Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Lost Gem: "V" - Golden Smog (1995)


"When I was down she was full of advice."
~ Golden Smog ~


Golden Smog was for all intents and purposes a side-project providing another outlet for several creative musicians already in established bands.

On "Down By The Old Mainstream" (1995)...the participants were...Dan Murphy of Soul Asylum.....Jeff Tweedy of Wilco.....Gary Louris & Marc Perlman of The Jayhawks.....Noah Levy of Honeydogs.....Kraig Johnson of Run Westy Run.

Labeled an alternative country-rock band, Golden Smog was classic-relaxed kool and it shows up in every song.

The music was loosey-goosey...(but not sloppy)...and free from any real management expectations. This was regular guys (minus ego) having fun and making good music.

Lost Gem:--> "V"...sounds fresh...yet so familiar.  Easy to warm up to. Simply a bandmate's remembrance of a nice barmaid from the past. Rocks sweet!

Have you heard this gem?


When I was down she was full of advice
’cause she’d been there once or twice
With a ring on the side of her nose
Wearing other people’s clothes
She had her highs and she had her lows
In between she’d show
When she smiled everything else died
V let off a good vibe

As if in a dream
The one and only V
As if in a dream
The one and only V

Buying shots and breaking hearts
She used to wait on us down at the bar
Never took as much as she gave
She’s still giving to this day
Staying up half the night
Mood swing yet we cried
On a cold December day
V up and went away


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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Lost Gem: "Empty Chairs" - Don McLean (1971)


"...And empty clothes that drape and fall on empty chairs."
~ Don McLean ~


When American troubadour Don McLean released his second album..."American Pie" (1971)...with the 8:30 minute cultural megabomb title track...he quickly became the..."cryptic keeper of the flame."

Everyone started coming out of the woodwork espousing their theories on what each line meant.

Then radio started spinning..."Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)" from the same album, and fans discovered he was much more than a one-trick pony.

Soon teachers began using McLean's descriptive songs as introductions to poetry. And, in this instance...as a doorway to the wonders of art.

Add Don McLean's gentle voice to his timeless songs and we have another songwriting treasure to add to our musical collection.
(On a side note...Ed Freeman's production is crisp and clean..no wait...I mean...McLean.)

Lost Gem:--> "Empty Chairs"... is a beautiful exercise in the separation dance. Of experiencing that unfamiliar vacuum.  Coming to terms and yet knowing...absolutely nothing...will ever be quite the same again.

Have you heard this gem?

I feel the trembling tingle of a sleepless night
Creep through my fingers and the moon is bright
Beams of blue come flickering through my windowpane
Like gypsy moths that dance around the candle flame.

And I wonder if you know
That I never understood
That although you said you'd go
Until you did, I never thought you would.

Moonlight used to bathe the contours of your face
While chestnut hair fell all around the pillowcase
And the fragrance of your flowers rest beneath my head
A sympathy bouquet left with the love that's dead.

Never thought the words you said were true
Never thought you said just what you meant
Never knew how much I needed you
Never thought you'd leave, until you went.

Morning comes and morning goes, with no regret
And evening brings the memories I can't forget
Empty rooms that echo as I climb the stairs
And empty clothes that drape and fall on empty chairs.


Don McLean Official Site

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Lost Gem: "Gimme The Car" - Violent Femmes (1982)


"I'm gonna make her laugh.  I'm gonna make her...shh."
~ Violent Femmes ~


Who'd have thought three Milwaukee boys could lay down such cool apocalyptic punk junk?

Thick as a brick with windows to break, Violent Femmes caught a shooting star and rode in with a wicked self-titled album. (1982)

(In 1983, two added tracks were issued on their self-titled re-release.)

This is frustration multiplied. Teen angst on a rampage.

Violent Femmes
Actually, this is probably as truthful an attempt at expressing a teenager's inability to "cop a pop" as you'll likely find. Wild and crazy folk rock at its best!

Lost Gem:--> "Gimme The Car"...Quirky spazz vocals from angst king...Gordon Gano...only make his fantasy plans sound all the more desperate.
And Brian Ritchie's bass work is stellar.
Come on...everybody knows that a car is a teenager's motel!

