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(Rolling Stone)   The unsung heroes of one of the mislabeled, greatest genres of music: "soft rock"   (rollingstone.com ) divider line
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2013-05-04 12:38:10 PM  
If you're looking for a long article worth reading today, let it be this one.
 
2013-05-04 12:39:23 PM  
I worked the green room at a festival years back, and Jackson Browne was quite possibly the biggest prick of the fest. The juxtaposition of his stage manner with his mistreatment of every volunteer he encountered backstage was simply awe inspiring.

Then again, he's the guy who beat the shiat out of Daryl Hannah. Smooth So-Cal vibe indeed.
 
2013-05-04 01:41:01 PM  
si0.twimg.com
 
2013-05-04 02:21:13 PM  

downstairs: [si0.twimg.com image 500x622]


Dammit!

Well, at least I can add this
 
2013-05-04 02:45:06 PM  
Yeah, whenever I'm at the grocery I rock out to those hep tunes when I'm waiting for my smoked salmon.
 
2013-05-04 03:44:48 PM  

Staffist: If you're looking for a long article worth reading today, let it be this one.


Absolutely. Very well written piece about a great musical era.
 
2013-05-04 03:49:18 PM  
I'll be damned if these are folk singers
I wouldn't call anything James Taylor does "rock"
 
2013-05-04 04:14:47 PM  
I will straight up unabashedly admit that the Yacht Rock series got me interested in the music of Journey, Toto, Kenny Loggins and Steeley Dan.

Also, which Doobie yoube?
 
2013-05-04 04:15:47 PM  
Bring on Roxette!
 
2013-05-04 04:34:55 PM  
I didn't look because I'm afraid they left out Firefall.
 
2013-05-04 04:38:23 PM  
Needs more foreigner
 
2013-05-04 04:41:09 PM  

The Muthaship: I didn't look because I'm afraid they left out Firefall.


No Poco?

DRTFA
 
2013-05-04 04:42:00 PM  

Psycoholic_Slag: The Muthaship: I didn't look because I'm afraid they left out Firefall.

No Poco?

DRTFA


And Player.

I bet all the real unsung heroes of the genre remain unsung after this article.
 
2013-05-04 04:46:15 PM  

The Muthaship: Psycoholic_Slag: The Muthaship: I didn't look because I'm afraid they left out Firefall.

No Poco?

DRTFA

And Player.

I bet all the real unsung heroes of the genre remain unsung after this article.


Ahhh sh*t, now you got Baby Come Back playing in my head for the rest of the day.
 
2013-05-04 04:49:28 PM  

Psycoholic_Slag: Ahhh sh*t, now you got Baby Come Back playing in my head for the rest of the day.


Want to switch to Orleans?
 
2013-05-04 04:50:42 PM  
A fascinating article only slightly hampered by the fact that both Jackson Browne and James Taylor suck unmitigated butthole. And I will fully admit to  listening to an absolute ton of schlocky seventies crap. Carly Simon & James Taylor's "Mockingbord" is one of the lowest points in the recorded history of music.
 
2013-05-04 04:54:22 PM  
Jesus farking Christ on a stick.  Crosby Stills Nash and Young is some of the most angry, politically angry, and emotionally complex, and angry, music that the USA (and one Canadian) ever produced. How the fark are they "soft" rock?
 
2013-05-04 04:56:20 PM  
Ah, soft rock, the music that made punk necessary. I won't say that there weren't a few gems created, but damn, it made for a boring childhood with the radio sedating you like that.
 
2013-05-04 05:02:10 PM  
Soft rock my butt.....David Lindley: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URm7Ze9a56o
 
2013-05-04 05:09:48 PM  

Bennie Crabtree: Jesus farking Christ on a stick.  Crosby Stills Nash and Young is some of the most angry, politically angry, and emotionally complex, and angry, music that the USA (and one Canadian) ever produced. How the fark are they "soft" rock?


I'm afraid to look and see Neil Young or CCR in there.
 
2013-05-04 05:25:34 PM  

DreamyAltarBoy: Ah, soft rock, the music that made punk necessary. I won't say that there weren't a few gems created, but damn, it made for a boring childhood with the radio sedating you like that.


I am going to have to disagree with you there. Disco made punk necessary.
 
2013-05-04 05:36:10 PM  

timujin: downstairs: [si0.twimg.com image 500x622]

Dammit!

Well, at least I can add this


How have I not seen these?!. Thank you for the link. I'm on episode 4 now.

/Article was exceptional.
 
2013-05-04 05:36:28 PM  

egomann: DreamyAltarBoy: Ah, soft rock, the music that made punk necessary. I won't say that there weren't a few gems created, but damn, it made for a boring childhood with the radio sedating you like that.

I am going to have to disagree with you there. Disco made punk necessary.


Hmm, I'm willing to meet you halfway, oh hell, I'll even say that disco was the last straw, but I won't concede that the inanity of soft rock wasn't contributory.

