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(YouTube) Video This day in 1976, The Eagles 'Greatest Hits' became the first album to be certified platinum by the R.I.A.A. From their 1972 concert in Central Park - their signature song, Take It Easy   (youtube.com) divider line 66
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2013-02-24 05:19:40 AM
Anything but the farking Eagles, man.
 
2013-02-24 08:46:55 AM
damnit, done in one.

Of the douchey wussy soft rock 70s nightmare that was my musical upbringing, the Eagles were actually not that bad. Far above most of the sh*t congealing on the airwaves in those days. Which is saying absolutely nothing, other than the 70s were terrible unless you liked Disco or lived in London.
 
2013-02-24 09:15:28 AM
didn't the go back and re-record most of the vocals in the studio? i remember reading that this "live" album isn't exactly live. then again, neither is kiss alive or a whole host of others.
 
2013-02-24 09:45:43 AM
I like *some* Eagles songs, but this isn't one of them.  I used to listen to a lot of classic rock radio growing up (it's what my parents liked), and it seemed like every hour, there were 4 Eagles songs played, and that was one of them.  Much like Stairway To Heaven, which I think is absolutely farking godawful, the minute I hear the opening few notes of Take It Easy, I have to change the station.
 
2013-02-24 09:55:45 AM
The song "Those Shoes" is pretty damn heavy song, with an awesome slide solo.

Besides that I hate the farking Eagles, man
 
2013-02-24 09:57:23 AM
Eagles are great if you're baked or drunk and want to sing out loud. Damned if you're not sure that you can harmonize perfectly no matter how dirty the looks are from your companions.

/they're just hating on your talent
 
2013-02-24 10:11:24 AM
fwiw..............

Wnslow, AZ (map)
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2013-02-24 10:12:44 AM
(errrr..Winslow)
 
2013-02-24 10:16:16 AM
There is only one good Eagles song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbhAf62wfgE Mostly because it is an instrumental.
 
2013-02-24 10:19:25 AM
The best thing about non-Joe Walsh Eagles is that they're not this guy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJYRtOPUonA

To quote an old Martin Mull bit: 'That crap almost caught on!'

(Still loves me some El Rayo X, so he get's a pass for being in this.)
 
2013-02-24 10:19:37 AM
How did Take It Easy become their signature song?

The reason people hate on the Eagles is that they've been on the radio for 40 years now.  That's how good they are.

The haters can suck it!
 
2013-02-24 10:20:59 AM
I like all kinds of music from all eras, but for the life of me I don't get the eagles.  "Take it easy" is a particularly shiatty song.
 
2013-02-24 10:25:04 AM

NuclearPenguins: There is only one good Eagles song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbhAf62wfgE Mostly because it is an instrumental.


I went straight to the Link Wray on the side.
 
2013-02-24 10:27:21 AM
"The Dude said he doesn't like the Eagles, so I'll pretend like I don't either."  Yeah, we get it, their shiat was overplayed and you've become annoyed by it over the years.  The fact that you've heard their music enough to not enjoy listening to it anymore doesn't mean that it's bad music.  The music was composed well, and if you were to stop depending on a pre-programmed, never-changing list of songs on the classic rock stations that you've been listening to for the past 30 years and instead bought an iPod and just compiled some of your more obscure favorites in a playlist consisting of a few thousand songs, you wouldn't be so pissed when once every 3-4 months you hear one of their songs rather than 4 times an hour.

Not sure whether or not vocals were re-recorded on their album, but even if they did, the quality of the rest of the music was pretty amazing.  If you don't know what it is, look up the Circle of Fear, and see why their live music didn't sound like shiat.
 