Have you heard this gem?


Come on dad gimme the car tonight
Come on dad gimme the car tonight
I got this girl I wanna....
Come on dad gimme the car
Come on dad gimme the car tonight
I tell'ya what I'm gonna do
I'm gonna pick her up
I'm gonna get her drunk
i'm gonna make her cry
I'm gonna get her high
I'm gonna make her laugh
I'm gonna make her...shh
woman, woman, woman
she gotta knows she's it
cause I'm gonna touch her
all over her body
gonna touch her
all over her body
and she can touch me
all over my body
she can touch me
all over my body
time goes by I can feel myself growing old
burning inside makin' this boy turn out cold
What's wrong, What's right
I don't care when I hate my life
What's wrong, What's right
y'know people don't care when they hate their life
but how can I explain personal pain
how can I explain personal pain
how can I explain my voice is in vain
how can I explain the deep down
driving, driving, driving,
we're driving, we're driving, we're driving
hey dad speaking of driving
come on dad gimme the car tonight
so much he don't understand
just might never make it to a man
Come on dad gimme the car
I ain't no runt
come on girl gimme your...
cause I ain't had much to live for.


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Monday, December 6, 2010

Lost Gem: "Sunburst" - Bob Seger (1976)


"The sun begins to rise
as he begins to close his ey
es."
~ Bob Seger ~



"Night Moves" was Detroit road warrior Bob Seger's 9th album and would be the record that finally propelled him up into the super stardom spotlight.

But think about that a moment. His 9th album!  Man, how many of us might have just closed up shop?  (Oh, by the way...Bob's earlier stuff was excellent by any standard!)

But like the spot-on defiant attitude Seger's album cover projects...the man is a determined cuss.  And we are all the better for it.



Lost Gem:--> "Sunburst"...a successful, but slightly jaded, rock star...replays the repetitive concert nights in his head. This mid-tempo cutter is the perfect bookend to the "on-the-way-up" classic..."Turn The Page".

Have you heard this gem?


The crowd without a face
begins to fill the space
in the arena.
Flashlights at his feet
the lion from the street
awaits the Christians.
A blinding flash of light
A single strobe ignites the night.

The smoke begins to rise
A sea of staring eyes
gaze on the sunburst.
His weapon at his side
He flashes it with pride
before his legions.
Fires begin to rage
and they engulf the stage.
All right.
Bring on the night.

He's in complete control
He's stepping proud and bold
And everything he touches
Turns to gold
He's got girls by the score
He's got 'em screaming for more
But when they get too close
He bars the door.

He makes his great escape
Leaves them in his wake
without a warning.
The ritual is done
A night no longer young
fades into morning
The sun begins to rise
as he begins to close his eyes.


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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Lost Gem: "Don't Cross the River" - America (1972)


"She feels like leavin' and she don't know why."
~ America ~


America was a folk rock band with gorgeous three-part harmony. An acoustical trio from military families...Gerry BeckleyDewey Bunnell  and Dan Peek...fit together like brand new Legos.

The music was tight and warm and had found an audience...so when America released their 2nd album..."Homecoming" (1972)...like their first record, it soon went platinum.

It was to be their last platinum studio album.

Fans and critics alike recognize "Homecoming" as the band's finest moment...leading off with the driving "alligator lizards in the air" song..."Ventura Highway".

Dan Peek, Dewey Bunnell, Gerry Beckley

Filled with flashes of country rock mixed with Kalifornia kool...America had their metaphorical..."Dark Side Of The Moon".

Lost Gem:--> "Don't Cross the River"...Even though added to their Greatest Hits package...this country-tinged beauty seems to always get lost in the shuffle somehow.  

Written and performed by Dan Peek (with his Randy Meisner'esque falsetto)...the wonderful note choices are powdered sugar to the ear. And, of course, Gerry and Dewey add their nailed-shut harmonies.

Have you heard this gem?


