Grammy Night

Jan 31
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So, PJ, U2, Green Day, Kings of Leon, or The Boss is going to get a win tonight at The Grammys for The Best Rock Song. I’ve heard four of the nominated songs (U2 being the exception) a combined total of about 500 times, and if it hadn’t been for the heavy personal rotation, I’d probably be excited that one of them will win. Actually, maybe I wouldn’t be excited since I think there’s at least one song on each band’s album that is better than the nominate song (PJ – “Just Breathe”, Green Day – “East Jesus Nowhere”, KOL – “Notion”, Bruce – “My Lucky Day”).

The envelope waits though and someone will win with a typical, radio friendly rock song. His version probably didn’t meet all of the criteria (whatever that is) that make a song eligible for a Grammy nomination, but I think that Adam Lambert’s version of the Tears for Fears song, “Mad World” was about the best performance, if not song of the year.

And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
the dreams in which I’m dying
Are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to tell you
I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It’s a very, very
Mad World
Mad World

– DAVE

“Peek-a-Boo” – Siouxsie and The Banshees – “Peepshow” (1988)

Jan 30
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Reeking like a pigsty
Peeling back and gagging free
Flaccid ego in your hand
Chokes on dry tears, can you understand?
She’s jeering at the shadows
Sneering behind a smile
Lunge and thrust to pout and pucker
Into the face of the beguiled

Style, talent, originality, and influence transcending genre; Siouxsie and The Banshees covered all the bases. I heard this song for the first time in a long time tonight while watching the very nicely done movie “Son of Rambow.”

– DAVE

“Dead Flowers – Townes Van Zandt – “Roadsongs” (1993)

Jan 29
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Just Because…

Well when you’re sitting back in your rose pink Cadillac
Making bets on Kentucky Derby Day
Ah, I’ll be in my basement room with a needle and a spoon
And another girl to take my pain away

Take me down little Susie, take me down
I know you think you’re the queen of the underground
And you can send me dead flowers every morning
Send me dead flowers by the mail
Send me dead flowers to my wedding
And I won’t forget to put roses on your grave

– DAVE

“I Hear Ya’ Knockin’” (1955) – Smiley Lewis

Jan 27
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Katy Perry. On a scale of 0 to 10 with 0 being Annoying and 10 being Super Annoying, where would you rank Ms. Perry’s performance as a guest judge on American Idol last night. To get all catty with fellow judge Kara is one thing. Kara’s a big girl and is raking in a big pile of dough, so she can deal with it. Perry’s flippant attitude with contestants and acting like she had somewhere more important to be is what gets her perfect 10, a 10 with a big “T”, on my scorecard. Katy, tell your brasses to sit/stay for a second so you can hear this.

The fans who have been kind enough to put some money in your bank account, did so because you kissed a girl and liked it, more so than because they heard your music and liked it. My free career advice is to keep churning out songs about kissing girls unless you want people to stop putting you on TV and their IPods. You know the whole “act like you’ve been there before” cliché? Maybe try being a role model or a mentor to a couple of kids hoping to catch a break? Apparently not, but that’s okay because I doubt that you would have much to offer unless some poor kid wants advice on what kind of fruit they should dress up as.

Yikes, that was all a major violation of a key tenet of the Play On mission statement which calls for this blog to be a No Hater Zone. So, for the record, I don’t hate Ms. Perry, she’s just annoying. My cat’s annoying but I put up with him. I think I’ll dress my cat up as a watermelon, the next time he starts in with his paranormal, dead zone, guttural yowl.

And for today’s song, here’s something totally unrelated to my rant.

– DAVE

“Headsprung” – LL Cool J – “The DEFinition” (2004)

Jan 26
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The new Zune has been to the gym three times so far and is a great workout partner. I’m diggin’ the Zune Pass and the seemingly endless selection of tunes and content that I can add for the flat fee of $14.99 per month. I like-a!!!

Cool James has earned heavy rotation so far. But come on man, even most bankers worth their weight in bail out money know that it’s “did.” I suppose I can let it slide though since “did” doesn’t rhyme with sprung. Then, there is that thing about LL having bigger guns than moi.

