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One Day I’ll…Someday I’ll Come Home

I went on Saturday to the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival & it was fantastic, but Sunday was the day that I will remember for all my days. My sister & I arrived early in the morning to make sure we had a good seat at the stage where the Avett Brothers would play later that evening. They were the ones we wished to see most of all, but we were eager to see everything that the festival had to offer.

When the Felice Brothers came on, expectations were low. I’d heard of the band from New York in passing, but was not sure of what they had to offer. What they had to offer was a brilliant collection of songs that came across as a hybrid of Bob Dylan, The Band & Tom Waits.  We marveled at their presence & we enjoyed them without reservation.

Then came on Moon Alice & we were less enthusiastic about their performance. They were from a bygone generation of Dead Heads that didn’t appeal to my or her generation*. They spoke of doing hallucinogenic drugs & of playing with the Grateful Dead throughout the world. I must put this out there that I have a strong distaste towards the Grateful Dead & Jam bands in particular. It’s great if you’re on acid, but if stoned or drunk it does nothing but wear on one’s patience. Since I’ve never tried any psychedelic drugs (unless you consider pot as such) I couldn’t relate.

*My sister & I are 15 years apart, but oftentimes, if not at all times, she is the voice of reason.

Boodge (what my sister will be heretofore referred to as) & I decided to eat lunch. The sun came out for a spell & we basked in its glory, however short lived & we were asked by a young hippie what we were eating & where we could get it. Whole Foods, that corporate conglomerate that brilliantly markets itself to nonconformists was the answer & she brimmed with near luminescence at the suggestion that we didn’t propagate one of the other corporate establishments such as: Safeway, Raley’s or Lucky’s. As if this corporation was better than the others because it had a better global strategy to make more money by being the organic food headquarters, by being morally just to  follow laws about fair trade & by not being afraid to hire those, nay encourage their employees (male or female) to have dreadlocks & beards. A brilliant corporate strategy & one not lost on those that have the power of literacy.

I, however, could care less about any of that. While being a concerned global citizen, my main objective is selfish to be true. I want the best price I can find for my buck. Sure I can get a cup of coffee for a buck & Winchell’s**, but Starbuck’s offers the facilities to sit & write this diatribe for $1.95 so I’m getting more for my money. That, my friends, is economics.

**That is assuming I’m not dating myself & Winchell’s is still around.

After we consumed our hummus & flatbread thing with Spinach we left our blanket & ice chest at our little spot & headed off to wander to the various booths of food & merch before going to see Randy Newman. Randy Newman was uproariously funny. Cracking jokes in-between songs & we laughed as if seated in a comedy club. It was half way through the set that I became distracted by a curious Groundhog, named Gunther by Boodge. He would come up eat a little grass, peer out over the crowd & scurry back into his hole. Shy, but not overly so it didn’t take him to long to become comfortable with me & eat leaves right from my hand.

After Randy Newman’s set, which included scattered boos for playing “I Love L.A.” we headed off to see Elvis Costello, one of the larger draws of the show. We got a spot on  a hill about a mile away, which was great for about five minutes until the sheer masses of people began to crowd around us & the young Boodge’s claustrophobia got the better of her. Five songs & we headed off to the Avett Brothers stage. Declan MacMannus would have to wait for another day.

As we walked over, Boodge felt a desire to apologize for her ailments. How heartless must one be to want to subject someone they care about to such deplorable a condition as thousands of people pushing against you & making you terribly uncomfortable. Apologies weren’t necessary as I was none to happy to subject her or myself to something thoroughly unenjoyable.

We caught the Yonder Mountain String Band & they made us dance with a joy that is usually reserved for weddings, funerals & bar mitzvahs. Banjos, fiddles & an accordion ruled the hour as we lost all inhibition to what others may think. We had never heard their music before, but it didn’t stop us from enjoying them as if they were our hometown band making a trip through one last time.