There's a little girl out lyin' on her own
She's got a broken heart
She's not the kind to take you down for long
She knows and plays it smart

And if she's comin' she's showed no mark
She's heard no whistle blowin' from the dark
She feels like leavin' and she don't know why
Without no bridges she's trapped, so I sigh

Don't cross the river if you can't swim the tide
Don't try denyin' livin' on the other side
All your life
You were on your own

If you want you can ride my train
And soon forget the reason that you're leaving
You'll lose yourself and then sometime
Maybe even save yourself some grievin'
Don't cross the river if you can't swim the tide
Don't try denyin' livin' on the other side
Don't cross the river if you can't swim the tide
Don't try denyin' livin' on the other side.


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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Lost Gem: "Little Lilly" - Widespread Panic (2001)


"Round and round and round she goes like Shirley's curlies at the movie show."
~ Widespread Panic ~ 


Widespread Panic is a wonderful jam band in the tradition of the Dead and Phish. Allman Bros quickly come to mind, as well.

Hailing from Athens, Georgia...this jam-rock jewel is especially enjoyable live...sweating like a chain-gang on a horse with no name.

However, Widespread Panic make some pretty excellent studio albums too.

"Don't Tell The Band" (2001) is a sweet treat...filled with tight songs that hit that smooth groove button.  Deadly and satisfying...and often. 

Lost Gem:--> "Little Lilly"...is classic Widespread Panic that finds its slide-glide early and sticks it to your ears.

Have you heard this gem?


Oh, Lilly likes Beatles songs
The words are off, but they don't feel that wrong
She came in through the bedroom
window like a blue girl
Like a blue girl, like a blue girl

No, never has she tried too hard
Lord, her whispered words could mend broken hearts
Her sundress shines through a hurricane
Making all boys squeal like swine before pearls

Hey, Little Lilly,
Don't believe everything you see
Hey, Little Lilly,
Don't believe everything you see

'Round and 'round and 'round she goes
Like a sweetheart's girls at the movie show
Lilly leans back in the very last row
The lights go low, and the show goes on

Even schoolgirls like her way
Oh, marry the preacher, make little angels some day
Silent as a child when the first snows fall
Perfect player in anyone's own little world

Hey, Little Lilly,
Don't believe everything you see
Hey, Little Lilly,
Don't believe everything you see

'Round and 'round and 'round she goes
Like Shirley's curlies at the movie show
Lilly leans back in the very last row
And the light goes low, the show goes on

Lilly likes Beatles songs
The words are off, but they don't feel that wrong
She came in through the bedroom
window like a blue girl
Like a blue girl, like a blue girl

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Lost Gem: "Warrior" - Wishbone Ash (1972)


"Tomorrow the plow
becomes the sword.

Make us stronger in our danger."
~ Wishbone Ash ~



"Argus" (1972) is considered by many to be
Wishbone Ash's must own tour de force.

Andy Powell and Ted Turner were creating honey with harmony twin lead guitars. Groundbreaking stuff at the time. And backed up with fierce bass and drums.


Wishbone Ash were a healthy blend of hard rock and prog...played with insane confidence and perfection. Simply magic.

Lost Gem:--> "Warrior"...is filled with images of timeless mystical battles yet to be met. The loud/soft changes are perfect with an unforgettable chant fade-out.

Have you heard this gem?


I'm leaving to search for something new,
Leaving everything I ever knew.
A hundred years in the sunshine
Hasn't taught me all there is to know.

In the valley, we will gather there,
Helpless in our surrender.
Tomorrow the plow becomes the sword
Make us stronger in our danger.

Time will pass away,
Time will guard our secret.
I'll return again
To fight another day.

I'd have to be a warrior
A slave I couldn't be
A soldier and a conqueror,
Fighting to be free.
(Repeat)


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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Lost Gem: "Money Don't Matter 2 Night" - Prince (1991)


"That's when U find out
that U're better off

makin' sure your soul's alright."

--> Prince <--


Even as well known as this Minnesota maestro, Prince, may be...I still see him as an under-appreciated artist.

Skilled as a musician, multi-instrumentalist, arranger, composer, songwriter, record producer...Prince knows what he wants and he simply does it.

The 1991, "Diamonds and Pearls", is one of several must own albums. And not a bad introduction for anyone wanting to snatch a piece of the cape from...The Prince.
"Money Don't Matter 2 Night"...is a thoughtful, sweetly sad, laid-back observation on the flashes of quick opportunites often lost.
A scale for what you want vs what you need.
All wrapped in that wonderful 70's Philly soul. So familiar and yet...so fresh. And all so relevant today.

