Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Musical interlude

Time for tuneage! (Or is it spelled tunage?) Here are my earworms for the past few weeks; I've been delinquent in not sharing! A variety of styles represented, you should be able to find at least ONE you like.


In this strangely-staged video, Steve Winwood looks like a boy scout. Come to think of it, he still does. Also, I know he is talking about tribesmen, but I always think of Marvel comics Headmen. I blame my spouse for that!

40,000 Headmen - Traffic


I debated whether I should jeopardize my musical cred by playing a JOURNEY song ((gasp)) -- an 80s-era secret guilty pleasure of mine, along with Duran Duran. I figured if they were good enough for Tony Soprano, they're good enough for me. Just listen to these purty power chords. (my favorite is at 1:07-14---yowee!) And check out that utterly flawless, bang-up finish.

I love this because it brings back the period surrounding my second divorce quite vividly. Ironically, I wasn't having any fun at the time... but your youth is still your youth, even when it sucks... and one day, believe it or not, you will wax nostalgic over even the suckiest times.

The Girl Can't Help It - Journey


Did I say Duran Duran?

It is notable that (unlike today) all of the women in this video appear to be of a reasonably healthy weight.

Girls on Film - Duran Duran


You can close your eyes - James Taylor and Carly Simon


I frequently quote Billy Jack on blogs ("I try, I really do") and only recently discovered the kidz never even heard of him. Admittedly, I forced my daughter, Delusional Precious, to watch Billy Jack when she was 14 or so (the age I was when I saw it), and she rolled her eyes during most of it. So, I will simply show this montage of clips with the theme song, which you may have heard before.

Time out for hippies!

One Tin Soldier (theme from Billy Jack) - Coven


There are several excellent versions of this on YouTube, including a great live one w/Crazy Horse, but I wanted the one with fiddles, horse-clopping sounds and Nicolette Larson. (R.I.P.) And whaddaya know, I found it, played right off the record. :)

Comes a Time - Neil Young w/Nicolette Larson


I was planning to save these last two for Instrumental Oldies, Pt 2, but decided to play them now... since it appears I will never get around to fabled Part Two. I was doing pretty good to post the first one!

Time is Tight - Booker T and the MGs


Not everyone has an iphone to tell them the names of songs! Whenever this gets played in the store where I work, someone asks me who it is. This was the 'official' video; the original song was well over 7 minutes. (Again, the presence of dancing women of healthy weights! Pretty radical stuff!)

Rise - Herb Alpert


sheila said...

Okay, Steve Winwood reminds of Dick Clark with his aging ability, lol. LOVE the ONE TIN SOLDIER - love that movie! I want to rent it now. Was it One Tin Soldier or Billy Jack? Or something like that?

James Taylor and Carly Simon melt my heart. :o)

sheila said...

Sorry, got so excited about the video I didn't see the writing ahead of it, LOL! I saw this as a teen too. Billy Jack was one hot dude wasn't he? :o)

JoJo said...

Steve Winwood was a baby in Traffic wasn't he? What was he 14 or 15?

Don't feel bad, Journey is one of my guilty pleasures as well. So's Foreignor. And Duran Duran. I love tons of 80's bands.

Brian loves Billie Jack but the rape scene bothered me so much that I won't watch it again. I am too emotionally unstable to take that movie psychologically.

Loved Nicolette's "Lotta Love". I forgot she passed; she was so young.

The only version of Time is Tight I've ever heard is the one by the Clash. It's on the Black Market Clash EP.

Finally, anyone who watched "General Hospital" when "Rise" came out has a very specific memory of a scene from that soap. Almost every female in my high school watched GH back then. lol

word verif: brays

sheila said...

Finally got back here to watch. Seems like it was just yesterday that I watched this. I mean, the actual movie, lol. I wonder... I wonder now if movies like that helped form me in my younger years. I think so.

D. said...

I had totally spaced Billy Jack and sequels. Major moneymaker at the time, then into the memory hole.

I think I mentioned rediscovering Journey last year (you will have noticed the occasional reference), but unfortunately the song in my head titled "The Girl Can't Help It" is Little Richard, who has the lock on that.

Steve Winwood was a baby in the Spencer Davis Group; he would have been 17 or 18 in Traffic.

I have never gotten enough of "Rise" and I don't even know the GH connection.

DaisyDeadhead said...

D, "Born Losers" (actually a prequel) was an entertaining biker B-movie, but "The Trial of Billy Jack" was pretty terrible, ranking with PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE as one of the worst movies of all time.

The child crying in the center at 3:19, wearing a purple shirt, at is the daughter of Tom Laughlin and Delores Taylor. The screenwriting credit "Written by TC Frank" stood for their children, Teresa, Christina and Frank; I think that one is Teresa. (Her bad songs were also included on the bad soundtrack.)

It's bad all right (which is why I linked, no argument from me, but a near-perfect artifact of the times, just like GONE WITH THE WIND is. Everything can't be made by Daryl F Zanuck!

My other favorite Billy Jack quotes for the blogs:

When policemen break the law, then there isn't any law.

When Christians tell me I should turn the other cheek, as Jean tells Billy Jack: You just can't keep making your own laws. There's got to be one set of laws fair for everyone, including you.

Billy Jack: That's fine. When that set of laws is applied to everyone, then I'll turn the other cheek too.

And from Jean (Delores Taylor):

So easy for you to die dramatically! It's a hell of a lot tougher for those of us who have to keep on trying!

Jane Fonda once said this dialogue was a microcosm of the pacifist vs. direct-action arguments going on in the peace movement at the time the movie was made. Quite true, and in my experience, they continued all the way up until the disintegration of the 70s coalition.

Blue Heron said...

Waxing nostalgia for the time revolving around your second divorce. Funny, sad. Alas, my divorce doesn't conjure up any great songs. I remember laying down on the bed crying while she broke into uncontrollable laughter. The dog had done something funny through the window supposedly.

Check out Dave Mason's more recent takes on 40k headmen on Youtube. Very psychedelic guitar work - always reminded me of Jerry. I saw the dead play with Traffic at Vegas for three nights as well as Winwood playing Sugaree with JGB. Brilliant. I never got journey, foreigner, but that was probably my problem.