– DAVE

“Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” – Jim Croce – “Life and Times” (1973)

Jan 25
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Natchitoches, Louisiana is the hometown of some prominent athletes (ex-NBA All Star Marques Johnson, retired MLB player Pat Listach, and retired NFL QB Bobby Hebert). The music scene consists of a lot of jazz and R&B as would be expected and cranks up in September for the Cane River Zydeco Festival. Natchitoches was also the site of the plane crash in 1973 that took the life of Jim Croce.

“Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” was one of my favorite songs when I was a little kid. Between the fighting, junk yard doggedness, womanizing, and missing jigsaw puzzle pieces what was there not to like for a seven year old.

Now Friday ’bout a week ago
Leroy shootin’ dice
And at the edge of the bar
Sat a girl named Doris
And oo that girl looked nice
Well he cast his eyes upon her
And the trouble soon began
‘Cause Leroy Brown learned a lesson
‘Bout messin’ with the wife of a jealous man

Ahhh, Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert. More reminiscing!!!

– DAVE

“Run Like Hell” – Pink Floyd – “The Wall” (1980)

Jan 24
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I have escaped from the musical black hole of: The Arcade Fire, Green Day, Pearl Jam, Gomez, The Dears, T.I., and Snow Patrol. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of all of the above, it’s just that, I had not added or subtracted to or from my IPod since mid-June, so the songs from those artists have been one continuous loop and mix. And, it’s not like I don’t use my IPod. In fact, I use it every time that I go to the gym. A conservative estimate would be that I have been to the gym about 90 times since I last changed my music.

And yes, it is true that when my gym trips with the ArcadeGreenPearlGomezDearsT.I.Snow re-mix got into the 50s, I began considering loading as much weight as possible, and way more than I can lift, onto a bar bell then lying on a bench before nudging the bar off of the pegs and letting it crash down on my throat, hopefully severing my head and ending it all as Billie Joe asked “Do you know the enemy” as my head rolled off of the bench and onto the floor. But then my wife bought me an awesome Zune HD for my birthday and life’s worth living again.

One of the reasons that the Zune was on my wish list was because it comes with HD radio. I like the randomness of radio (yeah, I know that the vast majority of radio is anything but random but as evidenced by the songs in this blog, I’m all over the dial) as much as I like loading my player with my own preferences. So, it seems fitting that the very first song that came on in the post- ArcadeGreenPearlGomezDearsTISnow phase of my gym visits was on Jack FM (“Playing What We Want”).

You better run all day
And run all night.
Keep your dirty feelings
Deep inside.
And if you’re taking your girlfriend
Out tonight
You’d better park the car
Well out of sight.
Cause if they catch you in the back seat
Trying to pick her locks,
They’re gonna send you back to mother
In a cardboard box.
You better run.

– DAVE

“Tell It Like It Is” (1966) – Aaron Neville

Jan 21
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Who dat?

– DAVE

“Don’t Change – INXS- “Shabooh Shoobah” (1982)

Jan 20
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In between Bella chapters in her life, Kristen Stewart could be spotted playing “Em” in “Adventureland” which came out last spring. “Adventureland” threw a curve ball to a few people who judged the book by its cover as it was not the Seth Rogenesque sort of penis reference and body secretion/excretion jokefest that I was expecting. There was still a little something for my inner-eighth grader, it just wasn’t all about that, and was more drama than comedy.

Providing most of the sophomoric, mood lightening material was Matt Bush. Who? You know him, he’s that kid in the AT&T commercials who lives to squander roll over minutes and has the permanent look of a Lab puppy who’s about to get swatted with a newspaper by his mom. I love those commercials. I laugh every time. They should make those commercials with Bush as his “Adventureland” character (Frigo). I might pee my pants if they do.

They played this early INXS classic as the final credits rolled.

I’m standing here on the ground
The sky above won’t fall down
See no evil in all direction
Resolution of happiness
Things have been dark
For too long

– DAVE

“The Logical Song” – Supertramp – “Breakfast in America” (1979)

Jan 19
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At trivia night last night, my usually stellar team really stunk it up during the music round. We got a single, solitary, loneliest number, one, correct answer out of ten. Team Shigella was embarrassed by their music trivia performance and will be back at it tomorrow night seeking redemption at The Kangaroo and Kiwi.

And with that, it only seems fitting, or logical to post the only song that we got right.

Now watch what you say or they’ll be calling you a radical,
liberal, fanatical, criminal.
Won’t you sign up your name, we’d like to feel you’re
acceptable, respectable, presentable, a vegetable!

– DAVE