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The College of Musical Knowledge

• If there had been no Janis Joplin, there could have been no Robert Plant.

• An entreaty to the radio gods: Please don't make me listen to any more Tom Petty.

• Guilty pleasure: "Burnin' for You," Blue Oyster Cult.

• A round of applause for Mitch Mitchell, please! Mitch Mitchell, drums.

• A question after watching the Led Zeppelin movie "The Song Remains the Same": What on earth were we thinking back then?


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Mar. 29th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
"An entreaty to the radio gods: Please don't make me listen to any more Tom Petty."

Mar. 29th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
If we all speak up, our voices will be heard. If we do not, they will not be heard.

How's that for trying to sound profound by saying nothing? I think I'm ready to write speeches in Washington.

Mar. 29th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
Dear Radio Gods: I'll take PJV's portion of Tom Petty if you can keep me from ever again having to hear any portion of Pink Floyd's "The Wall." Thanks.
Mar. 29th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
Tom Petty's laziness as a songwriter is spectacular, and he is the worst lyricist since Stephen "Life/Strife" Stills.

As for Pink Floyd, I have two words: wretched excess.
Mar. 29th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
And that problem is aggravated by the fact that "The Wall" was one of former Live-In Kid's favorites in the long-ago days when he lived with us. Some pieces of music can survive serious overplaying. That one can't.

Among the others that I'm deciding can't survive overplaying: Pretty much anything by the Eagles.
Mar. 29th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
If Thor Heyerdahl were still alive, I'd ask him to stow those mofos on Kon-Tiki II and push them into the ocean during hurricane season.
Mar. 29th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
Blue Oyster Cult should never have to be a "guilty" pleasure.
Mar. 29th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
I love that song.
Mar. 29th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
Agree with everything except attaching guilt to enjoying BOC.

Also, "Does anyone remember laughter?" Ha ha ha. Even as a huge Zep fan in high school, I thought that was incredibly cheesy.
Mar. 29th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
Maybe I should have said:

• Guilty pleasure: "Rebel Yell," Billy Idol.

You're right: It was wrong to attach guilt to Blue Oyster Cult, even though I don't know much of their work beyond "Burnin' for You," "Godzilla" and the "Agents of Fortune" disc.
Mar. 29th, 2008 06:12 pm (UTC)
What about "Don't Fear the Reaper"? Great song, but it could have used more cowbell.
Mar. 29th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
"Reaper" is from "Agents" and is the reason I bought the LP when it came out in (I'm showing my age here) 1976.

As for cowbell, anything after Corky Laing's intro to "Mississippi Queen" has been redundant. And really, Laing may have been obsolete already because of Jimmy Miller's work on "Honky Tonk Women."
Mar. 29th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
You're obviously a man who knows his cowbell.
Mar. 30th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
I can claim the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack now as a guilty pleasure due to my support of the 'Disco Sucks' movement at the time. Not that I actually hit the dance floor now but something about the Bee Gees (and other artists) is quite catchy to me. However I've managed to avoid, so far in life, ever watching John Revolting in that particular flick. Since the mid-70's though, I have been a true BOC believer, openly preaching their gospel to anyone who will take the time to listen - especially their first two studio albums and the double live 'On Your Feet Or On Your Knees'. Except for their noted hits after that, I think they were just marking time until 'Fire of Unknown Origin' and MTV gave them new(temporary) life. So I'm curious where the guilt part of BOC comes in for you. Your attitude toward Tom Petty reminds me of what I frequently heard from Gainesville, FL inhabitants (where Petty got his start) In the larger mix of all music before, during and since he has his place, but with any artist too much of a good thing...
I think Mitch Mitchell was overshadowed by Jimi at times. I do like his work on their BBC Sessions CD and the one-off Dirty Mac group for the Rolling Stones R&R Circus (Mitchell, Keith Richard-bass,John Lennon & Clapton-guitars)
I first saw "Song Remains..." at some early '80s beer & nachos midnite movie house. I thought the audience. mostly a mixture of FSU students and N. Fla. GOBs was, hilarious. It put the movie in a better context when people would hoot and holler, pointing at the screen the first time each Led Zep member appeared, as if they were at a live concert. The biggest reaction was for John Bonham - "yee-haw! That's John Bonham right there! Yeah, that's hims! Look! John Bonham! John HENRY Bonham! Yeah man!" Who know what all of us were thinking but LZ were probably thinking 'ka-ching!'.
Mar. 30th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
A couple of other folks commented on the "guilty" part of the Blue Oyster Cult note. I probably should have explained that if it had not been for MTV, I probably would never have been struck by "Burnin' for You." It's the MTV part of it that my "guilt" stems from.

Like many people, I didn't have any Tom Petty in my collection until "Damn the Torpedoes," which I loved, and I got back on the bandwagon with "Full Moon Fever." These days, though, he sounds like he smokes a little too much weed. His songwriting seems lazy, and I don't know whether this is a deliberate affectation, but his vocal delivery is way too close to Dylan's, which is not a good thing for anyone other than Dylan.

These days, when I listen to Hendrix, I'm listening to Mitch Mitchell. He strikes me as having Bonham's power and Moon's bombast.

Thanks for reading and responding, Marcus.
Mar. 31st, 2008 12:43 am (UTC)
Aww, don't do me like that...
You're talkin' to an American girl who won't back down... I loves me some Tom Petty, so I'll take whatever you all don't want.
Mar. 31st, 2008 04:26 am (UTC)
i too will take any Tom Petty that goes unwanted, in addition to all the Tom Petty my little ears can get with $97.50 (how much i've paid to see Tom Petty twice 06 and now this summer)

just to poke the author with a stick, because its funny to me, thoughts on The Hottest Band In The Land...KISS ??? ;)
Mar. 31st, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
I saw Alice Cooper on the "Billion-Dollar Babies" tour in the Boston Garden in spring of '73, so I don't mind rock as spectacle – which is how I view Kiss.

And as far as rock as comedy – which is how I also view Kiss – I love the Dictators' first LP, so I enjoy the combination of rock and buffoonery too.

In case you're interested, Toots and the Maytals are playing in Buffalo in April. I'm there!
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