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2013-11-07 02:01:36 PM
How are you a musician and have not heard any new music since 1974?
 
2013-11-07 02:10:50 PM
Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit was one of the most popular songs of the 1990s. The song's riff is a take on Boston's More Than a Feeling.  Scholz admits, "I've heard the well-known Nirvana song. I know who they are."

Have neither of these assholes heard of the Troggs?!
 
2013-11-07 02:27:23 PM
I'm not surprised to hear this. With maybe one exception - that one instrumental thing - all their hits were pretty hard to distinguish from each other. That fact doesn't suggest a musician with a curious, questing mind and broad tastes.
 
2013-11-07 02:50:50 PM
Meanwhile Boston's lead singer hasn't listened to any new music since 2007.
 
2013-11-07 03:29:33 PM
That certainly explains the "new" song recently released from the "new" album.
 
2013-11-07 03:32:29 PM

gilgigamesh: Meanwhile Boston's lead singer hasn't listened to any new music since 2007.


And we're done here.
 
2013-11-07 04:02:24 PM
At first I was like "What aged guitar player from the Boston area could be so great that he could go nameless", but then I RTFA, and was like "Oh"
 
2013-11-07 04:10:35 PM
As someone who just heard Boston on the radio, I believe it.
 
2013-11-07 04:17:01 PM

EyeballKid: Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit was one of the most popular songs of the 1990s. The song's riff is a take on Boston's More Than a Feeling.  Scholz admits, "I've heard the well-known Nirvana song. I know who they are."

Have neither of these assholes heard of the Troggs?!


Thank you.
 
2013-11-07 04:21:59 PM

BizarreMan: How are you a musician and have not heard any new music since 1974?


Hey it worked for Beethoven.
 
2013-11-07 04:22:02 PM

BizarreMan: How are you a musician and have not heard any new music since 1974?


Prolific western writer Louis L'amour stopped reading books because he was afraid of subconsciously plagiarizing.
 
2013-11-07 04:23:02 PM
That's figures, since the band ceased to be relevant about 1979.
 
2013-11-07 04:25:19 PM
As someone whose old gym had the radio tuned to 100.7 WZLX with at least one Boston song per hour for many, many, many years, my response to the new album is,

nooooooooooooooo.com

I f*cking hate that band.
 
2013-11-07 04:27:09 PM

mcreadyblue: BizarreMan: How are you a musician and have not heard any new music since 1974?

Prolific western writer Louis L'amour stopped reading books because he was afraid of subconsciously plagiarizing.


Interesting idea I guess...but most great art is inspired by something or someone else. Not listening to anything new is a great way to become stale.
 
2013-11-07 04:27:24 PM
He's farker?
 
2013-11-07 04:27:41 PM
It's been such a long time....
 
2013-11-07 04:27:46 PM
I haven't listened to much music recorded after 1990 or so.
 
2013-11-07 04:32:11 PM

FrancoFile: That's figures, since the band ceased to be relevant about 1979.


But  Scholz hasn't been  http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/Oct04/articles/rocketscience.htm 

and he helped raise a smart kid 


From his first marriage, Scholz has one son, Jeremy, who graduated from MIT in 2005 with a degree in mechanical engineering. When asked if his son likes his music, Scholz joked, "I think he does, but he's such a nice kid that he would pretend he did even if he didn't
 
2013-11-07 04:33:22 PM
The ultimate example of "you only got one load to shoot, so make it one for the ages".  And man, did they ever shoot their load on the debut album.

But honestly, it's been played so much on classic rock stations that I'd be happy if I never heard another song from that record.

/saw them with Sammy Hagar in '79
//Bradley Delp hit every single high note
 
2013-11-07 04:34:30 PM

phaseolus: I'm not surprised to hear this. With maybe one exception - that one instrumental thing - all their hits were pretty hard to distinguish from each other. That fact doesn't suggest a musician with a curious, questing mind and broad tastes.


On "Let me take you home tonight", I love how the drum tempo speeds up as they song progresses.

I believe drums were the only instrument Tom Schultz did not play on the 1st four albums, hence heterogenous feel.
 