2013-02-24 10:33:24 AM
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2013-02-24 10:33:44 AM

UnderwaterAlly: "The Dude said he doesn't like the Eagles, so I'll pretend like I don't either."  Yeah, we get it, their shiat was overplayed and you've become annoyed by it over the years.  The fact that you've heard their music enough to not enjoy listening to it anymore doesn't mean that it's bad music.  The music was composed well, and if you were to stop depending on a pre-programmed, never-changing list of songs on the classic rock stations that you've been listening to for the past 30 years and instead bought an iPod and just compiled some of your more obscure favorites in a playlist consisting of a few thousand songs, you wouldn't be so pissed when once every 3-4 months you hear one of their songs rather than 4 times an hour.


Who the hell are you talking to?  I don't listen to terrestrial radio anymore, for specifically the reasons you outlined; it's pre-programmed, and the same 10 artists are played all the time.  I listen to Internet radio, and many various genres/formats, because I get a better selection of music, including songs I haven't heard in a couple decades.  I do have an iPod, but I only use it when I travel.

While I have heard of The Big Lebowski, I've never seen it, so I wouldn't base my like or dislike of a band's music on what a fictional character in a movie I've never seen thinks of them.  Next time you want to fling some shiat around, outline who you're aiming it at.
 
2013-02-24 10:34:06 AM
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/oblig
 
2013-02-24 10:37:40 AM

cabbyman: How did Take It Easy become their signature song?

The reason people hate on the Eagles is that they've been on the radio for 40 years now.  That's how good they are.

The haters can suck it!


The fact that they've been on the radio for 40 years just means that there's no accounting for bad taste.
 
2013-02-24 10:38:27 AM

UnderwaterAlly: "The Dude said he doesn't like the Eagles, so I'll pretend like I don't either."  Yeah, we get it, their shiat was overplayed and you've become annoyed by it over the years.  The fact that you've heard their music enough to not enjoy listening to it anymore doesn't mean that it's bad music.  The music was composed well, and if you were to stop depending on a pre-programmed, never-changing list of songs on the classic rock stations that you've been listening to for the past 30 years and instead bought an iPod and just compiled some of your more obscure favorites in a playlist consisting of a few thousand songs, you wouldn't be so pissed when once every 3-4 months you hear one of their songs rather than 4 times an hour.

Not sure whether or not vocals were re-recorded on their album, but even if they did, the quality of the rest of the music was pretty amazing.  If you don't know what it is, look up the Circle of Fear, and see why their live music didn't sound like shiat.


FWIW, I never liked them.  What you are describing is Hotel California.  Great song but overplayed.  I never liked a single other song.  The greek don't want know freak?  WTF is that shiat?
 
2013-02-24 10:39:04 AM

UnderwaterAlly: "The Dude said he doesn't like the Eagles, so I'll pretend like I don't either."


It has nothing to do with the movie, and everything to do with the incredibly uninteresting nature of the Eagles' music. It's slightly twangy pop-rock. It can be comfortable and familiar, but it is not by any stretch  interesting music.
 
2013-02-24 10:43:53 AM
In other news, everyone who clicked the link now owes the RIAA $500,
 
2013-02-24 10:53:16 AM

UnderwaterAlly: "The Dude said he doesn't like the Eagles, so I'll pretend like I don't either."



Pretty much this. Of course music preference is highly subjective and for every band that ever existed you'll find people who don't like them, and even though I'm kind of defiantly not stuck in the decade I grew up in w/r/t/ music I'm still not ashamed to admit I still enjoy most of what they recorded. I'll grant that there are people who genuinely dislike this band or any band but I have to believe a lot of people in the "Eagles suck" crowd are overstating their indifference or dislike for the sake of posing.

The popular band I never could never wrap my head around from the same period? KISS. Stupid songs sung badly in my opinion, and still wildly popular.
 
2013-02-24 10:55:09 AM
You can tell they are lip syncing.
 
