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|EUGENE MARTONE VS. JACK BUTLER|
In a recent BOTB comment section, the Eagles' song 'HOTEL CALIFORNIA' was mentioned, and that got me to thinking about two other songs I dig which focus on the city where I was born and raised.
The excesses and broken dreams of Tinseltown, the underbelly of life in my "homemegalopolis", Los Angeles, are mentioned or alluded to in 'WELCOME TO THE BOOMTOWN' by David & David, and 'UNDER THE BRIDGE' by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Ordinarily, I'm a staunch traditionalist, but this is one of the rare times I'm putting together a BOTB installment that is "thematically" linked, rather than using the exact same song.
There's another new little "twist" this time: Rather than asking you to ignore the music videos so you can concentrate solely on the songs themselves, I'm going to ask you to submit TWO VOTES. Please tell me which of the two songs you like better, and then tell me which of the two music videos you like better.
Some people may be voting for the same band twice, while others may be splitting their votes - giving one band the win in the "Song" category and giving the other band the win in the "Video" category. However you choose to cast your TWO VOTES, it's A-OK.
|GOODNIKS VS. NO-GOODNIKS|
In 1986, I listened to David & David's 'BOOMTOWN' album more than any other I owned - 'Boomtown' was essentially my Soundtrack Of '86. I s'pose I must have heard the title track on FM radio before it became a Top 40 hit and I purchased a copy of the LP for that one song, but then happily discovered that there were 3 or 4 songs I liked even better'n the hit!
'Boomtown' was the only album released by David (Baerwald - the curly-haired lead singer) and David (Ricketts - the dark-haired lead guitarist). They broke up afterwards, despite the fact the song 'Welcome To The Boomtown' went to #37 on the Billboard chart. It seems the Davids couldn't get along with each other too well.
It was a pretty dark album that was certified 'gold' in 1995.
Wackypedia sez: Baerwald and Ricketts played all the instruments on the album except for drums on some tracks which were played by Ed Greene.
Although Baerwald and Ricketts would go on to co-write some of the material for Sheryl Crow's debut album, the duo pursed [sic] divergent musical paths with Baerwald developing his solo career and Ricketts working with singer/musician Toni Childs.
Every song from the 'Boomtown' LP has been uploaded to YouTube multiple times. If you go there and begin reading the comments below each upload, it's rather astounding the affection - even tremendous reverence - with which so many people still regard these songs by a duo that released only one album and remain largely unknown.
The massive number of glowing comments begins to give a person the impression that 'Boomtown' is one of Rock music's most underrated and overlooked albums of all time. Hellck! I've been saying that since 1986!
Although it didn't win any awards that I know of, I also believe the music video that was created for David & David's one hit can compete with just about any I've seen. Did they even have Music Video awards in 1986? All I remember about '86 is David & David, psychological and emotional pain, and Jack Daniels ("...it will help you to think").
By some curious coincidence, just the other day, my buddy LC featured a David Baerwald song on his blog 'DiscConnected', HERE.
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|GODZILLA VS. KING KONG|
It was about a year and a half ago that I heard 'UNDER THE BRIDGE' for the first time. I had temporarily stopped listening to The Pat Metheny Group while driving and started tuning into the Classic Rock radio station in Phoenix.
Timing is everything, and I repeatedly tuned in at times when this song I'd never heard before was getting played. About the third time, I realized how much I liked it. (That chorus was so addictive that it would get stuck in my mind and play as if on a tape loop for a couple days after hearing the tune. It's been playing in my mind for the last three days, since I first started composing this blog bit.)
I memorized a line of lyric and Googled it one morning after getting home from work. I was shocked, Shocked, SHOCKED! THAT(?!?!) is the Red Hot Chili Peppers? "But I don't like the Red Hot Chili Peppers!" I reminded myself. How could I EVER like anything by a band who would release an album cover like
Sometimes... the wholly unexpected.
I was surprised the song was by the Chili Peppers, and also surprised that it had an L.A. connection. Somehow I missed that part of the lyrics the first few times I heard it.
Wackypedia sez: Vocalist Anthony Kiedis wrote the lyrics to express feelings of loneliness and despondency, and to reflect on narcotics and their impact on his life. Kiedis initially did not feel "Under the Bridge" would fit into the Chili Peppers' repertoire and was reluctant to show it to his band mates until producer Rick Rubin implored him to do so. ...
The dejection he was experiencing, coupled with memories of [girlfriend] Ione Skye and prior drug use, led to emotional distress: "the loneliness that I was feeling triggered memories of my time with Ione and how I'd had this beautiful angel of a girl who was willing to give me all of her love, and instead of embracing that, I was downtown with f@#%ing gangsters shooting speedballs under a bridge."
Kiedis' feelings of alienation from his bandmates led him to believe that the city of Los Angeles was his only companion: "I felt an unspoken bond between me and my city. I'd spent so much time wandering through the streets of L.A. and hiking through the Hollywood Hills that I sensed there was a nonhuman entity, maybe the spirit of the hills and the city, who had me in her sights and was looking after me."
The song became a critical and commercial success, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and later certified 'platinum' by the Recording Industry Association of America. The single's success was widened with the release of its accompanying video, which was frequently played on music television channels. It won the "Viewer's Choice Award" and "Breakthrough Video" at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards.
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After voting here...
Voice Your Vote @ ‘FAR AWAY SERIES’ by clicking HERE.
@ ‘TOSSING IT OUT’ by clicking HERE.
@ ‘YOUR DAILY DOSE’ by clicking HERE.
@ 'BOOK LOVER' by clicking HERE.
@ 'MIKE'S RAMBLINGS' by clicking HERE.
@ 'CURIOUS AS A CATHY' by clicking HERE.
@ 'THE SOUND OF ONE HAND TYPING' by clicking HERE.
@ 'DCRELIEF - BATTLE OF THE BANDS' by clicking HERE.
@ 'THE DOGLADY'S DEN' by clicking HERE.
@ 'CHERDO ON THE FLIPSIDE' by clicking HERE.
@ 'ANGELS BARK' by clicking HERE.
@ 'JINGLE JANGLE JUNGLE' by clicking HERE.
@ 'WOMEN: WE SHALL OVERCOME' by clicking HERE.
@ 'J.A. SCOTT' by clicking HERE.
@ 'NOVELBREWS' by clicking HERE.
@ 'HOLLI'S HOOTS AND HOLLERS' by clicking HERE.
@ 'QUIET LAUGHTER' by clicking HERE.
I will announce the the winner of each category ('Song' and 'Video') here on October 7th.
~ Stephen T. McCarthy