Re: Stroke! Stroke!

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Wait, what's gay about that?


Posted by: FL | Link to this comment | 06-25-07 11:14 AM
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If you look closely, you can see a double-bass in the background.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 06-25-07 11:16 AM
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"Everybody Wants You" is a truly underrated 80s-exemplifying song. Up there with the Romantics' "Talking In Your Sleep" and Scandal's "Goodbye To You". And of course this. Maybe I should just sign this comment as "Chuck Klosterman".


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 06-25-07 11:20 AM
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Bono doesn't like it when Billy uses the fireplace:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/16/nyregion/16bono.html?ex=1182916800&en=9c22db2e64d6644e&ei=5070

The song "Big Beat" doesn't try to squeak by with a medium sized beat. The beat is really quite large.


Posted by: joeo | Link to this comment | 06-25-07 11:22 AM
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I picked up The Cars "Heartbreak City" video from a friend's garage sale $0.50 table. Should I watch it? I like some Cars but am not am not too familiar with most of the songs listed.


Posted by: Clownaesthesiologist | Link to this comment | 06-25-07 11:26 AM
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("Heartbeat City", I mean.)


Posted by: Clownaesthesiologist | Link to this comment | 06-25-07 11:32 AM
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Should I watch it?

Did you have other plans for it when you bought it?


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 06-25-07 11:32 AM
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Yeah, I was thinking I would let it moulder a few years in the place where I keep all my unwatched videos and unread books.


Posted by: Clownaesthesiologist | Link to this comment | 06-25-07 11:34 AM
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But say the word and I'll spin it up on the VCR this evening.


Posted by: Clownaesthesiologist | Link to this comment | 06-25-07 11:34 AM
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3: Come on Aileen!

I hated "Everybody Wants You".

On XM radio they have an all-80s station that occasionally plays 80s songs that weren't quite hits. They have a real gift for picking songs that were almost too 80s to make it even in the 80s -- soaring guitar solos with no point or creativity, blustery keyboard riffs, grandiose vocals, etc. The best was an almost 5 minute song devoted to celebrating the singer's proficiency at Pac-Man.


Posted by: marcus | Link to this comment | 06-25-07 11:38 AM
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4: "Mr. Squier, whose last hit was "Rock Me Tonight" in 1984"

Talk about your media bias!

I suppose it's mildly better than, "Mr. Squier, who's a petty little bitch..."


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 06-25-07 11:54 AM
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I have warm feelings for "The Stroke" from when I was at an Ani DiFranco concert and she was chatting between songs. She hesitated and said something about getting a brain stroke (or something) - not being able to remember which song was supposed to come next. And she starts playing "The Stroke" on her guitar. Very natural, very funny.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 06-25-07 11:56 AM
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Squier was a bit of a rock climber and apparently not a bad one ... doesn't quite track with the music video.


Posted by: bill | Link to this comment | 06-25-07 12:18 PM
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10: Pac Man Fever was totally a hit. The rest of the album is kind of stupid, though.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 06-25-07 12:19 PM
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"Pac Man Fever" is not sung to the tune of "Juke Box Hero". But, it ought to be.


Posted by: Clownaesthesiologist | Link to this comment | 06-25-07 12:21 PM
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Damn! Nice catch, Sifu.

Coincidentally, I was at a show this weekend where a bunch of bands covered 80s songs. One of the bands from the show already put up video of their country version of "Come On Feel the Noise":

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56308528

You have to turn off or pause the automatic jukebox thingy at the top of the page that is playing one of their other songs, then scroll down and click on the second video box on the page. The one captioned "If you're over 40, it's a Slade song".

But it's totally worth the trouble, if you've ever wanted to hear a country cover version of Cum on Feel the Noize. It works pretty well -- that song has good bones.


Posted by: marcus | Link to this comment | 06-25-07 12:27 PM
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wait, an 80s hair metal guitar hero got in trouble for doing something too gay?!


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 06-25-07 12:46 PM
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I played Guitar Hero for the first time this weekend and holy. shit. is that one fulfilling game. I get less satisfaction from actually playing guitar.


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 06-25-07 12:54 PM
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18 gets it right. I like the feeling of mastering timing without the additional worry of actually playing the exact correct note.

Also, Slade are so very awesome. I might put this as the catchiest song ever, and this second, and the second video is tremendous too.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 06-25-07 1:00 PM
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If this is the post for maximum riffage, Usaisamonster.

If this is the post for vintage aesthetics, Beach House.


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 06-25-07 1:15 PM
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Yeah, one of the things about hearing that cover was how good the underlying song structure was, and how it had a little bit of emotional complexity that came out in the more doleful version they did of it. Covers will often reveal that sort of thing about a song.


Posted by: marcus | Link to this comment | 06-25-07 1:17 PM
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referring to the praise of Slade in 19.


Posted by: marcus | Link to this comment | 06-25-07 1:18 PM
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I think Ogged and Ben should spin off a joint music blog.


Posted by: cw | Link to this comment | 06-25-07 1:41 PM
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23: Which would be great as they disagree about every single like, while concurring on virtually every dislike. Perfect X + NotX


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 06-25-07 2:03 PM
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When M/tch M/ller tells you to shut the fuck up, you should just shut the fuck up.


Posted by: Dr Paisley | Link to this comment | 06-25-07 10:23 PM
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I was amused by the drummer's drumstick-twirly maneuver on the video for "The Stroke." It reminded me of my now-deceased drummer uncle teaching me at an early age of the importance of the drumstick twirl (he subbed for Foghat in their later days!). "This is important, Stanley."

Heh. PBUH, of course.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 06-25-07 10:42 PM
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Pac Man Fever was totally a hit. The rest of the album is kind of stupid, though.

A friend of mine actually owned the Bucker & Garcia album. I think i preferred the Berserk song...


Posted by: Scott Lemieux | Link to this comment | 06-26-07 11:58 PM
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