Todd Rundgren

“If I had the power, I’d say: If you’re a Trump supporter, don’t come to my show, because you won’t have a good time. And also, I don’t understand your frickin’ values. Because I’m not singing about that. If you don’t understand that basic thing, you’re just fooling yourself.”

It never ceases to amaze me how people who devote their entire careers to saying whatever the hell pleases them, have no problem being completely intolerant to other people’s opinions.  While cashing in on claiming a higher set of values, they practice fascism and intolerance.

I had several Rundgren tunes on my cell, I don’t now, per his recommendation.  I prefer artists who do it for the art, not so they can claim some moral high road.  And for what it’s worth, I’m not necessarily a “Trump supporter”.  I just know an asshole when I hear one.

My Science Fiction Tunes

Just for chucks and giggles, I’ve put together a playlist of some of my favorite science fiction songs that I’ve redone. As usual, there’s no vocals.  You have to sing them yourself.  See how many you can actually remember ( or ever even knew ) the words to:

Ziggy Stardust – Alien “Invasion”


The Man Who Sold the World – Afterlife


Starman – Aliens


Space Oddity – Space Travel


Science Fiction, Double Feature – A song about sci-fi. Duh.


Saviour Machine – Artificial Intelligence


Rocket Man – Space Travel


Oh! You Pretty Things – Making movies about science fiction


Moonage Daydream – Possibly android sexual gratification


Memory of a Free Festival – Alien contact


Me, I disconnect from you – Androids


Little Neutrino – Physics


Life on Mars! – A song about a movie about going to Mars.


Down in the Park – Future visions


Cat People – Eternal Life


Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Crafy – Alien Contact


Ashes to Ashes – Space Travel


Are Friends Electric? – Androids


Also Spach Zarathustra – AKA, theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey


Joy – Used extensively during the Apollo missions

Enjoy.  And don’t forget, I only do these for fun.

Get the much better, sometimes much different, originals here:

God Save the Queen

When I was in high school, I latched on to the punk scene.  I was about 15, had become a huge David Bowie fan, and was exploring different types of music.  My favorite punk band was definitely the Psychedelic Furs, but what got it started for me, and most punks, was The Sex Pistols.  The one song that got it going for me was God Save the Queen.  It was a scathing song about the fall of the British Monarchy, as symbolized by how Queen Elizabeth II was useless and had no future for England.  The chorus is one of the best choruses of any song, ever.   Loved singing it when I was 15.  That was the summer of 1977.

By the summer of 1978, the drug fueled energy that drove their music destroyed the band.  The Sex Pistols had no future.  Before the song lamenting Queen Elizabeth II even left the charts, the band was what they had sung she would be.

As I write this, nearly four decades after they wrote the song, Queen Elizabeth II is still the Queen of England and more popular now than she was even then.  The irony of The Sex Pistols is not lost on this one time Punk Rocker.

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.

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1999

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.

Prince

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