Have you heard this gem?


One more card and it's 22
Unlucky 4 him again
He never had respect 4 money it's true
That's why he never wins
That's why he never ever has enough 2 treat his lady right
He just pushes her away in a huff
And says ?“Money don't matter 2night?

Money don't matter 2night
It sure didn't matter yesterday
Just when U think U've got more than enough
That's when it all up and flies away
That's when U find out that U're better off
Makin' sure your soul's alright
Cuz money didn't matter yesterday
And it sure don't matter 2night

Look, here's a cool investment
They're tellin' him he just can't lose
So he goes out and tries 2 find a partner
But all he finds are users (Users)
All he finds are snakes in every color
Every nationality and size
Seems like the only thing that he can do is just roll his eyes

And say that money don't matter 2night (Don't matter)
It sure didn't matter yesterday
Just when U think U've got more than enough
That's when it all up and flies away (No, no, no, no)
That's when U find out that U're better off
Makin' sure your soul's alright (Soul's alright)
Cuz money didn't matter yesterday (Don't matter)
And it sure don't matter 2night

Ooh-wee-ooh, don't matter
Well it don't matter 2night, no

Hey now, maybe we can find a good reason 2 send a child off 2 war
So what if we're controllin' all the oil
Is it worth a child dying 4? (Is it worth it?)
If long life is what we all live 4 then long life will come 2 pass
Anything is better than the picture of the child in a cloud of gas
And U think U got it bad

Money don't matter 2night (No, don't matter)
It sure didn't matter yesterday (Yesterday, ooh)
Just when U think U've got more than enough
That's when it all up and flies away (Flies away, flies away)
That's when U find out that U're better off
Makin' sure your soul's alright (Make certain that your soul's alright)
Cuz money didn't matter yesterday
It sure don't matter 2night

Money don't matter 2night
It sure didn't matter yesterday (Yesterday, yesterday)
Just when U think U've got more than enough
That's when it all up and flies away (Flies away, flies away)
That's when U find out that U're better off
Makin' sure your soul's alright
Money didn't matter yesterday
And it sure don't matter 2night.

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Lost Gem: "Cathedral" - Crosby, Stills & Nash (1977)


"Open up the gates of the church and let me out of here!"
--> CSN <--


"CSN" (1977) was David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash's last..."must own" album.

It is solid in every way. Well-written songs with glorious free-waving harmony. (No studio soft-soap tricks, friends.)

This was also their first studio record since the epic classic..."Deja Vu" (1970)...and the guys lay down the gauntlet daring anyone fill their shoes.

Lost Gem--"Cathedral"...is a cornered badger written by Nash...recalling an acid trip that turned south while visiting the legendary Winchester Cathedral.

Quiet piano leads into thrilling harmonies and pounding keys. The HOF trio unleash vocals with an urgency that understands all to well that familiar panic from a misguided acid voyage.

Have you heard this gem?


Six o' clock
In the morning, I feel pretty good
So I dropped into the luxury of the Lords
Fighting dragons and crossing swords
With the people against the hordes
Who came to conquer.

Seven o'clock
In the morning, here it comes
I taste the warning and I am so amazed
I'm here today, seeing things so clear this way
In the car and on my way
To Stonehenge.

I'm flying in Winchester cathedral
Sunlight pouring through the break of day.
Stumbled through the door and into the chamber;
There's a lady setting flowers on a table covered lace
And a cleaner in the distance finds a cobweb on a face
And a feeling deep inside of me tells me
This can't be the place

I'm flying in Winchester cathedral.
All religion has to have its day
Expressions on the face of the Saviour
Made me say
I can't stay.

Open up the gates of the church and let me out of here!
Too many people have lied in the name of Christ
For anyone to heed the call.
So many people have died in the name of Christ
That I can't believe it all.

And now I'm standing on the grave of a soldier that died in 1799
And the day he died it was a birthday
And I noticed it was mine.
And my head didn't know just who I was
And I went spinning back in time.
And I am high upon the altar
High upon the altar, high.

