Musical Memory Box: The Chantry Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: The Chantry EditionMar 12, 2011
Musical Memory Box: The Chantry Edition

Friday’s Musical Memory Box solution:  I Wanna Be Sedated, The Ramones, Road To Ruin, 1978. Laurie Kempton correctly guesses all elements to claim the prize!

I don’t think this was the first Ramones song I ever knew. No, I think that honour goes to “Pet Sematary”, from the soundtrack of the 1989 Stephen King film adaptation of the same name. Nevertheleess, “I Wanna Be Sedated” is, in my opinion, their best song. Getting right down to it, it’s just a radio-friendly way of saying “I want to get high”. Corporate America is so easy to foil, at times.

Here is Laurie-Anne’s take:

“True story: I used to be afraid of the Ramones – as a youngin, when I would see interviews, Joey Ramone scared me. And then I discovered the Clash and then I re-discovered the Ramones.

There used to be a great celtic band from Nova Scotia called Kilt. They did a kick ass live version of this and I have danced like a maniac at Barrymore’s more than once to their cover.”

Many guesses came in as “Sedated”, which does not meet the quality-control bar for MMB, I’m afraid. But rejoice, you had the right song! And besides, it can’t be as bad as the guess one of our best players made. Pierre-Marc (and I hope he forgives me for detailing this little anecdote), comes into my office and asks:

“So….did you just post a Barry Manilow song?”

Me: “Ummmmm…nooooo.”

PM, clearly embarassedl: “Oh, because he has a song called “24 hours”.

Here are your lyrics for today:

“I want a girl with uninterrupted prosperity
Who uses a machete to cut through red tape
With fingernails that shine like justice
And a voice that is dark like tinted glass
She is fast, thorough and sharp as a tack,
She is touring the facility and picking up slack”

Musical Memory Box: Like New

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Like NewMar 11, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Like New

Thursday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Spiderwebs, No Doubt, Tragic Kingdom, 1995. Serge Leclerc declares his intent to dominate March with a perfect answer.

It’s official, the musical warlock is a rising star. Seven points in the matter of a few days is impressive for a beginner. Will the leaders be looking over their shoulders, or are they brushing off the contender? We shall see.

Here is Laurie-Anne’s take on “Spiderwebs”:

“This is the song that turned me on to No Doubt. I didn’t really like Just a Girl. But this – this rocked in a 100 different ways and Gwen was sexy and strong singing this song without looking like a ho.”

Yes, and then she went solo and looked like a ho. Awesome.

Here are your lyrics for today:

“Twenty-twenty-twenty four hours  a day…”

 

Musical Memory Box: Victims and Heroes Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Victims and Heroes EditionMar 10, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Victims and Heroes Edition

Wednesday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Money, Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon, 1973. Karl Bélanger barely beat out Pink Floyd expert Pierre-Marc Perreault for the bonus points.

Like Rush, I’ve only recently gotten into Pink Floyd. I spent most of my life dismissing Pink Floyd as music for stoners. I am always saddened when I realize one of my stereotypes has been an obstacle to loving something beautiful. I try to live my life as free of stereotypes as possible for this very reason. Too often, stereotypes cut you off from a wonderful part of life because of a lie you’ve been told and believed, or one that you’ve created for yourself in order to easily dismiss a large portion of…something. We spend too much of life skimming along the surface. Digging deeper often reveals treasures we never suspected existed, yet because of the pace of life we too often forget to bring our shovel.

Ok, I’m done philosophising for now!

“Dark Side of the Moon” has one of the most simplistically beautiful covers of all time. When you think about it, it’s just a prism with a black background, but man does it ever magically convey the music found within.  And really, when you think of a band re-uniting for a cause like Live 8, and that one of their songs is “Money”, I mean: how freaking perfect is that?

I’d like to welcome Jamie Robichaud (Aznek) to our little game. Jamie and I met, appropriately for this game, at a Metallica concert in 2009. He is, as he will tell you, a musical warlock. He and Marc also pointed out to me, following yesterday’s MMB post mentioning the dearth of Philadelphia-based bands, that Hall & Oates are from Philadelphia. Which, I suppose, goes straight to my point!

