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ALBUM – 41 Original Hits From the Soundtrack of American Graffiti

ARTIST – Various

YEAR – 1973

Homage to P.  Maria will know who I’m talking about, and anyone who has ever read Anthony Burgess’ “A Clockwork Orange”.

To the most important man in my life; someone whom I think does not hear that enough.  All I am is thanks to this guy.

So, in a way, why not pay a small tribute.

This movie, if memory serves, is among his favourites (the other is THE GRADUATE, another classic).  It is a favourite not just because of the story, the movie, but for the soundtrack.

Side note: I recall watching a documentary on the making of “American Graffiti”.  It was directed by George Lucas, yes, him, the man who managed to completely vandalise some of my childhood’s fondest memories and totally destroyand anihilate any expectations I had for his “new” Star Wars trilogy.  Please, let me not get into that.

Anyways, as I was saying, Mr Lucas said, back then, he wanted to direct a “musical”.  Granted.  But not a musical a la SOUND OF MUSIC.  Rather, he wanted the music to be constant, the music to carry the movie, help with the mood and add to the movie-going-experience.  Neat idea, worked, kicked ass!  Awesome movie, even better soundtrack.  Very few are this good.

Then, came 1999.  What a year.  I honestly wish I had never gone in to see the movie I wish not speak of.  I mean, this guy made THX 1138, which, I think, is genious.  He came up with Star Wars, IV, V and VI.  OK!  Enough.

Back to the Man, with a capital M, yes.

Graffiti pans out in the mid ’60s, although it is a ’70s movie.  Those must have been some good, good, fun times.  I mean, the cars, the hype and vibe, the music, the attitude, clothes, purpose.  War was imminent, people were coming of age, in between adolescence and manhood.  Just a very accurate and cool portrait of an era.  And, I must agree, the music does indeed help.  Good idea, Mr Lucas.

P.  I love you, more than you will ever know.  Thank you, for everything.  All of the positive influences, like American Graffiti, The Graduate, good music, for all the counselling, support, patience, my passion for music, life, politics, my love for the arts, culture, for family, for, well, everything.

Like I said, you are the MAN.  Don’t ever forget it.  See you in a little bit, mate!

Cheers…

 

 

ALBUM – Judgement Night

ARTIST – Various

YEAR – 1993

Ottawa, Ontario,  Canada.

It was winter, if memory serves (it doesn’t, but, whatever), and my friends and I (Jamie, Brendan and Mike) watched this for the first time.

Obviously, we thought the movie was cool, even though we didn’t really get the violence and the nonsense fiction of it all (you have to watch it again to realise that what happens in the movie is way far fetched).

What stood out the most, even back then, while we were going through our grunge, I love Steppenwolf and Led Zeppelin phases, was the music.

This soundtrack should go down in history.  Not just because it is wicked, but because it brought acts together that not even in my wildest of dreams I would have thought of matching up, i.e. Teenage Fanclub and De La soul.

Particularly, “Fallin'” is probably my favourite track.  Although I must say a have a penchant for “Just Another Victim”, by Helmet and House of Pain.  I love the heavy metal/rap transition.  “…I’ll serve your ass like John MacEncroe”.  Cool.

So, kids, enjoy.

Cheers…

ALBUM – Anthology

ARTIST – Nina Simone

YEAR – 2003

In need of inspiration.

I was actually not gonna write anything today.  I don’t know, just didn’t feel like it.  But, as I was submerged in my work (actually just preparing a bunch of papers and memos) “My Baby Just Cares For Me” came on my iTunes playlist.

Inspiration!

So, here it is.  Sorry, here SHE is!

Could she be any cooler?!

Well, I usually write little meaningless stories, tales of random events from my life, so I’m thinking, now, should I do that today?

Musically, I have been inspired, cursively, not so much.

Regardless, I will leave you with a thought; something a friend told me earlier today.  Oh, fuck, I forgot…

Oh, I think it was something like “you take yourself too seriously, lighten the fuck up!”.

Cheers…

ALBUM – Operation Ivy

ARTIST – Operation Ivy

YEAR – 1991

Fiat Uno, 6 people tightly packed.

We were all pretty drunk and overwhelmed by Brazil’s victory over Holland (our goalie, Taffarel, the hero, managed to stop two penalty shots).  No, I will not mention what happened after, in the Finals.

On our way to BG (Baixo Gávea) for the post-game celebration.  I was a tad younger then but had already developed a very strong liking to SKA/PUNK.

Maybe it came from watching all those stake videos with all the punk music; probably.

Regardless, this album is the all-time greatest SKA/PUNK album of all time (I know, I wrote it twice, for the effect).

All the songs are wicked.  They are so fast and so short, you can listen to the entire album (27 tracks) in a half-hour.  And, of course, you do a repeat, and another, and another.

I often mention my sister here, but it has a purpose.  For instance, while she was on a trip she got me the CD (I had before but it got lost along the way).  I have it at home, stored away nice and tidy.  It is one of those keepers.  Not something to be downloaded.  Actually, this is something to be listened to on a cassette or turntable (on vinyl).  Damn technology!

The lead singer, Jesse Michaels, has an awesome, raw and raspy voice (Tim Armstrong went on to form Rancid).  All those grunts and coarse screams are amazing.  He had another project, later on, called Common Rider (I have two of their albums, again, thanks to my sister that managed to find them in a record store nearby where she went to school) and it is pretty good, too.  Not like OpIvy, though.  Nothing will ever come close.

