Category Archives: Music

Billy Joel – Allentown (1982)

Having gone through Billy Joel’s entire catalog recently (fun fact: his then wife Christie Brinkley, the ultimate shiksa, painted the wonderful album cover of River of Dreams), the song “Allentown” has been stuck in my head for nearly 2 weeks … Continue reading

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Page & Plant – The Rain Song (1994)

Back in 1994, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant recorded No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded, which was recorded in front of live audiences, with the London Metropolitan Orchestra in tow (but, strangely, John Paul Jones wasn’t even told … Continue reading

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Big Dipper – Ron Klaus Wrecked His House (1988)

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The Bottle Rockets – Radar Gun (1995)

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Lou Reed – Modern Dance (2000)

A real nice melody from Lou. Question: overall, are the lyrics good and relatable or do they ultimately peter out into facile anti-traditionalism & cosmopolitanism?

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XTC – Easter Theatre (1999)

It’s my annual Easter ritual to repost this most gorgeous of songs. As an XTC fanatic, it is, in my humble opinion, the absolute high point of Andy Partridge’s stellar songwriting career (a ‘fact’ I once had the pleasure of … Continue reading

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Judas Priest – Firepower (2018)

For the NWOBHM icons Judas Priest (some of whom are now septuagenarians), their new album Firepower is really good, far exceeding their previous album Redeemer of Souls (2014). I’ve cued up a particularly strong track called “Flame Thrower”:

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Cirkus – Those Were The Days (1973)

Cirkus were a U.K. band who navigated between hard rock and prog rock. Their 1973 album One is excellent, with standout tracks being “You Are”, “Song For Tavish”, “Melissa”, and “Those Were The Days”. “Those Were The Days” has a … Continue reading

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Coroner – Paralized, Mesmerized (1993)

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XTC – The Ugly Underneath (1992)

One of the countless gems by this sorely missed, genius band. First there’s the handshake It’s so warm that you could bake by it Designed to take attention from their Ugly Underneath… Then there’s the wedding The coordinated bedding And … Continue reading

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