Monday, July 21, 2014

Two Versions

Liberating the opening line from Johnny Cash, John Cale wrote and recorded an orchestral version of "I Keep A Close Watch" for his 1975 album Helen of Troy:

... and then stripped it down to its spooky, heartbroken angst-ridden core for 1981's Music for a New Society:

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Connecting the Dots

Guitarists Harry Vanda and George Young went from the Easybeats...

... art rockers Flash in the Pan...

While producing the first six albums of George's younger brother Angus's band (a little combo called AC/DC).

Friday, July 18, 2014

Backwards Forwards Square And Round

And More and that's for sure...

There's an alley, down the hill. You cut through there on the way to the restaurant.

You stop at the restaurant on the way to the other place.

She doesn't want to go to the restaurant. She thinks you should walk around the block instead of cutting through the alley.

You want her to be happy. So you do.

You're annoyed by this. You have your routine. She's causing you to break it.

And you do.

Years later, you don't remember the other place.

You barely remember the restaurant.

You know you went there dozens of times.

But you remember all about the girl.

How she annoyed you. How she didn't want to do anything you wanted.

How her hair smelled.

The way she smiled when you walked up.

Years later, you remember.

Even though you wish you didn't.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

It Just Goes By Different Names

The Dignified Don't Even Enter Into the Game...

Mod. But, you know, with horns.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Born Down the Shore

From the days when it looked like Bruce Springsteen would never finish Born in the USA comes the best garage band in history (with a kick-ass horn section):