Macklemore sings “Same Love” at Australian Rugby League finals

https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/macklemore-sings-gay-anthem-australian-rugby-final-amid-same-sex-n806771

 

Leave it to the rapper who wrote a gay rights anthem in support of Washington, his home state in 2012, to bring the song to Australia in the middle of their ballot initiative to legalize same sex marriage across the country.

I’ve got friends who disagree with my definition, but this is the most “punk rock” thing I’ve seen or heard all year.

Good on you, Mr. Haggerty.  Now, how about a re-release of the 7″ single?

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Tom Petty: 1950 – 2017

The legendary singer and songwriter was found unconscious in his home and rushed to the hospital.  After doctors found no brain activity, the decision was made to pull the plug.  Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers recently completed their 40th anniversary tour, billed as “their last big tour”.

Rest well, Mr. Petty.

It was 20 years ago today…September 1997

Oh, how I wanted to get this posted yesterday, but there were so many things happening yesterday…

Bob Dylan’s late career renaissance kicked off with the triumphant Time Out Of Mind.  The album was the first of three consecutive releases which brought him back from 1980’s ‘has been” releasing a string of Christian themed albums and other mediocre releases.  Time Out of Mind earned Dylan a Grammy for Album of the Year, as well as a nomination for Best Country Song (more on that later) in 1998.

Track one, “Lovesick” describes a relationship that’s on its last legs, with one party in the relationship almost at the point where they feel they have no choice but to leave.  The instrumentation on the track is simple, intentionally sounding like classic blues riffs.

Track five, “Tryin’ to Get to Heaven” tells the story in each verse of somebody seeing others shuffling about their lives while the storyteller is “trying to get to heaven before they close the door”.  The song is sung over five verses with no chorus, only that refrain at the end of each verse.  Still, the track never feels like it lags or goes on too long.

Track seven, “Not Dark Yet”, features the same theme as track five, the storyteller in the song knows that they are in the twilight of their years but feel they still have more life left to live.  There is clearly pain in lyrics such as “feel like my soul has been turned into steel” and “I’ve been to the bottom of a whirlpool of lies”.  “Not Dark Yet” reads like poetry, also containing no chorus and repeats the title four times over six verses with the first use not being introduced until the middle of the second verse.  Still, the song works without anything feeling out of alignment.

Track nine, “Make You Feel My Love” was almost immediately hailed as a masterpiece of songwriting.  Before Bob Dylan chose it as the final single from his album, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood both recorded versions for the soundtrack to the movie Hope Floats.  In the 20 years since the album was released, Billy Joel recorded a cover for his third greatest hits package, and of course Adele recorded a take of the song on her debut album, 19.  “Make You Feel My Love” tells the story of one person being so in love with their partner/spouse that the would do anything including “crawling down the avenue” and “go to the ends of the earth for you” to make them feel their love.  Looking up these lyrics, it also seems to work for a departed child, with several references to wind and rain offering a chance to embrace the person to whom the song is being sung.

Alright, back to that fleeting reference to Garth Brooks.  In 1998, the same year of “Soy Bomb” and Dylan’s Grammy for Album of the Year, he also received a nomination for Best Country Song for Brooks’ cover of the track, released as a single before Dylan released the song as a single in it’s own right.  Adele’s cover of the track, I think, has become the version most people know, a stand out track from her album before she became mega-famous for her vocal powers.  In gratitude, she released a live cover on the Amnesty International compilation of Dylan covers, Chimes of Freedom.

Bob Dylan’s follow up album, Modern Times achieved similar accolades, though no album of the year affirmation from the Grammys.  Pay In Blood, his most recent album of original material, continues his late career accolades.  Perhaps the highest recognition he has or will ever receive is his win for the Nobel Prize for Literature, the first time it has ever been awarded for a song writer, in 2016.  Dylan’s last couple of albums have been cover versions of songs Frank Sinatra performed, but I hold out hopes and desires that he will soon return to writing his own lyrics, something he has always done better than nearly everybody who has ever put pen to paper.

Cover song: Gas Chamber

It’s been a while since I wrote a piece about a cover song.  The subject of this composition is punk band Angry Samoans and their song “Gas Chamber”.

Originally recorded in 1982, the song (I think) compares being trapped in one’s own thoughts to the feeling of being locked in a gas chamber.  For some perspective, Angry Samoans also had songs with titles such as “Homo-Sexual” and “They Saved Hitler’s Cock” on the same album.

