Author Topic: Turn it up

sam

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« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2019 »

will infect whatever you do.

sam

Elbow room
« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2019 »

This still comes back to me nearly word-for-word a very long time after hearing it break up Saturday morning cartoons and commercials for Life cereal.

All of us kids lapped it up. It was only later, with some Howard Zinn under my belt, that I started feeling distinctly uneasy about manifest destiny. Call it horribly catchy.

It took a move to England, then rural East Sussex, with our nearest neighbour comfortably out of sight, for me to once again be able to sing the praises of elbow room.

sam

City of angles
« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2019 »
If anybody who’s been to Los Angeles ever stops by, please let me know if it’s as serious as a heart attack


or if it’s more light-hearted:


Did you drive all the way through flyover country, Randy?

sam

Self pleasure
« Reply #13 on: November 12, 2019 »
In all my hitchhiking I never caught a lift with these guys.


(love it when the woman covers her ears @2.46)

The opening may bewilder those weaned on phonecards, never mind iPhones.


Less musical than it looks

It's a fun song because it ends before going all the way into Paradise by the Dashboard Light.

sam

Head game
« Reply #14 on: November 14, 2019 »
The penultimate test of cerebral fitness is remembering the lyrics to quirky old favourites.


From the comments: "He's still walking. He just passed my house."



Shoutout to Hastings!




sam

Bach man
« Reply #15 on: November 16, 2019 »

Guess who

Given a choice between Bach and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, the Canadian rockers win access to my ears. (It’s a false but alliteratively pleasing dilemma, beating Beethoven vs the Beatles.) Sorry decomposing composers. Should a few points be taken off whatever my IQ is because I don’t listen to classical music except by accident or when I'm in a rare mood for greatest hits from the Baroque period?


Bach's autograph of the first movement of the Sonata No. 1 in G minor / Bachman "fooling around"


Unfortunately the coolness of the band is completely negated by this video

As a bonus, the B side of the single – I just about remember singles – was an instrumental called Free Wheelin'.

sam

They'll get you pretty far
« Reply #16 on: December 31, 2019 »
Though I didn't know his name at the time, Jack Sheldon, of Schoolhouse Rock fame, has died. "He lost the use of his right arm after suffering a stroke in 2011, but he was eventually able to resume playing using one hand."


sam

Tuning in to the past
« Reply #17 on: March 29, 2020 »

Wonderfully evocative of a time and a place. And how long were the credits!


Perhaps it’s not surprising the song is so good (at least if you’re a sop for nostalgia), as according to Wikipedia it was written and recorded by former Lovin' Spoonful frontman John Sebastian, who looks like John Lennon’s long lost cousin in this picture.


This one’s for Yoko

sam

Oedipus rocks / And then there was you
« Reply #18 on: April 01, 2020 »
This not-too-oldie but goodie is best turned up after the watershed in some households:


Earquake!



The BBC Philharmonic? The Corporation has come a long way, baby.


Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn, pondering where we all come from

Oh, and one of the sweariest sites you'll ever meet while you're surfing on your phone at a truckstop? Guess.