2013-02-24 11:00:59 AM

UnderwaterAlly: "The Dude said he doesn't like the Eagles, so I'll pretend like I don't either." Yeah, we get it, their shiat was overplayed and you've become annoyed by it over the years. The fact that you've heard their music enough to not enjoy listening to it anymore doesn't mean that it's bad music. The music was composed well, and if you were to stop depending on a pre-programmed, never-changing list of songs on the classic rock stations that you've been listening to for the past 30 years and instead bought an iPod and just compiled some of your more obscure favorites in a playlist consisting of a few thousand songs, you wouldn't be so pissed when once every 3-4 months you hear one of their songs rather than 4 times an hour.


Seconded.  As much as I like the songs, there are only so many times you can hear "Revolution", "We Are The Champions", or a string of five Foreigner songs in a row before you begin to go mad.  Same with the Canadian station I used to listen to - hearing Adele and the Lumineers every damn time I got in the car got old.  My old-ass iPod has (at the moment) just under 11 days of music on it, and all I have to do is plug it into my car's Line In jack, and boom.  First world problem solved.

Sometimes, the Eagles come up on random.  Sometimes, I make a conscious decision to listen to their greatest hits album.  And I'm okay with that.

Coco LaFemme: Who the hell are you talking to?  I don't listen to terrestrial radio anymore, for specifically the reasons you outlined; it's pre-programmed, and the same 10 artists are played all the time.  I listen to Internet radio, and many various genres/formats, because I get a better selection of music, including songs I haven't heard in a couple decades.  I do have an iPod, but I only use it when I travel.

While I have heard of The Big Lebowski, I've never seen it, so I wouldn't base my like or dislike of a band's music on what a fictional character in a movie I've never seen thinks of them.  Next time you want to fling some shiat around, outline who you're aiming it at.


I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that was replying to the people who used the farking BIg Lebowski quote.  It's kind of impressive that you got that offended when he clearly wasn't responding to you at all.
 
2013-02-24 11:06:47 AM

phaseolus: I'll grant that there are people who genuinely dislike this band or any band but I have to believe a lot of people in the "Eagles suck" crowd are overstating their indifference or dislike for the sake of posing.


For me, the Eagles are the ultimate "meh" band; I don't like or dislike them.

/and what you said about KISS is dead-on. ( Gotta give Gene Simmons some cred for shameless marketing, however)
 
2013-02-24 11:09:43 AM
Showtime just aired a pretty interesting documentary about them, though they did seem to gloss over some things.
 
2013-02-24 11:10:53 AM
"Lyin' Eyes" and "Tequila Sunrise" are pretty good, I can take or leave the rest of it. The only other Eagles song I like that comes to mind is their cover of "Seven Bridges Road".
 
2013-02-24 11:14:09 AM
Actually, Mr. IMDWalrus.......when he mentioned hearing their songs 4 times an hour, that was a reference to something I said, hence me asking who he was talking to.....as it appeared he was talking to about 5 different people at one time.
 
2013-02-24 11:14:17 AM

phaseolus: UnderwaterAlly: "The Dude said he doesn't like the Eagles, so I'll pretend like I don't either."


Pretty much this. Of course music preference is highly subjective and for every band that ever existed you'll find people who don't like them, and even though I'm kind of defiantly not stuck in the decade I grew up in w/r/t/ music I'm still not ashamed to admit I still enjoy most of what they recorded. I'll grant that there are people who genuinely dislike this band or any band but I have to believe a lot of people in the "Eagles suck" crowd are overstating their indifference or dislike for the sake of posing.

The popular band I never could never wrap my head around from the same period? KISS. Stupid songs sung badly in my opinion, and still wildly popular.


Kiss was all about the show. Back before YouTube and VHS you had to go see a band to actually see it. You might get 3 minutes on a variety show or American Bandstand, but that was it. And if you lived in some midwestern shiathole or a even a really small coastal market, those shows were going to be several hours away.

I have to go mow my lawn now.
 
2013-02-24 11:18:09 AM
Your favorite band sucks.
 
2013-02-24 11:24:36 AM
Hey! Greatest hits albums are for housewives and little girls!
 
2013-02-24 11:28:34 AM

cabbyman: How did Take It Easy become their signature song?