After they finished we anxiously awaited the band we wanted to see most of all. Boodge wanted them to play “Colorshow” more than anything & wouldn’t you know they came out & led with it. The tempo was set & we lost ourselves in the music. They played songs from their newest album, their older albums & a cover of Doc Watson’s “Blue Ridge Mountains”. The throngs of people made it even better as we belted out the lyrics as though we’d written them ourselves. We sang with reckless abandon as well all peered out over the haze of fog & marijuana smoke that permeated the festival atmosphere.

As if on cue when “Salina” came on we danced like Native Americans dancing for rain & when the lyric “The rain it fell, the story went on. The rain it fell & we got gone” came we all screamed it as a steady drizzle fell in the valley of trees where the stage was situated. Epic is a word that I throw around, sometimes too often, but that is what the scene was in a word. The energy put into that set left us speechless. After an hour & a half of singing & playing their hearts out the boys from North Carolina left the stage to pure love & affection.

In that moment, where we all sang “I & Love & You” & the Avetts left the stage we genuinely felt it. It was nothing but admiration, thankfulness & love for giving us an experience. There are things that have stuck with me in my life, the births of my sisters, niece & nephew, my father’s passing, the first time I saw Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney & Bad Religion. This was one of those moments where time stood still & 100, 000 voices on the ground, in the trees, on hills sang in unison to the heavens. No violence, no strife as the free festival carried through three days of peace due to the benevolence & generosity of Warren Hellman.

As we left the excitement was palpable & life was good. We were throughly exhausted, but it was the good kind. The kind that makes you know that the thing you just witnessed was magical & will be a story that never grows old. We were there, like it was Monterey ’67 or Woodstock ’69. We watched these artists give us joy & in turn we gave them love & admiration. Our lives were forever changed by music & why shouldn’t it be music that changes lives. Why must life always be changed by negative things? Why can’t that those moments of joy stay locked in our cranial cavities like money in a safe only coming out when we feel the need to share. It was a glorious day!

Top 250 Albums of All-Time 169-160

#169 – What’s The Story Morning Glory? – Oasis

With grunge puttering out after the suicide of Nirvana lead man Kurt Cobain, Metal long since past it’s glory days & punk still not having gotten it’s second wind Oasis introduced the second British invasion. With the constant storyline of the ever-bickering Gallagher brothers it would seem music would suffer (it eventually did), but it was just the opposite. What’s the Story Morning Glory? was one of the best selling albums of the 90s with 20 million records sold. The influence of the Beatles is hard to deny with “Imagine” being intertwined with the opening notes of “Don’t Look Back in Anger” & “Wonderwall” being the first Beatles solo album, a movie George Harrison provided the soundtrack for. In all reality, as previously alluded to, this was the beginning of the end for Oasis. After this, their third album was just not the same critically or profit wise as people grew tired of the bickering Gallagher’s & their antics.

Don’t Look Back in Anger – Oasis

Wonderwall – Oasis

#168 – Paul’s Boutique – The Beastie Boys

Take three Jewish kids from Brooklyn who can rap & like magic you have the Beastie Boys. Three of the biggest legends of rap. Together with the Dust Brothers, who had previously worked on Tone Loc’s album “Loc’d After Dark” they created Paul’s Boutique. An album that initially did not sell well, but was hailed by critics with Rolling Stone calling it, “the Pet Sounds/Dark Side of the Moon of Hip-Hop.” Samples of Curtis Mayfield’s, “Superfly” turned up on, “The Eggman” which also included samples of “Pump it Up” by Elvis Costello, the “Jaws Theme” by John Williams & “Dance to the Music” by Sly & the Family Stone. Today this is considered one of the greatest albums in Hip-Hop history for the breakthrough Dust Brothers/Beastie Boys sound. “Eggman” & “Hey Ladies” were posted here previously so here are two others from the album.

