Thursday, December 4, 2008

200 Lost Gems & Forgotten Diamonds:--> Pt 6



"Music washes
 away from the soul 
the dust of everyday life." 
~ Red Auerbach



This personal list of "lost gems & forgotten diamonds" continues. A reminder...songs will be from the 70s decade...but not exclusively.

Part 6 - Let's Begin...

150:-->Steve Forbert -------"Goin' Down to Laurel" (4:39) -------Alive On Arrival (1978)
"Please don't mention rain. Please don't talk of trains.
Please don't mention buildings burning down."
Guitar and harmonica in tow...Forbert is a bruised-knuckled optimist who writes songs with a Van Gogh paintbrush. "...Laurel" is a metaphor for youth and life and the temporary flash of zero responsibility. An American treasure.

149:-->Steve Miller -------"Sugar Babe" (4:35)------- The Joker (1973)
"Way down in Alabama...
There's a girl just a waitin' for me."
Great intro with a summer-sound for sure. Easily hints of tasty stuff yet to come in "Book of Dreams"?


148:-->Be-Bop Deluxe-------------"Sleep That Burns" (5:16) --------Sunburst Finish (1976)
"I'm locked in your dark world where hearts hold the keys. Half-opened, enchanted, half-truth and half dreams."
Mind sweeping bullet from Bill Nelson filled with multi-theatrical-sections with hooks and blistering guitar. Hard to believe this was from the 70's.


147:-->Hot Chocolate -----"Emma" (3:55) --------Cicero Park (1974)
"And when she said she'd be a movie queen...
nobody laughed
."
Wow! Incredible vocals delivering quite the tragic tale. Add some tasty train bass underneath and you have quite a dark atmosphere. Perfect!

146:-->AC/DC --------"Gone Shootin" (5:05) ---------Powerage (1978)
"She never made it past the bedroom door. What was she aiming for?"
Dig that back-beat. Wicked axe work from the school-kid guitarist.
And Bon Scott simply feeds off the energy. Oh yeah...about a girl with a drug problem. A classic.

145:-->Jim Carroll Band ----"It's Too Late" (3:04) ----Catholic Boy (1980)
"But it's too soon...t
ask me for the words I want carved on my tomb."
Exciting bass work screams for attention while pushing the lyrics to the danger zone. Hard to forget.


144:-->Foghat -----"Home In My Hand" (4:59) -----Energized (1974)
"Thumbin' a ride to Geneva, standing in the falling rain,
Getting dirty looks, I wish I could've took a train."
Just get in the car and turn it up. Nothing heavy...just some mule-kick rock'n'roll. The fakeout ending gets me every time.

143:-->Frank Zappa -----"Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?" (2:35) -----Joe's Garage (1979)
"My balls feel like a pair of maracas."
Juvenile, sure. But the arrangement beneath the lyrics are awesome.
Funny words but none of the seven deadlies. Love the vocals, too.

142:-->Kiss ----"Ladies in Waiting" (2:31) ----Dressed To Kill (1975)

"So you been to the market
And the meat looks good tonight."

Great song. Often forgot but has a heck of a catchy arrangement. One of Gene's better vocal outings. Nice solo from Ace as well.

141:-->Thin Lizzy -------"Southbound" (4:27) ------Bad Reputation (1977)
"So tonight after sundown You must go from this place.
Without a tear, without a frown, disappear without a trace."
One of Lizzy's best. Stunning lyrics that work on many different levels. Lynott was great.


All good stuff!    to be continued...

Casey Chambers
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4 comments:

Jude said...

nice to see someone besides myself who revels in the opening lines of "Ladies In Waiting".

What SHIT lyrics.:)

Anonymous said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


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Casey said...

Ruth...I hope you do. And thanks for taking the time to let me know.

Jude...Kiss will never be accused of being ...'politically correct' that's for sure!

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