Monday, September 26

Music Monday: Happy Birthday Marty Robbins!

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Marty Robbins is one of those musicians who keeps flipping back and forth between "old people music" and "cool" with each new generation. Right now, of course, he's smoking hot. But even if he falls from grace, don't worry. He'll be rediscovered again and again. His stuff is just too good! Which Scott is about to prove to you.

Marty Robbins - Big Iron

 

Without a doubt, Marty Robbins is best known for the songs on this cowboy album. And they're great. My vinyl copy is one of my prize possessions. But that's not all Marty Robbins is known for. He pretty much has a song for every occasion.

And we'll prove it! Let's go!

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Monday, September 19

Music Monday: Gram Parsons

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! If you've ever listened to something that sounded like country and rock at the same time, you possibly owe a debt to Gram Parsons. His name doesn't often come up these days, but those who love him always love him, and those who don't are often convinced to start. Scott's got five songs selected from Gram's career. Enjoy.

The International Submarine Band - I Must Be Somebody Else You've Known

 

Gram Parsons passed away on September 19th, 1973 of an overdose of morphine. His road manager stole his body and set it on fire in a national park. The cops showed up before the burning was done and the manager had to give the body back to the family. That's the kind of death most rock stars only dream about.

And that's just how we START! More to come...

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Monday, September 12

Music Monday: Car Crash Love

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! For some reason, there are like a billion songs all about teenagers who die in car crashes. Once you start really digging into the genre it's kinda weird. So, of course, Scott's spending another Monday doing some digging. Join in! And, um, wear your seatbelt.

Mark Dinning - Teen Angel

 

I don't wanna say this song started the car crash craze, but it was certainly one of the earlier ones. And it sort of makes sense when you think about it. The idea of a teenager was sorta new in the 1950s, and certainly the post-war teens were the first generation to drive themselves to high school regularly. That mix of youth and rebellion led to accidents, accidents made the paper, and, well, we got some songs. And not just one song. Many songs. Many many many songs.

More crashes coming up. Drive safe, kids.

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Monday, September 05

Music Monday: A Girl Like You

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! There are a lot of different topics in the world, but music keeps coming back to a few over and over again. Today Scott's found five songs that all share the same title, but take a drastically different approach to execution. Check 'em out. You've probably heard a few.

The Smithereens - A Girl Like You

 

There isn't a lot to say today, because it's really the music that's doing the talking. So I encourage you to listen to all the songs and enjoy how they change. Obviously, we start here with a power-pop hit. So catchy!

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Monday, August 29

Music Monday: Classic Trax

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Today we celebrate all those songs that we're amazed ever existed! Who knew so many different bands recorded together in secret? Here's a great example of what we mean right now:

Alice Cooper and Body Count - Law & Order

Ice T's rock band still tours even today, mixing street smarts with metal strings. The horror-rock pioneer was a perfect fit for their unusual style. I personally missed a chance to see this when I was in college, and I kinda regret it now.

Four more to come! And then a few words at the end, of course. Maybe you've already guessed what they'll be.

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Monday, August 22

 

Monday, August 15

Music Monday: The Devil

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Today we celebrate the seasonably warm weather with a salute to the dark force of the hottest place in the Universe: The Devil! In music, of course, The Devil means something very different than in religion. In fact, the devil doesn't always mean the same thing between different songs! One Devil isn't always the other Devil, if you follow us. And if you don't, you will when you finish today's Music Monday.

Iron Maiden - Number Of The Beast

 

Iron Maiden's Devil is the Devil from a horror story. This the the jump-scare Devil that comes from camp-outs and old wives' tales. Even though they took flack for being scary Satanists, this song is really more cautionary. There are bad things in the woods, and if you get too close, you might be taken against your will.

More Deviltry to come!

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Monday, August 08

Music Monday: Beach Party

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! A good ol' fashioned beach party is a summer tradition. It doesn't even matter if you're in a landlocked state. Find some sand, pour out some water near it, and you've got all you need to beach party the day away while blasting all these tunes! Come on, every body! Let's make it happne!

The Jamies - Summertime, Summertime

 

This lovely song is structured like a hymn. And in a way, it is! What kid doesn't know the feelings of finally reaching summer and having nothing to do for three whole months? If that's not a religious experience I don't know what is.

More beach party to come! Stay away from the undertow!

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Monday, August 01

Music Monday: Jokes (Mostly Dirty)

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! The truth is, we've all laughed at a dirty joke at least once. Today Scott's gathered a variety of songs based on off-color humor. Offensive? Maybe. Exciting? Absolutely.

NSFW Mighty Sparrow - Castro Eating A Banana

 

If you can't make out the lyrics behind the fun fun music, here's the summary: a woman tries to stop children from looking at a photo of Fidel Castro eating a banana because she thinks it's pornography. That's the level of humor we're gonna explore today. More inside.

See you after the jump, if you care to debase yourself with us.

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Monday, July 25

Music Monday: RIP Recap

by Scott Lydon

Scott took a little break from RIP posts, but today they're back again. Since last we tributed, four quality musical talents have passed. Let's reference them here, shall we?

Alan Vega - American Dreamer

 

Alan Vega was the kind of artist who you either find or you don't. If you don't find him, you'll think someone else invented the things they took from him. If you do find him, you'll instantly understand why so many different musicians took the time to mourn him. This song from one of Vega's solo records (I think using equipment borrowed from The Cars) marks him as a sort of digital Lou Reed. Vega was also better known as half of Suicide. One of their songs will be ending this post.

We've got some other goodbyes first, though. Press on...

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