Here are your lyrics for today:

“You think that we connect
That the chemistry’s correct
Your words walk right through my ears
Presuming I like what I hear

And now I’m stuck in the web you’re spinning
You’ve got me for your prey..”

Musical Memory Box: Limitless Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Limitless EditionMar 09, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Limitless Edition

Tuesday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone), Cinderella, Long Cold Winter, 1988.

I am saddened only two people were able to get this, and only a few points as well. I admit that the 80’s glam bands weren’t that great in terms of quality, but there were a few gems and this song was one of them. I’m especially surprised Karl didn’t get this, it’s right up his alley.

Cinderella was one of those rare phenomenons: a successful music act out of Philadelphia. To be honest, I don’t know of any other Philly music act. Weird, for such a big city! Cinderella’s best album, in my opinion, wasn’t “Long Cold Winter” but their album, “Heartbreak Station”. They had grown up and gone back to their musical roots, blues-infused rock. Very, very good stuff.

Oh well, moving right along.

Here are your lyrics for today:

“Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash
New car, caviar, four star daydream
Think I’ll buy me a football team”

Musical Memory Box: Walk In Her Shoes Edition

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Musical Memory Box: Walk In Her Shoes Edition

Monday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Champagne Supernova, Oasis, (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?, 1995.

I have a love/hate relationship with this song. I love the song, I love its length, its mood, its music. However, I have a terrible time accepting a certain British dialect’s habit (is it Mancunian?)  of pronouncing words that end in “a” with “er”. This song is a prime example. Liam Gallagher sings “In a champagne supernov-ER in the skyyyy”. The worst part is, and I’m convinced Liam purposely does it to fuck with me, is that sometimes he gets it right (“A champagne supernov-A), then follows is right up with “A champagne supernov-ER in the skyyyy”. ARGH!!!!

Live from New York, here is Stéphane’s take on Oasis:

“I had delved into the brit scene for a while, and been following Depeche Mode and the Cure through the late 80s, so the transition to BritPop was a fairly easy one. When Blur, Pulp & Oasis all broke through, they certainly caught my attention (Pulp remains my favourite of the three). While I really liked this Oasis album, I can’t claim to be an Oasis fan. Neither the earlier nor later albums did much for me. What it did do was open up a whole new bunch of artists I had not heard before which had been the predecessors to BritPop, including the whole Madchester scene with the Stone Roses and Suede. The timing was perfect though, as Compact Music in Westgate would trade 2-for-1 for used CDs, and I had lots to delve into.”

Here are your lyrics for today:

“I can’t tell ya baby what went wrong
I can’t make you feel what you felt so long ago
I’ll let it show
I can’t give you back what’s been hurt
Heartaches come and go and all that’s left are the words
I can’t let go

If we take some time to think it over baby
Take some time, let me know
If you really want to go”

Musical Memory Box: Beta Testing Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Beta Testing EditionMar 07, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Beta Testing Edition

 

Sunday’s Musical Memory Box solution: The Middle, Jimmy Eat World, Bleed American, 2001.

We’ve addressed how the September 11th attacks impacted the American music industry on a few occasion in this space. Here’s another example.

Jimmy Eat World released “Bleed American” in July of 2001. A few months later, the attacks in New York and Washington occurred. So in 2002, presumably to avoid being put on that now infamous Clear Channel list of banned songs following 9/11, Jimmy Eat World, or JEW for short (ok, maybe not then), decided to re-issue their album as a self-titled one, even though they already had a 1994 self-titled album. Brilliant, huh? Seriously, what a bunch of idiots.

I can imagine a few of you will howl in protest that you didn’t get points for guessing “self-titled”, but Musical Memory Box does not support censorship, self-imposed or otherwise 🙂

Here is Rémi Savard’s take:

“The middle, Jimmy Eat World, Bleed American, 2001

That is, before they renamed it Jimmy Eat World…

Which I think was a bad move, in a way. Because America DID bleed, and it strengthened them, I think, to lose this much. They bled American, yes, and it made them even more American, Americans got closer because of that. It wouldn’t be the first time a catastrophe tied people together more tightly. So why the name change?