I'm flying in Winchester cathedral,
It's hard enough to drink the wine.
The air inside just hangs in delusion,
But given time,
I'll be fine.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Lost Gem: "Hot Summer Nights" - Walter Egan (1978)


"We shared our hopes, our dreams and our goals...
And the fundamental roll."
~ Walter Egan ~


In 1978, Walter Egan released..."Not Shy"...an album filled with that cool feel-good California sound and best known for the single..."Magnet & Steel".

Every song had a catchy hook and was made for windows rolled down summer cruising.

But let's face it...it didn't hurt to have good friends like Lindsey Buckingham producing the record. And sweetheart Stevie Nicks adding her gorgeous vocals to his songs.  Even Mick Fleetwood got in on the act banging the skins.

Lost Gem:--> "Hot Summer Nights"...is a feeling good cruise tune.  Ah...pleasures of the summer of our youth.  Nothin' complicated and everything possible.  (This is the original version).

Have you heard this gem?


There was a time, not too far gone
When I was changed by just a song
On the radio, in my car
The pounding electric guitar
Then the time came to make our stand
We started up a four-piece band
And the heat felt like spotlights
In the heart of a hot summer night, yeah
Hot summer nights
Hot summer nights

Return with me to when times were best
We were friends that could pass any test
We shared our hopes, our dreams, and our goals
And the fundamental roll
As we sang in the hot, dark rooms
Happy just to play our tunes
We felt good when we did it right
We felt good on a hot summer night, yeah
Hot summer nights
Hot summer nights, yeah

So it lives, and it always will
Those songs we sung are in us still
Ringing out with all their might
In the heart of a hot summer night, yeah
Hot summer nights
Hot summer nights, yeah.


Walter Egan Official Site

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Lost Gem: "Hitting You" - Loudon Wainwright III (1992)


"All we do is argue
like two people 
who are through."
~ Loudon Wainwright III ~


North Carolinian...Loudon Wainwright III...may bring to mind his novelty song..."Dead Skunk"(1972) or his bit part playing Captain Spalding on TV's "Mash"(1975).

But this singer/songwriter has been crafting songs forever.


I haven't followed this tongue-wagging troubadour too closely over the seasons...however, 1992 saw him release "History".  Considered his masterpiece...he purges the past very close to the bone...never soft-soaping the ugly parts.

"History" is a absolutely must-own!

Lost Gem:--> "Hitting You"...is as honest a confession as you'll likely to hear.  Painful and heartbreaking in the understanding...that there are seldom, if ever, any take-backs or do-overs......................not really.

Have you heard this gem? (start at 2:28)


Long ago i hit you
we were in the car
you were crazy in the back seat
it had gone too far
and i pulled the auto over
and i hit you with all my might
i knew right away it was too hard and i'd never make it right

I was aiming for your buttock
but i struck your outer thigh
you had on a bathing suit
and right before our eyes
suntanned skin turned crimson
where the hand had hit
and my palm stung from hitting you so hard that i hurt it

Against the law in sweden
charges can be filed
here it's all too common
a parent hits a child

On your face i saw the shock
and then i saw the pain
then i saw the look of fear
the fear i'd strike again
then i saw your anger
your defiant pride
and then i saw one tear drop
the rest you kept inside

I said i was sorry and i tried to clean the slate
but with that blow i'd sewn a seed
and saw it was too late

These days things are awful
between me and you
all we do is argue like
two people who are through
i blame you, your friends, your school, your mother and mtv
last night i almost hit you that blame belongs to me

Long ago i hit you
we were in the car
you were crazy in the back seat
it had gone too far
and i pulled the auto over
and i hit you with all my might
i knew right away it was too hard
and i'd never make it right.


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Monday, October 25, 2010

Lost Gem: "Fearless" - Pink Floyd (1971)


"And I'll climb
the hill in my own way."
~ Pink Floyd~ 


Pink Floyd's..."Meddle"(1971)...was released two years prior to their masterpiece..."Dark Side Of The Moon".

But elements of that classic recording can be heard throughout this underrated album. In fact, at least one song left on the cutting floor for this album...would later appear on "DSOTM".

