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2012-07-04 03:43:10 PM
5 votes:
I prefer "Vincent."
2012-07-04 01:39:00 PM
3 votes:
It goes on 10 minutes longer than necessary?
2012-07-04 05:59:07 PM
2 votes:

stoli n coke: I'm convinced that song became a hit because DJs would just put it on whenever they needed to smoke, make a phone call, make a pot of coffee, or go to the bathroom.

Same thing with Stairway and In A Gadda Da Vida.


First time I head the live Dazed and Confused from the Song Remains the Same was on DC 101 (1984 ish...) at 2am. I couldn't sleep and put the radio on. I realized that it went on and on and on and on and on.. I wanted to hear where it was from. I knew it was LZ and I knew it was Dazed and Confused at some point near the end...

Well, the DJ came on the air when it was over and said this was blah from LZ from Song Remains the Same and I feel sorry for the morning crew when they walk in here...They will not enjoy the present I left for them.

I had no idea what that meant but I remembered it and then a few years later someone mentioned this as a DJ take a dump song. He worked at WUVT and he mentioned some others... Live Freebird was another one. Mountain Jam (live) from the Allmans was another one. Echoes.

I like American Pie but I change it when it is on the radio. I like to listen to it on my terms.
2012-07-04 04:33:58 PM
2 votes:
During college I was a DJ on a local classic rock station and with our shiatty gear we could only play two songs back to back without putting on new discs. I figured out pretty quick that the best way to take a break/knock out a quicky in the back room with a co-ed/run across the street and slam a beer/eat dinner was to put on American Pie and the long version of Freebird back to back. If I remember right, it gives you almost 20 minutes.
2012-07-04 04:23:21 PM
2 votes:

hurdboy: *yawn*

That's interesting, grandpa.



I'm sorry, I forgot to add, forty years in YOUR future nobody will be taking about any of the "hits" of that era as none will have left a scratch on musical history.

Forgive the oversight.
2012-07-04 03:50:16 PM
2 votes:
Also, I remember when Don McLean was asked what American Pie meant, his answer was that it meant that he would never have to ever work again.
2012-07-05 06:32:07 AM
1 votes:

AdolfOliverPanties: I prefer "Vincent."


I love that song. I also love American Pie. Fark the haters.

/it's as old as I am
2012-07-05 01:03:24 AM
1 votes:

urban.derelict: Sh*t I forgot to include...

Al Pacino saved that movie from that f*cking train wreck named Keanu something.

/mad props, Mr. Pacino; love your work


Well, Charlize Theron and Connie Nielson both doing full frontals didn't hurt.
2012-07-04 10:03:44 PM
1 votes:

docmattic: What the fark is the pompitous of love?


The same thing as a douche in the night.
2012-07-04 09:50:28 PM
1 votes:

hurdboy: Refudiated Strategerist: There aren't 5% of the people listening to music right now who can name 10 Cobain songs.

But the dead-tree reporters think their entire audience remembers when that song was on the radio. I don't. I wasn't born. I also wasn't born for Watergate; my parents were newlyweds. I don't remember the Iran hostage crisis, though I was alive. TFA's author probably thinks of those like they were yesterday.


From his photograph I would imagine he learned of Watergate in elementary school. He doesn't look all that "boomer".

What you might not realize, the boomers went through the same thing with our parents and grandparents music. It is why many of us know all the Dean Martin or Frank Sinatra music or Benny Goodman and Louis Armstrong. That music permeated our era as much as our own. A couple of the top rated TV shows during the Summer of Love [most consider the heart of boomer music] were Dean Martin and Ed Sullivan which had throwbacks to the Forties and Fifties weekly, as well as current music.
2012-07-04 09:12:54 PM
1 votes:

GungFu: consider this: Still one of my favorite songs of all time. There isn't another song that can get a bar full of strangers singing together like this one can.

Hmmm, I think you've let this one slip your mind. Let me remind you:
Voted number one in numerous worldwide polls as THE song to get a bar full of strangers singing together


I'd vote:

Proud Mary
Sweet Caroline
Satisfaction
You Shook me All Night Long
Sweet Home Alabama
Friends in Low Places
Don't Stop Believing
La Marseillaise
Minnie the Moocher
Day-O
Any song from the Blues Brothers
2012-07-04 08:51:47 PM
1 votes:

consider this: Still one of my favorite songs of all time. There isn't another song that can get a bar full of strangers singing together like this one can.