Anywho, there.”

My own personal anecdote to Jimmy Eat World is a silly one. Having gotten tickets for Green Day’s “American Idiot” tour, with Jimmy Eat World as an opening act, Laura and I made our way to the stadium and got there 20 minutes after the “Doors Open” prescribed time. Usually not a problem, right? Well, it was this time. Jimmy Eat World apparently hit the stage the moment the doors opened, and played a 20 minute set. All we heard was their last song from the concourse as we made our way to our seats.

Here are your lyrics for today:

“How many special people change?
How many lives are living strange?
Where were you while we were getting high?”

Musical Memory Box: Frozen Rain Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Frozen Rain EditionMar 06, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Frozen Rain Edition

Saturday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Material Girl, Madonna, Like A Virgin, 1984.

Hey look who’s back from Hong Kong/Australia/New Zealand! It’s McSmartyPants Kempton:

“In retrospect, this might be the most honest song Madonna has ever written – about herself.

It is one of my least favourite songs from the album – it’s tinny and thin, musically.”

Yes, but Laurie, it’s all about the video!! The video!! Madonna didn’t have much talent musically, ever, but was one of the first women in music to realize the power of the video clip. I’m not ashamed to admit that I was quite smitten with the material girl. Yummy!

Here are your lyrics for today:

“Hey, don’t write yourself off yet
It’s only in your head you feel left out or looked down on.
Just try your best, try everything you can.
And don’t you worry what they tell themselves when you’re away.

It just takes some time, little girl you’re in the middle of the ride.
Everything (everything) will be just fine, everything (everything) will be alright (alright).”

Musical Memory Box: Pre-Order Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Pre-Order EditionMar 05, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Pre-Order Edition

Whoever wrote the post in Wikipedia about this song did it better than I ever could, so here goes:

‘”Bulls on Parade” addresses the American military-industrial complex, a situation in which industry (the arms industry, primarily) urges government to take military action, with the intent of obtaining military contracts, to thereby increase its revenue.

Verses in the song like “Weapons not food, not homes, not shoes, not need, just feed the war cannibal animal”, and “They don’t gotta burn tha books they just remove ’em” are examples of the several references to the military-industrial complex in the song.

With the words “Terror rains drenchin’, quenchin’ tha thirst of tha power dons”, the song suggests that fear of terrorism is used to manipulate the American population into supporting military action. The phrase “the terror rains” serves a double meaning, suggesting that “the terror” by the government literally reigns.'”

Yesterday I related to you the account of how long I had to wait for a 2nd proper GNR album. The same sort of thing happened to me between Rage Against The Machine’s debut album and this one. Five years elapsed before “Evil Empire” was released, and it was worth the wait. “Bulls On Parade” doesn’t pull any punches against the system, and I love them for it. This is the band that gave me my revolutionary leanings. I miss them greatly.

Jérôme relates how this album affected him:

Me souviens plus du nom de l’album mais je sais qu’il est jaune et  avec un genre de super-héro dessus!

C’est cette année là que j’ai découvert Rage.  C’est un gars de trois-rivières qui m’avait prêter l’album!  Wow!  Avec Maiden et Bad Religion, Rage m’ont aidé à passer à travers mes 3 années d’université et le voyage en Russie!

Merci Zak et Tom!!!

Here are your lyrics for today:

“They can beg and they can plead
But they can’t see the light, that’s right
’cause the boy with the cold hard cash
Is always mister right”

Musical Memory Box: Tudor Hall Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Tudor Hall EditionMar 04, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Tudor Hall Edition

Thursday’s Musical Memory Box solution: You Could Be Mine, Guns ‘N Roses, Use Your Illusion II, 1991.

I’ll admit, I almost used this song during Seattle Week, because Duff is from Seattle and the first Guns ‘N Roses tour with all 5 original members was from Hollywood to Seattle in a broken down bus (they had to hitch-hike the latter half, with all their gear). But I decided against it because that’s some rather obscure trivia.