Apparently I had blocked disco from my memory.
 
2013-05-04 05:38:17 PM  

DreamyAltarBoy: egomann: DreamyAltarBoy: Ah, soft rock, the music that made punk necessary. I won't say that there weren't a few gems created, but damn, it made for a boring childhood with the radio sedating you like that.

I am going to have to disagree with you there. Disco made punk necessary.

Hmm, I'm willing to meet you halfway, oh hell, I'll even say that disco was the last straw, but I won't concede that the inanity of soft rock wasn't contributory.

Apparently I had blocked disco from my memory.


How about this. Soft Rock made punk possible. Disco made it Necessary.
 
2013-05-04 05:41:28 PM  

egomann: DreamyAltarBoy: egomann: DreamyAltarBoy: Ah, soft rock, the music that made punk necessary. I won't say that there weren't a few gems created, but damn, it made for a boring childhood with the radio sedating you like that.

I am going to have to disagree with you there. Disco made punk necessary.

Hmm, I'm willing to meet you halfway, oh hell, I'll even say that disco was the last straw, but I won't concede that the inanity of soft rock wasn't contributory.

Apparently I had blocked disco from my memory.

How about this. Soft Rock made punk possible. Disco made it Necessary.


Short, pithy and to the point. I like it. Win.
 
2013-05-04 05:43:46 PM  

egomann: DreamyAltarBoy: Ah, soft rock, the music that made punk necessary. I won't say that there weren't a few gems created, but damn, it made for a boring childhood with the radio sedating you like that.

I am going to have to disagree with you there. Prog made punk necessary.

 
2013-05-04 05:45:39 PM  
iturnedoutapunk.com
 
2013-05-04 05:52:40 PM  

egomann: DreamyAltarBoy: Ah, soft rock, the music that made punk necessary. I won't say that there weren't a few gems created, but damn, it made for a boring childhood with the radio sedating you like that.

I am going to have to disagree with you there. Disco made punk necessary.


You're both wrong.  Prog made punk necessary.
 
2013-05-04 05:52:47 PM  

LewDux: egomann: DreamyAltarBoy: Ah, soft rock, the music that made punk necessary. I won't say that there weren't a few gems created, but damn, it made for a boring childhood with the radio sedating you like that.

I am going to have to disagree with you there. Prog made punk necessary.


I think prog vs disco might be a New York vs London thing.

It was just time to start busting heads.
 
2013-05-04 05:59:11 PM  
Can't we just agree that Rolling Stone Magazine is the crappiest magazine purportedly about music in existence?

(Now you'll go find a worse one, I'm sure, but that doesn't make RS suck less.)
 
2013-05-04 06:17:10 PM  

Bob_Laublaw: I worked the green room at a festival years back, and Jackson Browne was quite possibly the biggest prick of the fest. The juxtaposition of his stage manner with his mistreatment of every volunteer he encountered backstage was simply awe inspiring.

Then again, he's the guy who beat the shiat out of Daryl Hannah. Smooth So-Cal vibe indeed.


I'd heard about the Hannah issue but not about his attitude towards underlings. I suppose if someone beats up their girlfriend there should be no surprise he's an asshole around strangers.
 
2013-05-04 06:23:55 PM  
Very interesting article about some often-sung but generally unrecognized performers.
 
2013-05-04 07:44:48 PM  
"Crap rock?"
"No..."
"Wuss rock?"
"That's it!"
 
2013-05-04 07:47:10 PM  

DreamyAltarBoy: egomann: DreamyAltarBoy: egomann: DreamyAltarBoy: Ah, soft rock, the music that made punk necessary. I won't say that there weren't a few gems created, but damn, it made for a boring childhood with the radio sedating you like that.

I am going to have to disagree with you there. Disco made punk necessary.

Hmm, I'm willing to meet you halfway, oh hell, I'll even say that disco was the last straw, but I won't concede that the inanity of soft rock wasn't contributory.

Apparently I had blocked disco from my memory.

How about this. Soft Rock made punk possible. Disco made it Necessary.

Short, pithy and to the point. I like it. Win.


Somebody take a screenshot.

Today two people disagreed, discussed it, and came to an agreement on the internet.
 
2013-05-04 08:09:07 PM  
I loves me some soft rock from the 70's. The cheesier the better.
 
2013-05-04 08:29:12 PM  

katerbug72: I loves me some soft rock from the 70's. The cheesier the better.


Is David Geddes your personal hero?
 
2013-05-04 08:47:34 PM  

Foxxinnia: David Geddes


lol I love Run Joey Run but no, Dan Fogelberg is....and the Carpenters, Captain and Tennille, Christopher Cross, Stephen Bishop and the like. I'm old enough now that I don't give a shiat who knows I like cheesy music.
 
2013-05-04 08:58:33 PM  

Thelyphthoric: Can't we just agree that Rolling Stone Magazine is the crappiest magazine purportedly about music in existence?


Rolling Stone is for people who need to be told what to wear.
 
