I've been trying to force myself to dig a bit deeper in to my own music collection, revisiting some things that I haven't listened to in far too long. I thought I would share some of my newly re-discovered gems as I come across them.
From Pete Townshend's 1985 White City: A Novel which is a really enjoyable record, not sure why this one ever faded for me.
Hope you enjoy.
Live Aid was thirty years ago this week. Joyce Millman from The Mix Tape shares her story.
"Oh sure, Joan, this was just like Woodstock — if Woodstock had been held in a football stadium on I-95 instead of a sleepy hamlet, or if Woodstock had been partially underwritten by Pepsi, Chevrolet and AT&T. This was just like Woodstock, except that if you weren’t there, you could watch it on TV, and if you were there, you could look forward to reliving it through the magic of your VCR."
I remember that I watched it but I have very little memory of it. I mostly remember the horrible commentary from MTV hosts, particularly Mark Goodman. No, Sting didn't change the lyrics on "Driven to Tears" just for this event, idiot.
I only vaguely remember some of the musical performances. There was David Bowie doing TVC 15 and Heroes with Thomas Dolby on keys, that was cool. I had forgotten about the Zeppelin / Phil Collins thing until reading Joyce's article and I agree it's best to not discuss it further. I think I might remember Style Council but reading through the performance lists now, it's mostly a blur of lackluster performances with no spontaneity in either song selection or execution.
Honestly, I think the only performance that still resonates with me from that day is Queen's legendary 40 or so minutes. Freddie Mercury cemented his place as one of the greatest live performers of our age to the whole world, and if nothing else was accomplished from the event, that alone made the day worth it.
I also have a tape of Live Aid that I recorded on my VCR. I never watched it.
That's ok Joyce, I never watched mine either.
Back to 1984 - I remember hearing this for the first time. I still love it.
I was saddened to wake up this morning to the news that Chris Squire has passed. The only constant member of Yes, Chris was famous for his intricate bass lines, all expertly played on that ubiquitous Rickenbacker.
There will be no shortage of videos posted today displaying his work with Yes, I thought I would share something different and give you a couple favorites from his 1975 solo album A Fish Out of Water.
I've felt him literally shake stadiums, the world definitely lost some thunder today. You will be missed Chris.
Warren Haynes with a sneak-peek song from his upcoming album Ashes & Dust. Looking forward to hearing the whole thing.
Nostalgia: The ability to think of past times fondly by ignoring all of the horrible shit that was happening at the time.
Derivative of Photo Via CC Attribution 2.0
Soul Asylum from their wonderful Let Your Dim Light Shine album, as featured on Letterman in 1995. Good Stuff.