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Every Good Boy Deserves Favor

Poll #1289600 Musical Co-Chairs

All right, then! "The ________ are the only band that matters!" You know the drill ....

The Clash
The Kinks
The Turtles
Them? They're Rubbish! It's the ____
I don't do music and/or quizzes



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Nov. 2nd, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
I picked The Kinks because I like them best of those, but I'm not sure I have a favorite band. I'm much more likely to have favorite singers.
Nov. 2nd, 2008 05:24 am (UTC)
So, what singers do you like? I've never asked, and that's part of why I put this silly thing together!
Nov. 2nd, 2008 05:35 am (UTC)
I have equal numbers of Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt (the old ones) CDs, and they're the most. Then I go to Bonnie Raitt, Roseanne Cash, Carlene Carter, Steve Goodman, Steve Earle, Eva Cassidy, Delbert McClinton, and more. I have a fair number of folk compilations, plus a few movie soundtracks.
Nov. 2nd, 2008 06:20 am (UTC)
You've really got a fine collection there; I really like Harris, Ronstadt and Earle.
Nov. 2nd, 2008 09:08 am (UTC)
[T}he ____. Hands down. Of course, after ____ ____ had his little ____, they were never the same. But I'll always think of them right at their peak, between '__ and '__. Nothing compares to that.
Nov. 2nd, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
Of course when their lead singer _____ became an acolyte of _____, his voice went from counter-tenor to _____. I blame the ____. But I agree that his "_____" was the themed-vinyl _____ of a generation.
Nov. 3rd, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
Yeah. But you try telling the young folks of today that... They just won't understand you!
Nov. 3rd, 2008 04:31 am (UTC)
And that noise they play - you call that music?
Nov. 2nd, 2008 11:06 am (UTC)
The Replacements, of course!

I kid a bit, because I see the value of The Clash and The Kinks (I'm unfamiliar with The Turtles, I'll have to look them up) and because I'm at the beginning of my 40-year plan to become and 80-year-old blues guitarist. The latter is leaving me steeped in the sorts of Son House, Elmore James, Charlie Patton and Muddy Waters.

I do think, however, that a lot of modern rock owes a debt to The Replacements and, well, I like them a lot.
Nov. 2nd, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
And here I am in the city where they broke up, on stage!

Wait, you're unfamiliar with The Turtles? Hmmmm. "So Happy Together?" Flo and Eddie, One of Frank Zappa's only brain trusts outside his own head?
Nov. 2nd, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
The short-lived 90 minutes live, hosted by Peter Gzowski, would regularly have Flo and Eddie on as "music experts". They were hilarious. The two episodes that stay in my were the episode where they opened with a video of Tom Waits. I don't remember what he played but it was a revelation (I think this was 1973-74). The other was when they skewered David Cassidy so badly that he left during the commercial break, apparently this was not scheduled.

Nov. 2nd, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
Man, I loved Gzowski, and I would have loved seeing this!
Nov. 2nd, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC)
CBC tv has 14 clips of various episodes in their digital archives if you want to go back and see them. Unfortunately they do not include the episode with John Cleese nor any of the Flo and Eddie episodes.

They also do not seem to include any of his musical guests except for an interview with Iggy Pop which starts off with the admission that due to complicated contractual issues Iggy and his band could not play on the CBC at that time. This is unfortunate as he often had excellent guests, sometimes before they were well known in the mainstream. Rough Trade. Tom Waits and Jean Luc Ponty spring to mind but there were many others.
Nov. 2nd, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
Oh! Them! I know that song. I don't know much about them apart from that, though. More investigation is in order!
Nov. 2nd, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
Go you now, and investimacate!
Nov. 2nd, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC)
Tough choice between the Kinks and the Clash. I choose the Kinks just because they were before the Clash.

In reality I don't usually make the 'the best ever' type of distinctions when to me it is obvious that so many groups and individuals have contributed so much.

My current favourite to have playing in the car, where I listen to music the most, is still The Weakerthans.
Nov. 2nd, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I chose the Kinks, too, but it was a difficult choice. Ultimately, they got my vote because they were the parents, or co-parents, of so many different schools of music. Punk, metal, pop, prog, folk-rock, you fill in the blank. The Kinks share with the Beatles one of the most glorious abilities in the world: every single song may sound completely different, but the listener knows who they're listening to.
Nov. 2nd, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC)
No, the question is wrong.
There's an old proverb I made up: “There’s only one band, they just don’t all play together at the same time.” If there were a winner in your poll, and you asked them, do you think they'd name themselves??
I attribute to Bill Graham (OBM), “There are two kinds of music. Good and bad.”
Nov. 2nd, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
Actually, the first time I saw the comment - which originally developed as a call to arms for Clash devotees - was years ago, in The Reader personals. If I recall, it substituted The Turtles (who were a fantastic band in and of themselves) and I always thought that was hilarious. Which is why I put the comment up here.

I really like your instant Old Proverb!

Nov. 2nd, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
Rush. Always the band Rush. :)
Nov. 2nd, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
Hey, that's Canadian content, says the ex-pat Canuck, so I can't complain!
Nov. 2nd, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC)
Umm... Led Zeppelin.

But clearly I need to listen to more of the Clash and the Kinks.
Nov. 2nd, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
mack, my dear, you never cease to amaze and impress me! The older I get, the more I love Led Zepp, but I do recommend that you introduce yourself to the Kinks. They rock, they rock most completely.
Nov. 2nd, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
Hee, thank my brother for introducing both of us to our local classic rock station's "Lunch With Led" program - noon-to-one Led every Saturday. :-) I think Led Zeppelin share that trait you mentioned about the Beatles and the Kinks, in that they have a world of amazingly different songs and styles, all of which they rock, and yet you know it's them.

I will listen to some of the Kinks, then. I'm always, always good with being introduced to new good music!
Nov. 3rd, 2008 03:39 am (UTC)
Oh hey, of course I already knew "Lola" and "You Really Got Me" - just didn't know that was them. I am even more intrigued now, after trying "Tired of Waiting" as well.
Nov. 3rd, 2008 01:26 am (UTC)
This Just In
Nov. 3rd, 2008 04:33 am (UTC)
Re: This Just In
A fond farewell to little Quebecois poseur - and absolutely amazing vocalist - Amy Camus.
Nov. 3rd, 2008 03:46 am (UTC)
Dude. I didn't know much at all about The Kinks, but after listening to a few tracks... they are awesome. And I can hear how they influenced The Who, too!

Thanks for giving me motivation to try out new (to me) music! :)
Nov. 3rd, 2008 04:33 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you like them!
Nov. 3rd, 2008 08:36 am (UTC)
Huzzah for you! Listen, listen, learn, learn! Up next: The Yardbirds!

BTW, The Kinks and The Who were contemporaneous -- the time was just right for the invention of chord-riff rock & roll.
Nov. 3rd, 2008 08:31 am (UTC)
Actually, Them was (oops! They're Brits) Them were a great band! Van Morrison on lead vocals, and their version of Gloria -- the original, better, and one line dirtier -- kicked The Shadows of Night's version's fucking ass!

But the Turtles are the only band that matters.
Nov. 3rd, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
It's true. Flo and Eddie changed the game for backing vocals in music. There's no way in hell you'd have T. Rex making the impact without their sublime harmonies in the Slider or Electric Warrior. And they're just plain cool. I mean, Frank Zappa used 'em!
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