Imagine her singing this, foot on dashboard, while driving….
Elvis Presley and Costello, Hank Williams Sr., Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Simon and Garfunkel, Stevie Wonder, Queen, Van Morrison, The Who, Crosby Stills & Nash, The Ramones, The Clash, Jefferson Airplane, The Mama’s and The Papa’s, CCR, Fleetwod Mac, Joni Mitchell, Bowie, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Doors, Bob Marley, Al Green, Funkadelic, The Carpenters, Aerosmith, Meat Loaf, U2, The New York Dolls, Peter Frampton, Blondie, Cat Stevens, Boston, The Allman Brothers, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Marvin Gaye, Elton, Dylan, Clapton, Springsteen, Floyd, Cher, Nick Drake, Curtis Mayfield, Jackson Browne, Carole King, Iggy Pop and The Stooges, The Velvet Underground, Cheap Trick, The Eagles, Bad Company, Patti Smith, The Steve Miller Band, Airsupply, Kiss, Supertramp, Van Halen, Dolly Parton, and John Cougar Mellencamp before he lost the Cougar. These were the ‘Best Of’ my childhood in the mid-to-late seventies. They were the stories, tunes, expressions, and concepts that defined my parent’s generation and shaped a musical melody within my soul.
I just got my promo order from work – Warner Music Group – and there is no denying that while my mother’s generation, neatly filed in the form of vinyl under my vintage record player, has passed its lighter on to my generation. The music, stories, experiences, and tunes that compiled the growing pains of my generation have graduated into yet another dying format of music – the compact disc – in the form of a greatest hits album. The Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Madonna, Michael Jackson, R.E.M., Metallica, the Beastie Boys, Soundgarden, Counting Crows, Oasis, Green Day, the Goo Goo Dolls, Alice in Chains, LL Cool J, Weezer, the Cranberries, Notorious BIG, Live, The Pixies, PJ Harvey, Liz Phair, Prince, Bon Jovi, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, Pavement, Wilco, The Flaming Lips, Guns ‘n Roses, Def Leppard, Run DMC, AC/DC, Whitney Houston, INXS, The Bangles, Cyndi Lauper, The Cure, the Go Go’s, Wham!, the Talking Heads, Poison, the B-52’s, Motley Crue, Janet Jackson, Eurythmics, Billy Idol, Salt-n-Pepa, A Flock of Seagulls, Culture Club, Boy George, Paula Abdul, Joan Jett, Rick James, Lionel Ritchie, Tone-Loc, The Pretenders, NKOTB, and good lord Bobby Brown. These are the musical melodies that are supposed to strike a chord in my child (the one I do not have) and perhaps the last physical form of a musical collection (known as an album) that will exist in the world.
One-offs in a unarchived format with messages of a generation of self-entitled tones. A greatest hits of the best of digital delusion living on some type of portable drive somewhere that merely pays my salary….that’s the download on a new generation’s legacy.
I think I’ll lay on my shag rug, beside the records I love, listening to a CD of my youth, under the photographs developed from real film that hang above the Royal typewriter, while I read a book.
A Flock of Seagulls/AC/DC/Aerosmith/Airsupply/Al Green/Alice in Chains/Bad Company/best of/Billy Idol/Black Sabbath/Blondie/Bob Marley/bobby brown/Bon Jovi/boston/Bowie/Boy George/Carole King/Cat Stevens/CCR/cds/Cheap Trick/Cher/Clapton/compact discs/Counting Crows/Crosby Stills & Nash/Culture Club/Curtis Mayfield/Cyndi Lauper/Def Leppard/Depeche Mode/digital music/dolly parton/Duran Duran/Dylan/Ella Fitzgerald/Elton/elvis costello/elvis presley/Eurythmics/Fleetwod Mac/Floyd/Funkadelic/Grateful Dead/greatest hits/Green Day/Guns 'n Roses/Hank Williams Sr./Iggy Pop and The Stooges/INXS/Jackson Browne/Janet Jackson/Janis Joplin/Jefferson Airplane/Joan Jett/John Mellencamp/Joni Mitchell/Kiss/Led Zeppelin/Lionel Ritchie/Live/Liz Phair/LL Cool J/Louis Armstrong/madonna/Marvin Gaye/Meat Loaf/Metallica/michael jackson/Motley Crue/MUSIC/Nick Drake/nirvana/NKOTB/Notorious BIG/oasis/Patti Smith/Paula Abdul/Pavement/Pearl Jam/Peter Frampton/PJ Harvey/Poison/Prince/Queen/R.E.M./records/Rick James/Run DMC/Salt-n-Pepa/Simon and Garfunkel/Soundgarden/Springsteen/Stevie Wonder/Supertramp/The Allman Brothers/the B-52's/The Bangles/the Beastie Boys/The Beatles/The Carpenters/The Clash/the Cranberries/The Cure/The Doors/The Eagles/The Flaming Lips/the Go Go's/the Goo Goo Dolls/The Mama's and The Papa's/The New York Dolls/The Pixies/The Pretenders/The Ramones/The Red Hot Chili Peppers/The Rolling Stones/The Steve Miller Band/The Stone Temple Pilots/the Talking Heads/The Velvet Underground/The Who/Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers/Tone-Loc/U2/Van Halen/Van Morrison/vinyl/warner music group/Weezer/Wham!/Whitney Houston/Wilco
Can you believe it’s been 15 years (yesterday) that Kurt Cobain died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound (or did he)? I thought it appropriate to post both versions of ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ as a tribute. Which one do you think is better?
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