Who sang it? Beatles vs Rolling Stones

So, I enjoy some of these quizzes I see on Facebook.  But, more often than not, the overwhelming ads and bait click garbage suck all the fun out of it.  So, I’m going to stick some of the ones I enjoy here.  Being as the content will be linked to the author’s actual content, I doubt there’s much anyone can do as far as the format goes.  It’ll just work a lot smoother and more enjoyably.  And, hopefully, it will sell some of the composers’ stuff whereas these bait-click quizzes don’t even try.

So, here’s the first one.  The Beatles vs The Rolling Stones.  This could have easily been 100 questions.  Probably should have been 50 since several of my favorites from both bands aren’t on the list.  And, they both had some fantastic lyrics.

Beatles vs Rolling Stones

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Gotta have this one on the blog:

Prince had toyed with the charts, and was becoming pretty popular on MTV and the like due to his provocative stage personna. However, it was the album 1999 that put him on top of the pop world. And, it was this song that got him there. 1999 was mixed and sounded absolutely perfect in any disco or dance bar. I have no clue how many times I danced to this song.

Twenty years later, my very young boy, when I started introducing him to music, asked me to play this video for him every time. That’s when I started relaxing as a parent.


If this year wasn’t going badly enough, now we’ve lost Prince.

I can’t even begin to try to list my favorite songs.  He had an overwhelming run that lasted a lot longer than most people think, and certainly was a lot deeper than most people know.  To try to list all his stuff in one post is impossible.  So, I’ll be popping songs on here as the mood strikes me.  And, I know it will.  First up, very recent performance:

You got Prince, filling in for Stevie Ray Vaughan, doing a David Bowie song.  This was a a cameo, possibly his last major one.  I get a rush when he appears.

If I were Nile Rodgers, I’d be very nervous tho.

OK, to start the Prince tributes, probably my favorite Prince tune of all time would be Erotic City.  It’s about as funked up as anything Prince would ever do.  It was released my junior year of college.  When we hit the clubs, if I found a babe that had at least three shots of tequila, and this song came on, I was set.  The chase was over. I owed a few good times to Prince.  That, I think, was his intent.

A lot of his songs were more fun, but this one just always stood out.  Without doing any real research, I always felt this one particular song was influenced by George Clinton.  Although it was obvious Prince was influenced by P-Funk, I always felt this song was the salute.  Many years later, George would return that salute by releasing his own version of Erotic City.  That’s actually the one I have on my phone.  But, either version is worthy.  Sheila-E would also release a version as well.

Just enjoy listening to it.



Free Bird

Greatest solo of all time? How about the greatest performance of the greatest solo of all time?

Lynyrd Skynyrd – Free Bird (Live August 21st… by DarrylNoah


Possibly my favorite song by David Bowie is Heroes.  A big part of the reason are, per the norm for Bowie, the lyrics.  It packs a punch.  Because of the theme of two ordinary people being heroes by loving in the face of all levels of resistance, it resonates, especially in the face of oppression.  In my lifetime, nothing has been more oppressive than Islam.   People are scared to death in the US to be labeled “Islamophobes”, but Islam has no problem blowing those people up equally with those that do recognize Islam for what it is, a bully based religion that rewards the bully at the expense of the victims.  The bully gets 72 virgins, the victim a life in hell. That’s the “religion of peace”.

On October 20, 2001, Bowie performed Heroes for the firefighters and emergency responders who had worked tirelessly, some having sacrificed their lives, to deal with the aftermath of a Muslim attack on New York City. It was one of Bowie’s greatest moments:

NYC – heroes by MoonageWebdream

In 2015, the French version of Heroes was used to memorialize the victims of another Muslim attack, this time in Paris, France. The video created for the Charlie Hebdo victims was beautiful:

And now, one year later, we’re enduring another massacre by Muslims in Brussels.

I don’t need another re-imaging of Heroes. I just wish people would wake up to what’s going on. The Islamophobes have one thousand years of terrorism supporting their argument. The people pointing fingers only have their opinions.  And, their opinions are costing innocent people their lives.

Whole Lotta Rosie

This is the most fun song ever recorded by mankind. Ever.

This particular video was recorded about the time I first saw ACDC. When I saw them it was right after they had released Highway to Hell and the title song was becoming a huge hit. So, it had this look and feel, with several new songs tossed in.

It was one of the greatest performances I ever saw. The energy level was off the charts. It was without any doubt at all the most fun show I ever went to. There was no posturing. No pointless political statements. Nothing. Just an occasional rant about drinking and fornicating and mostly breakneck rock and roll.

Bon died not too long after the show I saw. Rock’s not been quite the same since.