Well, back to the ’98 World Cup.  We used to listen to “Smiling” over and over again.  And that’s what was playing on our way from my house to BG.  We used to bang the shit out of the car when the chorus came alone “Smiling when your friends are watching, smiling when your friends are watching…”.

Fuck, just listen to it.

Cheers…

ALBUM – The King Of Limbs

ARTIST – Radiohead

YEAR – 2011

I began writing this yesterday, but decided it needed some revising.  Seems my blogging is getting serious…

Nevertheless, I just wanted to say that Radiohead is an outstanding band and I appreciate what they do.  I think they push boundaries of the conventional.

Another thing I wanted to get in here is what my sister thinks of all the Radiohead hype.  If I recall correctly, she questioned all the hype around Radiohead.  And I really get where she is coming from.  It seems that after Radiohead managed to become a reference in music, everything and anything they produce was immediately liked and considered groundbreaking.  It’s the old bandwagon.   In a few words, anything Radiohead puts out is, automatically, good.  Wrong!

I have issues with a lot of their material.  But that does not mean I do not think the band is great.  It is a matter of opinion and, fundamentally, taste.  Which is why I agree with my sister.

So, instead of jumping on the Radiohead bandwagon, have an opinion.  You are not obliged to like Radiohead, much the same way someone should be crucified for disliking The Beatles.

I love Led Zeppelin, for instance.  Some people think it is kitsch or just plain glam.  I don’t, but that is my opinion.

So, controversy aside, this latest Readiohead production is very, very tight.  Pay attention to the drum lines, so subtle, yet so present.

In all, a good effort that gets a thumbs up from me (sorry, no thumbs, just a recommendation).

Cheers…

ALBUM – Give Up

ARTIST – The Postal Service

YEAR – 2003

“Nothing Better”

Will someone please call a surgeon
Who can crack my ribs and repair this broken heart
That you’re deserting for better company?
I can’t accept that it’s over…
And I will block the door like a goalie tending the net
In the third quarter of a tied-game rivalry

So just say how to make it right
And i swear I’ll do my best to comply

Tell me am i right to think that there could be nothing better
Than making you my bride and slowly growing old together

I feel I must interject here you’re getting carried away feeling sorry for yourself
With these revisions and gaps in history
So let me help you remember.
I’ve made charts and graphs that should finally make it clear.
I’ve prepared a lecture on why i have to leave

So please back away and let me go
I can’t my darling i love you so…

Oh, oh

Tell me am i right to think that there could be nothing better
Than making you my bride and slowly growing old together
Don’t you feed me lines about some idealistic future
Your heart won’t heal right if you keep tearing out the sutures

I know that I have made mistakes and i swear
I’ll never wrong you again
You’ve got a lure i can’t deny,
But you’ve had your chance so say goodbye
Say goodbye

Cheers…

ALBUM – Eternelle

ARITST – Edith Piaf

YEAR – 2002

No comments…

Cheers…

 

ALBUM – White Blood Cells

ARTIST – The White Stripes

YEAR – 2001

I am uncommonly and unusually hyper/productive/active today.  Must have been the excessive amount of Red Bull consumed last night.  And for a Sunday, this is not normal behaviour, by any standards.

So, anxiety attacks aside, I was just asking myself, HOW COULD I HAVE LEFT THIS ALBUM OUT???!!!

Really?!

So here is the story, the setup.  I heard The White Stripes were going to play in Rome.  This was 2001.  I had been a fan for a brief period leading up to one of the best concerts/shows I have ever attended.  No one to go with.  My sister, as always, came along.  We walked all over the place and could not find the place where the show was to take place.  Really, we walked for a very, very, very long time.  And, as stories go, we ended up finding it.  It was a small indoor football/basketball court, with the bleachers all curled up to the sides.  I reckon you can imagine how the show went.

In a space like that, the energy is exponentially greater.  The sound was wicked, raw and loud.  This was it.  The epitome of a long lasting love affair.  It has been a dream of mine for along time to have a band like that: drums and guitar.  Of course, Jack is a musical genious, so that helps.  Regardless, I want a two person rock band.  Any one up to it?

The duo kicked ass!  My sister ended up loving the show and the band.  Good stuff.

This recording is incredible.  Start to finish.  All tracks are monumental.  I think one of their most inspired efforts, if not the most.  I like their other albums, but this is a masterpiece.

Happy Sunday!

Cheers…

 

 

ALBUM – Stone Cold Rhymin

ARTIST – Young MC

YEAR – 1989

I put this on this morning, on my way to work.  I must admit it was good.  It has been such a long time since I had actually listened to the album and not just the classics “Principal’s Office” and “Bust a Move“.  It is upbeat and very, very 80s.

Well, hopefully before the year’s end I will come back with a special post.  This I just had to put up for being such a fun album.

Cheers…

ALBUM – The Suburbs

ARTIST – Arcade Fire

YEAR – 2010

Quick, year’s almost over, again.

It went by quite fast, I must say.  Seems only yesterday I was writing about New Year’s.  Soon, I will be writing about that again.  So goes the saying “things go by faster the older you are”.

Right.

I love Arcade Fire.  Not because they are from Canada, but because I really love what they do.  This album is their most mature and subtly – perhaps – their masterpiece.

This has all elements of previous recordings, particularly those found in their debut, but it also has something different.  Something that sets this band apart from other players.  It is an outstanding effort, very eclectic, yet very focused and steady.

So, please, check it out.

Cheers…