2013-11-07 04:36:31 PM
CASEY KASEM'S AMERICAN TOP 40 - 11/2/74

#40 "YOU GOT THE LOVE" - Rufus f/Chaka Khan
#39 "NOTHING FROM NOTHING" - Billy Preston
#38 "AFTER THE GOLD RUSH" - Prelude
#37 "CAT'S IN THE CRADLE" - Harry Chapin
#36 "ANGIE BABY" - Helen Reddy
#35 "PLAY SOMETHING SWEET (BRICKYARD BLUES)" - Three Dog Night
#34 "SECOND AVENUE" - Garfunkel
#33 "SHA-LA-LA (MAKES ME HAPPY)" - Al Green
#32 "PEOPLE GOTTA MOVE" - Gino Vanelli
#31 "WISHING YOU WERE HERE" - Chicago
#30 "ROCKIN' SOUL" - The Hues Corporation
#29 "SO YOU ARE A STAR" - The Hudson Brothers
#28 "DISTANT LOVER" - Marvin Gaye
#27 "HONEY HONEY" - Abba
#26 "WHEN WILL I SEE YOU AGAIN" - Three Degrees
#25 "I CAN HELP" - Billy Swann
#24 "I'VE GOT THE MUSIC IN ME" - The Kiki Dee Band
#23 "LOVE DON'T LOVE NOBODY PART 1" - The Spinners
#22 "LONGFELLOW SERENADE" - Neil Diamond
#21 "LOVE ME FOR A REASON" - The Osmonds
#20 "OVERNIGHT SENSATION (HIT RECORD)" - The Raspberries
#19 "EVERLASTING LOVE" - Carl Carlton
#18 "THE NEED TO BE" - Jim Weatherly
#17 "MY MELODY OF LOVE" - Bobby Vinton
#16 "DO IT BABY" - The Miracles
#15 "THEN CAME YOU" - Dionne Warwicke & The Spinners
#14 "DO IT (TILL YOU'RE SATISFIED)" - B.T. Express
#13 "CAREFREE HIGHWAY" - Gordon Lightfoot

#12 "LIFE IS A ROCK (BUT THE RADIO ROLLED ME)" - Reunion
#11 "BACK HOME AGAIN" - John Denver
#10 "TIN MAN" - America
#9 "STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES" - Mac Davis
#8 "SWEET HOME ALABAMA" - Lynyrd Skynyrd
#7 "STEPPIN' OUT (GONNA BOOGIE TONIGHT)" - Tony Orlando & Dawn
#6 "WHATEVER GETS YOU THRU THE NIGHT" - John Lennon
#5 "CAN'T GET ENOUGH - Bad Company
#4 "THE biatch IS BACK" - Elton John
#3 "JAZZMAN" - Carole King
#2 "YOU AIN'T SEEN NOTHNG YET" - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
#1 "YOU HAVEN'T DONE NOTHIN'" - Stevie Wonder
 
2013-11-07 04:37:53 PM

busy chillin': mcreadyblue: BizarreMan: How are you a musician and have not heard any new music since 1974?

Prolific western writer Louis L'amour stopped reading books because he was afraid of subconsciously plagiarizing.

Interesting idea I guess...but most great art is inspired by something or someone else. Not listening to anything new is a great way to become stale.


Even if you only stuck to music written and recorded before 1974 you could constantly listen to fresh songs and never have anything repeated. Not saying it's a good idea but there's still more recorded music out there than one person could possible listen to.
 
2013-11-07 04:39:00 PM
I liked the first two albums, didn't pick up the 3rd until years later... and was amused by the ridiculous PETA/veggie liner notes on it. At that point it was clear those boys weren't right in the head. I won't pick up the next one; not with Delp dead. Maybe they'll tour with the Who, that would be fitting.
 
2013-11-07 04:39:27 PM

busy chillin': mcreadyblue: BizarreMan: How are you a musician and have not heard any new music since 1974?

Prolific western writer Louis L'amour stopped reading books because he was afraid of subconsciously plagiarizing.

Interesting idea I guess...but most great art is inspired by something or someone else. Not listening to anything new is a great way to become stale.


Lots of great writers draw from personal experiences.

Love and a broken heart has been responsible for a great many songs.

/hate all the disco influenced albums of the 70's
 
2013-11-07 04:40:08 PM

busy chillin': mcreadyblue: BizarreMan: How are you a musician and have not heard any new music since 1974?

Prolific western writer Louis L'amour stopped reading books because he was afraid of subconsciously plagiarizing.