The Sounds of Science – Beastie Boys

Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun – Beastie Boys

#167 – One of These Nights – The Eagles

One of These Nights is one of the last albums where the Eagles stay true to form of their original ideal of becoming the 70’s version of the Byrd’s. Flashes of the pop-rock band they were to become show in songs like the title track, but their country roots shine in others like “Lyin’ Eyes” & “Take it to the Limit”. Because of the seemingly new direction they were headed in, Bernie Leadon chose to leave the band after this album came out & was quickly replaced by Joe Walsh. It was after this that Don Henley & Glenn Frey began to exert more control & change the direction to more of a stylized/slick rock sound.

Lyin’ Eyes – The Eagles

Take it to the Limit – The Eagles

#166 – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill – Lauryn Hill

Hearkening back to a soul sound that hadn’t been heard since the 60’s, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was an album that rivaled anything Mary J. Blige has ever put out. A crowning achievement in the soul music genre & in the career of ex-Fugees singer, Lauryn Hill, the album discussed many themes. Those themes primarily revolved around the struggles of African-Americans including relations with one another as on the track, “Doo Wop (That Thing)” that speaks to African-American men & women caught in “the struggle”. Both the women who “try to be a hard rock when they really are a gem” & the men who are “more concerned with rims & Tims, than his women” are admonished by Hill who warns them not to allow “That thing” whatever it is to tuin their lives.

Doo Wop (That Thing) – Lauryn Hill

I Used to Love Him – Lauryn Hill

#165 – The Marshall Mathers LP – Eminem

Violent, angry, brooding, misogynistic & comical is how one could describe Eminem’s third album, The Marshall Mathers LP. With tracks like “Kill You” which speaks of his hatred for his mother in some of the most despicable, graphic ways imaginable, but one can’t help but be engaged while listening to songs like “Stan”.

“Stan” is a story of a fan who is obsessed with Eminem and writes to him but doesn’t receive a reply. Stan drives his car off a bridge with his pregnant girlfriend in the trunk. The first three verses are delivered by Stan, the first two in letter form and the third being spoken as he is about to drive off a bridge and is recording a cassette with the intent (but, he realizes too late, not the means) to send it to Eminem. The song makes heavy use of sound effects, with rain and thunder heard in the background, as well as pencil scratchings during the first two verses, and then as Stan drives off the bridge, listeners hear tires screeching and a crashing sound, followed by a splash of water, in a style similar to the 1964 songs “Dead Man’s Curve” and “Leader of the Pack”. The fourth verse is Eminem responding to Stan, only realizing at the last second that he has heard about Stan’s death on the news as he was writing to him.

The song can also be interpreted as a reply at Eminem’s critics, who accuse him of promoting drugs and violence, because it creates a scenario that clearly shows that his rap lyrics are not meant to be taken seriously, “what’s this shit you said about you like to cut your wrists too? I say that shit just clownin’ dogg, c’mon – how fucked up is you?”

The song was produced by The 45 King and samples the first couple of lines of “Thank You” by Dido as the chorus. Say what you will about the content what can’t be underestimated is that Eminem did for white rappers what Vanilla Ice never could. This album made Eminem hated by so many interest group yet he persevered selling 1.6 million albums in the first week. Whther you think that is good or bad the album is filled with rhymes & beats that defined rap for the better part of this decade.

Stan – Eminem

Kill You – Eminem

#164 – The Specials – The Specials

Picking up where the great Jamaican ska/two-tone bands of the 60’s left off The Specials self-titled debut album was summarily an homage to those two-tone/ska bands/artists that left an indelible impact on the genre. Artists such as: Lee “Scratch” Perry, Prince Buster, Toots & the Maytals & of course Dandy Livingstone who’s 1967 single “A Message to You, Rudy” became of the Specials most popular songs. Trombonist, Rico Rodriguez, who performed on many of the 50’s/60’s Jamaican recordings, before moving to London in 1962, played on The Specials version as he had on the original recording 15 years earlier. As a former member of the legendary band The Skatalites, a band that helped define the sound of ska & reggae, Rico’s appearance on the album considerably added to the Specials credentials.