Despite a ridiculously bad album cover...(looks like an elephant's snout to me)..."Meddle" is filled with plenty to like and should be in your collection. Also, this is where we find guitarist David Gilmour stepping up his game a bit.



Lost Gem:--> "Fearless"...is a brilliant exercise in songwriting with Gilmour throwing down an amazing guitar riff that sounds as fresh today as it did 40 years ago.  Roger Waters has nice lyrics (as always) and the surprising addition of a football crowd...well...I liked it.

Have you heard this gem?


You say the hill's too steep to climb,
Chiding!
You say you'd like to see me try,
Climbing!
You pick the place and I'll choose the time
And I'll climb
The hill in my own way
just wait a while, for the right day
And as I rise above the treeline and the clouds
I look down hear the sound of the things you said today


Fearlessly the idiot faced the crowd, smiling
Merciless, the magistrate turns 'round, frowning
and who's the fool who wears the crown
Go down in your own way
And everyday is the right day
And as you rise above the fearlines in his frown
You look down
Hear the sound of the faces in the crowd.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Lost Gem: "Your Dictionary" - XTC (1999)


"So let's close the book
and let the day begin
and our marriage be undone."
~ XTC ~


Seven years had disappeared before XTC went back into the studio to record..."Apple Venus Volume 1" (1999)...and it was jaw-dropping brilliant.

Unfortunately, numerous management problems and personal differences were causing friction at around the same time this record dropped...and history has proven this is rarely a good thing.

Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding, Dave Gregory

Critics loved XTC's alternative-psych-rock sound, but lack of solid promo in the states buried this nugget in the racks.

Lost Gem:--> "Your Dictionary"...is a bitter acoustic kiss-off to the ghosts of a broken relationship.   So bitter...yet Partridge pulls it off.

The surprising Beatlesque arrangement near the end offers 'hope' that closure will be found for all of us.

Have you heard this Gem?


H-A-T-E
Is that how you spell love in your dictionary
K-I-C-K
Pronounced as kind
F-U-C-K
Is that how you spell friend in your dictionary
Black on black
A guidebook for the blind

Well now that I can see my eyes won't weep
Now that I can hear your song sounds cheap
Now that I can talk all your corn I'll reap
I'm not so sure that Joey wed a Virgin Mary
There are no words for me inside your dictionary

S-L-A-P
Is that how you spell kiss in your dictionary
C-O-L-D
Pronounced as care
S-H-I-T
Is that how you spelt me in your dictionary
Four-eyed fool
You led 'round everywhere

Now that I can see it's the queens new clothes
Now that I can hear all your poison prose
Now that I can talk with my tongue unfroze
I'm not so sure of Santa or the buck-tooth fairy
There are no words for me inside your dictionary

Now your laughter has a hollow ring
But the hollow ring has no finger in
So let's close the book and let the day begin
And our marriage be undone.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Lost Gem: "Closing Time" - Lyle Lovett (1986)



"...and hear those bottles ringing...
you know where you are."
~ Lyle Lovett ~


Texas troubadour, Lyle Lovett, released his debut in 1986 and was later included in Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Albums of the 80's.

Lyle's been labeled a country artist, but is truly a singer-songwriter renegade who sings whatever feels good...labels be damned.

There is a sweet, almost bashful, aura that surrounds him. He just doesn't take himself too seriously...which is very refreshing.

And, much like his hair...you can't control him.
His walk is his own.  It's up to the listener to get in step.

Lost Gem:--> "Closing Time"...is a beautiful song about the dive bar monotony a performer goes through on his journey to reaching his dream.   Dig the weary acceptance in his voice.

Have you heard this gem?


The night she is a true companion
They shuffle in
They hear the sound
But by night's end
It's night's abandon
You look across the floor
Ain't anyone around

Closing time
Unplug them people
And send them home
It's closing time

Now Kenny he's been mixing sound all evening
Sometimes I think that boy
He ain't got no ears
And Kathy's laughing
Kathy's always laughing
Well keep on laughing Kathy
Just make it out of here

Closing time
Unplug them people
And send them home
It's closing time

So stack those chairs upon those tables
And stack those empties upon that bar
And count your money
And count my money
And hear those bottles ringing
You know where you are
The night's all that's left behind
You take your part and I'll take mine
And go on home
It's closing time.