Interesting idea I guess...but most great art is inspired by something or someone else. Not listening to anything new is a great way to become stale.


Some comics don't watch other comics for the same reasons.

gilgigamesh: Meanwhile Boston's lead singer hasn't listened to any new music since 2007.


That reminds me I need to cover my grill for the winter.
 
2013-11-07 04:40:13 PM
I'm not sure if I'm the only one who found the humor in the fact that their second album was named "Don't Look Back".  It seemed like more of a plea for people not to notice that is was virtually identical to their first album.
 
2013-11-07 04:40:22 PM

Nana's Vibrator: As someone whose old gym had the radio tuned to 100.7 WZLX with at least one Boston song per hour for many, many, many years, my response to the new album is,

[nooooooooooooooo.com image 383x263]

I f*cking hate that band.


... so you brought it up, and out of curiosity, I went and checked Amazon.. They have the new album, "Life, Love and Hope" for sale, and have samples of all the tracks available for preview..   and, uh...

2.bp.blogspot.com

Tom Scholz... WHY would you do that??
 
2013-11-07 04:40:34 PM
I could understand avoiding anything after 2000 or so (it's all dogshiat), but from '74-'99 there was some good stuff.
 
2013-11-07 04:41:25 PM

phaseolus: I'm not surprised to hear this. With maybe one exception - that one instrumental thing - all their hits were pretty hard to distinguish from each other.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTFD5DZwK7g
 
2013-11-07 04:45:35 PM
Wait til he finds out how many other bands are better than his.

Did he go in a quite room for all the opening bands on their tours?  Did he leave the arena/county fairgrounds after they were done playing their set and the headliner took the stage?
 
2013-11-07 04:46:35 PM
 
2013-11-07 04:49:14 PM
There are quite a few people that don't listen to new music after they get past their twenties. Check out a rolling stone magazine's top 100 of all time. They list no rap. The only song from the 90s is smells like teen spirit and they skip the eighties all together. These are rock critics. Normal folk think all new music sucks about the time they have kids.
 
2013-11-07 04:49:47 PM
ULTIMATE (ate ate ate ate...)
HIPSTER (ster ster ster ster...)

/Even "I don't own a TV" isn't this hipster
 
2013-11-07 04:49:53 PM

WhiskeySticks: Wait til he finds out how many other bands are better than his.

Did he go in a quite room for all the opening bands on their tours?  Did he leave the arena/county fairgrounds after they were done playing their set and the headliner took the stage?


Also, I have a hard time believing he could escape radio for 30+ years. By the time they released "Amanda" in 1986-ish, somebody must have heard all the soft-rock to tell Boston to do the same.

/Amanda hit #1 on the charts
//More Than a Feeling hit #5...
 
2013-11-07 04:54:40 PM

EyeballKid: Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit was one of the most popular songs of the 1990s. The song's riff is a take on Boston's More Than a Feeling.  Scholz admits, "I've heard the well-known Nirvana song. I know who they are."

Have neither of these assholes heard of the Troggs  Kingsmen?!


FTFY

/Dave Marsh named "More Than a Feeling" "most discreet use of 'Louie Louie'"
 
2013-11-07 04:56:33 PM

BizarreMan: How are you a musician and have not heard any new music since 1974?


For some writers listening to music isn't that fun. They can't just sit back and enjoy it because their minds break down every instrument, part, melody, etc.

It makes a lot of sense to me.

/Apparently not a musician
 
2013-11-07 04:58:58 PM
I'm guessing he listened to King Crimson and figured "what's the use in trying to top that".
 
2013-11-07 04:59:15 PM

MFAWG: EyeballKid: Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit was one of the most popular songs of the 1990s. The song's riff is a take on Boston's More Than a Feeling.  Scholz admits, "I've heard the well-known Nirvana song. I know who they are."

Have neither of these assholes heard of the Troggs?!

Thank you.


The chord progression is not the same

WT is a 3 chord progression SMTS is 4

It's one more chord.

www.chicagonow.com
 
2013-11-07 05:00:35 PM

Broktun: It's one more chord.


Not a big distinction if you play twelve. Bigger distinction if there are only four.

/stinc
 
2013-11-07 05:01:08 PM

SirTanon: Nana's Vibrator: As someone whose old gym had the radio tuned to 100.7 WZLX with at least one Boston song per hour for many, many, many years, my response to the new album is,

[nooooooooooooooo.com image 383x263]

I f*cking hate that band.