And why this song for Duff? Listen to the first 30 seconds. No wait, let me tell you the story of when I first heard this song. “Welcome to the Jungle” made quite an impression on me when I first heard it on the radio waves of CKAP AM-58 in my hometown of Kapuskasing. I became a G ‘N R fan as soon as I heard that opening guitar riff. We had to wait 4 years for a proper follow-up to “Appetite For Destruction” (“Lies”  doesn’t count, it’s more of an EP forced down the band’s throat by David Geffen). Do you know how long 4 years is when you’re a pre-teen?

Anyways, I’m sitting in front of the TV watching Muchmusic (to our younger readers, Muchmusic once showed music videos pretty much all the time!), when we are told that they’ve just received the first single from Guns ‘N Roses upcoming double album “Use Your Illusion”. It’s also to be the main track from the Terminator 2 soundtrack. And then…newly recruited Matt Sorum’s drum intro shows us what a talented drummer adds to the G ‘N R sound, immediately followed by a distinctive bass riff from Duff. Guns ‘N Fucking Roses was back, baby.

Oh and how’s this for a month of album releases? Pearl Jam’s “Ten” on August 27th, Guns ‘N Roses “Illusions” I & II on September 17th and Nirvana’s “Nevermind” on September 24th.  Records On Wheels never had it so good.

Stéphane has a take on the Illusions albums:

“While the Use Your Illusion albums have a great number of awesome songs, I’ve always felt that if Axl’s grandiosity hadn’t interfered with the process, G’n’R could have made the GREATEST rock album ever if they had cut it down to one. Some of the material really isn’t in the same class as the masterpieces, and had they collected the best into one, and put out a B-sides compilation with the rest, it would have gone down in history as a monumental album. Instead, the filler takes away from some of the true genius of the best bright spots.”

Can’t say I agree with that assessment of filler. What’s always amazed me about these albums was how good everything was, and the band’s incredible output in that time being enough to fill two albums of great songs. I’ve always thought that they must have gotten the sense they were going to fall apart shortly thereafter, and must have felt the need to get everything out right then and there. Because once Izzy Stradlin’ left the band, those five guys never put out original material as a group again.

Here are your lyrics for today:

“They rally round tha family!

With a pocket full of shells”

 

Musical Memory Box: Ironman Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Ironman EditionMar 03, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Ironman Edition

Let me begin this MMB by pointing out how much a fan of this album cover I am. Seriously, can you think of any other cover that would send more chills down a parent’s spine? Here’s Ozzy, kicked out of Black Sabbath because of his uncontrollable drug and alcohol addictions, making a comeback with an album cover like that one. Winner.

As I mentioned, this was a comeback album. And what a comeback. “Crazy Train” has become a rock staple. What often made me laugh about Ozzy painting himself as the “Prince of Darkness” was that so many of his songs had pacifist themes. “Crazy Train” is one of these songs that falls in the “War Pigs” legacy. Don’t believe me? Here are more lyrics from “Crazy Train”:

“Crazy, but that’s how it goes
Millions of people living as foes
Maybe, it’s not too late
To learn how to love
And forget how to hate”

…or this passage:

“Heirs of the Cold War, that’s what we’ve become
Inheireted troubles, I’m mentally numb!
Crazy, I just cannot bear
I’m living with something that just isn’t fair!”

The guitar riffs in this song are pure genius. That’s no surprise, as they come from one of the best guitarists of all time, Randy Rhoads. As Pierre-Marc so eloquently put it:

“Ozzy + Randy = 80’s metal goodness”

I also got a chuckle from Marc Dubé’s email, who echoed Rémi Savard’s oft repeated sentiment:

“(Yosemite Sam voice) I………..hate………..you. I know I know this song.”

And I felt for Karl Bélanger, whose brain was on the right track when he submitted, for album name, “Wizzard”. Oh, so close.

In case you’ve never bookmarked the standings page, check out the right column. It now has a link to the MMB standings and stats.

Here are your lyrics for today:

“With your bitch slap rappin’
And your cocaine tongue
You get nuthin’ done”