Official Lyle Lovett Website

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Lost Gem: "Dirty Love" - Frank Zappa (1973)


"Like some tacky little pamphlet in your daddy's bottom drawer."
~ Frank Zappa ~


Frank Zappa is an acquired taste. I understand that. But as you begin digging through the man's extensive league of work, you might soon find yourself being drawn into his magic.

Or maybe not.

You see...FZ serves NO master.  His genius ranges from rock & jazz to electronic & classical music. He is a bad ass renegade whose tower of prolific power is well worth exploring.

And what you dig or won't dig is all on Frank because he is responsible for every note, word and sound on his records. Frank composes arrangements for every instrument you hear.


Few could do this and fewer still could do it as well. So, yea, Frank Zappa (may he rest in peace) could always get down with his bad self.

Lost Gem:--> "Dirty Love"...is part of any Frank Zappa 101 curriculum.  In 3-minutes, we get...
1. tasty guitar riffing from the 'Peach' himself.
2. nice band interach!
3. the attitude.
Bonus...some greasy naughtimess from the Zomby Woof.

Have you heard this Gem?


Give me
Your dirty love
Like you might surrender
To some dragon in your dreams
Give me
Your dirty love
Like a pink donation
To the dragon in your dreams

I don't need your sweet devotion
I don't want your cheap emotion
Just whip me up some dragon lotion
For your dirty love

Give me
Your dirty love
Like some tacky little pamphlet
In your daddy's bottom drawer
Give me
Your dirty love
I don't believe you have ever seen
That book before

I don't need no consolation
I don't want your reservation
I only got one destination
An' that's your dirty love

Give me
Your dirty love
Just like your mama
Make her fuzzy poodle do
Give me
Your dirty love
The way your mama
Make that nasty poodle chew

I'll ignore your cheap aroma
And your little-bo-peep diploma
I'll just put you in a coma
With some dirty love

THE POODLE BITES!
(Come on, Frenchie)
THE POODLE CHEWS IT!
(Snap it!)
THE POODLE BITES!
(Come on, Frenchie)
THE POODLE CHEWS IT!
(Snap it!)

Good stuff!


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Monday, October 11, 2010

Lost Gem: "I Want You to Hurt Like I Do" - Randy Newman (1988)


"And things don't always...
things don't always
go the way we plan."
~ Randy Newman ~

Randy Newman is a singer/songwriter who, when not focusing on his many film scoring projects...takes pleasure in revealing the darker shades of ourselves.

Taking on all comers with a surgeons eye and a Shakespeare's sarcasm...striking a little closer to home than some would like.

His job is to shock...sometimes offend...and hopefully cause the listener to look a little deeper inside themselves. I'm guessing this makes Randy very happy.




Lost Gem:--> "I Want You to Hurt Like I Do"...is a ballad of "anthemic" proportion about media-grabbing grand-standers.

The..."We Are The World" types... who take on a cause...simply for the sole purpose of drawing attention...to themselves.  The self-righteous bleating about all the pain, their particular cause...causes. Unforgettable!

If the words were changed, this song could easily be another "group-hug sing-a-long" for the world...

Randy chose a different course.

Have you heard this gem?


I ran out on my children
And I ran out on my wife
Gonna run out on you too, baby
I done it all my life
Everybody cried the night I left
Well, almost everybody did
My little boy just hung his head
And I put my arm, put my arm around his little shoulder
And this is what I said:
"Sonny I just want you to hurt like I do
I just want you to hurt like I do
I just want you to hurt like I do
Honest I do, honest I do, honest I do"

If I had one wish
One dream I knew would come true
I'd want to speak to all the people of the world
I'd get up there, I'd get up there on that platform
First I'd sing a song or two you know I would
Then I'll tell you what I'd do
I'd talk to the people and I'd say
"It's a rough rough world, it's a tough tough world
Well, you know
And things don't always, things don't always go the way we plan
But there's one thing, one thing we all have in common
And it's something everyone can understand
All over the world sing along

I just want you to hurt like I do
I just want you to hurt like I do
I just want you to hurt like I do
Honest I do, honest I do, honest I do.