Too Hot – The Specials

Message to You, Rudy – The Specials

#163 – Paranoid – Black Sabbath

Paranoid is the album that Tony Iommi made his name on. One of the most influential heavy metal albums of all-time, Paranoid, put Black Sabbath on the map with “Iron Man” & the delusional tale “paranoid”. With Tony Iommi wailing on the guitar & Ozzy Osbourne’s most inspired vocals as his range is evident even in the   heavy rock anthems. While the album is considered a heavy metal masterpiece there are nonetheless mellow songs such as “Planet Caravan” with Ozzy using the Leslie Speaker to create the dream-like vocals. “Iron Man’ which won a best metal performance Grammy in 2000, 30 years after it was released is one of the best songs on the album as is the unassuming anti-war song “War Pigs” which questions the logic of sending others to die for selfish causes you won’t fight for yourself.

Planet Caravan – Black Sabbath

Paranoid – Black Sabbath

#162 – Magical Mystery Tour – The Beatles

Perhaps the most underrated of all the Beatles albums, Magical Mystery Tour is a psychedelic tour de force as it weaves in and out of brilliant compositions. The revolutionary use of looping techniques was an inspiration to many up and coming bands as was the movie that this soundtrack was made for. Magical Mystery Tour was the first Beatles film project following the death of manager Brian Epstein in August 1967, and there has been much speculation that the absence of Epstein’s judgment contributed to its undisciplined production, as seen, for instance, in the absence of a screenplay and professional direction. The film originally appeared twice on BBC-TV over the 1967 Christmas holidays (first in black and white, then in colour on BBC2), but was savaged by critics on its release; it was, however, noted by Steven Spielberg in film school (according to McCartney in one of the interviews for The Beatles Anthology: “I’ve read that people like him have sort of said, ‘When I was in school that was a film we really took notice of…’ like an art film, you know, rather than a proper film).

Strawberry Fields Forever – The Beatles

All You Need is Love – The Beatles

#161 – Superfly – Curtis Mayfield

Widely considered a classic of 1970s soul/funk, Superfly was a nearly immediate hit. Its sales were bolstered by two million-selling singles, “Freddie’s Dead” (#2 R&B, #4 Pop) and the title track (#5 R&B, #8 Pop). “Superfly” is one of the few soundtracks to out-gross the film it accompanied.

Superfly, along with Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, was one of the pioneering soul concept albums, with its then-unique socially aware lyrics about poverty and drug abuse making the album stand out. The film and the soundtrack may be perceived as dissonant, since the Super Fly film holds rather ambiguous—some will say sympathetic—views on drug dealers, whereas Curtis Mayfield’s position is far more critical.

Like What’s Going On, the album was a surprise hit that record executives felt had little chance at significant sales. Due to its success, Mayfield was tapped for several film soundtracks over the course of the decade.

Superfly – Curtis Mayfield

Pusherman – Curtis Mayfield

#160 – Lady Soul – Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin’s greatest song, regardless of what you think about “Respect”, is “Natural Woman”. Her vocal range is never better that in this soft ballad about recognizing the one you’re with accepts you for who & what you are. Written by Gerry Goffin & Carole King it got up to #8 on the Billboard Charts. Not only did Aretha have the most powerful voice in the business, the best songwriters at her disposal, she also had one of the best backing bands around. A band that included none other than Sam Cooke’s former guitarist Bobby Womack, who himself would go on to cover “Natural Woman’, changing it to “Natural Man” & also his classic “Across 100th Street”. All these elements aligned to make Lady Soul a brilliant near operatic masterpiece for Aretha Franklin and female soul musicians in general.

Chain of Fools – Aretha Franklin

Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin

Music News – Woody Show, Jay-Z, Simpsons, iTunes, Weezer

Some great things going on this week. The new releases have been a huge disappointment for the third third week in a row, so I’ll come up with something for Wednesday & post the Music News today.