The reason people hate on the Eagles is that they've been on the radio for 40 years now.  That's how good they are.

The haters can suck it can get their own farking cab!

 
2013-02-24 11:35:40 AM
Desperado is a great concept album. The title track is/was a little overplayed IMO, but Doolin/Dalton and the D/D Reprise are excellent. And in my youth , Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits turned me on to a whole world of awesome music, so YMMV.
 
2013-02-24 11:46:54 AM
Dig deeper.  Their albums have a ton of musical diversity much different than the radio hits (same with KISS).  I learned how to play electric guitar with Metallica songbooks, but I learned how to play acoustic guitar with Eagles songbooks, the best of which, we're from the Bernie Leadon era.

This song was one of the first guitar solos that I memorized in its entirety.  The entire Desperado album is a masterpiece, especially Doolin-Dalton (and the reprise).
 
2013-02-24 11:49:55 AM

Towermonkey: Desperado is a great concept album. The title track is/was a little overplayed IMO, but Doolin/Dalton and the D/D Reprise are excellent.


Came here to say this. The Eagles musical direction took several sharp turns over the years, some not so good. As someone who primarily likes guitar and vocals, I think the Eagles produced a number of real gems. I'm not a "fan" of any band, I take music track by track. The Eagles did turn out a nice amount of listenable music. I wish they had stuck with Bernie Leadons vision for the band, but that's life. This clip of the Eagles on BBC is pure talent at work, showcasing Leadons guitar:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xoapx9_peaceful-easy-feeling-live-t he -eagles_music#.USpA06zKPsM
 
2013-02-24 12:11:08 PM
The only time the Eagles were good (apart from the aforementioned Journey of The Sorcerer) is when Joe Walsh lent his magnificence to them for a few years
 
2013-02-24 12:16:12 PM
I'd go with "Hotel California" as their signature song.

Big fan of the band, and don't care who knows it.
 
2013-02-24 12:17:43 PM
I watched that Showtime 3 hr (!) documentary on them. I don't own an Eagles record at all but I do like Joe Walsh. The last half of that documentary, there were almost sections that seemed right out of Spinal Tap or The Rutles. Glenn Frey is cooler than I thought he'd be, Don Henley is a Very Serious Guy. Reminded me of KISS, how there are two guys who run the show but the people who have been in and out of the band like Bernie Leadon and the bass players are more interesting to me. What is sad is I watched it because of Joe Walsh but Joe Walsh seems like a kept boy by the end of it - sad. Best line was by Frey: "You think I want to go out every night and sing farking Peaceful Easy Feeling??" Oh and no mention of the Tom Waits acrimony for Ol' 55.
 
2013-02-24 12:41:47 PM

Harvey Manfrenjensenjen: "Lyin' Eyes" and "Tequila Sunrise" are pretty good, I can take or leave the rest of it. The only other Eagles song I like that comes to mind is their cover of "Seven Bridges Road".


THIS
Say what you will about the Eagles, the harmony will make the hair on your arms stand up. Bloody excellent.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-q7Mih69KE
 
2013-02-24 12:43:21 PM

Towermonkey: Desperado is a great concept album. The title track is/was a little overplayed IMO, but Doolin/Dalton and the D/D Reprise are excellent. And in my youth , Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits turned me on to a whole world of awesome music, so YMMV.


THIS

though i'd call it more of a "theme" album than a concept album. in fact, i'd say that the first two eagles records with leadon and meisner were excellent. by the mid-70s, though, they'd become a parody of california cocaine excess.
 
2013-02-24 12:50:56 PM
Here's a picture of me standin on a corner in Winslow, Arizona.
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2013-02-24 12:53:39 PM

FlashHarry: Towermonkey: Desperado is a great concept album. The title track is/was a little overplayed IMO, but Doolin/Dalton and the D/D Reprise are excellent. And in my youth , Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits turned me on to a whole world of awesome music, so YMMV.