Randy Newman Website

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Lost Gem: "The Back Seat Of My Car" - Paul McCartney (1971)


"We believe...that we can't be wrong."
~ Paul McCartney ~



"Ram" (1971) was Paul McCartney's 2nd post Beatles album and it's loaded with more hooks than a Peter Pan pirate.  A must own on so many levels.

Many of the song ideas were surely spinning through Paul's mind before the breakup.  And I can easily see The Beatles harmonizing and jamming to half the songs in Jerry's Bizarro world.

I'm a John Lennon man myself, but I'm totally onboard with the McCartney magic.  And "The Back Seat Of My Car" is one of this Beatles' finest card tricks.


Paul and Linda

Lost Gem:--> "The Back Seat Of My Car"...is a brilliant mini-suite that captures the beautiful naive urgency and self-importance only young lovers enjoy.

Filled with surprising rhythms and melodies... it slowly swells to an unbelievable climax that is both touching and chilling.
Don't be fooled by the simplicity. This is trig, my babies!

Have you heard this one?


Speed along the highway, honey I want it my way
But listen to her daddy's song, don't stay out to long
Were just busy hidin', sitting in the back seat of my car
The lazy lights are pretty, we end up in Mexico City
But listen to her daddy's song, makin' love is wrong
Were just busy ridin', sitting in the back seat of my car

Oh we was only busy hidin', sitting the back seat of my car
And when we've finished drivin' we can say we were late in arriving
and listen to her daddy's song, we believe that we can't be wrong
Ohhh we believe that we can't be wrong
Ohhh we believe that we can't be wrong

We can make it to Mexico City, sittin' in the backseat of my car

Ohhh we believe that we can't be wrong
Ohhh we believe that we can't be wrong
Ohhh we believe that we can't be wrong
Ohhh we believe that we can't be wrong
Ohhh we believe that we can't be wrong
Ohhh we believe that we can't be wrong
NO NO NO NO
Ohhh we believe that we can't be wrong.

Good stuff!

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Lost Gem: "Damn Good" - David Lee Roth (1988)

"Sure, we was acting
like a couple of kids.

Good to remember,
you know that it is."

~ David Lee Roth ~


The close relationship between the high-flying front-man David Lee Roth and guitar whiz Eddie Van Halen...for all intents and purposes...dissolved in 1985.

The two had sadly reached an..."I don't want you here" / "I don't want to be here"...impasse.

Harsh words said. Uncool things done.  Yada, Yada, Yada.  And the point of no return gets crossed right before your very eyes.

Great music was made.  Great friendships were made. The music will last.  Unfortunately, and sadly, the once "tight as shite" band bond is lost forever.

Which makes Roth's greatest solo song...toll all the more deeper.

Lost Gem:--> "Damn Good"...This acoustic olive branch is a great tribute to old friendships long past. And gets better with every drop of sand.

Not often, if ever, does Roth drop the ego mask...which makes this Zepplinesque bitter-sweet beauty especially rewarding.  Steve Vai provides the guitar employment.

Have you heard this Gem?


Time rolls on
that's as it should be
Here and gone
Seems to move so quickly

Man, we was happy
in our restless hearts.
It was heaven right here on earth
Yeah, we were laughin'
as we reached for the stars.
And we had some
for what it was worth.

Those were good times
Damn good times
Those were good times
Damn good times

Hey, take a look at this picture,
Can you believe that was you?
And who's that standin' there in the corner?
Not me!!!
Ahh, all the crazy things we used to do
Sure, we was acting like a couple of kids
Good to remember
You know that it is
I still feel it
Like the sun on my skin
Maybe that's better

Cause these are good times
Damn good tiemes
Talkin' about good times
Damn good times

So it's one for the money
But that don't make the show
Count to three and I'll be ready
To follow that road (yes I will)

I see it comin'
Yeah, and this one is ours.
We got Heaven right here on Earth.
Ain't nothin' like it
When you're reachin' for stars
And you grab one
For what it is worth

You can tell 'em
We'll be having good times
Damn good times
I'm talkin' good times.
Damn good times.


Good stuff!

Casey Chambers
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