2013-05-04 09:01:34 PM  
Backing the Jackson Browne story. I know a studio owner who had him in and Browne is apparently a total horrible prick, especially to those who can't fight back.
 
2013-05-04 09:03:45 PM  

Bennie Crabtree: Jesus farking Christ on a stick.  Crosby Stills Nash and Young is some of the most angry, politically angry, and emotionally complex, and angry, music that the USA (and one Canadian) ever produced. How the fark are they "soft" rock?


You're thinking of Crosby, Stills and Young. Graham Nash is English.
 
2013-05-04 09:35:31 PM  

katerbug72: Foxxinnia: David Geddes

lol I love Run Joey Run but no, Dan Fogelberg is....and the Carpenters, Captain and Tennille, Christopher Cross, Stephen Bishop and the like. I'm old enough now that I don't give a shiat who knows I like cheesy music.


Totally THIS!
 
2013-05-04 09:43:39 PM  

katerbug72: Foxxinnia: David Geddes

lol I love Run Joey Run but no, Dan Fogelberg is....and the Carpenters, Captain and Tennille, Christopher Cross, Stephen Bishop and the like. I'm old enough now that I don't give a shiat who knows I like cheesy music.


That's the great thing about reaching a certain age (which is different for everyone). At some point, you just. don't. give. a. fu*k what anyone thinks about anything you say, think, or do.
 
2013-05-04 09:45:34 PM  
RTFA and 1) It's too long. Yeah the guys were good and played their part but FOUR FARKING pages worth adoration? No way.

2) I've seen Waddy play a half a dozen times and you will never see a more preening/smug/self-satisfied/ugly looking guitar-for-hire ever.
 
2013-05-04 10:12:50 PM  

douchebag/hater: RTFA and 1) It's too long. Yeah the guys were good and played their part but FOUR FARKING pages worth adoration? No way.

2) I've seen Waddy play a half a dozen times and you will never see a more preening/smug/self-satisfied/ugly looking guitar-for-hire ever.


GIS'ed him. Looks like Andy Dick, appropriately enough.
 
2013-05-04 10:15:53 PM  

John Buck 41: katerbug72: Foxxinnia: David Geddes

lol I love Run Joey Run but no, Dan Fogelberg is....and the Carpenters, Captain and Tennille, Christopher Cross, Stephen Bishop and the like. I'm old enough now that I don't give a shiat who knows I like cheesy music.

That's the great thing about reaching a certain age (which is different for everyone). At some point, you just. don't. give. a. fu*k what anyone thinks about anything you say, think, or do.



I'm at the point in my life where my favorite people are the folks who are under 30 and think that they have reached the certain age you are talking about.  The younger they are, the more entertaining it is.  May they truly understand what you are really talking about, someday.
 
2013-05-04 10:22:52 PM  

thesloppy: A fascinating article only slightly hampered by the fact that both Jackson Browne and James Taylor suck unmitigated butthole. And I will fully admit to  listening to an absolute ton of schlocky seventies crap. Carly Simon & James Taylor's "Mockingbord" is one of the lowest points in the recorded history of music.


Yes, but Handyman is one of the highest.
Of that particular period and genre.
 
2013-05-04 10:50:15 PM  

Wulfman: John Buck 41: katerbug72: Foxxinnia: David Geddes

lol I love Run Joey Run but no, Dan Fogelberg is....and the Carpenters, Captain and Tennille, Christopher Cross, Stephen Bishop and the like. I'm old enough now that I don't give a shiat who knows I like cheesy music.

That's the great thing about reaching a certain age (which is different for everyone). At some point, you just. don't. give. a. fu*k what anyone thinks about anything you say, think, or do.


I'm at the point in my life where my favorite people are the folks who are under 30 and think that they have reached the certain age you are talking about.  The younger they are, the more entertaining it is.  May they truly understand what you are really talking about, someday.


The ironic thing (assuming I'm using that word correctly) is that I was probably just like that when I was their age. But, as you have pointed out...now I truly understand.
 
2013-05-04 11:02:19 PM  

douchebag/hater: RTFA and 1) It's too long. Yeah the guys were good and played their part but FOUR FARKING pages worth adoration? No way.

2) I've seen Waddy play a half a dozen times and you will never see a more preening/smug/self-satisfied/ugly looking guitar-for-hire ever.


You found a smug and ugly musician? Have you told anyone else about this?

In all seriousness, Waddy gets it done.
 
2013-05-04 11:22:43 PM  

Thelyphthoric: Can't we just agree that Rolling Stone Magazine is the crappiest magazine purportedly about music in existence?

(Now you'll go find a worse one, I'm sure, but that doesn't make RS suck less.)


I just skip to the Matt Tiabbi articles.
 
2013-05-04 11:54:26 PM  
I'm on my noble and I'm not going to squint through the whole article but was ambrosia mentioned? Very underrated especially David Pack. And Karen carpenter's vice was like butta!
 
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