  • P.S. Hoping to do that long rumored Woody Fife interview this week. Getting in touch with him has been a bit of a hassle lately, but here’s hoping we can get it done soon. I’d even be open to doing a segment on the New Woody & Rizzuto show at the point in St. Louis. Here’s some other Live 105 news:
  • Greg Gory has been fired 3 months after the rest of The Woody Show was unscrupulously show the door. Dave Numb is showing tremendous idiocy in getting rid of people like Gory.
  • New rumor coming out of Live 105 is that No Name will move to 3-7p, Jared to 10a-3p, Madden to 7-midnight. KEVIN AND BEAN syndicate mornings from L.A. station KROQ. I’m chasing down some leads trying to get confirmation on this & will keep you posted. Check out this video of the moron White Menace continuously being himself & failing miserably at getting anything right. What a treat! Stay behind the camera, genius. I wouldn’t let this jackass introduce me in front of a firing squad let alone a treasure like Happy Days. NOT THE HAPPY DAYS, JUST HAPPY DAYS.
  • Jay-Z’s new album The Blueprint III is coming out on September 11, but the second single released came out this morning at, fittingly 9:11 am on some radio station no one cares about & is reintroduces Rhianna to the Jay-Z stable of collaborators. Her first collaboration since Chris Brown pummeled her down the street from my house.  Jay-Z also replaced the Beastie Boys (due to MCA’s previously reported cancer) at the All Points West Festival marking his first U.S. Festival appearance.

Run This Town – Jay-Z, Rhianna, Kanye West

D.O.A. (Death of Autotune) – Jay-Z

  • Weezer is starting to tread in dangerous Jason Mraz waters with their new teen-pop direction. It’s been this way for a few albums now. They went from Hipster idols to Teen idols on par with the Jonas Brothers or High School musical or worse Jason Mraz. Way to sell out, Weezer. Here are two songs they debuted in South Korea, of all places. You tell me do these songs scream Jason Mraz is my mentor or what. I haven’t seen things suck this much since Jason Mraz & Dave Matthews collaborated. Here’s what former Sleater-Kinney singer/guitarist Carrie Brownstein said:

I don’t know if Weezer hates its fans or just the (apparently) stifling concept of sincerity, but you should listen to these two new songs if you weren’t already convinced of Weezer’s contempt for music.

  • Chris Martin of Coldplay will be a guest on the Simpsons this coming season, the 21st. There is no sense in complaining about this. Coldplay is not a great band, but they certainly aren’t the worst. The Simpsons is still a funny show & I wouldn’t mind seeing it on for another 10 years if it stays funny regardless of who’s on. Here’s a list of previous rock stars to guest on the show: U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Who, R.E.M., Phish, Sting, the Ramones, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, Blink-182, David Byrne, the White Stripes, Aerosmith as endorsers of “Flaming Moe’s” and Johnny Cash as a Guatemalan Insanity Pepper-induced coyote that talks to a hallucinating Homer. But perhaps the most memorable music-related episode of The Simpsons was “Homerpalooza,” which featured appearance by Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, Cypress Hill and Peter Frampton.
  • The Financial Times Website is reporting about a new incentive to try & get consumers to purchase more digital albums versus strictly selective songs.

Apple is working with the four largest record labels to stimulate digital sales of albums by bundling a new interactive booklet, sleeve notes and other interactive features with music downloads, in a move it hopes will change buying trends on its on-line iTunes store.

The talks come as Apple is separately racing to offer a portable, full-featured, tablet-sized computer in time for the Christmas shopping season, in what the entertainment industry hopes will be a new revolution. The device could be launched alongside the new content deals, including those aimed at stimulating sales of CD-length music, according to people briefed on the project.

  • Finally, if you haven’t heard, Daft Punk are doing the score to the new Tron movie (Tron Legacy) & Thom Yorke & Bon Iver have both written songs for the next movie in the Twilight series, New Moon. Not sure if anyone, though, can match the perfection of Johnny Greenwood’s score of There Will Be Blood which was miles ahead of No Country For Old Men as far as score & the movie in general.

