:28 PM  
Anonymous Zippy said...

1990!!! You're due.
(Griffith is still at it. You can even sign up for a daily email. Email obscura?)

9:47 PM  
Blogger Laura Elizabeth said...

I'm with raincoaster, don't pick on the Buble! But I will hunt down the tracks you mentioned.

Your appreciation of The Boss and "Tunnel of Love", mitigates your picking on Buble. My favorite from that album is "Cautious Man".

"On his right hand Billy tattooed the word love and on his left hand was the word fear

And in which hand he held his fate was never clear"

Tell your son that there's nothing hotter than a man in a tuxedo. Nothing.

Zippy has a good point though.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

9:24 AM  
Blogger Carmenzta said...

Love the Boss and "Tunnel of Love" is my favorite.

"Cuddle up, angel, cuddle up my little dove, and we'll ride down baby into this tunnel of love..."

11:36 AM  
Blogger Cherrypie said...

I almost chose a Bebel Gilberto video for my most recent post and then I find you talking about her mother. How funny.


5:07 PM  
Blogger Frontier Editor said...

Like Petula once said, there's something to be said for a gentle bossa nova . . .

6:04 PM  
Blogger Frontier Editor said...

Carmentza - Between "Tunnel of Love" and "Tenth Avenue Freezeout," I can pretty much handle all my mood shifts.

Laura and Raincoaster - I stand abased for my Buble' comments, but you have to understand that I grew up enthralled with Becker and Fagen and that Fagen still wields a mighty torch and jazz presence.

Now back to editing to the strains fo Fagen and Paris Combo . . . .

6:36 PM  
Anonymous raincoaster said...

Fuzak. We must agree to disagree on this one. Joni Mitchell is the only one who can cross over like that.

6:23 AM  
Blogger Frontier Editor said...

Fair enough, since I like Mitchell too. But steal a copy of "The Nightfly" or "Kamakiriad" - maybe I'll bring you over to the dark side . . . .

7:09 AM  
Blogger Miss Cellania said...

Another Park, Another Sunday ws always one of my favorites. Eyes of Silver is another one. Maybe I'm partial to songs that don't get played a milllion times on the radio. Sure, like everyone else, but I had to listen to them!

Still Unemployed

4:09 PM  
Blogger Frontier Editor said...

Miss C,

Sounds like you and I need to combine our considerable pullin mass media to consolidate a dual monarchy of media exceeding even Howard Stern's megalomania.

Or else find some dinky town with a weekly newspaper and a radio station for sale :8^D

6:43 AM  
Blogger Metro said...

The B-52's could play "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme" and make it rock.

I was going to say that I loved Springsteen's ... But in light of the fact that Raincoaster's around I'll say that I like the song "Tunnel of Love", though I always cringed at what I heard as "My li'l duck".

"Swave and Deboner"--future army aviator, is he? Skip the white DJ and go with a deep red tux. Might as well go the full bull.

No frilly shirts, though.

6:20 PM  
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