THIS

though i'd call it more of a "theme" album than a concept album. in fact, i'd say that the first two eagles records with leadon and meisner were excellent. by the mid-70s, though, they'd become a parody of california cocaine excess.


Yeah, they sure did get out of hand there for a while.
 
2013-02-24 12:57:08 PM

MurphyMurphy: Anything but the farking Eagles, man.


thisisyourbrainonFark: [paulduncan.org image 514x290]



That pretty much covers my first thoughts.  I'm not someone who hates the Eagles after hearing their hits on the radio for 40 years, but someone who had a mild dislike to the Eagles after hearing their hits on the radio for 10 years.

These days any classic rock I listen to is from my mp3 player, so pretty much the only Eagles I hear is from The Big Lebowski .  But back in 1980s Eagles--and particularly Desperado--was like the Ferris Bueller of my friends.  Desperado was everyone's favorite song, from the Top 40 kids to the Iron Maiden/Anthrax metal heads, to the Hendrix/Cream guitar god people, to the New Order/Depeche Mode folks.  Everyone loved Desperado.

Except me.  I never understood the appeal.
 
2013-02-24 01:06:58 PM

NuclearPenguins: There is only one good Eagles song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbhAf62wfgE Mostly because it is an instrumental is the theme to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.


Fixed.

Also, I like "Take it to the Limit." How many other pop/rock groups do songs about calculus?

/wait, what?
 
2013-02-24 01:16:34 PM
"Tequila Sunrise" was good for a grope and a slow dance in high school.


/Also we were pleased with our revision of "Lyin' Eyes": "You can't hid your thunder thighs, and your butt can't be disguised..."
 
2013-02-24 01:32:52 PM
CSB time, in the early 90s, on leave from the Army, I drove from Fort Knox, KY to Auburn, AL to spend a weekend with a high school sweetheart. Being a lowly E3, I borrowed a car from a roommate who was on a lengthy TDY. This rolling disaster area had a broken tape deck- you could put a tape in, but it wouldn't eject. I listened to Desperado over and over and over that whole drive. The run time is about 35 minutes.

/ at least I got laid
// I know, CSB
/// time to change my belt onion.
 
2013-02-24 01:42:27 PM
Their signature song... thanks to Jackson Browne.
 
2013-02-24 01:48:23 PM

Generation_D: damnit, done in one.

Of the douchey wussy soft rock 70s nightmare that was my musical upbringing, the Eagles were actually not that bad. Far above most of the sh*t congealing on the airwaves in those days. Which is saying absolutely nothing, other than the 70s were terrible unless you liked Disco or lived in London.


you must've missed Parliment/Funkadelic and Earth, Wind & Fire
 
2013-02-24 01:50:23 PM

Benalto: I watched that Showtime 3 hr (!) documentary on them. I don't own an Eagles record at all but I do like Joe Walsh. The last half of that documentary, there were almost sections that seemed right out of Spinal Tap or The Rutles. Glenn Frey is cooler than I thought he'd be, Don Henley is a Very Serious Guy. Reminded me of KISS, how there are two guys who run the show but the people who have been in and out of the band like Bernie Leadon and the bass players are more interesting to me. What is sad is I watched it because of Joe Walsh but Joe Walsh seems like a kept boy by the end of it - sad. Best line was by Frey: "You think I want to go out every night and sing farking Peaceful Easy Feeling??" Oh and no mention of the Tom Waits acrimony for Ol' 55.



The best line in the doc:

"The most terrifying thing that ever happened to me was that Keith Moon decided he liked me." - Joe Walsh
 
2013-02-24 02:32:48 PM

I Like Bread: Their signature song... thanks to Jackson Browne.


Good point, even if everyone on the farking planet knows Eagles for "Hotel California" first.  Personally, they're an "if I'm in the mood" kinda band, though that mood almost never, ever includes "Life in the Fast Lane," which I personally think is more overplayed then Hotel by miles.

\at least they don't play the everloving fark out of "James Dean," an equally crappy song
 
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