Top 250 Albums of All-Time 179-170

#179 – Houses of the Holy – Led Zeppelin

If I & II were their blues album, III was their folk/acoustic album & IV was the Celtic album then Houses of the Holy is Led Zeppelin’s foray into psychedelic music as witnessed with tracks like “No Quarter”, “The Ocean” & “The Rain Song”. This was also the first Led Zeppelin album not to be self titled & is regarded by critics as one of their finest albums. It stands out as one of Jimmy Page’s finest performances & shows off Robert Plant’s writing style as it had progressed dramatically even since IV.

No Quarter – Led Zeppelin

The Ocean – Led Zeppelin

#178 – In Rainbows – Radiohead

Is it one of the best albums of 2007 or 2008? Let’s see it was released in 2007 for a pay-whatever-you-want price on the band’s website, but was released on CD in 2008 & was given the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album in 2009. Regardless, In Rainbows is universally hailed as one Radiohead’s finest albums. It has what Thom Yorke called “Seduction songs & Yorke also said, “the lyrics are quite caustic-the idea of ‘before you’re comatose’ or whatever, drinking yourself into oblivion & getting fucked-up to forget…there is partly this elation. But there’s a much darker side.”

Jigsaw Falling Into Place – Radiohead

Weird Fishes/Arpeggi – Radiohead

House of Cards – Radiohead

#177 – Cheap Thrills – Big Brother & The Holding Company

Big Brother obtained a considerable amount of attention after their 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival and had released their debut album soon after. By early 1968, they began work on what was the most eagerly anticipated record of the year. The album’s overall raw sound effectively captures the band’s energetic and lively concerts. The album was released in the summer of 1968, one year after their debut album, and reached number one on the Billboard charts in its eighth week in October. It kept the number one spot for eight (nonconsecutive) weeks while the single, “Piece of My Heart,” also became a huge hit. By the end of the year it was the most successful album of 1968, having sold nearly a million copies. The success was short-lived however, as Janis Joplin left the group for a solo career in December, 1968.

Piece of My Heart – Big Brother & the Holding Co.

Summertime – Big Brother & The Holding Co.

#176 – Dire Straits – Dire Straits

The debut album by Dire Straits introduced Mark Knopfler to an eager American audience searching for a new sound with the awful taste disco left in people’s mouths in 1978. With their bluesy, lounge sounds Dire Straits captivated audiences with such hits as “Down to the Waterline”, “Six Blade Knife” & their gigantic hit “Sultans of Swing”. Dire Straits played a more conventional style, albeit with a stripped-down sound that appealed to audiences also weary of the overproduced stadium rock of the 1970s. In their early days, Mark and David Knopfler requested that pub owners turn down their sound so that patrons could converse while the band played, an indication of their unassuming demeanor. Despite this oddly self-effacing approach to rock and roll, Dire Straits soon became hugely successful, with their first album going multi-platinum globally.

Six Blade Knife – Dire Straits

Sultans of Swing – Dire Straits

#175 – The Low End Theory – A Tribe Called Quest

The Low End Theory is the second album by A Tribe Called Quest & further showed the Jazz/Hip-Hop stylings of Tribe led by Q-Tip & Phife Dawg’s lyrics which were on a myriad of subjects including: date rape, violence in hip-hop, jazz & exploitation of musicians by promoters. They set the style for artists such as the Roots, Common & even Kanye West with their jazz samplings & heavy beats. When the album was first brought to the studio heads, they hated the album and thought it was not very good at all. People such as Barry Weiss (the former president of Jive, now the Chairman of the Zomba Label Group division of Sony Music) told them that it would be a commercial and critical failure. However due to the label’s faith in Q-Tip and the rest of the group, the album was released mostly unchanged and it has since achieved worldwide critical acclaim.