Fast forward to 1995.  Nirvana had disbanded with the death of Kurt Cobain and the alternative rock world was waiting to see what Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl were going to do with their notoriety and influence.  Enter the Foo Fighters (which, when I first heard the name, I thought it was the Food Fighters, because I didn’t understand the Foo reference) with a song that was a crisp 60 seconds and rocked my teenage ears.  It wasn’t for quite some time, several years in fact, that I realized that it wasn’t an original song.

The song saw it’s official release on as the b-side to “Big Me” in 1996, before being included on the 2004 compilation Rock Against Bush vol. 2, and later saw a vinyl released on the Foo Fighters cover set Medium Rare which was released as part of Record Store Day in 2011.

Over 20 years after first hearing it, I’m still waiting for the Foo Fighters to rock this hard again.  That’s not to say they haven’t put out some good singles through the years, but damn if nothing has met my expectations for what I was hoping a Dave Grohl fronted project would sound like.

Drowning in the Sound

Amanda Palmer just released a track to benefit those victims of the flooding in Houston.

Available here the track is about the multi-faceted response to disasters.  I ❤ Amanda Palmer and have since her Dresden Dolls days, so I was very eager to donate $5.00 to the Texas Diaper Bank in order to make this song my own.

100% of the proceeds through September 2017 will benefit the Diaper Bank.  Please show your support!

And now, ladies and gentlemen, for your aural pleasure, The Dresden Dolls:

 

Ladies and Gentlemen…Edward Louis Severson III

I didn’t know this before he was introduced this way, but before his parents divorced in 1965, Eddie Vedder was born Edward Louis Severson III.

This week’s episode of Twin Peaks saw Mr Severson being introduced at the Roadhouse before performing his vinyl only fan club single “Out of Sand”.

 

Only one more episode of the revival of Twin Peaks.   I’ll be sad to see it go.  If there were any justice in the world, Twin Peaks would be doing Game of Thrones-esque numbers, rather than having a hardcore loyal following.

It was 20 years ago today…August 1997

Rammstein:  Sehnchuct

I’m a few days late on this one, but here we go.

Rammstein are a German industrial band who burst onto the American alternative music scene with their track “Du Hast”.  Quite topically, their music was assumed to be socially conservative (read neo-Nazi), when in fact, their music, while provocative, is nothing of the sort.

The band enjoys word play.  Rammstein is Ramming Stone in German.  Ramstein was a US Air Force base in Germany.  Similarly, Du Hasst means “you hate” and Du Hast means “You have”.  Got it, great?  Everybody ready, because we’re going to deep dive into Du Hast.

Sonically, Du Hast sounds incredibly angry, but lyrically it’s more of a song about a relationship gone awry.  Below is a translation in full of the lyrics, taken from this website:

You
You have
You have asked
You
You have
You have asked
You
You have
You have asked
You
You have
You have asked
You
You have
You have asked
You have asked
You have asked me
You have asked me
You have asked me and I have said nothing
Do you want to be faithful for eternity
Until death parts you?
No!
No!
Do you want to be faithful for eternity
Until death parts you?
No!
No!
You
You have
You have asked
You
You have
You have asked
You
You have
You have asked
You
You have
You have asked
You have asked
You have asked me
You have asked me
You have asked me and I have said nothing
Do you want to be faithful for eternity
Until death parts you?
No!
No!
Do you want to love her even in bad days
Unto the death of the vagina?
No!
No!
So…basically, it’s one person in the relationship where one wants to get married and the other can’t bring themselves to respond.  Far from the angry supposition as assumed by many non-German speakers, from how the lyrics sound to our ears.
However, that’s not to say the band doesn’t have lyrics meant to provoke.  “Buck Dich” and “Spiel Mit Mir” are translated as “Bend Over” and “Play With Me” respectively.
(Sorry, for some reason that song won’t post the youtube video as a video).  During live performances, “Buch Dich” frequently sees simulated anal sex between the singer and the keyboard payer.  You’ve been warned.
“Spiel mit Mir” has met more resistance than any other song from this album.  Lyrically, it is about two brothers sharing the same bed at night, and performing sex acts on each other…so, there’s that…
Sehnchuct is, to date, the only entirely German album to be certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.  As of 2017, Rammstein were in the studio and hard at work on their 7th studio album.  May 19, 2017 also saw the release of their live DVD/Blu-ray titled Paris.