... so you brought it up, and out of curiosity, I went and checked Amazon.. They have the new album, "Life, Love and Hope" for sale, and have samples of all the tracks available for preview..   and, uh...

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 400x286]

Tom Scholz... WHY would you do that??


Wow, that is about the most-80's sounding mediocrity I've ever heard.
 
2013-11-07 05:01:21 PM
Brad Delp's replacement:
encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com
 
2013-11-07 05:03:53 PM

CognaciousThunk: I guess they don't have music in courtrooms, because that's where Tom has been lately...


I knew he was litigious, but two of those are in the jerk category.

/also paging TommyymmoT, he's gotta have some old stories about Boston
 
2013-11-07 05:04:32 PM
According to some of his bios he is a fan of classical music. Might explain not listening to most newer music.

I doubt his claps his hands over his ears whenever new music is playing.
 
2013-11-07 05:06:14 PM
I remember Rolling Stone had an article about Scholz back when the debut came out.  People were accusing him of plugging old big hit songs into a computer at Kodak(?) where he worked and having it spit out brand new hit songs.  I thought that was ridculous until I heard the album and it was a passionless piece of crap
 
2013-11-07 05:15:39 PM
Fellow Gen Xers,
I put together a list of bands that have put out good stuff since you were in college. I got this from my "recently played" list. There is soooooooo much more. New Music is easy to discover. Find a streaming service and put in a song you like and let them deliver songs. You'll discover a new band you like in 4 songs.

Weezer
Dr. Dog
Beastie Boys (Check out their final video. It might be better than Sabatoge. It will be the best thirty minutes of your day) 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evA-R9OS-Vo
Beck
Django Django
Gorrilaz
Mumford and Sons
THey Might Be Giants
ROdrigo and Gabreilla
Daft Punk
Girl Talk
Rebirth Brass Band
RJD2
Thievery Corporation
Santagold. 
Zero 7
 
2013-11-07 05:25:29 PM
Everyone knows  rock attained  perfection in 1974....

lh4.ggpht.com
 
2013-11-07 05:36:21 PM

Devo: Fellow Gen Xers,
I put together a list of bands that have put out good stuff since you were in college.

Weezer


Holy crap your list failed on its very first entry. That's really hard to do. Congrats?
 
2013-11-07 05:40:14 PM

Devo: Fellow Gen Xers,
I put together a list of bands that have put out good stuff since you were in college. I got this from my "recently played" list. There is soooooooo much more. New Music is easy to discover. Find a streaming service and put in a song you like and let them deliver songs. You'll discover a new band you like in 4 songs.

Weezer
Dr. Dog
Beastie Boys (Check out their final video. It might be better than Sabatoge. It will be the best thirty minutes of your day) 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evA-R9OS-Vo
Beck
Django Django
Gorrilaz
Mumford and Sons
THey Might Be Giants
ROdrigo and Gabreilla
Daft Punk
Girl Talk
Rebirth Brass Band
RJD2
Thievery Corporation
Santagold. 
Zero 7


Jesus jumping CHRIST do you have bad taste in music.
 
2013-11-07 05:43:18 PM

darch: Jesus jumping CHRIST do you have bad taste in music.


Are you saying Beastie Boys suck?
 
2013-11-07 05:45:13 PM

Scrotastic Method: Devo: Fellow Gen Xers,
I put together a list of bands that have put out good stuff since you were in college.

Weezer

Holy crap your list failed on its very first entry. That's really hard to do. Congrats?


Yah.  Mumford & Sons works, though.
And several of the bands in his list have been around since the 80s.  I listened to Daft Punk in HS and TMBG just after college.

YMMV with these:
Flaming Lips
My Morning Jacket
Any of the late 1990s-2000s Canadian-bands-with-numbers-in-their-names:  Blink-182, Matchbox 20, etc

Or go the other way and listen to the awesome stuff in the 60s and 70s that most of us never really got in to
5th Dimension
5th Dimension
5th Dimension
Plus the classic Prog Rock: King Crimson, ELP, Yes, Moody Blues

/my 17-year-old nephew got a turntable 2 years ago for Xmas.
//since then I've been buying him old albums to further his musical education
 
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