Vaquero de Alta California
- Jan 20, 2018
- Reaction score
Some of the punk band's Top of the Pop's performances seem like they had to be live.I though Top of the Pops was always acts miming their hits, but this is obviously a live performance. The only instruments you hear are those on stage, and the instrumentation is not the same as on the recording, plus he sings it a bit differently. Man's voice was clear as a bell.
One of the Bangles inducted the Zombies into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame (ugh). Her speech was quite touching, she was obviously a real fan, I can hear some of the Zombies production touches on that track.I had occasion to drive out to East County this afternoon and was listening to the Bangles' cover of "Going Down to Liverpool" and noticed its production and arrangement is unlike anything else I've heard by them. Debbi Peterson, the drummer, sings an aggressive lead but the ethereal backing vocals (I think by Susanna Hoffs as it sounds like her) are really memorable, plus the group harmony at the end of the chorus is nice. The drums are unusual as I don't hear any ride or crash cymbals at all, just a simple bass-snare-bass pattern throughout, no fills at all, plus some shaker(s) and tambourine. There's a really nicely strummed acoustic part throughout as well, sounds like maybe three chords altogether but I haven't tried working them out to check. The electric lead is prominent and split in two parts in stereo while the bass guitar just thuds along with no unnecessary notes. There's also a very subtle piano part that comes in during the third verse and complements the other instruments nicely. I wonder if this song had a different producer than other tracks they recorded contemporaneously or why it stands out as so different even to songs on the same record. I prefer it to the original by Katrina and the Waves.
It happens. I mainly listen to metal and synthwave anymore, but Black Oak Arkansas' debut album has been one of my favorites since I was a child. It's just so damn organic and weird and great. They had their moments after this, but they never again came close to recording such a perfect album.Growing up where country music was pretty much the default background radiation, most of it bounced off me pretty hard.
There were, however, exceptions...
Husker are fuckin' kings! R.I.P. Grant Hart.Thinking about The Replacements makes me want to get my Minneapolis on
See if you can name all of the songs:
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