I love teh song too, but Bohemian Rhapsody can totally pass the bar full of strangers test.
2012-07-04 08:15:31 PM
1 votes:

Refudiated Strategerist: There aren't 5% of the people listening to music right now who can name 10 Cobain songs.


But the dead-tree reporters think their entire audience remembers when that song was on the radio. I don't. I wasn't born. I also wasn't born for Watergate; my parents were newlyweds. I don't remember the Iran hostage crisis, though I was alive. TFA's author probably thinks of those like they were yesterday.
2012-07-04 07:51:05 PM
1 votes:
Still one of my favorite songs of all time. There isn't another song that can get a bar full of strangers singing together like this one can.
2012-07-04 06:51:46 PM
1 votes:
What the fark is the pompitous of love?
2012-07-04 06:33:37 PM
1 votes:

verbaltoxin: Refudiated Strategerist: hurdboy: *yawn*

That's interesting, grandpa.


I'm sorry, I forgot to add, forty years in YOUR future nobody will be taking about any of the "hits" of that era as none will have left a scratch on musical history.

Forgive the oversight.

It's only hung around for 40 years because BOOMERS REFUSE TO STFU ABOUT IT.

/You're old. You've been old since the mid-70s. Get over it.


Yet boomers aren't the ones writing for Rolling Stone or Yahoo or any of the current music magazines any longer. Nor are we program directors or marketing directors for the thousands of AM, FM, Sat or Internet radio services. We have either moved on, moved up or retired. So someone besides boomers will need to be blamed for continuing to talk about it.
2012-07-04 06:30:52 PM
1 votes:

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Madonna's version is an even more loathed staple of Worst Covers Of All Time lists.

No, I'm pretty sure this is common knowledge.

As bad covers go, this runs neck-and-neck with Hilary Duff's version of "My Generation."

This is how it's done, ladies.


Back in the days of goddamn dialup, I was on this "mp3 of the week" mailing list. Started out it had pretty good songs from artists I'd never heard of before, which was good since they took f--king forever to download on a 28.8 when my mom kept yelling that she wanted the phone.

The week I said f--k this sh-t was the day that Madonna cover was the download. Ugh.

Refudiated Strategerist: Same with Lalya, there was an AM version which trashed the piano section to cut the song down to 3:change.


I was listening to a Clear Channel station last week in the work car with no CD player or USB hookup (otherwise known as "the crappy work car") play Layla and STILL cut out the piano solo. Jesus f--king Christ, I guess we gotta get the commercials in. It's one of my favorite segments of music period.

Scenes like this have definitely helped make it that (Community's parody, lgt video)
2012-07-04 06:23:45 PM
1 votes:
I pretty much despise the song since when I was a teenager the rock stations
seemed to play it two to three times per day. Got sick of it. I have not heard it in
a handful of years though so who knows. Now that I have read a little about the
lyrics if I listen to it again I might not hate it quite as much. I highly doubt it though.
2012-07-04 06:22:17 PM
1 votes:

Tanukis_Parachute: stoli n coke: I'm convinced that song became a hit because DJs would just put it on whenever they needed to smoke, make a phone call, make a pot of coffee, or go to the bathroom.

Same thing with Stairway and In A Gadda Da Vida.

First time I head the live Dazed and Confused from the Song Remains the Same was on DC 101 (1984 ish...) at 2am. I couldn't sleep and put the radio on. I realized that it went on and on and on and on and on.. I wanted to hear where it was from. I knew it was LZ and I knew it was Dazed and Confused at some point near the end...

Well, the DJ came on the air when it was over and said this was blah from LZ from Song Remains the Same and I feel sorry for the morning crew when they walk in here...They will not enjoy the present I left for them.

I had no idea what that meant but I remembered it and then a few years later someone mentioned this as a DJ take a dump song. He worked at WUVT and he mentioned some others... Live Freebird was another one. Mountain Jam (live) from the Allmans was another one. Echoes.

I like American Pie but I change it when it is on the radio. I like to listen to it on my terms.