Jazz (We’ve Got) – A Tribe called Quest

Vibes & Stuff – A Tribe Called Quest

#174 – Heartbreaker – Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams’ debut album after he left Whiskeytown. When it starts off you notice the dramatic contrast to the work he did with Whiskeytown. Whiskeytown was much more country, mellow where as there is definitely more of a rock twinge to Heartbreaker. That isn’t to say however that the country influence still doesn’t filter through. “Winding Wheel” is a perfect example with the acoustic guitar & a banjo to go along with the brushes being used on the drums. “To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)” was featured in the movie Old School & on Gap commercials as well.

Damn Sam (I Love a Woman That Rains) – Ryan Adams

Winding Wheel – Ryan Adams

#173 – The Last Waltz Soundtrack – The Band

The Last Waltz was the last time all five members of the band would share the same stage together. Richard Manuel would hang himself ten years later & they would never have a chance to gain the form they showed as Bob Dylan’s & Ronnie Hawkins backing band & then as an act all their own. Perhaps their best performance was their final one. Made as a film by none other than Martin Scorsese, The Last Waltz gathered some of the finest musicians around to bid farewell to an influential rock/blues band. Never before had Canada provided such brilliant musicians & dare I say hasn’t since.”It Makes No Difference” is perhaps one of the finest live recordings ever done. It is Rick Danko at his finest. His voice quivers just slightly as you feel the pain in this beautiful break-up song.

It Makes No Difference – The Band

The Weight – The Band w/ The Staple Singers

#172 – Louder Than Bombs – The Smiths

The album was released as the American counterpart to their recent British compilation The World Won’t Listen and consisted of all singles and nearly all B-sides that had not at that point been available in the States, either on single or album, with a few other tracks added. The title is borrowed from a line in Elizabeth Smart’s extended prose poem “By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept”.The album was intended to substitute for both The World Won’t Listen and their 1984 compilation Hatful of Hollow as these had not been released in the United States. This is why the non-single track “This Night Has Opened My Eyes” from Hatful of Hollow was included.

Ask – The Smiths

Panic – The Smiths

#171 – My Aim Is True -Elvis Costello

Costello (born Declan MacManus) had been performing in clubs and pubs in Liverpool and London since 1970 and had created some demo tapes, but he had had little success in obtaining a recording contract. When Stiff Records was founded in 1976, Costello submitted his demos there and found some interest. Costello called in sick to his day job (as a data-entry clerk) in order to rehearse and record the album with Clover, which was cut in a series of six four-hour sessions for about £1,000.

Costello stayed at his day job as the first two singles, “Less Than Zero” and “Alison”, were pre-released without much success. Finally, the label decided to release the album in the summer of 1977, and he was asked to quit his job and become a professional musician. Stiff Records would match his office wages and gave him a record advance of £150, an amp, and a tape recorder. Three weeks after its release, Costello was on the cover of a music paper. He described this situation as being “an overnight success after seven years.”

Alison – Elvis Costello

Watching the Detectives – Elvis Costello

#170 – Nashville Skyline – Bob Dylan

If John Wesley Harding was Bob Dylan dabbling in country music then Nashville Skyline was his complete immersion in the genre as he reinvented himself yet again. Previously a Folk revolutionary, Dylan grew tired of being seen as the epic protestor that people conceived him to be & wanted to try something new. “I wasn’t the toastmaster of any generation”, Dylan wrote, “and that notion needed to be pulled up by its roots.” Sometime during that session, country legend Johnny Cash stopped by to visit. A friend and label-mate of Dylan’s as well as an early supporter of his music, Cash had been recording next door with his own band. The two wound up recording a series of duets, covering Dylan’s “One Too Many Mornings” and “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” as well as Cash’s own “I Still Miss Someone.” None of these were deemed usable, but Cash returned the following day to record more duets.

Lay Lady Lay – Bob Dylan

Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You – Bob Dylan