I worked as a DJ about 10 years ago. I'll vouch that certain songs are flagged for bathroom breaks. Last year, I was driving, and heard my old station play November Rain, One, and the live version of Simple Man with no talk breaks in between. I was tempted to call the station to see if the DJ needed a doctor or something.
2012-07-04 05:57:31 PM
1 votes:

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Jamdug!: I hate that farking song.

I can't say I'm a fan, either.

I groan audibly whenever that surfaces on my classic rock radio station.


Perfect solution: stop listening to classic rock. Way too much new and interesting music out there to waste your time on continuous rotation of Purple Haze, My Generation, and Light My Fire

/small doses are permitted
2012-07-04 05:41:50 PM
1 votes:

Refudiated Strategerist: hurdboy: *yawn*

That's interesting, grandpa.


I'm sorry, I forgot to add, forty years in YOUR future nobody will be taking about any of the "hits" of that era as none will have left a scratch on musical history.

Forgive the oversight.


It's only hung around for 40 years because BOOMERS REFUSE TO STFU ABOUT IT.

/You're old. You've been old since the mid-70s. Get over it.
2012-07-04 05:38:08 PM
1 votes:
I'm convinced that song became a hit because DJs would just put it on whenever they needed to smoke, make a phone call, make a pot of coffee, or go to the bathroom.

Same thing with Stairway and In A Gadda Da Vida.
2012-07-04 05:00:17 PM
1 votes:

Refudiated Strategerist: I'm sorry, I forgot to add, forty years in YOUR future nobody will be taking about any of the "hits" of that era as none will have left a scratch on musical history.


Perspective; the president of the United States hadn't been born "the day the music died."

I was born during the Carter Administration. My wife was in elementary school when Kurt Cobain died.

//Farking self-absorbed Boomers.
2012-07-04 04:50:58 PM
1 votes:
All band geeks know the line "The players tried to take the field but the marching band refused to yield". It's a shibboleth for wind players everywhere.
2012-07-04 04:37:33 PM
1 votes:

ExperianScaresCthulhu: They get a pass, because English is obviously not their Mother Tongue. The other two biatches have no such excuse.


Aside from the actual performance, I have to explain the big reason why I don't like Hilary Duff's version of "My Generation."

She changes the line "Hope I die before I get old" to "Hope I *DON'T* die before I get old."

It completely misses the friggin' point of the original song.
2012-07-04 04:36:36 PM
1 votes:

I like the Brady Bunch version. It's very upbeat.


You think I'm kidding.

2012-07-04 04:34:49 PM
1 votes:
I liked the first American Pie movie, Snobmitter
2012-07-04 04:26:36 PM
1 votes:

BroVinny: Refudiated Strategerist: So, even #1 American Pie might only be played twice in a six hour shift.


Sounds insignificant, until you realize that "American Pie" twice makes up about 10 percent of that six hours!

/of course, I may be exaggerating


Most AM stations only played side one. Only FM played the 8 minute version. Same with Lalya, there was an AM version which trashed the piano section to cut the song down to 3:change.
2012-07-04 04:19:14 PM
1 votes:
Hate that song. Don't care what it means.
I did like Vincent and Waters of Babylon, though.
2012-07-04 04:06:12 PM
1 votes:
The album liner notes for "The Saga Begins" refers to it as a lyrical adaptation instead of a parody.
2012-07-04 03:50:49 PM
1 votes:

GungFu: It's about Warren Beatty. People have known this for years.


No, It's official. It's about David Geffen
2012-07-04 03:45:47 PM
1 votes:
It sucks?

Oh, wait, everyone knows that.
2012-07-04 03:37:16 PM
1 votes:
Screw you subby, that movie is a part of my coming of age years. It ushered in a new era of movie comedy, and contributed more to pop culture than the song.

And that song, btw, blows my ass. 8 minutes long of the same f*cking hook over and over and over and over.

//only half kidding
/Canadian
2012-07-04 03:17:40 PM
1 votes:

serial arseonist: Cake Hunter: Hell of a banjo player.

This one time, at banjo camp...


Well since you brought it up...

newspaper.li
2012-07-04 01:38:01 PM
1 votes:
Madonna's version is an even more loathed staple of Worst Covers Of All Time lists.

No, I'm pretty sure this is common knowledge.

As bad covers go, this runs neck-and-neck with Hilary Duff's version of "My Generation."

This is how it's done, ladies.
 
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